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2008 BMW X5
2008 BMW X5
Available Price Range $9,885-$19,161 TrimsN/A Combined MPG 16-18 SeatsN/A

Our Take on the 2008 BMW X5

Our Take

Redesigned for 2007, BMW's X5 sport utility vehicle offered more seats, power and size than its forebear. Exterior sheet metal mimics other designs by BMW stylist Chris Bangle, though here the flanks seem less chiseled, the creases more softly hewn. Interior styling follows that of the curre... Read Full Report

What We Don't Like

  • Firm front seats
  • No side curtain airbags for third row
  • Flat black plastic bumpers and rub strips
  • Rocker panels still dirty pant legs
  • Fixed front seat belt anchors

Notable Features

  • Seats up to seven
  • Inline-six or V-8 power
  • Standard AWD
  • Optional head-up display
  • Optional navigation with traffic-based rerouting


Our Expert Reviews

Editor's note: This review was written in February 2007 about the 4.8i version of the 2007 BMW X5. Little of substance has changed with this year's model. To see what details are different this year, check out a side-by-side comparison of the two model years. The BMW X5 was one of the pioneers in the performance SUV segment when it was launched in the 2000 model year. Its focus on on... Read full review for the 2008 BMW X 5

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X5 4.8 Review

by X5 4.8 Driver from Tampa, Florida on January 16, 2010

First, you have to buy this car in a 4.8 if you like to drive. The 3.0 is just not a good engine matchup. Second, don't buy a BMW if you like Lexus reliability, it just is not there. Third, if you enj... Read Full Review


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There are currently 4 recalls for this car.

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Warranties Explained


Often called a basic warranty or new-vehicle warranty, a bumper-to-bumper policy covers components like air conditioning, audio systems, vehicle sensors, fuel systems and major electrical components. Most policies exclude regular maintenance like fluid top offs and oil changes, but a few brands have separate free-maintenance provisions, and those that do offer them is slowly rising. Bumper-to-bumper warranties typically expire faster than powertrain warranties.


Don't be misled a 10-year or 100,000-mile powertrain warranty doesn't promise a decade of free repairs for your car. It typically covers just the engine and transmission, along with any other moving parts that lead to the wheels, like the driveshaft and constant velocity joints. Some automakers also bundle seat belts and airbags into their powertrain warranties. With a few exceptions, powertrain warranties don't cover regular maintenance like engine tuneups and tire rotations.

Roadside Assistance

Some automakers include roadside assistance with their bumper-to-bumper or powertrain warranties, while others have separate policies. These programs cover anything from flat-tire changes and locksmith services to jump-starts and towing. Few reimburse incidental costs like motel rooms (if you have to wait for repairs).

Free Scheduled Maintenance

Some automakers include free scheduled maintenance for items such as oil changes, air filters and tire rotations. Some include consumables including brake pads and windshield wipers; others do not. They are typically for the first couple of years of ownership of a new car.

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