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It could & should be so much better ! by Jeff Davis - Columbus, Ohio on 10/10/2012. Trim: 2006 BMW X5 3.0i, Owned 6 years.
Pros: Classic & timeless styling with a beautiful interior. Comfortable seating with all the right amenities. Quality is apparent in the interior and has the feel of a car that has been well engineered and manufactured. When working properly the steering is tight and responsive and the ride smooth and solid.
Cons: Mechanical and reliability disaster. My X5 3.0i has been maintained in complete accordance with recommended service manual from day one. I am now at 87,000 miles & literally spending thousands of dollars for non- maintenance repairs. Leaking power steering line, tension bushings, CV boots and axles, engine thermostat, 02 sensors, outside power mirrors that have stopped working, etc. No car is perfect and I fully expected at time of purchase that maintenance and repair costs would be above average. However these repairs are quite simply quality issues and completely unacceptable. BMW's customer service department response was nothing short of appalling. Do not subject yourself to BMW.
Overall review: Unless you plan on a short term lease and/or trading in before warranty expires, you will be shocked at the cost of ownership. These are not unique claims made by me but rather the norm for BMW's. Be wise and ask other owners for validation. The real tragedy is that they are beautiful cars with such potential to be something legendary. What is more disturbing is that BMW is well aware of these failures and has done absolutely nothing to assist or participate in repair costs or correct. In fact it almost has the feel of being good for their business to be in their repair facilities so often. Overpriced labor and parts are what you can and should expect. Maintenance schedules are designed to keep a car in good condition and in proper running order for an extended period of time. Not with BMW. This car's reliability and cost of ownership remind me of a GM product I had in the late 70's ... BMW you should be ashamed.
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