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Old 01-10-2005, 01:22 PM
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Need Advice ASAP....before I buy pleaz

I currently have a 3 series e46, so I'm usually on a different website or diffent forum on this site. I'm thinking about purchasing a used 2001 X5 4.4 with 59K miles on it, so I could use some advice on should I do it or save my money......
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Old 01-10-2005, 01:24 PM
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what's wrong with your car?

why do you want to buy an X5?


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Old 01-10-2005, 01:30 PM
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How much is the X? Is It CPO'd? Options?
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Old 01-10-2005, 01:34 PM
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what's wrong with your car?

why do you want to buy an X5?


we need much more information
Nothing really wrong with my car, just the weather out here in the mid west is getting pretty slick so I thought I would opt for something with AWD and I really don't like the X3, but the deal sounds sweet because the guy is willing to pay 22625 (retail) and I buy his car for 35K. So I should only be out something like 10K, it is not CPO or anything and he's throwing in a 3 year warrenty program in for free.
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Old 01-10-2005, 01:35 PM
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How much is the X? Is It CPO'd? Options?

He hasn't gotten the vehicle from the auction yet, the weather is bad so he doesn't know all the options. His buyer says it's loaded.
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Old 01-10-2005, 01:37 PM
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Nothing really wrong with my car, just the weather out here in the mid west is getting pretty slick so I thought I would opt for something with AWD and I really don't like the X3, but the deal sounds sweet because the guy is willing to pay 22625 (retail) and I buy his car for 35K. So I should only be out something like 10K, it is not CPO or anything and he's throwing in a 3 year warrenty program in for free.
I'd keep the 328 and buy a cheap wheel/tire combo for winter
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Old 01-10-2005, 01:57 PM
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I do have a good winter tire/wheel combo, but still slips
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not to burst your bubble but the x5 is not a great suv for snow, I have an m3 and 540i and both are superior in winter driving. I have snow tires on all, and except for acceleration, the x5 isnt anything amazing. Keep the 3 series and drive a little bit slower.
And if your worried about acceleration get a nice used 330xi.
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Old 01-10-2005, 07:24 PM
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not to burst your bubble but the x5 is not a great suv for snow, I have an m3 and 540i and both are superior in winter driving. I have snow tires on all, and except for acceleration, the x5 isnt anything amazing.....
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Old 01-10-2005, 07:30 PM
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not to burst your bubble but the x5 is not a great suv for snow,
the x5 isnt anything amazing.
And if your worried about acceleration get a nice used 330xi.
I know at least two 330xi owners who are not happy with the 330xi handling on snow and want to get an X5.
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Old 01-10-2005, 07:30 PM
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not to burst your bubble but the x5 is not a great suv for snow, I have an m3 and 540i and both are superior in winter driving. I have snow tires on all, and except for acceleration, the x5 isnt anything amazing. Keep the 3 series and drive a little bit slower.
And if your worried about acceleration get a nice used 330xi.
My X does unbelievably well in snow... I've got snows on too. It's great. I've never once been stuck, even driving through over a foot of snow.
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Old 01-10-2005, 07:36 PM
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not to burst your bubble but the x5 is not a great suv for snow, I have an m3 and 540i and both are superior in winter driving.

Wow - while I would agree you are technically correct - It's not a great SUV for snow (I'd rather have my old Toyota Land Cruiser instead), I can't say that it wouldn't be far superior to a 3 series in the snow. Has that really been your experience?
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Old 01-10-2005, 08:02 PM
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I know at least two 330xi owners who are not happy with the 330xi handling on snow and want to get an X5.
Why? Every time I've seen them compared, the complaint is that you really feel the X5's weight, AND you have VICIOUS snap oversteer with the X5. The only advantage is ground clearance.
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Old 01-10-2005, 09:12 PM
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not to burst your bubble but the x5 is not a great suv for snow, I have an m3 and 540i and both are superior in winter driving. I have snow tires on all, and except for acceleration, the x5 isnt anything amazing. Keep the 3 series and drive a little bit slower.
And if your worried about acceleration get a nice used 330xi.
I wish I could drive my X5 in the snow. Next time it snows I am taking the X5 to the top of a parking deck!! (Does not snow much in Atlanta)
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Old 01-10-2005, 09:55 PM
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Not trying to offend anyone just my first hand expierence with with what i have.
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Old 01-11-2005, 10:20 AM
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is your experience with the chrome shoes or with OEM rims and tires?
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Old 01-11-2005, 10:21 AM
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I think there might be a little to much ice on those wheels to really be functional in the snow..
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I think there might be a little to much ice on those wheels to really be functional in the snow..

I have no experience with 20"s on low pros in the snow. But Im guessing they dont improve traction.
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Old 01-11-2005, 10:50 AM
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Does the 2001 4.4 have those built in angle eyes? Any pics of a 2001 x5 4.4 would be greatly appreicated...
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Old 01-11-2005, 11:36 AM
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No, the 2001 does not have angel eyes. BMW started installing new headlight sets from 2004 onwards. If you really love the new look with the different headlights, hood, kidneys and bumper, then you can do a conversion which should run your parts total to around $3000.

I think the 2001 4.4i is a mighty fine vehicle. Today's newer examples have that nice Valvetronic V8 which is a great improvement in fuel economy. However, I personally prefer the pre-2004 look of the X5s, however that is just my opinion.
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Old 01-11-2005, 11:42 AM
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does the heated steering wheel come standard on a 2001? Also how expensive are brakes replacement, I'm guessing it's also replace the rotors.
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Old 01-12-2005, 02:58 PM
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Here are the options on the vehicle, I'm still waiting to see it, he'll hopefully have it by the end of the week.

Full cold weather package (heated seats, front and back, and steering wheel, headlight washers and wipers.
Rain sensing wipers
Premium package (leather, sunroof, I'm assuming premium sound system) Electric rear shades Xexon headlights
6 disc changer
K40 Radar Detection system built in
it has 69K miles on it....

I'm supposed to see it this friday, basically I'm supposed to pay 10800 and walk away, is it worth it? How reliable is the X5 and won't I pay more in property taxes by paying or trading retail? I really need some advice and insight, there is supposedly 2 more people looking at this vehicle...
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Here are the options on the vehicle, I'm still waiting to see it, he'll hopefully have it by the end of the week.

Full cold weather package (heated seats, front and back, and steering wheel, headlight washers and wipers.
Rain sensing wipers
Premium package (leather, sunroof, I'm assuming premium sound system) Electric rear shades Xexon headlights
6 disc changer
K40 Radar Detection system built in
it has 69K miles on it....

I'm supposed to see it this friday, basically I'm supposed to pay 10800 and walk away, is it worth it? How reliable is the X5 and won't I pay more in property taxes by paying or trading retail? I really need some advice and insight, there is supposedly 2 more people looking at this vehicle...
No, no, no. The Cold weather package comes with Front heated seats and headlight washers. No Steering wheel or rear heated seats.
Premium package does not come with premium sound, electronic shades or Xenon.
69k is allot of miles.
David

EDIT: BTW: When we ordered are X5 Xenon's cost 500, Premium sound cost 1100, rear heated seats cost like 400 and steering wheel cost 200. Allot of my friend fathers own car dealerships around Atlanta (Hennessey dealerships) and I don't see how they can get you a deal on a used car.

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Old 01-12-2005, 03:53 PM
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69K is allot of miles but the engine if it was taken car of will last quite awhile...no? it was a doctor who owned the car and they have all service records....
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Old 01-12-2005, 03:53 PM
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well if all those cost extra am I not getting a deal of just paying 10K for the vehicle with my car as a trade in??
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