Cool Car Guy – Cool Car Shot: 2005 Red BMW X5 4.8is

Hey Cool Car Fans,

BMW X5 Red 1I delivered some pretty cool cars in December of 2006 to clients, including this sweet, low mileage and hard to find, red BMW X5 4.8is just in time for Christmas.

This car is really cool, super fast and a blast to drive. The X5 is based on the mid-size 5-Series sedan platform with the X5 being the larger of BMW’s two Sports Activity Vehicles or SAVs. The X3 is based on the smaller 3-Series platform and I delivered several of those vehicles as well this past year, but the X5 is the “Mac Daddy” of the two BMW’s.

BMW X5 Red 2In 2005, this vehicle had a base MSRP of $68,800 and I’ve seen them loaded for as much as $96,500! This baby had it all, including the $1,800 Navigation option, which is always a nice feature on a high-end vehicle. Standard features on the 4.8is in 2005 were a 6-speed automatic transmission, digital compass mirror, panorama moon roof, rear door window sun blinds, ski bag, heated rear seats, park distance control, rain sensor, adaptive headlights, and a premium sound system. There were dozens of other features and amenities on this baby – it lacks nothing!

Under the hood in this X5 is a 4.8-litre, 355-hp, 32-valve, V-8 engine making 369 lb-ft of torque at 3,500 rpm. Valve lift is controlled by the Valvetronic system eliminating the need for a throttle butterfly.

BMW X5 Red 3Electronically controlled valve timing is done through the Double-VANOS system, flattening the torque curve, minimizing fuel consumption and reducing emissions. This is one of the reasons why the 4.4 and 4.8 litre engines are as good on gas mileage as the smaller 3.0 liter without having to sacrifice performance. In 2007, BMW has eliminated the 4.4 and is only offering the X5 in the 3.0 liter and the 4.8 liter engines.

The new owners will need to make sure that they use Premium fuel in the 24.3-gallon tank that will give them about a 400-mile range, but that shouldn’t matter. Not when you can go from 0 to 60 in about 5.9 seconds, which is almost as fast as my 2007 Subaru Impreza WRX and the X5 has a top speed that is listed at 153 mph. The X5 4.8is gets between 16 and 21 mpg, which means that they should average around 18.5 mpg and that’s pretty darn good for a vehicle of this size.

Bottom line on the 2005 BMW X5 4.8is is that it’s an extremely cool car.
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What do you think?

Cool Car Guy Rating:
***** – Extremely Cool

John Boyd

Auto Consultant – John Boyd: The Cool Car Guy

John is an auto consultant with his license at a car dealership in Denver, Colorado. He can help you save time and money on any make or model, new or used, lease or purchase – nationwide! Call or email John about your next vehicle! or Twitter @coolcarguyTalladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby dvdrip

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