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Old 12-11-2013, 07:26 PM
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Contemplating a switch to an X535d

I've got a 4.6is that's been pretty good to me, but I'm looking for an X5 that delivers far better fuel economy. I figured the X5d would be the way to go. The ones ive test driven were decent to drive around town, and could keep up 90mph on the highway w/o issue.

Anything I should know about the move, and/or the vehicle itself?
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Old 12-11-2013, 08:03 PM
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Knock on wood, my 2010 has been excellent. Now working towards 101k miles, the battery has been replaced along with rotors and pads and of course tiires. It is my work vehicle averaging 25k a year. The plan is to run to 150k and order another which will probably be a 2016.
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Old 12-11-2013, 09:21 PM
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We've had a 2012 diesel X5 since December of 2011. Except for Check Engine Lights because of DEF refillls, the engine has been flawless and the performance, exceptional. Mileage is consistently around 26 locally and 29-30 on the highway. If only diesel fuel were more reasonably priced....long story short, we love it!
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Same story as above but we have a 09 and similar mileage average 24mpg long term on the hiway we can get 30mpg. I also have a tune on mine and it really woke it up, the torque is addicting.
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Old 12-11-2013, 09:34 PM
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I'm liking what I'm hearing. So far, these seem to be far more reliable than their gasoline bretheren, and far moreso than their E53 cousins.
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"keep up 90 mph on the highway ..."

I'm coming from an E39 M5 so I know a thing or two about torque ... the 35d has no problems "keeping up."

I read somewhere that the 35d does 14.6s quarter miles? I've never tried and I've only had my X5 for a week, can someone confirm or deny this potentially ridiculous claim?

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It will be a different world for you, coming from a 4.6is.

70-90mph is the sweet spot for 35d, torque is at the peak. Really fun to drive, as the response is instant without downshift.
But it can fool you into thinking that it is faster that it really is. Especially coming from a gasoline engine, where torque is in higher revs (the surge happens after gear kick down).
You may find yourself disappointed if you floor the pedal at highway speed. If the tranny shifts down a gear or two, at those high RPMs (4500-5000 is high for a diesel engine) there's nothing there but noise.
Just the nature of the diesel engine: low end torque. Makes it fun to drive in bursts, but don't let the RPM go high.

Recently drove a 328d (xdrive 2.0L turbo diesel) loaner. What a fun car to drive! 280lb/f at 2K RPM.
Is it faster 0-150 than its 328i gasoline brother (also drove it)? No, it's slower to60mph by half a second. More fun? I have to say yes, because I didn't have to be in 'race mode' to enjoy it.

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Old 12-12-2013, 11:56 AM
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We've had our 09 35d for a little over a year and so far it has been great. However, in my experience, the MPG's stated above aren't in line with what we've experienced. I have to really try hard to get 28 mpg on the highway. I would say that 25-26 is a more reasonable expectation, with low 20's combined average city/highway.

Also, in my area, not every gas station uses the larger diameter diesel nozzles that are required to unlock the tab in the X5's fueller neck, which can be somewhat of a pain at times and the diesel pumps are typically messier. They tend to make your hands smell after refueling.

Oil changes are somewhat expensive. Especially if you refill the DEF at the same time. It was about $190 at an indy shop. The dealer wanted even more. However, you can do it yourself for a bit less.

Other than that, I am very happy we chose the 35d. Tons of low end torque. Feels pretty similar to our old 4.4, imo. May be somewhat of a performance downgrade from a 4.6is, but there are tunes that will add a ton power and torque to these things on the cheap if you desire.
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We have had ours for about 2 weeks now and like it.

We got an engine light that came on with reduced power but the next day the light was still on but runs normal.
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Mike, is this so you can pour more fuel money into the ///M5?
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