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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 08-08-2014, 09:06 PM
Justinw Justinw is offline
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Mein Auto: BMW X5 E53 4.4 2005
Which to buy? 2008 4.8 or 2011 xDrive 40d S

Hi people, looking to upgrade from my current X5 (2005 E53 4.4 sport) to either...
Choice 1: 2011 E70 xDrive 40d S (3 litre diesel with twin turbo) 97,500 Km
Choice 2: 2008 E70 4.8 L Petrol 80,970 Km
Any recommendations?
Can anyone provide known issues to look for?
Much appreciated.
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Old 08-08-2014, 09:41 PM
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Diesel, no question.

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Old 08-08-2014, 10:51 PM
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diesel, no question.

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Old 08-09-2014, 03:59 AM
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Diesel in my opinion
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Old 08-09-2014, 05:33 AM
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I love my diesel. It is a little more maintenance but we'll worth it.

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Old 08-09-2014, 02:00 PM
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Take the gasser. Great engine at all rpm's, not just the low end. Oil burner falls on its face at highway speeds, IMO.


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Old 08-09-2014, 03:43 PM
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It may fall on its face compared to your M, but versus 4.8i? The diesel is superior in every way. Especially the 40d
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Old 08-09-2014, 04:20 PM
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Add me to the diesel camp, particularly if it's a 40d. The 2011 model year would give you the LCI improvements.
Part of the decision should factor the type of driving you do and whether you can deal with the diesel-ness instead of the smoothness of the V8. There is no hiding the diesel noise at idle or in stop & go traffic. The diesel does best cruising along at highway speeds where it's very quiet and 200 plus mile trip are stress free. The 4.8i even more so of course, but then there is the difference in fuel consumption.
Having had a V8 SUV and doing a lot of mountain driving, and also owning a 4.8l N62 equipped 6 series, I never considered the V8 X5 due to fuel consumption. I vacillated between 35i and 35d and have no regrets having chosen the diesel. It's not an asphalt burner but it's a great powertrain for that type of vehicle.
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Old 08-10-2014, 04:56 PM
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It may fall on its face compared to your M, but versus 4.8i? The diesel is superior in every way. Especially the 40d
I forget what the specs are on the 40d, but maybe the 8 speed (right?) makes a difference. I've spent a bunch of hours and miles in 35d loaners when the the crappy E53s were getting maintenance/service, and when I jump back into the 4.8i, the gasser always feels stronger from off idle to, ahem, western state speed limit passes. Which is a bit surprising considering altitude I deal with.

The 4.8i is horrendously inefficient in terms of mpg, but I don't think the N62 was an accident in terms of BMW's goals for drivers. wonderful response at all RPMs, great soundtrack and in my case, zero issues engine-wise. They are shockingly cheap right now and worth every cent. Not convinced the diesel is worth it in terms of dealing with urea, emissions issues (maybe not a real issue??) I read about, and stinky hands at the pump. Not the best choice for power for towing either; M rules that roost in spades.
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Old 08-11-2014, 12:25 AM
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OP is down under, Diesel is the norm. Fuel PRICES are somewhat higher than US- like US$6 a gallon. So horrendous gas mileage is even more painful. I can see someone spending 2x for gas versus diesel- that is even more dramatic with fuel prices 2 times US prices.

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Old 08-11-2014, 05:44 AM
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ahh, that makes sense.
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