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BMW X5, SUV
Oct 23, 2003 (9:23 am)
I am thinking about getting the new X5 but, I am confused as to what features are worth the $
So far I have:
1. Is the Navigation System worth getting? I can configure it to play DVD's?
2. If I do get the Navi I have to opt for a 6-CD changer. Is Nakamichi better than Alpine?
3. What are the standard set of rims you get with X5 4.4 I have been unable to locate the pics.
4. I do want a Overhead DVD but BMW sells this for 2500 I can get one a SONY one for 900. Would there be any issues configuring this?
This is my first car and its a beemer so I am excited yet confused HELP !!!
#1064 of 1508 FIRST CAR...........
Oct 23, 2003 (11:32 am)
dude this is your first car and you're getting a brand new 4.4!!!!!!! WOW...must be nice.
Regarding the options, the xenon headlights are a MUST. 90% more light.
I love the DVD based nav and at the price point that you're at, I wouldn't do without it. It's fast, detailed and very reasonably priced.
Don't mix after market electronics with any BMW factory equipment. Besides the BMW components will be covered under the full factory warranty and if you have a problem with it you can bring it back to your center and they'll take care of it.
happy motoring from a jealous 'bimmer guy
#1065 of 1508 2004 4.4 BMW X5
Oct 23, 2003 (12:02 pm)
I believe Xenons are standard equipment on the 2004 X5 4.4.
Go with the Navigation System. Nice toy.
Forget the Premium Sound, it upgrades a substandard sound system to just barely adequate in my opinion. Your money is better spent on the Comfort Seats.
The standard 4.4 rims are the style 74 star spoke alloys, I hope. I was researching a 2004 X5 4.4 with Premium, Sport, Rear Climate packages, and Navigation for my wife.
It between that and a similarly equipped 2004 Cayenne S. Factors I'm considering: dealer discounts, resale value, cost of ownership (primarily maintenance).
new beemer, 1) have you shopped around for prices?
2) researched X5 quality issues?
I haven't heard of any major problems with the X5's since late 2002. Anyone hear of on-going problems with X5's?
Oct 23, 2003 (4:51 pm)
Thanks for the replies. I havent' been able to find out what are the standard set of wheels on the 4.4 X5 (I know it comes with the all weather tires). BMW.com has a catalogue with showing some wheels but am not sure if its the european or the US model.
I haven't really heard anything bad about the 2004. It seems like major issues were with the previous year models (mainly 2000-02). So far the reviews have been positive for 2004.
Dealers have been stringy on prices from what I heard its because the they get only a fixed amount of 4.4's (2-3 a dealer) plus its winter time.
I am thinking about going with the Navigation plus the 6-CD changer & chrome tips.
Still thinking about the Sports Package.
Oct 25, 2003 (1:06 pm)
I have one on order. I got
I plan to install 2 screens in the headrests and get a 6-DVD changer installed in the back, which can also play CDs and MP3s.
Xenons are standard on 4.4
The standard rims are 18" on 4.4 (unless you get sport package)
Sport package gives a harsher ride.
#1068 of 1508 New X5, I'd add ... PDC, aka
Oct 27, 2003 (8:26 am)
Park Distance Control. Wife's X5 has it and we spent the weekend going in and out a parking garage and it is GREAT. Also good at spotting neighbor kids and our kid's toys.
We drove 1300 miles in the X5 this weekend, seeing lots of rain. It was great to drive this rig. I'd like a tad more space, but this thing eats up the miles.
We put a 9" TV/DVD on the console ($199 Toshiba at Best Buy) and it helped keep the 3 and 6 year old entertained. I thought about the $2000+ BMW system, but didn't have time to get it installed. We will only use the DVD 3 or 4 times a year, so we're staying with the $200 special. 'Course, if you're keeping up with the Jones's, this won't cut it.
Oct 28, 2003 (1:11 pm)
Please elaborate on the 9" TV/DVD. Is it a portable DVD player with a TV? I'm not upto speed on current consumer electronics and would like to avoid getting sucked into a $2000+ DVD player option from BMW. For $199, it appears to be the smart way to go.
#1071 of 1508 Steve_HOST Link?
Oct 29, 2003 (2:11 am)
That link did not work for me. I'm assuming it is the Edmund's First Drive of the X3 that can be found on the Edmunds Home page?
#1072 of 1508 Art44, it's just a 9", tube type TV with built in DVD
Oct 29, 2003 (6:03 am)
that I bought from Best Buy. It's in their regular TV section. CC and WM, etc. have them as well. I went with BB because I prefer the Toshiba brand over the competitors. The key is making sure it fits the console and that the unit has a 12v adaptor. From my experience, most 9" TVs do have 12v adaptors. Downside, it's big. Upside, it's cheap and won't be used for everyday, just for vacation trips.
We added a pair of headphones (at $8 each) and a $5 splitter to take one output to the 2 headphones and we were good to go. Added an 48" bungee cord from Lowe's to tie down. They had a heavy duty cord with plastic coated ends vs. the metal ends.
BB also had a 12" AudioVox unit in their car stereo section for $800 that was very nice and much lighter and included cordless headphones. Its downside was that the external speakers were detachable and looked like something waiting to be mis-placed. We decided to go the cheap route in case we didn't like it. Rather waste $200 than $800.
BTW, the unit was flawless and earned its keep.