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12-03-2003, 12:32 AM
I am considering either one of these. Anyone with any information?<br>Cheers, Bob
1980 633 CSi
Cypress Green/Pearl Beige
Pacific Sharkfest Veteran 02/03
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12-09-2003, 06:11 PM

12-14-2003, 10:02 PM
I leased a BMW X5 4.4 for 3 years and 68,000 miles. Do not even think about this SUV. Sure it handels great and has lot's of power but the build quailty is awful. Long story short, my X5 spent a total of 39 days in the service bays over the term of a 36 month lease! More then 1 day a month in the shop for a $54,000 BMW. From the door latchs freezing in the winter not allowing me to close the door too the $1,700 BMW cell phone system sounding like a dentist drill "echoing" through the stereo speakers as you drove, the ownership experience was the pits. To compund the matter I begged BMW to please take the X5 back and allow me to go into a new one. Not only did they not allow me to get out of an X5 that was made on a bad day, they NEVER answered one of my letters in writing ! The only time BMW called me is when I copied in the National Highway and Traffic Saftey administration after a very scary incident. One year after BMW apperently "fixed" my door problems I was driving my 7 year old to school. I came around a corner and her door flew open!! No lights ever told me her latch was not secure. They were frozen. She was OK but I was extermly angry. BMW's response to the incident, "we'll fix it" but we will not get you out of the lease! The recent success of BMW has gone to their thick stuborn German heads !

Buy the Cadillac. I have owned the SRX V8 loaded for 2 weeks now and we love it! No problems in the cold handels as good as a BMW but far more comfortable. In the snow ( we had a blizard just last week ) the SRX is superior to the X5 in so many ways. The V8 is pure Velvet too. You will love the SRX ! As for BMW car division don't give them a penny of your hard earned money.

Randy Gardner
01-25-2004, 08:09 PM
I drove both and picked the SRX it had much more room for my 6'6" frame.I found the SRX a much better highway ride. The BMW was harsh.

01-25-2004, 10:42 PM

01-25-2004, 10:58 PM
Which leads us to the question, do you need an SUV to haul things? Then it's SRX over the X5.

03-12-2004, 04:59 PM
I mother owns a 2002 BMW X5. She never had one single problem with it. The maintanance is free for 4 years too (including brake rotors etc). Just this year, I thought above getting either an X5 or SRX for myself. I wanted to trade my VW passat for it. I first test drove a loaded V8 SRX. The V8 was very nice. But that's about it. The handling seems spongy too. GM still has a lot to learn about building quality interiors. There was this flap on the steering wheel that wiggled around and I saw a few stamping lines in some of the plastic pieces. When I went to the bimmer dealer, the X5 interior was built like a rock. Nothing pushes in and the textures are very nice. It handles very well for an suv. Like the sound of their V8 better too. Needless to say, a Silver Gray X5 is on order for me.

05-31-2004, 12:59 PM
I was impressed with the SRX but it was too BIG and too expensive for its quality, and the depreciation is terrible. Also, my insurance would have been almost 50% more with the SRX. The X5 is smaller, more agile. Far more important, it is built real solid, super safe. The only other car that had that solid feel was the Cayenne. Reliability can be a crapshoot with the X5. Three months, no problems so far. Know someone near 40k with one minor problem, but have read about horror stories. If you get the X5 make it a condition of sale that a senior technician go over your X5 and test drive it before you get it.

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