bmw x5 reliability

How long do BMW X5 last? (Average Miles Explained)

The X5 is arguably BMW’s best looking, best performing SUV on the market. Its smooth angles and defined curves make the car eye-catching every time you see it. The ride in one is also very smooth and pretty luxurious. So whether you own one or plan to own it, how long will your X5 last you?

In Short, a BMW X5 that has gone through regular maintenance and service should be able to last you 10 to 15 years and between 170000-250000 miles. If the driving conditions have not been too extreme and some recommended tune-ups and services made to the car, it should be able to last beyond this.

The BMW X5 History and Generations

Making its debut in 1998 as the E53 model, the BMW X5 is a mid-size luxury SUV with all-wheel drive and an option for automatic or manual transmission. The first generation was marketed as a ‘Sports Activity Vehicle’ (SAV) as opposed to the SUV.

It was manufactured between 1999 and 2004. The second-generation X5 started production in 2006, (with the E70) until 2011. This generation featured new technological advances like the iDrive system as standard equipment.

And an option for a third-row, bringing the passenger count to 7. The third generation started in 2013 with the X5 F15 crossover. It featured a V8 petrol engine, a V6 diesel engine and a turbo engine in the M performance class.

Later with the addition of a four-cylinder came also the inclusion of a hybrid engine. The fourth and current generation has the G05 X5, being produced in 2018.

It is based on the Cluster Architecture (CLAR) shared by all BMWs. It comes in all-wheel drive only but the RWD was added to the US lineup in 2020. This brief history of the model can give some insight into how long your car might last you based on the generation it was produced. This should be clear as we look at the years to avoid in the X5 production.

Common Problems Found in The X5

The first gens have a problem with a leaking valve cover gasket causing the smell of burning oil. The repairs cost around $640. They also start leaking coolant, it is advisable to replace the water pump and if possible, the whole cooling system too as the mileage gets higher. An issue like engine stalls are rare and so are the instances of cars catching fire.

BMW X5 Problem Years

The X5 has a very good track record for the most part but the 2011 was not a good year for it. The 2011 is famous for having a stalling engine, even cutting out completely and refusing to turn on, leaving drivers stranded.

Some even caught fire but no serious accidents resulted from this issue. Fixing this cost more than $7000. The 2013 is another problem child of this bunch and its issues lie with its transmission. These years will not last you very long as these issues start popping up at 70 000 – 100 000 miles. The repair cost for these years can run upward of $24K.

Maintenance Intervals For the BMW X5

The BMW X5 has its share of problems and to avoid the more serious issues as the miles start running up to 200K miles. The car needs maintenance at a 5000 to 7500-mile interval.

But doing so earlier is encouraged too especially for oil changes and tire rotating. In normal driving conditions, you should change the brakes on your X5 after about 55000 miles.

For a pre-owned one, it is best to know the condition of the brakes before buying but getting new ones regardless is always best. The average life of a car battery is about 3 to 5 years and changing this will ensure your car lasts you for longer. The tires on a BMW should get you around 50 000 miles. Not forgetting, bringing the car in for service whenever the check engine light is on.

Final Thoughts on How Many Miles Can a BMW X5 Last

The X5 is generally durable and reliable with a lifespan of about 15 years at a yearly mileage of around 12000 miles. The petrol engine tends to outlast the diesel by about 50 000 miles.

After the first 100K, the car starts showing issues. It is best to make sure to take it in for regular maintenance and use the specialised higher mileage engine oils. A well looked after BMW could last you twenty years without breaking your bank.


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