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2008 BMW X5 Pros and Cons at TrueDelta: Owner Pros and Cons by tjord

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Reviewed: 2008 BMW X5

4dr SUV 260-horsepower 3.0L I6 6-speed shiftable automatic AWD

Why the 2008 BMW X5?

Exterior styling

I chose this vehicle over the Lexus, Mercedes, and Audi as it has a more agressive stance and looks very masculine as well as refined(the Audi and Mercedes run a close second).

Powertrain performance

The powertrain feels very competent as well as responsive. The engine is competent and transitions very well when challenged on hills and any incline. Acceleration for the 6 is about normal in response time as it is truly pushing a lot of weight.

Handling

This vehicle is extremely responsive in the city and feels great while crusing on the HWY. I will add (I do not have a heavy foot) that my gas milliage is excellent for a vehicle of this caliber (20 City / 25 Hwy).

Materials & workmanship

The overall quality is great. Everything is in place, is well finished, and fits. Also, everything works as advertised. I read a few complaints concerning the iDrive but after an hour or so of instruction, it is easily mastered.

Ride smoothness

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Why Not the 2008 BMW X5?

Price or payments

It was very hard to find one close to or under invoice. But the vehicle does retain a lot of residual value. I had to do a lot of research to find one at a decent price...but I did!

Audio & nav systems

The base audio is simply to vanilla. There are no major controls such as a mid range or eq unless you upgrade. The ipod connector is a must and it works great (the cable is $70..ooch). The nav may be too hard for non tech types but I find it a great tool.

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