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Jeffsimon 11-18-2012 01:04 PM

Buying a used X5 - Tips, 3.0 vs. 4.4, etc.
I'm going to be buying a used 2004-2006 X5 soon, probably with 75k-110k (I have a license to go to the auto auctions).

So, I have a few questions:

- 3.0 vs 4.4?

- things to watch out for that I can check myself before the auction?

- I've seen that there are issues with the panorama roof, which I want. How do I check this out?

- get it with Nav or add dynavin later?

Thanks! Your help is much appreciated!

jmanyoyoyo 11-20-2012 04:55 AM

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Any of the V8s 4.4, 4.6, 4.8
I've always had the V8 (3 previous E39 540s)
Personaly I love the OEM GPS. The aftermarket ones just don't look right to me.

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1bad540 11-23-2012 05:56 PM

depends the 3.0 is bmw's best engine, that said i only drive the 8's and I have the 3.0 for the wife. The 3.0 is less upkeep than the larger 4.4

CJones 11-26-2012 09:43 AM

Just bought 4.4 X5 and the valve cover gaskets were leaking. Favourite shop fixed this but cost is steep given what has to be removed to get to this. I factored most of that into price paid. Watch the hoses under the engine cover as well.

lord4play 04-04-2013 01:09 PM

I just bought my 03 x5 at a chevy dealership for half of bluebook since they couldn't figure out the problem with the braklight/ check brake light indicator on the dash...cost to fix was $12. other problem door carrier on drivers side needs to be replaced cost $65 part on the way. pixels going out on MID unsure if I want to fix it or replace. and lower control arm bushing needs to be replaced. A one owner X5 yes a little old lady owned it.

Never owned or even ridden in a BMW before. But this will not be my last BMW!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Thinking about making a few "upgrades" to my X5 since it's the 3.0i .....wish it was a v8 ( I LOVE THE SOUND )
intake drop in filter or cai
exhaust remove resonator and replace with X-pipe maybe
and a tune to get rid of the lag in the throttle

upallnight 04-05-2013 07:13 PM

If you going to go with an aftermarket headunit, stay away from cars with DSP. Installing aftermarket unit such as a dynavin is a lot easy if the car doesn't have dsp.

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