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      07-18-2010, 03:29 PM   #1
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BMW X5 4.6iS and 4.8iS

Anyone had one?

Any good, are they reliable? Is servicing lots (e.g. like an Insp I & II on an E46 M3 due to valve clearances), or is the engine just a lightly breathed on "normal" BMW petrol?
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I had a 2004 4.4 and absolutely loved it. I had a 4.8is for a day and while I really enjoyed it I thought it rode much too stiff for me - so much so that I don't think my 80yr old dad would have been able to deal with it. If you can deal with the stiffness they are fantastic vehicles for what they are.
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      07-18-2010, 06:26 PM   #3
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The engines are ALPINA units out of the B10V8 (4.6) B10v8s (4.8). Hand built and absolutley stonking. been in a 4.8is and a lot of truck for the money. On my shopping list for when i get home.
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      07-18-2010, 06:33 PM   #4
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Quick search shows up some anecdotal reliability issues - notably gearboxes going kaput.

They are quite cheap though - 4.6iS around 10k, 4.8iS now well under 20k.

Leggy, but nice.....
http://www.pistonheads.com/sales/1876131.htm
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