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#1417 of 1507 Re: freddybb by ms09 [ms09] [anon3]
Mar 15, 2007 (7:55 pm)
Actually anon3, I (freddybb) did not write that comment about the orange color of the instrument clusters in BMWs. That was written by ms09 in response to my earlier post. I agree with you about the visibility of the orange color and I actually very much like it in both my 2006 530xi and my wife's 2007 X5.
We have now put about 2500 miles on our 2007 X5 and, barring the problems that I have already written about, it is a dream vehicle. Drives incredibly well, corners "like it is on rails" (we have the Sport Package with the Adaptive Stabilization), is very well laid out inside, and is incredible to look at. I would most certainly buy it again over the Lexus (no personality, too soft a ride, bland design, ...) and Porsche Cayenne (man, what an ugly car!).
I also have to say (knocking on wood as I write this!) that after the initial spate of issues with my 2006 530xi, it has had absolutely no problems and is a total joy to own and drive. This leads me to believe that after BMW debugs the start-up issues with new models things tend to get a lot better. At least I hope I am correct about this and don't regret this conclusion!
#1418 of 1507 Re: freddybb]byfreddybb/ by ms09 [ms09] [anon3]
Mar 16, 2007 (3:48 pm)
thanks for the reply , i had no idea that orange lights were easiest to see. scientific studies show color of light to be easiest for human eye,?something new for me anyway thanks, (and freddybb)hey i saw ur messages that cayenne is a (ugly car)but not every1 says its ugly including me.
#1419 of 1507 Gross vehicle weight rating
Mar 16, 2007 (7:20 pm)
What is the gvwr for the 2007 X5 3.0si? Some sites lists it as 6,327 lbs, while others (carsdirect, yahoo auto) lists it as 5963 lbs. I cannot find it on the official bmw site. Thanks.
#1420 of 1507 Re: freddybb]byfreddybb/ by ms09 [ms09] [anon3] [ms09]
Mar 16, 2007 (10:14 pm)
scientific studies show color of light to be easiest for human eye
I don't think it's quite that simple but, if anyone is interested, this article is ... well ... illuminating.
SUVs and Smart Shopper
#1421 of 1507 Re: freddybb]byfreddybb/ by [tidester]
Mar 19, 2007 (10:37 am)
It is quite that simple: the color choice wasn't a style choice; it was purposefully selected. The point is that BMW studied how light color affects the human eye when it refocuses between an instrument cluster (near object, relatively bright) and the road (distant object, relatively dark) during night driving and in conditions of driver eye fatigue. They picked the color that produces least stress on the eye when looking between the road and the instrument cluster. These nuances are important at autobahn speeds (driving over 100mph on a dark highway for example), which is what these vehicles are designed for.
I just don't think most people are aware of the depth of experience that goes into even the seemingly simple features of a vehicle. Buy a European performance vehicle and you get the advantage of decades of cumulative performance engineering experience in every facet of the vehicle.
The Japanese manufacturers only recently started focusing on performance engineering in their main-stream vehicles. So they copy as much as possible from the Europeans in an attempt to catch up. (Toyota rips apart and studies a dozen BMWs each year to figure out how they were designed. I have seen those vehicles out in a storage yard after they were dissected.) But something is always lost in the translation.
#1423 of 1507 Re: Brand New 2007 X5 Honeymoon Is Over! [freddybb]
Mar 20, 2007 (1:15 pm)
We too have a new X5. I am just wondering what your problems were.?? I was driving down the interstate and the vehicle died. Then it wouldn't restart. Tried about 10 different times as I waited an hour for the tow truck. Had to get it towed to the dealership. Now it is up and running again but the dealership can't find the problem. I certainly don't want to be stranded on the roadside again. Is my problem similar to yours?
#1424 of 1507 Re: Brand New 2007 X5 Honeymoon Is Over! [rfight]
Mar 20, 2007 (1:28 pm)
Thankfully I have not had any problem as severe as yours (the car dying on the road), Mine were mostly electrical and software issues, including hunting at idle with a warm engine, the 6-button control panel flashing on and off, the BRAKE (not PARK) light coming on erroneously, etc.
#1425 of 1507 Re: Brand New 2007 X5 Honeymoon Is Over! [freddybb]
Mar 20, 2007 (1:36 pm)
Thanks for the fast response. I'll post again when they tell me what the problem is.
#1426 of 1507 Re: Brand New 2007 X5 Honeymoon Is Over! [rfight]
Mar 20, 2007 (4:45 pm)
well very strange second x5 now i read,had problems and brand new,,,