So dissapointing. This is Mike Tyson on the outside and a precious little girl underneath. Over the course of 55k miles and 2.5 years old (I purchased at 38k and 2.5 years old) this car need more attention than an A list film star. Lamps failed every 2 weeks (and get this) you need to pop out the healight to change the front indicator bulb. I needed a new auto-box, a new turbo (and when they blow you also have to change the intercooler, the cats, the back silencers and all the pipe-work). The bushes on the differential and rear axel failed and were replaced, one of the injectors failed and even the motor in the NS mirror failed. It is one of the nicest cars that I have ever driven, and spectacularly the most unreliable. It has never been off road and has now been sold.
BMW dealers were also the worst. It went back 6 times under warrenty to fix knocking from the tailgate. I ended up fixing it myself in 15 minutes, and that is just one example. BMW however must be congratulated for their marketing. I bought the pitch lock stock and barrell: but once bitten.........
just recently bought a 2001 model with 58k. the car looks absolutely gorgeous. i just cold my bmw 330ci sport convertible and decided to go for this for the winter. in the cabin it has all the necessary gizmo'z you'd expect for a car of its quality. the buid quality (goes without saying) is brilliant and doesnt feel plasticky like the mercedes ml does or range rover. the drive is smoot and the automatic transmission is effortless. i test drove a manual and its just not the same and cost 2000pounds less than the auto version. i have the 3.0 sport petrol and for a big car it goes from a - b quite quickly. the only negative will be the petrol it drinks it like it hasent had any for years. but if you can afford the fuelling its definitely worth it. always go for leather seats(heated if possible), sport model over the se for me even the the se feels softer it just doesent look the same with those small wheels and 1980's steering wheel. full service history was a must and its got to be from main dealer or specialist to be worth trusting. all in all a lovely car and when i do sell it in summer i know it wil retain its value no problem.
I have the 2002 3.0 petrol Sport auto and love it. Ignore the diesel comments and buy a petrol! My 3.0 petrol was £4000 less that the equivalent diesel - the premium isn't worth it for the black pump. Work out the payback.
Also the turbo and gearbox problems don't affect the petrol - there are no high-pressure turbos and fuel systems to worry about.
GM supply the diesel gearbox, ZF for petrols. You can't go worng with a straight-six BMW petrol engine. It's what made them famous and will last forever. Diesel is over-rated and stinks !
I love this car. A really nice car to drive, the handling is sure and smooth. I think the performance is excellent, and I have not experienced any of the "lag" problems described in other reviews (have you tried an XC90?). Quick away from the lights, and effortless power up hills. I am quite hard on it, but I get easy 31mpg on a run, and 28mpg average since I bought it 55,000 miles, and 2 and a half years ago. Has never let me down, it's easy on oil, and I'm only on the second set of tyres. What don't I like about it? Options aren't cheap, and the boot's a bit small. I want/need 7 seats, and am a bit disappointed with the cost of the new version - reckon I will probably be looking at a Q7. Great drive though.
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