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X5 E70 (2007 - 2013)
E70 BMW X5 produced between 2007 and 2013. Discuss the E70 X5 with other BMW owners here.

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Old 02-22-2014, 01:48 AM
Imcochrane Imcochrane is offline
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Higher mileage 35d

Hi guys, I'm just looking for some honest info on the 35d, I'm looking at buying a 2009 with 170,000kms on it, the price is definetly rite, has the m wheels on it as well, just wondering if I'm getting myself into a mess here, what kind of problems should I be expecting, the previous owner follows the maintenance schedule like it's a religion, which it should be, thanks guys, all help is appreciated before I pull the trigger on it!
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Old 02-22-2014, 05:32 AM
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the previous owner follows the maintenance schedule like it's a religion!
that's a good one...

I'd be looking for a service history as well as the maintenance...have things like suspension parts, brakes, etc. been replaced?
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Old 02-22-2014, 07:34 AM
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Get a pre purchase inspection by a BMW shop (not dealer) which will reveal a lot more than you will see.
The BMW maintenance schedule is a constant debate topic. Nowadays, BMW hardly maintains the cars; engine oil is a 15k item, other oil are lifetime. Even coolant has gone to lifetime. Before the advent of "free" maintenance, you could not change oil often enough and coolant was 2 year interval. The truth is probably somewhere in the middle.
The diesel engine itself should be durable. In the rest of the world these easily go twice as any miles as the one you are considering. The rest is going to be typical BMW which means it will likely require TLC.
If I were considering this car I would get a PPI to assess true condition and expect some required fixes. If I bought it after the PPI I would get all fluids and filters changed, put it on my maintenance schedule, and keep a $3-4k rainy day fund. I've owned several high mileage BMWs following this formula.


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Old 02-22-2014, 10:23 AM
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The guy wants $22,000 for it, I have had 6 bmw's in the past, one was sitting at 350,000 and absolutely everything worked rite down to heated seats, so the bmw thing doesn't scare me, to boot I'm a mechanic, just don't want have an engine failure is the biggest thing. How about the transmissions on these things? They fairly durable? I did some research online and was kind of alarmed to see that the max tq that model transmission was rated for was 440 ft/lbs. surely that must be a mistake...
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Old 02-22-2014, 12:41 PM
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You are in uncharted territory for the E70 D. Not many over 100k miles. Some, not alot.

IMO the biggest wild car will be the transmission: in my prior cars, manuals go 500k. You change clutchs now and then...In my prior ATs you get 100-200k, then swap out for a reman. And I change ATF, many people dont- especiually if they follow the BMW directions 'religiously'!

other stuff is usually minor- maintenance, maybe a sensor here of there, a water pump, fuel pump, AC evap, etc. If you DIY it can be manageable (especially if you have a spare car and can stage your project)
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Old 02-24-2014, 11:50 AM
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There are many high mileage (200-400k km) X5 35d/40d driving in Europe (and probably rest of the world). Personally I never heard about problems with transmission in these cars (I am not saying there are none). I heard about a few cases where the turbos failed (35d had some initial problems with turbos when it was launched in 2005 or 2006) and also where the timing chain broke (not sure if this is the right English name).

In my opinion, the cars in Europe are driven more aggressively, so I would expect that US cars are in general in better shape than the European cars.

My 530d had 350k km when I sold it and apart from suspension / brakes I did not have to invest a lot.
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Old 02-24-2014, 12:17 PM
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Ya I have had a couple high mileage bmw's and the trans and engine were trouble free. For the money I can pick this thing up for I think it's hard to say no
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Old 02-26-2014, 03:27 PM
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Ya I have had a couple high mileage bmw's and the trans and engine were trouble free. For the money I can pick this thing up for I think it's hard to say no
22k is a very good deal, I will buy it if I am you
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Old 02-28-2014, 08:37 PM
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Euro cars have different emissions stuff, no nox ie urea crap until this year I believe.
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The price sounds right. Good luck on the right decision.


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Old 03-02-2014, 03:43 PM
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Ya looks like we're going for it, I'll lost some pics when we pick it up, it's pretty minty
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