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X5 F15 (2014 - Current)
The all new F15 BMW X5 started production August 2013 as a 2014 model year. The new X5 arrives in sDrive35i (RWD), xDrive35i, xDrive50i and a diesel xDrive 35d.

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Old 05-16-2019, 06:20 AM
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How many miles did you put on your x5?

I'm thinking about getting X5. While I think I can probably afford it ok, it'll be the priciest thing I ever bought so far, it'll be my first nice car. My brother scares me away saying bmw only made to go 100k kilometers.. (not even miles), heavy repairs after that.

What do you guys think? Please share your experience.
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Old 05-16-2019, 06:35 AM
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I'm thinking about getting X5. While I think I can probably afford it ok, it'll be the priciest thing I ever bought so far, it'll be my first nice car. My brother scares me away saying bmw only made to go 100k kilometers.. (not even miles), heavy repairs after that.

What do you guys think? Please share your experience.
It is less about affording the purchase and more about being able to afford keeping it the great driving machine it is. BMWs will need their fair share of maintenance that is costly if you cannot DIY. Every BMW has it's problems. It is important to learn about them and be prepared for them. They can be great for well over 200,000 miles but you have to work at it. If you are scared of what might happen then a BMW may not be for you. You must be able to absorb multiple $1,000 repairs if you can't repair it yourself. BMWs get dumped when the owner can't afford a repair or had no idea what they were getting into. This then drives down the resale value of BMWs. Lots of bad BMWs out there because the owner was neglectful or followed poor BMW maintenance standards.

My experience could have been horrible. My X5 was very reliable for 150,000+ miles. Then it all started leaking. Got a $9,500 estimate to fix a 11 year old BMW. Most people would have dumped it and ran. I decided to try to fix myself. I spent $1,200 on parts and fixed more by myself than a shop would have. If a shop did all of the work I did it would have cost me well over $10,000. So be prepared to cover $1,000 repairs or educate yourself and learn to DIY if you can't already. My story is a good one because I completed all this work together at 155,000 miles and I plan to drive it well over 200,000 miles.

Prepare, prepare, prepare. You must be prepared for what happens after the purchase.
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Old 05-16-2019, 06:49 AM
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Mein Auto: CPO2012 X5 35d M57(E70)
Mine 2012 E70 diesel is approaching 90K miles.

I believe that ALL emergent repairs have been covered by one warranty or another, CPO or various ELW.

I try to be meticulous about planned and preventative maintenance. I had ATF and filter changed at <70K miles. I'll have differentials and transfer case fluids changed sooner than later, <100k miles, very likely with the impending alignment and tire rotation.

I follow BMW Oil Change Interval, but have the dealership do it, as much to maintain our relationship as anything. I change the air filters.

I preemptively replaced and upgraded the battery a couple of years ago, as much so that I knew its history as anything else; it had no indication of problems.

I preemptively changed the thermostat. I preemptively replaced the OE CPO RFTs with NOKIAN WR G3 all weather year around snows.

I am under the hood roughly weekly to charge the battery. While there I carefully inspect the Elastobelt and serpentine belt, the coolant reservoir and the PS reservoir. I clean and wash the X5 roughly weekly, during warm weather while I have liquid water, and yesterday inspected the wells left, right and center (electronics and battery).

About affordability; our note will be retired in 18 months, then the payments will be earmarked for emergent and consumable expenses. We hope that this is our last vehicle.
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Old 05-16-2019, 08:21 AM
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Old 05-17-2019, 05:01 AM
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I have 5k on mine in just 6 months of ownership. Unfortunately, we have to get a new windshield as we picked up a rock on the highway in February after a 3k trip only 4 miles from home.....this isn't the vehicle's fault though.

I'm still trying to decide which vehicle goes to the coast later this year when we go. That will wrap at least another 3k miles in 2 trips. As a diesel goes, that's just approaching break in....
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Old 05-17-2019, 05:17 AM
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