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  • redrob968redrob968 Posts: 2
    Can anyone advise if the Section 179 Business deduction for the BMW X5 with a GVW of 6005 lbs. mentioned in post266 by Gloriad by Camile, applies to vehicles leased or only to those purchased ? I have heard that for those vehicles used 100% for business that you can deduct a max of $24,000 the first year. Would this mean that if you are in roughly the 39.6% tax bracket, that you can write off your taxes $9500 or the equivalent of $792/ month? Red Rob
  • gochamgocham Posts: 4
    Is it worth getting a leather in x5?

  • gohuskiesgohuskies Posts: 40
    I was looking at certified, previously owned X5s at my local BMW dealer and came upon a used, 2,000 miles, X5, 2001 model, 3.0 with every accessory package (4) and a standard 5 speed manual transmission. Anyone out there have a manual transmission in their X5? I would like operational feedback and any comments regarding how much the manual transmission should affect a purchase offer.
  • tgif888tgif888 Posts: 351
    There is an article in Autoweek saying that BMW will recall 22,000 some vehicles that have a faulty fan switch. It includes the X5.
  • gloriadgloriad Posts: 18
    Sorry it's taken so long to respond but I haven't checked out this board recently. To qualify for the Section 179 Business Deduction you must purchase the vehicle. Here is a link you can check out and you can also get more articles by keying in "Secion 179 Business Deduction" on
  • caveman4caveman4 Posts: 3
    Does anyone have an opinion about how the X5 performs in deep snow?
  • gpvsgpvs Posts: 214
    I think if you look at the beginning of this topic, some folks there were discussing how it performs in snow with the given tires you have.
  • skimmelskimmel Posts: 43
    We drove ours in heavy snow last winter (total was about 12-14", but don't know how much when we were on the road) and never got stuck or skidded. I tried a few quick turns in lesser snow and didn't fishtail at all (could hear the brakes applied and power change to prevent skidding).
  • Great Forum.

    Narrowed down selection to 3.0 X5. Base package.

    Does anyone have a trailer hitch on theirs for carrying bikes.

    I'm curious if the rear suspension can support 4 mountain bikes (approx 200 pounds including the rack, 2 adult passengers (300 pounds) and luggage (set. 150 pounds).

    Specifically will the suspension sink so low that the X5 will catch air in the front.

    In Canada, the self-leveling suspension is part of a very expensive option package which I'd like to avoid if possible.

  • hobbes974hobbes974 Posts: 7
    I've place a deposit for a 2002 X5 3.0 with auto, premium, climate, and xenon light. I got the dealer to knock $300 dollars off MSRP(not known yet since it's a 2002) plus free floor mats. Is this a good deal? If I were to order a 2001 with the exact options today, the MSRP total is $45,120 not including T/L. How much should I expect to pay below MSRP? I like to wait for the 2002, but if the price is good I should just get the 2001. Any feedback would be greatly appreciated. Thanks!
  • donlinodonlino Posts: 26
    Anyone try to fit 3 car seats in an X5? I have a 4 year old in a booster seat, a 2 year old and one on the way. Do you think the X5 is too small? Hate the look of minivans. Other possibilities include the Sequoia or M Class. Any comments appreciated.
  • fngofngo Posts: 1
    You should be able to get $ 1-1.5 K off MSRP on the 3.0i for either 2001 or 2002.
  • stheodd1stheodd1 Posts: 18
    Currently own a 99 Land Cruiser. Am considering a move to the X5. The smaller size and more sporting aspects appeal to me. I am interested if any on the board have done the same thing and the driving impressions both good and bad. Test drives just don't let you know enough about long term relationships.
  • oddjoboxoddjobox Posts: 8
    I have always had leather in all of my cars. It may cost more in the beginning but it pays for itself because it doesn't stain. Leather is also more comfortable. I have two young kids and they make a mess in the car, but I just wipe and clean the seats once every couple of weeks and they look as good as new.
  • oddjoboxoddjobox Posts: 8
    I just purchased a new X5 3.0 fully loaded. The dealer gave me the internet discount, which is $1500 off of the sticker price.
  • oddjoboxoddjobox Posts: 8
    The X5 I just purchased was fully loaded but with stock 17" tires and wheels. I thought I could save $1200 on the 19" I spoke wheels by ordering them over the internet rather than buying them from the dealer, but that was a mistake. The company I dealt with sent me refurbished wheels with incomplete chrome. Most chrome wheels are chromed in 3 stages and these only had a thin film of chrome on them. I've now learned a lot about chrome wheels. After returning them, I received another set of wheels 4 weeks later with the same problem. Now I may have to go to court to try and collect my full refund from the company. After all this I've decided to get the wheels from the dealer.
    So everybody be careful, good deals aren't always what they seem.
  • hussungdchussungdc Posts: 5
    I just bought a new 2001 X-5 3.0 this weekend for $1500 over ivoice. I had a deposit on a 2001 ML320 (MB dealer selling 2001 at invoce), I let my BMW dealer (Louisville) know. He came back to me at $1500 over invoce, which is about $3500 below MSRP. When we went to pick the car up, he tried to tack on a $289 documentation fee...I refused and still bought it at $1500 over invoice.

    We too have three small kids (4, 2, 2months) and they all fit great in the back. We had a Ford Expedition...too big. My wife had bruises on her shins from climbing into the back to buckle the kids in...that's why we switched.

    FYI our new X-5 has prem pkg, sport pkg, activity pkg, climate pkg, lumbar, dimming mirrors and is white w/tan leather.
  • gpvsgpvs Posts: 214
    Can you by any chance let us know where you got your wheels from that way we won't make the same mistake you do by buying from that place?

  • Stever@EdmundsStever@Edmunds YooperlandPosts: 38,936
    "The success of BMW's venerable 3 Series lineup and the new X5 SUV have vaulted the brand past Lincoln and Mercedes-Benz into second place in the U.S. luxury vehicle market, hot on the heels of first place Lexus."

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  • agh15agh15 Posts: 90
    Does any one know of the changes that will be made for the 2002 model year.
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