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The problem dates back to 2007 and the creation of BMW’s hugely popular 2.0-litre diesel engine family, which carried the internal code name of N47. The engine, which was fitted to versions of the 1, 3 and 5 Series, as well as the X1 and X3 SUVs, became a firm favourite with customers, not least because it managed to mix impressive fuel economy with low emissions levels. Indeed, the N47 engine, when fitted to the 5 Series saloon, became something of an embarrassment to the Irish government when it realised that BMW’s expensive luxury saloon was in the low Band B tax band supposedly designed to cover small, affordable family cars.
“Among the competition, the 2013 Volvo XC60 provides an even roomier interior and a few more family-friendly features – if performance is paramount, the 2013 BMW X3 largely matches the Q5 in terms of performance and handling,” Edmunds said. “But for an all-around small luxury crossover that does everything well, you’d be hard-pressed to do better than the 2013 Q5.”
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Also found within both models is a collision avoidance assist system which has five key functions. It includes collision avoidance brake assist, a line deviation warning function, an accidental-start control component for forward and backward starts, collision warning for other vehicles and pedestrians and finally, a system which notifies the driver that the vehicle ahead has started moving forward.
having owned a f800gt for a little over 3 years I’d like to leave a few comments on it. first off Ill say that it is a good motorcycle for a new rider, that is if they have 14,000 dollars to spend for a GT or 11 or 12 grand for a R. In 2013 I bought the GT new and I was a new rider at the time and unfortunately last year I was involved in a accident that totaled the bike. But make no mistake I wish to the heavens that I still had it. My f800gt was comfortable, handled great, did really good on mileage (until I changed the exhaust) but even then it wasn’t bad at all. I took the bike on the highway and wanted to see what I could get out of it, one of my friends said he clocked me at over 130 so that isn’t really to bad for a two cylinder bike. I didn’t then and I don’t plan on it now of making it a habit of going that fast but I was surprised that it did that good. Now here is where I think that BMW is giving this bike a major screw job, even with what I just said about how well the performance was, for the size and price of the GT its underpowered and over priced. The R model isn’t all that bad but its still maybe about 1000 dollars to high as well. I don’t think BMW realizes what a cash cow the GT could be for a long time to come. Ive seen so many walk away from the GT once they were told that its only a 90 hp bike. and the salesman at the BMW dealership here told me that he has a hard time selling them because of that. So it needs a performance upgrade to at least 100-105 hp and in the upper 60’s to 70 in torque at the least. Second thing is it needs a face lift, it isn’t 2006 anymore and the GT needs a fresh look that will distinguish away it from the old BMW f800st. For example In 1997 I bought my first Honda accord best car I ever owned, in 2004 I bought a second accord but by then Honda had change the body style and gave it a little more power made it a better car. I think its funny that BMW will take a bike like the s1000rr (a sport bike built to come close to breaking the sound barrier) and put a cruise control on it, or take the motor from the s1000rr and put it on a adventure bike frame and trick it out as well, and how many models of bikes does BMW have with the ugliest motor in the world (the boxer) yet the best the F800gt can get it a new paint job and some minor upgrades that wont help it sale any better then it has. As for the R model as a entry level bike its fine, but do you really need 2 entry level bikes that are both over 11,000 dollars. I’m disappointed in BMW because the f800gt has so much more potential to be the top dog in its class (middle weight sport touring) for a long long time to come but for some reason BMW chooses to dance around it to push bigger, heavier, and in some cases less attractive, much more expensive (even for BMW) bikes. The last thing i’ll say is after my accident it was almost 3 months before I got a new bike, I upgraded to a k1300s. But before I got it I really struggled between switching brands, I thought about a zx14 but decided that was a little more bike then I wanted and I knew that the k1300 was a better bike for touring, getting another f800gt but couldn’t justify over 14,000 when a new zx14 was only about 800-900 dollars more, the 0NLY reason I decided to go ahead and get the k1300s was I got great finance rate 0.9 if not for that I probably would not have a bike at all right now. if BMW were to put the GT back on the operating table and give it a fresh more modern look (meaning get away from that big cyclops front) at the least, and a performance upgrade I wouldn’t have a problem trading my k1300 for it but unless that happens, if something happens to my K3 it may not my last bike but BMW would have really impress me if I were to get another BMW.
Low tech, non dual-vvt, timing belt, and low pressure turbo Exora CFE still got better power 138hp/205nm ………. i was wondering what’s improvement have been done to the new innova dual-vvt engine besides few hp and nm gains. Comparing turbo with non-turbo may be not right, but CFE used to be an ‘old’ and ‘halfly’ done turbo engine, how come seem to be better than the new dual-vvt engine? Mmmmmmmmm.