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      11-25-2013, 08:37 PM   #1
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So we recently placed an custom order for a 2014 xDrive35 X5 from BMW Mt Laurel in NJ (Ali = Good sales). So I'll just cover some basics. I am super bored at work and do not want to do any P&Ls and other crap. I'll cover timeline, options, short review, pictures, why we choice what options, what options I would get if it was my DD. If it's too long, just enjoy the pictures lol which btw, I messed up on some interior shot. Also, let me apologize for the grammatical errors cause I know I some and proof reading is hard lol.


Here's the timeline (I know there was a recent delay with certain options):
Oct 28: Placed Ordered
Nov 5-6: Production Began
Nov 14-15: Build Complete
Here it awaits transport from SC to NJ which is relatively short.
Nov 21: Arrived at Dealer in the morning
Nov 22: Picked Up

Here are our options:
2014 X5 xDrive35i (only dual round exhaust, M-sport gets the rectangular exhaust)
Alpine White
Luxury Line
19" Style 450 Rims
Ivory & Black Dakota
Poplar Wood Trim
Cold Weather Package
Premium Package
Rear View Camera
Surround View Camera
Standard Seats (more on this later)
BMW all weather mats lol

So far, we have 150 miles on it and it's pretty badass. The first time I saw the new X5 unveiling on Bimmerpost, I was seriously thinking "WTF is this BULL" I saw it in real life and it was completely a different story. Much hotter! Though we test drove a X5 M-sport (I cannot stand those grills on the M-Sport) but that M steering wheel is super ridiculously nice! Can't wait for it on my next M5/M6GC.

Back to the X5, drives super smooth, love the new NBT navi (I have had CCC, CIC and now this NBT). It's insanely quick to response but more or less, the same concept as CIC, just more UI tweaks and of course, snappier CPU and GPU. The new bluetooth in the NBT transfers a heck lot more information than in my m3 (CIC w/ Combox). It's able to display Chinese characters which is a HUGE plus and it can be done over BLUETOOTH! No more square boxes because the headunit can't decode the words!

Our X5 has 3 modes: Sport, Comfort and ECO. I believe with Msport, you get a Sport+. Sport has a higher shifting point but we haven't messed with it too much yet as it's still under break-in. The is pretty nice, almost up to par with the S550 which is buttery smooth. It's quiet. The cold startup is actually pretty cool for an SUV lol. Reminds me of my 335i. I was startled by it this morning. Had no idea a SUV had such a sound haha.

I would have picked Nappa leather but it seems like the new Dakota leather is much nicer than when I had it in my 335i. It's less grainy but still has grains and is much, much smoother. I think it's also because the leather is bounded on less tightly now. It's a little loose which could give it a better feel. Preference here.



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Analysis of Options:
If you order a X5, please do get some sort of line! DO NOT GO STANDARD! You will get those SUPER THIN and AWFUL steering wheel. Another thing is the sideskirts without a Line is pretty bare and ugly. With xline you get the alum running board. With the Luxury, you get body painted accents which ties it nicely together. We didn't go alum running board this time around because in the ML550, it was such a damn nuisance! This was because while the SUV was taller than normal sedans it wasn't tall enough to utilize the running board so every time you hop off of the car, the running board just gets in your way. It sure does look good though. We are happy with the Luxury look and I wasn't quite feeling the xline wheel choice.

We went Ivory and Black Dakota, best interior IMO. The carpets are black which helps prevent the car from getting super dirty. We had gray interior in the ML550 and it did not look good after a few years.

Ivory Leather white gets dirty pretty easily, it's already dirty at the moment due to a trip to Home Depot. It came off easily so no issue there.

All of the cameras are AMAZING for City use. Used it nonstop in Philly yesterday. Great thing. I know BMW will have a parking assistance thing in Dec but it wasn't a big deal because I have that in the S550 and it's not really useful because it takes so long to park. If you apply the breaks too hard or accelerate too fast, it just stops parking for you. Screws everything up and people glare at you cause you suck at parking lol.

Do not get Active steering. The X5 steering is so light, I wouldn't do it. It's almost too light for me.

Did not get Dynamic Damper Control, have something like this in the m3, do not think we would ever need it for a SUV.

Nightvision, have it in the S550, never used it. It was cool for 1 day. Maybe if you live in rural areas.


What I would have gotten if this was a daily driver for me but alas it was not so I did not care:
HK or B&O Sound System
Driver Assistance Package for HUD
Ceramic Controls
Multi-Contour Seats
POSSIBLE: 20" Style 451 Rims
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At least Harmon and Kardon sound system. Stock is fine but nothing worth writing home to. We have B&O in the S550 and I have the M3 Individual Sound system to compare, maybe that's why. I like my music a certain way and this includes my systems at home but I am not a music aficionado.

Driver Assistance Package, this as you guys may know now adds an extended LCD on the Instrument Cluster [Check this link if you're unfamiliar] Adds a little more bling and usefulness, being I am a technology man. HUD is pretty nifty as hell no but I was using the car yesterday and having no HUD wasn't bad at all because unless I am truly mistaken, pretty much anything the HUD could display is now just on the Instrument Cluster. I got detailed turn instructions, music ability, compass, and all related info on the Instrument Cluster.

Ceramic Control:
I like less plastic

Multi-Contour Seats:
I saw many threads on this already on the forum. Best way to put this, if you currently have standard seats and you're happy with it, I'm sure you will be perfectly fine with the standard seats in BMW. They are not bad at all but I have been spoiled by S550 and in the M3 so I just personally prefer contouring seats.

20" 451 rims:
These look great in pictures, haven't seen them in RL, heard they are causing a delay at this moment. But I think these come in summer tires so can't do. We went with 19" for all-season. If I were to get a x5 for my daily, I would just swap rims like what I am doing with my m3.

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I like my V8s and will not settle lol.
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Oh forgot, the new accent lighting inside, so much pretty than the S550 lol. Haven't gotten to use the touch controller much at this point.
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looks great! mine just went into production today and I'm so excited!
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congrats! Looks awesome. great pics
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looks great, got the same thing except dark interior and running boards.
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congrats John!
just a bit more on the seats please...
So are you ok with the standard seats or not?
I am currently contemplating between dakota and nappa...I like dakota (Mocha), but for whatever reason BMW is not making comfort seats with dakota mocha so if I want comfort seats, I need to upgrade to Nappa...not a big favourite choice as Nappa seems to be very soft and sensitive especially around kids...not to mention the extra $$ I need to cough out!
So I have currently settled for the standard seats as I want the dakota mocha...but I just don't want to be feeling sorry and wishing I had gone for the comfort seats,,,
what's your take?
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Those who has MC seats tell you those are must have. Those don't have tell you optional however many times you ask. This topic is discussed so many times and still understandable. I was in exact dilemma.
When the car is released, I went to dealer and sat in MC and Non MC for an hour time. I have no practical benefit of having MC given my height and body.

The best way to nail this down is to try them with your family and feel it and I am sure you will come out with a decision.
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looks great, got the same thing except dark interior and running boards.
Nice! How are you liking the running board? In the ML it interfered too much with getting in and out. Luxury package adds a nice accent to make it stand out more.
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congrats John!
just a bit more on the seats please...
So are you ok with the standard seats or not?
I am currently contemplating between dakota and nappa...I like dakota (Mocha), but for whatever reason BMW is not making comfort seats with dakota mocha so if I want comfort seats, I need to upgrade to Nappa...not a big favourite choice as Nappa seems to be very soft and sensitive especially around kids...not to mention the extra $$ I need to cough out!
So I have currently settled for the standard seats as I want the dakota mocha...but I just don't want to be feeling sorry and wishing I had gone for the comfort seats,,,
what's your take?
Hey!
The Dakota this generation is miles better than the last generation. Some people said the Dakota is looser than the last gen but like I said earlier, it helps make it feel softer for sure.

Yeah like the other poster said, it's something you should try out. I prefer sportier vehicles therefore MC seats really help grips the body during sharp or even normal turns. That said, I don't have an issue with the standard seats at all. Took it for an extended highway drive today and at no point did I think it was not good. It was comfy.

Only reason I would go MC for this car is if I were to drive super aggressive like I do in my M3, and for the aesthetics of the MC seats. I love the pop out front thigh support look lol.

I hope it helps. It's a hard one to describe lol. I don't think it's something you would regret either way. To me, steering wheel is more important.
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congrats John!
just a bit more on the seats please...
So are you ok with the standard seats or not?
I am currently contemplating between dakota and nappa...I like dakota (Mocha), but for whatever reason BMW is not making comfort seats with dakota mocha so if I want comfort seats, I need to upgrade to Nappa...not a big favourite choice as Nappa seems to be very soft and sensitive especially around kids...not to mention the extra $$ I need to cough out!
So I have currently settled for the standard seats as I want the dakota mocha...but I just don't want to be feeling sorry and wishing I had gone for the comfort seats,,,
what's your take?
I am on the mobile app but I think you have a f30 sedan. What seat do you have there and what do u think about it?
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looks great! mine just went into production today and I'm so excited!
Gratz. Kind of glad this thing is made in the US. The wait even though short, was quite painful haha. I can't imagine when I do ED
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congrats John!
just a bit more on the seats please...
So are you ok with the standard seats or not?
I am currently contemplating between dakota and nappa...I like dakota (Mocha), but for whatever reason BMW is not making comfort seats with dakota mocha so if I want comfort seats, I need to upgrade to Nappa...not a big favourite choice as Nappa seems to be very soft and sensitive especially around kids...not to mention the extra $$ I need to cough out!
So I have currently settled for the standard seats as I want the dakota mocha...but I just don't want to be feeling sorry and wishing I had gone for the comfort seats,,,
what's your take?
Been sitting in mine for two hours (wife just took over driving) and I haven't for a moment wished I was in my old M3, X3 M-Sport or 335i M-Sport's seats. Granted, I would mind those either.... but it's not like the standard seats are burlap bags, stuffed with hay then zip-tied to the floor. They're fine seats, probably some of the best non-option seats BMW makes. Anyway, despite what this forum might lead you to believe, MC are by no means a requirement.

For the money, I'd take the DA package over MC.
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I still can't get on with the F15 styling, but congrats on the new car.
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What a cool combo - An E92 M3 and F15 X5!!

Looks good man..
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Great review man! Good pics also. Love your M3 btw.
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Thumbs up Great Review!

Wow, one of the best reviews I've read lately. Thanks for sharing on congrats on the wonderful new ride!
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Awesome review! Agreed with on all points!
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