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Forum: X5 E70 (2007 - 2013) 08-26-2015, 04:39 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 560
Posted By dcharnet
Glad it went well. I have been told by...

Glad it went well. I have been told by knowledgable sources that it is best to leave the transmission in one of the two automatic modes for towing . I use D for flatland towing with my '15 35d, and...
Forum: X5 F15 (2014 - Current) 08-19-2015, 04:58 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,124
Posted By dcharnet
This is a superior engine in every respect. The...

This is a superior engine in every respect. The only issue we occasionally have is finding unblended diesel. In Minneapolis-St Paul, where we have a condo, everything is "5-20" and no one knows...
Forum: X5 F15 (2014 - Current) 08-09-2015, 05:15 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,539
Posted By dcharnet
Look at every component in the system. My...

Look at every component in the system. My enclosed race car trailer has a 2 inch coupler. The shank on the 2 inch ball is typically rated for 5000 lbs max. That sets the maximum on what can safely be...
Forum: X5 F15 (2014 - Current) 07-30-2015, 09:48 PM
Replies: 57
Views: 3,999
Posted By dcharnet
The editorial staff was reportedly very pleased...

The editorial staff was reportedly very pleased that the entire thread was publishable verbatim.
Forum: X5 F15 (2014 - Current) 07-30-2015, 06:37 PM
Replies: 57
Views: 3,999
Posted By dcharnet
The Onion has apparently just acquired the rights...

The Onion has apparently just acquired the rights to this thread.
Forum: X5 F15 (2014 - Current) 07-30-2015, 05:13 AM
Replies: 57
Views: 3,999
Posted By dcharnet
Space gray on my '15 X5 incenses my wife because...

Space gray on my '15 X5 incenses my wife because it makes her tan look sallow in sunlight. I think it makes me look shorter. WTF, BMW!!!! $70k for THIS???I am selling the car and getting a Porsche....
Forum: X5 F15 (2014 - Current) 07-28-2015, 08:50 PM
Replies: 57
Views: 3,999
Posted By dcharnet
Yes! Back then they were grousing about the...

Yes! Back then they were grousing about the finish of the wood spokes on the latest Volpini Mk IV chariot. Not burnished QUITE right, if Pliny The Elder's diary is correct.
Forum: X5 E70 (2007 - 2013) 07-28-2015, 08:39 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 594
Posted By dcharnet
i suspect that there is some aero difference...

i suspect that there is some aero difference between the F70 and the F15. Curious if anyone has information. I know that the F15 pulls high pressure lift and drag-inducing turbulent air from the rear...
Forum: X5 F15 (2014 - Current) 07-28-2015, 06:57 PM
Replies: 57
Views: 3,999
Posted By dcharnet
It must have been this way just before Rome...

It must have been this way just before Rome burned. Seriously amazing thread.
Forum: X5 E70 (2007 - 2013) 07-28-2015, 06:44 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 594
Posted By dcharnet
I just did a 1450 mile round trip in my '15 35d...

I just did a 1450 mile round trip in my '15 35d and averaged 31.1. Much of the was at 80+ mph across Nebraska and down Colorado with the air on. Much of that was in crosswinds.
Forum: X5 E70 (2007 - 2013) 07-26-2015, 05:20 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 270
Posted By dcharnet
Perhaps it just needs a charge, if yours is one...

Perhaps it just needs a charge, if yours is one of the earlier chargeable ones.
Forum: X5 F15 (2014 - Current) 07-24-2015, 03:48 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,203
Posted By dcharnet
I ordered this and it has arrived. Excellent...

I ordered this and it has arrived. Excellent quality and fit. Highly recommended.
Forum: X5 E70 (2007 - 2013) 07-15-2015, 04:28 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 920
Posted By dcharnet
Running boards may look OK--or not--but they...

Running boards may look OK--or not--but they serve almost no real purpose on an X5, can loosen over time (mine did), and when you exit you either get mud or dirt on your leg or you have to do an...
Forum: X5 F15 (2014 - Current) 07-13-2015, 08:46 PM
Replies: 41
Views: 2,605
Posted By dcharnet
I absolutely love my '15 35d. I fill up and the...

I absolutely love my '15 35d. I fill up and the range says "680 miles" or so. My aggregate average when not towing the race car is 31.1. Acceleration below 50 is quicker than a gas version (I...
Forum: X5 E70 (2007 - 2013) 07-05-2015, 07:07 AM
Replies: 46
Views: 2,120
Posted By dcharnet
Have you had any experience towing anything heavy...

Have you had any experience towing anything heavy for long distances at highway speeds? Anyone who has and who is not trying to sell you a bigger more profitable trailer will advise you to proceed...
Forum: X5 E70 (2007 - 2013) 07-03-2015, 09:09 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 680
Posted By dcharnet
My '15 35d is very quiet. Overall, the '15 is...

My '15 35d is very quiet. Overall, the '15 is more refined than my '13 35i. There were solid pragmatic reasons for me to buy the '15. I didn't expect to like it so much more. Certainly the diesel is...
Forum: X5 F15 (2014 - Current) 06-30-2015, 06:22 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 538
Posted By dcharnet
This really is a complicated topic. For instance,...

This really is a complicated topic. For instance, I have a 20' covered race car trailer. It takes a 2 " ball. The shank on a 2 inch ball is rated for 5000 lbs. Ergo, my weakest link has a 5000 lb...
Forum: X5 F15 (2014 - Current) 06-28-2015, 07:11 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 538
Posted By dcharnet
Have fun with the trailer. Very sorry about your...

Have fun with the trailer. Very sorry about your loss.
Forum: X5 F15 (2014 - Current) 06-28-2015, 06:10 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 538
Posted By dcharnet
I have towed race cars in covered trailers for...

I have towed race cars in covered trailers for years with X5s. I recently traded a '13 35i in for a '15 35d. Both are excellent tow cars, but the greater torque in the diesel makes for more relaxed...
Forum: X5 F15 (2014 - Current) 06-21-2015, 08:27 PM
Replies: 42
Views: 3,269
Posted By dcharnet
My space gray '15 35d is the best BMW color I...

My space gray '15 35d is the best BMW color I have seen. This vehicle overall is a surprisingly large improvement over my '13 x5 35i.
Forum: X5 E70 (2007 - 2013) 06-13-2015, 08:27 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,201
Posted By dcharnet
Also consider the diesel hassle factors:...

Also consider the diesel hassle factors: availability of diesel vs.gas, That Smell when you fill up, Ad Blue Anxiety, and the need to be sure that as winter arrives you put the right diesel mix in....
Forum: X5 E70 (2007 - 2013) 06-03-2015, 06:55 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 1,006
Posted By dcharnet
7700 lbs is a crazy number to consider towing...

7700 lbs is a crazy number to consider towing with an x5, regardless of engine. Towing is as much about comparative weight and mass as it is about torque. I would not tow above 5000 lbs in an X5, at...
Forum: X5 E70 (2007 - 2013) 05-28-2015, 05:47 PM
Replies: 36
Views: 1,598
Posted By dcharnet
The 8 speed transmission in a '13 is a huge...

The 8 speed transmission in a '13 is a huge upgrade compared to the 6 speed in the older model. That and the upgraded motor make the newer car much more desirable.
Forum: X5 E70 (2007 - 2013) 05-15-2015, 05:49 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 689
Posted By dcharnet
"... She said the Diesels require more repairs...

"... She said the Diesels require more repairs than the gas counterparts hence the high price. I told her that was funny cuz when I was shopping for the car, one of the benefits of the diesel she...
Forum: X5 E70 (2007 - 2013) 03-31-2015, 04:09 AM
Replies: 69
Views: 2,681
Posted By dcharnet
What valve seal issues? I am not aware of any for...

What valve seal issues? I am not aware of any for the 6.
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