I agree with this.
Originally Posted by EugeneM
Sure it does.
Take a look at this article:
"Ride Quality The ride quality is extremely smooth when compared to conventional springs as compressed air is used to absorb irregularites on the road. This is perfect for providing a soft and comfortable ride for passengers but by adjusting the air pressure the suspension can be stiffened for a sport setting."
The ride quality with the air suspension is much better than that without.
The only problem is that there are only airbags in the rear. I suppose the heavier diesel upfront may load the springs just enough to take some jitteryness away from the front (assuming there isn't a different set of springs for each engine).
Either way, I'm more then happy with the ride in my 3 row X5d especially in terms of the comfort vs handling trade off. I'm sure I would love AD, but I love ~$3k too.
Herbert - '12 X5 35d / Sapphire Black / Black Perf Nevada / Aluminum trim / ZPP / ZPS / ZCW / ZAV / Apps / 3rd row
Betty - '04 CTS-V / Black Raven / Black Leather & Suede / 6 speed LS6 combo 400 hp & 400 tq
Sterling - '06 Silverado HD / White / Grey Leather / LBZ Duramax - Allison 6 speed combo / Crew Cab Short Bed LT3