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I am thinking about buying either an X3 or X5. I already own a 3 Series E46. I would really appreciate any advice you all can give me.

Are there any common problems the X5s seem to have (window regulators, water pump, etc.??

Are there any specific problems the X series might have that other BMW models do not?

What is typically considered low/avg./high mileage for an X5?

How does the X3 differ from the X5?

Anything else you can provide would be appreciated!!!
 

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I am thinking about buying either an X3 or X5. I already own a 3 Series E46. I would really appreciate any advice you all can give me.

Are there any common problems the X5s seem to have (window regulators, water pump, etc.??

Are there any specific problems the X series might have that other BMW models do not?

What is typically considered low/avg./high mileage for an X5?

How does the X3 differ from the X5?

Anything else you can provide would be appreciated!!!
Which engine ofr E53 X5, 3.0 or 4.4?

The newest X3 is the same size as E53 X5.

If you can find low mileage, taken care E53, go for it. buying used is like getting a box of chocolate, you just don;t know what you get.
 

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would like to but it would be too lengthy,
what ever you do dont buy one with a self leveling system, they are almost always broken and expensive to fix,
make sure the axle boots are not cracked big $$$$$$, all in all even though its a great driving machine if you have a low tolerance for headaches
dont buy one, I know what Im talking about, having done almost all repairs on mine ,

also I noticed on Craigslist everyone is selling theirs and cheap (los angeles)
 

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- Are there any common problems the X5s seem to have (window regulators, water pump, etc.??
ALL OF THOSE AND MUCH MORE.....



What is typically considered low/avg./high mileage for an X5?

MY X5 3.0 GETS DECENT MILLAGE 16/22 MPG

How does the X3 differ from the X5?

x5 FAR MORE COMFORTABLE
 

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How does the X3 differ from the X5?

x5 FAR MORE COMFORTABLE
So, if you had to do it all over again, would you opt for the X3 over the X5? I know the X5 is larger and more comfortable, but it uses more gas and seems to have a lot of problems while the X3 seems pretty reliable, according to X3 owners.

And as far as the mileage, I really meant "is there a certain mileage level to avoid." Do the X5s tend to have certain problems, at say, 120K miles?
 

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I dont know about the x3 you need to test a few out,
X5 is not necessarily trouble, just expensive to maintain,
Well I live an hour away from the closest dealer; no one around me really works on BMWs (though they claim they can); and most of the time it will be me fixing it, as long as it isn't anything major. So more or less, I have to take maintenance into consideration. If I can expect a lot of problems, it might be best to avoid the X5.
 

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Sound bad but I'm in economic trouble since just recently got lay off. I'm selling my 09'650i and planning to buy 2001 X5 right here:
http://losangeles.craigslist.org/sfv/ctd/3324556569.html

How much would it cost average 1 year for this car? Would anyone help me. I'm seeing it today.
 

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Have deep pockets and a lot of patience!

I own, drive and maintain a 2001 E 53 x5 with a 4.4. I have driven a 2006 x3. While the x3 is a good utility vehicle in a good introduction into the BMW world of SAV's (sport activity vehicle, BMW's label, not mine,) you really need to drive the x5 with a V 8 engine to get the true ultimate driving experience. This car is fast, handles great, and does turn a few heads. However it is not the perfect vehicle. It's off road capabilities are not that strong. In fact I would advise you not to take it off road. The occasional dirt or gravel road in hand was just fine. And on snow and ice it handles its own. But if you're looking for a little off road adventure take my advice and buy a Jeep.
It does however come with a few inherent problems that can really give you a headache and can take some money out of your pocket pretty quickly.
I will give you a list of a few problems that I've had with mine and approximately how much has taking me to fix it. Keep in mind I am very mechanically inclined and have done the majority of the work myself.

Replaced a faulty gas gauge part $120.00 used, time 2 hrs.

Replaced broken driverd inside door latch. Part $85.00 time 1.5 hrs.

Fixed broken gas pedal. New part $200.00 so I fixed the old 1 with the cabinet hinge. Works great. Almost an hour to fix.

After about 2 of driving it, it developing coolant leak
that I had a very hard time finding, at the same time I went through 3 alternators. It turns out that the alternator is a water jacketed alternator that fits in the front of the engine block when the coolant got too low the alternator would get too hot and burn out the contacts. Later I found the leak it turned out to be the radiator and I had to replace that as it was in the plastic part of the radiator and could not be fixed.

New radiator 59 dollars online. New alternators 175 dollars each. Total repair time about 4 and a half hours.

there are few other problems as recently come to my attention that I will have to fix in the near future I will listen for you now. As of yet I have not repair them but I do intend to repair them soon.

front and rear stabilizer bar links
faulty climate control temperature sensor, preventing heating or air conditioning fan to achieve maximum speed.

failing transmission temperature probe causing vehicle to go into sport mode shifting and not shifting out of each gear untill 4000 rpms.

camshaft position sensor causing a check engine light to remain on.

broken rear window regulator.

broken gas cap door.

need to replace front right fog light bulb, this is a projector light so it won't be cheap to replace it.

Dont get me wrong I still love driving this car but if you don't have some money at your disposal and time to fix these problems you will find yourself wanting to get rid of it quickly.
in hindsight if I had to do it all again I would probably save my money and get a 540 or even possibly an M5
 

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I've owned two E53 X5's. The first was a 2000 4.4i which I purchased with 80K miles. I had a couple of things I had to repair in that vehicle. The first was a MAF sensor at a cost of $350. The second was the transmission valve body at a cost of about $900...which was a bargain as my indy mechanic found the part for $550 and passed that cost directly to me without a markup. I say a bargain because BMW wanted $2,600 for the part alone. I ended up trading the vehicle in for reasons unrelated to the reliability.

The second was a 2001 4.4i which I purchase with 108K miles. The PPI revealed a number of things that needed to be done so I had the dealer reduce the price accordingly. The first was worn and split oil separator hoses...The repair for that was about $120 with $70 of it being the hoses themselves (there were two). The second thing that required repair was a torn CV boot. Worn CV boots are not uncommon at 100K miles. I ended up having my indy replace the entire axles as it cost $30 more than disassembling the shaft to replace the boot. I figured for $30 more why not get an entirely new axle. And I decided to do the other side since I was doing one side. That work was in the neighborhood of $600. That was the work identified in the PPI. After about a year of ownership I did replace a couple of the suspension parts at a total cost of about $1,000. This was when the vehicle has approximately 120K miles on it. Much of this stuff I would consider normal wear for any vehicle with this mileage. At this point, I feel the vehicle was good to go for another 100K miles. However I ended up trading it in at 126K miles for an E70 X5.

I don't know if this helps you. Given the two E53's I've owned were higher mileage vehicles I expected to put some work into them. The transmission valve body was a concern...at 80K miles I feel that was too early for something like that to fail. However things do break so one sample doesn't mean much.

IMO the X5 (both E53 and E70) are great vehicles and worth the maintenance repair. However I'm in a financial position where I can afford these level of repairs. I have a friend who has a 1999 Grand Cherokee. She drove my X5 and absolutely loved how it drove which got me to thinking...maybe she should get one. However she isn't in the financial position I am in and while she could afford to buy one the maintenance / repairs would likely be too much for her. We've performed some repairs on her Cherokee, for example we ended up replacing the Engine Control Computer which was all of $160 and 90 minutes to install. On the BMW that computer likely would have been at least $1,000.

My advice...if you can afford a higher than average cost of maintenance / repair then definitely buy an X5. I don't think they're as bad as summerblues makes them out to be but they're definitely not Honda or Toyota levels of quality so repairs are more likely. Furthermore when you have to repair them they tend to be more costly...at least in comparison to my friends Grand Cherokee.

If you have any questions feel free to ask...I'd be happy to answer anything I can.
 
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