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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 02-17-2014, 05:44 PM
sburke91 sburke91 is offline
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The ultimate road trip machine!

My wife, daughter and I just finished 4 days at Walt Disney World. Originally we were supposed to fly from Columbus to Orlando on Thursday with a connection in Charlotte. The latest winter storm de jure had other plans for us though.

Wednesday night our Thursday AM flight to Charlotte cancelled, and there were no options from Columbus to Orlando until Saturday. With only 4 days planned at Disney, and a business trip for me at the other end of this short vacation, our options were drive (through snows in KY/TN and the remains of the ice in GA), or cancel the trip entirely.

At 9:30 pm Wednesday, we tossed everything we had packed, a gallon of washer fluid, a container of ice met, and a few odds and ends into the X5 and hit the road. ~4 hours later we stopped in Corbin, KY for the night, just as the snow started to fall.

The next morning we took off, into some pretty good snow flurries, which stuck around through KY and most most of TN. This transitioned to the remains of the ice storms in GA.

Through it all, the X5 with the Alpins was sure-footed and predictable, and it saved our vacation

I did learn a few things:
  • You can average 20-21 mpg over a week in a 50i. It just takes 2000 miles of freeway driving.
  • The anti-fatigue system on the contour seats feels really odd at first, but does a tremendous job over long hours in the seat
  • 450 lb-ft of torque is loads of fun out of toll plazas
  • TN DOT does an amazing job of keeping the roads clear for a semi-southern state
  • The aerodynamics of the X5 are great for spreading the road slime to every possible place on the vehicle
  • The X5 a tremendous road trip vehicle. With the exception of hurricane-force winds, we saw all types of weather on the way to FL, and look to see about the same on the way back. This vehicle handles it all without missing a beat.

I did find a car wash in Orlando and was able to remove the majority of the 1000 miles of slime you see in this picture, but I think I'll be rewarding the X5 with a nice detail sometime in the next couple weeks.
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Old 02-17-2014, 06:13 PM
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glad to read this review... back when i first took delivery of the 48i (with m-sport package) i had doubts on how it would compare to the Q7 s-line however i was pleasantly surprised. the power to weight ratio and weight distribution are done so well you almost forget it's an suv when pushing it. the contour ventilated seats are exactly like you described... awkward at first but you get used to them however not as good as mb massaging which does the back and seat where bmw only does the latter. either way i was so pleased with the 48i that i replaced the rrs-sc with a x5m with all the bells and whistles. so far no complaints except that i see the gas pump more than my own kid.
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Old 02-17-2014, 08:24 PM
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Awesome, have a safe trip back! I just came back from Disney couple weeks ago, I didn't drive to FL (thx god) but I missed my X5 while driving Dodge Journey rental over there.
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Old 02-17-2014, 10:17 PM
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Couldn't agree more. I have a handful of Sierra snow storms under my belt now and the X5 is a tank.

Safe travels!
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Old 02-18-2014, 04:42 AM
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My wife, daughter and I just finished 4 days at Walt Disney World. Originally we were supposed to fly from Columbus to Orlando on Thursday with a connection in Charlotte. The latest winter storm de jure had other plans for us though.

Wednesday night our Thursday AM flight to Charlotte cancelled, and there were no options from Columbus to Orlando until Saturday. With only 4 days planned at Disney, and a business trip for me at the other end of this short vacation, our options were drive (through snows in KY/TN and the remains of the ice in GA), or cancel the trip entirely.

At 9:30 pm Wednesday, we tossed everything we had packed, a gallon of washer fluid, a container of ice met, and a few odds and ends into the X5 and hit the road. ~4 hours later we stopped in Corbin, KY for the night, just as the snow started to fall.

The next morning we took off, into some pretty good snow flurries, which stuck around through KY and most most of TN. This transitioned to the remains of the ice storms in GA.

Through it all, the X5 with the Alpins was sure-footed and predictable, and it saved our vacation

I did learn a few things:
  • You can average 20-21 mpg over a week in a 50i. It just takes 2000 miles of freeway driving.
  • The anti-fatigue system on the contour seats feels really odd at first, but does a tremendous job over long hours in the seat
  • 450 lb-ft of torque is loads of fun out of toll plazas
  • TN DOT does an amazing job of keeping the roads clear for a semi-southern state
  • The aerodynamics of the X5 are great for spreading the road slime to every possible place on the vehicle
  • The X5 a tremendous road trip vehicle. With the exception of hurricane-force winds, we saw all types of weather on the way to FL, and look to see about the same on the way back. This vehicle handles it all without missing a beat.

I did find a car wash in Orlando and was able to remove the majority of the 1000 miles of slime you see in this picture, but I think I'll be rewarding the X5 with a nice detail sometime in the next couple weeks.
You only missed Florida's Love Bugs, peprhaps next time . . .
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Old 02-18-2014, 06:08 AM
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So how was Disney World?
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Old 02-21-2014, 03:30 PM
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So true!! With previous X5 4.8 and now with the 3.5D, I have had excellent experiences with multiple trips. Having had a caravan and expedition in the past, the X5 is leaps and bounds above either in driving pleasure! Three trips to IL, one to FL, one to CA have proven enjoyable and uneventful. Looking forward to the next road trip!
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Old 02-21-2014, 06:59 PM
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I have the sport seats and don't think I'd last that long. Comfort seats I do regret not getting...
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Old 02-22-2014, 05:40 AM
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The aerodynamics of the X5 are great for spreading the road slime to every possible place on the vehicle

I noticed this recently as well; driving through Chicago in sleet/slop the road slime would pool a bit on the drivers and passenger windows right near the mirrors. Blah!
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Old 02-22-2014, 06:51 AM
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That is what happens when you have cable! Don't get cable!!
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Old 02-22-2014, 07:21 AM
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I have the sport seats and don't think I'd last that long. Comfort seats I do regret not getting...
I felt very lucky to find a 2011 50i with the options combo I got. Comfort seats and the cold weather package were must-haves.
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Old 02-23-2014, 04:32 AM
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Great review. Brought a few chuckles this way after reading the post. I agree about the road slime. Inside as well. I find I carry a lot of the outside mess into the vehicle when the weather is bad outside. Lucky I purchased some quality winter mats. Safe travels!
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Old 02-23-2014, 04:39 AM
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The drive back Monday and Tuesday was uneventful. We made great time (400HP also eliminates the need for downshifts in the mountains nicely), and 2 days @530 miles beats a 350 and a 750. I swear by Weathertech's floor liner mats on any daily driver. The X5 version doesn't cover quite as well on the drivers side as some of the other vehicles I've had, but they still keep the majority of the junk contained within the mat.
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Old 02-23-2014, 01:13 PM
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I am a big fan of Weathertech too. I kept the original BWM carpet and all-weather mats that came with the vehicle. They're in the garage and will pass them along to the next owner. Can't go wrong all year round with the Weathtech ones. Especially with kids.
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Old 02-23-2014, 07:13 PM
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I have this trip planned this summer, from Toronto to Florida and back. Hey thats what cars are for, driving!
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