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Old 09-10-2013, 07:45 AM
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2013 X5 w/ Sport Pkg & 3rd Row Seat -- Rare?

Growing family is forcing me to sell me E90 M3 and step into the X5 world. Third row seat is a must to accommodate 4 kids. But, I'd like to find a Sport Package to at least retain a little bit of sportiness! Premium package is a little too soft for me.

How hard is it to find a 2013 Sport with the third row seat option? I'm having a tough time locating one. Local dealer actually has a BMWNA Executive car that they purchased that will be delivered late this week that does have Sport w/ 3rd row seat and just 6k miles (and happens to be the color combo I prefer). But, the price seems a little salty given that it is "used" at $2000 under invoice ($3000 if you include Loyalty Cash). I would rather locate a brand new car, as the pricing and incentives (loyalty cash, build-out cash, BMWCCA rebate, possibly USAA discount) are pretty great on the 2013s right now.

How rare is Sport Package with 3rd Row Seat option?

Any thoughts? Thanks in advance.
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Old 09-10-2013, 09:23 AM
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Very rare; 19 of them left new in the country.
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Old 09-10-2013, 09:28 AM
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Very rare; 19 of them left new in the country.
Ty, Thanks for the quick response. Any chance you can tell me if any of those 19 are in the midwest? I'm in Indianapolis, IN. Anything w/in 750 miles would work. Thanks!!
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Old 09-10-2013, 12:29 PM
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You do know that the 3rd row was something I looked at and the size of the people in the back has to be less than 10 years old ?

The 3rd row is not usable unless you are a munchkin....

I ended up getting a MBZ R350 that holds 7 people comfortably as a second car.....
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Old 09-10-2013, 12:35 PM
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You do know that the 3rd row was something I looked at and the size of the people in the back has to be less than 10 years old ?

The 3rd row is not usable unless you are a munchkin....

I ended up getting a MBZ R350 that holds 7 people comfortably as a second car.....
Pat, Thanks for the input. Yes, it's ridiculously small. I have a 4 yr old, 2 yr old, and twins due in January. My life will be full of munchkins! When I brought an X5 home on test drive, my kids thought the backseat was the coolest thing in the world. We will have a minivan for family hauling. The backseat will be more of emergency function when I'm filling in for mom.
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Old 09-10-2013, 01:40 PM
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Did you consider putting a booster in front for your 4 year old? Is that even legal? Specific boosters only? You'd have to turn off the front air bag. I think the gap between what is legal and recommended (and by whom) is pretty wide.

Use the M3 when there are 5 or less of you. Minivan when 6 or more. I'm throwing it out just as a potential option, since it does entail unacceptable risk for many (I'd do it around the neighborhood on short drives, and be highly aware and defensive).

I must admit, I've always thought about the Benz TE as an alternative if I ever had to go the 7 seater route.
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Old 09-10-2013, 02:56 PM
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Does the sport package actually change anything related to handling?????

It used to be SOLEY cosmetic....
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Old 09-10-2013, 09:17 PM
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Does the sport package actually change anything related to handling?????

It used to be SOLEY cosmetic....
At least it has the properly sized wheels and the steering wheel that doesn't feel like you're in a GM truck.
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Old 09-11-2013, 01:44 PM
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3rd row comes with adaptive suspension so any 3rd row equipped car will have the "better" suspension option.

Sports package has no suspension changes or differences from non-sport models. It's purely cosmetics (wheels / headliner color / steering wheel / seats) This is how I interpreted it when I bought my e70 back in 2011.
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Old 09-11-2013, 02:49 PM
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3rd row comes with adaptive suspension so any 3rd row equipped car will have the "better" suspension option.

Sports package has no suspension changes or differences from non-sport models. It's purely cosmetics (wheels / headliner color / steering wheel / seats) This is how I interpreted it when I bought my e70 back in 2011.
That is not correct...

4UB 3rd row seats will only add option 220 self leveling suspension. 2VA Adaptive Drive is an addtional cost of $3,500.00. IMO, 2VA is the most important option to have in the X5 if you plan on adding 4UB.

If there is a model I know to a tee its the X5...Im on the 3rd one
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Old 09-11-2013, 04:28 PM
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^^ correct. Some salesmen were spinning the self leveling as AD... But yes, it is a separate $$$ option.

Glad to hear sport is purely cosmetic- SO OP can open up their criteria, and if he must add wheels (steering or road) at a later date!
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Old 09-11-2013, 06:30 PM
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Yes, it's basically all cosmetic... except, of course, the awesome sport steering wheel with paddle shifters!!! Just kidding... I've been driving a manual since I turned 16, so this won't quite be the same thing.

That said, I do like the aesthetic appointments of the Sport Package. It works for me. Cosmetic or not, I'm going for it. Reached a deal with local dealer tonight on the X5 then had coming in.

Guys, thanks again for the feedback!
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