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      12-20-2010, 12:43 PM   #1
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Couldn't Do it...Couldn't Leave BMW...

So…

I was all set to go pick up a Range Rover Sport HSE Luxury on Friday morning to replace the totaled X5. But on Wednesday night I kept having second thoughts…

Why would I risk putting my 16 month old son in something other than a BMW? I knew the X5 likely saved my life and I loved it…

So…on Thursday I called several dealers and put a deposit on a Space Grey 2011 X5 3.5 to pick up the next day. Nicely optioned…nappa leather, leather dash, premium, convenience….

When I arrived at the dealer I saw my car waiting for me…and another Space Gray X5 right next to it. I looked at the sticker on that one…and it had:

PREMIUM PACKAGE
CONVENIENCE PACKAGE
COLD WEATHER PACKAGE
TECH PACKAGE
PREMIUM SOUND PACKAGE
CARGO COVER
COMFORT ACCESS
ADAPTIVE DRIVE****
LEATHER DASH
HEAD UP DISPLAY
MULTI CONTOUR SEATS
ROOF RAILS
REAR CLIMATE PACKAGE
HEATED REAR SEATS
AUTO HIGH BEAMS
SMART PHONE INTEGRATION
COMBOX
RUNNING BOARDS…

Basically, a loaded car…except this one was an X5 35d…the Diesel variant. So I asked my salesperson if I could drive it.

WOW…it was a beast. Felt like I lost nothing off the line from the X5 4.8 I was coming out of.

From a price standpoint…the sticker was an extra 10k, but I got the following rebates:

$2500 Holiday Cash
$1500 Voucher for participating in BMW Accident Research Program
$3500 off for the Diesel
$1800 Tax Credit
$1000 BMW CCA Membership Rewards program

With a lease based on 500 over invoice…it came out about even.

Now…first impression after driving it for one weekend:

Pro’s:
• The Diesel is a beast. Feels as Torquey as the old 4.8
• I never thought I’d like the drive of any SUV better than my old X5…but the “Adaptive Drive” completely changes the ride. No lean…muted bumps…it’s like driving a 3 series. I’d never again get an X5 without Adaptive Drive
• Love the Premium Sound and head-up display
• New I-Drive and NAV is a HUGE improvement over the awful old version
• 600 miles on tank of gas…is just awesome
• Auto High Beams is great out in the country

Negatives:

• Sounds like a paddle boat when idling
• Ugly 18 inch Wheels
• The diesel gas pumps all stink…I had to buy gloves
• I have a small scratch from the douches in my garage so I now need touch paint(I live in Manhattan, comes with the Territory)
• Can’t figure out how to setup mobile office with my blackberry
• Wasn’t impressed with the Nevada Leather last time, and im still not…

Thanks for the advice guys…I could not be happier…
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      12-20-2010, 12:49 PM   #2
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      12-20-2010, 01:00 PM   #3
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Congrats! I just got myself a 335D and I agree with the idling sound. Also, I drove past 5-6 gas stations that I used to fill up at to find out that none of them carry diesel. Oh well...

But the torque and fuel economy are worth it in my eyes.
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      12-20-2010, 04:04 PM   #4
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Great pickup (pun?)

How's the real world mpg? I love my 335D.
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      12-20-2010, 05:14 PM   #5
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      12-20-2010, 05:36 PM   #6
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Yeah, love those diesels.........so ridiculously clean burning, great gas mileage, and torque you need for everyday driving, especially in a truck. Would never buy a X5 without one....

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      12-20-2010, 06:04 PM   #7
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thats a lot of rebates. congrats
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Really good choice, Ranges are nice but terribly unreliable. I think you'll really enjoy the X5 diesel, especially on long road trips, those things eat up highway miles om nom nom.

We had a Mercedes E320 CDI and loved it. Just don't forget to put diesel not unleaded!


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