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Old 02-15-2011, 04:40 PM
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X5 for 16 year old?

Hello all! I have been looking for about 2 months for the absolute safest, but still somewhat stylish SUV that I could get for my daughter. some facts: she will be driving 25 miles one way to school, all interstate with speeds of 75 mph. We live in Colorado, with cold temperatures and high altitudes. I am considering buying her a 2005 X5 with 60,000 miles on it....but..I've been reading about the oil separation issues, etc. Do you car people out there think this is a wise purchase? I have checked insurance rates and we are fine there...ANY ADVICE would be sooo much appreciated!!!!
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Old 02-15-2011, 11:09 PM
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I am 16 and I bought my 03 X5 in november. I love it!! My family's friend (who is a mechanic) told us that they were very safe and a great car. I have not had any problems since i have had mine and mine has 70K miles on it now.
Hope this helps!
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Old 02-16-2011, 05:23 PM
imalabil imalabil is offline
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We bought a 2002 X5 3.0 in October, and my 16 year old son drives it to school. I have had to fix a few things and buy tires for it but I do think it's very safe--built like a tank, IMHO. The 6 cyl is not too powerful, but gets the job done.
Dad likes driving it, too!
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Old 02-16-2011, 11:54 PM
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is yours a 3.0? either way, it is one of the safest SUVs, and really good and stable even in rain and snow.. ive had all models of the X5, never stops suprising me of what it is capable of.
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Old 02-17-2011, 09:16 AM
Alfredo2001X5 Alfredo2001X5 is offline
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I have the 4.4i version. Very safe vehicle. Built like a tank. Rides amazing in all weather! Some mechanical issues do arise, especially in cold conditions (locks freezing, windows not working...same issues you will find in this forum). Expensive repairs too. In short, safe car but be prepared for expensive repairs. One more piece of advise, take care of the car (oil changes....) it will take care of you. Good luck and enjoy.
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Old 02-17-2011, 09:47 AM
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I can't see anything good coming from a teenager driving a big, expensive import. If you're concerned about safety and bad weather drivability, get a Subaru.
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Old 02-17-2011, 05:12 PM
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wow and i though i was the only 16 year old with an X5.in terms of safe it deff is.i dont wanna be the downer here but mine has had some issues and has 86,000miles on it.i might be one of the unlucky people to get the car that fails for no reason though.i would say go for it though.being the fact that its a 2005 you dodged some problems at the start.i hope your getting the 3.0i.the bigger engines tend to be some serious gas killers but if your daughter is like almost everyone else in the world she will be happy that she is driving a $50,000 bmw
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