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X5 E70 (2007 - 2013)
E70 BMW X5 produced between 2007 and 2013. Discuss the E70 X5 with other BMW owners here.

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Old 09-02-2009, 08:14 AM
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So, I ended up with an X5 Diesel and an X5 Gasoline!

As an automotive journalist, I am fortunate enough to "review" dozens of vehicles each year. While nearly all of them are "sports car" models, I do request an occasional SUV here or there...

This week, I've got an '09 BMW X5 xDrive35d... offering an excellent comparision to our own '08 BMW X5 3.0si.

Diesel vs. Gasoline. I wonder which I will prefer at the end of the week?

- Mike
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Old 09-02-2009, 08:19 AM
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Old 09-02-2009, 08:25 AM
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Give us a thorough run-down after you've had some seat time!
First impression is how frugal the 35d is with fuel. I have put 102 miles on it (70% highway), and I have not even used 1/4 tank of gas!

Since we bought our X5 3.0 last year, our average has been 15.122 mpg (calculated by hand). The OBC on the X5 diesel is saying 24.2 mpg right now...

The diesel has tons of power, but it sounds like a UPS truck.

- Mike
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Old 09-02-2009, 08:29 AM
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Old 09-02-2009, 08:49 AM
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Old 09-02-2009, 12:56 PM
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First impression is how frugal the 35d is with fuel. I have put 102 miles on it (70% highway), and I have not even used 1/4 tank of gas!

Since we bought our X5 3.0 last year, our average has been 15.122 mpg (calculated by hand). The OBC on the X5 diesel is saying 24.2 mpg right now...

The diesel has tons of power, but it sounds like a UPS truck.

- Mike
Is that UPS sound inside or outside the cabin?
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Old 09-02-2009, 02:30 PM
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Is that UPS sound inside or outside the cabin?
I take that comment back... make it a Dodge Cummins sound. And, it is both inside and outside the cabin.

I drove the Porsche Cayenne Diesel at an event last week (it is only sold outside the U.S. market right now - no plans to bring it over, yet). The X5 Diesel seems to have more lag off the line, but more power once it gets going. However, Porsche has done a better job "masking" the sound of the diesel.

Oh, in case you were wondering...

X5 Diesel = 0-60 in 6.9
Cayenne Diesel = 0-60 in 7.8 seconds

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Old 09-02-2009, 03:23 PM
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With the windows up, I only hear the diesel when leaving from a stop sign. Once, I get moving, I don't hear any extra noise
inside the vehicle. With premium diesel, my X5 runs smoother and isn't as loud. On the highway, you can't tell any difference,
it's smooth and quiet. My diesel has a lot more power and better fuel economy than the 3.0 gas engine.

I've had mine since early January...

BMW is really slow with parts for my vehicle. I've had a check engine light for an air temp sensor for a month now. Part has been on
order since August 4th. Checked today and the part is not at the dealer. I'm not very happy with BMW right now. Part checks good,
but it keeps tripping the check engine light. Also had problems with my I drive screen shutting off a few times. Dealer can't figure
out what's causing the problem...

I get 18-20 MPG in the city with my air cond. on.

Highway 25 MPG @ 80 MPH

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Old 09-02-2009, 03:41 PM
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With the windows up, I only hear the diesel when leaving from a stop sign. Once, I get moving, I don't hear any extra noise
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Jump directly from the gasoline to the diesel, and the oil-burner sounds downright loud (the inline-6 gas is just so silky-smooth, and has a much better engine note). Once moving, it is hard to audibly tell the difference, like you mention.

I'm liking the diesel over the gas, and it has only been 24 hours.

- Mike
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Old 09-02-2009, 06:33 PM
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I take that comment back... make it a Dodge Cummins sound. And, it is both inside and outside the cabin...
Here in the Texas Hill Country, Dodge Cummins diesels are so common you are rarely out of ear shot of one. Heck, in these parts the only way an X5 owner can get any respect at all, is in a 35d

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Old 09-08-2009, 10:47 PM
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I recently took a test drive in the X5 Diesel. I was expecting a sluggish ride. I was very pleasantly surprised at how much torque it had.
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I recently took a test drive in the X5 Diesel. I was expecting a sluggish ride. I was very pleasantly surprised at how much torque it had.
Well, I gave the truck back this morning.

Bottom line: The X5 diesel absolutely kicks ass. It honestly makes the 3.0si gas model obsolete! Gobs of torque at any speed, and 20-25 mpg overall. What more can you want?

- Mike
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I have gone from the driver's seat of my 530d E61, straight to the driver's seat of a LCI 530i E61. Yes, you absolutely notice the noise difference.

However, if you drive the diesel for awhile, you forget all about the engine noise... 600Nm of torque will do that to you and you end up looking like this:

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Well, I gave the truck back this morning.

Bottom line: The X5 diesel absolutely kicks ass. It honestly makes the 3.0si gas model obsolete! Gobs of torque at any speed, and 20-25 mpg overall. What more can you want?

- Mike
We replaced our 2001 X5 4.4i with a 2009 35d. IMO the 35d makes ALL other X5s obsolete at any speed -- that is legal

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We replaced our 2001 X5 4.4i with a 2009 35d. IMO the 35d makes ALL other X5s obsolete at any speed -- that is legal

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Speaking of speed... I had the X5 35d up to an indicated 131 mph (Garmin GPS said 125 mph) the other day on a deserted road. It pulls like a Clydesdale!

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Well, I gave the truck back this morning.

Bottom line: The X5 diesel absolutely kicks ass. It honestly makes the 3.0si gas model obsolete! Gobs of torque at any speed, and 20-25 mpg overall. What more can you want?

- Mike
I was very skeptical when the salesperson said it would accelerate like a V8 and get about 600 miles to the tank. The diesel makes a very compelling argument.
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I bet you had a blast Mike.
Yeah, I still believe there is a market for the V8 model, as a bit of turbo lag off the line removes much of the "enthusiast appeal," but for most buyers the diesel makes the most sense.

My wife wants us to trade-in our 12-month-old X5 3.0si for a diesel model. We'd lose our shirts.

I'll have my story done in a week or so (I have two reviews in front of it).

- Mike
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Just returned from a New Jersey to Charlotte trip to visit the inlaws with our new X535D. Im really loving this beast. We averaged 25.8mpg and that was on the hills of 81and77. Almost made it door to door (610 miles) on 1 tank of gas or should I say diesel. Coming from the 335, I dont care about the v8, if you want a sports car buy one. Ill gladly give up that 1 second to 60 for everything the diesel offers in return. This is our first diesel and im lovin it.
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Just returned from a New Jersey to Charlotte trip to visit the inlaws with our new X535D. Im really loving this beast. We averaged 25.8mpg and that was on the hills of 81and77. Almost made it door to door (610 miles) on 1 tank of gas or should I say diesel. Coming from the 335, I dont care about the v8, if you want a sports car buy one. Ill gladly give up that 1 second to 60 for everything the diesel offers in return. This is our first diesel and im lovin it.
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