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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 06-21-2010, 08:35 PM
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So far

The good and bad surprises after just four days.
Good surprises:
Very little blind spots at all. The best I've ever noticed in a SUV.
No lag, I mean no lag at takeoff. Your biggest problem will be spilling your drink at takeoff and a rolling punch will introduce you to the comfortable headrest.
For me the X5 is the perfect size, not too big/small with a solid feel and handling.
I was concerned about the turning radius specs but I am happily surprised being wrong.
Ac vents, back of console, rear door jambs and cargo area are very strong without sacrificing the front dash vents. They do their job.
Car phone volume very clean after testing receiving a call in the car and calling from my house phone with the wife driving. My Lexus LX460 can't compete with it. It's great.

The not so good surprises:
No audio volume indicator. I mean really, why?
No good spots for radar hard wire as lack of tint near top of windshield. I like to keep it hidden from cops and thieves. Don't want a built in unit. Oh well.
Bottom seat cushion kind of HARD (comfort seats) but the other parts are absolutely worth the bucks. A little more foam please, my butt will thank you later.
Running boards look great and keeps the lower body free of debris but can pose a real problem for most/all people getting in and out. I'm 6'4" and the wife 5'7" and it's a no go.
Middle console could have a better latch system, really.

These thoughts are not in order of importance and taken from my experience from some of my past favorite vehicles and I share them for future buyer's interest. I know I will have more of both as the fun continues. Oh, I love this thing.

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Old 06-21-2010, 08:42 PM
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No audio volume indicator. I mean really, why?
Yep, a real peeve for me. What kind of makes up for it is that the iDrive normalizes the volume back after a start up. So if I crank it up, then shut down the car, and restart it later, it won't start at the cranked up volume.

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Running boards look great and keeps the lower body free of debris but can pose a real problem for most/all people getting in and out. I'm 6'4" and the wife 5'7" and it's a no go.
Middle console could have a better latch system, really.
Read about that too and passed on the running boards. Yep, if you're around 6' or more, you can just step up or down without them. Not sure what I'll do when my baby is older though, I might retro fit it with running boards if it's a problem.
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Old 06-21-2010, 08:44 PM
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Middle console could have a better latch system, really.
Are you talking about the front driver/passenger arm rest console with the double opening?

If so yeah...those are a pain if you don't take your time. I've found it opens easier if you press the button first, then lift up. If you lift and press at the same time, it tends to stick a bit more.
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Old 06-21-2010, 09:03 PM
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Dude, you are wrong, again. Here's how to open it with no stress, push it down, press the button, then lift, wha la!
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Old 06-21-2010, 09:15 PM
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I forgot about the roof rails, I have them but the X5 looks sleek and clean without . Don't know when I would ever have a use for them and though about doing a change order and had a mental lapse. BMW should work on designing them to pop off when not in use, I think.
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Old 06-21-2010, 09:25 PM
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I forgot about the roof rails, I have them but the X5 looks sleek and clean without . Don't know when I would ever have a use for them and though about doing a change order and had a mental lapse. BMW should work on designing them to pop off when not in use, I think.
I have ordered roof rails as well. Thinking of removing it. Is this installed at the dealer?

Note: My X5 is currently in production.
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Old 06-21-2010, 09:28 PM
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I have ordered roof rails as well. Thinking of removing it. Is this installed at the dealer?

Note: My X5 is currently in production.
Install at factory and the ceiling panel/head liner needs to be dismantled to unbolt them for removal.
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Old 06-21-2010, 09:53 PM
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Dude, you are wrong, again. Here's how to open it with no stress, push it down, press the button, then lift, wha la!
Seems like really bad engineering to have someone push down to open something going up don't you think???
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Old 06-21-2010, 10:36 PM
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No engine temperature gauge is much worse than no volume indicator...IMO

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Seems like really bad engineering to have someone push down to open something going up don't you think???
Nope not really........ how do you take out the key fob?
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No engine temperature gauge is much worse than no volume indicator...IMO

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Totally agree !!!
first experienced that on my 3 series, but it seems to be a growing trend across all OEMs !
just an excuse to save some cents (their end) no save for you !
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Nope not really........ how do you take out the key fob?
Comfort Access.
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Good point, I like to know about unusual temp readings before it gets to overheat mode so I can troubleshoot.
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Old 06-22-2010, 07:18 AM
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I forgot about the roof rails, I have them but the X5 looks sleek and clean without . Don't know when I would ever have a use for them and though about doing a change order and had a mental lapse. BMW should work on designing them to pop off when not in use, I think.
I use them once a year to bring the Christmas tree home.
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Old 06-22-2010, 07:29 AM
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When I checked out the fender wells I noticed the strange looking material the X5 has there. Do you think high pressure water for cleaning will disturb it?
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I use them once a year to bring the Christmas tree home.
cannot agree with you more! the one time you need to use it you will wish you had it.
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Do you guys put the tree on perpendicular to the rails? I imagine that way it wouldn't touch the roof and potentially get tree sap on it.

Or do you get crossbars to the rails and lay the tree parallel to the roof rails?
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Old 06-22-2010, 08:08 AM
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whichever way you put it on it will touch the roof, its a tree with branches and needles, it aint a stiff 2x4.
i put a contractor plastic bag in between.
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The good and bad surprises after just four days.
Good surprises:
No lag, I mean no lag at takeoff. Your biggest problem will be spilling your drink at takeoff and a rolling punch will introduce you to the comfortable headrest.
For me the X5 is the perfect size, not too big/small with a solid feel and handling.
I just got back from an 1800 mile trip from the performance center (a 3.5d picked it up on 6/10). My previous X5 was a 3.0 E53; this new one feels a lot bigger to me. It didn't feel so much bigger until I got it home and started driving in familiar territory.

With this E70, normal mode is kinda 'sluggish' by comparison to the E53 and sport mode stays in the lower gears too long. I guess I'm comparing apples to oranges though because I always drove my E70 in sport mode and I'm driving the E70 primarily in normal mode. When I knew that the E53 was going to shift to fast for me (ie, not stay in the low gears long enough), I would do it myself -- however, I drove a standard transmission for 20 years so I know when to shift (up or down) in anticipation of what I'm going to do -- I know that a car can't read my mind. Perhaps they re-tuned the sport mode for the E70 to stay in the lower gears longer to be even more 'sporty' for those who don't know or when to shift themselves. I don't know -- just speculating.

So what I'm doing is keeping it in normal mode if the speed limit is below 45. Over that, I switch to sport. One problem that I have is that I'm so used to down shifting that I've put the car into neutral a couple of times -- which is disconcerting because when you're downshifting, neutral is the Worst thing to do!

One thing that I REALLY like over my E53 is that I'm getting hardly any body roll now. I added adaptive drive to my E70. I didn't test it out so much on the drive home because my 9yo son was with me, but this morning, in both sport modes (the xmission and the suspension), I did a hard left Really fast -- onto a 3-lane access road for swing-out safety. That would have really rocked my E53. This thing went right into the intended lane and acted like it was on rails -- sweet! After 7 years, I was used to the roll on the E53 so I could control it, but I'm sure that it looked like I was out of control to everyone else around me...

Roof rails? Since my old one had them, I got them on the new one. I never used them on the old one, but I was so used to them, I thought that it looked more like a van without them. Perhaps if I hadn't had the E53 for so long, my opinion would be different.
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cannot agree with you more! the one time you need to use it you will wish you had it.
I agree. they may come a time, although hard to imagine, I will be thankful I have them. I think it would be nice to pop them off until I find a use for them. Putting anything on the roof would be my last choice, even my wife .
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"I think it would be nice to pop them off until I find a use for them."

The holes left behind.......... yes, those holes on your roof.
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"I think it would be nice to pop them off until I find a use for them."

The holes left behind.......... yes, those holes on your roof.
No no, it would be like surface mount latches. Speaking of which, the divider bar for the cargo area, is that standard or an option? Mine did not come with one, just the latches.
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so far....took delivery last week on a 35d. hate the running boards. they look darn nice, but seem to hinder getting in/out of the car more than they aid.
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so far....took delivery last week on a 35d. hate the running boards. they look darn nice, but seem to hinder getting in/out of the car more than they aid.
That's what I figured. Runningboard looks good only on light colors, on black? its just wrong.
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