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  • steverstever YooperlandPosts: 40,010
    This time of year is known at the tumbleweed season on the car lots, so you should have plenty of bargaining power.

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  • steverstever YooperlandPosts: 40,010
    "2007 BMW X5 tears up the test track."

    2007 BMW X5 (Inside Line)

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  • I bought a BMW X-5 instead of a Taureg specifically for the reason of maintenance. In order to maintain the VW properly, I have to take it to the dealer every 5000 miles for whatever the normal maintenance called for. I'd then be on the hook for maintenance bills, and car rental fee. BMW has a policy of "If it takes longer than an hour, we give you a loaner". Also, because oil changes are every 15,000 miles. I'm actually on this townhall chat section to find out how to remove the bumper of my X-5 so I can install the factory designed hitch that I purchased from the BMW dealer. If you buy an X-5, and wish to tow, some aftermarket hitch manufactorers tell you their hitch will not work if you have "Park Distance Control". Also, all hitches from BMW come with the wire harness, that's why the hitch will cost you $495.00 plus tax. As for not being a BMW person, I wasn't until I bought my fiance' her 2001 325i. That's when I became sold on BMW just because of the maintenance. Once her warranty expired, we traded it in real quick for a 2006 330i, which we "warrantyied to the max". Tires, maintenance, etc. to 6 years, 100,000 miles. When we bought her 330, I also looked at the Taureg for myself but discovered I couldn't afford the Taureg, $46,000 for the V6, so I bought a BMW X-3, which I just traded in for an X-5. I'd installed a BMW hitch on the X-3, and it pulled a 5 x 10 foot utility trailer just fine. I traded up to the X-5 just because the X-5 is larger. I've driven full size American vans and SUV's before. Just my opinion, hope it helps. kkkahn
  • Our first BMW was a 2001 325i with regular headlights whatever they were, but they were not xenons. We now have a 2005 X-5, and a 2006 330i. Both have xenons, worth the $800.00 in our opinion. Just our thought.
  • Just to list the problems on this X5. Panoramic sunroof leaked. rear tail lights kept failing. drivers side seat cushion needed replacemt at I yr. Wiper arm faulty. Console cover between front seats catch faulty. Blue tooth goes wacky when near the BMW service facility. plastic rear tailgate hinge cover keeps falling off.What next? and I bought it new, have only just done 20000km (16000miles)otherwise it drives nice.
  • nyccarguynyccarguy Stamford, CTPosts: 7,413
    Interesting. My Dad has an '04 X5 3.0iA that has been the absolute pinnacle of reliability. He has had the truck for just over 2 years and about 43,000 miles. It has been back to the dealer exactly 3 times:

    17,000 miles -- 1st oil change
    36,000 miles -- Inspection I service
    41,000 miles -- Front Right Brake Caliper Seized. Front Brake pads and rotors replaced.

    2001 Honda Prelude Type SH/ 2011 BMW 328xi / 2011 Honda Pilot EX-L w/ Navigation

  • Thank for the information it encourges me that hopefully all will be well now, thanks.
  • Hello I have an 05 X5 with the same problem with the sunroof (leaked then they put in extra moulding now there is wind noise around 75 mph) what did they do to fix your leak?

    Thank you
  • Just read your message... I have the exact same car (2006 X5 4.4 with NAV, DSP and Factory Installed CD changer)I also get the smae error when I try to play MP3 or WMA errors so you are not out there alone!

    Have you found any resoulation to this?

  • This happened to me recently. My "baby" wouldn't start, the lights lit up, the radio plays but the engine would not turn. My first instinct was the battery. I jumpstarted, no go. So I had to tow the car to BMW. 5 mns latter they told me it was just the key not functioning properly!... :blush: So next time your car won't start, don't overlook the key and always have a spare key handy.
  • kypreosx5kypreosx5 Posts: 14
    dear Pantaleone
    First they "massaged" the seals as a tempraray measure then they removed the seales and re set them, thts wahat they told me. Originlly I thought that they had replaced the seals. The BMW delers seesm to be tight lipped as to how they fixed it. Its been ok since (hope it stays tht way). With your wind noise I cant see how that can be, unless they installed some non standard replacemsnt seal?
    I would go back to the dealer and complain. good luck with it.
  • kypreosx5kypreosx5 Posts: 14
    Regarding your tow bar hitch. I was told the same thing in Australia BUT, the BMW tow bar is made by the Hayman Reece Co out here with BMW badge. Its the wiring harness thats the problem. In Aus$ the wiring harness is $1000 plus 3 hours labour. The non genuine installation is about $900 cheaper and only one hour labour and the park sensors are not problem provided you do not have a tow ball decorative chrome cover fitted over the ball. Mine used to set off the sensors, but when the cover was discarded, no problem. I'm very pleased.
  • Sorry about the delay, they had the reply function broken.
    Yes, there is a new OEM CD changer that supports MP3 playback (as stated in the owners manual). Go back to the dealer and have them replace your "factory installed" one with the right version. Fight for it !
  • steverstever YooperlandPosts: 40,010
    Here's a full blown interactive tour of the 2006 X5:

    Interactive Video Tour

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  • kypreosx5kypreosx5 Posts: 14
    Iam curious if any one knows if any of the new Nokia phones except the older 6310 work with the BMW bluetooth
  • arvin1arvin1 Posts: 9
    BMW X5 rules all SUV's!!
  • I am considering purchasing an x5. What can I expect if I purchased one? Thank you for your replys.
  • kypreosx5kypreosx5 Posts: 14
    dear metaire
    A great car for road holding and performance.
    Pity about the small niggly things that go wrong, seemy other commenst over the last few monts regarding problems I've had. I think the problem is that the vehicle is American made and not German.The trim quality and small plstic bits is not typical quality BMW
  • nyeanyea Posts: 12
    okay to lease but it is one of the most unreliable vehicle to purchase. it could easily run you additional $5000 after the warranty. i have one x5, cost me $2000+ to repair so far. you think a bmw born in germany would be better, you are wrong again. my 323i cost me $5000 as of last week, replaced water pump, rebuilt auto transmission, replaced a/c unit, coolant leakage ... and the car is only 50k miles. lexus and infinite are much better vehicles.
  • I have a 528i and the same thing happens to me during a very hard rain. I thought it was because my car is low to the ground. It is always my driver side rear passenger floor. Every place I have brought the car (Including the dealership) can't find anything wrong and their is never any leaks aroung the door seals either. Good luck, but it sounds like my car and yours are related. :)
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