Loving the X5
I just visited the forum for the car that I had prior to the X5. That car was a nightmare. Special ordered, lots of excitement and high hopes due to it having AWD combined with manual trans. The result was nothing but trouble and a car that was undrivable around San Francisco as a result of a weak clutch. I used to have to plan my routes around The City or take a different car. Needless to say, it was a huge disappointment.
It was traded in for the X5d 17 months after delivery. I have now had the X5 for 15 months and driven it about 20k miles and so far zero issues. Visiting the other forum made me realize that at this stage of the game with the previous car I had been to the dealer service dept with clutch complaints many times and was test driving potential replacements at every opportunity. The X5 is my 12th BMW in 17 years so I know they have their shares of problems and are far from perfection, but so far it's been a great experience. Not the sexiest or top of dream car list, but appreciating it more now for the beast of burden that it is than on day one.