| Originally posted by RDRAIDR@Sep 13 2004, 07:28 PM |
The wife and I want to step into an X5 from a Jeep GC (loaded) - we have the chance to purchase a used, 2000 4.4. We had a 535i and loved it. The 4.4 has 45k miles on it and we can purchase it for $28,900 - Carfax is clean, etc. I would like to know what to look for, ask about and I'm convinced I should purchase extended warranty - what do you think? I appreciate your responses. :help
I recently bought a new X5 3.0, and have driven it for 7 months.....I just had to have one, and I never thought the ride would be so rough.....Very choppy, nervous, jerky ride....I've spilled countless cups of coffee trying to drink them and drive to work because the ride is so bumpy, stiff and choppy,,,,,And there is totally no leg room in the rear, I have two elementary age children, and they are cramped in the back,,,,,don't know how much longer they can fit back there,,,,,also, there is very limited cargo space and hardly any extra compartments in the cabin for misc. items, such as cell phones, sunglasses, cds, etc....the stereo is substandard, and my speakers have already cracked and sound terrible,,,,also the cup holders that are provided do not adequately hold a standard drink cup, and the inside graspers make it impossible to retrieve it out of the receptacle......the gas mileage is poor due to the AWD, and i have a 6 cylinder at that.....now it IS a BMW, so the driving is sporty and nimble, the two front seats with lumbar support are very comfortable, but the rear seat is just a flat bench, so the kids go flying from side to side, even with their belts on!
I would suggest you to drive this vehicle for at least a full day, with the daily grind of getting in and out of traffic, shopping, and parking, etc. consumer reports rates the X5 with poor reliability, so i would def. get the extnd. warranty, and if it is older than a 2002, check the electrical system out thoroughly......
hope i wasn't too negative, but right now, i am ready for a bigger, smoother SUV....i only have 10K miles on it, and Im very displeased, and ready to trade!!! good luck with your purchase,,,,,,,,,,,,
Sincerely, G. Babin
Baton Rouge, LA