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  1. #1
    Join Date
    Dec 2010
    Crestview,Florida Panhndl
    My Cars
    E60 535i M-Sport

    Question X5 research prior to buying — is there a “Special” model or smart buy to look for?

    I know that sounds like a dumb question, but it’s paid off for me in the past, here’s what I mean...

    when i I bought my 2006 E46 convertible research told me to look for, and ended up buying, a ZHP. If you are familiar with them, you know that’s kind of a big deal.

    when i was looking for a new-to-me 5-series, research told me I wanted the N54 motor so I bought a 2010 vs buying a newer “nicer” 2011-2013’ish model. I also wanted the Comfort Keyless option. A very big convienience, to me.

    so now the wife wants a used x5 and I’m curious if research will tell me that this is better than that, or look for this option/package, etc. I don’t want a high maintenance version like an “M” because I don’t want to afford it. But what else should I try to get?
    I’m looking to spend $10k-15k so I’m thinking the answers will be in the E70 line, prob 2010 or 2011. Gas or diesel is fine.

    Last edited by radarcontact; 06-14-2018 at 08:58 AM.
    2010 E60 535i N54 {sleeper}
    M-Sport, Alpine White w/Natural Brown Leather
    Coilovers, Style-135 Wheels spaced to the fenders
    Trebila-tuned, FBO+Meth FUN!!!

  2. #2
    Join Date
    Mar 2001
    My Cars
    I love turbos!
    E53 4.6is or 4.8is is well within your range. However, the base 3.0 is quite torquey, and I'm quite happy with the off the line performance of my '04 3.0 Whatever you do, don't put on Bilstein HD/Touring shocks/struts. I installed Eibach sport springs and the Bilsteins and the ride is hard, and at times, bouncy, depending on the condition of the road. Then I got some F15 style 450s with runflats and that made it worse, but it looks good! lol

    Last edited by The Beastmaster; 06-15-2018 at 04:27 AM.

  3. #3
    Join Date
    Jul 2013
    High Desert, CA
    My Cars
    2001 Stage 4 Dinan 540i
    The e53 4.6i is an amazing beast, but the e70 is a HUGE jump forward. If you are looking for a special one the x5m you say you don't want is really the one to look for but well above your range. The 2010 and newer ones are the way to go see if you can find the twin turbo 6 with an m sport package and you should be real happy

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