BMW handling merged with SUV design
August 23, 2018
You get a LOT of luxury and performance in a 5 to 15 year old X5. This is because the Nappa leather, inside (door panels, dash, etc) are/were made of premium quality materials. Other cars look weathered, old, degraded vinyls, shabby carpet liner. Not BMW. And especially X5s that were made, and painted in Germany, before the EPA prohibited solvent-based clear coat (it's soy-based now). Mine, from Germany, still has a new car gloss that brings comments.
However, BMW, Woodcliff Lakes, NJ, corporate office for the U.S., needs to order their dealer service departments to own up to defects and mal-functioning parts, such as door handle carriers and cables. And valve stem seal issues. Top BMW techs conclude on forums that it is the 12K mile oil change interval that causes the valve stem seals to degrade--on BMW's V8 motors in early to mid-2000. Smoking allowed.
One service manager at a suburban Chicago dealer said, "I never heard of valve stem seals going bad." Later, Elmhurst BMW, same guy, said, "That will run you about $6K to repair and we can give you a ten percent discount." (On one of their CPO program cars; mentioned problem to them when the car was STILL in CPO warranty; they did nothing but CHECK the oil.)
Service manager would not accept that his dept. stripped out my caliper hold down bolt threads when doing the front brakes. "How do we know it was not done by someone else," he said. His shop was the only shop that had done brake work because it was a CPO (means nothing) car from his shop in Elmhurst.
Very stable highway vehicle at 5K pounds.
Would recommend this vehicle, and used, too. But be weary of the dealers' duplicity and denial of known problems many other owners are well aware of, but not the service depts!