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Overall reader verdict 3 out of 5 stars

  • What's it like to drive
    3 out of 5 stars
  • Running costs
    2 out of 5 stars
  • Quality, practicality and equipment
    4 out of 5 stars

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57 reader reviews for BMW X5 4x4.
  • 4.8is 5dr

    Mateen Qazi Date: 24/12/2004
    • Overall verdict
      3 out of 5 stars
    • What's it like to drive
      3 out of 5 stars
    • Running costs
      1 out of 5 stars
    • Quality, practicality and equipment
      4 out of 5 stars

    My car

    I had a 2003 X5 4.4 before this one, and to be honest, I liked that one better. Sure, this one has the right sound, the right looks, but it is definitely an inferior quality machine.

    The transmission compared to the older one (5 speed vs 6 speed) seems to be programmed by an idiot. The car shifts like it has a mind of its own, and not a very smart mind at that. It has very grabby brakes that are not progressive at all. The motor has a massive plastic cover all over it and the build quality is just not the same.

    Yes, it is quick, and yes, it looks great, but for someone who has owned over 15 BMWs over the last few years, this is not an impressive vehice for me.

    I currently own a 2001 Z8, 2003 M5, 2001 740iL along with this car. Not to mention a 2005 Toyota Camry I co-signed for a friend, and this one by far is the worst built of them all.

    I know a lot of people lie about the cars they own, but I will gladly prove ownership of all these machine plus the others I have owned.

    It is not worth the price. If you want to spend 74K USD for a car that goes quick, get the last generation M5. Mine is Carbob black, with all the goodies, and is probably the best car I have ever owned.

  • 3.0d Sport 5dr

    Edward Suddaby , East Yorkshire . Date: 09/12/2004
    • Overall verdict
      4 out of 5 stars
    • What's it like to drive
      4 out of 5 stars
    • Running costs
      4 out of 5 stars
    • Quality, practicality and equipment
      5 out of 5 stars

    My car

    After 34,000 miles I am changing this car for another one, it is simply the best car that I have ever owned.

    Over the past 3 years I have had no breakdowns and the only fault to develop was a worn track control arm ball joint, this occurred at 25000 miles and was replaced under the warranty.

    The maintenance of the vehicle has been in the order of £490 spread over 3 services and 1 set of tyres replaced at 28000 miles. I have towed a caravan and again this is the best tow car I have owned, outshining my previous car a Landrover Discovery in speed, pulling power, fuel economy and stability by a very large margin.

    The dealership that I bought the car from is expensive, but do provide a good service, with immaculate showrooms and facilities.

  • 3.0d SE 5dr

    Alan Davies Date: 29/10/2004
    • Overall verdict
      5 out of 5 stars
    • What's it like to drive
      5 out of 5 stars
    • Running costs
      3 out of 5 stars
    • Quality, practicality and equipment
      5 out of 5 stars

    My car

    Unbelievable vehicle which truly hits the mark in all areas of performance. Usual BM build quality is evident and the technological aspects are top notch.

    The car tows well and does everything you ask of it. The sound of the engine is sublime, but it's not noisy.

    Negatives: I still feel the car is a target when parked - finding the right spot becomes an issue. Servicing could be expensive and there's something strange about paying £70 to fill the tank up.

  • 3.0d Sport 5dr

    stephen gresty , berkshire . Date: 25/10/2004
    • Overall verdict
      5 out of 5 stars
    • What's it like to drive
      5 out of 5 stars
    • Running costs
      4 out of 5 stars
    • Quality, practicality and equipment
      5 out of 5 stars

    My car

    My previous car was a 325 convertible, totally different, but I needed a vehicle that was comfortable on the road.

    I had the marque that I've now been driving for 12 years and was different to anything I've previously driven. The X5 offers all of these things and more. It drives like a car, pulls like a train and I still get the same mpg as my 325 convertible.

    I've just returned from Torquay after a family visit, nearly a 400mile round trip for the weekend, yet if feels as though I've driven round the block. On the motorway it feels really at home and gives such a great view of the road ahead.

    When I eventually need to change this car, it will be top of my list again.

BMW X5 4x4

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