2003 BMW X5 3.0 Manual

Ever since seeing Clive Owen pilot an X5 with a manual transmission through the jungle, I’ve wanted one. Of course, I find the concept of any 4×4 truck or SUV equipped with a stick to be quite appealing, and even moreso when its primary function is that of a luxury vehicle. The X5 with a stick is akin to finding out that bacon is now used as a topping on ice cream Sundaes: I wasn’t necessarily looking for it, but now that I know it exists, I wonder how we lived without it for so many years.

I’ve always felt the first-generation X5 was among the most handsome SUVs ever created, and it still carries itself well all these years later. 2003 wasn’t that long ago in retrospect, but what a different landscape! The manual transmission is all but extinct, inline sixes have given away to turbocharged four-bangers, and burly SUVs are more likely to come with heated cupholders than a row-it-yourself option. It’s a shame, because it exemplifies BMW’s once-irrefutable reputation for building great driver’s vehicles in every form, while today it is committed to being the latest fashion accessory.

Year: 2003
Model: X5
Engine: 3.0 liter inline-6
Transmission: 5-speed manual
Mileage: 78,664 mi
Price: $11,850 Buy It Now

CLICK FOR DETAILS: 2003 BMW X5 3.0 on eBay

This 2003 BMW X5 3.0i is the perfect SUV for those seeking a vehicle that can take on the rigors of everyday driving. This particular model is equipped the Premium package which includes: power tilt/sliding sun/moon roof, wood grain interior trim, leather seats, and a rain sensing wipers. Full time all wheel drive and a 5 speed manual transmission combines to give this 2003 BMW X5 3.0i superb on-road performance absent that is in other SUVs in its segment. This 2003 BMW X5 3.0i is a vehicle that provides the benefits of smaller luxury sedans without sacrificing the convenience of an SUV.

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I commented the other day that the Mercedes-Benz 260E would make a great winter vehicle; I now retract my previous statement. Would love to own this one myself, but in Alpine White of course.


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6 Comments on "2003 BMW X5 3.0 Manual"

  1. Larry says:

    Jeff, it appears the seller description shown is from the Mercedes Benz 260E from the other day.

  2. Larry says:

    Actually, this manual X5 seems to be as much the unicorn as the recently featured manual Passat W8 Variant – at least in the US market. I’m not a big fan of mainstream SUVs, but I could see having some fun with this.

    Unfortunately, it’s the answer to a question very, very few typical US SUV buyers ask. It’s also unfortunate that so few manufacturers still offer manuals, and when they do, it’s typically only on their respective models’ lowest trim levels. Something as big and heavy as this X5 could use at least the twin-turbo I-6, or even better, one of the V8s offered.

  3. Lawrence says:

    This is my first comment here on GCFSB and I had to post because I have This EXACT car. 2003 5spd x5 non sport in sienna red metallic. It’s a great bmw with a wonky gear ratio but the car overall is buttery smooth and tight like a proper bimmer. There’s a thread on x5 outposts with the manual owners checking in. There aren’t a lot out there. A few hundred in the world tops if I recall. I took mine to a bmwcca car control clinic and it was a blast to do in the SUV.

  4. wes says:

    Niice. Just set some 5k for the supercharger kit. And consider it done. And maybe drop it an inch.

  5. Jeff says:

    Hey all – thanks for the heads-up on the link, it has been fixed.

    This is such a neat truck. I don’t know why the manual trans makes such a difference for me, but it does. Also, the first generation of the X5 was the best-looking, in my opinion.

  6. Carter says:

    My wife and I recently went to test drive a 2014 X1; we were initially interested specifically because you could get the 2.0 turbo in 6-speed manual rear-wheel drive form….”could” being the operative word, because it was an option for 2013 and is gone for 2014 already. While the ZF 8-speed is impressive, I think the 6-speed manual will become a bit of a cult car, like these manual X5s.