Car is beautiful to drive on tarmac. Yet to be tested off-road. Yes , running costs are high & m.p.g. is low (16.9) over last 6 months , but this wasn't unexpected as i looked into this before purchase of car. Overall it is the best car i have ever driven / owned and perfect for my partner & i and our 3 siblings.
We’ve had our X5 3.0d Sport Auto (184bhp) since April 2002, and I have to say, being described as 'car mad', one thing I couldn't understand was when people said they fell in love with a car - until we had our X5!
Dad had it for the first two years, in which the car covered over 90,000 miles, getting through just two sets of tyres and a turbo replaced under warranty, as well as the regular maintenance. Since 2004, it has been driven by Mom, who 'smiled with every journey' (to quote her) and said she loved the way it handled just like a low-slung saloon, defying its size when thrown into a corner at speed.
Unfortunately, as it crawled into Benham BMW in Wolverhampton with dark, oily smoke being emitted from it's exhausts, we were later told than upon rigorous inspection, it had a nasty oil leak - understandable after 124,500 miles - which had contaminated the turbo, coolant system, catalytic converter and exhaust system, it was going to cost £4,000 to fix, not to mention the extra £1,500 for new rear suspension wishbones need to pass it's MOT next March, which is enough for us to need a change.
With that we bid farewell to 'Black Thunder' (we even named it!) and hope it trundles on with another owner who will enjoy it as much as we did.
Other than the costs, BMW customer service is excellent (especially Benham BMW in Wolverhampton)
It's faster than its size may suggest.
It still looks mint after 6 years and so many miles, ageing gracefully.
Bought to replace a much loved 530d SE Touring as we did not like the new 5 series. Great car though my wife finds it a bit big to drive. A real feel good car to drive, fast, quiet and economical. The Panoramic sunroof is excellent. We wanted an SE model as you did not get the oppressive black headlining or hard suspension in the Sport. Having paid £34k in May 06 my wife now wants a smaller car. BMW are offering me £21.5k claiming that lack of comms pack/general 4x4 lull has dented the value..Hmm. Otherwise excellent car. No problems. Shame the dealer is a bit slapdash (Murketts Huntingdon) and never finish any job properly. I also own an M3 (what a car!) and they are consistently poor with that as well..
Why oh why did I not read these reports before buying one of these. Like several other owners I think this has got to be the worst auto gearbox on the market. I bought my X5 (8 months ago) at two and half years old with 35k on the clock. However, after a thousand miles I started to get a squeak from the gearbox when shifting into fourth. BMW fixed this, but then the real problems started. First to second when cold is unbelievably bad (and God forbid I am pulling away uphill - I didn't think it was ever going to go into second), the hesitation (on occasions) when pulling away is agonising (BMW told me this is to protect the torque converter!! - how about me when pulling out onto busy roundabouts!!). Reverse gear now takes an age to engage as well. Like a previous report I had the grumbling gearbox when slowing down. Also have fluctuating revs at constant speed - however, once warm, most of these problems are barely discernable (bar the hesiation). The dealer at one point told me I was going to have a new gearbox, but Bracknell intervened (and did another remap)and effectively was told that they were not going to do any more about it as that is how X5's drive. But the fact remains, after eight months of ownership it is going. I cannot tell you how gutted I am. This was the car of my dreams and I thought I had bought a bad one. It's small consolation reading the same story over and over.
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