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2014 BMW X5

Is Better Than Ever Still Good Enough? By now, all but the staunchest of traditionalists have moved past the shock and horror of seeing their favorite automotive brands branching into categories and segments that break with their previously accepted norms. In other words, you and I don't really care all that much if the BMW M3 is powered by an inline six or a V8, or whether it boasts a turbocharger, just so long as the end result is an awesome car. Similarly, we don't get all hot under the collar seeing that same M3 share space on the showroom floor with a brace of SUVs and... Read More

Vital Stats

Engine:
Twin-Turbo 4.4L V8
Power:
445 HP / 480 LB-FT
Transmission:
8-Speed Auto
Base Price:
$69,125
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    Recalls: BMW recalls over 32,000 cars and CUVs over fire risk
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    BMW has issued a recall of five different model lines covering the years 2008-2011 due to a fire risk. Turbocharged eight- and twelve-cylinder engines in the 5 Series, 5 Series Gran Turismo, 7 Series, X5 and X6 could suffer from overheating circuit boards that control the electric auxiliary water pump. The overheating board could cause the pump to ...

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    Diesel passenger vehicles sales slip 13% in September; VW, BMW on top
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    Oil-sippers failed to make even the slightest of dents in the U.S.' hybrid-heavy green vehicle scene. Through the end of September 2011, sales of diesel passenger vehicles in the U.S. were up 30.9 percent, compared to the same nine-month period in 2010. However, at only 7,663 total units sold last month – a decline of 13 percent compared to ...

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    Recalls: BMW recalling 2,120 diesel X5 models
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    Our love for all things diesel is tempered this morning with the news of a recall affecting a certain oil-burning German SUV. BMW is recalling the 2009 X5 xDrive35d due to a problem with the vehicle's diesel fuel pre-heater, the issue being that it's not working as it should, and it could experience an electrical overload that would put it in a permanent ...

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    What would a BMW X5 pickup look like?
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    There are no pickup trucks in the BMW lineup, save for one very special M3. But, dare we ask, what would a real Bimmer truck look like? Automotive manipulator Theophilus Chin was curious, so he fired up his favorite photo editing software and created the beast you see here. Behold, the X5 GranLastwagen. According to Google Translate, "lastwagen" is ...

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    BMW recalls 2011 X5 diesel for steering belt tensioner problem
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    BMW has initiated a recall for some diesel-powered 2011 X5 sports activity vehicles. The German automaker says that faulty welds in the power steering belt tensioner could have "incipient cracks" that could lead to a malfunction over time. If that occurs, the vehicle could lose its power-assisted steering, increasing the risk of a crash. The recall ...

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    Recalls: 2012 BMW X5 diesel recalled over belt tensioner issue
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    BMW has initiated a recall of certain diesel X5 models due to a faulty belt tensioner. The German automaker says that a manufacturing error at the supplier could mean that the tensioners have incipient cracks in their welds. Over time, the tensioners could fail. If that happens, the vehicle could lose power steering, which could potentially cause an ...

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    Rumormill: BMW mulling seven-passenger X7 crossover... again
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    While it may have seemed unlikely before 1999 when the original X5 was launched, BMW has enjoyed explosive growth in the crossover utility world – so much so that it's expanded its lineup to include the X1, X3 and X6 as well. The X5 and X6 have even spawned M versions, and the X3 is apparently slated to follow suit. But that's hardly the extent of ...

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    BMW M projects that didn't make it
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    BMW's M division comes up with some pretty crazy ideas – things like M3 pickups and M5 cabrios. Even the X6 M could be safely defined as 'radical.' And while some make it into production, there are plenty other awesome projects that never see the light of day. While giving us a preview of the new M5 Concept, the Bavarian skunkworks division also ...

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    Consumer Reports calls out six cars it says are worse than their predecessors
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    There's nothing like being told you aren't as good as you used to be. "You've changed, man. You've really changed." In its annual automotive issue, Consumer Reports awards scores to each new car available on the market, and though you'd think that a new model would score higher than the one it replaces, that isn't always the case. In fact, CR points out ...

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    BMW X6 to get five-seat option among other changes
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    Have you always wanted to drive a BMW X6, but felt that leaving one of your four friends waiting on the curb was a drawback? Tell that friend to buck up and head over to your local BMW dealer, because the X6 is getting an optional third rear seat. The additional seat is available on all version of the X6 with the exception of the ActiveHybrid variant. ...

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    Report: BMW, Harley-Davidson among those that tapped Federal Reserve for billions during crisis
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    The U.S. government's Commercial Paper Funding Facility was established towards the tail-end of 2008. The CPFF was created to offer companies short-terms loan when traditional means of establishing credit were crumbling. Lehman Brothers had collapsed and AIG was taking expensive trips while showing the world its pocket lint, but that didn't mean that ...

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    Motor Trend getting ready to announce its 2011 Sport/Utility Vehicle of the Year Award...on Facebook
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    Motor Trend has been around since 1949, and during that time it has handed out a fair share of awards to various automakers and vehicle models. More recently, the print publication has gone online by way of its web site, Youtube page and various social media networks. One network in particular has stuck a chord with the buff book and it's choosing to ...

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    Spy Shots: BMW M5 prototype gets towed off the 'Ring
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    Occasionally, we find ourselves wondering why manufacturers continue to insist on testing their prototype vehicles at the infamous Nürburgring. Yes, the track is 13 miles of some of the most abusive variations in elevation and apex around, but it's also flooded with legions of hungry spy photographers just waiting to publicize the carmakers' latest ...

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    Review: 2010 Mercedes-Benz GL350 Bluetec lives large, treads lightly
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    Drop the term "Big Benz" in conversation and most people assume you're talking about the Mercedes-Benz S-Class. While the full-size flagship sedan has – deservedly – earned that moniker over the years, when it comes to sheer size and volume, the GL-Class is truly Benz' behemoth. But don't take that as a negative. The GL350 Bluetec, the ...

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    First Drive: 2011 Porsche Cayenne sports a 300-hp V6, but its engine isn't the focus
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    The Porsche Cayenne wears many hats. It masquerades as both the automaker's entry-level vehicle and as its flagship turbocharged SUV. Broad-shouldered in stature, one variant can blast to 60 mph in less than five seconds and top 170 mph, while another may be propelled quietly under the emissions-free power of electricity. Regardless of where they rank ...

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    BMW leaks first-gen X5 made of carbon fiber
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    BMW has been making some headlines over the past few months with its commitment to carbon fiber construction, opening a joint-venture production facility in Washington State and teasing the upcoming Megacity EV as the first mass-produced carbon fiber vehicle. But there's always a back story to the headlines. As you might have guessed, BMW has been toying ...

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    BMW leaks first-gen X5 made of carbon fiber
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    BMW has been making some headlines over the past few months with its commitment to carbon fiber construction, opening a joint-venture production facility in Washington State and teasing the upcoming Megacity EV as the first mass-produced carbon fiber vehicle. But there's always a back story to the headlines. As you might have guessed, BMW has been toying ...

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    Review: 2010 BMW X5 M is illogically sound
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    No one ever said that evolution is pretty. Take the best-of-breed BMW M Division product: the E30 M3. Little more than a homologated race car, the first generation M3 was potent, nimble, and with its small displacement 2.3-liter inline-four fed by a retweaked M1 intake, it was light, too. Long story short, the OG M3 remains an ideal performance ...

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    BMW builds 1,000,000th X5
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    These days, German luxury crossovers are a dime a dozen, what with Audi, Mercedes-Benz, Porsche and the lot all offering one or more sporty-ish soft-roaders. But we must remember that back in 1999, the vehicle that started this whole trend was the original BMW X5. Eleven years later, there's something to be said about the biggest Bimmer offering, ...

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    Report: BMW X4 back on the table?
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    Were you, like us, just thinking that BMW's U.S. lineup would be fully complete if only it had just one more crossover utility Sports Activity Vehicle that slotted in somewhere between the small X3 and midsize X5? If so, we have good news. Just such a vehicle – logically and tentatively named the X4 – is rumored to be in development. ...

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