Beautiful to drive, an absolute horror to repair
I bought an 2005 X5 for my very first car. I bought it for an absolute steal and fell in love with it from day 1. Before owning my X5 I drove a 2008 V8 Troopy so it was a big difference. ;)
I am currently trying to sell it after owning it for a year and a half and clocking up about 55 000 km's on it because I cannot keep up with the cost of repairs.
Barely a month into owning it I had to spend about $2500 on it, something about oil in the radiator and the death of the alternator. After this I was just happy to get back in my darling car and...thought surely nothing else would go wrong. Turns out just about everything has gone wrong. Lets list them: - Transmission leak (turned out to be just a seal, phew) about $900 to fix - I have had all four control arms replaced- about $200 each for parts and labour - Window regulator $250 (with out labour) - Window clips for passenger window- only $20 per clip
Purchased in January 2018.
We purchased our dream BMW x5 Diesel in 2003 brand new- at 121,786 KM the gearbox failed and had to be replaced! BMW would not replace the gearbox, we where charged $5497.01 even though it is a known problem.(wish we knew about it before we purchased) We were informed that this was guaranteed never to happen again!! Well, it has the gearbox has failed again at 256624km so BMW was contacted again and refused to replace the gearbox. We were left facing a new cost of Just over $8000 we decided to speak to the dealer principal at Auto Classic, he a...greed that this was terrible and offered us a discount it ended up costing $5345.48.The point being BMW do not look after their clients, well maybe if you turn your cars over every two to three years- clearly not when you buy a car and keep it. It's sad when you think you're buying the best and it turns out to be a LEMON!!! and the company does not care. This is not the only problem we have had there are too many to mention. Why are we still driving this car, well we could not sell to another person knowing all its faults!
Superb drive but lots of little issue
Solid car and a great drive but get used to replacing / fixing parts. 2006 diesel now has 200000km. Recent issues include window regulator clips, low beam and angel eye bulbs, door handle carriers, alternator brushes. Don't waste money on mechanics, just get the parts on ebay and google how to fix and replace. Unbelievable economy for a large heavy car. Plenty of room and excellent for long drives.
- X5 E53 (2000-2006)
- Verified purchase
The original X5 has the classic BMW lines, smart but understated by today's standards. I have driven and cared for this car since new for almost 17 years and it has not disappointed. In fact, it looks and drives like brand new. It does require maintenance which is not always cheap, especially when taken to a BMW workshop. Many repairs require special tools that some other workshops do not have, so you don't always have an option. Tyres may also set you back almost $2500 if you have the sports version. Whilst I perform some repairs myself, the ...nature of the electronics are fiddly, but there are great forums online solving almost any problems you may encounter. Spare parts can be outrageously expensive, but this is hardly news. If you are looking for a car that is cheap to run, don't bother. Average fuel consumption is around 14 L/100km and insurance companies still charge a premium due to the high repair costs. Some spare parts are now becoming a rarity with many being discontinued, but the second hand market and non-OEM imports on places like E Bay offer good value. If you want to fall in love with a car and are prepared to spend some money, this is the one. It drives like a dream and has basic luxuries that may seem outdated, but it is the simplicity in design and concept as well as the build-quality that makes this car such a pleasure to drive. I wouldn't swap mine for any other car...
Great when new, would not buy again
I've had my 2003 3.0D since 2007 with 100,000k on the clock, it now sit on around 300,000. At around 140,000k I replaced the turbo, a $5k repair, at the 165,000 the fuel pump went so another $3k repair bill, at around the 180,000 had to replace the transmission which cost just tad under $7k. When getting the vehicle serviced by BMW, be prepared for the costly exercise. Nothing comes cheap for this car. I personally replaced the whole suspension on the vehicle for a 1/10 the cost that BMW where going to charge as well as doing the servicing myse...lf. Also have replaced the A/C unit, door handle drivers side, window winder drivers side, expansion tank, power steering hoses, Steering joints and torsion bars, brake pads and rotors. You can learn all there is to know by googling what you need to do. The car is a nice vehicle inside and out, there is just way too much plastic on it, which as time goes by breaks, and as I said before nothing is cheap for this car, your best bet is to buy parts from ebay and do the job yourself saving yourself a fair bit of change. If your going to buy yourself one, don't buy 2nd hand as the running cost will hurt your wallet in more ways then one. If I had my time again I would of just brought a new one and traded it in every 2 to 3 years, but now I drive this old girl till she goes no more.
Purchased in May 2006.
This car was great until the kms crept up. Once it hit 200,000km then everything started breaking. Fair enough, the car's done a lot of kms, but the cost to replace the parts is insane! I've always serviced the car with a specialist repairer (not BMW as they charge like wounded bulls), and I've always looked after the car.
If you're looking for a great 4WD then I wouldn't say not to buy an X5 but don't buy one second hand if it's got a few kms on the odometer. They're just not worth the massive repair bills !!! It would be cheaper to buy a new Aussie made 4WD.
Awesome car!! No complications or complaints so comfortable style quality
Fabulous all round.. quality is execeptional
You won't die in a BMW solid as a tank , get in shut the heavy door.. you know your safe and secure unlike the other cheap SUV 4wd on the market . I brought a jeep and sold the jeep and went for the x5.. more luxurious
Faulty Bmw x5 4.4l
BMW X5 e53 2002 model terrible vehicle beautiful inside out faulty every else even Bmw cannot find the problems transmission blows up it doesn't scan on computer or warn you it just tells you all these other things on the computer system instead of saying gearbox is damaged engine failures ABS unit and more all these other files come up on the scan tool but the gearbox which is rubbish as it doesn't tell you the exact thing it's wrong with it what is the point having all these wiring looms and computers but it won't tell us what the exact thing...is even the light bulb will warn you of ABS unit broken or the transmission is broken so load of crap Bmw really needs to do something about their vehicles as you yourself can't even find the problem when you go to a dealer they tell you to get rid of the vehicle and instead of fixing it. Thanks a lot BMW for your help. Off not doing anything. If people say this is the older vehicle you should think twice you should get rid of it or scrap it so people don't get stuck with rubbish so don't anyone think of saying it is like 16 years old you've got car it's in it's 50s and 60s still running perfectly this is what rubbish computers and things do to your car and make it difficult for anyone to fix it including mechanics.I have found more problems i'm finding it hard to find bolts for the transmission i can't believe that no one can sale me the write bolts for this BMW even has to order it in from overseas it takes 2 to 3 week to get it in bloody jock. May 21st 2017 Update: Stay home Beamer This BMW is a big problem anything it goes wrong it's all connected up to the computer is the biggest garbage of vehicles that they made gearbox goes ABS units go lot of things start breaking down no one knows what's the problem is. You could have a light blown and your car doesn't move as the gearbox tells it that the gears are not working properly because of a stupid brake light is not working or the brake sensors or the abs unit battery the dashboard there is so much to put I can't put everything on here but just because of a little electrical fault your gearbox will not go in gear or not move. I have installed recondition like brand new $5,000 gearbox and still sitting in my garage 8 month do not buy this vehicle it's a load of crap you should put it to get it crashed if you have one that's what it's good for I'm now getting it towed to the wreckers as I'm so sick of the bull crap it looks like brand new and perfect vehicle body on a scratch on it, it deserves to be in the crusher.
A great car to drive but don't expect happy sailing as it ages.
I have owned a 2006 3.0D for almost ten years and it's been a pleasure driving it. The only problem is that while it is a great car it comes at a hefty cost once it ages, for mine from year 6 of ownership, things will start to become worrisome. The car will still drive beautifully but under the bonnet a lot of things will break causing a domino effect. The sad thing is the car is made with some complex engineering that it will require the mechanic a lot of time to figure out what the problem is and the dealer charges hundred of dollars per hour...just to diagnose the problem. During years 6 to 9 I had the DDE module replace (have to be ordered from Germany), battery replaced twice, balancer and air conditioning unit including condenser and auxiliary fan plus diagnosis and labour all costing almost $20,000. For this money one have to decide whether it's really worthwhile to continue owning it. The funny thing is when I wanted to trade in for a new BMW, the trade in price offered by the dealer is a mere $8000. I understand that trade-in prices will always be low but what BMW is saying is that once the car gets old it really isn't worth much simply because maintenance cost will be enormous and simply not worth keeping. So my advice is enjoy it for 5 years and get another one.
Brilliant! 5 stars once it's all perfect again (BUT getting it that way costs money..read on and
Where to start? Let me first start by saying I absolutely love this car.
However I purchased it having traded my 2002 CR-V. I liked the additional room and capacity; the 3.0i 6 engine was a gem and I really liked the way it drove, handled, braked, etc. It was an ex-exec lease vehicle and had full service history, including the replacement of some components.
Within two weeks of ownership, it developed a radiator leak. It was also due for a service - something I hadn't noticed initially about the LED service interval read out. Anyway, the ...
Bought my e53 x5 facelift in January 2011 with 89k on the clock. Fully loaded , Still going strong . Now on 119k.
The only down point on this I had in the 1st 8months was the amp in the boot , (common fault ) damp so had it sent away from a company on eBay 24hr turn around, £220 not a problem since,
Love this car has it caused me no problems and does everything I ask it to.
Flies through every MOT.
Service is reasonable at local garage..
2 years time I'll but the upgrade one, not to keen on the new x5 on the shape .
2006 X5 E53 3.0d Sports
Have owned this car for 6 years
Currently had 244,000k's on the clock.
Its been a fantastic vehicle (especially when compared to a previously owned Range Rover).
Rock Solid road holding, Safe, Economical, seats 5 in comfort, tows, good storage, stylish, still turns heads.
Vehicle is relatively trouble free, with only small and minor issues (as with any car)
Ours has the radio module fail (a common fault, $145 fix)
OEM Battery lasted 8 years
Really i have nothing to complain about this vehicle and don't want to part with it.
As i have no idea what i'd buy next, apart from a newer version.
If you service it when required it will give you years of trouble free motoring.
2003 3.0d, purchased new, now showing 365000 Klm.
A country car that does at least 100k at each start up. Got 100,000 Ks out of first set of Michelins, replaced battery after 8 yrs. new CV boots at same time. Replaced expansion tank and cap 18 months ago. Did replace the drivers door actuator a couple of years ago. Have replaced two of the fuel delivery pumps, the one in the tank and the inline one, around $600 each event. Have not serviced the A/C, which must be a record. This car has been a gem, with service costs lower than our 08 Navara, and always taken it to the 25000K interval.
Car still looks fantastic, but it is time to update am looking at a 2013 e70. Can only hope for more of the same. Anyone have poor result from the 013 version?
BMW X5 E53 3.0 D 2006
We recently purchased a 2006 X5 and are delighted. Definitely the Ultimate Driving Experience. A dream to drive. Supremely solid and stylish. Diesel is very economical. Amazing acoustics..... it makes us smile every time. If on going costs are a concern find a good mechanic that has appropriate BMW equipment and many $$$$$'s will be saved. Best to get oil change every 7,000 kms or so for maximum protection
The X5 is very thoughtfully designed and definitely sets the benchmark for other luxury car makers to follow.
I bought mine new in 2003, 3.0 litre petrol
Repairs so far: alternator $700, air conditioner compressor $1200, CV Boots (3 times) $600, Rocker cover gasket $240, door actuator $400, Radiator expansion tank/thermostat $500
Still using the original battery. Always used Michelin tyres 235/65/17 can be found for $250 a corner.
It still drives great after 11 years. No squeaks or rattles.
I'll probably buy a 3 litre diesel next time
I like the way it drives.
Servicing can be expensive
BMW X5 2005 E53 4.4 v8
I have just realised that we have had our X5 now for a year and we love it!
We traded our 2000 Honda CRV in on it and it besides the first week driving it home and back to the dealer to work out that it had a faulty ABS module, it has been brilliant. That first week was horrid and exhausting, but thankfully covered under warranty and they were finally able to work out what was wrong with it. (it was throwing up so many errors, it took several trips to work out what the actual error was)
For reference, the X5 forums on-line are great. Th...ey told me what he problem was days before the dealer found it. The dealer didn't want my Opinion though :) It had done 120'000 Km's when we bought it and admittedly, we haven't added too many more with mostly city driving, but we drive it every day and we've had it fully serviced once so far at Balmain's Prestige Autos after a recommendation from a friend and because they're local to us - they are brilliant btw and will continue to get our business - Nothing major to report besides some leaking power steering hoses. It wasn't a cheap service, but we were prepared for it because it is a big BMW 4WD. The big service also gave us peace of mind that the car was in fact a good one. The first week of hassles scared me off it a bit, so we had it serviced pretty close to having purchased it and have had no problems since. Having it serviced also gave us great peace of mind and faith in the car, so even if it had cost double the price, it still would have been worth it.
The only other choice close to the driving pleasure and joy of ownership would be the Porsche Cayenne but the X5 ticks all the boxes for me. If I was to buy another X5 first choice would be the latest 35i and second would be the 40di. You just can't beat the refinement and the feel of luxury in a smooth BMW six cylinder petrol engine. The 40di with the cheaper running cost is a favorite for the Australian outback.
Great to drive with lots of gidgets that I am still learning to operate after three years of ownership. Just figured out how to ...
I started my business 20 years ago and was able to purchase my first pre-owned 318i BMW ($34,000) from Auto Classic in Perth in 2006. My business improved so in 2008 I was able to upgrade to a used X5 4.8 ($104,000) from the same dealer, which I kept that for a further two years. I had been happy with the cars and found the sales people to be awesome up until the sale and not very helpful once the sale was done. I also found that after sales care was terrible once the sale was made. I hoped that my business would continue to improve so that I ...could purchase my very first new BMW for my 40th birthday. In December last year (2010) I splashed out and purchased a brand new X5 4.0 Diesel Twin Turbo X-Drive 7-seater (6 in my family) for $148,000. Auto Classic had been messing me around with prices and not returning calls, so I purchased it from Coastline BMW in Queensland on a 4 year lease with the plan for upgrading to the new model every 4 years. It was custom built for me and arrived at my door in December 2010. My brother also purchased a BMW just prior on my recommendation. About 10 weeks after my new car arrived, on 14/2/11,whilst driving down the freeway it lost power and dropped down to about 80kmph and would not go any faster. Messages came up saying ‘engine fault’ etc and to get it to my nearest BMW dealer. So I drove it slowly to Auto Classic in Perth. They were fully booked when I arrived and suggested I brought it back the following day, so I had to drive it home and back again the next day. So the next morning, 15/2/11 I brought it back and they gave me a sedan 320i to use which did not fit my family. I asked if I would have to pay for the use of the sedan (as in the past they had made me pay around $90 per day for borrow a sedan whilst my car, which I purchased from themwas being attended to!). They called me later and said that they THINK the problem is a sensor, so I would have to wait another day or so for it to arrive. But on the Friday 18/2/11, they called me in the afternoon to advise that replacing the sensor did not work and they don’t know what is wrong with the brand new ($150,000) vehicle.
After 9 years with my 4.6is, I can still say its the best car I have ever owned
I have been driving my 2003 4.6is now for 9 years and let me tell you it just gets better with age!
I have had no issues with the vehicle at all. Admitedly the 4.6 transmission has that rough downshift between 2nd and 1st but im at 160k now on the same transmission and its got a lot left in it yet!
A very well built fantastic car. Yes it costs a bit to service and maintain but I paid $162,000 for mine in 2003 - I was expecting high maintenance costs.
But, in reality - I would tell anyone to buy an X5 4.6is.
It seems I am the minority; maybe the "is" model has less problems than the lower models.
Reliability, V8 sound, The fact I have owned the vehicle 9 years and I still never stop smiling when I look at it
Excellent SUV, but with Niggles
Just replaced by E240 estate Benz with a X5 3.0i (2006). Bought from BMW from their Premier Selection stock. Drove it back home (700km) and got a feel for the car. The car I bought has Sat/Nav, anti-dazzle mirrors, climate control, reversing mirrors, park sensors front and back, sunroof, electric seats and has the sports package. The overall impression is an excellent SUV that handles well with some niggles. However, the premium selection gives the purchaser a warranty that's like a new-car factory warranty for 12 months (longer for additio...nal money), so hopefully these niggles will be fixed. So let's get to it... Drive - the car drives well. The sports package must do something to the suspension though, because while handling is better than I expected, you feel just about every bump on the road. Although only a six pot engine, still gives you plenty of go and overtaking power. The engine doesn't sound as "refined" as I expected on acceleration, but quiet at speed and stopping. Handling - is surprisingly good. This is because of the stability control, all wheel drive (this model had the variable 4 wheel drive to each wheel). Little bit of body roll compared to, say, a 5 series BMW, but compared to the normal SUV (or car), quite tight. Interior - black leather. Seats quite comfortable, and in the memory function with the front electric seats means finding and keeping a good configuration is easy. Mirrors are meant to fold in, but on mine they fold in and then out... this will no doubt be a warranty job. I've read the electrics of the car can be problematic, and in my car (so far) this problem plus an occasional crackling from the speakers off the mirrors on bumps have been the only two electrical problems. The climate control works well, and the sat/nav + onboard computer, although the E53 generation, is easy to use and guided me home. One complaint is to update the sat/nav software costs $400 -- and if you want to keep your premium selection warranty you'll have to upgrade it the BMW way. Still, if you're buying a BMW and you're worried about $400 for a sat/nav upgrade, then you've bought the wrong car.
Questions & Answers
When sitting at the lights for a short period the car will start miss firing have to pull over turn off the engine wait a minute and start again and will run fine till you have a stop again , what could be the cause
I'd start by inspecting the battery connections it sounds simple but being lose or poor connections can cause grief,check all connections around the engine for something not right and are the spark plugs overdue to be replaced? if so change them it could be that simple and a set is only around $90 (Bosch) unless anyone else has better ideas you'll need a computer diagnosis after that
How much did it cost to buy x5 bmw in 2002 3litre automatic?
What causes my e53 x5 back to the top?
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