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Old 09-17-2012, 06:17 PM
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Hello all, I have been a BMW owner for almost 8 years now. After some time and talking ,my wife now wants an X5. Is there any tips or things I should be looking for when going to purchase? I have a 2002 540i and would like to get the same size 4.4L in the X5. If ,02 was a good year for X5 I would like to try that as well or the best I can do for $9k cash. Any help anyone can offer would be great
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Old 09-18-2012, 09:33 AM
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You'd have the same experience as your E39. I would pay attention to maintenance history and have a PPI done (a MUST).
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Old 09-24-2012, 05:21 AM
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THX for the above comment,What would be the better engine .....3.0L or 4.4L ? My indy says I will have issues with the 4.4L
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Old 09-24-2012, 06:11 AM
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THX for the above comment,What would be the better engine .....3.0L or 4.4L ? My indy says I will have issues with the 4.4L
I owned a 2000 (85K) and 2001 (126K) 4.4i and they both had rock solid engines. Not sure why people believe the 4.4 is more unreliable than the 3.0. Some have theorized the 4.4's power puts more strain on the drive train. However I've seen no data to suggest failures are higher on the driver train with the 4.4.

It's my opinion the weak points on the E53 are non-engine related and therefore found with either engine. One exception being the oil separator freezing...not sure if the 3.0 has one and therefore prone to that issue.
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Old 09-24-2012, 07:33 AM
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I owned a 2000 (85K) and 2001 (126K) 4.4i and they both had rock solid engines. Not sure why people believe the 4.4 is more unreliable than the 3.0. Some have theorized the 4.4's power puts more strain on the drive train. However I've seen no data to suggest failures are higher on the driver train with the 4.4.

It's my opinion the weak points on the E53 are non-engine related and therefore found with either engine. One exception being the oil separator freezing...not sure if the 3.0 has one and therefore prone to that issue.
I am with you on the engine liability as long as you keep up with the maintenance. The 3.0 DOES have oil separator (Crankcase Vent Valve)
OP, if you're a DIYer, you can cut the maintennace cost to half. Many people can affort to buy BMWs but can't affort to own one.
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Old 09-24-2012, 07:16 PM
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I have a 2003 with 3.0i motor, and what I noticed before purchasing my X5 was to make sure the maintenance had been done. Also, the electrical options seem to be issues throughout and more so from 1999 to 2002. BMW fixed alot of the electrical challenges from 2003 up model years. What I wanted in my X5 was the cold weather package with heated seats and no navigation and no air suspension. I have read about the challenges of the air suspension. I really wanted the 4.4i motor but ended up with the 3.0i because it had all the options that I wanted.

Like others here have said, BMW's are no different to work on than other cars so if you DIY then you will save a lot. I bought mine with 89k miles in 2.5 years ago and have put 38k on it now almost 127k total mileage. And yes i have done the front control bushings, lower ball joints, tie rod ends, OSV, spark plugs, DISA valve, new tires, powersteering fluid change, transmission fluid only (not filter yet), rear and front differential fluids and AC recharge yearly (not find a leak). And my power seat memory module went out that controls the mirrors and steering wheel. Make sure all the windows go up and down smoothly to. Mine had all been fixed by previous owner.

Every car is different. I have seen waterpumps, belts, thermastats etc. Just before I purchased mine the maintenance was done with valve cover gasket, new belts, new brakes and all fluids except transmission. Important note it does burn oil even after the OSV work done. I just change the oil every 5k (Mobil 1 Synthetic Gold) or sooner but add when needed not when light comes on. I plan on about a 1k a year to keep it up and running top notch.
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Old 09-25-2012, 10:57 AM
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also try to avoid model with self levelling air suspension, they are a real pain

3.0 and 4.4 are both strong engines, as Sunny said, all the issues will most likely be non engine related...

Good luck for finding the one that suits you!
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Old 09-25-2012, 12:33 PM
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Thank you everyone for your input and info How would I know if it has air suspension? THX again!!
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Old 09-25-2012, 08:50 PM
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If it has air suspension, you will see a small switch on the left side under the dashboard, with three positions showing.

You can also look under the front wheel arch and you will see the air struts.

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Old 09-25-2012, 10:24 PM
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3 essential criteria - lowest mileage possible, full maintenance history by authorised BMW mechanics, and try to get a model without the air bag suspension.
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Old 09-26-2012, 04:47 AM
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G R E A T !!!! Thanks again everyone
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Old 10-01-2012, 04:42 AM
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Don't get the 4.4 engine. Has on going problem with rings. Had one in a 745li (secondary air pump needed replacement after a $2500 warranty job) caused by soke from rings. Now have a X-5 with same engine (they got rid of the air pump and replaced in pvc, etc.). PVC was replaced because of smoke under waranty). It has a ring problem but they did not fix it under waranty (effect vs., the cheaper quick non fix, "the cause." Now I am faced with a $7,000 job. Will take them to court. My after waranty BMW repair shop for 28 years and a BMW head mechanic also statred it is well known that the 4.4 has ring problems. 3.0 or 4.6. If you have the change the deisel.
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Old 10-05-2012, 04:09 PM
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Y I K E S ! ! !!!!! That sounds what my indy was talking about

So does everyone agree 4.6L is good as long it dont have air suspension?
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Old 10-05-2012, 04:12 PM
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Y I K E S ! ! !!!!! That sounds what my indy was talking about

So does everyone agree 4.6L is good as long it dont have air suspension?
One person having a problem with rings is does not make for a problem with the 4.4 engine.
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Old 10-05-2012, 04:18 PM
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Agree - its how it is driven and taken care of! My brother has a 2000 740i with the 4.4i motor and has not had any block or piston issues just usual maintenance issues. I agree with the no air suspension! Alot of folks on this forum have had issues with it. The 3.0i motor in my mind is very easy to work on.
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Old 10-11-2012, 08:10 PM
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I just purchased a 2006 3.0i 2 days ago. 45k miles, cold weather. Premium,pkg hill decent. And panorama roof. I have to admit I completely love this truck, ( haven't missed my F10 yet) my wife and i share it. I read so much about 4.4 vs 3.0. My advisor told me to stay away from 4.4 as well due to valve guide issues. Said 3.0 was bullet proof. But you guys make good points about maintenance being a huge contributor. That's why I am happy our 3.0 was purchased at this BMW dealer, serviced there and traded in there and bought by me there. All reports for service ppi and all. Prior owner drove 6000 miles a year. I am assuming I don't have air suspension because I don't have that button.

I took her off road last night and was impressed with the approach and departure angles. Nothing crazy but a little sand and muddy puddles, up and down a few hills. The hill decent feature kicks in quick.

I hate the 17" rims though. Looking for 20" 5 spokes To beef up appearance . But in the mean time I will purchase nice winter/snow tires but want to go up to 245 vs the stock 235. Do I have to lower tire height to 60 from the 65 tire to keep same height???

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Old 10-12-2012, 11:56 AM
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I am not sure if you want to change tire size since all the computer calculations mpg etc and transmission are based on the overall size of the tire. here is a site that calculates the difference http://www.tacomaworld.com/forum/tirecalc.php

What I did was keep the 235/65/17 for the winter and upgraded to a factory BMW sport set of 19" staggard wheels/tires. 255/50/19 front and 285/45/19. It makes it look tough but rides rougher.
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