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#8495 of 11670 Re: latest Wrangler news [tifighter]
Mar 03, 2013 (7:55 pm)
The BMW X5 35D was not even a consideration.
I am curious about that as well. I liked driving the X5D when they first came out. There is a good supply in my part of CA. I do prefer the inline 6 cylinder design, though it takes up more space. My only complaint was the X5 seats being much harder than the Mercedes or my Sequoia. Not sure how that would affect me after 600 miles on the highway.
#8496 of 11670 Re: latest Wrangler news [tifighter]
Mar 03, 2013 (8:45 pm)
The BMW X5 35 D most certainly was when I was considering the VW Touareg TDI, as well as the MB ML350 BlueTec. The MDX was the unofficial standard, sans not having a diesel engine.
The BMW 330 D was really for majority of commuting miles (78%) with up to 4 folks in the car. Anybody I knew that had BMW's 3 series and others and on line research indicated 30k high normal for 800+ per set tires. Both sets of H VW Jetta sedan tires are on track for 120,000 miles 490. Higher insurance costs and lower resale value %. Way more up front monies to own and no real dealing going on. Plus that time I had no real want/need to be able to pass chain controls points.
I think 500 and PLUS miles are not done by a lot of people. The longest I have done in the VW T has been 430 in a day. I have done as much as 965 to 1,100 in a day in other vehicles. But on those trips, I think it may have been much more fun to have more than one driver.
#8497 of 11670 Re: latest Wrangler news [ruking1]
Mar 03, 2013 (9:02 pm)
I thought BMW had trashed the Run Flats along with MB. No way would I buy any vehicle with Run Flat tires. Over priced rough riding CRAP. If BMW wants to continue their great run, they need to drop the RUN FLATS.
#8498 of 11670 Re: latest Wrangler news [gagrice]
Mar 03, 2013 (9:52 pm)
I test drove a X5D a few months ago, and it was fitted with run-flats.
Mar 03, 2013 (10:59 pm)
20mph average speed errand run today averaged 26.5mpg - I can deal with that.
Someone must be buying diesel cars - local MB dealer had 2 other E Bluetecs when I bought my car, both are now sold.
#8500 of 11670 Re: . [fintail]
Mar 04, 2013 (6:28 am)
I do not know this for sure, but there seems to be a lot of new (committed) MB's off load dealers from trucks hit their preparation/repair department and don't hit the inventory lists. It seems I get the calls when one hits the (local) dealer when a customer either changes their mind or cancels out.
#8501 of 11670 Re: latest Wrangler news [tifighter]
Mar 04, 2013 (6:41 am)
My local bank manager hates his run flats. First week after he bought it he picked up a nail. They cannot be repaired. $380 for a new tire. That was on a 135i coupe. Can you just imagine what it would cost for an X5 tire?
I am seriously waiting on the 2014 Jeep GC diesel. Many innovations not offered on the competitors. NO RUN FLATS on JGC.
#8502 of 11670 Re: latest Wrangler news [gagrice]
Mar 04, 2013 (8:06 am)
From what I have heard and read about run flats, it is more than enough to make me raise the bar on getting cars that oem WITH run flats. There are a lot of opaque engineering and specification issues but higher costs, operational and acquisition and worse ride compliance can not be good observable things.
#8503 of 11670 Re: latest Wrangler news [gagrice]
Mar 04, 2013 (9:02 am)
Run-flats are the #1 complaint on the Sienna boards. They cost double but last half as long.
Mar 04, 2013 (9:54 pm)
Took the car on its first highway jaunt today, around 40 miles, 40mph average speed - mix of 65mph cruising and stopped-for-no-reason idiocy. 34.3mpg - not bad as the car doesn't yet have 300 miles on it, already beating the EPA estimate.