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Date registered: Jul 2008
Vehicle: 2011 GL550, 2011 G55 AMG, 2011 Range Rover Supercharged
Location: Woodland Hills, CA
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Wow...this subject has been beaten to death! Since I have owned 4 X5's and 3 ML's...there are benefits and negatives to both vehicles.
The X5 generally handles better, but the ML (all engine variants, including AMG) is more comfortable. I personally feel that BMW brakes are the best, although the ML brakes are not bad at all.
Up until 2007, I would without a doubt, say the BMW X5 was more reliable than the ML. Since the debut of the new model (E70) X5 in 2007, the X5 has had it's fair share of electrical and transmission issues (far greater than the ML).
Air conditioning, radio equipment, transmission, most electronics and software based features in the ML is MUCH, MUCH better than in the X5. Not saying the ML is glitch free, but after 4 X5's and 3 ML's....the BMW can be full of glitches and super annoying sanfus!
While both the X5 and ML received basically identical safety ratings, the X5 does feel heavier, and more solid. Not saying the ML is not solid, but the X5 does feel more tank like & the seating position is higher in the X5, than in the ML (I love sitting up high, it's great to see ahead and in traffic).
Would I trade my W164 for a new X5? Probably not, but I would have no problem one day, in the near future returning to BMW. I think prices for both vehicles are competitive, but it is awesome knowing that EVERY service and ALL maintenance for the BMW is free for 4 years / 50k miles...including brakes, rotors, wipers, bulbs, hoses, belts! Total piece of financial mind!!