Dynamic Diesel? 2009 BMW X5 xDrive 35d @ the Track
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The clumsily named BMW X5 xDrive35d is a pricey but torque-rich beast of a sport-ute that puts the company's twin-turbo oil-burning six to use as a family hauler as opposed to the 335d sport sedan.
M SUV? 2010 BMW X5 M @ the Track
2010 BMW X5 M Full Test
After driving the 2010 BMW X5 M, there were numerous subtitles for this
story bouncing around in our head. Because it was only a handful of years
ago, when BMW introduced the 2004 X5 4.8is, that it said, "There will never
be an M version of the X5," we were tempted to write, "Never Say Never."
One blast down the drag strip in this 555-horsepower breadbox in Monte
Carlo Blue had us shouting, "12-second SUV!" If we believed the rumor (and
we don't) that one of the primary reasons for the X5 M's existence is to
satisfy the conspicuously well-funded market among the mobsters in Russia,
then we could've run with "From Russia With Love."
Finally, one serene drive home on L.A.'s notoriously poorly constructed
freeways where we discovered this X5 M's ride was far better than that of
our long-term 2008 BMW X5 4.8i almost compelled us to put down, "Dr. Jekyll
and Mrs. Hyde."
Dyno BMW: 2008 BMW 135i @ the Dyno
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When the BMW 1 Series first looked like it would be brought to the U.S.
from its successful home in the European market, we had visions of a return
to the BMW 2002, the car that really invented the BMW brand in America back
in the late 1960s. It would be a return to form, an expression of the true
BMW spirit. You know, something small, light, nimble and affordable. We
even dared to dream of a reborn BMW 2002 tii.
But then the specifications hit our desk with a thump. It turned out the
BMW 1 Series would be heavier than we expected, not to mention more
expensive. Fortunately it would be more powerful, too. It became clear to
us that the 1 Series was not so much a continuation of the beloved 2002,
but rather a rebirth of the 3 Series.
If you haven't noticed, the BMW 3 Series has, well, expanded. Those who hit
the upper-middle-class running in the go-go 1980s bought a far different 3
Series from the one we enjoy today. It was small, light, nimble and
affordable. It was a gateway car, an introduction to the brand — a
broker's first BMW, you could say. BMW hoped as its new customers climbed
the corporate ladder, they would steadily upgrade their BMW to suit. Have a
family, buy a 5 Series; make partner, buy an M6. Retirement imminent? You,
sir, need a 7 Series.
But then the BMW 3 Series became a mass-market success and soon it acquired
a mass-market identity, morphing into a vehicle that is all things for all
people. It's a coupe, sedan, convertible, wagon and even a sport-utility if
you count the X3, and there are gasoline engines, diesel engines,
four-cylinders, a twin-turbo inline-6
and now even a V8. Once you're behind the wheel of a BMW 3 Series, there's
very little need to move up.
Which brings us back to our newest long-term test car, a 2008 BMW 135i.
When you compare the specifications, the 1 Series is not so different from
the 3 Series: a fraction shorter, a fraction lighter and really only a
fraction less expensive. It's smooth, sophisticated and as carefully
optioned with consumer-friendly convenience features as a 3 Series.
If we wanted a 1 Series more like a BMW 2002 tii — something in the
spirit of cheap and cheerful, only with terrific speed — it was clear we
would have to build our own.
2008 Detroit Auto Show: 2009 BMW X5 xDrive35d by Inside Line
If the idea of a diesel-powered sedan like the new BMW 335d is too hard to
swallow, maybe the 2009 BMW X5 diesel will make more sense to you. After
all, it weighs 2.5 tons, so it could use a little extra engine torque. And
it's a truck, sort of, so you won't look nearly as silly when you pull up
to a pump at Big John's 24-hour Truck Spa on your next road trip.
Then again, the real draw of diesel engines is the fact that you don't have
to stop for fuel as often, and the 2009 BMW X5 xDrive35d (as it's so
clumsily named) delivers on this promise, at least according to its
preliminary mileage estimates. At 19 mpg city and 25 mpg highway, the
diesel X5 easily tops the standard X5 3.0si with its 3.0-liter inline-6
gasoline engine rated at 15 mpg city and 21 mpg highway.
2008 BMW X5 4.8i Jet Black
TThe letter "x" may be at the bottom of the alphabet, but the X5 is at top
of BMW's sales as one of the best vehicles of its kind around. There are
many reasons people love the X5, and once you sit in yours, you wont need
to have anyone spell them out for you. Your new Jet Black 2008 BMW X5 4.8i
with Premium Package, Tech Package, Sport Package, Rear Entertainment,
Heated and Cooled Seats, Aerodynamic Kit, and Third Row will leave you
breathless. It has several upgrades making it one of the most comfortable
and nicest cars on the road! This great car has been treated well and is
ready for you to take the wheel. While many other SUVs may have a few nice
features in one area but are completely lacking in others, your new X5 4.8i
is fully equipped and above the rest in every possible category. This
vehicle has almost every option available from the factory. This is a one
owner Carfax certified vehicle from beauitful sunny south Florida with no
accident damage. There's so much more to love about this sport activity
vehicle so let's take a closer look at your new 2008 BMW X5 4.8i.
EXTERIOR: The exterior JET BLACK paint is in extraordinary shape, and makes
the X5 look like it could pass for a new. Your friends will be amazed at
not only the beauty of your vehicle, but also the amount of money you
saved! Just take a look at the shapely curves. Thanks to the sport package,
upgraded 20" Y-Spoke alloy wheels outfit the car for a very sporty look.
Take a look at the front and back of the vehicle. The $1,200 Aerodynamic
Kit provides a unique and even more aggressive look. It will make the X5
stand out from even other sport package vehicles. You'll also appreciate
that the wheels are wrapped in Dunlop Runflat tires in good condition. With
a 4.8 liter V8 xDrive All-Wheel Drive engine, the X5 has great power to get
you up and moving. Thanks to its 350 horsepower engine with 350
lb-ft of torque, you'll never be at a loss for power. Adding a cool look
and helping keep you visible and seeing well during the darkest nights are
xenon adaptive automatic headlights with dynamic auto-leveling.
Additionally, halogen fog lamps will provide help in even the worst
weather. For even more protection against the elements, your power heated
mirrors will eliminate distracting and troublesome condensation, the
rain-sensing windshield wipers will automatically turn on when the clouds
let loose, and your xDrive all-wheel drive will give you maneuverability
even if road conditions get bad. There are also running boards to help make
your ascent and descent easier. You'll love the BMW no-cost maintenance
that comes as part of the active 4-year/50,000 mile bumper-to-bumper
warranty good until April 2012.
INTERIOR: The interior is outfitted in BLACK leather and upholstery and is
in superb condition. The clean black interior is the perfect compliment to
the sharp black exterior. This outstanding BMW smells clean and fresh and
there are no unpleasant odors, whether from smoke or anything else.
Accenting the leather is beautiful high gloss dark wood trim that flows
throughout the vehicle. Your comfortable power sport front seats are in
very nice condition, as are the rear seats, matching carpet and upholstery.
The sport package power front seats are 20-way power adjustable for optimal
comfort and support. The front perforated seats are heated and cooled so
you can stay warm on those colder days and be cool when the temperature
gets hot. Did we mention this great X5 also has a third row? The row can be
folded down for additional trunk space or popped up for additional seating!
The leather extends to the power tilt/telescopic steering wheel which
features controls for audio and cruise control. The wheel is also heated!
Just above the wheel at the windshield you will see a wonderfully
convenient reflection: the Head-Up Display. It will allow you to see your
speed, cruise control, and other information without ever having to take
your eyes off the road. Take a look at the shifter. Just below it you'll
see the sport button that allows you to switch the car into sport mode for
even more aggressive handling and performance. The in-dash iDrive system
features navigation to get you where you need to go so there will be no
more need for Google Maps! The iDrive system also gives you easy access to
the climate and entertainment. Let's talk about the upgraded premium sound
system. It features High Definition AM/FM/Satellite radio with CD player,
six-disc DVD changer, auxiliary audio input, USB port (for iPod
integration), all pumping through 12 speakers with two subwoofers. When you
shift into reverse, the back up camera and parking sensors will come up on
the screen so you can have a great view of behind you for bump-free
reversing and parking.
BMW X5 Review Video Review - Kelley Blue Book
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BMW X5. Most crossover SUVs strive to be as comfortable and usable as
possible. But for the BMW X5, all-out practicality takes a back seat to
driving excitement. While not the roomiest or most useful crossover, the X5
offers drivers stirring driving dynamics and versatile all-weather
Welcome to our comprehensive Kelley Blue Book review of the BMW X5.
To differentiate itself from the smaller X3 and remain competitive in the
crossover marketplace, the X5 has grown in size in its second generation.
It now offers more cargo room, more technology and optional third-row
seating. Yet the X5 retains the inspired handling that originally won it
acclaim. For more new car reviews, interviews and automotive news visit
The Tire-Punishing, 400HP Turbo BMW E30! - /TUNED
The BMW E30 is quickly becoming a cult classic among the DIY, autocross,
and track crowd. And though the M3 version may be climbing so quickly in
price, soon no one will be able to afford one, the 325i, as it turns out,
has some chops as a great platform for tuning. Kameron Baker's homebuilt
E30 is just about the nicest one we've seen, and if you think it looks
great, wait till you see how it drives.