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Old 04-16-2011, 01:41 PM   #1
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X5 conversion to propane in Ontario

Hi guys,

I am new to this forum so don't get mad if this question sound little bit strange :-)

My long ago plans are to be accomplished soon by purchasing X5 (2006 or 2007, prefer 2007 because of new look) here in Ontario, Canada.
At the time I am about to buy one, as you all see, the gas prices are $1.38 and BMW is fed by premium gas which is about $1.50 today (Saturday, April 16, 2011).

My few questions are:
1. What do you think about converting X5 to propane (I see there is lots of X5s converted in EU)?
2. Old system vs new system (injection) in Ontario and are both doable on X5?
3. Preferred (well known and recognized) service shop that will do conversion professionally on $35,000 2007 X5?

Note: I heard that one shop in Mississauga did it to a taxi guy to convert his Toyota Camry and after 200,000km Toyota Camry died where all taxi Camrys are going close to 400,000km before vehicle dies.

Do you know which shop it is?

Thanks to all with answers and suggestions

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Old 04-16-2011, 06:38 PM   #2
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anybody please!
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Old 04-16-2011, 07:25 PM   #3
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Sorry i am of no help on this topic, but I have not seen or heard of any propane X5's in N. America.

I'm sure any cab driver can lead you to the right place to do this at though.
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Old 04-16-2011, 07:42 PM   #4
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I was talking with two cab drivers from two different cab companies. One of them mentioned the story with destroying Toyota Camry engine after 200K and the other can lead me only to "old system" installers.
Since "new system" is still new in Canada, would would cons be going with old system (non injection) into X5?
Any ideas and suggestions are welcome.

Thanks
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Old 04-16-2011, 10:18 PM   #5
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i can only speak to LNG conversion - it's not cheap to do the conversion. the conversion cost does not offset the fuel cost unless you are high mileage driver like a taxi/limo. Not sure if propane is any different. With LNG at least you can still run on gas - not sure if it's the same on propane.

a big downside is many under ground garages don't allow vehicles in with LNG and propane.

and not sure if propane can still run on gas. at some point if you travel long distances you may get stranded (assuming propane means propane only)
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Old 04-16-2011, 10:28 PM   #6
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Just buy an X5d?
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Old 04-17-2011, 05:31 PM   #7
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Thanks for all reasonable responses
looks like X5d is probably the way to go
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Old 04-17-2011, 06:46 PM   #8
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X5d for sure.
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Old 04-17-2011, 09:23 PM   #9
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Old 04-18-2011, 01:48 AM   #10
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i can only speak to LNG conversion - it's not cheap to do the conversion. the conversion cost does not offset the fuel cost unless you are high mileage driver like a taxi/limo. Not sure if propane is any different. With LNG at least you can still run on gas - not sure if it's the same on propane.

a big downside is many under ground garages don't allow vehicles in with LNG and propane.

and not sure if propane can still run on gas. at some point if you travel long distances you may get stranded (assuming propane means propane only)
Yes you can run propane and gas at the same time, I had that system in europe on a 320i. If you drive a lot, they sysem will pay for itself in a year or two, after that its all savings!!! From what i know they go for about $3K with install, and you get some $$$ back from the government, for running clean fuel. I am still considering it for my SUV, but not sure how it will work with the S/C...
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