2009 BMW X5 Consumer Reviews

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2009 Bmw X 5
4.3
Average based on 15 reviews
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All of the above

by from Ithaca, NY on May 23, 2010

I've read all the reviews and after owning my 2009 X-5 for 14 months and 35,000 miles I can appreciate all of the reviews (the good and the bad). It is a terrific car and is full of great technology. ...
I've read all the reviews and after owning my 2009 X-5 for 14 months and 35,000 miles I can appreciate all of the reviews (the good and the bad). It is a terrific car and is full of great technology. The diesel is quiet, clean and powerful. Some of the materials used in the interior is of inferior quality. The running boards should NOT be purchased. The reliability is acceptable but not what you would expect from BMW. Compared to the competition, the BMW is still the one!!!!
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Purchased a used car

Uses car for Transporting family

Does recommend this car

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The big bad Bavarian

by from Los Angeles, CA on February 8, 2011

My X5 has some annoying quirks about it. The iDrive takes a long time to power up, which means you cannot use the back up camera when you need it. Not that BMW’s back up camera is that great. The imag...
My X5 has some annoying quirks about it. The iDrive takes a long time to power up, which means you cannot use the back up camera when you need it. Not that BMW’s back up camera is that great. The image is blurry in the daytime and completely useless at night. iDrive also has makes simple things like tuning the radio incredibly difficult. The air conditioning on the X5 pretty weak, which is disappointing because this is supposed to be a luxury car. Now that the negatives are out of the way, step on the accelerator and try overtaking on the freeway. As soon as you drive it at high speeds, you will know why this car is worth it’s exorbitant price. It also helps that the car has a beautiful exterior and a sumptuous interior wrapped inch by inch in leather. If you are going to buy an X5, get the inline 6. That is the engine BMW is famous for. I have had the car for 2 years now. No reliability issues thus far.
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Purchased a used car

Uses car for Commuting

Does recommend this car

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Love it

by from TN on August 5, 2009

I loved everything about the Diesel X5. I thought it handled beautifully. Good turning radius. No smell from the diesel. Unfortunately, an accident totaled my X5 six weeks after we bought it. We barel...
I loved everything about the Diesel X5. I thought it handled beautifully. Good turning radius. No smell from the diesel. Unfortunately, an accident totaled my X5 six weeks after we bought it. We barely felt the impact, and my daughter didn't even hear much. We were not injured in the least. Great car to have a wreck in, but I have been depressed for weeks because I lost my car. Barely any depreciation, so we didn't lose too much money.
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Purchased a used car

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Does recommend this car

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Small place,huge quality in customer service!

by from Boston,Ma on May 23, 2013

I was searching for a Mercedes-Bens C300 4matic for a few weeks until i saw the countryside auto sale on cars.com, i contact them it was very nice over the phone,when i got to the dealership and i loo...
I was searching for a Mercedes-Bens C300 4matic for a few weeks until i saw the countryside auto sale on cars.com, i contact them it was very nice over the phone,when i got to the dealership and i look at the vehicle was nice and clean,they told men could take the test drive for a hour if i have to,they told me if i have to bring to my mechanic for so i can fell more comfortable was ok as well. Ronnie provided me with carfax report and helped me with excellent interest rate,i am so gladly that i purchased my Mercedes from countryside auto sale and i will for sure comeback for another one
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Purchased a used car

Uses car for Transporting family

Does recommend this car

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Rewarding Myself

by from Phoenix, AZ on December 4, 2011

I absolutely love my X5, I still smile when I walk up to it. But I knew going in that this was not the best "bang for my buck." Having test driven a number of other cars, I found nearly all the luxury...
I absolutely love my X5, I still smile when I walk up to it. But I knew going in that this was not the best "bang for my buck." Having test driven a number of other cars, I found nearly all the luxury items in the X5 in other cars at better prices. So, why did I buy the X5? Style, not value. I almost went with something else, but felt I was settling, just wasn't excited about it even though it had everything on my checklist. With the X5, I'm rewarding myself for a lifetime of hard work. Here are some things I found to be a problem: Transmission. When I'm stopped at a red light, and I take my foot off the break, the car jolts noticeably. The digital console is not intuitive. Simple repairs are costly. Things I like: I get better gas mileage than advertised...about 20.5 mpg. Panoramic sun roof. Auto-lift gate. Plenty of cargo room. Auto retracting side view mirrors, which I use everyday. There are so many luxury options. One thing BMW is known for is exceptional handling and the X5 is no exception. In short, if you buy the X5, you're buying style and if you're like me, it's worth it.
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Purchased a used car

Uses car for Commuting

Does not recommend this car

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Do not buy

by from Phoenix, az on August 10, 2012

Agree with previous reviews, Loved the car, but hated the unreliability. Had to ged rid of run flat tires, engine light always on, fuel gage stopped working, needed radiator, water pump, thermostat, p...
Agree with previous reviews, Loved the car, but hated the unreliability. Had to ged rid of run flat tires, engine light always on, fuel gage stopped working, needed radiator, water pump, thermostat, poor air conditioner. Poor rear camera. Poor voice connectivity. Owned car for 3 years, would never buy BMW again. Do your research, make sure you can afford expensive repairs, all my repairs were after warranty expired. I was out of luck. Do not rely on carfax Reports.
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Purchased a used car

Uses car for Work

Does not recommend this car

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worst car I have ever owned.

by from Phoenix, AZ on October 28, 2009

Do your research before you buy this. The are MANY faults with this vehicle that the dealer won't tell you about. If you get running boards you will never have clean pants again. The backup camera doe...
Do your research before you buy this. The are MANY faults with this vehicle that the dealer won't tell you about. If you get running boards you will never have clean pants again. The backup camera does not work when it should. If the "I-drive" is not fully booted up the backup camera will not come on. In my case it comes on after I'm out of reverse, and proceeding down the street. The dealership tells me to unlock the car as soon as I'm "within range" to give the "I-drive" a chance to boot up. The radio in "sat" mode does not tell you the "number" of the station you are on, nor does the radio tell you if the station you are listening to is a preset in the memory. The fan on my A/C is terrible. The most air comes through the 2 center vents, the outside vents get very little, if any at all. The only way to combat this, is to partially close the center vents. The climate control always comes on when you start the vehicle. If I shut it off, when I start the vehicle again it turns on by itself. I find the interior of the vehicle cheap and the seats are extremely uncomfortable. The computer screen has been set in the dashboard, tipped up toward the windshield and sunroof and when sunny there is glare on the screen and you can't see it. The "I-drive" system is very complicated, and not user friendly. The wind deflector on the sunroof is fabric, it catches bugs and is difficult to clean. I've owned my X5 for 4 months and it's been into service for peeling wood veneer, a glove box door that fell off, and body molding that's peeling off. The only thing I like about the vehicle is the diesel engine, it's a good performer and is very quick. I could not recommend this vehicle to anyone.
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Purchased a used car

Uses car for Just getting around

Does not recommend this car

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Love my x5

by from Monkton, MD on August 6, 2012

I loved the exterior of the x5, that is would made my attention go to this car. Upon the first test drive of years admiring the exterior, it did not disappoint. This heavy beast of a car glides down t...
I loved the exterior of the x5, that is would made my attention go to this car. Upon the first test drive of years admiring the exterior, it did not disappoint. This heavy beast of a car glides down the road. The interior is very roomy for both the front and back seat passengers. The average x5 comes with the options that most cars are an upgrade. To take the x5 over the top, there are even more options that can be added. Buying an x5 can be slightly difficult because BMW has changed the option packages over the years. Be careful. Something that could be standard in a 2011 may have been an option in 2009. Be sure to check what the packages offer for the year that you are looking. A cold weather package does change over the years, for example. Overall, I love my x5! It is enjoyable to drive and I find myself searching for reasons to go out so that I can be in it!!
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Purchased a used car

Uses car for Commuting

Does recommend this car

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Get a Diesel People

by from NJ on September 1, 2009

Gone are the days of dirty diesels America, check out the latest in diesel automobiles. We saw the competition and liked them to. The X5d has everything we were looking for. 26 to 28 mpg on highway an...
Gone are the days of dirty diesels America, check out the latest in diesel automobiles. We saw the competition and liked them to. The X5d has everything we were looking for. 26 to 28 mpg on highway and 19 to 20 on local, 580 miles without stoping for a fill up. The smaller cars even do better. The clincher for us was the no maintainence cost for 4yr/50000 mi. Just go to the BMW website to see the difference you will make if you buy a diesel. GO DIESEL
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X5 BMW

by from Texas on January 17, 2011

We had a great experience with this purchase! Love the car and trusted the seller! It was in excellent condition!
We had a great experience with this purchase! Love the car and trusted the seller! It was in excellent condition!
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