2001 BMW X5

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$38,900

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2001 BMW X5

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2 trims

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2001 BMW X5 review: Our expert's take

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At first glance, the BMW X5 3.0i and the Jaguar S-Type 3.0L have little in common except for the size of their engines.

The X5 is a luxury sport-utility from a German automaker. The S-Type is a luxury sedan from a venerable name in British auto making that’s now owned by Ford Motor.

In fact, each even employs a different engine configuration, with the BMW getting the expected in-line version of its cylinders while the Jaguar employs a V-6.

Yet each represents an attempt by its maker to stretch the availability of a new model. In this case, the six-cylinder versions of these vehicles make them not only less powerful but also much cheaper than their V-8-bearing siblings.

The X5 4.4i with its 282-horsepower V-8 sells for $50,045 with destination charge. The X5 3.0i that we drove with its 225-horsepower in-line six sells for $39,545.

The S-Type 4.0L with its 281-horsepower V-8 sells for $49,950 with destination charge. The S-Type 3.0L that we drove with its 240-horsepower V-6 sells for $44,250.

In these troubled economic times, even luxury car buyers think twice when making $5,000 or $10,000 decisions. Let’s see what they get for their money.

Jaguar S-Type 3.0L

It didn’t take the S-Type sports sedan long after its May 1999 debut to become the bestselling Jaguar in the United States. A price much more affordable than previous Jaguars and the car’s gorgeous exterior proved an irresistible draw to many buyers.

With its four round front lights and oblong-shaped grille, the S-Type is instantly recognizable. Its body is contemporary and well-proportioned, and seems far removed from the ancient shape of the XJ sedan.

On the inside you’ll find the requisite leather and wood, both looking just a bit more elegant than in some competing luxury models.

The biggest differences, obviously, in the 4.0L and 3.0L versions of the rear-wheel-drive S-Type are under the hood and on the road.

The 32-valve, dual-cam AJ-V8 found in the 4.0L has been around since 1996. It produces 281 horsepower and 287 foot-pounds of torque in the S-Type. It’s a fast and potent motor and one that gives a Jaguar the racy feel it deserves.

The 3.0-liter AJ-V6 that arrived new with the S-Type in 1999 is Jaguar’s first production V-6. At 240 horsepower and 221 foot-pounds of torque, it is smooth and sophisticated. But, at least when compared with the whomping good V-8, it feels a little unspirited on the road. Perhaps that’s because less than 100 pounds separate the two versions of this car. That means the V-6 has to move nearly the same amount of weight with much less power. Jaguar’s own performance numbers reveal that while the 4.0L gets from 0 to 60 mph in 6.6 seconds, it takes the 3.0L 8.0 seconds to reach 60 mph.

In the end, once a few options are added — our nearly $50,000 test car came with a $2,000 navigation system and a $3,200 memory/weather package with moon roof, heated seats and other features — the S-Type 3.0L gets pretty expensive. At that price, the six-cylinder S-Type is no bargain compared with similar models offered by BMW, Lexus, Volvo, Acura and others.

BMW X5 3.0i

In contrast, this new-for-2001 version 3.0i of the X5 sport-utility seems like more of a bargain. Perhaps it’s the $10,500 sticker flicker between it and the 4.4i V-8 version. Perhaps it’s the great goodness of the new aluminum in-line six powering this all-wheel-drive car-truck.

Or perhaps it’s because BMW includes almost all of the good stuff in this cheaper model. That includes safety features like dynamic stability control and the head protection system, which can help keep you from crashing and cushions your noggin in case you do.

In terms of performance, a 4. X5 with an automatic transmission goes from 0 to 60 mph in 7.5 seconds while a 3.0i X5 does it in 8.6 seconds. The 3.0i weighs 256 pounds less (or 309 pounds less if you pick the X5 3.0i with the manual, a transmission choice that isn’t available on the 4.4i.) On the road, both versions have tight, precise rides — which you’d expect from a BMW but perhaps not from a sport-utility.

In this case, a cheaper price makes the X5 3.0i a better choice for many buyers.

Consumer reviews

Rating breakdown (out of 5):
  • Comfort 4.8
  • Interior design 4.7
  • Performance 4.7
  • Value for the money 4.2
  • Exterior styling 4.9
  • Reliability 3.7

Most recent consumer reviews

3.6

It will break your heart

They look great, are comfortable, get decent gas mileage for their size/weight, and handle as a BMW should. The driving position is one of my all time favorites as you sit upright with big windows all around giving you great visibility. The economics of the cabin are wonderful. Overall it’s a great driving experience. But... They are not well built or designed. Maintenance labor cost are going to be nearly double of that of other BMWs because the front subframe pretty Much as to come off every time you touch the engine or transmission. And both those are going to need a lot of touching. My 120k X5 3.0 required $10k of work in just two years, and was a car with detailed service records since new. That $10k isn’t even the full number of all the repairs that were needed because it ran me dry and about another $4k in work was still needed at the time I sold it. And I sold it for $3500. If you have deep pockets and this is your dream car, do it! They are lovely to drive. If you’re thinking a cheap used BMW SUV might give you luxury while saving you money, just run as far away as you can as these will eat you alive!

5.0

Most BANG for the Buck car ever made.

These amazing SUV's are powerful, economical, hardy, well made, long lasting, beautiful, easy to get in & out even if you are elderly, & so incredible to drive. Truly, my favorite car I have ever owned.

5.0

Most beautiful and also amazing car

Well at first back when in 2006 I really was skeptical on buying a car online. But every since I've been sold on cars.com I trust their service and also am ready to buy my 2020 soon off cars.com

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Warranty

New car and Certified Pre-Owned programs by BMW
Certified Pre-Owned program benefits
Maximum age/mileage
Certified Pre-Owned Elite with less than 15,000 miles; Certified Pre-Owned with less than 60,000 miles
Basic warranty terms
1 year/unlimited miles from expiration of 4-year/50,000-mile new car warranty
Powertrain
N/A
Dealer certification required
196-point inspection
Roadside assistance
Yes
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