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Old 10-15-2012, 12:25 AM
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Default Any common, expensive X5 problems? Purchase decision pending

Hi all, we are considering looking for a used X5 as a car for my son to go to college with. We can't afford a low mileage one, so we are probably looking at 120k+ in terms of miles.

V6 model is fine, and manual would be our preference for reliability purposes.

My son is not an expert DIY'er, but I would probably fall in to that category, so we are not so much concerned with small problems that are common and easy to diagnose and repair (common sensor issues, normal maintenance like brakes, belts, etc).

Mostly want to know the reliability history for a manual transmission car in terms of major cost repairs. As an example, we had a V-70 Volvo T5 wagon a few years ago and every single one of them eventually would experience a throttle body MAF failure to the tune of $700 - at about 80k miles. If X5's have something like that I want to make sure it has already been taken care of before we get.

Any input would be greatly appreciated, we can't really afford to make an expensive mistake.


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