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Old 02-24-2012, 04:12 PM
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Our 5 speed manual...'01 Sport, Prem, sunroof, Cold, etc. Have had it since new; ~80,000 miles. Basically problem free for all of its 10 1/2 yrs.

Back story: when I/we wanted to toss my CEO's '95 Jeep Grand Cherokee in 2001, I had read about the newish BMW X5, and never having had a BMW, it was intriguing.

I hit an NY area dlr, and looked at them. I thought a 5 speed manual was a cool idea. The dlr didn't have one of course, but he located one at an NC dlr, (coincidentally we were building a new/retirement home in western NC, and we were days from moving from NY to NC), we negotiated, traded in the Jeep Grand Cherokee, and he had it shipped from NC to NY. Only took a few days to get to the NY dlr...

That was right after 9-11-2001, and we have had it since. ~80k miles, runs better than my Rolex, fun, handles well, and less than a handful of items have broken or, have had to be repaired, other than maintenance stuff, in the past 10 1/2 years.

I learned to live with the stump puller 1st gear, doing 2nd gear starts often, and my only wish on this car is that it had the newer 6 speed for that slightly OD final gear on road trips.

There are not many manual trans cars out there, and the older ones are fading into the sunset...I suspect we will keep ours until it really pokes me in the fanny, or goes kaboom, as we don't toss cars frequently, and buying a new car on a RetiredBum's fixed/fading income, is a real decision.

Great car: maybe the 2nd or 3rd best car I have had, in 48+ years of cars.
Some repeat pics, but worth a look, imo.
GL, mD

Sorry, still can 'edit'/add additional photos via any method I know...glitchy.


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