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Old 07-14-2008, 04:20 PM
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First "luxury" vehicle

Hey all,

Well, my wife and I picked out a BMW x5si 4.8 fully loaded with everything except the rear DVDs ($3,200 seems a bit obnoxious to me for that option).

We're going in to sign the papers this evening, and we're buying it for just a tad under what Edmunds lists as the TMV for our area.

So, as a guy who's never owned a luxury vehicle before and who's idea of a good time is rock crawling in my 2005 Dodge Power Wagon and writing web applications, what things should I be concerned / interested in with the new purchase.

It's the wife's vehicle, and while I'm a mod freak with my truck, it's probably going to be hands off on her X5 unless it's minor mods.

I'll admit to being behind the power curve on her X5 as she more or less decided on it, so I've got a lot of reading and learning to do about it.

Looking forward to being part of the group.

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Old 07-14-2008, 04:33 PM
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Welcome to the world. You're going to love your new X5. The 4.8i goes and goes and goes. There is nothing wrong with keeping it stock. It's beautiful just the way it is.

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Old 07-14-2008, 04:50 PM
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No doubt.. Especially the way my wife drives! <grin> Being that I drive a monster sized truck, I've gotten really used to taking it easy on the go fast pedal. She on the other hand, has never owned a vehicle with a motor bigger than a four banger. Should be interesting for a little while! LOL!
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She .... has never owned a vehicle with a motor bigger than a four banger. Should be interesting for a little while! LOL!
So, why do you want a 4.8? Has she driven a 3.0? No complaint on the 4.8, but the 3.0 is perfectly adequate (a matter of opinion of course), gets slightly better mileage, and will hold its resale value better.

Just a thought.
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Being that I drive a monster sized truck, I've gotten really used to taking it easy on the go fast pedal. !
Go find a twistie and don't be afraid of the go fast pedal. You can thank me later, after the pain in your cheeks goes away from the grin that you will have plastered on your face.
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So, why do you want a 4.8? Has she driven a 3.0? No complaint on the 4.8, but the 3.0 is perfectly adequate (a matter of opinion of course), gets slightly better mileage, and will hold its resale value better.
We did a few test drives between the 3.0 and 4.8. We debated the issue and me coming from a 5.7L V8, I liked the oomph of the 4.8.

Right now we use my truck for towing our 3,000 lbs popup, but I could foresee a few times it might be nice to tow with the X5 for the comfort level. The 4.8 will be a better fit for that duty.

You've piqued my interest though on why a 3.0 would hold value better than the 4.8. Why would that be?
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We did a few test drives between the 3.0 and 4.8. We debated the issue and me coming from a 5.7L V8, I liked the oomph of the 4.8.

Right now we use my truck for towing our 3,000 lbs popup, but I could foresee a few times it might be nice to tow with the X5 for the comfort level. The 4.8 will be a better fit for that duty.

You've piqued my interest though on why a 3.0 would hold value better than the 4.8. Why would that be?
No debate on you coming from a 5.7 litre V8, and wanting a V8. I get it.

My 3.0 towed 5000 lbs fine, and the new models have more power and a 6000 lb rating. It is fit for purpose.

The 3.0 will hold its value better because of the public perception of SUV fuel economy. History shows the results. Sixes are better than eights. In the real world, this is only slightly true; in the mind of the public, a six cylinder SUV is more palatable than an eight cylinder SUV. If oil goes back to $60 per barrel, no issue. If it doesn't, your risk.
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No debate on you coming from a 5.7 litre V8, and wanting a V8. I get it.

My 3.0 towed 5000 lbs fine, and the new models have more power and a 6000 lb rating. It is fit for purpose.

The 3.0 will hold its value better because of the public perception of SUV fuel economy. History shows the results. Sixes are better than eights. In the real world, this is only slightly true; in the mind of the public, a six cylinder SUV is more palatable than an eight cylinder SUV. If oil goes back to $60 per barrel, no issue. If it doesn't, your risk.
Ahhh. Makes sense. There's not going to be any surprises with the fuel cost. My PW (Power Wagon) gets 14.5 city and 18 highway which is pretty close to the numbers on the X5. The nice thing (at least according to the sales lady) is that because we're at altitude (5-6K feet) we don't need premium gas. Now, for my truck this is definitely true as it's recommended using 89 octane and I typically fill up with 87 octane with no knock and my oil analysis shows great wear.

Was going to ask that question, but gotta search the forum first. If I don't find it, I'll post a new thread.
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I wouldn't believe the recs of the sales lady. BMW has always recommended premium for their newer vehicles. I would trust a Service Advisor before I would a sales lady.

Just my $.02
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I think that the suitability of your locally-available 89 AKI has more to do with the actual AKI of that fuel, than with your altitude. It may be fine, it may produce less power and mileage than locally-available 91 (which is the factory recommendation).

My local 89 was fine, no power reduction or fuel consumption increase compared to 91 AKI. Fuels vary widely across North America, and I don't know what fuels in your locale are like. Your dealer may be right, but I would check mileage with both fuels before assuming that.
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