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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 04-15-2016, 04:52 AM
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Upgrading from E53 to E70

I am thinking of buying this X5. Please give me your opinion. Click image for larger version

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Old 04-15-2016, 06:37 AM
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Deep Breath.

You own an X5 now...multiply the neediness of an E53 by 173 million. There are V8 owners and I6 owners. There are reasons we stick with either of them. Personally, I wouldn't touch an 8cyl BMW with 300 foot long pole that my own mother was holding. Let alone a first year production X5 stateside. Granted when they are great, they're great. But the things I have read, heard and experienced about them(V8's) even with being meticulously taken care of, it would be a MASSIVE headache, and your wallet will suffer.

I have a buddy who like me bought his X5 for winter use and the work horse of the house for trailering a 24(ours) and 28(His) foot boat. His is a 2008 V8 (Early) mine is a 2008 I6 (Late) both similar in mileage (75kmi when purchased), both taken care of at the dealership, both were female driven on the highway mostly.

In the first year of ownership I have shelled out a modest $3K-$4K in parts and service. Some done by me and others done by the stealer.

The cost spent buy my Extended Warranty company was near $11K (Mostly in leaks)

My Friend has shelled out nearly that much of his own money in repairs and general maintenance alone. Some done by us and most other done by the stealer.

I've found that owning a BMW is like peeling an onion. Owning a high mileage BMW is like peeling a dumptruck full of onions. The E70 X5 is a great truck. I love the characteristics of it and the driving experience. It fits me and my needs quite well. I would have an indie go over it with a fine toothed comb if you are truly dead set on that.
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Old 04-15-2016, 07:23 AM
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Thanks for your input. I have been driving a E53 V8 4.4i for the past 4 years. I hear you quit well. Must have spent about $4k on it. Mostly to fix leaks. Valley pan gasket was the major one done by the stealer under third party warranty. I really love the ride and not planning to drive anything other than an X5. I do most of the repairs myself as I have tools and reasonable knowledge of getting things done without messing things up. I drove a 2013 35D last week and I wasn't impressed with the power compared to mine. I have not made any commitment for this X5. I will keep looking further for a I6 too. How are the transmissions on these models. I hear lot of bad things about E53 transmissions. Hope I'll get more valuable info soon
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Old 04-15-2016, 08:28 AM
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I would go with I6 later years if you can swing money for it, especially 35i.
Not sure in which way you are not impressed with 35d. 35i is stronger then your E53 4.4i V8. What I found is that 35i is really good from stop light compare to 35d (7.2sec 35d), but in every day drive 35d just feels much more composed due to huge torque at low rpms. Also, going uphill, unless it is V8 turbo in SUV or Truck, hardly anything can keep up
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Old 04-15-2016, 08:33 AM
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You will have same leak issues. It's The same engine family as is on your current car. If this is a car that has already had a lot of common failure items fixed then it could be a great deal. If it IS getting ditched because PO just got bad news, you're buying yourself a very expensive vehicle.
Diesel or gas six cylinders seem to have fewer prohibitively expensive engine leaks, but at that age and mileage, it's a crapshoot.
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Old 04-15-2016, 10:53 AM
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Canuckistan dollars? It's like monoploy money...

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Old 04-16-2016, 08:04 AM
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The later 35i has really made the earlier 4.8 E70's not seem very attractive IMO. Sure, they don't have the V8 growl, but the I6 BMW sound has always sounded nice to me. But from a speed standpoint, the N55 35i matches the NA V8 N62 pretty much everywhere give or take. The N55 with the 8 speed ZF is also more fuel efficient from posted numbers (I personally average 20 mpg with mixed driving and putting my boot in it often).

The N55 has proven to be much more reliable as time goes on, so that's the big reason when looking at a used E70.
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Old 04-16-2016, 08:59 AM
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How is it going in Canada with the early e70 airbag recall? Are the Canadian dealerships declining to take them as trade-ins...and not holding or selling them until a remedy has been determined like here in the US?
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Old 04-16-2016, 07:32 PM
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I'll have to check on airbag issue before I can reply. I need to concentrate and research about N55.
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Old 04-16-2016, 08:54 PM
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How is it going in Canada with the early e70 airbag recall? Are the Canadian dealerships declining to take them as trade-ins...and not holding or selling them until a remedy has been determined like here in the US?
Less than 3 weeks ago I contacted BMW.CA, gave them my VIN and no mention of air bag recall.
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Old 04-18-2016, 11:38 AM
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Less than 3 weeks ago I contacted BMW.CA, gave them my VIN and no mention of air bag recall.
Wow...interesting how the response (or scare) is different for various markets. Thanks for the info.
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