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  • nubian02nubian02 Posts: 1
    I purchased a CPO '01 X5 3.0 in Jan of 2004. It was an "upgrade" to a larger vehicle from a 2002 3series.

    The only issues I have have had have been completely self inflicted. Lets just say It took me a while to get used to backing it into my garage...

    But the service is unparalleled - both on the car, and for me as a customer!

    The gas mileage (hgwy) is great! I drove from cincinnati to buffalo, ny (about 400+ miles) on one tank of gas. This is key - since gas here is inching towards $3/gallon!!

    The sunroof, heated seats, etc - all work great. And I have 52K on my car now.

    I'd be willing to answer any specific questions that you may have!
  • If you put very few miles on the vehicle BMW recommends a yearly oil change. It takes me almost 3 years to put 15K on my X5; that'd be a long time between changes! I'm currenty at 25K on with my 01 3.0 and it's been a fabulous vehicle with few problems. Recalls aren't problems -- they're an opportunity to drive other BMW models (loaners). Anyway I haven't had a recall situation in years.
  • kobayashikobayashi Posts: 50

    Noticed you mentioned that recalls are an opportunity to get a BMW loaner.

    I don't know where you are located, but no BMW dealers in my large metro area offer BMW loaners. Although some did years ago, they have almost all subcontracted to a rental car dealer given office space at the dealership. I believe it had somewhat to do with insurance. Although the rental offered free is standard class while in for service, an upgraded car costs a few dollars more a day.
  • I have heard that the first few years the X5 was riddled with problems. I am considerning buying a 2002 X5 4.6is. Do I still need to be worried about reliability in the 2002 model year or have the kinks been worked out. Also, I seem to recall for a few years they did not make a 4.6, when was that? Finally, would there be an advantage to buying a post-hiatus X5 with big V8 (4.6, 4.8?) engine other that the obvious lower mileage? Thanks
  • homeounerhomeouner Posts: 145
    Hello all posters. I am going to change the oil on the X5 W/ 4.4 engine. I will use BMW synth. oil. The filter is in the best location as any car i have ever owned. The drain plug is located just above the opening in the stiffener plate bolted under the engine, W/ a very thin headed hex. Is this the right one? How does one reset the oil life indicator bar graph. Does any one have any additional suggestions. Thanks.
  • x5x5x5x5x5x5 Posts: 9

    I have a 2001 BMW X 5.

    I would like to buy a used CD changer off of eBay. There are many to choose from and I was wondering which one would work with the DSP feature. I also understand you need an extra cable to get the DSP feature to work properly.

    Would it be hard to upgrade the navigation system to a MK IV?

    Please let me know,

    Thank you,

  • sirmansirman Posts: 10
    Drove the Cayanne S a week or so ago. It was great to drive. Very responsive, tight suspension and good handling but not uncomfortable. The one I drove had all-season tires - not the standard performance tires. I really liked the tiptronic gearing on the steering wheel. I was amazed at the speed at which the gears changed upon request. I also drove the Touareg V8 on the same day. There is a little less power but I am not sure that I would notice it other than driving one right after the other. Personally I like the interior styling of the Touareg more, but there is a difference in the suspension and the performance of the transmission.
  • sirmansirman Posts: 10
    Does anyone know if BMW will put in their new 3 liter engine (255 HP) into the X5 any time soon?
  • tcn2ktcn2k Posts: 277
    I am wondering the same question, i posted this on 3 series board as well and someone there said they will. If anyone one knows for sure and knows when we can order an 06, that would be great.
  • homeounerhomeouner Posts: 145
    Re md4_ cow In regards to oil change, our X5 has two marks remaining on the oil change lcd. The check engine lite is lit, is this because the oil indicator bar graph is getting to the oil change time? & how do you reset the oil change indicator?
  • tcn2ktcn2k Posts: 277
    Try this:

    To reset the indicator:
    -The car should be off
    -hold down the left instrument button (the trip odometer reset)
    -while holding the key, turn the ignition to position 1 (radio)
    -you will see a test menu
    -keep holding the button
    -after maybe 10 seconds, the word "reset" will appear
    -let go of the button and press again
    -The indicator is reset!
  • m4d_cowm4d_cow Posts: 1,491
    as far as i know the new 3.0 will be available in next yr's X5 ( a complete redesign )
  • x5ukx5uk Posts: 1
    I have an X5 Sport 2001. I had one of the small plastic holders of the rear sensors fall out and it left one of the sensors dangling on its wire. I taped it back in ( I know, very classy ) and it seemed fine again but recently it simply malfunctions. Having nearly reversed into a small vehicle in a car park the other day ( which was completely invisible to me ) I recognise the value in these little helpers and I am determined to get them back and working. Can anyone tell me if I can do this job myself, and if so how. Your help appreciated.
  • tcn2ktcn2k Posts: 277
    With the new engine in the 3's, I heard the engine intake was all different. I doubt they will put the new engine in the x5's since they have to redesign the engine compartment (And since x5 is slated for new platform in 2007). I called BMW NA and they'd said that it won't have the new engine and that they'd have no official word from bmw about new engine in their 06's. But who can be certain, they probably just want consumer to buy the 05's. Anyone have any other ideas?
  • bodble2bodble2 Posts: 4,519
    Even assuming they have to redesign the engine compartment, they are putting the new 3.0 in the X3, so I can't see any reason why they can't do likewise for the X5. (Well, I guess the only reason would be they can't justify the cost of doing it for basically one model year until the complete re-design for 2007). But the extra 30hp would benefit the X5 a lot more than it would the X3.
  • tcn2ktcn2k Posts: 277
    Is this official about the X3? That it's getting a the new line of engine? I sure hope the x5 does, if so; i might have to push my order to an 06 x5 instead......
  • bodble2bodble2 Posts: 4,519
    I'm not sure if it is "official", but everything I've read points to the X3 getting the new 6. You've got an '05 X5 on order? Why not wait for an '06 regardless. Even if it doesn't get the new 6, I would bet the deals would get sweeter, with the model in its last model year and all.

    I'm really tempted to trade my '04 TL for an '06 X5, possibly for the 4.4 if the 3.0 doesn't get the new 6. Even though the vehicle will be in its last model year, I still think the styling is one of the best around, better than the X3. And I don't particularly want a bigger X5 with 3rd row seating. To me the current one is just right, with the sweet V8 and X-drive.
  • m4d_cowm4d_cow Posts: 1,491
    i really doubt they'll have it on the current x5, even an 06, i think they'll have one for the 07 redesign, hopefully it wont look as ugly as the x3
  • bodble2bodble2 Posts: 4,519
    I supposed it wouldn't make economic sense for them to tool up for one model year. And it also may cut into 4.4 sales.
  • bodble2bodble2 Posts: 4,519
    It is not strange that the X5 is one year away from a complete makeover, and yet there aren't really any factory incentives (rebates, low lease rates, etc)? Are sales volumes still strong? BMW is actually offering lower lease rates, and same or higher residuals on the X3 and the 5-series! :confuse:
  • daryamdaryam Posts: 1
    I recently traded in my 2001 X5 for a 2004 X5, on my old one I could use the steering controls to browse the radio stations on both my fm1 and fm2 presets without touching the actual radio buttons. On the newer one it just cycles on whatever preset you are currently on, if I want to see what's on the second set of presets then I have to switch it on the radio. Does anyone know how to switch the behavior so I can browse all the preset stations?

    Thanks in advance
  • m4d_cowm4d_cow Posts: 1,491
    no official incentives or rebates are available right now, maybe next year. but you can still negotiate the prices and have a brand new x5 for about $1000 over invoice, some people even got it for less.
  • bodble2bodble2 Posts: 4,519
    On the other hand...there are attractive lease deals on X3 right now. Maybe won't be same for next year. But I would want the extra 30 ponies from the new 6. The other change I wish they would make is put body-colored bumpers on at least the 3.0 version.
  • bmwcccbmwccc Posts: 234
    So what changes should we suspect for the 2006 X5? New 3 series engine? Xenon's as standard? Price increase?
  • bodble2bodble2 Posts: 4,519
    A lot of people are speculating the X5 won't get the new 6. Zenon is already standard (at least in Canada). I doubt they would increase the price in the final year, unless they want to stockpile X5's for the BMW museum!
  • m4d_cowm4d_cow Posts: 1,491
    i think theyll only have minor upgrades for 06, i really doubt they'll have the new 3.0 engine, though it might be possible since the 06 5series gets the new engine, other than that, i have no clue, sorry...
    at this point, however, im expecting better bargains or incentives.
  • frankvogtfrankvogt Posts: 2
    My brakelight does not work and it is not the bulb. I think it is in the holder that plugs into the receptacle. Any suggestions on how to fix or where to get a replacement part. Thanks for any help.
  • m4d_cowm4d_cow Posts: 1,491
    if your car is still under warranty just take it to the dealership and have them fix it for you, if not i cant suggest any place since i dont know where you live, as for replacement parts theres a company on the web that sells complete bmw parts, ill post again as soon as i find the web address.
  • frankvogtfrankvogt Posts: 2
    Thanks for your reply. It is out of warranty and I would appreciate the web address if you can find it.
  • steverstever Posts: 52,683
    "BMW appears to be preparing to introduce an overhauled version of its X5 sport-utility vehicle next year."

    BMW May Unveil New X5 in 2006 (Inside Line)

    Steve, Host
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