I was sick for one but the missus hated them, we then found an X5 and just as we were about to shake the dealers hand guess what pulled up outside????
So, I collared the fella and asked him about it, he loved the car, but told me it had also been a nightmare in terms of upkeep. Something to do with engines made in france. He had major problems.
I asked him if he would have another and his response was, "If I could afford a brand new one I would. With the three year warranty and then I would get rid of it the second the warranty expired"
I went back in the showroom and bought the X5, had it eighteen months and other than a routine service it's great. Fuel economy with our lass back and forward to work is about 25-27mpg, on a run to Scotland last year I got 37mpg. 3.0l Diesel and when I'm waiting for the kids I can watch the TV! Mind you ours is a le mans spec and before you start thinking I have money falling out of my wotnot, it's a 2006, we were looking for ages and fell over it at a Saab dealers, not sure they were aware of the spec as we got it about 3K lower than all the others we had looked at with only 30K on the clock.
We did like the ML and the R series very much but couldn't find one in our price range with the right engine/miles/spec, etc
I would also go drive one, they have a real disconnected feel to them, I could live with it but Kath would have hated that. I have a mate with a Range Rover Overfinch and that IS a different ball game. It's gorgeous, sound system is ace, it goes like stink..........only if you can aford the fuel. Spotted one on pistonheads in the best colour at about £24K last week. It's not where you expect to find it, it's in 'other cars' or 'lucky dip' or something like that. I was tempted