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Old 04-25-2013, 06:05 AM
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Considering 550i XDrive vs.550i

About to purchase a 2013 550 i Xdrive and have tried to to research the forums etc. vs the the 550i. I have had a 2006 X5 4.8 which I will be selling. I live in Florida with basically no winter driving but use to 4 wheel drive and lots of rain. Besides reports of mild under-steer(is this significant?) and 1 to 2 mpg less any other noteworthy downsides.Is the $2000price difference not an issue considering the deal. Thanks
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Old 04-25-2013, 09:47 AM
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The 550xi is the acceleration king. It is geared lower and all four tires get you moving without slippage. If you were to consider a Dinan HP bump, then xDrive makes the beast controllable. So if control is what you want, then xDrive is the way to go.

As far as understeer is concerned if you drive with traction control engaged, it wouldn't ever be an issue. Of course we are talking about driving at greater than 9/10ths.
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Old 04-25-2013, 10:03 AM
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Understeer can also be mitigated with some Dinan negative camber control arms.
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Old 04-25-2013, 10:24 AM
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I had the same considerations between the 328i XDrive and rear drive only. I do live in a very heavy snow belt here in Syracuse N.Y., but will not be driving my 2013 328i XDrive M Sport in the winter months. The salt and cinders on the roads here KILLS new cars. I see some that are only a few years old with rust bubbles popping through. Its mostly due to people who dont wash their cars enough. I wash my winter beater (2005 Nissan) at least once a week, and its not rusting badly.

Anyways, I chose the Xdrive for the added traction in heavy rain and all around better grip to the road. If there was any reason I had to drive in bad weather, I will feel at ease knowing I will not get stuck in 1" of snow lol.
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The 550xi is the acceleration king. It is geared lower and all four tires get you moving without slippage. If you were to consider a Dinan HP bump, then xDrive makes the beast controllable. So if control is what you want, then xDrive is the way to go.

As far as understeer is concerned if you drive with traction control engaged, it wouldn't ever be an issue. Of course we are talking about driving at greater than 9/10ths.
+1...what he said! I am a firm believer in all-wheel-drive as a performance enhancer. My 7 series was an xDrive and it had incredible accelleration off the line. I recently had the great experience of driving my 4S on the highway in a torrential rainstorm and I had never felt so planted and sure-footed on the road...at 70+ mph.
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