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Discussion in 'E70 X5 (2007-2013)' started by Bill Howard, Dec 7, 2007.

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    Could this be the world's highest-tech car? That's a good thing, right? BMW chose the X5 as the first BMW (first vehicle of any kind) to implement the high-speed FlexRay electronic bus, initially controlling the rear suspension. In plain English, when the front of the X5 hits a bump, sensors can tell the rear suspension (via FlexRay) how to adapt when it gets there.

    For others, the X5 is simply an awesome all-wheel-drive sports activity vehicle (SAV) with more room and refinement in the second generation, which debuted fall 2006 as a 2007model. More for specsmanship than passenger comfort back there, the X5 can be fitted with a third row seat. Engines are a choice of inline six or V8, either one mated to BMW's new E-shifter six-speed Steptronic automatic, the one that looks like a satin chrome beer tap. Depending on how it's equipped, you can buy an X5 for somewhat less than $50,000, or if it's very nicely equipped, bring one home for just under $80,000.

    BMW has been selling 2,000 to 3,000 X5's each month. 2006 was a down year because of the model switchover at the Spartanburg, SC, plant that builds all the world's X5's:


    Year U.S. sales
    2007 ..... 33,000 +23% (projected, virtually all X70)
    2006 ..... 26,798 -29% (mostly E53, previous-generation X5)
    2005 ..... 37,598 +07% (E53, previous generation)
    2004 ..... 35,225 ---


    Here's pricing (December 2007) on the 2008 X5. Note that you can't just add up all the options prices since some conflict (eg Napa Leather and ventilated seats, or the technology package and its component parts: DVD, PDC, camera):

    X5 3.0si ........................... $46,675
    X5 4.4 ..............................$55,275
    Napa leather .........................$1,000
    Active steering ..................... $1,400
    Sport package .... .................. $3,600
    BMW Assist & Bluetooth ................ $750
    Park distance control ................. $700
    Premium package ......................$1,750
    Cold weather package .................. $900
    Rear climate package .................. $900
    Active ventilated seats ..............$2,100
    Premium sound ....................... $1,850
    HD Radio .............................. $350
    Sirius satellite radio .................$595
    iPod adapter .......................... $400
    Rear seat entertainment ............. $1,700
    Technology package:
    DVD, Park Distance Control, camera).. $2,600
    Multi-contour seats, lumbar ..........$1,200
    Comfort access ...................... $1,000
    Navigation .......................... $1,900
    Head-up display ..................... $1,200
    Heated front seats .................... $500
    Heated rear seats ..................... $300
    Third-row seating ................... $1,200
    Running boards ........................ $300
    Max price, 2008 X5 4.8i .............$78,420
    Base prices include $775 shipping

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