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Old 02-04-2015, 12:19 AM
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New to the X's

Hey, I am brand new to the forum as I have just got my first BMW and it's an X5. I am pretty pumped about finally getting it but I have a few issues with it and was hoping to get some input.

The X5 is E70 2008 4.8 with 36,xxx miles that I got from Carmax. It was listed for $28k and I got the MaxCare after reading about this guys experience with his Land Rover.
Why Your Next Unreliable Luxury Car Should Come From CarMax

I've been looking on CL for a while and I feel for what people are asking for there that my deal wasn't too bad, but I do feel I overpaid, but by how much?

My questions relates to your anecdotal reliability experience and if you think the MaxCare is worth it? I was planning on taking it to a BMW dealer in the next week to get it checked out completely and have CarMax replace anything that is found wrong. I was reading here that the water pump may need to be replaced since it is older with low miles and I have no way of knowing the driving schedule of the previous owner.

It was only one previous owner which is nice, and I like the low miles. But oddly enough for such low miles the BMW decal on the hood was scratched and the P button for park is chipped. I chalked it up to OCD.

I am still in the 5 day grace period to return it and I am looking to see if I made a wise choice here. The MaxCare is refundable at any time but I think it may be useful as I am already having issues with the thermostat only putting out heat if I put it to 84*.

Sorry for the long post, but I am going nuts with these questions on my own. I would appreciate any help and hope to be on the forum for a while.

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Old 02-04-2015, 12:25 AM
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There are two heat settings, so most likely that is your issue.

I'm not 100% certain what is in your vehicle. If you have the adjustment knobs where you can see the temp, that is one setting. The other will be where/how you want the heat to blow and you can adjust the heat setting there as well. I would suggest you look at those places first to see if it cures your temp issue.
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Admittedly I do need to read over the war and peace that is the manual but I haven't had much time lately. I am hoping your right and it is due to some operator error.

Any idea on keeping a warranty on the X5?

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The N62 is known for valve stem seal issues.
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Old 02-04-2015, 12:12 PM
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With as many probs as these X's seem to have, keep the truck=keep the warranty....
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Do not keep the X5 without a warranty unless you are a mechanic. The 4.8 is fun as hell but can be incredibly problematic and they are insanely complex probably over engineered money pits.
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Thanks for the input. I figured it might be a money pit and a few thou up front may save me a lot of headaches.

Glad I found the forum
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Old 02-04-2015, 08:57 PM
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I was only able to get a Powertrain warranty for 2 years so better than nothing. Call me whatever, but I have actually been looking for a parts/donor X5 to use as needed lol. Found a 3.0 but doesn't really help me......
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Old 02-04-2015, 09:01 PM
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And sorry, still trying to navigate this site and add info on my vehicle like others. Thought I had it.....
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Old 02-05-2015, 12:47 AM
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Per Doug DeMuro on Jalopnik, the CarMax warranty works out well when needed.
My Air Suspension Failed (Again): Another CarMax Warranty Update
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