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Old 12-12-2008, 04:25 PM
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Diesel E70

Has anyone in North America driven the E70? My dealer just emailed me to say he has one for demo. Just wondering what other's impressions are (if any).

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Let us know what you think. Mine hasn't made it to the dealer yet. I'm not going to take delivery until Jan 2nd.

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My local dealer also has one, but since I'm not buying mine from them, I'm not going over there...

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It will be interesting to see how sales go, as it appears BMW is charging about twice the premium most other companies charge for the diesel option.

I would be interested myself if it was a $2,000 premium, but at $4,000 my interest has waned quite a bit.
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It will be interesting to see how sales go, as it appears BMW is charging about twice the premium most other companies charge for the diesel option.

I would be interested myself if it was a $2,000 premium, but at $4,000 my interest has waned quite a bit.
I'm starting to think the same thing. Diesel here is 24% more expensive than regular fuel, about 18% more than premium. The diesel has better performance than the 3.0si, but with the cost of diesel a bit of a wild card, I'm nervous. I'm going to test drive it Tuesday anyway.
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I hate to pop up and keep saying the same thing (and I'm only taking from the Aussie experience) but if there's performance comparisons to be made with the (twin-turbo) diesel, think 4.8-litre V8 not 3.0-litre six. Of course there no comparison with consumption with the thrifty tt-diesel killing the petrol V8 for fuel use. What the future will hold for diesel v petrol prices, who knows?
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I hate to pop up and keep saying the same thing (and I'm only taking from the Aussie experience) but if there's performance comparisons to be made with the (twin-turbo) diesel, think 4.8-litre V8 not 3.0-litre six. Of course there no comparison with consumption with the thrifty tt-diesel killing the petrol V8 for fuel use. What the future will hold for diesel v petrol prices, who knows?
The 4.8 uses too much fuel. The gas 3.0 doesn't have enough power, so that's why I'm going with the diesel...

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Old 12-14-2008, 11:54 AM
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The 4.8 uses too much fuel. The gas 3.0 doesn't have enough power, so that's why I'm going with the diesel...

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Yeah, the 4.8 is INSANE with fuel. The 4.8 honestly makes my 2006 Range Rover I had look thrifty!!!
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Diesel E70

I took delivery of an X-5 3.5d on Wednesday of last week(12/11/2008). The vehicle was optioned with Cold Weather, Premium, Rear Climate and Technology Packages along with Comfort Access, IPod and Sat radio. I traded a 2008 GL 320 CDI due to problems I had with Mercedes standing behind their product.

That being said the BMW is miles ahead of the Mercedes in terms of acceleration, fit and finish and overall vehicle quality. I know the X-5 is a smaller vehicle than the GL, etc, etc but it has much more "torquey" feel during acceleration and sounds just like a 3.0 or 4.8 without the diesel clatter that is a constant with Mercedes. The twin turbos do their job well but you do have to try and keep the revs in the 1750-2250 rpm range where the engine develops maximum torque. The navigation and phone integration systems are much better than even the new 2009 Mercedes system. Overall I am very impressed with the 3.5d and think it will eventually supplant the 4.8 due to similar acceleration times and lower price.
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