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Old 03-27-2015, 10:17 AM
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Originally Posted by Hawaii_E53 View Post
Aloha from Hawaii,
I am the proud new owner of a 2002 X5 3.0 MT. This is my first X5, but my love affair with BMW's goes back 25 years and 18 cars. Most of those car were manuals so I can do 3 pedals. That being said, I having a little trouble getting smooth with this X5. This thing seems to be geared like a truck with 1st being like a granny gear in my Dad's '60 Chevy pickup. I feel like I'm always 1 gear to high then I should be. Cruising along at 40-45 I find myself finding 4th because I feel 3000 is not a good sustained rpm. Am I nuts to worry about this or should I just shut up and drive. The 3.0 is an absolute jewel and feels smoother at 3500rpm than most V8's I've driven. BTW, I really like this thing, best car I've spent any time with.
That's because it is a truck.
How do you think it can tow 6000 lbs from standing still???

Originally Posted by David.X5 View Post
I'm not a MT owner, but there is a thread on swapping the diffs (both) to get a sportier feel.

Look for "diff swap" or something similar. Different versions of the X5 got different gear ratios in their diff...
would you have to swap front and rear diffs???

Welcome to the forum at least you won't have the frozen CCV issue to deal with.

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