I turned in my BMW on lease this week (bye 335 coupe, you will be missed).
Anyway I was talking to the salesman that sold me it and he asked me what I ended up getting. I told him I got a new GC and he told me I was the second person this week to turn in a BMW for a GC. He also said he has noticed they are starting to loose some business but not to Audi, MB, Lexus, etc... He said the majority of the people who are moving away from BMW seem to be going to the American car companies.
Just thought that was interesting.
I have an '07 X5 4.8i (wife's car) that is out of warranty this month. I've looked hard at the WK2 to replace it (I also have an '06 Wrangler Rubicon Unlimited, and have owned other Wranglers and GC's), but knowing the 8 speed transmission is around the corner, combined with the fact that my two American first year purchases were lemon-law buybacks (one a '99 GC Laredo V8, the other an '00 Yukon XL) has me waiting another 9 months or so.
An 8 speed with a turbo diesel, air suspension (I also have an allroad) and a front LSD... with a year under the belt? I'll throw down for that.
No TD, an ancient slushbox, and first model year? I'll wait. I don't lease or finance, so I don't have any pressure in that regard, and my use is either local (trails, camping, boat towing) or long distance (2k+ mi trips, speeds 100-130) from the Northern Rockies and Canada down to San Diego.
(Caveat: Before anyone goes ape**** about those speeds, I defy anyone to drive on the freeway through most of Montana, Idaho, Wyoming, Utah, etc without ever pushing 100. It's like telling your airline pilot to slow down because you don't feel comfortable... You never do, because there's no danger, and you want to get to where you're going. Still scared? I've never in over 20 years of the same had an accident, offroad event, or incurred any vehicle damage. It's plenty safe, if you're careful and properly equipped. Yes, I've had blowouts at high speed. No, it's not that dangerous is you aren't retarded and don't develop Parkinsons' mid-incident.)
My next car will either be an X5 with the turbo diesel, or a WK2 with a turbo diesel - if they ever offer it again. The Cayenne is the fugliest SUV ever conceived (former 997 C2S owner - not a Porsche-hater), and the Audi Q7 is an understeering pig; I'll only trade the road manners of the X5 if I can have the 'go anywhere' prowess of a Jeep... with acceptable road manners and the ability to travel long distances at relatively reasonable turbo diesel mpg (and turbos don't lose power at elevation).
So, depending on your needs: buy now and work out the bugs for the rest of us. We thank you. My best hope is no one gets a 'lemon'... I just don't seem to have that kind of luck.