Best in the Class, but sell it before it hits 100,000km
Most recent problem with my X5 @ 100,000km:
Transfer Case oil have burn into grease and the whole thing cease to operate. Dealer change whole new unit and only covers 50% on parts under "Good-Will".
Turbo Unit fail 2 days later. Apparently this was a common problem amoung X5 Diesel Turbo and therefore replace under "Good-Will" but have to pay for labour charges.
My 2003 BMW X5 3.0 Turbo Diesel has just been in for major repair after 100,000km been put on it. First it was the drive shaft boot which was normal wear & tear. Then few days later it was the Transfer Case and Turbo which needed replacement. BTW, I've 19" tires on this car and each sets lasted 35-40k miles which tells you that I don't push this car hard.
Lucky for all of you BMW owners in N. America, in Asia we only get 2 years or 60,000km warranty which ever come first (Maybe BMW is not made for hot climate). BMW Germany agrees to cover 50% on parts under "Good-Will warranty" and I'm stuck with labour charges plus lubrication. To most of us driving a "well-built" over priced German car will expect the drive train to last longer than 100,000km. I've asked our regional service manager to look into this generous 50% warranty offer on parts and 0% on labour from BMW AG.
Good luck to BMW AG on coming up with a good excuse for this.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Don't Know
Review Date: 12th October, 2005