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Old 04-18-2008, 10:05 PM
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release date for X5 diesel in US

With gas price up to 4 dollars per gallon. I decided to wait for the diesel x5 instead of ordering a 4.8. Anybody here know the release date for new X5 diesel. My lease for my 4.4 is ending by october. i hope they release the diesel before end of the year.
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Old 04-19-2008, 01:36 AM
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what's your diesel price there?

Here it's $4.50/gal while premium is about $3.65. Huge difference.

Don't forget to consider how much the diesel may cost up front. You may not end up saving much if that's what you're concerned with most.
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Here in Los Angeles, Premium Unleaded (which all BMWS must use) is at least $4.00 a gallon (I paid $4.13 a few days ago).

Diesel is at least $4.30 a gallon, some places $4.50 a gallon.

With the better MPG the diesel engine will provide, it will save fuel money.
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Old 04-19-2008, 09:40 AM
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Here, the diffential is about $0.50-.60/1 gallon. However, he's saving money by opting for a 3.0d instead of a 4.8i. So he saves on both counts: initial cost and lower operating costs.
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Old 04-19-2008, 10:23 AM
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In NJ 91 is $3.30ish.... diesel is $4.50ish.... that's right on the border of "should I or shouldn't I get a diesel" land....
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If one is planning to not lease it, and keep it past the free maintenance period, it would alos be interesting to know how much a urea refill is going to cost every 15,000 miles or so. I assume one will be stuck with BMW as the only source for this.
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My 07 3.0 gas rig gets 19.9mph - D projected to get 22mph.
With D being 50 to 75 cents more than gas will stick to gas for my 09 3.0.
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Premium unleaded here at BP 93 octane is $3.699, diesel is $4.039 per gallon. I am also trying to decide if I want the diesel.

Don't know if it's worth the extra cost for the engine and extra cost for diesel fuel...

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the other thing you need to think about is re-sale value. In the UK where Diesel X5s are the norm, a petrol-engined car re-sells for about 2-3k less that the equivalent diesel, simply because the market is not there. I suspect you might end up with the converse in the US, because a lot of people are going to be wary of Diesel as everyone is used to petrol - so you might find it harder to re-sell.

On the other hand it might turn out to be the best decision you ever made, none of us can forecast the future accurately.
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