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: 2002 x5 dilemma

12-27-2007, 09:46 AM
I was thinking of getting a friend's 2002 x5. Since it has a great ride, perfect ground clearance, and it handles great. But what bothers me is that it's a 6 year old car and there might be some problems later on when I get it. I just want to ask the opinion for those who own a 2002 x5, if it has given you any problems.

12-27-2007, 01:27 PM
Outside of window regulators no other issues to speak of in 100,000 miles.

12-27-2007, 04:32 PM
Depends on how one defines "problems"...if you do a search you will
find a litany of glitches, probs., fixes, etc. But, normal on a fanatic
oriented board...

Our '01 has been basically trouble free for 6 1/2 yrs and 63,000 miles,
but the glitches were generally fixed during the warranty period. I have
an extended warr. to guard against "the big one", but have not had to
use it.

You didn't mention mileage, but some things to consider at that car's
vintage/miles are:
-water pump, coolant res., valley pan gasket if it's a V8, window regs
as mentioned, front suspension items if hammered in an urban/potholed
environ., brakes & rotors if not done in past 20-40k miles, etc.

Even though it is a friend, if you are serious, I would have the "key run"
at any BMW stlr to see service history, etc.

And, a little reading here, via search, will give you a broad info base of
fixes and info...

They are amazing cars, but without any safety net of an ext warranty,
they are costly to fix, if major. A good indie BMW garage would be a
handy search.