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Old 08-28-2009, 06:29 PM
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Just test drove an X5M

It was insane.

On my iPhone but will post my review when I get to a CPU.
But for now let's just day it's insane.
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Old 08-28-2009, 06:47 PM
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i'm so jealous...
i cant wait till my dealer gets one in.
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Old 08-28-2009, 07:53 PM
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My dealer also has it.
Need to visit him.
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Old 08-28-2009, 07:55 PM
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My dealer also has it.
Need to visit him.
My dealer called me not an hour after I left today to say they pulled one into the showroom. I didn't have time to go back. It's probably for the best.
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Old 08-28-2009, 07:56 PM
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Nice! I can't wait to hear the review.
I'll try to get over to my dealership tomorow for a drive myself.
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Old 08-28-2009, 08:28 PM
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So I only drove about 10 miles and didn't get to hammer it through the twists but here's the low down..

I'll start with the bad..
1) The Wheels.. Shame on you BMW.. You could have done so much better. No one, not a single person at the dealership liked them. I can live with them, for now but was very unimpressed.
2) The sport seats.. I don't get it. There not really sport seats so those little side lip bolsters don't hold you in place. They just make getting in and out of the car more difficult and wish they didn't exist. The non sport seats on the 4.8is for example were great.. It's a small nuisance though.
3) Automatic tail gate. Well, 1/2 an automatic tail gate, anyway.. It doesn't close the bottom part of the tail gate, just the top.. So what's the point? If they are going to make the tailgate automatic, either make the entire tailgate one piece or make both pieces automatic..

What I loved...
1) Wow this car has some awesome power. You mash the throttle and it goes.
2) Exhaust note. At idle it's pedestrian, at wide open throttle, it's breath taking.
3) The brakes.. They're great.. But you still need to work to bring that missile of a behemoth to a top. It's not like driving a 911 with great brakes which you don't need to think about. The X5M has amazing stopping power, but it's still a heavy vehicle barreling down the road with mass.
4) Manual mode. I like the fact that the transmission doesn't automatically upshift for you like in the old steptronics.. The transmission will bounce off the rev limited all day in manual mode.
5) Blipping downshifts... The trans felt smooth and predictable.. I actually like it more than an SMG trans.. But if you know me, you know I don't like SMG anyway.

I drove the whole time with the M button depressed and the suspension in sport so can't really give much critique on the different settings.

I can tell you this though, on the highway on ramp I put the pedal to the floor and the salesman and I were doing triple digits like it was nothing.

Ohhh, I LOVE the thick steering wheel. It's brilliant. The idrive is much better than what I have in my current 7 series. The Heads Up Display worked quite nicely and gave both tach in M mode and speed (directions) in regular mode.

trying to think about other things.. Will add to this list as my memory pops.
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Old 08-28-2009, 08:36 PM
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good to hear it was a thrill
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Did I mention, two blocks from the dealer we ran out of gas and had to push a brand new,$90,000 BMW X5M through an intersection and into a gas station...

lol...
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Did I mention, two blocks from the dealer we ran out of gas and had to push a brand new,$90,000 BMW X5M through an intersection and into a gas station...

lol...
I was going to ask you about the gas mileage. But now I know you cheated by pushing it

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1) The Wheels.. Shame on you BMW.. You could have done so much better. No one, not a single person at the dealership liked them. I can live with them, for now but was very unimpressed..
You can always put HRE, ACS or Hamman, etc wheels.
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2) The sport seats.. I don't get it. There not really sport seats so those little side lip bolsters don't hold you in place. They just make getting in and out of the car more difficult and wish they didn't exist. The non sport seats on the 4.8is for example were great.. It's a small nuisance though.
I like the sport comfort seats in our E60. Both the sides and rear are adjustable and cuddle you and it opens up when you put in park or open the door.

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3) Automatic tail gate. Well, 1/2 an automatic tail gate, anyway.. It doesn't close the bottom part of the tail gate, just the top.. So what's the point? If they are going to make the tailgate automatic, either make the entire tailgate one piece or make both pieces automatic..
This issue will be addressed and tailgate will be one piece with the facelift X5 next year. Good things come to those who wait.
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