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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 02-11-2014, 03:05 PM
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Red face Looking at 35d's and I'm Scared to Death

My wife really wants a 35d but I'm scared to death of owning one after my 3 hours of research. All I can find are issues on top of issues with them. The threads I surfed through are all older so I am hoping higher mileage drivers could chime in.

I've owned 7 BMWs and have never purchased this new or expensive. I love the 7 passenger seating and the power and mpg of the diesel.

So what I am asking for is 1st hand experience from you e70 owners. I'd love to hear anything you have to say good or bad.
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Old 02-11-2014, 03:31 PM
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If the wife wants it, just buy it and make her happy!
All brands and models of vehicles have problems. At the end of the day we're all happy people!
(Except for that one guy in Germany that hammered/whacked his 6-series.)
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Old 02-11-2014, 03:45 PM
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Remember on forums you typically hear of complaints more than compliments.

I love my E70 diesel - best car so far and I came from the original first generation X5 (E53) so I have to say this is a major improvement over 15 years ago technology.

Lease it and then decide if you want to buy it out at the end of the lease ?
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Old 02-11-2014, 03:54 PM
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If the wife wants it, just buy it and make her happy!
All brands and models of vehicles have problems. At the end of the day we're all happy people!
(Except for that one guy in Germany that hammered/whacked his 6-series.)
haha true but I dont want to break the bank with an engine failure or something.

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Remember on forums you typically hear of complaints more than compliments.

I love my E70 diesel - best car so far and I came from the original first generation X5 (E53) so I have to say this is a major improvement over 15 years ago technology.

Lease it and then decide if you want to buy it out at the end of the lease ?
Thats the thing, most people will complain about bad while the masses (myself included) wont say anything about the good.

We are looking at a fully loaded 2010 dark grey on black. Its in our price range and has everything we could ask for. Im currently emailing the seller and it sounds like he hasnt had any major issues. It has 53k and I'm working on getting a hold of the maintenance records.
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Old 02-11-2014, 05:23 PM
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I am sure I now jinxed it, but our 2010 X5 diesel, with the same miles as the one you are looking at, has been mostly trouble free. Major repairs has been two NOx sensors and front sway bar link, both replaced under warranty.

Based on my experience, I decided not to buy an extended warranty. Time will tell if that was a smart move. I am mostly concerned about the complex emission system, but I am counting on federal emission warranty, BMW stepping up with goodwill repairs or issuing recalls if something major emission parts start to fail.
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Old 02-11-2014, 05:28 PM
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Had my '11 X5 35 d for two months. I picked up a FSBO with about 64,000 miles. I had to replace brakes and tires to get it passed MD inspection. I took it to the dealer to get a couple of old recalls taken care of, changed the fuel and air filter and fllled up the near empty urea tanks and I'm good to go. Car is clean, runs well with no rattles and I am hoping to drive at least 100,000 miles in the next 4 years hopefully without too many problems. People on forums tend to think that the wheels fall off once the warranty is up, but these German cars are designed to last many hundreds of thousand miles if they are maintained properly. That's the key.

I like the two turbo setup. It really takes care of the turbo lag. I also like the xenon headlights. You can see just like in daylight.

The clean diesel is great. This technology does a fantastic job of resolving the issues of smoke and soot common to older diesels. With 26 miles per gallon combined (with winter diesel), I'm also very happy with fuel costs. Hoping to get 28-29 with summer diesel and warm weather.

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Old 02-11-2014, 06:10 PM
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Just to add.....I have a 2011 with about 48,000 or so. I have had my X5 since September of last year, purchased cpo'd, and I really like it a lot. Its a great all around truck that has been pretty much trouble free. I did have the exhaust cooler and bracket changed under warranty/recall. Two of my buddies own x5's as well, one has a 2012, and one has a 2010, both diesels, trouble free, and lovin' them just the same. Like the other posters have stated, these forums are mostly owners looking for help or ideas for certain problems or solutions. The X5 35d is a little quirky, but a great truck just the same. GL.....
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Old 02-11-2014, 06:16 PM
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I was on the fence too but so far I am glad I bought it. As stated most issues with the diesel seem related to the emissions system, but it is on the 335d and not the X5. The M57 motor has been around a while in other countries and has a reputation for being quite durable.
I drive almost weekly from SF to Reno and back and I really enjoy it on that drive. Hoping I can get 10 years / 180-200k miles out of it. As with any BMW I know it won't be 100% trouble free.
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Old 02-11-2014, 11:39 PM
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Glad I made this thread guys, thanks for the replies. I think I will move ahead and make an offer on the one I am looking at.

Thanks again!
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Old 02-12-2014, 03:47 PM
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I've had my 2010 x5 d for almost a year; not a problem. Love it; although I miss my 535 every time the weather is nice.
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Old 02-12-2014, 03:52 PM
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I've had my 2010 x5 d for almost a year; not a problem. Love it; although I miss my 535 every time the weather is nice.
That's what my m3 is for
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Old 02-12-2014, 04:42 PM
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There are a lot of 35d's out there; they sold well. Most are quietly clattering away and dutifully fulfilling their intended purposes. Go for it!
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Old 02-12-2014, 08:58 PM
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Do you guys think a 3rd row is a necessity? I have 1 kid but will have 1 or 2 more and we plan on keeping the 5 for a long time.
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Old 02-12-2014, 10:02 PM
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Our posse is two guys and two dogs. I've used third row for friends and visiting family. Dogs are happy we have it.
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Old 02-12-2014, 10:12 PM
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Should I post the link of the one we are looking to buy? I hate when people post a link then someone else buys it under their nose
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Old 02-12-2014, 11:12 PM
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Old 02-12-2014, 11:26 PM
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My opinion: Doesn't have Adaptive Drive, comfort seats or cold weather pkg, but looks to be in good condition. Price is reasonable considering the options and extended warranty. Good luck!
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Looks really clean and private party car so you should have complete history. It's just a few miles from me, you better grab it quick!


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Old 02-13-2014, 07:37 AM
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Looks really clean and private party car so you should have complete history. It's just a few miles from me, you better grab it quick!


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Are you really a few miles from it?
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Old 02-13-2014, 07:41 AM
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My opinion: Doesn't have Adaptive Drive, comfort seats or cold weather pkg, but looks to be in good condition. Price is reasonable considering the options and extended warranty. Good luck!
It does have 3rd row seating though. The 3rd row are few and far between and I can always buy comfort seats later.

I live in WA and that car is in NorCal so I can't just go look at it to look at it. Airfare is $70 each way if I buy 2 weeks in advance so I could buy a ticket each way Incase I don't buy it.
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Old 02-13-2014, 07:46 AM
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If you need local Bay Area indy to look at it PM me. My guy is not too far from where that car is and one of their mechanics has a high-ish mile X5d for his wife. It comes with warranty so risk is minimized but they also measure paint thickness to determine if there was body work as part of PPI.
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Looks good. Spend $40 on a Car Fax to see if it has any skeltons in the closet. It doesn't catch everything but it'll catch the most obvious. Price seems ok depending on tires and brakes.
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