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Old 12-31-2020, 05:05 PM
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New to Us '15 35d Hope it's as Good as the E70 (Build/Maint. Log)

Wife and I finalized purchase of an F15 35d the other day and are looking forward to the upgrade in generational improvement in both tech and refinement. We hadn't intended on buying anything yet but hadn't seen another optioned this way in the year+ I'd been looking at them. From what we've read the F15 chassis is a little less engaging than the E70, but much more capable and refined. It will be our primary family vehicle and trip car so that suits us just fine. We had it PPI'd so fingers crossed it'll serve us well. All I have are dealer pics currently.

The dealer experience btw I have been less than pleased with. They have embodied every used car stereotype that exists. I don't think they are used to dealing with someone who already has financing or cash and doesn't need their "assistance" with trying to finagle a loan to a sub 600 credit score. They have made what should be a very smooth process a little irritating (I've never had to get a purchase agreement/order notarized before) and I've bought vehicles out of state easier.

12/29/2020

- Purchased the wife's "new" X5 to replace her 2010 X35d which has 166,000 miles on it.

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2015 xDrive35d built 8/4/14 (original sticker ~ $82500)

A90 Dark Grey Metallic (sophistograu metallic)
NAMY Mocca Nappa leather package w/ black leather dash and contrast stitching
ZXD X-line

212 National Brake System Equipment Ausstattung Bremsanlage Laender
245 Steering Column Adjustment Elec Lenksaeulenverstellung Elektrisch
255 Sports Leather Steering Wheel Sport-lederlenkrad
258 Runflat Tyres Bereifung Mit Notlaufeigenschaften
2D4 19"la Wheels Star Spoke 449 19"lm Raeder Sternspeiche 449
2VB Tyre Pressure Indicator Reifendruckanzeige
2VM Adaptive Suspension Package Comfort Adaptives Fahrwerkspaket Comfort
2VP Adaptive Suspension Package Dynamic Adaptives Fahrwerkspaket Dynamic
300 Emergency Wheel Notrad
302 Alarm System Alarmanlage
319 Integrated Universal Remote Control Integrierte Universal-fernbedienung
322 Comfort Access System Komfortzugang
323 Soft Close Automatic System For Doors Soft-close-automatik Fuer Tueren
328 Aluminium Running Board Sill Aluminium-trittbrett
3AG Backup Camera Rueckfahrkamera
3AT Roof Rails Aluminium Satinated Dachreling Aluminium Satiniert
3E2 Exterieurdesign Pure Experience Exterieurdesign Pure Experience
3MB Individual Ext.line Alu. Satinated Individual Ext Line Alu Satiniert
402 Panorama Glass Roof Panorama Glasdach
420 Sun Protection Glazing Sonnenschutzverglasung
423 Floor Mats, Velour Fussmatten In Velours
430 Interior And Exterior Mirror Packa Innen- Und Aussenspiegelpaket
441 Smokers Package Raucherpaket
453 Active Seat Ventilation, Front Aktive Sitzbelueftung Vorn
456 Comfort Seats, Electric. Adjustable Komfortsitze Elektrisch Verstellbar
488 Lumbar Support Driver/front Passenger Lordosenstuetze Fahrer/beifahrer
493 Storage Compartment Package Ablagenpaket
494 Seat Heating F Driver/front Passenger Sitzheizung Fuer Fahrer/beifahrer
4B9 Int.trim Finishers Alum.high Finish Int.leiste Aluminium Feinschliff
4FF Comfort Seats In Rear Komfortsitze Im Fond
4NB Aut.air Conditioning 4-zone Control Klimaautomatik Mit 4-zonenregelung
4U1 Ceramic Embellisher For Controls Keramikapplikation F.bedienelemente
508 Park Distance Control (pdc) Park Distance Control (pdc)
552 Adaptive Led Headlight Adaptiver Led-scheinwerfer
563 Lights Package Lichtpaket
575 Additional 12v Power Socket Zusaetzliche 12-v-steckdose
5A1 Led-fog Lights Led-nebelscheinwerfer
5AC Autom. High-beam Headlights Control Fernlichtassistent
5AG Lane Change Warning Spurwechselwarnung
5AP Decoding For No-dazzle High-beam As Dekodierung Blendfreier Fernlichtas
5AT Driving Assistant Plus Driving Assistant Plus
5DL Surround View Surround View
5DP Park Assistant Parkassistent
609 Navigation System Professional Navigationssystem Professional
610 Head Up Display Head-up Display
645 Radio Control Us Radio-steuerung Us
655 Satellite Radio Satellitentuner
697 Area-code 1 Area-code 1
6AC Intelligent Emergency Call Intelligenter Notruf
6AE Teleservices Teleservices
6AK Connecteddrive Services Connecteddrive Services
6AM Real Time Traffic Information Real Time Traffic Information
6AP Remote Services Remote Services
6F2 Bang&olufsen High End Surround Soun Bang&olufsen High End Surround Soun
7S6 Interieurdesign Pure Experience Interieurdesign Pure Experience
823 Hot Climate Version Heissland-ausfuehrung
845 Acoustic Belt Warning Akustische Gurtwarnung
853 Language Version English Sprachversion Englisch
8KL Oelserviceint. 15.000km/12months Oelwartungsint. 15.000km/12monate
8S4 Decoding Variable Light Distributio Decodierung Variable Lichtverteilun
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X5 xDrive35d
5UXKS4C55F0J97577
8SL Preparation For Trailer Tow Hitch Vorbereitung Fuer Anhaengerkupplung
8SM Vin, Visible From Outside Fahrgestellnummer,v.aussen Sichtbar
8TH Speed Limit Info Speed Limit Info
8TN Daytime Driving Lights Selectable B Tagfahrlicht Ueber Lichtmenue Einst
992 Number Plate Attachement Management Steuerung Kennzeichenbefestigung
9AA External Skin Protection Aussenhautschutz

The only things we wish it also had (really) are.

417 Rear manual side window shades
ZCW Cold Weather Package
248 Heated steering wheel
496 Heated rear seat
502 Retractable headlight washers

Unicorn car would have had the above and the Msport package. But we were finding that the Msports weren't optioned very heavily by their buyers. I guess because that was a fairly expensive option line. Oh well, we aren't in the tax bracket required to order a new one with everything we want so we had to take what we could get. At any rate, we're excited to have a new addition to the fleet.
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Old 12-31-2020, 08:40 PM
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Congrats again my man! I hope that vehicle serves you well!
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Old 01-12-2021, 05:20 PM
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Congrats again my man! I hope that vehicle serves you well!
Appreciate that Happy. So do we. *fingers crossed* So far we're averaging 27+ MPG combined. That's about 5MPG higher than the E70. Happy with that, though that will go down with the 20's going on soon.

01/07/2020

- Had the truck over to the detailer

Here are some pics now that it has been paint corrected and ceramic coated with Cquartz. Detailer also used Cquartz leather interior coating... didn't know that was a thing. But the wife was pleased and she is a connoisseur of interior detailing.

Paint swirling condition before.

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Hood before:

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This last one I took with my phone when I picked it up.

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Wife and I are VERY happy with the results. This looks like a totally different vehicle from what we picked up a week ago. He was able to get most of the damage off this seriously neglected paint. The sap on the hood and the roof were atrocious. If anyone wants a detail in the San Antonio area I highly recommend Ohana Ceramic Coatings. After mine was done my Mom got her QX70 done and my Father got his 535d F10 done. All came out great. Price is very reasonable as well.

The X5 is going back to him at the end of the week for front bumper PPF wrapping. Asked him if it was going to be a problem with the coating being on there already. He said they prep it and then re-coat with ceramic over the PPF is put on. Nice. Also have some fender flares here that I ordered to put on it and then will move the 20's from the E70 over to this one. Should look pretty nice.
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Nav, HiFi, 6 DVD, Sports Pckg, Cold Weather Pckg, HUD, CAS, Running Boards, Leather Dash, PDC, Pano (Purchased 03/17 w/ 136,120 miles)

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Old 01-12-2021, 05:39 PM
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The X5 is going back to him at the end of the week for front bumper PPF wrapping. Asked him if it was going to be a problem with the coating being on there already. He said they prep it and then re-coat with ceramic over the PPF is put on. Nice. Also have some fender flares here that I ordered to put on it and then will move the 20's from the E70 over to this one. Should look pretty nice.
Great result! You'll regret not doing PPF on the hood, too. I am still kicking myself for not doing our vehicle (same exact model) at delivery, and doing the PPF 2 yrs after the fact. The chipping occurred more on the metal hood while the underlying plastic in the bumper seemed to cushion small stone impacts, and chip less.
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Great result! You'll regret not doing PPF on the hood, too. I am still kicking myself for not doing our vehicle (same exact model) at delivery, and doing the PPF 2 yrs after the fact. The chipping occurred more on the metal hood while the underlying plastic in the bumper seemed to cushion small stone impacts, and chip less.
Thanks. I asked the detailer about the hood. He said they could do it, but said it probably wasn't necessary. The front end on X5's is large and takes the brunt of the damage in his experience. That matches our results as well through 4 X5's so we elected to save some money and spend that on a new windshield. Hopefully we don't regret that. The front bumper kit ordered does include the front hood protection, but I can not stand the exposed transition between film and no film on the hood to say nothing of what it does to making the paint age at different rates. So we skipped that too.

01/16/2021

- Fender flares installed in prep for the 20" wheels.

First mod is complete. Got the flared fender arches installed. These are aftermarket and fit 95%. Cost was about $220 after tax and using Ebay bucks that I had stored.

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The flares definitely look better, but now the 19's look totally out of place so am going to look for a place to swap over the TPMS sensors from our E70's 20" wheels over to the F15. Need to do this ASAP now.

Also while I was under and around the vehicle I took stock of the condition of the vehicle. Here are some things I noticed.

1. Front brake pads are almost new while the rears are at around 15%. Service menu confirms and has ~3000 miles left until service due. I'll do all 4 corners in a couple thousand miles.

2. The body shop who repaired the accident damage was sub-par, which does not surprise me in the slightest. I replaced all kinds of 8mm fasteners, 10mm plastic nuts, and rivets. Also found some overspray inside the front fender vents as well as one side that was not reinstalled correctly. At least they did a good job on the paint I guess.

3. Mechanically the X5 seems to be in good condition. Everything is dry and tidy in the engine bay. I dropped the front splash shield (16 8mm screws!) and had a good poke around. Suspension is tight all the way around with no signs of immediate attention being necessary. So was happy about this.

4. This thing is COMPLEX. Between the dynamic handling package, adaptive suspension, and active steering... this could get expensive. Hopefully used parts drop in price before any of these systems need work. The sway bars have motors on them, the steering rack has a motor, the front struts are adaptive, the rear suspension has air springs, and the rear differential is completely different than any I'm familiar on previous BMW's. Scary stuff.

That's it for now. Will update when we get the 20's swapped over.
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Nice! Great find.

Hi CW,

Nice vehicle. Looking forward to seeing the mods.

I drove a ton of X5s similar to this one when we wanted a replacement for the E70. (I drove one '15 with a gas engine and it was nowhere near the diesel in torque.) We went down a different path in the end but I will be keen to see how the F15 diesel holds up over time.

And hopefully the F15 board will liven up a bit more :-).
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Great looking vehicle. Yep the complexity is certainly up a notch or two, especially with those packages.

This is based on personal preference, but IND sells from amber reflector deletes. I bought a pair and the paint match was perfect. I prefer the cleaner look while some prefer the contrast that the ambers offer.

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Great looking vehicle. Yep the complexity is certainly up a notch or two, especially with those packages.

This is based on personal preference, but IND sells from amber reflector deletes. I bought a pair and the paint match was perfect. I prefer the cleaner look while some prefer the contrast that the ambers offer.

https://ind-distribution.com/product...-reflector-set
I'll keep those in mind. Personally I've always been preferential to clear reflectors than painted, but I don't think anyone makes those for the F15. Too bad.

01/25/2021

- Got the TPMS sensors swapped from the E70 wheels to the F15 and vice versa so installed the shoes on their new respective wearers. $160

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02/03/2021

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I think we've taken enough of the femininity out of it visually now. Only thing I am considering is painting the calipers (burnt copper like all our other cars) and painting the front grille surrounds black. Going to leave the silver finish on the slats but the surrounding chrome doesn't match anything else. We'll see.

Next weekend the E70 comes in for its new transmission so the F15 will be out of the garage for the next 2 weeks at least I'd guess.
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You are wasting no time CW. Love what you did here. Your OCD is undefeated. I too wanted 417 roller sunblind. Will be posting images of our 2018 F15 soon.
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