shadetree30 HalfDork
Nov. 30, 2015 7:01 p.m.

Are these cars getting into the affordable area yet? Wife wants an SAV but the new ones are unobtainable, so to the Collective I go...

Karacticus Reader
Nov. 30, 2015 7:22 p.m.

Where does affordable start for you?

Friend just picked up a nice 2009 X5d with 60k miles for around $25k. His wife is never going to give it back to him.

For reliability and complexity's sake, you're probably better off with one of the ones with a normally aspirated straight six.

MINIzguy Reader
Dec. 1, 2015 12:27 a.m.

I've seen some early 2000s models with ~12k miles/yr being sold for under $6k on Craigslist. Not a clue what is wrong with them, but that sounds like a bargain. My parents have a '03 six-cylinder one with 128k miles. Hasn't given us major trouble in 12 years and I've been doing the work on it the past 5 years; it hasn't really needed anything besides a thermostat going bad. It does feel like it needs control arm bushings and new shocks/struts, but it isn't critical yet.

cdowd HalfDork
Dec. 1, 2015 8:43 a.m.

I have an 03 with a manual transmission that I bought 5 years ago for ~9k. Mechanically it has been very good. Needed standard BMW cooling stuff at 100k. suspension stuff wears and rattles (not hard to replace). mine has gone through every door handle carrier and window regulator though. I can now replace these in about 20 minutes each. if you have specific questions I am happy to help.

You'll need to log in to post.

Also on Grassroots Motorsports

Autocross: It's a Jeep Thing

12 hours ago in Articles

What’s a yellow Jeep doing on an autocross course?

GRM Live on Wednesday, June 28: The Science Behind Fasteners

15 hours ago in News

They hold all of your work together, but do you know when to use each type of fastener?

Tech Tips: 2005-'14 Ford Mustang GT

15 hours ago in Articles

Want to learn some speed tricks for the S197 Ford Mustang GT? We brought in an expert.

Removing Clear Bra From Project Rallycross Focus

16 hours ago in Project Cars

Our latest to-do item was motivated by self-respect rather than speed.

2017 Ram 1500 Night Edition Crew Cab

16 hours ago in New Car Reviews

Half-ton trucks are just getting bigger and bigger, aren't they. This Ram 150, dubbed "Night Edition," is really an optioned-out ...

Get Your Subscription Combo Deals!

17 hours ago in News

Get both our magazines for the price of one!

Action Cam Guide

1 day ago in Articles

Capture your on-track memories with today’s latest and greatest

Reader's Ride of the Week: Troyer Modified Hillclimber

1 day ago in News

It's a circle track car that's been convinced to turn left and right, and go up hills.

You Need This: Track-Ready 1991 Mazda Miata for $5500

1 day ago in News

What’s better than a Miata? How about a Miata that’s ready for the track?

MX-5 Cup Racing: Live on Your Screen This Friday and Saturday

4 days ago in News

Catch all the action of the Global MX-5 Cup race at Road America live this weekend.

How to Run Compressed Air at Home

4 days ago in Articles

A guide for installing an air compressor and air tools in your home garage.

2017 Volkswagen Golf SportWagen TSI 4Motion

4 days ago in New Car Reviews

Say hello to the Volkswagen Golf SportWagen TSI S with 4Motion. It comes with a turbocharged 1.8-liter engine that is ...


Grassroots Motorsports Magazine

Subscribe Today

Also get your instant access to the digital edition of Grassroots Motorsports Magazine!

Learn More