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Old 08-21-2012, 06:07 PM
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Adios X5///M - Hello 50i M Sport/M Performance w/ AD

Couldn't take the beat-down ride any longer - not tolerable where I live.

Drove a 50i with M Sport/M Performance w/ adaptive and there is a giant difference in road hazard (pot holes/frost heave) comfort. The 'sport' on/off provided a definite change - one that was not present with EDC on/off in the ///M.

To my butt-meter, the 50i M/M with adaptive was still more comfortable over bumps in 'sport' than the ///M is with EDC off. YMMV.

A little less high strung, but sounded great and moved along nicely with 440'ish hp. I don't care if I give up a few tenths to 60mph.. this is my daily. Love the 8 speed trans.

Should be here in a few weeks.. more to follow.

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I find this interesting.... I drove both the 50 and the M and actually found the M to be a better ride... I live in Houston and the streets SUCK here so "pothole comfort" was definitely a consideration.
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I think you may be rationalizing your decision.. I have had both as well and find the M ride to be better over bad roads than the non M suspension on the 50i with adaptive.. Maybe its me but have talked with others familiar with both and they feel the M can be more compliant. I do envy the 8 speed a bit but really only for mileage. Short of that I wouldn't change a thing outside some better build quility, My '10 M seemed put together a little better than my '13.
Keep us posted on how you compare the two after having your new one.
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Old 08-22-2012, 11:05 AM
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^^^agree I believe BMW goofed for not putting 8 speed in M
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To be fair, I did not drive the 2013 ///M.

My 2010 ///M has abused me long enough.. it rides harder than any of the other 7 cars I own. As a daily, it's unacceptably firm and there is no way to soften the suspension. EDC on/off has no effect on ride 'comfort'.

As I said, YMMV, but IMO there was absolutely no comparison (the 2013 50i with AD being far, far more civilized over potholes) than my 2010 ///M.

No rationalizing needed.. I bought the best 'daily' SUV BMW offers (for me).
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To be fair, I did not drive the 2013 ///M.

My 2010 ///M has abused me long enough.. it rides harder than any of the other 7 cars I own. As a daily, it's unacceptably firm and there is no way to soften the suspension. EDC on/off has no effect on ride 'comfort'.

As I said, YMMV, but IMO there was absolutely no comparison (the 2013 50i with AD being far, far more civilized over potholes) than my 2010 ///M.

No rationalizing needed.. I bought the best 'daily' SUV BMW offers (for me).
You gotta do what makes you happy. I rationalize car buys all the time, not that you are, like parting with my 1M for an e90 M3 then going from my 2010 M to my 2013 M. Anyways keep us posted on how you like it. Oh and you may need to change your tag line to "go medium or go home"
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I'll keep you all posted.

LOL at the tagline suggestion.

ps.. my lease went from $1585 a month to < $900. That doesn't suck.
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My X6 5.0 with the M pkg is such the perfect vehicle as a DD for my wife. Not too high strung for her to drive as a DD and fun for me with the fam on the weekends. 440hp doesnt suck and is definitely no slouch. Truck is very comfy too.
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... ps.. my lease went from $1585 a month to < $900. That doesn't suck.

I remember when my leased co cars were ~$3-$4 Bens a month.
Hope you can write that all off.

Either car is pretty cool, imo.
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Yeah, they get pricey.

As the first X5M in my market, I paid MSRP ($93K) for the pleasure. That didn't help the already so/so residual.

I paid invoice for the 50i ($77K) and both the residual and MF are better.

No regrets - the ///M is an amazing truck. Unfortunately, for me, the extra performance isn't used as I only drive it when hauling the family and/or in the rain and/or in the snow.
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