2005 BMW X5 from North America
Goes through brakes and rotors every 1500 miles.
The worst car I have ever owned. It starting going through brakes and rotors every 1500 miles at 14,000 miles. Started with horrible, almost uncontrollable shimmy and shaking. After several service visits, the dealer blamed me; said I must have been driving with two feet. This is even though I have two other 5 Series sedans with over 60,000 miles on them with no brake issues. Even the service manager said their answer was a lie. Wouldn't even warranty the car anymore. I sold it immediately to CarMax. What still bothers me to this day is that another dealer told me that it showed up on his computer as suffering a catastrophic failure six months later.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No
Review Date: 24th February, 2010
25th Feb 2010, 06:41
This is a prime example of customers taking a dealer's word for it, and accepting it as an explanation. Brakes on any BMW aren't cheap, and are a service money maker. One thing's for sure, if the X5's brakes are failing drivers, then there will be a lot of people having the 'Ultimate Driving Experience'. Glad you sold it.
24th Mar 2022, 15:21
I've never owned an X5, but I do own a Land Rover. Big brakes mean you need a good rotor, high end EBC maybe and a nice ceramic pad Akeebono is my go to. Also cleaning the brake parts and lubrication are recommended. Brakes are an art form. If you cut corners you'll be back sooner than you wanted to.