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BMW X5, SUV
#1496 of 2564 Re: 2011 improvements? [1lotlizard]
May 06, 2010 (5:22 pm)
There will be zero drive train changes for the 2011 X5 diesel. It has the same engine and the same 6 speed transmission. The diesel also does not get the other mechanical enhancements that were applied to the gas engine X5s, like the new alternator, brake regeneration, etc. The diesel only gets the exterior style changes. This is well documented in BMW's press release.
Also, the iPhone isn't normally connected in the glove box. If you see that, you're looking at an after-market connection installed by a dealer because that vehicle was ordered without the iPod integration option. You don't want that after-market connection because it won't work right with the iDrive. Phones connect to the X5 via blue tooth or an interface in the compartment under the arm rest. (That vehicle you were looking at was probably a 2010 model or earlier and probably also didn't have navigation or many options.)
If that fan was noisy, there was something wrong with it. My X5's ventilation is very quiet and the vehicle has been completely trouble free.
The new 4.0d engine with 8 speed transmission is only available in Europe for now. It hasn't yet passed emissions testing to allow sale in all 50 states. The 4.0d produces 304 hp and 442 lb ft of torque vs 265 hp and 425 lb ft of torque in the current 3.5d.
But... keeping the same the diesel drive train is not a bad thing and shouldn't discourage you from considering it. The diesel is an excellent vehicle. I have put over 15,000 miles on a diesel X5 and I love it.
#1497 of 2564 Re: Right time to buy a X5 [anon3]
May 06, 2010 (5:27 pm)
Update... the volcano delay is now down to 3 weeks (from 4 weeks of delay) and will possibly be further reduced.
#1498 of 2564 Re: Right time to buy a X5 [anon3]
May 06, 2010 (6:06 pm)
I never posted that 'they assemble vehicles one part at a time' or that they let a vehicle sit without an engine or transmission.
I recall seeing a post elsewhere, when otherwise completed X5's were delayed, awaiting "release to the carrier" when the topdown camera part was getting (and still are) scarce.
My intent was to express frustration with the serindipitous volcano three day delay excuses causes weeks of delay as well as the fact that a part (not the engine or transmission) would not necessarily hold up production of the entire vehicle for four weeks.
I understand that the engines/trannies are deutche made though I cannot brag about my personal assembly line visits ( I aspire to such and a BMW track day or two).
#1499 of 2564 Re: Right time to buy a X5 [00boxsters]
May 09, 2010 (2:00 pm)
This is what you posted: "I also understand (from a BMW focused site) that production does not stop in S.C. for BMW when a part is not available. They produce the vehicle and just have it sit there awaiting the part."
I was responding to the misinformation that you you were spreading in your post. Although you didn't originate the information and you attributed it to another site, you were passing along information that is completely wrong. The rest of my post just explanation of the production process to demonstrate why that information is wrong.
#1500 of 2564 Re: Right time to buy a X5 [anon3]
May 09, 2010 (2:16 pm)
You left out this more detailed information in my previous post:
"I recall seeing a post elsewhere, when otherwise completed X5's were delayed, awaiting "release to the carrier" when the topdown camera part was getting (and still are) scarce. "
This makes more sense to me and I will stand by it. I suspect the readers here will see what we both posted and understand for themselves.
#1501 of 2564 2011 X5 34d Pricing
May 14, 2010 (10:03 pm)
I have a quote from amex zag network for a 2011 x5d for $56,080.
This includes technology, third row seating, rear seat entertainment and premium package apart from small things.
Not sure if this is the right price. Also, there are no incentives for the 2011 Diesel. When I customize a 2010 X5d, I do see the BMW incentives (apart from federal incentives)
Do you think this is a good price?
Thanks in advance.
#1502 of 2564 Re: 2011 X5 34d Pricing [sjthomas]
May 15, 2010 (2:49 am)
Get the 2011 dealer invoice cost numbers for the base X5d and each of the options you picked. If that cost is about $1000 from your cost then its a good deal. I believe there is an eco credit of $4500 still in effect off of the bottom line... Call AMEX and confirm. Good luck!
#1503 of 2564 2011 X5 Seatbelt Problems?
May 18, 2010 (2:04 pm)
Does anyone know what the story is with the new X5 seatbelt issue? I heard they are delaying again due to replacing the seatbelts.
#1504 of 2564 2011 x5 Fantastic Car
May 20, 2010 (2:16 pm)
I just got the 2011 X5 35i. Its sweet. Sitting in my driveway but not for long. I thought all the new X5's came with the new steering wheel design? I forgot to ask the dealer, too much going on. Car is fast. WOW! Tech, c/w pack, sat rad., really nice. Looking forward to the whole driving experience.
#1505 of 2564 Re: 2011 x5 Fantastic Car [mtnbiker5]
May 20, 2010 (3:19 pm)
Congrats and enjoy. Let us know what kind of mileage you are getting...