2001 Bmw X 5
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Least reliable auto I've owned

by from Owensboro Ky on March 11, 2008

Love the comfort and handling of my BMW but have spent thousands keeping it on the road and maintained. I enjoyed the first year of ownership and driving it but after that , it was at a dealer (50mile...
Love the comfort and handling of my BMW but have spent thousands keeping it on the road and maintained. I enjoyed the first year of ownership and driving it but after that , it was at a dealer (50miles+ away from where I lived) and required that I have a back up car for transportation when the BMW was in the shop (MANY TIMES). I will be trying to sell it or give it away in the next month and will not plan to ever own another one, although when it would run, it was the best handling car and most comfortable one that I ever owned. It was however, the least dependable car that I ever owned and most inconvenient to get repaired (as only a dealer could make most repairs)
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Does not recommend this car

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Great Car During Warranty Period

by from Dallas TX on November 9, 2006

Great car when you still have a warranty. My suggestion woul dbe to not own one unless it is still under warranty. Once it runs out of warranty LOOK OUT! My 2001 X-5 4.4 ran out of warranty in July...
Great car when you still have a warranty. My suggestion woul dbe to not own one unless it is still under warranty. Once it runs out of warranty LOOK OUT! My 2001 X-5 4.4 ran out of warranty in July and have had it in the shop twice in the past two weeks for miscellaneous electronic crud costing me over $3200. BMW will not fix most item,so if you take it to the dealer you will incur extra charges. But like i said great car when its running and everything is fine. Very sensitive on the electrical system. If soemthing does go its gonna cost ya!
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Purchased a used car

Does recommend this car

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Power in every way!!!

by from Chicago on February 19, 2007

Love this car. Have owned it since 2003. I bought it off a lease. I haven't really had big problems with it, but thank God for the Ext. Warranty. I mean this Suv is well build and drives better then a...
Love this car. Have owned it since 2003. I bought it off a lease. I haven't really had big problems with it, but thank God for the Ext. Warranty. I mean this Suv is well build and drives better then all Suv's out there ( I've tested all) But I just don't get it, these cars suffer from minor problems. For example, hoses and belts, and gaskets. I know this sounds very normal but it stinks when you are in below zero temps. and your car breaks down because of a minor hose that cracked open. Other then that, this SUV is nothing but power and style. I love it, and if someone were to buy it, do the right thing and purchase an Ext. Warranty. Do it and it will pay off right away. I promise...
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Purchased a used car

Does recommend this car

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Bargin but beware

by from Chicago on February 1, 2012

Purchased used, very clean, one owner car, with 79K. The X5 is my third vehicle and used primarily as a winter driver, driving less than 10K annually. Overall very pleased with my purchase and it was ...
Purchased used, very clean, one owner car, with 79K. The X5 is my third vehicle and used primarily as a winter driver, driving less than 10K annually. Overall very pleased with my purchase and it was a deal for less than $13,000. However there have been some minor issues that are inherent to BMWs and in particular X5s. Taillights bulbs burning out, cooling system (4.4 engine), and hood release, all repaired or replaced within the first 30 days of ownership. Buying a used BMW can be a bargain, however repairs can be costly. Prior to buying any used BMW, get it inspected and find an honest independent mechanic.
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Uses car for Commuting

Does recommend this car

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Love It & Will Buy BMW SUV Again

by from Wilmington, NC on November 2, 2011

I bought my X5 new in 2001 and at 140k miles it is still taking care of me. After the warranty expired, I found a local shop that specializes in BMW's and have been very pleased with the cost of maint...
I bought my X5 new in 2001 and at 140k miles it is still taking care of me. After the warranty expired, I found a local shop that specializes in BMW's and have been very pleased with the cost of maintenance, as others have vocalized, can get expensive. For an SUV, the comfort of the X5 is excellent. For performance, I have enjoyed the vehicle in the mountains and on the beach sand. Best vehicle buying decision I ever made.
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Uses car for Transporting family

Does recommend this car

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Great SAV To Own

by from LA on February 14, 2007

I've had this X5 3.0 with sport/premium pkg for 6 years and it's still driving like new car. No problem was found. This car drive like sport car like other BMW so it may make the rear passenger not ...
I've had this X5 3.0 with sport/premium pkg for 6 years and it's still driving like new car. No problem was found. This car drive like sport car like other BMW so it may make the rear passenger not as comfortable. But great for the driver.
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fun to drive suv, reliability ... not fun

by from minneapolis on March 10, 2012

I had an e53 m54 (3L motor). It is the best handling SUV in my opinion. Material quality is very high, I like x5 leather grade-- "finger-candy" quality:-) However, at about 88xxx miles head cover gask...
I had an e53 m54 (3L motor). It is the best handling SUV in my opinion. Material quality is very high, I like x5 leather grade-- "finger-candy" quality:-) However, at about 88xxx miles head cover gasket had gone south due to a frozen oil separator. 6 hours of my own labor and $300 in parts later it runs again but with a little shimmy. Replaced various links up front, breaks, rotors. Shimmy is gone. BUT! temperature control unit failed-- replaced. Then a battery drain(poor electronics BUS design)... and the best problem ever... throttle body stuck half way. (bad, coroded wiring). I did not even bother to replace that... SOLD
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Purchased a used car

Uses car for Commuting

Does not recommend this car

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Great SAV!!!

by from Chicago on May 23, 2007

This is my first BMW and I won't hesitate to buy another. I've learned a lot about Bmw and what needs to be done with it so that the consumer can enjoy long and happy driving. All thats needs to be do...
This is my first BMW and I won't hesitate to buy another. I've learned a lot about Bmw and what needs to be done with it so that the consumer can enjoy long and happy driving. All thats needs to be done with this auto is at 60k or at 70k depends on the condition, is to change the water pump, thermostat, belts, hoses and around 80k valve covers will probably be leaking. Those need to be changed as well. Other then that this car will run well over 150k. These cars are performance machines, if you don't do the proper maintainance they will not run past 70k. Believe me, I learned the hard way. Once you do the above maintainance you will not have a problem ever. The car will run like new. Oh and one more thing. If you do the valve covers, change the spark plugs while your at it. They are to be changed at 100k but since you have all the cover out and have full excess to the spark plugs, why not just change them then, it will cost less in the long run. Great Sav, would and will buy another.
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Does recommend this car

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Great SUV w/ a V8

by from Troy, MI on March 10, 2016

All the reviews are true. It can be expensive if the original owner didn't keep it up. My 4.4 has over 125K and I've personal spent over $15000 to keep it to spec (not bad for a big SUV that's over 15...
All the reviews are true. It can be expensive if the original owner didn't keep it up. My 4.4 has over 125K and I've personal spent over $15000 to keep it to spec (not bad for a big SUV that's over 15 years old). My only real complaint over the years is that the rear seating is not worthy of a luxury SUV. Kids back there could not care less. So if you're planning a trip with adults that have to sit in the second row.....I hope they are not close friends.
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Does recommend this car

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Performance like no other@!!!

by from CHICAGO on November 6, 2006

Love the handling, power, and looks. Some maintainance needed at 60k or more. Get extended warranty, will pay for itself. Other than that, I'll get another one.
Love the handling, power, and looks. Some maintainance needed at 60k or more. Get extended warranty, will pay for itself. Other than that, I'll get another one.
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Does recommend this car

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