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Old 06-24-2012, 08:57 PM
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Hello every1,

i'm new here, and i'm looking to buy an X5, so i need some advice from the experts around here, i know my questions below might been asked here before, in fact i found few but mostly outdated.

so, im moving from NJ to KY end of July, never needed a car till now, i have a friend who owns an X5 and been saying great things about it for the past few years.

Here are my questions:

1- What is the best X5 in the years range 2003-2007?
2- My budget is about $18,000 you think i can get a good car for that price?
3- I'd love to have Navigation, is that possible? Does any of the years above models comes with navigation? or its mostly installed by owners?
4- What do I need to look at (best practice) before selecting my vehicle? (other than carfax and asking for any maintenance records)

Note that i'll probably get it at a car auction (if that would make any difference in your suggestions guys)

Please feel free to add or enlighten me with any alternatives or ideas

thanks

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Old 06-25-2012, 12:20 AM
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Auction?

Put aside $10k for a rainy day/transmission...otherwise sounds like a plan.

BMWs are not cars for budgets, and not great cars in rural (ie not a lot of independent BMW shops) areas.

Maybe you get lucky, maybe not.
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Old 06-25-2012, 12:25 AM
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hey Ard thanks for your reply,

So you are saying i should not get it at a car auction? where would you recommend me to get it ? a dealer? and what difference does it make?

this is my first time to buy a car in the US, so any advice will really make a difference

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Old 06-25-2012, 01:21 AM
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Post your *approximate* KY location, hopefully forum folks based in that general area can recommend one or more reputable Indy shops that work on BMWs. If none and nearest dealer is 200miles away, this could be the beginning of your nightmare.

Never attempted an auction . . . IMO do not try it on a car that is expensive to repair . . .

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Old 06-25-2012, 01:32 AM
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thanks for the advice RPsX5d, I will take it seriously,

the reason i thought of an auction is that i have a friend who is working at Car Auction Place in Long Island NY, and said he can get me a good condition car at low price, not sure how far is that from truth

I will be at Lexington, KY but i'm willing to buy it from around here where I am now (Weehawken, NJ)
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Old 06-25-2012, 04:58 AM
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What is the best X5 in the years range 2003-2007?
I think you should be asking in E53 forum
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Old 06-25-2012, 08:42 AM
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Good advice about checking for quality BMW indys in your new location. The last thing you want is to have to go 150 miles to get a problem resolved. You actually might be better off with a Toyota 4-Runner, Jeep, Nissan Pathfinder or one of the GM triplets. BMWs's are expensive to fix and maintain -- especially older ones when things start to wear out and break. Compounds the problem when you don't have anyone close to you that can fix it!
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Old 06-25-2012, 10:24 AM
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Old 06-25-2012, 10:31 AM
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IS THERE ANYONE THAT WOULD SUGGEST any BMW FOR HIS FIRST CAR?

Just buy a toyota. Seriously.
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Old 06-25-2012, 02:26 PM
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Well, my first (owned) car was 530d which I used for over 6 years... second one is X5

if you buy used car, it is always better to go for better condition car and not for a younger car... I think it refers to all cars, not only BMWs

I agree, BMWs are not cars for budgets
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Old 06-25-2012, 05:52 PM
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thanks everyone for your advices and hints.


Yes this will be my first car here in the US, while i lived in many other countries and had cars there (and BMWs as well), i mentioned that in order to get more suggestions from you guys about where to get the car (Auction - Dealer) and what i need to look for.

I understand that BWM is not a budget car but rather high end, while i still cannot afford a 35k car i still can manage and maintain a good one, finding indys in my new location will be something ill look for at my new location.

so what I get from your recommendation guys is to find the best car condition possible (regardless to the year but not TOO old as well) am I right? i think im looking at a 2005-2008 with less than 70,000 miles on it

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thanks everyone for your advices and hints.


Yes this will be my first car here in the US, while i lived in many other countries and had cars there (and BMWs as well), i mentioned that in order to get more suggestions from you guys about where to get the car (Auction - Dealer) and what i need to look for.

I understand that BWM is not a budget car but rather high end, while i still cannot afford a 35k car i still can manage and maintain a good one, finding indys in my new location will be something ill look for at my new location.

so what I get from your recommendation guys is to find the best car condition possible (regardless to the year but not TOO old as well) am I right? i think im looking at a 2005-2008 with less than 70,000 miles on it
Not to beat a dead horse, but many people 'calibrate' their maintenance costs based on prior (dated) experience... the cars of 2000 are NOT the BMWs of the 1980s.

"Maintenance" is not a big deal, AT ALL. A few oil changes, brakes, fluids.... costs you 1000-1500 a year over the next 5 years. THIS WILL NOT BE YOUR MAJOR COST CENTER.

Modern cars can be bears to troubleshoot and diagnosis- and fix. Without access to BMW TSBs and software, it CAN be very difficult. Frustration abounds when you have a problem that your indy is guessing at.... so you are stuck with dealer prices. And even with indys, prices to fix an $18000 USED car are the same prices to fix a $65000 new car.... a simple Starter will be 1200, a transmission $7000, chasing down a 'high discharge' can take thousands. Power window bad? $400. clogged drain tube in the sunroof? $2500 in damage to the electronics. The list goes on and on. Not everyone gets 'hit', but many do- just be sure you know the risks. And there is NO 'inspection' that will protect you from all.

Unless you can tolerate the risk of a few bad events, there are more reliable choices- which will give you a newer car with less miles. If you can tolerate the risk of a 5-10k hit, then take the chance.

FYI: You should read up on X53 transmission issues...

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OP, if you're set on getting something from an auction, go buy a Lexus, please.

I wouldn't buy a used BMW unless it got a thorough PPI and was a CPO. Especially not an auction car for dirt cheap prices
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ard, u said "there are more reliable choices- which will give you a newer car with less miles."

what other alternatives you think i should look at ?

AutoUnion: this may sound stupid but what is PPI and CPO ? lol
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ard, u said "there are more reliable choices- which will give you a newer car with less miles."

what other alternatives you think i should look at ?

AutoUnion: this may sound stupid but what is PPI and CPO ? lol
Before ard steps in with his trademark snide remarks (Google first, ask next?), allow me to be the good-cop - yes this is a special break for a newbie . . .

CPO - Certified Pre-Owned
PPI - Pre-purchase inspection
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Thing to look for when buying a used 2007 X5 BMW (140k miles)
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If you up your budget to the low - mid 20s, you may be able to find a high mileage (75k+) 2011/2012 x5 35i with the options you desire, which ranks pretty high in the E70 reliability index.

Here's one - http://www.xbimmers.com/forums/showthread.php?t=1375694

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^^^^ If your budget allows it, this is indeed the way to go . . .

Between 2011/2012 . . . 2012 has has the more modern looking white LED angel eyes . . . also early 2011 model year do not have the A2DP adapter built-in . . . meaning you cannot bluetooth stream music from your mobile phone (only the phone part will connect to the car) . . . for music you will need to add an adapter like the Blackberry Music Gateway . . .
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I was asking for some tips on what issues/concerns to look for when buying a (2007) X5, with (140K miles)
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I was asking for some tips on what issues/concerns to look for when buying a (2007) X5, with (140K miles)
Uhh dont buy it.
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For the op(original poster). Get the newest lowest mile car that you can, the more things that were changed the better as it lessens they will break again and you'll have to change them. 3.0 stright 6 is a very reliable engine given you change all the seals at some point. Ive had an e53 and a e70 both great but both have had there fair share of issues. Both were purchased with factory warty remaining. I think maybe your best bet is to chk autotrader and locate one that makes sense for your budget and have it checked by someone familiar with the car.
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I was asking for some tips on what issues/concerns to look for when buying a (2007) X5, with (140K miles)


Is it the 3.0, 4.8 or the diesel? I'd personally avoid buying an 07 as it's over 10 years old unless there's a mountain of maintenance records and service invoices showing proper upkeep. Even then there's no guarantee of it not having issues after the fact. You're better off listening to what the guys said and looking for a 2011-2012 35i as it'll be more reliable and it's LCI. Keep in mind the the 07 is the first year of the E70 generation as well.


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Not sure where you are located, my friend is selling his 2011 X5, about 75k miles. He just did the oil filter housing gasket, valve cover gasket, and oil pan gasket. He's for 18 or 19k. Great condition, sport package.


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