This is my second review and my admiration has dimmed considerably! Briefly, I had to have the auto gear replaced on my 4 year X5 with only 52,000 mileage at cost to me of nearly £2,000. Original quote was for £3,500 but BMWUK office authorised their meeting 60% of component cost.On internet I found numerous models in the USA including X5 have had identical gear failures and it appears a US component supplier is alleged to having been supplying the BMW Group with gear components subject to metal fatigue problems and hence early gear failure. BMW in USA denied this was the cause and refused compensation to US claimants. Component design has apparently changed recently! BMWUK offered me 60% cost reduction before I asked which seems to admit something to me. I have asked for full refund but they refuse saying components do fail and I am just unlucky! Thus gear failure on a prestige car 4 years old and with only 52,000 mileage is something BMW reckon we just have to take pot luck! My wife thinks it amusing as her 13 year old automatic Corsa with 102,000 mileage has never had any problems and we only paid some £10,000 for this car! I think I will be looking elsewhere for my next prestige car, say a Jaguar XF !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
The whole car felt very dated. I disliked the car that much that I sold it after 3 months. Handling is great for its size, diesel auto is terrible read other reviews I did, but chose to ignore the comments. I got pulled into its image and presence on the road which did not last long. Interior quality is patchy, seats are great steering wheel paint came off, the some buttons felt cheap. I had the comms pack, liked the bluetooth. TV was a nice touch but never used and the sat nav was terrible compared to TomTom et al which I had before. Now have a CX-7 and I am happy apart from the fuel bills!
Bought this petrol version having had a 3.0d manual diesel. The diesel was fine but not enough power given the size of the car, and it was a lower spec model so few toys.
I had one drive of this car and I was sold. Love the transmission options-standard auto mode great for motorway driving, sport auto great for overtaking and the manual option my choice for around town.
The car feels very solid and well planted, never feels like you will lose control even when it's slippery, however not convinced it would be great in really snowy conditions given the width of the tyres.
Had it for 9 months now and no probs, although the passenger side mirror sometimes forgets to come back to its rightful position following a spot of reversing.
The quality of the extras is good too, tv works surprisingly well despite limited value, sat nav fine, telephone good quality and works well etc. No easy support for plugging in an ipod unless you fork out a bundle of cash, but car manufacturers all seem pretty far behind the game in this respect.
Very thirsty car, but you're gonna be a bit strange if you buy a 2 ton car with a 4.4 litre v8 petrol and expect change out of 18 or 19mpg. Makes you drive a bit more sensibly I guess.
Great engine note, very comfy, would definitely have another but, because I enjoy the power and performance and the fact that the car heats up within a couple of miles on a cold morning, don't think I'd go back to diesel. Highly recommended
Superb car - after owning a number of the six-cylinder BMWs and thinking they were good this V8 is superb and so well matched to the six speed auto.
True, it drinks fuel but hey it goes like a train and handles better than it should - definitely more fun than my previous CLK! Go buy one and enjoy!
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