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2005 BMW X5 vs. 1997 Chrysler Phaeton

To start off, 2005 BMW X5 is newer by 8 year(s). Which means there will be less support and parts availability for 1997 Chrysler Phaeton. In addition, the cost of maintenance, including insurance, on 1997 Chrysler Phaeton would be higher. At 5,400 cc (12 cylinders), 1997 Chrysler Phaeton is equipped with a bigger engine. In terms of performance, 1997 Chrysler Phaeton (475 HP) has 260 more horse power than 2005 BMW X5. (215 HP) In normal driving conditions, 1997 Chrysler Phaeton should accelerate faster than 2005 BMW X5.

Because 2005 BMW X5 is four wheel drive (4WD), it will have significant more traction and grip than 1997 Chrysler Phaeton. In wet, icy, snow, or gravel driving conditions, 2005 BMW X5 will offer significantly more control. With that said, do keep in mind that many other factors such as speed and the wear on your tires can also have significant impact on traction and control. 1997 Chrysler Phaeton has automatic transmission and 2005 BMW X5 has manual transmission. 2005 BMW X5 will offer better control over acceleration and deceleration in addition to better fuel efficiency overall. 1997 Chrysler Phaeton will be easier to drive especially in heavy traffic.

Compare all specifications:

2005 BMW X5 1997 Chrysler Phaeton
Make BMW Chrysler
Model X5 Phaeton
Year Released 2005 1997
Body Type SUV Convertible
Engine Position Front Front
Engine Size 2926 cc 5400 cc
Engine Cylinders 6 cylinders 12 cylinders
Engine Type in-line V
Horse Power 215 HP 475 HP
Drive Type 4WD Rear
Transmission Type Manual Automatic
Number of Seats 5 seats 4 seats
Number of Doors 5 doors 4 doors
Vehicle Length 4670 mm 5470 mm
Vehicle Width 1880 mm 1990 mm
Vehicle Height 1720 mm 1400 mm
Wheelbase Size 2830 mm 3360 mm


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