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Old 07-26-2014, 10:45 PM
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To xDrive or not xDrive

I always thought that you need AWD to get out of snow but probably not necessary. I am in Houston were it snows once every blue moon (2.5 years).

Are there any performance advantages with xDrive? I read that the X5M has DPC standard, and it is suppose to help with drivability.

Does it affect MPG? I noticed that Lexus AWD models have less MPG than RWD of the same model.

Could the xDrive and RWD experts share your driving experience between the two? By the way, the xDrive I am looking at DOES come with ARS (dynamic drive).
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Old 07-27-2014, 04:31 AM
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If you don't need AWD living in Houston, why get it? It weighs more, gets less mpg, slower acceleration, costs a little more to maintain. However, it should help when it rains. My 2 cents.
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Old 07-27-2014, 05:01 AM
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Handling is better with xdrive, but living in Houston it's probably not necessary from a climate perspective. If you like to drive aggressively, I would get it.
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Old 07-27-2014, 11:37 AM
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More things to go wrong in the long run IMO....if you were on the east coast or Midwest I would say get it, Texas, not os much. Look for the best car for the best price, Xdrive would be a bonus. I would look for the M Sport pkg too!
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Old 07-27-2014, 05:52 PM
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On the one hand is a car that has ARS, preferred color/combo, xdrive, and 3K more on the odo, 19 inch 302 v spoke but no B&O audio.

On the other hand is a car with no preference on color combo (I like it, too), 3K less on the odo than the first car, no xDrive, no ARS, B&O audio, 20 rims, and all other options the same. $3K more than the first car.

I do not care much about the wheel size since I am probably going to change out to custom rims; I do not know much about the B&O audio other than not so stellar reviews on rock music. I still have to research the title and service of the first car, but if that turns out clean, I am leaning toward the first car.

All advice and opinions are appreciated and welcome. This is not going to be a track car. It's a daily drive, take kids and wife to school/work, but there are times with wide open freeways and opportunities for spirited driving.
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Old 07-27-2014, 08:56 PM
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ARS IMHO( you would be an idiot if you don't!) is ABSOLUTELY NECESSARY! on this car. it is the most amazing thing they every inveneted
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Old 07-27-2014, 09:38 PM
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The car is about 2 tons. The more you can improve the liaison to the ground the better it is. I have the ARS and it is necessary for spirited driving. In short, I would go for your first choice.

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Old 07-27-2014, 09:55 PM
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Xdrive adds 170 lb according to edmunds. The curb weight of a 750i is 4575. I guess you have to give and take.
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