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Any issues with the 2003 BMW X5 to worry about?

Are there any problems with the 2003 BMW X5 that I should look out for when buying one? I'm trading up from a 2001 version.

Evan Curran (Kinnegad)

Jan 2013 Filed under: reliability

Expert answer

Hi Evan,

There's not a lot of difference between your car and the 2003 model so anything you've had go wrong with your own could happen to that - if there has been anything.

You should already be familiar with how hard the X5 is on its brakes, tyres and suspension so make sure they're all in good condition in any car you're looking at. There have been a few relatively minor engine issues too causing flat spots in the power delivery when accelerating so if you test drive a car and it has that best to walk away unless the seller agrees to fix it. Owners also report some problems with electrics so make sure you thoroughly check every button and switch in the car.

Hope that helps

Shane O' Donoghue - Complete Car Adviser

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