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2011 BMW X5 Consumer Reviews

4.0
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X5 is the best

by from Denver, CO on September 15, 2011

I purchased a new 2011 X5 3.5i loaded with the staggered 20's. Only vehicle of 20 I have puirchased that never needed to go back in with even a minor adjustment. This car is flawless. Amazing handling...
I purchased a new 2011 X5 3.5i loaded with the staggered 20's. Only vehicle of 20 I have puirchased that never needed to go back in with even a minor adjustment. This car is flawless. Amazing handling, look and comfort. I could not go near the 5 Series after driving the X5 SAV.
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Purchased a used car

Uses car for Commuting

Does recommend this car

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Great deal on X5 diesel

by from Louisville, KY on January 23, 2013

I bought this car certified-used from local BMW dealer - price was well below anything else within 300 miles, and it had half the mileage (<9K miles). I only drive BMWs, we traded an 02 X5 - I am bias...
I bought this car certified-used from local BMW dealer - price was well below anything else within 300 miles, and it had half the mileage (<9K miles). I only drive BMWs, we traded an 02 X5 - I am biased toward BMWs because I am used to the way they drive, handle, and perform, and I know where everything is and how it works, and there is no better service experience in my opinion. Having said that, be sure you get warranties, including maintenance, because they are EXPENSIVE to work on. Fortunately mine have never been any major trouble. But even the routine stuff is very pricey, so get the maintenance warranty. The car is immaculate - buying new cars is nice, but certified used is the way to go in my opinion, unless you hate money. I saved a bundle on immaculate low-mileage used vs. a brand new one. I have never owned a diesel, but wanted to try it for the better fuel economy and so far I am impressed, averaging ~22 mpg in town and some highway driving. The performance is also great, great acceleration/torque, and tight handling. After a month I am very happy and impressed - hope to stay happy.
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Purchased a used car

Uses car for Just getting around

Does recommend this car

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2011 BMW X5 x35d - awesome performance

by from Boise, ID on August 30, 2011

Bought in May of 2011. Mileage is really great, the diesel power is amazing. Not a noisy or stinky car like diesels of the past. It's too bad North American drivers haven't embraced diesel like in Eur...
Bought in May of 2011. Mileage is really great, the diesel power is amazing. Not a noisy or stinky car like diesels of the past. It's too bad North American drivers haven't embraced diesel like in Europe. Car is comfortable, great ride, nicely finished and quite attractive. (thumbs up)!
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Purchased a used car

Uses car for Towing

Does recommend this car

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I like most of it, but too early to tell

by from Winchester VA. on November 25, 2014

I like the vehicle, and am amazed that something this heavy with such heavy tires with a twin turbo and 300 HP can get 26 mpg on a trip. Cons are teeth jarring run flat tires and the disgusting amount...
I like the vehicle, and am amazed that something this heavy with such heavy tires with a twin turbo and 300 HP can get 26 mpg on a trip. Cons are teeth jarring run flat tires and the disgusting amount of brake dust.
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Purchased a used car

Uses car for Just getting around

Does recommend this car

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Not an enthusiast

by from Missouri on January 4, 2016

I wish the test drive would have given me more insight. I hate the steering. Too hard to turn at low speeds and so tight when on the hwy. that I feel like I am all over the road. I am worn out after d...
I wish the test drive would have given me more insight. I hate the steering. Too hard to turn at low speeds and so tight when on the hwy. that I feel like I am all over the road. I am worn out after driving this car. Always something coming on with the sensors. Now the camera is malfunctioning and there is nothing in idrive to help and nothing in the car manual. I do not like the idrive system. Takes your attention off the road too much. I constantly bump it if I am using the cup holder from the passenger seat. I absolutely HATE the unlock button in the middle of the car! why aren't they on each front door like most cars. Also if you are going to be able to unlock and have a push button start.... the design would have been better not to have to insert it into the car. Not sure if there are keyless entries with codes available as we purchased this used but I really don't like having to have the key with me.... of course, I couldn't leave it in the car then as it would open for anyone! The automatic lift gate is nice but why can't you close it from the driver's seat. VERY inconvenient when you are used to being able to do that....... the seats are very hard and not comfortable for long trips.... An hour in and I hate it. I totally regret purchasing this car. Wish I had kept my 2008 Lincoln MKX. Who knew..... I think sometimes people want BMW for status and it isn't about that for me.
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Purchased a used car

Uses car for Work

Does not recommend this car

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The Best Car I ever had

by from NEW YORK CITY, NY on July 6, 2016

I am very satisfied with a purchase! BMW 2011 3.5i is a great car for city. I do have a decent MPG(20), it is roomie and very nice looking. When you look for this car to buy used, interior is the grea...
I am very satisfied with a purchase! BMW 2011 3.5i is a great car for city. I do have a decent MPG(20), it is roomie and very nice looking. When you look for this car to buy used, interior is the great way to understand if the mileage is accurate. Don't buy it in NYC. The ride is rough, but you get good handling because of that. Steering wheel is hard to turn, but it makes it unique. This car is a great Sport Utility SUV for the people who knows what it is.
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Purchased a used car

Uses car for Having fun

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X5 is still my favorite SUV

by from Washington, DC on November 9, 2011

I just placed an order for a 2012 X5 5.0 to replace my 2011 X5 diesel (April 2010 production) with over 30,000 miles. This will be my eighth X5 since 2001 (and 16th BMW in total). I favor the X5 becau...
I just placed an order for a 2012 X5 5.0 to replace my 2011 X5 diesel (April 2010 production) with over 30,000 miles. This will be my eighth X5 since 2001 (and 16th BMW in total). I favor the X5 because it has the most comfortable driving position and seats of any SUV (especially with the multi-contour must-have seats). I read the reviews on this site from people who claim to have a 2011 X5 3.0 (no such thing because that engine ended in 2010) and people who claim to have had mechanical problems, uncomfortable seats, inoperable navigation, etc. Those sound like false reviews. Even Consumer Reports recommends the X5 as of November 2011. My X5s have been completely reliable. No issues. None. I've had every version of the iDrive system since the first one in the 2002 E65 745i and it has never been sufficiently complicated to justify all the whining about it. The current iDrive's granularity of control over vehicle functions is better than any other vehicle including Audi. The diesel is noisier than the gas engines, but the torque is amazing and I've had trips that averaged 31 mpg in all highway driving, which is not bad for a 5,300 lb SUV. I opted for the 5.0 this time to change things up a little, but I'm sure I'll miss the 600+ mile range on a single tank of diesel. It's also important to me that these vehicles are made in the U.S. (Spartanburg, SC).
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Uses car for Commuting

Does recommend this car

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OMG!!!!!!!!!!!!! AWESOME

by from Rehoboth MA on February 27, 2011

I had a 2010 GX460. we liked it then we went looked at cars. Then we fell in love with the 2011 x5's. Ordered a 35iXDRIVE premuim. Black w/ cinnamon interior love it. Highs: Really Nice SUV, High qua...
I had a 2010 GX460. we liked it then we went looked at cars. Then we fell in love with the 2011 x5's. Ordered a 35iXDRIVE premuim. Black w/ cinnamon interior love it. Highs: Really Nice SUV, High quality Interior, Plush Materials, Nice Shifting Transmission, Real Sexy, NICE WHEELS!!!!! Lows: Power liftgate operates to fast, high pricing, everything in packages, real pricy, tight third row seat.
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Purchased a used car

Uses car for Just getting around

Does recommend this car

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Always at the shop, very unreliable for the price

by from League City , Texas on January 7, 2014

This car performs well when it does work. However, since I purchased it in 2010, it's been in the shop more than on the road. A couple of days after buying it, the car just lost power while pulling in...
This car performs well when it does work. However, since I purchased it in 2010, it's been in the shop more than on the road. A couple of days after buying it, the car just lost power while pulling in to a shopping center. I had to wait a few minutes before I was able to restart it. Then at 800 miles, I had to add a quart of oil. Then after that, it's been a routine quart of oil every 3000 miles. I was told by dealership that it was normal to add a quart of oil since it's a "high performance" vehicle. I took it to a couple of mechanics and I was told that it isn't normal to add a quart every 3000 miles!! There is something wrong with the engine if it continues to require adding a quart of oil. A few months later, the engine emission lights came on and they had to replace the emission pump. Then, my engine completely burst while entering the freeway, which eventually had the truck in service for almost 2 1/2 months while I waited for the dealership to replace the engine. Not only was it an inconvenience, the dealership also required me to return the loaner every 3 days!!! What a bunch of crock! By the way, after the engine was replaced, the problems with adding a quart of oil stopped!! I would usually see the oil gauge at 50% by 1500 miles and by close to 3000 miles that's when I have to add a quart of oil. Then a month later, the battery died at 35,000 miles. After a month, the water pump broke on Christmas Eve, which then had to be replaced. I was told by my service advisor, that it doesn't matter what car I buy, if it's built by humans it is prone to have problems....What??? Problems!! I call it a complete failure. Not only does the truck unreliable but the place I bought the vehicle is also unreliable with their loaner cars. BMW calls their vehicle "The Ultimate Driving Experience". After what I've been through, I call it the ultimate broken down experience!!
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Purchased a used car

Uses car for Transporting family

Does not recommend this car

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2011 X5diesel

by from Northern California on November 29, 2010

I've only had this car 10 days, so can't comment on reliability, but I've already put 1200 miles on it... This is my 3rd BMW, coming off a leased 535i. The responsiveness, performance and handling are...
I've only had this car 10 days, so can't comment on reliability, but I've already put 1200 miles on it... This is my 3rd BMW, coming off a leased 535i. The responsiveness, performance and handling are great for a vehicle this size. I got the adaptive drive option, but don't feel much of a difference in the handling or performance. The "multifunction" driver's seat is extremely firm on the long drive I took, enough of an annoyance I had to buy a seat cushion for the drive home... The BMW "comfort" seat upgrade on my 535 was much more comfortable. I'm very disappointed the seats are too firm, after I spent the extra money hoping the seats would be similar. The new changes on the idrive are confusing, voice recognition is marginal, and the navigation mapping system is much worse, recommending inefficient roundabout routes, the maps that show the traffic are hard to read on the display...gray on gray doesn't show up well at all...who thought of that??? I'm going to have to get a Garmin now. The automatic rear hatch sticks open in cold weather...I've had to push it closed several times now. The car was delivered to me with a blown out tweeter in the driver's door, took an extra week for the dealer to get the part and fix it. Getting 23 mpg on the first few tanks, highway driving. However, I do love driving this SAV around, very fun.
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Purchased a used car

Uses car for Commuting

Does recommend this car

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