2008 BMW X5 Review from North America

2008 BMW X5 3.0

Model year2008
Year of manufacture2008
First year of ownership2008
Most recent year of ownership2009
Engine and transmission 3.0 Automatic
Performance marks 6 / 10
Reliability marks 6 / 10
Comfort marks 7 / 10
Dealer Service marks 2 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 8 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
5.8 / 10
Distance when acquired14 miles
Most recent distance16000 miles
Previous carBMW X5


Disappointing ownership experience


At 2,000 miles a crackling popping noise was resonating through dash board. Diagnosed as a defective defroster duct. Car spent 2 weeks in the shop due to the dealer melting the VIN plate trying to remove it. Dash board has had a slight dip in it ever since. In cold weather dash still creeks and pops. Told this just happens with the X5 due to the amount of plastic used.

Rear sear assembly rattles constantly. Told this just happens due to the seat engineering.

Right rear squeal is evident daily. BMW techs cannot reproduce the noise after 3 attempts. The high pitched noise makes me cringe.

General Comments:

This vehicle has been a disappointment from day one. The car is beautiful to look at, and the technology package is a nice feature for business. Other than that the X5 has no redeeming value. The dealership and BMW of North America have been less than competent in resolving issues.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 20th December, 2009

Average review marks: 5.8 / 10, based on 1 review