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Old 10-17-2006, 02:16 AM   #1
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BMW X5 Reliability

Howzit? Me and the wifey are looking for a decent size suv for her to drive around our daughter and future kids hehe , do you guys/gals have any recommendations in regards to the BMW X5 reliability? I know the 01 and 02's had engine fire issues....any thoughts? Advice? TIA


Note: I recently owned a Range Rover Sport and Hummer H2 and never liked it thats why I am looking at the X5 for now.
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Old 10-17-2006, 07:47 AM   #2
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all 01 and 02 had engine fire problems (all models). We have had 3, and our last (2003), has been the best in terms of reliability. Our 2000 and 2001 had problems.
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Old 10-17-2006, 08:50 AM   #3
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Everything I've read says that 2003+ X5's are the way to go. Before that and you get into engine and drivetrain issues. In 2003, BMW switched to xDrive for the X5's, so the AWD is much better, and it seems that they somehow were made more reliable.
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Old 10-17-2006, 11:32 AM   #4
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I have a 2004 x5 4.8 with 77,000 miles on it from new. The car has been rock solid, never a real big problem really. Just small things here and there like the reverse tile side mirror not working, a trim replaced....all things covered under warranty. Great suv, go for it!
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There were no 'engine fire' issues. The issue you speak of was dealing with the aux. fans shorting out, and some catching fire. The most common complaint with the faulty aux fans was battery drainage.
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its a bw , its just not realiable . if you want reliability you know to buy a nissan or toyota or lexis. infinity. you know bmws feel the best , but you know the x5 will drain your pockets , but i like to drive one as well. all bmws reliablity is about the same. they just feel good to drive. if you dont mind dumping money into your car then go for it .come on you own a e46 you know that much
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Old 10-17-2006, 12:33 PM   #7
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our X5 has been very reliable so far. my lesson that i've learned with european cars is always buy new.

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don't buy american cars period.
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our X5 has been very reliable so far. my lesson that i've learned with european cars is always buy new.

my rules
buy european cars new
buy japanese cars used
don't buy american cars period.

why buy eurpean cars new ?

very curious. thanks for info in advance
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Old 10-17-2006, 01:36 PM   #9
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if you can bu a car any car. ex. *** then doesnt that mean they are more reliable?
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*** = *** car, dont know why it came out like that
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Old 10-17-2006, 01:38 PM   #11
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lol weird *** is japanese cars lol i guess j.a.p. is politically incorrect so it comes out ***. thats about right when it comes to this country lol
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Everything I've read says that 2003+ X5's are the way to go. Before that and you get into engine and drivetrain issues. In 2003, BMW switched to xDrive for the X5's, so the AWD is much better, and it seems that they somehow were made more reliable.
x-drive was on the facelift model which is 2004+
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My wife has an 04 X5 and has no problems at all. it has been rock solid since new. I have suggested to getting a new one but she refuses and says she will keep her 04 forever...at least for the forseeable future. You should have no problems with the 04 or newer X5.
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My wife has an 04 X5 and has no problems at all. it has been rock solid since new. I have suggested to getting a new one but she refuses and says she will keep her 04 forever...at least for the forseeable future. You should have no problems with the 04 or newer X5.


how many miles does she have on hers?
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20,000......
FOR ME THAT IS NOT ENOUGH milage to determine if a car or truc for that matter is realiable.

i can have 20k on a hyundi and not have any problem .

you know what im saying. if you come to me wit the same statements after 80k then i would say ok.
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yeah...i know what you mean. just wanted to let you know that there have been no problems at all. I also have a 2000 323i with 110,000 and i haven't had any major problems with that either. just the normal wear and tear. i think that if you keep up with the maintenance, the reliability of the bmw is excellent.
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mine started giving me minor problems around 100,000 miles
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i have a 2006 x5 and its flawless. we havent experienced a problem with it other then our foot step things. they are discoloured but the dealer is going to fix that for us.
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Everything I've read says that 2003+ X5's are the way to go. Before that and you get into engine and drivetrain issues. In 2003, BMW switched to xDrive for the X5's, so the AWD is much better, and it seems that they somehow were made more reliable.

Reedo - I disagree with the year made. I have a 2002 4.6is, knock on wood, haven't encountered any major problem, still running smooth and strong!!!

The only problem I had was power door locks and blinker lights. I must have replaced the blinker lights twice in one year.

Off topic - I use to own a '94 twin turbo Supra, I never had to change a single bulb (not even the dome light), since I purchased and sold back in 2002.
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