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

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  1. hrb

    hrb Senior member

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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!
     
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    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?
     


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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.
     


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




    Thanks very much for the referral to that site, I will give it a peruse.
     


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    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.
     


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    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.
     


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    not looking at new. looking at a circa 2003-2006..
     


  9. Find Finn

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    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.
     


  10. TC (Houston)

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

    -LR
     


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    hrb Senior member

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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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    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. :)
     


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