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  • pgillpgill Posts: 84
    I think you would be disappointed with X5's cargo space if you need some space back there. My previous car was a 528i and X5 has about the same cargo space as the sedan. The cargo area is not as deep as 528i but it is a bit wider and you can pile items higher. However, rear wheel wells intrude into the cargo area and the slope of the hatch reduce the volume and usefulness of the cargo area. I suppose that's why BMW marketed X5 as a SAV and not a SUV...it certainly lacks some utility.
  • I agree with "pgill" re reasons for limited storage in the X5. I think that the slope of the hatch creates the biggest problem. Also the actual length of the cargo area (measured as rear seat to hatch door) is very short. There are a lot of options in the mid-size SUV market that would probably work better. But there is nothing that beats driving the X5, well - nothing much!!
  • joyrphjoyrph Posts: 2
    knoxville,tn dealership
    2002 x5 3.0i sticker price 47,650 (1000 less agreed to)
    36 month lease 900.00 down
    payment 699.00 /month including taxes etc(659+40)
    cold weather package/premium/rear climate
    automatic,retractable load floor,premium sound
    system
    residual 31449
  • wjc23wjc23 Posts: 11
    Laz,

    What's your understanding of how good the performance center experience is in SC if you pick up from the factory? Do you know? My dealer says I can either take the one I have purchased, it's currently being routed to Atlanta from SC but is delayed b/c of the weather, or I can order one and pick up in SC and do the performce center.

    BMW web site is somewhat informative but doesn't explain how long the day lasts. Sounds pretty cool though.
  • lazuralazura Posts: 43
    wjc23,
    I have heard good things about the Performance Center experience. I will be taking my first trip in March for my X5. As far as I recall, the trip takes all day, but BMW pays for everything (except air fare). The BMW plant is quite modern, so just the tour of the plant would be worth it for people like myself who are used to the old Detroit filthy auto plants. Plus, you will get to drive a vehicle on their test track!
  • My wife has gotten the bug for an X5is to replace our 528i when the lease runs out in July. Has anyone had any experience with these both from the driving standpoint and from the purchase and/or lease standpoint. They seem incredibly expensive for an extra 40 or so horsepower. Any help out there?
  • div2div2 Posts: 2,580
    I attended the 4.6is press launch and got to keep one for ten days. In my opinion, it's worth every penny. It comes fully equipped, so the only options are NAV, rear side airbags, and the retractable load floor. If you option out a 4.4i with all the equipment that comes standard on the 4.6is, the actual price difference is less than $10,000. I took a 4.4i on the ALCAN 2000 Winter Rally and while I liked it OK, the 4.6is just strikes me as being a LOT more fun. IMHO, that more than justifies the extra $$$.
  • steverstever Viva Las CrucesPosts: 41,956
    First Drive: 2002 BMW X5 4.6is

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  • bertram60bertram60 Posts: 113
    Just picked up a grille guard for my X5. The dealer printed out the installation instructions for me but wouldn't print the bumper removal and installation instructions. Any idea where I can come up with these as I don't want to destroy the skin taking it off and on. Thanks
  • Since recently selling my 740i I have been on BMW withdrawal. You see I have always had at least one (most of the time two) beamer in my driveway for the last 10 years, but now my daily driver is a Jaguar XJR, my wife drives a Lexus GS430, and our suv is an Acura MDX. I would be more than willing to part with my Acura, and get a 4.6i, I am going to price one out on-line right now. Any info on the wait for one, or price increases (due to demand) would be appreciated.
    Thanks,
    Matt
  • div2div2 Posts: 2,580
    I've heard of dealer mark ups of $6000-$10000. OTOH, most dealers I've talked with are just asking MSRP. BTW, beemers=BMW bikes, bimmers=BMW automobiles. :)
  • Ms. Liz Kim

    Your over stated comments concerning the lack of off-road ability the family of BMW X5's offer is simply a tune that I am tired of listening to. Americans today hardly use the 4x4 "SUV" for anything other than on-road use. The X5 is desgned to German perfection, taking the useability of the SUV frame and the fire of the BMW engineering to the max. Let us all bow to the Bimmer!
  • I bought a X5 4.4i for $56k and change. After everything, it was about $500 under MSRP. Which is fine by me. It has the premium package, rear climate package, cold weather, and sport package. Also got the navigation. Love the car, I think it will replace my jag, I forgot how much I LOVE BMW.
    Matt
  • It is black on black
  • pgillpgill Posts: 84
    I noticed intermitten fan noise in my 2001 X5 4.4i when I have the heater at the lowest setting. I pointed this out to a service advisor and she said it's coming from a fan that cools down the fuses. Is this normal? I never noticed this noise on my 1999 528i or my in-law's 1999 740i.
  • I'm ordering a 2002 BMW X5 4.4. I'm going to order the Sport Package and I wanted to upgrade to the 19 x 9 inch performance wheels (19 x 10 in the rear) but the dealer is saying that they are terrible for the snow and that I should stay with the 18 x 8.5 wheels. Anyone have any experience with the larger performance wheels in the snow. We don't go often but we do go up to the mountains 2-3 times per year. No off road stuff but we do have snow covered paved roads. Any thoughts would be appreciated.
  • No personal exsperience, but if the dealer is giving up an oppurtunity to make money, then chances are they really arn't so great.
  • ereasyereasy Posts: 1
    Could someone tell me if I am getting a fair deal on the following X5 lease or do I need to continue shopping: X5 3.0 (MSRP $46570),36 mths, 15K/year, $3000 out of pocket, $575/month incl. 7% tax. Cap. cost is $2000 over invoice.
  • raybearraybear Posts: 1,776
    Looks pretty good. That's a real good selling price also.
  • I am just DYING to get my hands on a 4.6is X5. My Rover and my Jag just don't do it for me anymore. A Lexus or Acura? puh-leez. I'm down to only 1 Bimmer now, my 750iL, the fewest I've ever had, and I need to get my X5 before I go crazy!! I like the black, of course, the COOLEST. BTW, bimmer=cars, beemer=bikes, boomer=pickups, bammer=vans.
  • troyy2ktroyy2k Posts: 91
    Edmunds is listing a subsidized lease for the x5 in S. California, as follows: 36 months @ 419 a month with 2500 down. You can go to the "incentives and rebates" section to check it out. Is this realistic?
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    2002 X5 Customer Lease

    Special lease on 2002 X5

    Start Date: 01/03/2002 End Date: 02/28/2002

    Year Style Monthly Payment Term
    (Months) Down Payment Security Deposit Acq. Fee Annual Mileage Capitalized Cost Residual % Customer Cash Dealer Cash Find a Local Dealer
    2002 3.0i AWD 4dr SUV (3.0L 6cyl 5M) $419 36 $2500 $450 $525 10000 $39,545 66% NA NA Local Dealer

    Restrictions: None.
  • Hey! I'm in the market for a new BMW X5 3.0i. I plan to order one with the following pkgs/options: premium, cold weather, climate, ret. cargo flr, dimming mirrors, nav, auto trans - on bmw website MSRP = $48,550. I live in the NY area. In general, are dealers fairly negotiable? What price would be fair? Does anyone know a fair lease deal?

    Advice would be greatly appreciated... Thanks!
  • Hi all, i must admit, i've found this board to be quite entertaining and educational. My X5 3.0 is coming in a month earlier than expected, but no worries, I'm really excited and hope the SAV lives up to all my expectations and then some! I'm paying $583/month @ 42 months, 15k miles, 0 down (other than initial fees totaling $1900), black on black with navi, prem pkg,auto,cold wthr pkg, rear clmt pkg, trunk cd changer...and even "free mats" =P
    i feel i got a great deal considering all quotes mentioned on this board. I highly recommend Open Road BMW if you live in the metro NJ/NYC area, salesman has been very helpful.
    i'll keep everyone posted and please keep this board flowing!!!!
  • sjbettesjbette Posts: 11
    could you give me more details about your lease. what is your residual, for example.
    i am in the middle of finding a good deal.
    thanks.
  • ty39ty39 Posts: 23
    I am interested in buying a 3.0 X5 and would like to know from present owners: What are your 'likes' and 'dislikes' about the X5. Is the limited space enough of a disappointment to send you back to a Tahoe or MDX...etc.
    From all the posts that I have read, the issue seems to be, "Did I get a good deal" or "where can I buy/or lease a X5 near invoice?" No matter the savings, the X5 is still expensive, so I want to know if you would buy another one in spite of cargo capacity and any other pertinent comments about the X5 that would 'assist' me and others whether to buy the X5 or say the Acura MDX. Thanks.
  • ty39ty39 Posts: 23
    PS Is the X5 a vehicle you enjoy driving 500-700 miles in one day or is it, at its 'best' in the suburbs. It looks like a great vehicle, but like I mentioned earler, tell me some of these 'things' about the X5, only because the dealer won't let me drive it for a week or so. I read this 'post' and my previous 'post' and you can see that space seems to be my concern. Or is the X5 so much better than any other SUV/SAV that I should buy it and 'FED-X' my excess cargo!
  • I'm continually amazed at what a great all around vehicle my X5 3.0 is. It is an excellent highway vehicle, a very relaxed and comfortable cruiser that effortlessly consumes massive amounts of highway. It has plenty of carrying capacity for our needs although I could see where that might not the case for other people. That split fold rear seat really comes in handy when expanded carrying capactity is needed. I absolutely love the way the X handles, the layout and quality of the interior, the performance and economy of the 3.0 - it's all good. I can't recommend the X5 highly enough, it really has nothing in common with any other SUV - hence the SAV designation.
  • I'm considering an x5 4.4. I've read some not-so-flattering reviews of the NAV system. Does anyone have it? Is it worth it?

    Thanks.
  • The brochure I have (and BMW's website) says that 18 inch wheels come with the sport package on the 4.4, and 19 are optional. Snow is not a problem, but I will pull the boat with the 4.4.

    Are the 19 inch wheels a worthy upgrade? Do they increase performance and road feel, or are they just a 'cool factor' upgrade?
  • The ride is harsher with 19" wheel but you gain a little more cornering stability(more rubber to asphalt). I also like the 19" for look compare to 18" style74, they are not the same as the 18" sport wheels on 3.0i.
    So make sure you see and take it for a pin before you buy.
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