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Old 10-17-2011, 12:10 PM
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So my 2007 4.8 with sport package includes the visuals AND adaptive drive? I know for a fact that its handling increases by a large amount when the sport button is pressed. There is a huge noticeable difference.

Also, I have 3rd row seating...so that includes rear air suspension, right? Would that have any impact on the sport package?
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Old 10-17-2011, 01:21 PM
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Originally Posted by andy727 View Post
This stuff drove me crazy when I was ordering mine.

Right, Sport Package with Sport Suspension Delete is basically an appearance package: Wheels, anthracite headliner, shadowline exterior trim, steering wheel, and the option for multi-contour seats.

Adaptive Drive @ $3,500 includes EDC (Electronic Damping Control), uprated dampers, springs, and Active Roll Stabilization.

Adaptive Drive is really a good deal when you think about it, you get quite a bit of upgrade for that price. If you don't get it decide to upgrade the handling later on, you will be spending at least $3,500, if not much more, and you still wouldn't gain EDC or Active Roll Stabilization.

From the BMW Web site:

Active Roll Stabilization
Active Roll Stabilization is an active suspension control system designed to reduce body-roll, or lean, while cornering. This improves the vehicle"s suspension geometry (the degree of wheel angle relative to vertical).

Electronic Damping Control
Electronic Damping Control (EDC) automatically adjusts the shock absorber settings to meet changes in vehicle speed, load, or road and driving conditions. The driver selects either "Sport" or "Comfort" from the iDrive "Settings" menu. EDC then modifies the shock absorbers to any degree, from the softest to the firmest setting. The result is exceptional riding comfort and fluid, responsive handling at all times. For example, the "Sport" setting increases firmness under all conditions for a sportier driving feel. With the "Comfort" setting, when sensors detect smooth roads, the shock absorbers are kept "soft" for optimum riding comfort. When the vehicle is rounding a sharp corner or curve, the shock absorbers are automatically and instantly adjusted to a firmer level. And when the vehicle encounters irregular road surfaces, such as bumps or a "washboard" surface, the shocks are instantly adjusted to the optimum level of firmness. This controls ride motions, helping to keep ride comfort at an acceptable level while maintaining road contact.
Great post, thank you Adaptive Drive sounds like the suspension I am looking for. Now, here comes the task of finding a pre-owned the way we want it AND with the AD.....
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Old 10-17-2011, 08:11 PM
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jeremym, I am not sure 100% what they were doing in 2007. However, from my research I believe that you are correct, that you have both the appearance and Adaptive Drive.

The self-leveling rear suspension is a requirement of the 3rd row. Even though I am not getting the 3rd row, I wanted to make sure that I had self-leveling. FWIW, my dealer told me that they order all of their X5's with it. All I know is that mine is supposed to have it.

As far as impact on the Sport Package, it all works together as a system. Self-leveling replaces the traditional coil springs with pneumatic springs.

Interesting: There are 3 different part numbers for the pneumatic springs, one for standard self-leveling, one for Sport Suspension, and one for Adaptive Drive. Of course here in the USA, we are required to order Adaptive Drive in order to get Sport suspension. This was a sore point for me, as I wanted Sport Suspension without AD.
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Old 10-17-2011, 08:15 PM
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Originally Posted by OlyS4 View Post
Great post, thank you Adaptive Drive sounds like the suspension I am looking for. Now, here comes the task of finding a pre-owned the way we want it AND with the AD.....
Good luck with your search! I'm sure that with some patience/determination, you will find one with all the options you want.

I couldn't find one that I liked, which is why I ended up ordering a 2012 model, but I was maybe a little impatient!
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Old 10-21-2011, 04:34 PM
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My advice is to get sport pack with AD.... I regret not waiting to order one with AD....
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