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Old 06-14-2018, 11:21 AM
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Originally Posted by MattGoose View Post
I was saying to wait for the '19 to get a better deal on an '18. But your money is on the line, not mine
Gotcha. I will see how motivated she stays as time goes on in wanting to make a change. I plan to hold off until August at a minimum and if numbers are attractive we will do something then perhaps. Or maybe she will decide to stick with GC a while longer.

Appreciate all the input as I learn about bmw's.
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Originally Posted by PSW View Post
Gotcha. I will see how motivated she stays as time goes on in wanting to make a change. I plan to hold off until August at a minimum and if numbers are attractive we will do something then perhaps. Or maybe she will decide to stick with GC a while longer.

Appreciate all the input as I learn about bmw's.
Roger that.

If you're in a GC and considering an X5 I would take a look at the Mazda CX-9. It's a Mazda, I get it. But they are GC pricing and 90% of the BMW interior.
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On #5, all two door models though. Would not own one out of warranty. But, I think that’s the case with most mid to higher end German vehicles. Hell, the maintenance on the Porsche is absurdly expensive, and that’s not a repair. My brother has the gas X5 and loves it. Been about 5 years.
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Originally Posted by fishingfun View Post
First thing you have to learn before you buy a BMW. Is how to work into every conversation in the first 5 minutes that you own a BMW. Long term BMW owners can do it in the first one to two minutes.
And how much it cost you....
Old 06-14-2018, 01:21 PM
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Sounds like consensus is to lease a new X5 vs buying a CPO.

I will also be driving the car on occasion and I want to be something I like which is why the diesel X5.
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I strongly recommend test driving it a little distance on the highway before you pull the trigger.
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I run my X5 like I stole it . Currently there are no dash lights on for problems . Its a well built vehicle . I just had an IMS upgrade performed in a boxster I recently bought , that was pricey . No know issues like that in the X5 . I would only lease if it was deductible . Buy a clean used one for 35 grand less because of fear and enjoy .

I also would recommend a Mercedes GLK 250 diesel , also an excellent small suv .

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Get the 3.5 twin turbo motor. The Diesel is not nearly as fun.
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I had three x5's and wife currently has a 528. They are great cars, excellent steering, braking, overall handling. But, buy an extended warranty. They are very $ when they break.
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Originally Posted by t4000 View Post
I run my X5 like I stole it . Currently there are no dash lights on for problems . Its a well built vehicle . I just had an IMS upgrade performed in a boxster I recently bought , that was pricey . No know issues like that in the X5 . I would only lease if it was deductible . Buy a clean used on for 35 grand less because of fear and enjoy .
Uh oh...you know what's going to happen now!
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Originally Posted by seajay View Post
is this how its done?

"sorry i'm late, i ran into a lot of traffic on the way here and my bimmer crapped out"
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Originally Posted by gotboostedvr6 View Post
Get the 3.5 twin turbo motor. The Diesel is not nearly as fun.
My rig is a 2017 Range Rover w/ 510hp so I am wanting a complimentary SUV that has some efficiency. The 3.0 diesel has peaked my curiousity and I want to try it out. The X5 seems like the best SUV to match with the engine and a good combo overall.
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Originally Posted by t4000 View Post
I run my X5 like I stole it . Currently there are no dash lights on for problems . Its a well built vehicle . I just had an IMS upgrade performed in a boxster I recently bought , that was pricey . No know issues like that in the X5 . I would only lease if it was deductible . Buy a clean used one for 35 grand less because of fear and enjoy .

I also would recommend a Mercedes GLK 250 diesel , also an excellent small suv .
Did the bulbs burn out?
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Originally Posted by D.M.D. View Post
Wife has one...sunroof motor stopped. BMW wanted $4700.00 for the repair.....Told them to shut the roof. She loves the vehicle, but DAMN.....they are $$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$ to maintain. Also, headlight bulb blew out. Can't replace the bulb, the entire light assembly must be replaced. Great! To get to it, the front bumper needs to be removed!! So, after $938.00 for a headlight, we can see again at night!! You have been forewarned!!!!
yup done that

forgot a battery is $750 plus
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Originally Posted by fishingfun View Post
First thing you have to learn before you buy a BMW. Is how to work into every conversation in the first 5 minutes that you own a BMW. Long term BMW owners can do it in the first one to two minutes.
I didn't realize that it had to be in the first five minutes but a good thing to know as I currently own a unicorn 2004 BMW M3 CONVERTIBLE after selling my 2008 550I to my BMW mechanic and my next door neighbor bought my 1997 328I convertible......

You mean like that????
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Originally Posted by YeOldeStonecat View Post
What part are you going to attempt to debate?

Since the early 70's. Starting with in the family and friends, neighbors. As far back as the 1600 models, and then the 2002, models, and and then the 2002tii models (I can't even begin to count how many hours I've spent in those...one of my best friends back in college had one, and I had an imported Ford (of Cologne Germany) Capri with a 2.8 v6 and getrag 4 spd. Every single Sunday at midnight we'd race up to UCONN campus from our home town...normally about a 1 hour drive back then but we'd typically do it in under 30 minutes at near or over triple digit speeds for much of it)
A neighbor started turning into a collector with the rare coupes such as the mid 70's 3.0 CSi with triple weber carbs, he had a few other semi rare models. They were a full German family and also collected old Porches and VWs of 60's and early 70's vintage. I spent a lot of time helping wrench 'em. (they'd buy up old ratty ones and fix 'em up into gorgeous show grade cars)
Even in the 80's...lotta time in a 325i we had. My dad bought a rare imported 735i model (Euro spec...not US spec). 5 spd manual instead of automatic like 99% of 'em, rev limited cut in at 155 but she'd still climb up to that.

BMW's inline 6's back then were legendary for smoothness, and pulling like a locomotive with a fantastic solid torque curve and a willingness to dance near the 6k range all day long. And a sumptuous crisp 5spd and a suspension system that let the car become one with it sporting drive.

Growing up my parents were into European sports cars..they both had MGA's when they met and married, my dad was also into Austin Healeys, and at age 12 he taught me to drive on his '74 Alfa Romeo 2000 GTV Sprint Veloce. That car has done a lot of laps at the Lime Rock track in CT.

Back then, there were more than 1x article in something like Road & Track magazine that had articles of Alfas and BMWs with 0-60 tests on brand new cars versus cars with >50k miles...showing the cars with >50 miles ran faster. Engines were made well by some manufacturers back then. Compared to the horribly engineered cars made by the US in the late 70's and early 80's...where engines ate themselves up by 75k miles and lost all performance and turn into blue smoke blowing tired old rigs. Back then US made cars were junk by 100k miles. Sure..gotten better now, but.."affordable" Euro cars now like BMW, Audi, VW, Volvo..(now gone Saab)..they've turned into "Look at me" snob cars. Peaked during the Chris Bangle years...the late 90's and early 2000's...as he designed and churned out that bloated look BMW and marketing aimed to the $ yuppie crowd. Do they still "drive" better than most rice and American cars? Sure! But...primary goal now is the snob appeal, with a little bit of "ultimate driving machine" still hidden in there.

Personally I'd love to stumble across an old Z-8 Roadster model for myself. I bet nobody else here on these forums ever even heard of that model. Quite a rare little thing...cross a Miata with a burbly V-8 engine under the hood and throw in a lot of testosterone....and better looks, and you have a Z-8 Roadster.
My neighbor was given a Z-8 Roadster by her employer in his will when he passed... Prior to passing, he would drive by my house in it from time to time with the top down and let me tell you it was pure SEX. What a beautiful piece of machinery and I am dangerous with tools in my hand so don't even look under the hood but you just knew... The women who inherited it sold it for major $$$$ as it was pristine...
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I also like the look of the jag f pace diesel .
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Owned a 335D BMW once.
Great car, that 3.0 turbodiesel ran like a champ, terrific fuel mileage, awesome power and the car handled like a dream.
Like some other people posting in this thread, just sneezing in the car would set off some sensor or turn on some warning light.
Came to the point I dreaded starting the car because some sensor or warning would come on requiring a trip to the stealership.
The straw that broke my back was when I took it for a service at 25,000 miles, got it done, and on the way home, the transmission blew up on me!
Had the car towed back to the dealership, grabbed the manager and treated him to a long, loud, and profane tirade about the" Ultimate driving Machine".

At least BMW stepped up, replaced the transmission and bought the car back from me, took a loss on the price but I wanted the car gone!

Never a BMW again.
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Was watching the Meecum auto auction the other night and was astounded at the cheap prices cars were selling for.
2005 Bentley GT 23000 miles $35K This car was $160k new!
2002 Dodge Viper $30k
So for $65k and buy fees you can have a nice garage full of goodies for less money than a Chevy Pickup!
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Originally Posted by D.M.D. View Post
Wife has one...sunroof motor stopped. BMW wanted $4700.00 for the repair.....Told them to shut the roof. She loves the vehicle, but DAMN.....they are $$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$ to maintain. Also, headlight bulb blew out. Can't replace the bulb, the entire light assembly must be replaced. Great! To get to it, the front bumper needs to be removed!! So, after $938.00 for a headlight, we can see again at night!! You have been forewarned!!!!
Holly crap that's funny.

That's great engineering there lol

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