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BMW X5 Maintenance and Repair



  • oinick1oinick1 Posts: 2
    Wait time for the 4.4 is longer for now. BMWNA is emphasizing the 3.0 engine accross the line (i.e., into the 3 series and 5 series as well) and they are making more six cylinder x5's for now. By the way, have you priced a comparably equipped 3.0 vs a 4.4? Not much difference (about $5500, depending on the quipment you specify).
  • alexpalexp Posts: 70
    BMW AG will spend $300 million to expand production capacity in Spartanburg. They are planning to increase X-5 production. In addition, they said that company wants to develop sport utilities of other sizes, mirroring their brands. According to some gossip, results should be visible in about 2-3 years.
  • jmcnallyjmcnally Posts: 6
    Money is not a factor. I have enough problems with the gas mileage of a 3.0, but it's not that bad and it is also a ULEV, ultra low emission vehicle, which further offsets the bad mileage; whatsmore the 4.4 is not a ULEV, only an LEV, making it even more of a polluter. If that is not enough I have no need for the V8 and the extra second 0-60 it gives. I do my part for the environment and its a close call even getting the 3.0.
  • charlesm2charlesm2 Posts: 1
    Today I was fortunate to find this info site for the X5. Mine was purchased in December of 1999 and although I agree with the problems posted (noisy sun roof, am radio whine,etc) over all the X5 is one of the best vehicles I've ever had the good luck to own. Fast, fun, good visibility, comfortable it suits my purposes just perfectly. The one problem I have had was with the windshield wipers being out of commission for two weeks while the dealer sent away for a computer and when that didn't solve the problem a new wiper motor which did. Was I happy about the time I did't have the X5...definitely not but before I bought it I knew it was a first year car and hopefully that's the only problem I have. In order to really appreciate the SAV I think you have to drive it awhile in order to experience it. Thanks for all the info :)
  • imfree00imfree00 Posts: 22
    Welcome to the board and thanks for your input. My x5 (February delivery) has been a great performer thus far and we hope for continued reliability. Build quality and driving pleasure is vastly superior to all other SUV's I tested.
  • randy3730randy3730 Posts: 1
    by any chance, has anyone had there X5 on the beach or in soft sugar sand???far shot, I know!!
    how well does it perform,traction-wise in such conditions???
  • anonymousanonymous Posts: 314
    February delivery? Holy cow. What model did you order. I am planning on going to bmw on thurs. for a test drive of both 3.0 and 4.4; but a feb. delivery date that is a little extreme and could very well change things for me.
  • imfree00imfree00 Posts: 22
    February 2000. That's when I took delivery.
  • jmcnallyjmcnally Posts: 6
    Thank God! I was just over scouting the Mb lot, I like going when it is closed, and getting ready to shift gears and buy an Mb.

    I don't know why it posted me as anonymous? I have seen it before but I have no clue why it did that?

    Anyone: how do we post "hidden" messages. I don't want to be off topic and that seems the route to go?

  • millerro3millerro3 Posts: 136
    to post hidden messages, first post your message then click on the underlined, blue number of your message(#82 of 82). a screen will come up and one option on it says 'Hide'. click on that and you're done
  • arh4arh4 Posts: 3
    Back in June there were a couple of comments regarding stalling when the wheels were in a hard turning situation. I experienced this problem for the first time @ 2500 mi. Any diagnosis on this and has anyone else experienced this? Also, on my 2001 3.0 the temperature gauge never drops completely to the left, it's always splitting the blue zone even when it has been parked all night. Anyone else? Pls. post any comments. Thanks
  • mollysdadmollysdad Posts: 1
    I have an X5 and have been very disappointed. It seems there's been a new problem each week. Yes, they have been minor in nature, but it's a $56,000+ car. What's more, a few of the issues have existed since I picked it up. The attitude of the dealer salesperson was basically, hey, it would be a lot of trouble at this point to fix it. I've already put a deposit down on a new Lexus LX470 and plan to buy out the lease on the X5 and unload it. I was excited about this vehicle. The exterior design is spectacular, but the overall performance and the interior just don't measure up to the big price tag. Oh well, live and learn.
  • atty1atty1 Posts: 1
    I'm considering upgrading from my 98 JGC to an X5 3.0. I am curious as to whether there is any data on the X5's performance in the snow. My JGC performed spectacularly in last January's east coast blizzard (Baltimore, to be exact) and handled 20" of snow quite well. I love the X5 but would feel rather foolish if I found myself immobile in the next big snow at the helm of a 40K auto. Also, I;d like to get the 5 speed as opposed to the automatic. Any reviews on that?
  • robert84robert84 Posts: 3
    This issue is apparently easily remedied by firmware upgrade to the EMS (Engine Mgmt.System?) chip, or so the rep at SF BMW tells me. My neighbor has an X5, and his had this problem at delivery. The dealer was able to fix it the next day. Please let me know if your issue turns out to be different...
  • I have owned 4 BMW's over twenty years and I am seriously considering the X5 even though it is somewhat overpriced. I drove the vehicle and it met or surpassed my expectations. I am the original owner of a '89 325is and experience the same "booming" sound with my windows closed and the sunroof open as a previous writer mentioned with their X5. I would describe it as more of a fluttering or vibration noise. I'm wondering if this might be the same problem? I'll have to check this out the next time I drive the X5, as I did not open the roof when I first test drove it. Too excited about the handling and aesthetics to remember the sunroof. Thanks for the comment.
  • ssablessable Posts: 2
    I wrote #89 in this forum. Check it out. If you can, or care to get the 5 speed, I highly recommend it. I can't wait until I pass 1200 mile break in period so I can drive it over 4500RPM, which is what it is "asking for." Good luck!
  • imfree00imfree00 Posts: 22
    Welcome to the wonderful world of X5's. Obviously you are well acquainted with BMW's. I agree, the Lexus didn't measure up to my X5. But, question....did you try the ML 430 or 55?
  • sonunsonun Posts: 1
    My X5 is currently in Production. I'm expecting delivery in about 3 months. I was reading an article earlier today about the Sports Package. The article says that the Sports package is too harsh and causes a stiff ride. This is from MSN carpoint.

    Does anyone here have thie option and agree or disagree. I do have the opporutnity to remove this option from my car right now.

    Thanks in advance for your input.
  • imfree00imfree00 Posts: 22
    Personally, I thought the SP was a little jarring. But, my major concern was over the low profile 19" street tires that would not be good in snow (I live in the Rockies). However, this is strictly my opinion. Look back at the archives and you will see that some people don't find the ride harsh at all. And you get better on-road performance. Try to drive both versions and see what you think. It is very much a personal preference. Both versions are fantastic. I've had my 4.4 since February and still look for excuses to get in and drive it!
  • musafirmusafir Posts: 27
    This is my first BMW, I had contemplated buying ML, however , after comparing the two (I also checked out RX 300), I decided on X5. 1200 miles so far and no problems, dealer service has been excellent. I have not had any vibration or stall issues so far. Like SSABLE the only problem I have had is the head turning issue when I pass by other cars etc. I am very satisfied and happy with my choice.
  • ssablessable Posts: 2
    I didn't drive the ML 430 because I saw one and thought it was a little to big and boxy looking. It just isn't for me.
  • auburn5auburn5 Posts: 2
    Just took delivery on my X5 3.0.

    This is the 4th BMW I have bought in the last six years.

    Styling and drive are a dream, as usual.

    One small problem. The latches for the center console (holds the CD Holder) and the door for the CD player in the IP seems to "stick".

    Anyone else have this problem????

    Thank you in advance for your input.

    Note: I ordered the car the first week in May; it went into production on July 17th and I received the vehicle on August 3rd.
  • I had similar problem opening it up (a CD holder also); turned out a roll of tokens were inside and caused the jam. The mechanic just used sheer force to open it up. No problem since, and no more tokens either. Took delivery back in Memorial week. Our 2nd bimmer; the otehr one is a '99 323iC.
  • auburn5auburn5 Posts: 2
    Thank you for the feedback regarding the interior trim.

    Another question: Anyone out there having a problem with the Xenon lamps pointing too low.

    I know that they're self adjusting but my field of view on a level road is only about five feet high.

    Thanks again!
  • etnometnom Posts: 1
    When I ordered my SAV I saw no option for a digital phone. When the car (excuse me, truck) was delivered it came fully wired with a cradle for the phone AND NO PHONE. (Lots of wasted space in the armrest where the phone would go.) Checking with the dealer who says he checked with BMW I find that the phone costs somewhere around $1200. Over and above the 53K. I checked the cellular phone companies and none has a phone that fits into the space provided. Only the BMW phone appears to be an option. Basically BMW's response is "our way or no way".
  • I leave in Phoenix and I would love to hear how well or poorly the a/c performs? Thanks
  • ron4tvron4tv Posts: 1
    Long known for its price-gouging and take-it-or-leave-it attitude, BMW is up to its old tricks again with its new X5 sport utility. While the vehicle looks very nice, it is priced several thousand dollars ahead of its rivals at Mercedes and Lexus. What's more, its standard transmission is manual rather than automatic, suggesting that BMW has no clue about the market for SUVs, its initial successes with the X5 notwithstanding. So it comes as no surprise, in reading these postings, to find that the only phone compatible with the X5's pre-wired system is an absurdly priced one. Be advised that such is not the case with Mercedes, among others.
    BMW needs to understand and accept a couple of things. First, it builds fine cars, but not the finest and certainly not the world's ONLY fine cars. (Mercedes is better and has much higher status; Lexus is at least as good, probably better.) Secondly, price-gouging is, in the long run, short-sighted and self-defeating, as Mercedes learned in the recent past and even Porsche is showing signs of learning. Finally, a sport utility vehicle is almost always a family vehicle, meaning it needs to be designed not for the speed-shifting performance-car nut but for families, often the adult female member, who have groceries to haul and soccer teams to transport. The manual transmission is therefore inappropriate, as is the substantially smaller cargo space (relative to the Mercedes ML320/420 and the Lexus RX300)that BMW provides with its jazzy X5. And while the former shortcoming can be overcome for a hefty extra fee for an OPTIONAL automatic transmission, there is no fixing the latter.
    It will be interesting to see how the X5 does after the BMW zealots dash out and buy theirs. Something tells me the vehicle's niche will be decidedly more narrow than it needed to be.
  • I beg to differ, I not questioning any of your comments except for the fact that the Mercedes is also charging an absurd amount for its cell phone. Check it the comments on the M-Class board.
  • sas4sas4 Posts: 1
    I happen to own both a BMW and a Mercedes (w/ phone)and have a X5 on order. Both BMW and Mercedes are guilty of gouging one on accessories. The mercedes phone system is exclusive to mercedes as in the BMW. They are both priced equivalently. In the 1998 Benz ML430 the phone alone was priced at $1,895 (and it is a lousy phone system; much improved in the 2000 model year.)

    The X5 I have ordered is slated to have the 5-speed manual transmission. While most will purchase the automatic transmission, some of us prefer the 5-speed.

    Lastly, I know quite a few "adult female members" who not only do not see their role in life being relegated to hauling groceries but do love manual transmissions.
  • musafirmusafir Posts: 27
    The reason BMW offered stick shift in 3.0 is because a lot off BMW owners want it, they are more sports oriented than family car oriented. As far as Benz and Lexus being better thats a personal opinion. BMW has never marketed itself as a luxury sedate cars, they have always oriented themselves to the sportier nature. As far as Lexus is concerned they are usaually more intrested in copying what Benz does. Although, I don't own a Benz, but I will agree that Benz has more status, but ML 320 and 430 are not as good as X5, IMHO.
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