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      11-28-2018, 07:05 PM   #1
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G05 X5 Performance Center Delivery Writeup

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To my fellow X5 owners and future owners,

If you have the chance to take delivery of your new BMW X5, or any other BMW, at the Performance Center in Spartanburg SC take from an 8 time BMW owner and DO IT!

We arrived at the Greenville Marriott over the weekend after the thanksgiving holidays. The hotel is 3 miles from the airport and we were greeted by a Marriott rep who took us to the hotel. The hotel is nicely located couple of miles from the airport. The hotel is in great shape with friendly staff, good restaurant, and lots of BMWs in the parking lot.

After dinner, I took a stroll around the hotel and in the hotel parking I came across an X5 M50D wt SC tags and took some pictures. There were also couple of BMW executive cars. Even the menu was BMW branded

The delivery day started with a nice hearty breakfast at the hotel, then we were dropped by the shuttle to the performance delivery center. They were super organized greeting us by name and providing us with an agenda of the day. We started with classroom instructions for 30 minutes, then we were hands on driving

You will be matched with a similar car that you are taking delivery of; in my case an X5. Although I ordered the X5 40i Msport, the car I got was an X5 40i Xline in moonlight color and air suspension, active steer, vernasca brown interior, 20" and regular brakes.



We did skidpad exercises using a 340i, then started braking and swerving tests with the X5, then we moved to 30 min track session with the X5. This was the first time I was able to drive the car close to the limit. The steering is accurate but with limited feedback. I could place the car within inches from apex cones, pickup is great even with the 40i and I was seriously carrying speeds of over 100+ MPH into the braking zone in wet conditions. The car turns on a dime with active steer, if you are on the fence get it. The rain stopped and the track started to dry and the speeds climbed to the point I was doing over 120mph on the straight in an X5.

Once the track session was done, it was time for a hot lap with Matt and/or Yohan. OMG these guys can drive. FYI - Matt is the driver who drove the F10 M5 which supplied the fuel for the new G series M5 Driven by Yohan while braking the drift record. Met the guys and they are super nice and great instructors. In case you have not seen it, here is the link to it



I have over 30 track days experience under my belt, and can hold a drift and change direction easy. The hot lap with Matt made me realize how much more there is to learn on a platform like the M3...anyhow I am digressing now back to the X5.

We moved to the factory tour, then it was time for the offroad course. Waw I was blown away...the same car that was pulling gggs on the track was climbing rocks with 2 wheels suspended in the air. Very impressive, still I dont think I would take my X5 rock crawling. The car plunged in a mud field and handled 2 feet of standing water standard without a snorkel.

It was time for lunch and a brake. After lunch we were escorted to the delivery bay where our X5 was ready for us. The rep stayed with us for 2 hours going over every aspect of the car. There is a lot that is not documented yet in the forums....but the idrive 7 is a huge leap forward. We spent 1 hour just going over idrive and still on the way home we were still learning and discovering new things. Keep in mind we are coming from an F10 535 and an F80 M3 and we are seeing major leaps in the idrive in particular.

The car looks exceptionally great, it drove smooth for over 450 mile averaging 28mpg while taking us back home. Good luck on your new purchases and enjoy the car.

Cheers!
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great post! I want to take delivery there but it's a ~1300 mile drive home before getting my PPF installed. what color trim did you get?
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great post! I want to take delivery there but it's a ~1300 mile drive home before getting my PPF installed. what color trim did you get?
Went with carbon black, tartufo, and fineline trim.
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Congrats! Your new X5 looks great.
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Iím doing a performance delivery of my Black Sapphire 50i on Friday! I canít wait! Thatís for posting your experience. I really have something to look forward to!
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great post! I want to take delivery there but it's a ~1300 mile drive home before getting my PPF installed. what color trim did you get?
Went with carbon black, tartufo, and fineline trim.
Mine is Carbon black, Tartufo and Matte Anthracite. I was hoping someone else has the trim paired to Tartufo before to so I could see it. Nonetheless it looks stunning!
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Congrats on the X5. I did the performance center delivery for my 2011 M3. It was an awesome experience.
Word to the wise - do the "hot lap"
BEFORE you eat lunch and try to sit in the front passenger seat. Donnie had to pull over and let me out of the car. Quite embarrassing to say the least. Enjoy the car !
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Has anyone done a performance center delivery in conjunction with doing a lease turn-in to a Greenville? BMW dealer? I'll have lease miles to spare and would do the turn in after taking delivery. Is there a choice of dealers?
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Very jealous you guys get to do this.

Porsche has their experience centre at Silverstone which is epic fun, but BMW doesn't seem to do anything in the UK.
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Has anyone done a performance center delivery in conjunction with doing a lease turn-in to a Greenville? BMW dealer? I'll have lease miles to spare and would do the turn in after taking delivery. Is there a choice of dealers?
Why dont you turn in in Houston and just fly down? I haven't done it yet but I've told there's a dealer close to the Performance Center that people use. However I hear they've been acting a bit weird recently due to the number of cars people are dropping off. According to BMWFS no dealer is under an obligation to take your turn in except your originating dealer.
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Why dont you turn in in Houston and just fly down? I haven't done it yet but I've told there's a dealer close to the Performance Center that people use. However I hear they've been acting a bit weird recently due to the number of cars people are dropping off. According to BMWFS no dealer is under an obligation to take your turn in except your originating dealer.
Century in Greenville is the closest, and BMW of Asheville is next closest... you could check with them...not sure about Charlotte.
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To my fellow X5 owners and future owners,

Cheers!
Congrats on your delivery! Nice looking car too. I've done it thrice and it never gets old. My fourth trip is scheduled for mid December. Just sent in my travel info this morning actually.
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Those of you that do PCD ( performance center delivery) and want PPF (paint protection film) installed prior to your trip home, reach out to Doug Payne (owner) at Extreme Colors Auto Spa in Greenville, SC. Doug and his team do exceptional work and Doug is just an all-around good guy.

* Note they are unable to install the PPF prior to PCD, but they certainly can at their location afterwards.

Extreme Colors Auto Spa website: https://www.extremecolorsautospa.com/

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That is awesome! I do want to do this one day.
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That's awesome. Would love to do a delivery there, but... the drive back to Alaska would be quite the killer.

Love the drifting.
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Those of you that do PCD ( performance center delivery) and want PPF (paint protection film) installed prior to your trip home, reach out to Doug Payne (owner) at Extreme Colors Auto Spa in Greenville, SC. Doug and his team do exceptional work and Doug is just an all-around good guy.

* Note they are unable to install the PPF prior to PCD, but they certainly can at their location afterwards.

Extreme Colors Auto Spa website: https://www.extremecolorsautospa.com/
Thanks SCA you just answered one of my questions
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Thanks SCA you just answered one of my questions
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Those of you that do PCD ( performance center delivery) and want PPF (paint protection film) installed prior to your trip home, reach out to Doug Payne (owner) at Extreme Colors Auto Spa in Greenville, SC. Doug and his team do exceptional work and Doug is just an all-around good guy.

* Note they are unable to install the PPF prior to PCD, but they certainly can at their location afterwards.

Extreme Colors Auto Spa website: https://www.extremecolorsautospa.com/
I’m going to check this out, since I live about two miles from his place of business... should I tell him SCA sent me?
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Iím going to check this out, since I live about two miles from his place of business... should I tell him SCA sent me?
PM me and I will provide you my name.

Side note, I formerly resided very close to their location as well during the mid 90s.
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Great write-up! I've done PCD four times and it never gets old!
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Century in Greenville is the closest, and BMW of Asheville is next closest... you could check with them...not sure about Charlotte.
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Why dont you turn in in Houston and just fly down? I haven't done it yet but I've told there's a dealer close to the Performance Center that people use. However I hear they've been acting a bit weird recently due to the number of cars people are dropping off. According to BMWFS no dealer is under an obligation to take your turn in except your originating dealer.
The 45 MPG I get in my 330e, plus a night in a La Quinta is a lot cheaper than the rack rate for a pair of one-way airline tickets to Greenville. Plus, I get the pleasure of my wife's company for 10 hours. Sounds like it would be best to contact a dealer in advance. Since my route takes me thru Atlanta, I probably won't have much difficulty finding a dealership willing to take the car.
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