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      16.06.2010 10:10

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      overall a great car to drive

      We had one of these for nearly three years and can say was thoroughly enjoyable the whole time we owned it. The drive was very comfortable, great turning circle for a car that you would think is so big. I was a bit apprehensive at first about driving such a big car - but once you get used to it - it doesn't feel like you are driving such a big car at all. Fantastic interior and I would say definately try and find one with sat nav and a television - just makes life a lot easier and is great when having to wait in the car for something - you can watch television! The controls on the steering wheel are also very handy - to change radio channels etc while on the move without having to take eye off the road. Memory seats are a bonus when more than one of you drives it too - all in all was a great car for us - very spacious - inside and in the boot. Happy motoring!

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      07.01.2010 00:59

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      Good car but shop around before you buy.

      This is a great car that BMW have that is convienent, spacious and brilliant as a family car. The car is not to bad on fuel consumption for a four by four and alsothe road tax and insurance are also not to bad for the type of car. The car looks really cool especially in the colour blue and also with decent size alloys. This car is also not to bad on depreciation but the price for the car is a bit high as for over 40K a Range rover sport is similarly priced and offers not just a better car but a better brand. However it is a good car with good acceleration and handling and does offer practicality and space for families, people with dogs or just those who like a spacious car. I think overall its a good buy and would advise someone to buy one however there maybe other cars on the market that are not just cheaper but that you prefer so shop around.

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      27.10.2008 13:16
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      A beautiful car, a beautiful drive

      My dad has this car, and I really cant say on thing bad about it. It is beautiful, comfy, great interior, fast, everything you want in a car. He has just about everything on it and has the new twin turbo version. In my opinion, the best things about it are: automatic high beams - i know that it takes very little effort to turn your full beams on and off, but having this means that you dont have to think about it, and dont blind other drivers when you forget to turn them off. Also its such a cool toy!! The nomal lights on the X5 are by the way close to other cars' full beams! The Ipod player, being able to go through your ipod on your steering wheel is great, it means you have access to alot more music, and its safer and easier than messing about with CDs. The 22" alloys! - they are absolutely huge, i dont know how much they cost, but they are deffinately worth it. They make it stand out from other X5's and if you have a dark colour, the chrome looks great against it. The colour, my dad went for blue/black, so it looks great as all black cars do, without looking like you are a pimp or a drug dealer! All in all this is a great car, and it has never driven anything but perfectly, having driven it once, when i put my fut down for the kickdown, it felt like i was in a plane taking off it was that quick! If you have kids,they will be very impressed with this car!

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      26.02.2003 02:03
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      Well after the Rap scene was over the X-5 obsession it got down to comfort and dependability. The X-5 had very little of any of that. Maybe I just got a lemon but I got rid of it soo fast it would make your head spin. First things first... It drove like a truck. Rough! Bumpy! it would shake you around. We dont have real smooth roads around here. Second the electrical system was shorting out in various places....maybe because it was so damn bumpy....In any event one headlight would go out periodically and then just come back on a few days later. The sunroof after 4 months just quit working altogether. Several Warning lights would come on for awhile and then go off. Third comfort..... Ok there was more room than the Porshce I am driving now but my girlfriend bruised her ribs trying to give me road head one night on our way home from a party. Just how can you sell a luxury car like this without taking into consideration the performance of oral sex on the driver. The back seat had little leg room to speak of as well. We even tried to pull off on another trip and laid the seats back for a little afternoon fun but it was not very comfortable. Style....at first the car was very stylish but ultimately every wanna be drug dealer on the block had one. So the style appeal wore off just as fast. Gas Mileage sucks of course about 27mpg but you dont buy this car for economy. Also this car was difficult to have aftermarket parts placed on it. I had to put a hitch on it for my jet boat and while I could get the hitch put on I could not get the light kit put on without going to the dealer and paying about 6 times what i should have paid. Muscle....None....it drags ass compared to my late 70's Porsche 911. The X5 could top out around 135 mph but it will take you awhile to get there. Not the 49 seconds I am used to. OK I dont expect all cars to perform like a 23 year old Porsche but this is supposed to be state of the art engine work here and it is just adequate. Finally the cup holders where not big enough nor stable enough...... DOnt spend the money buy a lexus RX 300 instead.

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        14.12.2001 10:19
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        I have had my new X5 for two months now and so far I am not totally impressed. I hate to say this but I have driven a Lexus RX300 for a couple of years and it handled much better not to mention it had alot more gadgets like an on dash computer etc. The RX300 was also alot more intuitive to figure out just where everything is. The X5 is still a bit bumpy. My friends who have ridden in the back seat have made comments to me to this effect. And there appears to be alot more road dust build-up on the rims. I also understand that the X5 is one of 3 SUV's that scored poorly on the tipping test ( vehicle likely to tip over in a quick turn ) the other two were the Jeep Liberty and the Range Rover Discovery. By the way the RX300 scored the safest of the SUV's. Now that I have somewhat down talked the X5 let me tell you about the good stuff. It has better pick-up than the RX300 and it is alot more prestigious. Lets just say, it gets alot more looks from people. I even had a very old lady get out of her car and walk around mine the other day and then just blurt out "nice ride". She must have been 65 or older. I am a bit more critical than most I guess but I have always been a porsche fan myself. I currently only own one 911 as I sold the other one a few years ago. I would collect them if I had the space to keep them in. Pound for Pound the 911 is the best. It is fast and sexy and not totally outrageously priced like those italian monsters. I hear porsche will be coming out with an SUV sometime soon. I hope so. Not that I dont like my X5 but I just prefer porsche. So why dont I drive my 911? Well as an architect I have to travel to many unimproved jobsites, thus I need the AWD. But at the same time I need a car that will also be acceptable pulling up to a bank for a meeting with the developers. Thus I am relagated to the sporty SUV category. The others are just to damn big, the navigator, the escalade, etc. All in all the X5 is a great car for the money and despite the tipping test failure I feel totally safe with all the airbags around the cabin. It is almost as if BMW want you easily flip and destroy the car but they want you to be safe in doing it so you can live to buy another one. Some of you have asked for more information. Since I am not a mechanic or a gear head I guess that I shouldnt write in this category. I only know what I like and dont like and why. The X5 is a very sporty impressive car but the handling is so so compared to other cars in its class. I have also driven the ML320 and it is worse. Lets face it the Germans have not perfected the SUV yet. On top of less than average handling it is relatively low tech in the cabin. I am sure the engine is superb and high tech, in fact I cant even tell if it is running it is so quiet. The leather and burlwood are a very nice touch and like I said it looks great! It did take me a few days to find the cup holders but as the bavarians say it is the ultimate driving machine not the ultimate lounge on wheels.

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          11.05.2001 08:00
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          • "turned me away from merc for good!"

          The X5 3.0 Sport needs to be driven to be properly appreciated. Gone are the traditional rattles,sloppy suspension and less than positive steering. This vehicle has all the refined attributes of the executive saloon with the added benefit of continuous 4x4,allowing you to work and play! Having driven the so call competitor vehicles (Merc, Lexus,Jeep,Range Rover etc) there realy is no comparison. The standard features leave you gasping,whilst the realistic factory options add to the sexy appearance.I bought the Comms Pack offering sat nav,tv,phone,traffic master plus other benefits.I also suggest Bull Bars and side steps. Drive it and you will be equally smitten...

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            19.04.2001 00:55
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            In the current SUV market, any observer can see that there is a distinct trend toward vehicles that are half minivan and half SUV. This is because the general public now associates minivans with commonality and many drivers are also fond of the added strength and utility of many SUVs. The other half is that many buyers formerly placed at the top of the generic sedan market or the bottom of the luxury-car market (read: BMW 3-Series and Lexus ES300) refuse to be seen in a “weenie” little minivan and hence require a vehicle of similar size without the stigma. Of particular interest is the £20-30,000 range because of its current status as the “hot” market, with many new vehicles spanning the gap between the Ford Explorer Eddie Bauer and the Chrysler Town & Country. A recent and stunning addition to this segment is the BMW X5. The new Bimmer is revolutionary in that it looks like an SUV, drives like a 530i and accommodates more than a 530i Touring. Like its direct competitors the Acura MDX and Mercedes-Benz ML320, the X5 3.0i starts with a palette of amenities and sophistication and adds to it the proper style and performance. However, where the X5 excels so dramatically is in the handling department. A week ago, I was given the opportunity to sample one of these magnificent creatures (X5 3.0i Sport) and was left dumbfounded. The road manners were very comparable to a BMW 5-Series or a Lexus GS, as they were direct and precise with the correct amount of damping without being vague. The big Bimmer turns with confidence and extracts but a minor toll for whacking the largest of potholes. From an acceleration standpoint, the BMW fairs very well for it smallest-in-class displacement, and while it does make you pay for the performance at the pump with deep gearing for highway cruising, the penalty is simply monetary in terms of fuel consumption, there is no undue intrusion of road or engine noise that one might find annoying. Braking is typical BMW again, solid, easy to modulate and usually shedding speed faster than you expect. From an accommodation standpoint, the BMW is a little tighter inside than the Acura or the MB due to its length (vs. the Acura) and its rear roofline (vs. the MB). This is an issue for some, and there will not be a 3rd row seat in the X5, ever. The quality of the interior is on par with its sedan siblings and is most definitely a huge part of the BMW’s advantage vs. the Mercedes, which in my mind is a bit sterile and cold. The textures in the X5 are all inviting and colors are deep and warm. With an eye toward functional aesthetics, BMW gives away a little to the Acura with some vague or too-small controls, but otherwise everything is where you’d expect it and works how you expect it to. The major strike against the X5 is the price, while it offers a degree of refinement and performance that cannot be equaled in this class; it also commands a hefty premium. When a buyer starts to add options, things get hairy. The standard manual is my transmission of choice, but many buyers will shock at the £1400 automatic trans and the £1500+ premium package. The only bargain on the order sheet is the sport package, but then you get to replace 18” tires when the time comes and that won’t be very much fun. In all the BMW X5 offers the Luxury SUV market segment some thing it has never seen before in the performance categories, but is a loser on the dollar side, its only saving grace being all service inside the warranty period is included in the vehicle price. As the Economy continues to slow (as it will) the X5 will trail the Acura in sales due simply to the price factor, until we get to that point, the X5 will be the vehicle of choice for those concerned, unless they need a third-row seat. Ok so being 18 its going to be quite some time before I can get my hands on one, unless I steal my Dads!!!!!, but the car is gre at, apart from possibly the price.

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              26.10.2000 06:59
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              On recently driving past the local Stner BMW retailer I saw the new X5 in the window and I thought to myself BMW have done it again......another beast of a car....good looks and no doubt no loss in quality and drive although I have not driven it yet. This car is in the same league as the Mercedes Jeep and the X5 will no doubt prove to be very popular as all BMWs are. If I were to choose between the X5 and the new M3 Coupe 2001 I would definatley choose the M3 Coupe as it has a sporty feel to it and the acceleration is the fastest in the BMW range to date.

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