Welcome to Bimmerfest -- The #1 Online Community for BMW related information! Please enjoy the discussion forums below and share your experiences with the 200,000 current, new and past BMW owners. The forums are broken out by car model and into other special interest sections such as BMW European Delivery and a special forum to voice your questions to the many BMW dealers on the site to assist our members!

Please follow the links below to help get you started!

Go Back   Bimmerfest - BMW Forums > BMW Model Discussions > X Series > X5 E53 (1999 - 2006)

X5 E53 (1999 - 2006)
The X5 SAV Forum

Reply
 
Thread Tools Display Modes
  #1  
Old 11-22-2012, 04:40 PM
evilhare evilhare is offline
Sam Medina
Location: Toronto
 
Join Date: Nov 2012
Posts: 4
Mein Auto: BMW X5 3.0
2001 x5 3.0 Reliability at high mileage?

I've got my eye on a 2001 X5 3.0... it's got about 125K on it. Underside looks clean, no signs of leaks or weeps on engine that I can see... in fact, the engine is really clean and, to my surprise, shiny. Brakes seem to be pretty new, tires look brand new (Cooper, all-season), body looks great.
It drives like a boss, accelerates smoothly. Knowing little about BMWs, I'd be grateful for any input as to what to look for when I go to re-inspect it.

Also noted: RPMs 2000 @ 55MPH .. dunno if that's good or bad.

Last edited by evilhare; 11-22-2012 at 06:22 PM.
Reply With Quote
Ads by Google
  #2  
Old 11-23-2012, 09:02 AM
Zulu95's Avatar
Zulu95 Zulu95 is offline
Officially Welcomed to the 'Fest
Location: Show Me
 
Join Date: May 2004
Posts: 843
Mein Auto: 2001 X5 3.0L
Take it to an indy BMW specialist and get a full inspection and written report. If you do a search on high mileage reliability both here and on xoutpost you should get any number of posts relating to ALL the common failure points and a rough idea of repair costs.
GL.
Reply With Quote
  #3  
Old 11-23-2012, 11:30 AM
Scott ZHP's Avatar
Scott ZHP Scott ZHP is online now
We want the Lion!
Location: PA, USA
 
Join Date: Jul 2003
Posts: 7,544
Mein Auto: 03 ZHP, 01 X5, 73 MGB
+1 on the indy inspection.

I wouldn't buy it without knowing the service history.

Cooling system would be of particular concern. Has the exp tank, water pump and tensioner/idler been replaced?
Check the front OUTER CV boots.
__________________


Quote:
Originally Posted by Fast Bob View Post
JUST...LOOK...UNDER...THE...CAR....for Chrissakes....it`s like checking to see if a dog is male or female....
Quote:
Originally Posted by smolck View Post
A bimmer with forced induction should have a proper manual gearbox. Anything less is like french kissing your sister.
Reply With Quote
  #4  
Old 11-23-2012, 05:22 PM
evilhare evilhare is offline
Sam Medina
Location: Toronto
 
Join Date: Nov 2012
Posts: 4
Mein Auto: BMW X5 3.0
Hmm.. expansion tank looked new, will def check the cv boots. I think the dealer also said he has the service record, so I'll peruse that and see if the previous owner already addressed the common issues already. Then see about an inspection. Thanks, guys!
Reply With Quote
  #5  
Old 11-23-2012, 05:59 PM
1bad540's Avatar
1bad540 1bad540 is offline
Officially Welcomed to the 'Fest
Location: newyork
 
Join Date: Jan 2006
Posts: 9,395
Mein Auto: E65 750i Sport,C5 z51 e46
I wouldnt believe that the cooling system at 125k hadnt been addressed prob 2x. reliable yes I believe it will start everytime. costly should be your concern.
__________________
[SIGPIC]
e39 540i sport, acs type 2's chrome, acs spler pdls,Euroclrs
e65 745i aw sport,21's aib's acspedals& rf splr(sold)
e46 328i Prem Aw18" 335spt whls(sold)
c5 Corvette 6sp,z51,2"drp,19"ccw'sshrt shft,corsa exh,dd nav
e53 X5 3.0, pana rf,nav,xenon,cldweather, premium.ipod hookup, 20"4.6rims staggered 315rrs.
e65 750I aw, sport. chrome21's,acs pdls,acs rfsplr,mtecs,8k hid fogs,Leds.oem ipod&sirius
Srt10 VIPER, 19-20" rennen forgedwheels,tune,exhaust,intake.
Reply With Quote
  #6  
Old 11-23-2012, 06:11 PM
evilhare evilhare is offline
Sam Medina
Location: Toronto
 
Join Date: Nov 2012
Posts: 4
Mein Auto: BMW X5 3.0
Heh

Quote:
Originally Posted by 1bad540 View Post
I wouldnt believe that the cooling system at 125k hadnt been addressed prob 2x. reliable yes I believe it will start everytime. costly should be your concern.
Heh, point taken. If I do end up buying it, I'm definitely going to take the warranty, too jic.

Reply With Quote
Reply

Bookmarks

Tags
3.0, bmw, high mileage, inspection, x5


Forum Navigation
Go Back   Bimmerfest - BMW Forums > BMW Model Discussions > X Series > X5 E53 (1999 - 2006)
Today's Posts Search
Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is On



Forum Jump


All times are GMT -7. The time now is 09:08 AM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.7
Copyright ©2000 - 2014, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.
© 2001-2011 performanceIX, Inc. All Rights Reserved .: guidelines .:. privacy .:. terms