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Old 03-11-2019, 07:10 PM
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Eh...I really don't think the 3.0 will give you too many issues imo. Sure all X5s will have the suspension and other quirks but the 3.0 is fairly stout as compared to timing guide issues of the M62 or the N62's incontinence when it comes to oil leaks.
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Old 03-11-2019, 07:40 PM
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I didn't have X5 on my radar when picking my car almost 4 years ago.

It was specifically NOT on the Edmund's list of most reliable used cars however the ones on the list were way out of my budget.

Driving through the lot of cars about to be auctioned there were two lowly X5s. One was a 2005 or so and one was the 2001 I bought.

I braced myself with a mindset of ready to spend an extra $1000 fixing wherever was making the check engine light illuminated and though a bit of a bidding war cost me an extra $800, I've been averaging about $50/mo on repair but make no mistake the first requirement of owning one of these is either willingness and ability to diy repair or being very wealthy (which sort of contradicts owning a very old car).

When you are willing to look for good deals and take some logical trade offs on OEM or knock off parts where it's not mission critical, you can get very reasonable prices, also there are plenty of parts that can be fixed vs. replaced for example, 50 for an o-ring vs $130 for a fuel level unit.

Or: $6 for a motor for locking your door vs $230 to replace your entire door actuator!

So yes, it's very silly to think that a 20 yr old car off any brand will be an easy or inexpensive choice. There is good reason for any thing to have a 90/95% depreciation!
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Old 03-11-2019, 07:53 PM
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Indeed. Most indy mechanics and especially dealers would rather throw in a new part than replace the cause of failure in that part, ie the transfer case actuator motor gear.

Takes a bit of research but thankfully people on forums like this help us all out.
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Old 03-11-2019, 07:55 PM
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Help Needed and Hello

I didn't know I had the 6 until about a week after buying my X. The PO debadged the car. Doesn't even have X5 badge. After reading up on the reliability of the M54 vs M62 and N62 I felt like I won that dice roll.
I've personally done the M62 chain guide job twice I wouldn't be afraid of that engine, but with the N62 I would want to make sure it wasn't in the range of iffy intermediate lever
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well this thing has few little other things, but all in all its a really nice vehicle. This was suppose to be something nice I could drive from time to time and for me n my boy to work on and learn a new breed.

With you guys, I will admit that I am not nervous of this on bit.Thank you again
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