Information to purchase a X5 please.

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  1. Ryan1985
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    Hi guys, this is my first post as I have been away for many years. I use to belong on this site for many years doing lots of DIY posts and also work to members cars, so I am glad to be back but I am sure I have been forgotten.

    I am looking to purchase a BMW X5 around the 2007 to 2010 has to be 7 seater.

    Could you owners give me some insight to the ownership and any problems and what to look out for.

    Any chain issues on these or any information?

    I know there is many many 3.0d out there (again chain issues) but another part of me is looking at the v8 but unsure of what the realistic fuel usage would be?

    Any help please people?
     
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    Welcome back! I'm sure the X5 owners will be along shortly with more info.

    Kev
     
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    Thank you
     
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    A couple of pointers, however, first and foremost the X5 is an excellent choice and very robust package with a driving style that defies the bulk and mass, not the cheapest to run and admittedly you have to be relatively intricate with your choice ensuring you find the best possible condition with a proven history....

    Things to look for...

    Batteries,
    the X5 is ordinarily used a Chelsea tractor and potters around town, they’re very battery sensitive and the model year your looking at should be on its second/third battery
    A weak battery will throw all manner of spurious faults
    Panoramic roof.
    A great option, however they can be troublesome, the fault is generic to BMW roof systems and only the latter models were rectified, the problem exists where both pains of glass tilt and trip each other causing the system to jam. There is a fix and it disables the rear glass, effectively stopping movement
    Tyres
    The later X5 are very tyre sensitive, like most 4x4 systems it’s not just across the axle or front to back, ensure tyres are correct Bmw * rated, with the correct load rating and a tread depth equal across the axle and max of 2mm front to back
    Otherwise, transfer box issues shall prevail, this can be identified by low speed full lock turning and clonking- Avoid or negotiate heavy discounts..( transfer box - circa 2.5k tyres 1.2k)
    Lighting
    Early models had halogen lights look out for xenons, ideally adaptive with HBA
    Thermostats
    Look for cool running, a google search on the hidden menu trick to check however most will have defective thermostats
    Glowplugs & controllers
    Your very reliant on reading fault codes to identify, though most will be faulty
    Panel damage
    The X5 looks it’s best with big wheels, however these cause a lot of stone damage to the sides particularly the rear arches and rear of the side skirts, mud flaps or stick on tape helps though is not the cure

    I’ll let others chime in
    Do not be distracted the X5 is an excellent tarmac terrier very nimble, purposeful & versatile!
     
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    Welcome to the new BMWLand. (y)

    I hope that you manage to find a decent X5.
     
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    Hi guys, I am surprised that no one else has any input to these?

    Can any one advise on the 4.8i v8, what they like and common issues and what to look for please?
     
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    I'll sell you a Range Rover Sport if you like, one frustrated owner.

    I'll get me coat..

    :getmecoat:
     
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    More problems @The CO ? - What you buying instead? Let me guess.. Porsche Macan?

    Kev
     
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    Back up on the other thread mate..
     
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    Yep, just read that thread - sorry didn't see it before... :rolleyes:

    Kev
     
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    Sorry tried my best

    I believe the 4.4 v8’s are prone to valley pan gaskets and valve stem oil seals
    Tyres, batteries panoramic roof and air suspension woes still relevant
     
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    Hi, I am on about the later 4.8i?
     
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    The n62 I think??
     
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    Hi - same issues as with the 4.4 - it’s just a bored out version of the same.

    I had a E60 550i a while back and although my engine didn’t have issues, there are stacks of posts on PistonHeads about that engine “V8 bearding” it’s entitled.

    Also had 2 x E70’s so agree with Seans synopsis.

    The 40d LCI was my favourite of the two, the former being pre-facelift 30d which was ok but lacked the real oomph the car needed and the build quality wasn’t as good as the latter LCI car IMO.

    Great cars though. The 40d being one of my favourites of all my fleet.
     
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