2009 BMW X5

Base AWD 4-Dr Sport Utility I6

2009 bmw x5 Reviews and News

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The BMW X5 was unveiled in 1999 at the North American International Auto Show, and has been in production since then. To commemorate this, BMW is producing a limited-edition X5 xDrive 35d 10-Year Edition model.
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I've never had the opportunity to drive an X5 xDrive30i (that's German marketing-speak for the gasoline six-cylinder version), but I'd say upgrading to this diesel is a no-brainer. For about $4000 more -- a surcharge you'll likely get back in tax rebates and fuel savings -- you have a markedly more powerful, more efficient vehicle. Like all the modern diesels we've sampled from German automakers of late, this 3.0-liter has no obvious drawbacks compared with a typical gasoline engine. There's no hesitation, no smell, no cement-truck noises. All you notice is a slightly different mechanical sound.
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Like the previous-generation (non-diesel) X5 that sits in my parents' driveway, this sport activity vehicle probably won't see much time off-road. But that's OK - the reason to buy the X5 is for its stellar performance on tarmac. Forget describing the steering as balanced or beautifully weighted for a vehicle of its size--most vehicles of its size have very little steering feel at all! Every time I want to find something to criticize about an X5 (an awkward third row, outdated iDrive, spongy brake pedal), I always remember that, for the most part, it drives like a car. Add a modern diesel to the mix, and there's even more to like here.
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Is there really any question as to what's the best X5 powertrain to buy? My compatriot David says that choosing the xDrive35d over the xDrive30i is a no-brainer; I'd go one further and say that the diesel is preferable to the V-8-powered xDrive48i. The turbo-diesel model costs $5000 less than the V-8 model, yet it has comparable passing power, is only half a second slower from a standstill to 60 mph (at a highly respectable 6.9 seconds, according to BMW), and is EPA-rated with significantly better fuel economy (22 mpg combined versus the V-8's 16 mpg combined). As far as the only-$3700-cheaper 30i X5 goes, the 35d, thanks largely to its 200 lb-ft torque advantage, annihilates its 7.8-second sprint to 60 mph and its measly 18-mpg combined rating. In the big X5, the strengths of diesel power truly shine. It's not perfect, though: I found this engine to be noisier than most modern diesels, and off-the-line, preboosted lag is a bit annoying (but not unexpected).
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The guy at Larry's Mower Shop, where I stopped to pick up chain saw chains that had been sharpened, noticed the X5 and asked about it. He seemed shocked when I told him it had a diesel. "All the German car companies now make great diesel engines," I informed him. "This thing really moves, and you'd hardly know it has a diesel."
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The BMW X5 is one of BMW's two diesel-powered vehicles for sale in the U.S. We sampled the 335d sedan earlier this year and the appeal was a bit limited -- who is actually looking for a sport sedan with a diesel? But in a big, heavy SUV, the appeal is immediate. It doesn't take a genius to lay out a Microsoft Excel spreadsheet that shows the diesel X5 hits the sweet spot between performance and efficiency for those who can't fathom the thought of driving a station wagon and giving the laws of physics a nod. This is about as close as one can get to having his cake (big SUV) and eating it, too (decent fuel economy). Until we get some wagons or hatchbacks with diesel engines and all-wheel drive, SUVs are one of the only ways to combine better mpg and all-wheel-drive traction.
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Do you need the security of an armored car with the convenience and flexibility of a SUV that can still take the kids to soccer practice? If so, BMW has just introduced the vehicle for you: the X5 Security Plus.

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$22,250

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2009 BMW X5
2009 BMW X5
Base AWD 4-Dr Sport Utility I6
15 MPG City | 21 MPG Hwy
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2009 BMW X5 Specifications

Quick Glance:
Engine
3.0L I6Engine
Fuel economy City:
15 MPG
Fuel economy Highway:
21 MPG
Horsepower:
260 hp @ 6600rpm
Torque:
225 ft lb of torque @ 2750rpm
  • Air Conditioning
  • Power Windows
  • Power Locks
  • Power Seats
  • Steering Wheel Tilt
  • Cruise Control
  • Sunroof
  • ABS
  • Stabilizer Front
  • Stabilizer RearABS
  • Electronic Traction Control
  • Electronic Stability Control
  • Locking Differential (optional)
  • Limited Slip Differential (optional)
  • Airbag Driver
  • Airbag Passenger
  • Airbag Side Front
  • Airbag Side Rear (optional)
  • Radio
  • CD Player
  • CD Changer (optional)
  • DVD (optional)
  • Navigation (optional)
Vehicle
31,069 miles / 48 months
Powertrain
31,069 miles / 48 months
Corrosion
Unlimited miles / 144 months
Roadside
Unlimited miles / 48 months
Recall Date
12-31-1969:21:34:50
Component
SERVICE BRAKES, HYDRAULIC:FOUNDATION COMPONENTS:DISC
Summary
BMW IS RECALLING MY 2009 X5 AND X6 VEHICLES. THE REAR BRAKE DISCS MAY NOT HAVE BEEN MANUFACTURED ACCORDING TO SPECIFICATIONS. AS A RESULT, A REDUCTION IN BRAKING PERFORMANCE AT THE AFFECTED REAR WHEEL COULD OCCUR.
Consequences
IN AN EXTREME CASE, THE AFFECTED REAR BRAKE DISC COULD BREAK RESULTING IN A LOSS OF BRAKING AT THAT WHEEL INCREASING STOPPING DISTANCES AND THE RISK OF A CRASH.
Remedy
BMW WILL NOTIFY OWNERS AND WILL REPAIR THE VEHICLES BY INSPECTING THE REAR BRAKE DISCS AND, IF NECESSARY, REPLACE THEM FREE OF CHARGE. THE SAFETY RECALL BEGAN ON SEPTEMBER 11, 2009. OWNERS MAY CONTACT BMW CUSTOMER RELATIONS AND SERVICES TOLL-FREE AT 1-800-525-7417.
Potential Units Affected
96
Notes
BMW OF NORTH AMERICA, LLC


Recall Date
12-31-1969:21:35:10
Component
FUEL SYSTEM, DIESEL: PRE-HEATER
Summary
BMW IS RECALLING CERTAIN MODEL YEAR 2009 X5 XDRIVE35D VEHICLES EQUIPPED WITH A DIESEL ENGINE AND MANUFACTURED FROM OCTOBER 1, 2008, THROUGH JUNE 12, 2009. THE FUEL FILTER HEATER, WHICH IS USED FOR WARMING UP THE DIESEL FUEL DURING VEHICLE OPERATION AT LOW OUTSIDE TEMPERATURES, COULD EXPERIENCE AN ELECTRICAL OVERLOAD CONDITION AND BECOME PERMANENTLY ACTIVATED.
Consequences
THE FUEL FILTER HEATER COULD REMAIN ACTIVATED EVEN WHEN THE IGNITION IS OFF AND LEAD TO A DEAD BATTERY. THE UNIT COULD ALSO OVERHEAT, POSSIBLY LEADING TO A VEHICLE FIRE.
Remedy
BMW WILL NOTIFY OWNERS, AND DEALERS WILL REPLACE THE FUEL FILTER HEATER FREE OF CHARGE. THE SAFETY RECALL BEGAN ON OCTOBER 11, 2011. OWNERS MAY CONTACT BMW CUSTOMER RELATIONS AND SERVICES AT 1-800-525-7417.
Potential Units Affected
2,120
Notes
BMW OF NORTH AMERICA, LLC


Recall Date
12-31-1969:21:35:30
Component
FUEL SYSTEM, DIESEL: PRE-HEATER
Summary
BMW is recalling certain model year 2009-2010 X5 xDrive35d vehicles equipped with a diesel engine and manufactured from June 13, 2009, through November 9, 2009. The fuel filter heater, which is used for warming up the diesel fuel during vehicle operation at low outside temperatures, could experience an electrical overload condition and become permanently activated.
Consequences
The fuel filter heater could remain activated even when the ignition is off and lead to a dead battery. The unit could also overheat, possibly resulting in a vehicle fire.
Remedy
BMW will notify owners, and dealers will replace the fuel filter heater, free of charge. The safety recall began on September 26, 2013. Owners may contact BMW customer relations at 1-800-525-7417.
Potential Units Affected
1,540
Notes
BMW of North America, LLC


IIHS Roof Strength
N/R
NHTSA Rating Overall
Not Applicable
IIHS Best Pick
1
NHTSA Rating Front Driver
5
NHTSA Rating Front Passenger
4
NHTSA Rating Front Side
5
NHTSA Rating Rear Side
5
NHTSA Rating Rollover
4
IIHS Front Moderate Overlap
Good
IIHS Overall Side Crash
Good
IIHS Rear Crash
Good

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