BMW X5 deisel 3.0L

One of my best friends and a business associate just sold his dearly loved and venerable Hyundai 4WD ugly duckling 10 years old - it went in 24hrs of the advert being made - seems the V6 petrol is still loved by many. He took delivery of his spanking new BMW X5 (in Saphire Black) and everything was indeed BLACK !! Yuk.. too sombre and funeral for me. What I was shocked and disliked intensely was the very down market low quality plastics, which they have put some very dark wood inserts to help "brighten" ( joking) the door trims and facia. But when you open the door and see terribly nasty cheap door sill trims which I am sure wont last very long with scuffing and breaking, and the plastic on the facia is down right China Mode from Geely or worse! Yes the engine is great, but I saw some uncovered wiring looms which I told him to tell BMW to tape up before they chaff!! Driving position no great bid deal, in fact was a bit disappionted - as expected to be more Vogue or Landcruiser style. Leather seats (black of course) were comfy but so little knee room in the back for such a big car seems to me like BMW need a lesson in packaging! Overall - NOT IMPRESSED

After owning a couple of Audi

1 year 43 weeks ago

After owning a couple of Audi Q7 V12 TDIs, I wouldn't recommend one of those. Instead, I would recommend the car that I'm on the waiting list for at the moment: the Porsche Cayenne S Diesel.

It's no looker, I'll admit, but in every way (apart from its lack of seven seats), it beats the X5 hands down. It has a much nicer interior, it drives better and it's much more spacious.

I have only had a test drive so far and I am yet to take delivery of it, so I can't give much of an insight into ownership, but I had a Cayenne Turbo S a while ago and it didn't let me down. 

The BMW X5 has long been a

1 year 33 weeks ago

The BMW X5 has long been a shape that 4*4 lovers enjoy. From hip hop starts to hunters in the country side, this is a vehicle that makes you look good. There is no doubt about that. I am a fan but as you say... all black may not be the best choice. (Lovely in red outside and beige interior). 

I forgot to mention that this

2 years 5 weeks ago

I forgot to mention that this X5 also is delivered with runflats and no spare. My mate already found that the handling is a bit "odd" with these, and now has a problem when he changes as there is no spare!!

what's life without imagination

Plenty of cars running non

2 years 4 weeks ago

Plenty of cars running non run flats have no spare but just a reflation kit. Maybe you should buy him one for his birthday?

My mother had an X5, it was

2 years 5 weeks ago

My mother had an X5, it was an absolute ringer. Everything that could go wrong, did go wrong. The problem then was that the BMW dealership charge 120 pounds per hour to work on it - and that was just the investigation!

They do have a heated steering wheel on the options list, that's pretty tempting here.

I never understand why people

2 years 5 weeks ago

I never understand why people criticise things like rear space - surely you buy a car thats big enough for your needs rather than buying one too small then moaning about it.

I remember years ago the What car new car guide that has all the cars listed has 'Small Boot' as a con for the Lotus Elise - what twaddle I can't imagine anyone ever brought an elise then got home and thought shit the dog won't fit.....

Here's to the crazy ones......

iamthestig wrote: I never

2 years 5 weeks ago

iamthestig wrote:

I never understand why people criticise things like rear space - surely you buy a car thats big enough for your needs rather than buying one too small then moaning about it.

I remember years ago the What car new car guide that has all the cars listed has 'Small Boot' as a con for the Lotus Elise - what twaddle I can't imagine anyone ever brought an elise then got home and thought shit the dog won't fit.....

Exactly, that is surely what test drives are for.

And if you buy a black car with black interior then "sombre" should hardly come as a surprise............

I really can't imagine why

2 years 5 weeks ago

I really can't imagine why people choose to drive these awful cars in the UK. The 5-Series Tourer is a super-looking car and I think I'd much prefer one of those, with the 2.0d and a six-speed manual gearbox.

If one was to get a 4x4, though, it would have to be a Toyota Land Cruiser: strong, timeless and well capable of outlasting its owners.

mrcliodCi wrote: I really

2 years 5 weeks ago

mrcliodCi wrote:

I really can't imagine why people choose to drive these awful cars in the UK. The 5-Series Tourer is a super-looking car and I think I'd much prefer one of those, with the 2.0d and a six-speed manual gearbox.

If one was to get a 4x4, though, it would have to be a Toyota Land Cruiser: strong, timeless and well capable of outlasting its owners.

Plenty of people buy cars like the X5 because they like the high riding driving position. It's quite a nice feeling to be higher up, and when you sit in a low slung car afterwards you really notice it. My mum's Rav4 has a higher up than most driving position and it's nice to have a view. The 5 series Tourer you mention whilst a fine car doesn't have that. So I can see why people buy them.

The Land Cruiser whilst a tough old thing is very crude and unrefined compared to an X5.

Evo - you kidding me -

2 years 5 weeks ago

Evo - you kidding me - landcruiser unrefined - it is MILES ahead of the x5 especially on the inside. Reliability wise I am pretty certain it will remain ahead of the X5 or even the Q7, but if you really do have to have one of these MASSIVE ugly things with so little room inside (compared to its dimentions) then at least make it a Porsche (or maybe the rumoured Bentley/AM/Lambo etc) Have some serious class about it

what's life without imagination

5wheels wrote: Evo - you

2 years 4 weeks ago

5wheels wrote:

Evo - you kidding me - landcruiser unrefined - it is MILES ahead of the x5

Well I've been in both, and driven the boss's Landcruiser with my old job regularly and yeah the Landcruiser was nowhere near as refined. When I say refined I'm talking about NVH levels. The X5 was firmer and had some tyre noise but generally was a much nicer place to be on a long journey than the Landcruiser. Not surprising though given the nature of them, so I'm surprised you're erm, surprised.

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