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X5 F15 (2014 - Current)
The all new F15 BMW X5 started production August 2013 as a 2014 model year. The new X5 arrives in sDrive35i (RWD), xDrive35i, xDrive50i and a diesel xDrive 35d.

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Old 06-14-2017, 11:23 PM
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New to me 14 x35d tranny questions

I'm coming from a 2012 Touareg TDI that has to be bought back by VW. I've had the X5 for about 3 days now, I absolutely love everything about it, except the shifting patterns. In particular the lack of a downshift in comfort mode when passing on the freeway, 70-80 mph. It just feels like it's needlessly lugging the engine by staying in 8th gear. It seems to me that you need to hammer that gas way harder than needed for it to drop a gear or 2, or you just lug the motor and pick up speed at a reasonable clip.

Anyone else feel this way? Any coding I can do to change the shift patterns, or the passing gear engagement? My Touareg had an 8 speed auto as well, but 15% throttle or so and it instantly dropped to 6th or 7th depending on pace.

This is an x-line model with dynamic handling package. When I put it is sport mode it holds 7th for no reason at 75-85 mph, and winds out the shifts way too much for my taste on a daily work commute.

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Old 06-15-2017, 06:10 AM
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I was going to tell you to put it in sport mode because thats what its designed for... but you said you dont like the sport mode.
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Old 06-15-2017, 06:15 AM
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I was going to tell you to put it in sport mode because thats what its designed for... but you said you dont like the sport mode.
I like sport mode, just not on the dead straight, flat and bumpy Interstate 5 in the central valley. To me the comfort mode up shifts are flawless and normal for everyday driving. It just doesn't ever seem to want to drop a gear. If this is normal and can't really be changed, then I guess I will get used to it. Way too much to love about this X5. I was hoping maybe it could be coded, or maybe this isn't normal and I need BMW to take a peek.

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Old 06-15-2017, 06:18 AM
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Congrats on the X5! I had a '12 Golf TDI manual that got bought back and now have a '14 X5 35d as well. If you have them you can paddle shift at any point, it will go into a manual shift mode but just for a little bit then return to auto.
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Old 06-15-2017, 06:21 AM
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Congrats on the X5! I had a '12 Golf TDI manual that got bought back and now have a '14 X5 35d as well. If you have them you can paddle shift at any point, it will go into a manual shift mode but just for a little bit then return to auto.
Thanks! Yeah, no paddles. I have flopped the shifter to the left and it goes to S7 and that is a nice improvement, I always flip it back. Does that go back into "D" on it's own? I suppose it wouldn't.

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Old 06-15-2017, 06:33 AM
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Yeah slapping it to the left will put it into the "Sport program", flipping it back will put it back into regular "D"
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Old 06-15-2017, 06:42 AM
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Yeah slapping it to the left will put it into the "Sport program", flipping it back will put it back into regular "D"
Thanks, I guess that's the plan then. As long as this is pretty normal behavior, I'll work around it. It seems to have an unusual (to me, never owned a BMW vehicle, just motorcycles) detachment between the TPS and transmission is all. Seems the slap to the left S-mode is just tranny, not suspension as well, hopefully?

When I leave it in S mode it never finds 8th again, even when not accelerating.
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Old 06-15-2017, 06:48 AM
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All in all, only 3 things I like better about the Touareg. To me the front seats were better, the downshifts obviously and the factory tow package. Otherwise, the X5 beats it in every way, far far less turbo lag from a stop, very impressive in comparison. It's odd to me what a PIA it is to get tow ready with the X5, especially considering it's the diesel model.
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Old 06-15-2017, 07:21 AM
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I think "Sport program" is only the transmission, not suspension. Sport mode can be programmed to be transmission, suspension or both. I think the sport mode transmission setting is the same as flipping the shifter to the left, so I have my sport mode set to suspension only so I can control the sport settings independently.
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