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E70 BMW X5 produced between 2007 and 2013. Discuss the E70 X5 with other BMW owners here.

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Old 07-13-2012, 07:59 AM
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Yesterday I went out and tested the Cayenne, X5 35d and the X5 35i. Cayenne was great, but the one I want is almost $75k and I'm going to pass. The 35d was nice and all, and I've always loved Diesels, but there was this irritable drone when cruising at 60-80 mph that just got to me. I tested another one right after that to make sure it wasn't a particular issue, but the noise is still there. It's this constant hum that is ALWAYS with you when you're cruising and i do not like that.

I fell in love with the 35i ... there is no throttle delay like my F10, not even close. I did test a brand new one, built March so all good on the software updates and all. The exhaust sound is amazing and it is very quiet at speed. I'm getting a Sport Activity and I'm extremely happy with my choice. I don't think the diesel's additional torque is worth it in daily driving, as the power and torque bands on the gas engine are much better and flatter ... and did I mention the sound?
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Old 07-13-2012, 11:45 AM
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That sounds awesome.
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Old 07-13-2012, 12:00 PM
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I'm on love. Can't wait to get my E70 X5
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Old 07-13-2012, 12:39 PM
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OMG. People actually buy cars based on what they sound like to OTHER people?!?!?
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Old 07-13-2012, 12:53 PM
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OMG. People actually buy cars based on what they sound like to OTHER people?!?!?
Huh? OP said the drone was at 60-80MPH....not sure how many OTHER people are hearing it on the highway, so it sounds like it was just annoying to him. Personally, I don't even notice a different sound at highway speeds, and I kind of like the low speed chatter. With that said, the D certainly isn't right for everyone. Congrats on buying your 35i sport....sure you'll love it!
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Old 07-13-2012, 01:39 PM
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^^ no, no...i am talking about the wife drivebys in the video.
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Old 07-13-2012, 02:10 PM
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^^ no, no...i am talking about the wife drivebys in the video.
I'm confused
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Old 07-13-2012, 02:42 PM
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. The exhaust sound is amazing

... and did I mention the sound?

[insert videos of sound from the car driving by- ie what someone OUTSIDE THE CAR, STANDING ON THE SIDE OF THE ROAD would hear]
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That sounds awesome.
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I'm confused
You seemed to provide audio recordings of the exterior sounds of the car as you drove by a pedestrian as evidence of the amazing sound. So I am confused.


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Old 07-13-2012, 03:26 PM
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1) Youtube video not done by me, I googled "bmw x5 35i exhaust"
2) I think it sounds amazing because I think it sounds amazing ... i don't understand what the hell you mean by "pedestrian as evidence of the amazing sound"
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Old 07-13-2012, 04:48 PM
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1) Youtube video not done by me, I googled "bmw x5 35i exhaust"
2) I think it sounds amazing because I think it sounds amazing ... i don't understand what the hell you mean by "pedestrian as evidence of the amazing sound"

It's a perspective thing...

What sound do you hear inside the vehicle vs. what someone such as a pedestrian would hear from the outside. Since its your vehicle, one can assume that you'll be hearing the inside sound (as the driver or passenger)so the sound outside is somewhat irrelevant.

I test drove a used Boxster last night. The sound with the top up vs down was quite a bit different... Convertibles being one of the few types of vehicles where you can 'modulate' the sound entering the cabin. I suppose one could drive with the X5's hatch open.
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Old 07-13-2012, 04:55 PM
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I love the styling of the new Boxster but find the exterior styling of the Cayenne unappealing...
If you sat in a Cayenne and drove it back to back to the X5 diesel; hands down the Porsche is a clear winner by far!!!!!!
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Old 07-13-2012, 07:14 PM
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If you sat in a Cayenne and drove it back to back to the X5 diesel; hands down the Porsche is a clear winner by far!!!!!!
No doubt, the Cayenne is an excellent vehicle and the last one I drove was a couple of years ago. However, styling is very subjective and I would enjoy the Cayenne less due to its exterior styling. Similarly, I would not own a Bangle era 5/6/7/Z4...
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Old 07-13-2012, 07:49 PM
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Also remember, you can still order a Cayenne with a Manual Transmission, which might be fun if one was so inclined. It's nice that the option is there at all (and still cheaper than the auto - what a concept).
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Old 07-14-2012, 12:11 AM
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I have the gas powered versions of both the Cayenne and X5. Both are great but if I could choose only one and the $10-12k difference isn't an issue I would choose the Cayenne. Better handling, interior, etc. quality seems to be the same.
If price difference is not big a deal, nor the unappealing leasing, Cayenne is an ideal DD. Handling, build quality, interior quietness, exhaust note, as well as fit and finish are top notch. Porsche's pricing, IMO, is very misleading, not to mention very little discounts can be had - even for repeated customers.
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Old 07-14-2012, 06:39 AM
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Porsche's pricing, IMO, is very misleading, not to mention very little discounts can be had - even for repeated customers.
+1. Very misleading to look at the starting MSRP on a Porsche. Plan on $15k minimum additional spend for options (most of which you'd expect forgo be included) on any P-car. Nice thing is you can get the car built exactly like you want it.
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Old 07-14-2012, 06:47 AM
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Also remember, you can still order a Cayenne with a Manual Transmission, which might be fun if one was so inclined. It's nice that the option is there at all (and still cheaper than the auto - what a concept).
Too bad the 6MT is only on the base V6, not even the TDI or Cayenne S V8
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If price difference is not big a deal, nor the unappealing leasing, Cayenne is an ideal DD. Handling, build quality, interior quietness, exhaust note, as well as fit and finish are top notch. Porsche's pricing, IMO, is very misleading, not to mention very little discounts can be had - even for repeated customers.
Same can be said for most Audi products because the "spread" between MSRP and invoice is very little. But on MB and BMW, the "spread" is a lot more, which is why BMW/MB can "play" with incentives and chop considerable amounts of money off MSRP, while still maintaining profit.

But for Porsche, the dealers get screwed because they don't make much, but the company makes ridiculous profit because of the markup they've built in.
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Old 07-14-2012, 09:59 AM
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I believe the GTS also can be had with a stick. The GTS returns to the lineup later this year.
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Old 07-14-2012, 11:01 AM
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I believe the GTS also can be had with a stick. The GTS returns to the lineup later this year.
No. No more stick this time around. I hear there were only 3% that took the stick last time.
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Old 07-14-2012, 01:45 PM
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OMG. People actually buy cars based on what they sound like to OTHER people?!?!?
Ard - I've been in this forum for a few weeks and to be honest, I only remember your name and the reason why is because your posts are quite annoying. You might want to tone down a bit with the negativity. Or maybe that's just your nature.

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Ard - I've been in this forum for a few weeks and to be honest, I only remember your name and the reason why is because your posts are quite annoying. You might want to tone down a bit with the negativity. Or maybe that's just your nature.

Cheers!
Him and quack are more the voices of reason IMO.

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Speaking of exhaust sounds, I hear the new Cayenne GTS' exhaust in sport mode is intoxicating. GTS might be the only other SUV I am interested in. Not just for the sound of course. It will cost X5M money, may still be worth it.
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Same can be said for most Audi products because the "spread" between MSRP and invoice is very little. But on MB and BMW, the "spread" is a lot more, which is why BMW/MB can "play" with incentives and chop considerable amounts of money off MSRP, while still maintaining profit.

But for Porsche, the dealers get screwed because they don't make much, but the company makes ridiculous profit because of the markup they've built in.
Agreed with the Audi products - which are darn appealing nowadays. Porsche, a company that makes its dealerships pay for customers' euro-delivery experiences in exchange for additional vehicle allocations, is ridiculous and laughable to an extent. In this case, customers and P-dealerships always lose. However, they make darn, nice four-wheels.
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Old 07-15-2012, 08:23 AM
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David, the Cayenne Turbo ($104K) is more than the X5M ($85K) but the new GTS should be slightly less coin than the "M" -- a bargain! Porsche does what Porsche does because they can. The customers line up and the stores sell everything they get their hands on. The resale reflects this too. I am not ashamed to admit I lust for a Cayenne (or any other Porsche) in my heart (a la Jimmy C.) and will probably get one when the new diesels come out.

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Now only if this engine was coming to the US market too. They could put it in the A8, Touareg, Panamera, Q7, etc

http://www.autoevolution.com/news/po...ive-42687.html

I would pony up $$$ for a V8 TDI Cayenne
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