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#57 of 111 My new BMW X5 35D
Jul 24, 2009 (7:02 am)
Two weeks ago I traded my 2006 Mercedes Benz ML500 for a 2009 BMW X5 diesel with the Premium Package, the Sport Package, Third Row Seats, heated front seats, and Satellite radio. After 500 miles I am getting just over 20 mpg around town, but haven't had it out on the road yet.
I have started a journal about the good, the bad, and the ugly of this vehicle, and am comparing features with my ML500.
So far, more good than bad, but the iDrive is certainly hard to learn.
#58 of 111 Re: My new BMW X5 35D [palmharbor]
Jul 31, 2009 (10:02 am)
When you bought/leased the 2009 X5 Diesel, were you aware of the $1,800 tax credit? That certainly will help off-set the fuel costs.
For comparison purposes, one of my previous X5's was a 4.8i V-8. Around town, that vehicle got about 16 mpg in pure city driving. Combined highway/city driving mpg was about 19 mpg. So 20 mpg driving around town is a significant improvement over the V-8.
#59 of 111 X5 diesel in COLD weather
Aug 07, 2009 (7:03 am)
Does anyone have any concerns/bad events with the diesels in cold weather? I ask this because I am interested in them but will be moving up to Green bay in November. Thanks
#60 of 111 Re: X5 diesel in COLD weather [westindian]
Aug 07, 2009 (7:56 am)
My family have had diesels up in Syracuse for years. None of the post-Y2K diesels really had any trouble with them starting or running due to cold weather.
When I test-drove a 335d it was in single-digit weather. Ran like a champ.
By comparison, my Subaru with its turbo petrol engine was running like garbage that day.
I've owned both turbo gas/diesel and have found the diesels actually to be less finicky due to weather (or at least less noticable). Sure their peak torque will be down due to weather sometimes, but its still more torque than you can shake a stick at, so whatever performance loss is imperceptible, IMO.
The old International and Cummins (pre-1990) were hard to start without ether injection. That was the real down-side. Haven't had any problems in the last decade.
Nov 16, 2009 (12:35 pm)
Every so often, and not when I am doing anything in particular, I will hear four loud beeps, but the vehicle runs fine and there are no warning lights. Any ideas?
#62 of 111 How to lock glove compartment
Nov 19, 2009 (5:44 pm)
Is it possible that there is no way to lock either the glove compartment or the center console in a 2009 BMW X5? I can't find an obvious lock, and the owners manual is silent.
#63 of 111 Re: 4 Beeps [palmharbor]
Nov 19, 2009 (5:46 pm)
An update - After several emails with my salesman, we discovered that the hour reminder was set in the iDrive window where time can be changed.
#64 of 111 Re: How to lock glove compartment [palmharbor]
Nov 21, 2009 (4:30 am)
if it is the same as my new 2010, then you are correct. there is a lockable compartment in the rear. you can lock stuff in there and then give the valet the remote without the key.
#65 of 111 Re: sunroof and urea [gagrice]
Jan 28, 2010 (10:22 am)
Which case the Urea tank is the least of your worries given it goes 11000 miles before a fill up - and its like your window washer fluid you can top it off at any time. Then there is the simple aspect of the car giving you a warning light long before it runs dry - and even then it will start X number of times on a dry tank before shutting down totally.
Now regarding getting stranded - ever try to locate a run flat tire after you shred one?
Good friend shredded a 3series run flat last year in of all places San Francisco. Her car was put out of commission for 4 days because they could not locate a tire for the car.
When it comes to any BMW you'll want to pack along a true spare tire if you plan on taking any road trips. When it comes to the MB CDI SUV's same deal you'll want to pack a full size spare given they too are running run flats.
By the way in India they sell the MB ML CDI with 17inch rims proper SUV tires and they have a standard spare tire mounted on a factory rack on the back of the truck. Seems only in the US we are sold 50-60-70K SUV vehicles with improper tires.
The MB GL 320 CDI is at the top of my list as a replacement for my 1993 landcruiser. Granted the GL does not have low range 4wd I don't need that. Though what I will be doing when I pick one up is replacing the CRAP tires and 18 inch wheels with proper 16-or 17inch wheels and SUV tires. I will then have a proper tire carrier fabricated for the back so I can tote a proper spare tire.
I too take my SUV places where AAA Towing and run flat tires are not going to be found.
I run BFG T/A KO's on the Landcruiser by far the most amazing SUV/truck tire you could ever put on a truck. Great performance on road - they are built for the job and they last! Vs the soft squishy scaled up car tires that MB and BMW sell their SUV's with that wear out in 20,000 miles and are only good on quality paved roads.
#66 of 111 Re: sunroof and urea [watkinst]
Jan 28, 2010 (10:40 am)
Re the MB GL320 CDI - just be aware of the AdBlue cost, according to Consumer Reports:
"The total bill just for adding AdBlue? A stunning $316.99. We were down to 18% full on the additive at 16,566 miles. It took 7.5 gallons to fill the tank, costing an eye-opening $241.50 for the fluid alone. The labor to add the fluid plus tax accounted for the rest. None of this was covered by the warranty."