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I've had the X for about a month and 900 miles. I still cannot smooth out the launch of the car from a stop. I'm either feathering the throttle to slowly bring up the revs for a nice smooth launch - and it feels like I'm crawling through traffic lights - or I'm stepping on it and it's lurching away and snapping my neck.

Being in sport mode helps (3.0 with step, BTW) but is it just me, or is there a way to smooth out the X?

BTW - I love this thing :thumbup:
 

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My '05 3.0 is exactly the same as my '02. No trouble with smooth take offs. You might want to have your dealer check the drive by wire setup.
 

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Coffeeman said:
My '05 3.0 is exactly the same as my '02. No trouble with smooth take offs. You might want to have your dealer check the drive by wire setup.
I was afraid of that... Let's see if I can get the time to get the X there. We got the car before baby # 2 was due - and that's about 3 weeks away.
 

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twm67 said:
I searched and did not find (even searched x5world!)

I've had the X for about a month and 900 miles. I still cannot smooth out the launch of the car from a stop. I'm either feathering the throttle to slowly bring up the revs for a nice smooth launch - and it feels like I'm crawling through traffic lights - or I'm stepping on it and it's lurching away and snapping my neck.

Being in sport mode helps (3.0 with step, BTW) but is it just me, or is there a way to smooth out the X?

BTW - I love this thing :thumbup:
Not sure what rides you're used to. The X5 with a 3.0 has a mid 7 second to 60 time.

It's an SUV not a sports car :D Even people with the 4.4 V8 whine about the launch so you aren't alone. Just a gradual, all be it aggressive, use of the pedal should suffice.
 

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WagnerX5 said:
Not sure what rides you're used to. The X5 with a 3.0 has a mid 7 second to 60 time.

It's an SUV not a sports car :D Even people with the 4.4 V8 whine about the launch so you aren't alone. Just a gradual, all be it aggressive, use of the pedal should suffice.
I ACTUALLY THINK ITS DUE TO THE FIRMNESS OF THE GAS PEDAL. IT TAKES A GOOD DEAL OF PRESSURE TO GET THE PEDAL MOVING. FOR THE FIRST COUPLE OF MONTHS I HAD MY 3.0 I HAD THE SAME PROBLEM. BUT NOW ITS A PIECE OF CAKE. MY WIFE HOWEVER STILL WHIPS MY NECK BACK WHEN SHE DRIVES IT!

COMPARED TO THE MUSHY PEDALS IN OTHER CARS THE X IS PRETTY STIFF.

NONE OF THIS IS A BAD THING EITHER.
 

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WagnerX5 said:
Not sure what rides you're used to. The X5 with a 3.0 has a mid 7 second to 60 time.

It's an SUV not a sports car :D Even people with the 4.4 V8 whine about the launch so you aren't alone. Just a gradual, all be it aggressive, use of the pedal should suffice.
I think the problem lies more with the throttle-by-wire software. My dealer admited that there is indeed a a lag. I know the exact number is something like .72 or .82 seconds, which is a considerable amount. The service manager said that this was fixed 03+. It is indeed annoying in normal driving. Ive just gotten used to it. Ive noticed that since i have to be more gradual with take off, im also lighter with gas pedal overall :) if i want to take off though, i have a launch built-in :p
 

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After I made my original post, I drove the X around on errands. Lots of stop and go.

Maybe I was a bit hasty in my original post. The two cars I drove most often before I got the X were a Saab 9-3 (with it's 1 second turbo lag) and my daily driver Jeep. The Jeep has a ton of low end torque and a very tall final drive, so it is VERY quick off the line for the first 100 feet. Drving the X, I am still getting used to the perception of speed.

The gas pedal is a bit stiff, but if there's a smooth dip into the pedal the X behaves very nicely. If I jab the pedal, there's a serious lurch and head-snap. I think more driving is in order to get used to it :bigpimp: .

(My mustang is another issue altogether. It's got tons of high-end power and torque and a very short 1st gear / final drive. I can't make it across a big intersection without grabbing second!)
 
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