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Old 07-06-2010, 11:13 PM
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Mileage expectations

I was at an independant BMW service provider getting the first major service done. When I asked as to the life I can expect from my 2006 X5. The mechanic replied that these vehicles (2006 X5) start falling apart at the 100,000 mile mark, i.e engine transmissission, etc. Anyone with a high mileage X5 taht can comment?


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Old 07-07-2010, 06:11 AM
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I dont think any car/truck falls apart. It's the way you take care of it, common things would fail etc which is normal. I see it like your body, if you dont take care of your health and what not we wont last long either. So just keep the X in tip top shape and im sure it will last. There are a few with high mile mark X's and they will chime in soon. Cheers
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Old 07-07-2010, 09:12 AM
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I have a 2004 X5 3.0i currently @ about 108k miles. I think what he meant is after 100k miles, more uncommon parts need to be replaced. Everything tends to wear down with age, but thats doesn't mean its falling apart. Just be aware that some repairs can get a bit pricey in the later stages of a cars life.

Proper care and maintenance will keep your car running smoothly. I'm still happy with the overall drive of my x5. There are a few suspension parts that need to be replaced, but its nothing surprising considering the abuse its been taking for the term of its life.
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Old 07-07-2010, 03:40 PM
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I have an '06 3.0 with 113K miles. Still drives great, and feels like new. I change the oil and filter every 7500 miles; did the ATF at 75K; changed the belts, water pump, and timing chain at 100K. Had to replace some parts of the suspension due to wear and tear - control arms, tie rods at 90K. CV boots needed replacing at 80K. Beyond that, just normal stuff like tires, wiper blades, and occasional bulb.

Maintain it regularly; fix things when they break; find a mechanic you trust; and enjoy driving your car!
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Old 07-07-2010, 03:45 PM
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Would like to hear from killcrap, weasel, etc... on the topics of:

- replacing/clearancing new main and rod bearings after a certain mileage, or if at all.
- ovaling of the cylinders, and what is required to rehone, recoat the walls, and procuring oversize pistons/ringpacks.

On a super high mileage car that has always been kept in tip-top shape, these are the main things that concern me as being killers.
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Old 07-07-2010, 03:55 PM
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To the OP,
This topic comes up here on the Jukebox, with regularity...
Here are a couple of long threads on "miles on your X";
easy find via the Search Tab.
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Old 07-08-2010, 06:46 AM
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I agree with the previous posters, my brothers 06 has 138,000 and he has had not a single problem, other than totaling it a week ago.....

I take care of mine as most on this board do, before you buy, make sure you have a good history.
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Old 07-11-2010, 08:38 PM
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125k on mine. I have changed the separator and valve cover gaskets twice, expansion tank when it cracked, and thermostat and water pump as a precaution at 75k.

I had a freak situation where I replaced the engine wiring harness, but I hear this is more associated with gen 1 than subsequent years.

My driver's side window regulator is slow but all function. My suspension is all original so that all needs to go. My front halfshafts finally blew their boots and need to be replaced, but if you check those often you just have to do the boots and not the whole halfshaft.

A higher mileage X5 is going to need suspension, unless you are sure it has been done. It's not a matter of bushings; the entire members get the heave ho.
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I am still running with the original motor, transmission, drive line, transfer case, front and rear diff. And there is not a day that she doesn't see 100 getting on the freeway.
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Originally Posted by wallyx5 View Post
I am still running with the original motor, transmission, drive line, transfer case, front and rear diff. And there is not a day that she doesn't see 100 getting on the freeway.
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