I purchased the new X5 4.8i in August 2007 to replace my beloved 2001 X5 4.4i which was totaled in a rear end collision (The young lady never hit the brakes - only the back of my X5 at 45 mph) So I ordered my new baby in June and took delivery in August and the problems began: 1. Blower Motor - the air conditioning blower motor started making a noise similar to putting baseball cards in your bicycle spokes as a child and then all together stopped working with in 10 days of purchase. As of today 3/10 - sounds like the blower motor is starting to go again! 2. i-drive - I'm probably one of the few people you will ever read about that loves the i-drive system. It's so easy to use, that when I drive my 330 cic, I forget how things work. BUT - the i-drive does have it's issues. With in a month of delivery, the i-drive committed suicide, it simple stopped working - no phone, no radio, no back up camera - nothing but a big black blank screen. Then it started working again, but only partially and then with random junk all over the screen. It took my local BMW dealership 3 weeks to repair the system - which ultimately lead to a whole new install of the system. 3. Start Stop Button - over time the button has started to stick and not release from its start position. When it does release there is a very loud POP noise. When it doesn't release the car try to turn itself off and on. 4. Broken vent controls - 2 out of the 4 front vents were broken and would not adjust the direction of the air. 5. ipod connectivity - So I paid extra to be able to use my ipod through the radio controls and idrive. Thought it would be a great idea, since my previous car had a work around through the cd changer port - that worked wonderfully and very fast. The installed device from BMW is cumbersome at best. If you are like me and have thousands of songs on your ipod good luck getting to them all. Mine are organized alphabetically - play list and artist. I have been unable to get past playlists in the B portion of my play lists. And the idrive wheel is VERY, VERY slow to scroll through all your songs. Personally if I had known I would have opted for the previous install I had done using the ice lync system. 6. Tow Hitch - when the dealer told me how much the hitch was I about fell out of my chair - $1500 for a freaking hitch. So I took the car to my look hitch installer and they wouldn't install the hitch. Apparently the spoiler on the back comes below the frame, so you have to cut the spoiler to install the hitch correctly. So back to the dealership on that one. My last X, I had it done for $200 at the hitch shop - we only use it for our bike carrier - not like we are pulling horses. Things I love about the new X5 4.8i 1. Runs like a scalded dog - You really will be slammed back into your seat when you push the pedal to the floor. And you can easily cruise over 100mph with out even noticing it. 2. FINALLY CARGO ROOM 3. Love the new Glove Box - only wish it locked 4. Love the new Armrest, but I do miss the extra compartment the last X5 had in the armrest for pens. But now you can store your wife's toy dog in there - so that's a plus. 5. Comfort Seats RULE 6. Car looks great - very aggressive- with Running Boards and the 20inch tires 7. Interior is GOURGOUS - well laid out - though standard leather feels cheap, definitely upgrade 8. Key Less Entry - thought it was a gimmicky item, but truly love not having to find my key when my hands are full. If you select the option, ask for a discount - they sell the same thing on the 3 series for ÃƒÆ’Ã†â€™ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã…Â¡ÃƒÆ’Ã¢â‚¬Å¡Ãƒâ€šÃ‚Â½ the price. 9. Rear view camera - don't buy this car with out the camera and parking sensors - very handy - even at night you can see pretty well behind the car. 10. Locking storage compartment in the cargo bay - great idea. 11. Love that the cup holders will accommodate a liter size water bottle and the location couldn't be better. 12. New Joy stick shifter is really a fun toy and very comfortable to use. 13. idrive and the center screen. idrive is very easy to use - honestly the only mistake BMW made was launching the idrive in the 7 series - demographically it was the wrong crowd to push this technology on. The split screen is great - nav is always up and running on one side and your other functions are at hand in the main screen. a. idrive also allows you to control things that you never could control before - best example is the seat heaters - you can adjust the heat up and down in the cushions to apply more heat in one area then another. Where did it go from the last X5 1. The old car had great big heavy doors - sounded solid when you closed them. The new doors sound like they came off a cheap Honda - very tinny hollow sounding. 2. Why did you move the cup holders from under the center consol to the head rest of the center seat? 3 backseat passengers get to hold their drinks. 3. Sunglass Holder - please bring it back Just a Beachbums opinion.