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Old 02-17-2018, 11:47 AM
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To ClassyJalopy. Early 4WD system is easier to maintain and works well in winter (trust me, I grew up in WI but live in the Alps). Don't limit yourself, consider pre-facelift cars.
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Motorsport dead pedal, factory fire extinguisher, factory first aid kit, factory F&R mud flaps, factory PDC

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Old 02-17-2018, 12:25 PM
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- I personally think 2004-2006 models are better, no FRONT driveshaft issue. And it has 6spMT, which gives you better fuel mileage on hwy.
- Go to autotrader dot com. Enter X5, years.
- Right now, there is a 2005 X5 6spMT with 98K in Waterloo IA.
- Just keep looking, you will find what you want later.
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Old 02-17-2018, 12:56 PM
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Thanks guys, I will check out the Iowa one
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Old 02-19-2018, 11:17 AM
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That IA one is listed as a MT on autotrader, but the pics on the dealer site show auto. Typical autotrader.
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Old 02-25-2018, 12:53 AM
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Yes that appears to.be a dud, unfortunately
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Old 02-25-2018, 10:39 AM
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I just found out some production data for manual E53s:

pre-LCI
3,219 US
128 Canada

LCI
1,079 US
20 Canada
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Old 02-25-2018, 11:44 AM
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^Low numbers for sure, especially in your Great White North. Looks like you will have to import one if you really want one. I wouldn't mind having a 6spd X5 even though it has the straight six. I bet it's a hoot to ring the neck out of the M54.
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Old 02-26-2018, 08:24 PM
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^Low numbers for sure, especially in your Great White North. Looks like you will have to import one if you really want one. I wouldn't mind having a 6spd X5 even though it has the straight six. I bet it's a hoot to ring the neck out of the M54.
It is an uninspiring experience to rev out the M54 in the X5. It's clear the manual version of the X5 has a more utility purpose than performance, but I still wouldn't trade it for an auto!
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Tull is right. Not inspiring but great all around.
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Old 02-26-2018, 10:04 PM
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^For sure fellas. Wasn't thinking true performance wise. Just "fun" wise. My ultimate "fun" X5 would be a rear wheel drive N62b48 powered variant.
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