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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.
  • 3.0d Sport 5dr

    Anthony Cooney , Middlesex . Date: 12/09/2008
    • Overall verdict
      3 out of 5 stars
    • What's it like to drive
      4 out of 5 stars
    • Running costs
      3 out of 5 stars
    • Quality, practicality and equipment
      4 out of 5 stars
    • Average MPG
      31

    My car

    I baught my X5 3.0D Sport as i liked the look of it and as i owned BMW before expected quality for long mielage,My car is an 03 model i baught it with 34000 mls 2years ago and now its still only done 41000mls and the automatic transmission has gone with no warning just went into failsafe mode and stayed stuck in 1st gear,now i have to bring it in to BMW for diagnostic checks and try and fight for them to pay for replacement. I didnt expect after paying 27000 pound for a car to be having a broken gearbox after me just doing about 8000miles and especially with a BMW, I have a Citroen with 120000mls and had no problem what so ever with it.

    WHEN ITS FIXED ITS GETTING SOLD.......NEVER AGAIN......

    BMW X5 STAY AWAY FROM THEM!!!!!!!

  • 4.6is Auto 5dr

    simon kerpner Date: 10/08/2008
    • 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
    • Average MPG
      17

    My car

    I bought this car 3 years ago and love the comfort and quality it gives me. The power of the 4.6 litre V8 is fantastic. On the motorway i get around 21 mpg and around town 14 mpg which is not too bad for such a large executive vehicle. Two 20" rear tyres cost me £500! Apart from the tyres the other routine servicing including engine, brakes etc is no more expensive than any other large family saloon. TV and sat nav are very good although i,m suprised the sat nav does not have the search via postcode option!!!! The X5 is not a serious offroader we all know that but it has got me out of a few tightspots on light offroad use and i was suprised just how good it was. Comfort,Power,Style, what more can you ask for..... I love it.

  • 3.0d Sport 5dr

    Andrew Jenkins Date: 03/06/2008
    • Overall verdict
      1 out of 5 stars
    • What's it like to drive
      1 out of 5 stars
    • Running costs
      3 out of 5 stars
    • Quality, practicality and equipment
      4 out of 5 stars

    My car

    As per other reviews I wish I'd read them before parting with £34,000 of my hard earned cash. My 3.0 litre diesel sport auto, like so many others reported here has a gear change from hell. I've been to my dealer who tells me the poor gear change in my car was normal??? I now no longer own it as I've traded it in for a Lexus which is fantastic as is the dealer. Bye Bye BMW.. Never again.

  • 3.0d Sport 5dr

    malcolm lovie Date: 04/04/2008
    • Overall verdict
      1 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
      3 out of 5 stars

    My car

    I bought my 2002 X5 3.0d sport just over a year ago from a BMW main dealer with 53K on the clock and really quite liked it, with my only complaint at the time being on the automatic gear change not being as slick as that on my old car (Mercedes). Other than that it was a fine car.

    Then things started to wrong! After about a year the car started juddering and I heard a knock from the back end.

    It was now due an MOT so I took it into the main dealers who took £500 plus off me to replace a boot and two front indicator bulbs and diagnose the juddering and knocking as two separate faults which would cost a further £1000 to fix.

    I paid the MOT bill and took the car back home. Several weeks later I get a call from my wife telling me that the car is in failsafe mode but has managed to limp home. I called the main dealer and towed it back to the garage to be told two days later that the gearbox had failed at just 60K miles!!!

    The head mechanic had put in a request for a 100% goodwill payment from BMW since the car was just out of warranty, had a full BMW service history, had only done 60K miles and was purchased from a main dealer.

    The final offer from BMW after several calls was to pay 50% of the parts bill which still left me with a bill for £2600. How can a gearbox only last 60K miles.

    I told them to keep the car and at least the main dealers were decent enough to make me an offer that enabled us to go our separate ways.

    Don’t buy a second hand X5 !

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