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Picked up new '13 X6 50i yesterday (8/11/2012)

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Picked up 2013 X6 50i, which replaced a 2009 X6 50i...

No good photos yet (It was raining and only using phone camera).

Ordered 7/2/2012...
At dealer 8/9/2012... shows build date of Aug 2012 with VIN (See pic)
Picked up 8/11/2012

Black Sapphire Metallic
Dark Bamboo
Black Perf Leather
Cold Weather
Dynamic Handling Package (Active Steering & Adaptive Drive)
Luxury Seating Package
M Performance Package (See pic - Among other things, got the black exhaust tips... Nice since the chrome ones on 2009 always turned black anyway)
Premium Package
Premium Sound
Technology Package
Space Saver Spare
Soft Close Automatic Doors
Running Boards
3 Rear Seats
Full LED Lights
Rear Seat Entertainment
BMW Apps
Smartphone Integration

Initial thoughts...
  • Active Steering - Didn't want but wanted adaptive drive again... Different, taking some getting used to (but liking!)
  • 8 speed auto vs. older 6 speed - Not talked about too often but major upgrade to driveability!
  • Side view camera - Have not used yet in a real world situation, but not at all what I thought (Did not know it was for creeping into an intersection and seeing down the road)
  • LED lights - Great!
  • Noticed you can now "swap" iPod vs. iPhone through iDrive... In the 2009, if you had both the iPod and snap-in adapter, there was no possibility of playing music from iPhone unless you physically unplugged the iPod. I see now you can just swap in the iDrive menu. Now with that said, I only had "Smartphone Integration" on the 2009 so had the "Music" adapter. Though I can charge my phone and it connects, it is not "compatible" with the BMW Apps, so that's going to be heading to eBay soon
  • Style 336 20" wheels - Didn't know they were "grey" in color... they look much better in person than I had thought/envisioned. The grey really makes them, too!

I had an almost identically optioned 2009 less Active Steering, less some of the newer technology not avail then, and had added dealer installed BMW performance power kit (+40 hp). Overall, the whole package seems much more refined and smoothed out now. I just noticed this morning that my driver door was not "fit" perfectly at the factory... going to have to see if that can be fixed. Annoyance but I take the good with the bad with every BMW I've had since that's just how things go no matter the price point!

Overall, still an amazing car or I would not have done it again!

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Congrats!!! Do you know when your build completion date was? I'm wondering how long it took to get to dealer after build?

Did you get a fair deal?
Was notified went into production 7/30.

Made mistake of following online status...which was still showing "Finishing Touches" when dealer called me on 8/9 that car was in.

$1K over invoice, thanks in large part to the folks on this board... helped enable me to know this was reasonable to request. Dealer had no X6 remaining allocation or production slot, and this was still possible with some persistence.
Absolutely gorgeous KMA!!! Congrats. I see BMW finally got the M Performance package situation settled. What about the front fog lights (black versus matte silver)? Also, I'd like to hear your comments on the Premium Sound package. Post more pictures.
Congrats great stuff, my sapphire black x6 went into production on the 30th also and I still don't have it. Wonder what hold up is.
Regarding the premium sound, see attached pic from online build status as to why I thought they might have "thrown in" Enhanced Premium....

Anyway, so keeping in mind I am coming from an '09 X6 with Premium Sound that I have listened to daily for 3 years... and now in the '13 X6, it sounds markedly more crisp and clean. Not really any louder but much, much cleaner. Noticeable difference.

So my thought is I didn't really get a free option and either a) BMW has upgraded or changed suppliers of some components, which I'm sure happens all the time or b) placebo effect from having a "clean new car" :dunno:

Regarding the front fog light surrounds, they are still silver... so if they're supposed to be black, that is not addressed yet.

I will try to get some additional pictures taken this week if interested.

I just ordered my media snap-in adapter today, too, to replace the older one that doesn't support BMW Apps.
Absolutely gorgeous KMA!!! Congrats. I see BMW finally got the M Performance package situation settled. What about the front fog lights (black versus matte silver)? Also, I'd like to hear your comments on the Premium Sound package. Post more pictures.

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giants84... I think mine went into production 7/30 or 7/31.... Seeing as how CT is further than your location from where it's produced, seems like you should have it by now!
Congrats great stuff, my sapphire black x6 went into production on the 30th also and I still don't have it. Wonder what hold up is.
Hey KMA ye it's strange the car was complete on the 6th, not sure why it's taking so long to ship.
It's based upon the trucking company... They wait until they have a full load and ship them all together. Your car could just be waiting on one or two more, going North.
Yep dealer is telling me a few days, told me he is waiting for other cars in the same shipment, taking a bit longer than usual.
EPS system comes with silver rings around the door speakers. If you have silver rings, you have EPS. If they are black, you don't.
Nice! Online tracking not good... Can't be trusted.
I think the Rims you have are the second best offered by BMW-- the style 375 rims ($7K) are beautiful.

I really like the Active Steering, as does my wife, though I also like how tight the Steering is on my other lighter BM. It feels more aggressive.

I also like the top camera, but have had no use for the side cameras so far. I am a Droid user, and the lack of BMW Apps integration for Android is an annoyance. I thought I could tether internet to my ipod Touch and take advantage of the App, but that has failed miserably. What do you like about the Adaptive Drive? I have not driven a car with one.
Don't think I have it. No silver rings.

Question - For some reason I don't recall speakers in the spot I have circled (attached) on the '09 X6. Is this new or just something I never noticed?
EPS system comes with silver rings around the door speakers. If you have silver rings, you have EPS. If they are black, you don't.

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Some other misc photos... for anyone wondering about M perf package (You get lots of "M" door sills... a little silly).

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Thanks - Looked through your pics... pretty sweet color combo you have there macd1995!

Hmmm... my latest update on active steering is still "getting used to it". I would describe it like this... It's very practical and useful at low speed when parking because it seems like you barely need to turn the wheel (and with virtually no effort) to make a huge turn and get in and out of a tight spot. It is a strange experience because you get to where it locks like you've turned it as far as it can go awfully fast... seems like it less than a half turn (?) but it may actually be more.

At higher speeds (i.e., nothing crazy yet!), it seems to add to a feeling of a very solid, controlled turn, albeit with less turning of the wheel.

At the speeds in between, it is definitely "less tight" feel than those who've driven a lot of BMW's may be accustomed and therefore can feel less aggressive. That is where I feel the jury is out with me. It has only been a couple days but there are times where I think to myself, hey this doesn't feel tight enough.

Overall, I am liking and think I will get used to this new steering experience, but can't say yet if I love it.

Adaptive Drive - I got it again because it really seems to keep this hulking car "flatter" around turns and perhaps less bouncy, too. I'm not saying any X6's are bouncy at all (I have never driven an X6 without Adaptive Drive), but having had a 2007 X5 4.8i and my wife having a 2012 X5 35d, I think of the X5 as a little bouncy (though still firm/tight!) and in my head feel like the adaptive drive helps to mitigate this. Maybe I just believe the marketing and adapt my thinking and am therefore brainwashed into spending more for it - who knows.

Last little tidbit... A CA at the dealer was informing me there would be an "update" soon that would allow iPhone text messages (or maybe all phones?) to appear in the "Office" section of the iDrive menu, and it would read your text messages. I have never looked this up to know whether it's something to be excited about or interested in, or whether there is even any truth to it, but I do feel that update would make sense.
Nice! Online tracking not good... Can't be trusted.
I think the Rims you have are the second best offered by BMW-- the style 375 rims ($7K) are beautiful.

I really like the Active Steering, as does my wife, though I also like how tight the Steering is on my other lighter BM. It feels more aggressive.

I also like the top camera, but have had no use for the side cameras so far. I am a Droid user, and the lack of BMW Apps integration for Android is an annoyance. I thought I could tether internet to my ipod Touch and take advantage of the App, but that has failed miserably. What do you like about the Adaptive Drive? I have not driven a car with one.
Some pics of BMW Apps on X6... Have not gotten the snap-in adapter I ordered yet, so plugged in the other way to check it out. Probably volumes written about this stuff on some other message board, but I've never looked into it... just tinkering with new car. Figured would share even if old news to most.

The unexpected was that you don't have to stay in one menu... it sort of integrates the app choices into appropriate menus.

All this and still can't get text messages through this thing! :confused:

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Did you see the Mog app in there? Damn cant wait to get my car already lol.
I have seen some of this when I plugged the iPad in. I will get the mobile plan on my wife's iPad again to see if the will work with the Apps. Tethering on the Galaxy Nexus has not proved to be effective.

Some pics of BMW Apps on X6... Have not gotten the snap-in adapter I ordered yet, so plugged in the other way to check it out. Probably volumes written about this stuff on some other message board, but I've never looked into it... just tinkering with new car. Figured would share even if old news to most.

The unexpected was that you don't have to stay in one menu... it sort of integrates the app choices into appropriate menus.

All this and still can't get text messages through this thing! :confused:
Last little tidbit... A CA at the dealer was informing me there would be an "update" soon that would allow iPhone text messages (or maybe all phones?) to appear in the "Office" section of the iDrive menu, and it would read your text messages. .
I am really curious about the email messages, though I wonder if that will only work with the European models now.

The coolest feature that I did not know about was sending destinations to my car via Google maps:
1) Find location at home
2) Send to car,
3) Get in said car
4) click and then go... awesome!

Thanks - Looked through your pics... pretty sweet color combo you have there macd1995!
Thanks! Probably only ride with base model rims for 50i-- third best offered by BMW in my opinion (smile)

Hmmm... my latest update on active steering is still "getting used to it". I would describe it
Overall, I am liking and think I will get used to this new steering experience, but can't say yet if I love it.
Car feels light and responsive to me... I attribute that to AS. I 100% agree that it feels loose at moderate speeds, but I'll take it. When i drive the vert, I just have an appreciation for the stiffness,

I am still not convinced about Adaptive Drive...

Did you see the Mog app in there? Damn cant wait to get my car already lol.
You are sounding a little like me... could it be because we used the same dealer (smile).. Anticipation is one of life's beautiful gift, so enjoy it! The car is going to be awesome!
Hey Mac ye our dealer needs to use better transporters lol.
Congrats on the X6, it looks very nice! I am from CT as well. We have ordered 2013 X6 on 7/30, but the dealer told us the wait time is 3 months. It sounds like you did not have to wait that long. Maybe a good news for us?????
Picked up 2013 X6 50i, which replaced a 2009 X6 50i...

No good photos yet (It was raining and only using phone camera).

Ordered 7/2/2012...
At dealer 8/9/2012... shows build date of Aug 2012 with VIN (See pic)
Picked up 8/11/2012

Overall, still an amazing car or I would not have done it again!
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