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BMW X5 (2000-2006) Buying Guide

BMW X5 (2000-2006)
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by Richard Dredge

BMW's first foray into the world of SUVs was an instant success, with the car going on to become one of the few true Range Rover rivals. Superlative build quality, outstanding on-road manners and a cast-iron image have all conspired to ensure the X5 doesn't shed its value at the same rate as some rivals. But purchase and running costs are generally high, so don't overstretch yourself financially in a desperate bid to impress the neighbours.

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Strong image
On-road abilities
Smooth, potent V8s
Costly to buy and run
Penny-pinching equipment levels
Weak 3.0d engine
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Key Dates 
3/00X5 arrives with 4.4-litre petrol engine.
10/00There's now a smaller petrol option - the 3.0i.
3/01The sole diesel variant becomes available; the 3.0d.
9/01Larger door mirrors are now fitted and 4.6iS joins the range.
9/03Facelift brings new nose and equipment upgrades. Power of 4.4i rises from 286bhp to 320bhp.
10/03SE trim becomes available.
4/04Understated and completely mad 4.8iS arrives.
  • Auto transmission is sealed for life. Dealers won't change the fluid but it should be done every 60,000 miles to prevent the gearbox failing.
  • Make sure the xenon lights work okay - they're very costly to fix if they go wrong.
  • Check all the electrics work, because there are lots of them. Thankfully they're generally reliable.
  • Some owners fit huge alloy wheels on ultra-low profile rubber. It can destroy the ride and your insurance company will bump up the premium as the car is more thievable.
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