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BMW X5, SUV
#879 of 2444 Re: Just ordered 2008 X5 3.0!!! [rezf]
Jun 02, 2008 (9:16 pm)
May I ask for a little more advice?
I currently live in Baltimore, MD but am moving to Honolulu, HI in 30 days. There is only one BMW dealership in Hawaii, and therefore, I'm worried about not getting a reasonable deal if I wait to buy an X5 in Hawaii.
In Maryland, I've started talking with several of the dozen local dealerships. Is it possible for me to place an order with a local dealership but plan to have the X5 delivered in Honolulu, HI? How would this have to work, and would I have to pay any extra fees?
#880 of 2444 Re: Just ordered 2008 X5 3.0!!! [greg75]
Jun 03, 2008 (6:51 am)
I had a friend from Hawaii who was looking for an X5 but the one dealership in town did not want to deal. I put him in touch with the local dealership I buy from in Maryland, and he got a great deal. Unfortunately, the cost of trucking the car to Hawaii would have defeated the purpose of getting a good deal. The "courtesy delivery" is not really an option as most dealers would not want to spend the time to do a vehicle delivery for someone else and not get any $$ from it.
My advice to you is shop locally...you always get the best deal.
If you like, leave me your email and I will forward my sales manager's email and contact info for you to get in touch with. Their prices are always hands down better than the other Maryland dealers
#881 of 2444 Re: Just ordered 2008 X5 3.0!!! [greg75]
by kyfdx HOST
Jun 03, 2008 (9:07 am)
Since the BMW dealership in Hawaii has a captive market, I doubt they'd agree to do a courtesy delivery for another dealer.
I'm not sure you can pull it off, but if you were to do it, you'd be better off shopping for the car in California and having them ship it to the island..the shipping charges would be much less from there. If you can save $3000 or so, then it might pay off..
But, who knows what kind of service you'd get from the Hawaii dealer after that? I think trying to get the best deal you can from them would be the way to go.. Let them know you are considering other makes.. They might not have any BMW competition, but they've got competition from other makes..
Also.. the most important question... How do I get to move to Hawaii?
#882 of 2444 option credit
Jun 05, 2008 (12:45 pm)
I just contacted my dealer and asked about the option credit after depositing $500 last month on my ordered X5 3.0. They just called back and gave me the full $2500. I pick it up the weekend.
#883 of 2444 Re: option credit [bmw_x5]
Jun 11, 2008 (12:59 pm)
do you mind letting me know the dealer name and location. I am looking at a 2008 X5 but my dealer in NM says he does not know anything about it!
#884 of 2444 Re: option credit [osheasf]
Jun 12, 2008 (6:53 am)
New Country BMW in Hartford, Conn
Jun 14, 2008 (7:39 am)
or do you think they will take $47,600?
36 months lease
2008 3.0 X5
Negotiated price $49,995.00
$5,000.00 Total down
12,000 miles per year
$717.91 + tax
I live in CA.
I have run the numbers on the Edmunds lease calculator and came out with a lower payment. Any advice on why?
#886 of 2444 Is sport package worth it?
Jun 20, 2008 (8:12 am)
Is the sport package worth the price? I'm going to get an X5 with premium and tech, but I'm undecided on the sport package. How much different is the handling?
#887 of 2444 Re: Is sport package worth it? [coryhoehn10]
Jun 21, 2008 (5:55 am)
It depends on how you like to drive. The base X5 will have a little more lean in corners and you will notice more bounce over undulating pavement. The sport package tires will be lower profile and the suspension is slightly firmer, so you'll have better control and a better sense of connectedness with the road. Many people are concerned about a harsh ride with the sport package (intrusive impacts and kicks over broken pavement) but I never found the current X5's sport package to be harsh. The sport package in the current X5 includes active suspension (electronic damping control) which yields better control without an excessively harsh ride. Even with the sport package's all season performance tires (don't get 20" performance wheels if you plan to drive in heavy snow), the X5 is very quiet and you will not have to worry about excessive road noise from the tires.
The other thing to consider is that the sport package can include the 20-way comfort seats instead of the sport seats at no additional cost. The comfort seats are absolutely worthwhile (IMO), although they can be ordered as a stand alone item without the sport package.
Keep in mind that this is a heavy vehicle. The sport package controls that weight better in spirited driving.
If you like "spirited driving" or like to have a little fun occassionally in curves and around corners, the sport package might be a good fit. And if you combine the comfort seats with the sport package, it's not a bad value. But if you just want to cruise down the highway in a straight line and enjoy a comfortable ride, then it might not be worth $3,700.
I have always ordered the sport package with my BMWs and I could never go back to the base suspension. The additional bounce / lean and reduction in control around corners drives me nuts. The base model is still a BMW and handling is very competent, but why buy a BMW if you're not going to maximize BMW's trademark handling?
Overall, BMW did a good job with the sport package in the X5 in the sense that it yields better control without much trade off in ride quality.
#888 of 2444 Buying a new X5
Jun 22, 2008 (9:21 am)
Hi, I just got a quote from a dealer
telling me an X5 for a MSRP of $55925 for $48320!
savings of 7605 dollars.
Does that sound too good to be true?