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Old 06-23-2010, 09:01 AM
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When do you change driving modes?

The X5M can be driven in what I call Normal mode, M mode, Sport mode, and M +Sport mode. Does anyone drive in simply Sport mode without the M? What road conditions influence your decision? How often do you set and forget and which mode to you choose to do this in?
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Old 06-27-2010, 10:27 PM
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AS long as no one is in the car with me. I push the m button and shift it in to sport. Unless I am on the highway.

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Old 10-12-2010, 12:30 PM
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i drive my car in MMMM mode at all times. no point in buying a 100k car if ur not going to drive it the way it was meant to be drivin. unless you are worried about your gas milege
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Old 10-16-2010, 09:52 PM
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I usually drive in M mode in Power mode, and DSC on MDM, EDC on regular setting, and transmission in D. I feel as tho it's a little sluggish in non-power mode.
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Old 10-18-2010, 01:23 AM
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i use M+S manual mode (all traction off) most of the time unless there are people on board with me,then its just normal M mode. i do turn it all off to efficient/normal settings with edc enabled for long highway drives, it feels like an entirely different vehicle. the mpg also increases to 18/19...

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Old 10-21-2010, 03:47 PM
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I think of Drive as normal for family and in the neighboorhood. I frequently toggle between Drive and Sport around town depending on the surroundings, how I want to corner, etc. Sport can be pretty frantic with a lot of stop and go driving. M Mode is a blast, and typically I use it on open road, Interstate, or if I'm in a hurry. Not for stop and go around town.
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Old 10-23-2010, 01:02 PM
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Interesting....I find Plain M Mode to be my default for stop and go around town.
The shifts are quicker (though nothing like Sport) and the handling is a little more responsive too. Hate being caught without M mode when I need a quick maneuver to get past a slow and/or bad driver.
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