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Old 10 December 2014, 11:30   #1
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BMW X5 or stick with my Disco 3?

Hi guys,

I'm after some advice/experiences really. As the title suggests.......

I currently drive a 2005 ('54 reg) LR Discovery 3 as the towcar for my 6m RIB. It has been a great car and I love it BUT.......

I have a chance of a reasonably priced 2012 ('62 reg) BMW X5 30d xDrive.

Has anyone got any experience of the X5 as a tow car? I'd be interested to hear any thoughts/comments.

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Boat plus trailer is around 1500kg all in. (Max tow weight for both D3 and X5 is 3500kg).
Disco has been fine, and is good shape for a 10 year old car with only a couple of minor problems along the way. (Will it start to go majorly wrong soon?)
I don't go off-road as such, but I need to know the car can cope with the odd "less than perfect" slipway/track/field.
Average mpg is about 22-25 for my D3 (quoted as 27.2 combined by LR) and the X5 is quoted as 38 combined by BMW.
I use the car every day as a work/shopping/kid & dog transporter. (My missus has a smaller car for work/shopping/kids too).
We have 4 dogs that we regularly take out to the woods, etc. as well.

Thanks in advance!
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Old 10 December 2014, 11:37   #2
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Other than the 4x dogs and proper off-road, I'd take the X5 every time if you do any mileage. More luxurious, quicker and better mpg.

On here they'll go for the Disco.

Boot size is likely your main problem, unless you launch off dodgy slips, then the 4X4 an issue too, but then you didn't stipulate dog breed either!
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I've had one of each, although my X5 was a while back.
Check X5 tow weights, unless they've upped them massively, it wont be 3500kg.

Also, forget 38mpg from the X5, especially when towing.

If I never needed to leave tarmac, I'd have another X5 in a heartbeat.

If you need to go off road and/or pull a genuine 3500kg, the D4 is the tool.
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Thanks for the reply.

The 2007 onwards X5 30d xDrive (and above) have 3500kg tow weights (the missus works for BMW and has shown me the manufacturer specs, which do differ from some websites). Below 3L they are limited to around 2500kg depending on spec. I'm not too worried about mpg while towing, but it would be nice to get a little more than I do on a daily basis.

My boat is going to be the heaviest thing I plan on towing so should be ok on that front, and I haven't gone off-road other than through the occasional potholed car park or farm track. But it's nice to know that there won't be much that will put it off its stride if it gets off-road for any reason or has to cope with sea-weed covered/rugged slipways.
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Thanks for the reply.

The 2007 onwards X5 30d xDrive (and above) have 3500kg tow weights (the missus works for BMW and has shown me the manufacturer specs, which do differ from some websites). Below 3L they are limited to around 2500kg depending on spec. I'm not too worried about mpg while towing, but it would be nice to get a little more than I do on a daily basis.

My boat is going to be the heaviest thing I plan on towing so should be ok on that front, and I haven't gone off-road other than through the occasional potholed car park or farm track. But it's nice to know that there won't be much that will put it off its stride if it gets off-road for any reason or has to cope with sea-weed covered/rugged slipways.
I think that you've made your mind up. Enjoy it.
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Haha, no, not really. The D3 is nearly paid off and is (relatively) cheap to fix myself. The BMW would be a bit more costly but less likely (hopefully) to need fixing! And I do like the feel-good factor of having a proven 4x4 at the front of the trailer.

It's just that I have the D3 and a short notice "would you want this X5 for a reasonable price" came up. It's so short notice that I haven't really thought - hence the appeal on here!
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Haha, no, not really. The D3 is nearly paid off and is (relatively) cheap to fix myself. The BMW would be a bit more costly but less likely (hopefully) to need fixing! And I do like the feel-good factor of having a proven 4x4 at the front of the trailer.

It's just that I have the D3 and a short notice "would you want this X5 for a reasonable price" came up. It's so short notice that I haven't really thought - hence the appeal on here!
Other than a new box under warranty, our X5 ran fault free until disposal.
BM dealer servicing isn't so painful either. Slightly more than LR, but nowhere near Mitzy robbing b**tards.

The Disco was a tad more troublesome.
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I have a 4ltr X5 to tow "Fast Forward" 3.5 t fuelled up ,fantastic car.As the saying goes "buy a Land Rover with your heart but buy a BMW with your head "
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.As the saying goes "buy a Land Rover with your heart but buy a BMW with your head "
Maybe once, not so much now. The latest D4 is a match for anything.
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