SeatingFilter selectedSeatingList, null ; seatingFilter. Since the X5 is built in Spartanburg, South Carolina, we opted for the factory delivery program, which includes track safety training, off-road instruction, the most complete vehicle walk-around imaginable, a tour of the factory, and lunch--all for the cost of standard delivery. After some jiggling, he finally got the X5 to fire, and a dealer diagnosed a bad selector-position sensor. The upper and lower sections of the seatbacks, for example, can be adjusted independently. With the exception of the self-leveling suspension and demonic nav system, our tester was relatively trouble-free. A polite dashboard light reminded us at 16,549 miles that it was time for routine service.
The suspension tuning is a wonderful mix of off-road prowess with traditional sport-sedan handling. We decided to find out. A front-level sensor had gone south and was replaced under warranty. With 28,222 miles on the odo, the X5 amused Brock Yates one fine morning by refusing to start. While it was on the hoist, we had the Xenon headlamps reprogrammed they decided to self-level to their lowest point--and stay there , a new steering shaft and transmission selector switch were installed under factory recalls , and the rear hatch micro switch was replaced, as its protective plastic cover had gone missing. After logging 1400 miles in four days, one staffer noticed the left side of the vehicle was riding higher than the right. The engine warning turned out to be a loose gas cap, and no coolant leaks were found.
They were 20 cents a wipe,and they worked well. Some 2200 miles later, another suspension problem surfaced: The rear sagged to the bump stops. The gear selector was in park, and moving it to neutral didn't help. Throw the X5 around a road course, and it'll stick to the shark's teeth like a 540i. Other complaints centered on the accordion-style cargo cover that robs valuable space, is difficult to remove, and gets stuck on its tracks like a rusted-out sliding glass door. The one weak point of road-testing brand-new vehicles is that they're brand-new. One potential down side is the presale inspection process is limited.
WheelSystemFilter selectedWheelSystemList, null ; wheelSystemFilter. Rear occupants get similar Germanic surroundings: lots of leg- and headroom for the over-six-foot set and a couch that's perfectly supportive. TruckCabinFilter selectedCabinList, null ; truckCabinFilter. FuelTypeFilter selectedFuelTypeList, null ; fuelTypeFilter. There was no shortage of praise, nevertheless, for the smooth-yet-potent 4.
Gear ratios are perfect, the engine is powerful, and the exhaust note is enthusiastic. If you prefer to select cogs manually, a five-speed is available on the 3. With our suspension actively dancing the Macarena, we pulled back into our dealer's service-bay to reset the suspension computer--again. Any time you spend over 2000 miles behind the wheel in three days, you get to know a new vehicle quickly, especially its seats. Maybe time would make it more endearing. Take two adults, two kids, and enough gear for a two-week vacation, and you have a tight fit.
They were recoded, and the chassis settled back down to a normal stance. Delivery can drag on forever, even after your new ride has been built. ColorFilter selectedColorList, 'exteriorColorFilter', 'exteriorColorName', 'Color', 'colors', null ; colorFilter. One Saturday morning after 5592 miles, the driver's door refused to latch closed. Wonderfully supportive seats make the miles easily roll by. The rear seats were judged to be comfortable by adults, with lots of room for knees and elbows.
DoorsFilter selectedDoorsList, null ; doorsFilter. In this case, the oil and the oil filter were replaced, and some inspections were performed. It sounds like a Wright Cyclone is running the squirrel cage. There was a downside, though, as some staffers managed to contort the seats into shapes only Plasticman could love. Seems not related to wheel position.
Our X5 was a 4. Customers get a tour of the plant and Zentrum Museum, a brief class at the driving school and track just behind the delivery center, and a personal handoff of their vehicle, with a thorough rundown of its features and functions. We highly recommend snow tires. Oddly, many staffers complained that the X5's windshield and rear-window glass produced optical distortion. The dealer replaced a faulty motor actuator and the lock under warranty. Adjustable ride height is now available without the Sport package; rear head-protection airbags are now standard, as are the new Adaptive brake lights: Under hard braking, the brake lights illuminate more intensely, alerting following drivers of an emergency braking situation. And I found the vehicle icon to show us 'driving' through the center of a lake, instead of the half-mile inland road on which we were traveling.