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You are in the BMW X3 & X5
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BMW X5, SUV
May 12, 2002 (10:56 am)
Those lease figures sound sort of high. That is too much to spend on an X5 (or any reasonably priced car for that matter)
If this is, in fact, the best deal you can find, it may be because X5's are at a premium right now. So, you might want to consider going less on the options, and perhaps look into the multiple security deposits program from BMW. Another option is to wait and order an '03. My dealer told me that lease deals are better at the beginning of the model year (probably b/c residuals are higher, while M/F's stay somewhat the same).
I leased an '02 X5 in Feb (using Dec. lease numbers). Here is what I got:
36 mos. 10,000 miles per year
Cold weather Pkg
$479/month (including tax)
$2000 Total out of pocket
Residual - 66%
Money Factor - .0015
Based on my X5 experience during and after purchase, I will be ordering a 2003 330xi at the end of next month. These cars are DEFINITELY worth leasing, but, as I said, not for over $600 per month.
Not sure where you are from. I got my deal from Prestige BMW in Northern NJ.
#637 of 1508 X5 sport package
May 12, 2002 (11:30 pm)
Anyone want to share about their experience with their sport package? I am debating whether I want to get it or not. I like the wheels.
May 13, 2002 (9:16 am)
I spoke to a BMW project manager from Munich on assignment at plant 10 (Spartanburg, SC) last week. He told me that the plans for the X7 are "sitting in the drawer" and won't be used because of safety concerns. He also told me the new 5 series would have iDrive (like the 7 series). On Saturday, I recieved the May 13th AutoWeek that confirmed this. His info seems reliable.
#642 of 1508 iDrive being simplified
May 14, 2002 (5:23 am)
The BMW project manager I spoke with said the the iDrive is being simplified. He has about 8-9 months driving experience with the 7 series iDrive and is extremely pleased with it. He stated that other than automotive journalist's frustration with the learning curve, the feedback is positive.
As for me and my house, I dunno.
#643 of 1508 sport or no sport?
May 18, 2002 (8:00 pm)
i know this is a personal choice. would you share why you would or would not choose the sport package? any opinion is appreciated.
#644 of 1508 Definitely No Sport
May 18, 2002 (8:35 pm)
According to the review article on Car and Driver, the sport package will give you a bone-jarring ride. It was on an early 2000 issue. Maybe you can still dig out the article from caranddriver.com.
#645 of 1508 re: sport or no sport
May 19, 2002 (9:26 am)
A 4.4 sport is more sports car than SUV. Ideal for the streets of L.A., lots of speed, great handling, but poorly equipped to deal with winter as the tires would have to be replaced with suitable snows. And since there are no snow tires for that rim it'd need another set of wheels as well. A 3.0i sport has 18" mud/snows which are usable in most weather conditions but not true high performance tires.
As for the ride, the sports suspension felt somewhat tighter to me, but even the std. suspension is tighter than the typical lux sedan. It's really the back seat passengers that feel the difference. Looks: sport features clear corners and a dark headliner, along with a sport steering wheel. I thought clear corners were a nice touch until every riced-out civic on the street went clear...at least on the X5 its tastefully done. If the dark headliner works with your color scheme then go for it. For me the decision came down to this: heated steering wheel; sport doesn't have it. Does for your hands what heated seats do for your backside. Again, if it's an LA X5 probably a non-issue. Hope this helps.