As an owner of a 2004 X5 I can safely say I won't be buying the new
model. Reliability has been a big problem with this car and I have
experienced one issue after another. I also have a 2001 530i which has
been superb, however BMW have ruined the 5 series by restyling it.
I plan on replacing my 530i with a Jaguar XKR in April and once the
dealers have sorted the current problem (dodgy fuel gauge - it has run
out of diesel twice now) with the X5 I will consider getting rid of
that also. I doubt that I will be buying another BMW for a long time.
I agree...I had BMWs for 10 years but reliability has been a problem
across all that I have owned..for my next car it will either be an
Acura or Lexus..(less sport but more reliable)..
I thought you wanted a more reliable car. Certainly Jaguar isn't in
that category. My brother-in-law's XKR practically lives in the
dealer's garage. Sooooo many problems here and there. Like BMW's, one
owns a Jaguar because of its style, heritage, performance, etc. -
definitely not because it's reliable. :)
Looking at reviews etc on the web the Jaguar XKR gets a good rating for
performance and reliability. I haven't managed to find any negative
feedback. Having never owned a Jag I can't comment, but I certainly
get the impression that since Ford took over things have improved
It can't be any worse than a BMW for which I have lots of experience!
Our X5 goes back to the dealers today (for the 3rd time in 3 weeks)
with a faulty fuel gauge, dead leds on the trip computer/radio and
bolts left lying around on the back seat from when they last had the
Sorry to hear about your X5. I heard a lot of bad experiences about
that car but based on your comment about bolts lying around the
backseat - maybe it's time for a new shop. Check out some independent
service centers too. Dealers (or should I say stealers) aren't
necessarily the best shop you can bring your car for service.
My wife and I both prefer the old X5 over the new. The new one seems to
float, even with the sport package, whereas in the old ones you were in
touch with the road. The new one feels like a cadillac. With so much
computer power in it, I hope someone figures out how to program it so it
rides and feels like the old one.
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