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Old 07-13-2014, 03:19 PM   #15
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yes guys, it is the cost of ownership after the buy is what makes me nervous.

I have been communicating with a guy from Texas that has a 2001 X5 and has towed his 31' Airstream with it for many years. The reliability has been good but he just got a leak in the braking system. The part from BMW is $4,000.

PS.... He reports that you couldn't shake the trailer from the X5 if you tried. It just sticks to the back of the X5 like the combo was on rails.
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Old 07-14-2014, 09:51 PM   #16
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OK, a bit of a left turn here. We drove a Honda Element a couple months ago and really liked the drive. For sure it is no X5 but they are reliable. Anyway one showed up on Kijiji this morning. They are rare around here and there are none on the car lots within 50klm's. So we are going to check this one out tomorrow.
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Old 07-14-2014, 10:02 PM   #17
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My buddy has one, but he is enamored with transformers and can spend all day re-configuring the cargo area. He collects Matchbox toys too.
I've never been in it, but my wife has and, for somebody who can't remember what we have ( it's a RAV dear, not a jeep ), she dislikes it intently ( as a passenger ).
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Doesn't the Element have just a 1500 lb tow capacity?
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Old 07-15-2014, 07:43 AM   #19
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All true folks. The cabin is designed for flexibility. Moving people (4 max), cargo, bikes, etc.

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Old 07-15-2014, 07:58 AM   #20
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Doesn't the Element have just a 1500 lb tow capacity?
Not sure what the actual capabilities of the Element could be but we would still use our car as a TV for now.
The Element would replace our aging 97 Nissan Van that we use as a 2nd vehicle, general utility, multi purpose use. You can drive these things for a few years and sell them for almost what you pay for them in the first place. Very good value.
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Update

Well the X5 was not on the car lot this morning when I drove by.

But I did see a promising ad for an 04 Toyota Sienna LE late this afternoon on Kijiji. By chance it was for sale 2 blocks away. Went to see it and bought it on the spot. It is like new inside and out and drove fine on the highway with no noises, smells, or vibrations. It has aged well and is 7 years newer than our 97 Quest. Although the tow rating is 3,500lbs we will continue to tow with our car, our key vehicle.
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IF, I were choosing between the Beamer, Element and Sienna, it would be
1. Sienna The ride is soooo much better than the element and it's much much quieter.
2. Element Very good for cleanup and errands. Great 4wd system, well not great, but it gets the job done. With the seats up you have severe blind spots!
3. BMW always room for one in the future when your looking for toys.
you did good!
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Linda..... everything you wrote is so right on!
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You did do well. We just ordered our Odyssey ready to tow.

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Congrats Wayne looks like a great van. Hope the price was good too!

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Hope so too Adrian. One never really knows about the quality of a used car until you have a few years of ownership under your belt. I'm going to have it rust checked this week. A good investment for a pinch over $100. We paid $6,000. for this one. Sienna's and Honda Mini Vans bring a good buck up here especially for the good ones.
Note our 93 Nissan Van went 465,000 klm's on the original drive train. Not bad considering it towed a large pop up and then the Airstream for many hours. The newer Nissan Quests are not as good as the 1st gen versions.
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In the last couple weeks we put 1,000 klm's on the Van. So far no issues.

We wanted to get a feel for the gas usage. Filled up just over a week ago and filled up again today. 650klm's and it took 75L. That works out to over 24MPG (Imperial gals). That was with 50% highway and the rest city driving. Not bad for a large 4,500lb vehicle. We are happy with it.
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