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BMW X5, SUV
#871 of 1507 CD Changer, DSP, And Nav
Mar 22, 2003 (4:43 am)
I just ordered a 2003 3.0 X5, with DSP and nav (with other options). I want to install a CD changer other than the BMW changer for a number of reasons:
1) Cost. There are some others out there which cost less (Alpine CHA-S634)
2) It doesn't play MP3s
I also don't want to install a CD changer that plays through a radio station.
Has anyone been down this road?
What choices do I have?
If I install a different changer, will I still have all of the options to control it through the dash and/or steering wheel controls?
#872 of 1507 mizrock
Mar 22, 2003 (10:03 pm)
Eurobuyers and Circle BMW have the factory changer for $400 and it's a dead easy DIY install. Still won't play MP3s, though.
#873 of 1507 X5 in the snow (pro review)
Mar 30, 2003 (7:51 am)
The latest Rocky Mountain News auto review column reviewed the X5 during Denver's record-breaking snowfall. Reviewer Bud Wells seemed to be as pleased with it's snow performance as I was. I won't cut/paste the article -- the link MIGHT work... http://www.postnewsads.com/budwells/viewarticles.asp
I thought the highlight of the review was Bud's comments regarding the X5 at the ice-driving course outside Vail; the SAME course the discussed in the recent Edmunds review on the Acura: "The X5 drove that course with less slipping and better handling and grip than any of the others. So much so that I suggested to one of the driving school directors that he should park the X5 to avoid direct comparisons with the host product."
#874 of 1507 X5 4.6is - Snow Handling
Mar 31, 2003 (6:41 am)
Does any one have any knowledge or experience as to how does the 4.6is handle in snow or rain condition due to its 20 in tires. I am about to purchase one?. Thanks
#875 of 1507 kurus
Mar 31, 2003 (12:34 pm)
The 20" Michelin Diamaris tires are amazing in the wet, but BMW explicitly warns that they are not designed for winter driving. BMW offers a special set of winter tires+wheels designed to fit over the 14" brake rotors of the 4.6is. I strongly suggest you purchase a set if you plan to do ANY winter driving.
Apr 03, 2003 (6:03 pm)
My fiancee just got her new 3er this past weekend and I, the SUV lover, find myself making excuses so that I have to drive it to work and she lugs my huge Yukon around(which BTW gets avg 11.5mpg). I have planned for my next vehicle to be the X5 but am now reconsidering for a 3er.
My question is: Is the X5 sporty enough that it could satisfy my sports sedan desire and be my SUV at the same time? Anybody else with similar dilemmas/solutions? I am about 12-18 mos from making this purchase as these puppies are a pretty penny. I will enthusiastically save my pennies for a year if this could be my ultimate vehicle!
Apr 05, 2003 (4:38 pm)
Try an Infiniti FX before you buy.
#878 of 1507 Is the X5 sporty enough
Apr 07, 2003 (6:49 am)
Well, it depends. If you're comparing it to a 3 or 5 series with Sport Pack, probably not. If compared to another SUV, or driving Japanese or American iron, yeah, it's sporty.
Coming from another BMW sedan to the X5, I notice the increased height. This sensation melts away after a few miles. But, the way the suspension works is all BMW.
BTW, the added height is often welcome on the interstate when competing with 18 wheelers and monster SUVs.
Sporty, yes, but still a S(U)AV.
Apr 09, 2003 (7:55 pm)
Any chance of a power upgrade for the 3.0 for MY '04, or a bigger engine (3.2 maybe?).
Or maybe the question to be asked should be if the 3.0 NEEDS more power?
#880 of 1507 Is the X5 cargo area really that small?
Apr 10, 2003 (12:47 am)
According to Edmund's, the cargo area is ~ 16 cu ft. For comparison, a CR-V, which is considered a mini-ute, is listed at ~ 33 cu ft. The Infiniti FX, which is much criticized for a small cargo area, is at ~ 27. Heck, even a small wagon like the A4 Avant has ~ 27! And I believe these measurements includes the entire cargo area up to the roof. So if you measure only the area up to the top of the seatback, the X5 might only have ~ 10 - 11 cu ft. Compact cars have bigger trunks than that. Is there a misprint somewhere, or is the X5's cargo area really that small. It would seem too small to hold an average family's luggage and still be able to pull the tonneau cover over it.