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Old 03-07-2019, 09:35 AM
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Nice garage! I wasn't sold on that chassis of X5M - but I think I am now!
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Old 03-07-2019, 09:38 AM
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Nice garage! I wasn't sold on that chassis of X5M - but I think I am now!
Neat story on that one. It's the 'South Carolina Car'. Ya see, he has another one- ya know. For tooling around locally.

I mean I know how he feels. A few of us do. Ballin' in multiple X5's. AmIrite!?
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Old 03-07-2019, 12:09 PM
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I mean I know how he feels. A few of us do. Ballin' in multiple X5's. AmIrite!?
different levels of ballin' over here. 2 X5m's is caviar ballin'. Personally, the wife and I are at the steak level of ballin'.

My Dad and I recently made a similar trip to go pick up his new ride. His 328d got hit and totaled a couple of weeks ago. Wish we could have done the trip a little more leisurely though and done some sightseeing. Was some pretty scenery. Took a rental up through Arkansas, Tennessee, Missouri, and into Kentucky. Picked up his 535d in Lexington. Car is much more comfortable than his 3 series and what I tried to get him to buy in the first place. At his age he needs a vehicle with a little size and comfort. Now he sees what he's been missing. Car got 750 miles to the tank too @ ~42mpg!

We saw this just sitting off the highway out of nowhere. Wish we had time to check it out. Called a few different names: "The Dupont Castle" or "Martin Castle" in Versailles. Has a few others as it changed hands I'm guessing. Looked really neat.

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Old 03-08-2019, 12:15 AM
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Pffft.. My place is way better. I totally have a garage.
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Old 03-08-2019, 01:45 PM
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Looks great and great find!
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Old 03-08-2019, 02:16 PM
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Nice garage! I wasn't sold on that chassis of X5M - but I think I am now!
The X5M is a totally different driving experience than our 4.6. The X5M is my wife's daily driver. I drive it once in awhile and enjoy it very much but it is not nearly as much fun. There is less 'raw' driver feedback. My wife sets it in economy and comfort modes. First thing I do when I drive it is change it to performance settings. Love it for long trips. May not be a very good comparison as X5M is stock and 4.6 is far from it but I wouldn't sell the 4.6 for an X5M.
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Old 03-09-2019, 01:33 AM
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I wouldn't sell the 4.6 for an X5M.
That's pretty cool to hear. I've always had reservations about the E70+. The E70 just felt huge to me behind the wheel even though I found it nice looking. The newer ones got better looking, but I haven't driven one for fear the fantasy is better than the truth.

This is the 1st N62 4.4 I've driven for any distance. The others are my two 3.0's and my 4.8is. I did test drive a panoramic 4.4 model when I was thinking of replacing the '04 3.0. I didn't like the lack of road feel as compared to my 3.0. I never wrote ab that here. I *did* write early impressions of the 4.8is compared to the 3.0 and lamented on that lack of feel in the V8. I went through fresh impressions of everything from the boosted steering, heavy replica wheels on both cars, and then to the top-heavy panoramic roof, if I recall. Of course, I've forgotten about most of that now, and changed a ton of things as well. So it's better than it was. Make no mistake though, that 2001 3.0 would let the driver feel the letters on a manhole cover.

Now with 6 or 700 miles on the 4.4, I can share early impressions:

Ahhh, the fresh E53
Compared to my resonator-free 4.8, It's church mouse quiet-especially inside. Outside, there is a V8 in there and you can hear it in the exhaust. But inside, that insulation and resonator make you forget that there's more than adequate power underfoot. It's far less 'buzzy' than the '01. This could be the advantage of 80k fewer miles, but I think LCI to LCII has something to do with that, too.
Let 'er rip
A number of times on this 1st part of the roadtrip, I've called upon the farm hands to release the horses. They're right in there. Like any displacement improvement, it's a solid, impressive jump from the 2001 3.0. I may be off, but I think I estimated about +100HP and TQ. No wonder the V8's were a premium. It's fun to remember that BMW was right on the leading edge of quick haulers. Now they're not only everywhere, a freaking Hyundai crossover will walk a stock E53. (Ok, maybe a bit of an exaggeration)
Point & Go
It's nowhere close to as taught as the 4.8is with Eibach sways. I really think the Eibach sways is the thing that closed the gap for me on road feel in the 4.8is. Between the rougher ride with larger sways and the stiffness brought on by the under ride, the 4.8is is probably closer to road feel of the 3.0 than the 4.4 in stock form.
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It's about 10-15% better on gas. I've had my foot in it as much- maybe a little less- as I do the 4.8is, but I'll clear 18MPG for this mix of highway and city. I rarely see over 16mpg in the same mix on the 4.8. In the city, I'm lucky to get 14mpg. Of course, I'm rolling on Michelin 255 R18's on the 4.4. Lot's less rolling resistance than the 20" 315 rears.
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Old 03-09-2019, 04:25 PM
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Further comment--- A significant part of the comment that I would not sell my 4.6 for an X5M is because I have done so many engine, suspension, interior mods, it gets so much attention at shows, I bought it new and primarily I don't want to risk seller's remorse.

If I had a stock 4.6 I wouldn't hesitant to sell it and buy another X5M. Much better technology and much greater HP/TQ base to start mods from. After I have done some engine and suspension mods to our X5M I will have a much more informed answer. Plan for this year is engine software and lowering kit.
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Old 03-10-2019, 06:22 PM
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A lot of really nice things came together for this purchase. First, I mentioned we had zero intent of buying another E53. My mother in law doesn't drive anymore, so her '01 was the kid hauler when my wife didn't want to cram them into the E46. As neat and clean as it was, my wife admitted she likes the exhaust on my 4.8is. She liked the fresh Alpine White paint. She liked the tinted windows on this rear climate package. She liked LCII. I think she even liked the fresh black leather interior and sport seats over the '01's non-premium, standard 'leathertte'. Especially since the dog rode shotgun for bank runs, the passenger seat was, well.. ruff.

Next, we found a reasonable seller who found a reasonable buyer. We didn't have much to coordinate to finance it. The '01 sold to the 1st person who looked at it- and did so a week before we were really ready. We always expect selling a car to be tough, but I am reminded each time how taking good care of a vehicle has rewards throughout ownership, right up to the end.

Finally, my daughter's Spring Break started last Friday. We were headed in the 4.8is to tour schools in NC and GA starting mid week. She took a few exams early and we busted out for a cheap Wednesday flight. 6,000 miles each and $12 total, we were in Philly. The seller picked us up for the ride from the airport. It was an early start at 0330 wake up, but we made up for some of that.

Oh, that she would be back on my shoulder a few more times.
You guys have seen the shop, so no need to revisit there. We *LOVE* Philadelphia. Specifically, we love staying right downtown and running around to all the places, but especially the Reading Terminal Market. The choices and amount of food available here just makes for a fun time. We felt fortunate to visit twice, including a late lunch on our arrival day.
We settled in to the hotel less than a block away and waited for nightfall. We'd return to the Reading Terminal Market the next morning, before our drive South..

Sunset in Philly..
Morning sun from the same spot..
Make no mistake: Even as comfy as an E53 is, it was no match for the teenager who wanted a few more minutes..
From there, the 1st official mileage pic was quick and trouble free...
A hop skip and a jump from Philly is DC and NoVa. With one exception, we didn't stop until time to visit family a bit further South.
In an unexpected twist, she found she really liked University of Richmond. I have family there in the graduate program. I liked it too. Very quiet.
The next day was UVA. We were fortunate to have a tour from a friend's undergraduate daughter, a 3rd year student. Of course, the grounds are beautiful, even in Winter. This is inside Jefferson's Rotunda.
We had another stop for a short day to Norfolk to visit friends there. We so enjoy our time there that we camped out for 2 nights. We stopped in to another school on the way down..
If you've never spent time in Williamsburg, it's worth a stop. So much history around there, and a cute twon with University buildings dotting the area.
Speaking of history, You can take a peak over Jefferson's shoulder while you walk around.
From there, it was down to Norfolk. We don't get this experience around my hometown, so I always enjoy trying not to freak out when we're in a tunnel. I just have to keep telling myself how cool it is. I lie to myself a lot.
I only took one picture in Norfolk that I'll share. I qualify that we *did* take some pictures of a different journey we've been working through.

About 5 years ago, we were new to the National Parks. We never had left the car. I mean- not *really* hiked. But we did that year, for the 1st time. We loved it. There was only one problem: I nearly died on the side of an overlook in Yellowstone. Ok, not really a medical event per se, but I was in some bad shape. My 8 yr old was really worried ab her daddy. I needed to change. And it's been a slow and deliberate process. Slowly cutting out the things and bad habits I'd come to think of as 'normal'. A doctor's visit few months ago was the last signal my concrete skull needed. I cut out the one thing I've loved since before I was old enough to drink it.

Yesterday, I purchased pants in a *regular* store that were a full 10" smaller than the largest pair I own. If I'm honest, I'm probably at 50 lbs lost, but I like to say 40lbs cause I've *seen* the high and low.

The last bastion of resolve for this year's bad habits is going away thanks to Lent. Now, I'm not a terribly religious person, but my family was/is. I did not grow up Catholic nor did I know anyone who was. Or if I did, I never realized that everybody's church experience was different from each other. So, when time came to discuss what we were giving up for Lent, I named something easy to give up and then forgot about it the next day. I was so frustrated with this lack of commitment from myself, I simply stopped giving things up.

But this was the year. If I can give up beer, I can give up sodas. It's been since Tuesday. It's gotten easier every day. I still want a soda. This *has* to be what quitting smoking is like. So, I'm still watching for results. I love my new pants- all 3 pair. And whether any of you find the interest, I will share when the update holds a special meaning for me and the family.

For now, back to the E53! We're at the University of North Carolina's Carolina Hotel tonight. We tour Duke tomorrow and head to Charlotte. We have a seriously 'down day' on Tuesday while we await my wife's flight in on Wednesday. From there, it's Spartanburg (of course), Clemson, and University of Georgia to close out the roadtrip tour of colleges. Stay tuned!
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Seriously love following your adventures PH. I hope you made time for the Liberty Bell. You have my vote for Dad of the year. Looks like I will miss you again as I fly out back to Sebring for the IMSA 12 hour event on Tuesday morning. Would have loved to have you over to the lake for dinner at Red Rocks in Birkdale. It's supposed to be nice this week.
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