BMW X5 Owner’s Guide

The engineers at BMW took the SUV market by storm 15 years ago when they released the first X5 model. It was the automaker’s first luxury SUV, and it helped revolutionize the market for upscale vehicles that were larger, more rugged and extremely versatile. Since then the series has grown to include a diesel model, the M sport line and the xLine if you actually want to go off-road.

In Texas where bigger is the norm, we’ve worked on a number of X5 models at German Auto Center. Here’s an overview of what our technicians have learned.

The BMW X5 Essentials

For drivers that want an SUV but don’t want to stray far from luxury the X5 series was a Godsend in 2000. It instantly became a bestseller in the U.S. To this day it is one of the top-performers in the midsize luxury SUV market.

BMW X5 Performance and Pricing
From the onset the X5 was designed to be the best handling SUV on the road. The first generation is decidedly made for on-road driving and that remains the same today. This SUV sports handling and specs that you’d expect to find in many sedans. The latest BMW X5 generation’s performance specifications include:

• Up to 300 horsepower
• Up to 413 pound-foot of torque – diesel model
• 8 speed automatic transmission
• Up to 128 MPH
• 0-to-60 in 7.3 seconds
• Up to 31 MPG on the highway
• Three trim options – 35i, 35d, 50i
• Rear-wheel drive
• Driving Dynamics Control
• Dynamic Stability Control
• Auto start-stop
• Electric power steering
• Servotronic power steering assist

As far as pricing goes, the X5 series is going to set you back more than non-luxury SUVs. Today new X5s sell for around $55,000 before upgrades. Of course, there are plenty of used models on the road that are still in great condition for a much lower price.

BMW X5 Interior
Though the size is relatively the same, the newest X5 generation is a little roomier inside. This makes the X5 comfortable all-around, whether it’s just the driver or a full carload. Upscale finishes and materials are used throughout helping to set this SUV apart from its non-luxury counterparts. The front seats are also expertly designed to accommodate many different body types.

When you slide into the driver’s seat you’re reminded that the X5 was engineered to make driving enjoyable rather than simply utilitarian. The gauges are classic, crisp and easy to read while the display offers a clear picture.

BMW X5 Tech Components
In addition to highly technical drive components, there are a number of other tech features that make the X5 a joy to own and operate. The X5’s tech components include:

• Xenon headlights
• Power liftgate
• Heated front seats
• 10.2” display screen
• 9-speaker sound system
• iDrive system
• Navigation system
• 14-way power seating
• Automatic climate control
• Tilting panoramic moonroof
• Adjustable steering column
• Automatic headlights
• Parking Distance Control
• Ambiance lighting
• iDrive system
• Rear window defroster
• Navigation system
• USB connectivity
• Bluetooth connectivity

BMW X5 Upgrades and Options
Due to the design there are a lot of additional upgrades and options to choose from, even compared to other BMW models. From practical features like additional seating to pure style, X5 drivers can fully customize their SUV. Extras and options for the X5 include:

• 9 packages including the Luxury, xLine and M Sport upgrade
• Third row seating for two additional passengers
• All-wheel drive – xDrive
• Upgraded front seats
• Leather upholstery
• Rear seat entertainment system
• Upgraded Harman Kardon sound system
• Rear view camera
• Night vision capable camera
• Ceramic controls
• Leather dash
• Enhanced USB and Bluetooth connectivity
• Parking sensors at the front and rear

Common Problems, Service and Maintenance on the BMW X5

The X5 remains popular because the SUV has proven to be highly reliable in addition to being comfortable and stylish. As far as X5 BMW repairs in Austin go, German Auto Center techs have come across a few problems that tend to be more common than others. These include:

• AC and heating control glitches
• Oil leaks from the engine
• Coolant leaks from the water pump
• Coolant leaks from the expansion tank
• Failure of the front thrust rod bushings
• Thermostat failure that causes engine overheating

Regular maintenance will help to minimize the potential for repair as the miles begin to mount. The new models have improved alerts to let you know when servicing is needed, but drivers should still keep an eye on the odometer. Our Bosch-authorized Austin BMW service center can handle all of the common maintenance and repair issues plus a whole lot more. Call German Auto Center, BMW repair center today to improve the performance of your X5 or to schedule regular servicing.