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X5 vs. ML vs. HSE (2003-2006)

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For the owners of these vehicles, on the forum, are these vehicles, BMW X5, Mercedes ML's, and LR Range Rover HSE's, (models 2003-2006) as horrendously unreliable as i hear? what are your experiences? thanks!
Edited by hrb - 10/30/11 at 10:34pm
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bummmp.
post #3 of 28
I'm in the same boat as you, trying to decide what new SUV I want in the luxury category. Stuck on Range Rover HSE but all I hear about is how unreliable they are. I understand they won't be as reliable as a Toyota, but are they really that bad?
post #4 of 28
Honest John is usually the place to start when looking at reliability for used cars.

Look at the customer reviews, and you'll find a lot of reports on reliability and such. http://www.reliabilityindex.com/ is probably also worth visiting.
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Originally Posted by likeaboss View Post

I'm in the same boat as you, trying to decide what new SUV I want in the luxury category. Stuck on Range Rover HSE but all I hear about is how unreliable they are. I understand they won't be as reliable as a Toyota, but are they really that bad?

That is precisely where I'm at. Model an all.


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Honest John is usually the place to start when looking at reliability for used cars.
Look at the customer reviews, and you'll find a lot of reports on reliability and such. http://www.reliabilityindex.com/ is probably also worth visiting.

Thanks very much for the referral to that site, I will give it a peruse.
post #6 of 28
id go with the x5 or ml
x5's sportier, ML's classier.

If you have more bread to spend, check out X5 ///M fastest SUV on the market.
post #7 of 28
I'd go for the new X5. Then the Range Rover. I wouldn't even consider a MB SUV. Those things are ugly as sin.
post #8 of 28
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not looking at new. looking at a circa 2003-2006..
post #9 of 28
X5 hands down, the old ML looks like a honeybadger and a mate of mine has a RRS SC which in shop at the moment, waiting on him to find 23k$ for the bill, as gearbox died.
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Currently have a Range Rover Sport GT and used to have the ML. Both were great but you'd have to be nuts to own any of those vehicles you mention out of warranty.
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Currently have a Range Rover Sport GT and used to have the ML. Both were great but you'd have to be nuts to own any of those vehicles you mention out of warranty.

Thanks for your two cents. That is generally what I here, was/is your's in the shop much? I have heard many a horror stories about the vehicle being in the shop 5 months of each year.
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Thanks for your two cents. That is generally what I here, was/is your's in the shop much? I have heard many a horror stories about the vehicle being in the shop 5 months of each year.
Are the sports built to the same quality as the full sizes? I have read that while there are many issues with RR, many of them easy fixes you can do yourself with many online support groups and tutorials at your disposal. I suppose that could get old fast though.

I like BMW's, but literally everyone here has them. I would have a hard time finding my own in a parking lot there are so many.

I'm also adding the Audi Q5/Q7 to my list of prospects.
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Thanks for your two cents. That is generally what I here, was/is your's in the shop much? I have heard many a horror stories about the vehicle being in the shop 5 months of each year.

I'm fairly certain that his Rover was purchased new sometime last year or this year.

-LR
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Good to know, but I am still curious. Based on what I have read online, there seem to be issues with the vehicles from day one. That said, it could certainly be the case of those who buy a lemon, get agitated and post, whereas those with no issues do not. Thanks for the input nonetheless.
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Originally Posted by TC (Houston) View Post

Currently have a Range Rover Sport GT and used to have the ML. Both were great but you'd have to be nuts to own any of those vehicles you mention out of warranty.

Thanks for your two cents. That is generally what I here, was/is your's in the shop much? I have heard many a horror stories about the vehicle being in the shop 5 months of each year.

No, only minor issues if I recall correctly, but I only had it for a little under 3 years. 2011 range rover has been flawless. smile.gif
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