The contact heard an abnormal noise and noticed smoke coming through the vents inside the vehicle. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. In the event of a crash necessitating deployment of the front air bags, these inflators may rupture due to propellant degradation occurring after long-term exposure to high absolute humidity and temperature cycling. These items, plus a veritable cornucopia of others, are available on the higher trims both in packages and as stand-alone items. While spent last year adding upgraded engines to its lineup, the X5 sat untouched, forced to enjoy only the 3. In government crash tests, the X5 scored a perfect five stars for frontal-impact driver protection and four stars for frontal-impact passenger protection.
We put those brakes to the test a few times on the heavily congested roads of Miami and they responded promptly. Steptronic allows drivers to choose from three shifting programs: Drive, Drive Sport, and Manual. The contact called the manufacturer and was informed that there was no solution for the recall. Test drivers find that both gasoline engines provide more than enough power. The failure mileage was 80,000. The transmission shifts smoothly with alert downshifts. It'll do the 0-60 run in 5.
For those looking for an even bigger dose of horsepower, the X5's top-of-the-line V8 model now features the twin-turbo 400-hp V8 shared with the 5 and 7 Series sedans. What I am most disturbed about is that there is information that there was a recall on this exact issue but because I can't find a recall number they will not honor it and will not fix my car. Given the X5's dramatically improved powertrains for 2011, that standing just got even loftier. All engines are paired with a brand new eight-speed automatic transmission with Steptronic control. The second-row seats are mounted a bit too low to the floor, even though headroom is plentiful.
The failure mileage was not available. The X5 isn't perfect, though. Whenever I¿M in my vehicle I leave out feeling sleepy. In the grand scale of makeovers, the 2011 X5 didn't exactly get the full Heidi Montag. Mercedes Benz and Volkswagon has the same problems with their diesel engines. There are five trim levels available: xDrive35i, xDrive35i Premium, xDrive35i Sport Activity, xDrive35d and xDrive50i.
The 2011 X5's cabin is not without its drawbacks, though. As a result of this, I have now had to purchase another car a Nissan and had to take an uber to the lot to pick it up since my car may not even make it to the lot and back. Braking is strong, with good pedal feel. Power rack-and-pinion steering is standard and Active Steering is optional for 2011. At the top of the hierarchy is the X5 xDrive50i, which features 's all-aluminum, twin-turbo V-8. The vehicle was able to coast to an off ramp and a parking lot.
It comes with a six-speed automatic. Right after picking up the car I hit the issue again where the car went into limp mode while accelerating on the freeway ramp. Either condition may increase the risk of a crash. The new iDrive is much easier to operate thanks to the addition of physical buttons for commonly used functions and a much larger screen. Now, the standard X5 gets its turn. The contact also smelled a strong burning odor. My bolts loosened and I caught it in time but if I didn't know any better I could've had a complete engine failure.
The contact stated that the manufacturer exceeded a reasonable amount of time for the recall repair. The manufacturer was notified of the failures. The xDrive35i gets a 3. An engine stall increases the risk of a crash. As they do not cover bolts.
Above that, an M Sport option adds performance tires, Adaptive Drive, aluminum roof rails, aerodynamic trimmings, an increased top speed to 150 mph , and M logos for the sill plates, driver footrest, and steering wheel. The dealer was not contacted. We've found the steering to be overly heavy at parking lot speeds, even if its hefty nature adds precision on the open road. There's minimal body lean in turns. A second notice will be mailed when remedy parts are available. The X5 xDrive50i gets a twin-turbo 4. The xDrive35d diesel model also continues to be a good option for those looking to save even more at the pump -- though it has quite a steep sticker price.
Opting for Premium opens up four packages that include ventilated seats, the Convenience Package, Cold Weather Package, and Technology Package. Test drivers say the transmission is especially smooth. Then there are similarly priced models like the and that are also worth a good long look. Front glass shows some pitting, but no cracks or repairs. Water and debris may enter the front driveshaft's universal joint, causing excessive wear and possibly resulting in the joint's failure. The X5 does well off-road, and the all-wheel drive system is very confident. There is a high-performance version known as the X5 M that we address in a separate review.
The recall is expected to begin in May 2014. It's very enjoyable to floor it and stretch this big Bimmer's limits. Both new engines get a slick new eight-speed automatic along with a brake regeneration system, which partially relieves the alternator of the job of fuel-sapping battery recharging. The X5's excellent performance is its trump card. Laurel in New Jersey with an 18K bill.