2008 BMW X5 Long Term Road Test

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2008 BMW X5: Schtick

June 18, 2008

Besides being a bit thirsty, I think the X5 is a pretty solid vehicle. It's comfy, fast and has a slick design.

Except for the auto stick.

In the grand scheme of things this is a minor blip, but I honestly think it's the brainchild of an engineer with too much free time... There is nothing wrong with the tried and true PRNDL stick, but the G√ľnter and pals went ahead and made this nouveau version.

I feel it's awkward to use, except for the button on top that'll drop you quickly into Park. Is the push of a button that much of an advantage over six inches of travel? Not really in my opinion.

Scott Jacobs, Senior Photographer

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