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Old 03-02-2013, 07:44 PM
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Nice to see you guys.. coming over from the 540 section...

wifey wants a x5... (and or x3) the only thing is it has to be stick..

so this is where i start trolling your section... see what i can learn b4 i fly 1500 miles to go get a car..

anyway .... has to be stick.. that is all..

what years came in manual trans... is there anything out of the norm that i should know b4 i bite off this truck?

Im a mechanic and ive been wrenching on bimmers for some years... but ive never had the opportunity to wrench on one of these,

what do i need to know about the maunal models.. other then they are hard to find?

should she get a x3 over the x5? (i prefer the v8)
can they pull a small trailer?
how does the AWD do?
what is Natorius for failing

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Old 03-03-2013, 07:11 AM
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Well first off welcome. You're not going to get a V8 with a manual transmission. The V8 also didn't come in the X3. You'll also have a better shot finding a manual X3 than you would a manual X5. I'm not sure how well the six's tow, but my X has towed some stuff for me quite well. There's been some tranny issues for me, but after 181,000 miles its doing great right now. You will also not find a manual E70 nor a manual F25 (US). The 540i has the same engine as the E53 V8, you knew that already. The difference is the AWD which is not bad. CV boot changes is an addition to what maintenance is on the 5. 5 touring has the same single axle air suspension as some X's like mine which has been too much trouble. Some X's and all 4.8is have double axle air suspension which is controllable. Not so in the single setup. 4.6is only up to 2003 has the same engine as the 00-03 4.4 with different intake and cylinders bored. 2004 was the facelift (LCI) which sent the 4.4i away for a new N62. The 4.8is from 2004-06 has the same engine except tuned for 360HP.
They are great vehicles if kept maintained. A nice ride height above the traffic, but not too high and great handling makes it great for daily driving.
If you know your way around a box of tools the X shouldn't be an issue. Don't know too much about X3's, but one thing I do know is that I walk all over those from a dig. (The 2 that tried anyway)
Good luck.
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Old 03-03-2013, 07:33 AM
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(correction: the 2004-06 (face-lift) X5s with I6 engines came with a 6-speed manual & the V8s had 6-speed auto transmissions
..not 5-speed trannys like the earlier 2000-03 models:

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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