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Old 11-19-2012, 02:04 PM
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Originally Posted by 540iman View Post
...Congrats on the new X5 Q-man. The Kia Sportage I bought the wife few mos ago(cause we could not swing an X-5) will need a complete detail MINIMUM to take away the tears...

LOL Thanks for the kind words...don't worry, y'all ain't got rid of me yet! The e53 X5 is really just an e39 5 series SUV...that stands about 6" taller and pulls a bit from the front (AWD). Its the last of the generation of bimmers (e45/e39/e38) that have basically the same design/build architecture. Sitting in her looks & feels very familiar...same instrument cluster, gear shift, IHKA controls, and audio/MID/Nav set-up etc.

There's only a few things that bridge over to the newer i-drive the push/pull window switches, the N62 double VANOS engine, & X-drive. The basic maintenance upkeep and common maladies are the same as the e38/e39 I'll still be around.

Oddly...the X5 guys/gals don't really have the same dynamic forums as the e38 & e39...there's a good one (no names to protect the guilty) with some really knowledgeable members...but they aren't quite as active as the 5 & 7 forums...and that could be due to the number of owners.

So, just from sheer're still stuck with me interjecting my 2 cents into the conversations.
Q {BMW CCA Member #191509}
2006 E53 X5 4.4i (Sterling Gray) 12/05 mfg date <<~>> 97 740iL (Arctic Silver) 3/97 mfg date
99 540iT (Orient Blue) <<~>> 95 525IT (Alpine White)
91 735iL (Schwarz Black) <<~>> 85 325e (Bronzit)
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