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Old 03-16-2012, 03:03 PM
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Good to know my crazy search was not unique! I had Autotrader and BMWCCA alerts set for almost 2 years, searching for what seemed impossible (I wanted a 2006 (so that it would be as 'new' as possible), low miles (I targeted less than 70K), stock or nearly so (my M3 is the modded BMW, this one just needs to haul the family and remain reliable/comfortable/classy, etc) and had to have been taken good care of. I started with 100 miles within my zipcode, then 200, then 500, then nationwide.

Whenever Autotrader would bark an alert, I'd hope for pictures first - that let me weed out those advertising 'manual' when most were really steptronic - so in almost two years I only found 4 - one out West (too many miles on it), one down South (possible flood victim), one outside Chicago (sold before I could blink) and one outside Philly (pimped out, too many miles and looked heavily used)...then a few weeks ago I got an alert that seemed impossible; a 2006, stock, looked/smelled/drove like brand new (so said the dealer who took it in on a trade), only 28K miles!!!!! (WTF?). It was in Minneapolis but that didn't matter - I like to fly and drive! So I called the dealer that day, left a message, heard back the next morning, got the details, took our then current SUV to CarMax to get a quote and satisfy the wife, called the dealer back, put down a deposit and booked a flight. The next Saturday morning I flew from BWI (Baltimore) to Minneapolis, test drove a perfect X5 (seriously, it is as though this X5 was never driven, never eaten in, never smoked in, etc), bought it and drove 19 hours home (1200.2 miles) I remember the day I drove my M3 home from New Jersey and couldn't believe how perfect and stable it was at 140 - this X5 was just as perfect at 120 (ok, so I may have driven fast once or twice in those 1200 miles - but purely for research sake )

Now for the details (it gets even better); It was built in December 2005 as a BMW Executive Corporate car, was immediately exported to Germany (I assume it was assigned to an exec for two years) and only had 3500 miles put on it in those two years. Was serviced twice in that time at the BMW HQ in Munich and then was imported back to the US and sold as a new BMW. The new owner only put 9K miles on it in the next two years and then sold it to it's second owner, who only put 16000 miles on it in the next two years. He traded it for a new 135i at the dealer I bought it from. I checked with BMW of Minnetonka, where it was serviced - and it was given a green light at every service. Even better - the previous owner heard I was flying in and actually came to the dealer that day to meet me and answer any questions I might have - he appeared to be a very meticulous guy, probably recently retired and very nice to boot.

2006 X5 3.0i
silver / black
28K miles (has 29,400 now)
6 spd. stick
Premium pkg
Rear climate pkg
Bluetooth / BMW assist / mobile connect
front & rear obstacle detection
panoramic moon-roof
premium sound
full leather & comfort seats
auto day/night rear view and outside mirrors
(the previous owner even put in Weathertech mats and provided the originals as well - this car is SPOTLESS)

Scott / Baltimore
So you are the guy who stole this car from me. I already have a 6 speed X5, 2006 black on Tabacco leather, but when the silver one with 28k came up i wanted to buy it as a second 6 speed X5, but when i called the dealer he told me that its already under deposit, i was even offering $500 over your price but he said that you were first!
Enjoy it, it is a great find.
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Old 03-16-2012, 04:36 PM
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So you are the guy who stole this car from me. I already have a 6 speed X5, 2006 black on Tabacco leather, but when the silver one with 28k came up i wanted to buy it as a second 6 speed X5, but when i called the dealer he told me that its already under deposit, i was even offering $500 over your price but he said that you were first!
Enjoy it, it is a great find.
Funny, you'll enjoy this: when my flight landed and I got to the dealer that Saturday morning, the salesman and I talked for a bit and he mentioned that the X5 had gotten a lot of attention the past week while it waited for me. Then as we were walking over to it, he said, "You're lucky we're a dealership with morals, I had some guy in here trying to steal this X5 out from under you - he even offered to pay MORE than you're paying to get it!".

I'm glad you already have one, or I might feel a tad bit guilty. After a month or so of driving it, I like to think of Rolf as a tall family M3, since he drives very much like his 'sister' Gretchen.

Thanks for sharing.
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Old 03-16-2012, 09:22 PM
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I am glad the car is in good hands, at a place weher people will love it ant take care of it.
Do you plan any mods?
Mine has a full 4.8is conversion, front and rear bumpers, 20' style 168 OEM wheels, and exhaust tips other than that all stock. Everywhere i go, even BMW owners tell me: i never knew they made a 4.8is in stick Mission accomplished.
Will wash and post pics tomorrow!
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Old 03-19-2012, 12:24 PM
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I am glad the car is in good hands, at a place weher people will love it ant take care of it.
Do you plan any mods?
Mine has a full 4.8is conversion, front and rear bumpers, 20' style 168 OEM wheels, and exhaust tips other than that all stock. Everywhere i go, even BMW owners tell me: i never knew they made a 4.8is in stick Mission accomplished.
Will wash and post pics tomorrow!

Great story guys! This is exactly the reason why I created this thread, so we can share our stories and realize how small the world is when you own an X with 3 pedals!
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Old 03-19-2012, 12:31 PM
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Who is buying the short shifter when it comes out?
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Old 03-22-2012, 08:06 PM
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Anyone know what the pricing will look like for the SSK?
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$355 for the EVO3. this probably doesnt include the DSSR too.
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Old 03-28-2012, 03:21 PM
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I am glad the car is in good hands, at a place weher people will love it ant take care of it.
Do you plan any mods?
I don't intend to mod Rolf at all, his job is to provide classy family and client shuttling and everyday errand fun. He'll get low miles, except for the occasional family trip (if I'm sure everywhere we stop will offer ding-free (ie, big empty parking lots) parking. The only things I'm going to buy for him at the moment include the rear bumper 'mat' that adheres to the top surface of the bumper behind the tailgate (just to keep it protected) and I plan to have the local BMW dealer install the BMW Aux Audio Input so I can connect our phones for music/Pandora, etc. Gretchen (the 95 M3) is the mod queen and will continue to get her new toys as needed (or wanted)!!

If anyone out there recommends a great aux audio input better than the BMW kit, please let me know. I don't like that the stock kit places the audio jack in the glove box, I'd rather it was on the narrow panel with DSC, etc buttons.
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1995 M3 (Gretchen) dakar/blk, 186K miles, ECIS CAIS w/ EURO HFM, Turner Chip, Stygar SS, X brace, 24lb Ford injectors, UUC mounts & swaybarbarians, aluminum cooling system components, Euro brake components & SS lines, underdrive pulleys, aluminum machined interior pieces, custom yellow on yellow flag decals, carbon fiber splitters & more...loves to be driven hard & put away wet.
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