2008 BMW X5 User Reviews
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- $22,052 - $26,061
- Looks great, etabillity on wet roads
Purchased As New
This is my third X5, 2002, 2006 and 2008 and this is the best one jet,
looks great, feels great, specially on wet roads. If you don`t push it to hard, you can do over 30 mpg.
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- As you all know-BMW handling and brakes.
- Poor accelration and so much for being a luxury brand
I am a two-month old owner of the 3.0si model. My X5 comes with many great standard features such as panoramic sunroof, xenon low "And" high beams that turn when you turn the steering, self-latching tailgate if you dont slam the tail gate hard enough, Alpine 12 speaker stereo including two sub-woofers....etc...... You get the idea. Well, they are all standard. However, the X5 being a luxury brand and a $50k + vehicle, you would think it's got all the basics covered. I over looked on some of the other features. I didn't know until I drove it home that night. It doesnt come with a self dimming mirror and privacy glass. They seem to be minor but when you are on the L.A. freeway at night, high beams are very common. What I have on the car is a flip it yourself type mirror that you can find in economy cars. My 1990 corolla used to have that. So each time I drive it at night, I flip that mirror back and forth. I feel like I am back in my old Corolla. I just dont understnad BMW logic. Self-dimming mirrors have been around for years, yet they dont make it a standard but they give you all the fancy equipment. If there is a self-dim mirror or privacy glass in the back of the vehicle, I would have no problem but neither one is a standard equipment. The privacy glass can block out the high beams. So having either one would work. I rather lose half of the 12 speakers or just have a regular sun roof instead of the panaromic roof to get the privacy glass and/or the self-dim mirror. I dont even mind not to have the xenon high beams.
Unless you always take it to a car wash, make sure you like those black plastic bumpers and side moldings. They are worst than the black bumpers on my old Corolla. The black plastic needs to have plastic protectant such as Armor All after every car wash, otherwise they develop white spots. The amount of the bare plastic on the X5 is so much, detailing them after washing the car is a big job. The bare plastic should have been painted. I don't think that there is a cheapy korean or japaness brand economy car that does not have paitned bumpers and side moldings. So, so much for BMW as a luxury brand.
Make sure you floor the gas when you test drive the 3.0 model. Pick on some late models 4-cylinder cars, a camry, accord or even a corolla will do. You will find out you are just as fast they are driving. I almost lost to a 18-20 years old toyota paseo in the traffic. Even though I beat it but only by a hair line. From standing still to about 40mph, the paseo was just as fast as the X5. I am not saying that you have to race the X5. From a praticality pt of view, if you were late to something, missed a turn or needed to change lane right away, you need the power. One of those moments, you will need some xtra firepower but the 50K+ X5 will disappoint you.
I am heading to Car Max next week to sell it. Thanks BMW....read morehide
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- Beautifully designed, useful i-drive, excellent brakes, bi-xenon lights, sporty interior.
- Low expectancy tyres, rough ride, not-so-brilliant performance, not the best grip in tight curves.
Despite some details, I like my 2008 X5 a lot.
I love the i-drive, I don't understand why so many people is against it, they must be really old...
The interior looks great, with simil titanium trim and black leather seats.
I drive a lot on dirt roads and the ride is not very smooth though.
Plus, the truck jumps like a leopard when it founds a bump.
Got scared twice losing the grip on curves, maybe I entered too fast, but that doesn't happen with my other truck, a 2003 Range Rover.
The acceleration is not superb, but that's what the 4.8i model is for...
Brakes are amazing.
I really don't appreciate to not be able to look at a temperature gauge or to check the oil wth a stick......read morehide
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- Ride, performance, features, looks
- gas mileage, small 3rd row
I just "upgraded" from my 2006 X5 and there is a world of difference! The biggest is the overall ride and performance. The ride is tight and responsive, yet much smoother than more previous X5. The improved horsepower and 6 speed transmission make a big difference as well. The i-drive is easy to use ( mine has technology package) plus BMW now gives you 4 years of BMW assist for free. The third row is small, but ideal for small trips around town.
Couldn't be happier!...read morehide
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- Handling, Steering and Brakes
- 5,900lbs !!
I just purchased the 2008 3.0si model. I am quite disappointed of the purchase because of the weight. One time on the freeway, I couldnt even pass a brand new stick-shift Corolla. I was not happy and I am still not happy. What is the point of driving a 50K + car when you cant pass a cheapy Corolla. I will probably sell it in a few months.
If you are from BMW and are reading this, please consider the following advices for your next X5.
The X5 should weigh no more than 3,800lbs, even with all the options. (yes, you can do it). If the current model weighs no more than 3,800lbs, the 3.0 engine would be more than perfect on the freeway. The problem with the X5 is the weight and not the engine size.
Make all the regular maintenance areas easily accessible for people who like to do their own maintenance. Honda is a very good example. this way, people will not be afraid to keep their cars after the warranty expires. With this, BMW will sell more cars like Honda and Toyota. This should be applied to all BMWs. Also, make the service lights and messages that can be turned off by the customers themselves. Again, once the warranty expires, most people will not keep their cars. BMW should not be afraid that this will lead to less business. Just look at Toyota and Honda, they have the winning formula.
If BMW will do the above on top of the legendary and famous BMW steering, handling and brakes, BMW will for sure to increase their number of sales all over the world. I know I will buy one and keep it for a long time like a Toyota or Honda.
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- Nice sound and ride
- I would like more power but not for 10K upgrade to the 4.8
I used to have the 335I sports package you want to talk about a bad ride. This X-5 drives like a dream vs any BMW with a sports package. I test drove every SUV in the high end market the X-5 was the best. The Q-56 was just to big and the ML350 everything was a option vs the BMW. Overall you can't go wrong with the X-5....read morehide
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- good looking car
- bumpy ride , run flat tyres noisy , fuel economy
I bought the car for my wife two months ago.This is my first experience with a 4x4 BMW. The car does not meet my expectations. I still enjoy my Nissan Titan more after 3 years and 65000 miles .The sound coming out of the car's audio system is very poor .The GPS system is outdated.Interior is wearing out quickly. I am not impressed with the car at all. For the same price there are definitely better four wheel drives in the market.BMW really needs to watch out....read morehide
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- Style. Safety. Hugs the road. Service included.
- low MPG. i-drive. overall finish. stereo system glitches. 3.0 is sluggish. expensive.
Alright, this is my 18,000 mile report for the 2007 X5 3.0, same as 2008.
The pluses are self explanatory. The negatives:
- i-drive will drive you nuts at times with illogical navigation.
- blue-tooth compatibility and reliability is spotty. Test your phone before you buy, and oh, the dealer will not tell you that there is a list of approved phones. If you use anything else and damage your electronics, the warranty is void.
- when connecting your ipod/mp3 through the auxillary plug, the audio reverts to the radio input EVERY time you turn off the car. Very annoying since you have to increase the volume way high to hear anything, so now the radio blares every time you start the car. After so many years in business, a glitch like this is simply unacceptable.
- with the audio off, you sometimes can still hear the radio in a faint background, like a ghost...
- the leather is wearing off quick in the Florida sun... Also the door trim to the glove compartment peeled off in the sun 2 months ago. The glue is apparently not UV resistant.
- when you slow dow to almost a stop and press the gas, there is tremendous hesitation and the car jerks as finally it wakes up.
- if you suddenly press on the gas while driving, do not expect responsiveness, it takes a bit to wake up this behemoth. Go for the larger engine if you want power.
- tire wear is high, and expect to change tires between 20-24k. and the run-flats cost an arm and a leg...
- suspension is tight and ride can be rough for people with back problems.
- gas mileage is abyssmal...
- black trim pieces are fading badly in florida sun...
- way overpriced vehicle for the quality.
Lastly, BMW never acknowledges issues, as their drones keep repeating "the ultimate driving machine". Sorry good, but not so ultimate.
Get it for the looks and the safety. I did....read morehide
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- My 3rd X5. Lots of power. MPG 13 city and 19 highway. Heated and cooled seats, nice option.
- A little sluggish off the line. Premium gas only. A bit expensive.
Had an 02, 05 and now the 08. The 08 by far the best one yet. This truck looks real beefy, especially when equipped with the sport package, big 20's and the optional running boards. Lots of nice options, NAV system well improved with real time traffic and voice command, Comfort access allows you to get in and drive your X5 without taking the key from your pocket, the breathable seats are a nice option on those hot or cold days, cargo room is bigger as the truck overall is a little bigger then previous models. The transmission is as smooth as it gets and seems to have endless power as you pass the posted speed limit. Bottom line if your going to buy an SUV and like to "drive" you owe it to yourself to test drive the X5 before your make a decision. It is by far (in my opinion)the best SUV out there. You pay for what you get....read morehide
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- Just about right on fuel comsumption for a luxury SAV. Navigation system is on the dot.
- Ride is a little rough, Annoying sound on the humps and expensive accessories..
In this computer age, people should easily learn how to use the i-Drive. Everything at your finger tips including service schedules and reminders. The panorama sunroof is wonderful, standard Run Flat Tire is surely a part of safety and security making a spare tire a thing of the past. I'm sure, the next generation of BMW will come with No Flat Tire as standard :)...read morehide
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