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2005 BMW X5 Pros and Cons at TrueDelta: BMW X5 Great but Fragile by jimcollis

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Introduction

We got our X5 used from an employee at a local BMW dealership, where it had been maintained caerfully. IT was great at first but then started to peel like an onion.

Reviewed: 2005 BMW X5

4dr SUV 315-horsepower 4.4L V8 6-speed shiftable automatic AWD

Why the 2005 BMW X5?

Powertrain performance

Our X5 had the 4.4 v8 with a stage 1 Dinan package. Overall performance was excellent.

Handling

Our x5 was rode and handled very well. Steering was very good for a big SUV.

Front seat support & comfort

We loved the seating and overall room. This was a favortie car for road trips to the mountains or wherever.

Why Not the 2005 BMW X5?

Reliability & durability

The V8 engine in this car turned shockingly fragile once we got above 95K miles. We have to replace an alternator, battery, water pump, thermostat housing, hoses, power steering hoses, fix the "alternator bracket" leak, transmission sender leak, valve cover gaskets, multiple other oil leaks, motor mounts, plus routine maintenance including front brakes that were done just 20K ago. Then we started having leaking valve seals. The engine runs great, but this is the least durable of 3 bmws that I have owned. 3 three of our other vehicles are Ford v8s with a collective 450K miles. We had one oil leak and routine maintenance with those. We no longer feel like we can trust this car, we have spent close to $6000 in non-scheduled maintenance in the last 6 months of ownership and the valve seals would be another 2-3K. We traded it in.

Controls and instruments

Some of the displays and controls are not easy to reach or use.

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