Breaking Into BMW Ownership With The 2017 X5 M
The story of how we came to purchase our first BMW and how we landed on the 2017 X5 M.
By now, many of you know that my wife and I over the years have owned a lot of different cars from a wide range of brands. Most of these cars have been our daily commuters, but there have been an increasing number of vehicles purchased for leisure. In the last seven years however, the majority of that role has been filled by a truck. This was a direct result of our family taking up RVing, or as our Europen readers would say, caravanning. It started out simple enough using our family SUV to haul the reasonably sized camper. That was until, after a couple of trips, we realized that keeping our GMC Yukon's transmission cool enough was never going to happen. This meant that the Yukon, my wife's favorite vehicle at the time, needed to be traded in for our first 1/2 ton truck. Then, as time went on, we decided to purchase a much bigger camper. Naturally, a bigger camper meant an upgrade to an even bigger 1 ton truck, and so it went. Some how we had inadvertently become a truck family.
There has however, been an occasional reminder from the family, that they loved the Yukon and miss having a SUV. I think it wasn't long after my sister-in-law got a new BMW X5 last year that my wife and I agreed we would get another SUV some day. Fast forward to June and I am looking through CarGurus, as I often do for the fun of it. Up to that point I had been checking up on a used Alfa Romeo Giulia Quadrifoglio because who wouldn't want a V6 designed by Ferrari. It wasn't long after reviewing the listing on the Alfa, at my request , that my wife muttered, "If we get this, when are we ever going to get another SUV.?" Instantly saddened by what I perceived as her pumping the brakes on my "Ferrari Lite" idea, I began to stew around a bit, frustrated by the complete lack of fun a SUV brings to the table when it hit me, "BMW has really already figured this out for me with their Sports Activity Vehicles. A friend of mine recently dropped the mother load on a brand new BMW X7 i50M and that thing is a beast and it's not even a full M car. It didn't take a call to my accountant to figure out I didn't have deep enough pockets for a six figure vehicle. So queue up another flurry of CarGurus searches, add in several automotive articles about BMW's Sport Activity line up and I was set on an X5 M.
Sitting just a little lower than the standard X5, ensuring you know it means business in the corners.
Fortunately, due to my relentless commitment to the cause, we found this 2017 X5 M with 22K on the odometer. Thanks in large part to someone else taking the "oh so painful" depreciation hit, we were able to acquire this one at 50% of its original sales price. Once the majority of the dealership "back and fourth" was completed and the car had been reviewed in great detail online (Due to COVID-19) we set off to D.C. to complete the purchase. There was however a brief moment of panic when we pulled into the dealership with the vehicle washed and ready for us when the wife stated, "Oh my, that blue is brighter that I expected. I am not sure I like it". I thought it was all going to fall apart there on the spot. Fortunately, after a quick walk around the car with a nice test drive through a dozen traffic lights we were in love with the car. We bought it on the spot as planned and coincidentally had it home the day before my wife's 40th birthday.
So far the whole family loves it and the kids have effectionaltly named it "Blue". With COVID-19 still reaking havoc we don't have too much to do so we like to take a little drive on the weekends. This weekend was no exception. The BMW was out on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday and thanks to all the room for the kids it is just as much fun as our Porsche 911 with loads more comfort for the passengers. We look forward to many years of joy from this X5 M and we will likely be BMW owners for life.
The quad exhaust of the X5 M.
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