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Old 11-19-2013, 12:02 PM
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Does the 10+ really that much better than the 09?

So we sold our car and now instead of just lurking here all the time I am shopping !

I want a 2011 35D, cost is not what we want so I have settled on a 2010 as it has the better idrive and the top view camera.

So my question is should I really rule out the 2009 as there are lots of the 09's with low mileage and great options that I am going to pass over because it is missing a few updates?

I have done the research and I know how they differ on paper but not in the real world, and it is still a BMW at the end of the day.
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Old 11-19-2013, 01:17 PM
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Newer idrive, thats about it. IIRC. 2011 is where the facelift started, thats what I would get (new headlights 2011.5, new tail lights, front and rear bumper and topview camera). You also get the combox in 2011 that allows for bluetooth streaming, internet access etc.
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Old 11-19-2013, 01:39 PM
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Major handling difference: if you get the Sport Package with an '09 or older you get Adaptive Drive standard. On the '10's+, the Sport Package only has AD as a stand alone option (meaning you might not be getting it-- depending on vehicle). AD, for most people, is really a big difference in how the vehicle handles.
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Old 11-19-2013, 01:51 PM
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tough choice AD vs. new idrive. I say that because I would punch my '08's [email protected]$$ idrive in the gut if I could. One I use all the time, the other only during spirited driving I could tell.
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^^ You can always do a retrofit to the newer iDrive...
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^^ You can always do a retrofit to the newer iDrive...
No, blue dragon, YOU can do a retrofit to the newer iDrive. Most mortals can't.
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Thanks guys, this is so hard to decide.

I think if I just take my time and wait for the right 2011 to pop up I can grab it, my wife is borrowing her moms 09 X3 M sport so all is not bad
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