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I bought my X5 30d Sport through the trade about 2yr ago. It had one owner and FBMWSH. with just over 55k miles. It cost me £8500 without warranty, tax or fuel! It has every option barr sun roof.
At the time of writing (0215) it has covered 70k miles and has cost me very little. Two front outboard drive boots, a parking sensor and front drop link. It did need some tyres at the time of purchase and these are wearing very well, although I drive carefully and NEVER go off-road.
My only other 4X4 was an X-plate Range Rover 4.6 and the X5 is nothing like it. Forget the off-road prowess of the RR - it had covered about the same mileage but had lworn nowhere near as well.
It drank fuel like a cruise liner, returned moderate performance and was always going wrong - the list was endless.
The X5 is a heavy vehicle but it feels much lighter than its 2 tons would suggest. This is thanks, in no small way, to a superb 3 litre diesel and 6 speed auto box which is a real jewel of a combination. It provides power and torque in abundance - sufficient to give many hot hatches a tough time in the 0-60 sprint (<7s). Not only does it travel quickly in a straight line but, thanks to sports suspension, massive tyres and superb steering, it corners with ease and never feels unsettled. The only downside is a choppy ride on some unrefined roads. Drive carefully and 30mpg is easily achieved.
Everything about the X5 is 'heavy duty' except its trim and instrumentation, which is lifted straight out of a 5 series, so nothing more to add there!
I have only one criticism and it relates to the rear seat backs. These do not fold flat and so the large rear platform is compromised.
Buy one with good history and you will not have any regrets.
I bought this car second hand. It was eight years old but had less than 8000 miles on the clock. It was like a new car; there wasn't a mark on it. Eleven years old now and 20000 miles but still in excellent condition. The build quality is excellent. I love the way it drives. It is reasonably economical for such a big car. The leg room in the back is disappointing for such a big car. The luggage capacity with the seats up and the load cover in place is also disappointing. On a long journey with four people with luggage I could get more in in greater comfort with my Saab 9.5 saloon. It is, however, very good if you have to move a lot of kit or a large load with the load cover off and the rear seats down; then it has a huge carrying capacity.
Overall, an excellent car, extraordinarily well designed and built. Superb performance and handling. Extremely large - sometimes too large for country roads. Performance is outstanding - always feel safe on the road. Comfort is good to very good but difficult to get in and out (climbing up and climbing down). Ride is too disturbed and jiggly on UK roads - stiff suspension favours handling at the expense of ride. But this not so evident on trans-European driving on auto routes. Parts are expensive but X5 has been very reliable. Would buy again but would wish to have adaptive suspension. Would also wish to haver 8-speed gearbox to improve mpg (currently have 6-speed box. Compares very well with competitive cars.
Bought new in January 2009 and well loaded with high spec., including extra row of seats. Comfortable and reliable and for a heavy vehicle reasonably economic. Run flat tyres can be expensive to replace, but generally wear well, subject to mileage. Professional Navigation system excellent and BMW dealerships are second to none in terms of politeness and efficiency (Cooper Cobham is dealership I use). Will buy another one, but as a low mileage users, have still a year or two more before I will change to a new one.
Only replacements other than service have been tyres at around 28,000 miles, gas strut in tailgate, front discs 34,00 miles. Never had any trouble starting in any weather and looks as good as new.
Have owned this vehicle for 8 years. It has been very reliable and is very comfortable on long trips. Performance is very good and fuel consumption acceptable (23mpg local, 28 on long distance). Haven't replaced it as don't like newer vehicles with more electronic rubbish like stop/start, electric handbrake, run flat tyres, don't want a diesel, like 3litre straight six petrol for its mix of performance and 'economy'. Newer petrol cars, if available, attract too much road tax. Mine has 18 inch rims so tyres are of sufficient side wall depth to give good grip in snow without resorting to winter tyres. a set of Michelins last around 30-35,000 miles.
Best car I've ever had! - and I've had a lot.....
I've had 2 Range Rovers, Audi, Vauxhall, Peugeot, Renault, Citroen, Volvo, Seat, Ford and this beats them all.
I've also had 2 Saab 9-3's which were, and 1 still is, superb but my X5 is my favourite.
Spacious (even as a 7 seater), comfortable, reliable, great driving position, huge road presence and OK on fuel (considering the size and weight).
Performance is enhanced with a Racetech tuning box which means it now embarrasses many smaller, supposedly faster, cars and 4x4's and still does 30 mpg.
I would only ever part with it to get another X5
This is my third X5 since 2004.This all new model is very comfortable especially with Comfort suspension an additional but unfortunatly they have not mastered over the rattle from the rear bumper/tailgate. It is very irritating and now going in to have it sorted within three months from new. Had similar problem with the others which eventually got sorted.Keep in mind about this problem to face when going for an X5. Also mpg is not what they no matter how careful you drive.
nice solid clean car , i was ready to slide in and out rather than climb in, suits my needs perfectly plenty of power , all the gadgets , tv doesnt work on this year of manafacture as they switched of analog years ago so if you want digital freeview then gonna cost you about 800 quid , but hey every thing else is perfect , opps except the sat nav , works but is old style , my htc can take me anywhere in half the time of this built in one ,
This has to be the best car I have owned. After a few initial (small) issues it has been faultless. Dealer experience disapointingly poor, nowhere near as good as Merc. Part prices hurtfull but not needed many thankfully. Thoroughly recommended. Still makes me feel good today after 10 years and 100,000 miles.
It has proved to be extremely reliable with no breakdowns. The fuel consumption is slightly less than advertised. Has a large turning circle and not the easiest to park and manoeuvre. It feels spacious and safe whilst driving with good visibility all round. It is a quality build and pleasant to the eye.
Comfort of a car with versatility of a 4x4. Great for towing my caravan and gives 25 mpg towing and over 30 mpg in general use, which in my view is very good for a 3 litre engine. Very reliable and would definitely trade it for another one when the time comes.
Hi have just sold my landrover td5 and replaced it with the x5. Why did I have the disco so long when I could have been driving the x5 . It's done 188.000 miles and still drives like it's done 30.000 . Only had it a short time but loving it.
Car purchased second hand with 52000 miles on clock. Now 20,000 miles on and not a rattle to be heard. Handling superb for such a large vehicle. Only major quibble is the poor fuel consumption, otherwise all that a BMW should be.
Very comfortable but bouncy over uneven roads. MPG below expectation. Niggling faults in back bumper and tailgate. Good at speed for long journeys. Very clumsy to manoeuvre especially in car parks
Bought new 1 year ago only driven 8000 miles. No problems yet , average fuel consumption is 38 miles/gall. Found it great to drive and is a comfortable car.
Just collected - beautiful condition, very well equipped and just what I was looking for. Excellent service from Harrogate Car Company thank you.
Good afternoon,do you think it will be posible to give you my Peugeot 407 from 2004,diesel,automatic,engine 1998 as a deposit?
I have had 3 of these vehicles, and prefer them to other 4x4's. They are a very practical all round general purpose suv.
excellent vehicle that is safe and reliable in almost all conditions. Comfortable yet can be an exciting drive.
for a three liter 4x4 fuel costs are not bad for the size of engine,comfort and visibility is very good.