thanks for the responses folks. FYI - the 8k fix mentioned was to replace the transmission. Any case, many of you mentioned about a lot of problems with bmw, however the enjoyment of it 'outweights' the pain of getting them fix. UNDERSTOOD! However, want to clarify the 'fix'. Is that mostly out of pocket fixes or are they mostly covered under warranty? My budget is tight, yes I can afford to get the X5, but I rather not spend another 5-10k just get the machine fix every now and then for the life of the car (hopefully 10 yrs).
Note: the TL I traded in for back in 1998... I still drive it, its been 12 years and no major problems.