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Re: Drive for the Cure, a (long) synopsis (archive)

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Posted by Rick Kim on August 07, 2000 at 20:39:52:

In Reply to: Drive for the Cure, a (long) synopsis posted by DH on August 06, 2000 at 14:41:55:

I'm somewhat surprised by what you felt about the X5. Particularly the part about high center of gravity ruling out any fun. When I did the BMW X5 performance thingy, I also test drove the 540iT before the X5 and to me the two cars handles very similarly. In fact, I whipped the X5 around the mini autocross course with more confidence then with the 540iT. Although the seating is higher than the wagon, the center of gravity is not that much higher. Take a look inside the hood and you'll see that the engie is significantly lower than where you would see it in other SUVs.

I'm considering the 3.0i X5 right now if there is a 5speed manual available soon :)

Rick Kim
'00 Dakar Duck

540 sport wagon: roomy, very comfortable seats, capable everywhere, and that great V-8. The auto trans is incredibly smooth-shifting @ WOT.

X-5: This was more fun than I imagined. It's no more roomy than a sedan, but you get to see eye-to-eye with all of those other trucks now on the road. It has that high center of gravity which rules out any serious fun. BUT, that V-8 has more power than any truck has a right to. Merging onto the freeway was just thrilling, considering it'd size. Plus it has more (better) exhaust sound than the 540

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