The steering has a very heavy feeling, not sure if this is common to this vehicle type. The interior has faded, which is to be expected in an older vehicle, but evidently BMW uses different types of material that may have all been the same color when it rolled off the line, but now some elements are totally different colors. Also, the seats are a bit hard and unsupportive - I expected more in this class of vehicle. Those things being said, I am happy overall with the vehicle, but I haven't had it that long.
I have had my X3 for 10 years and will never purchase another BMW. It started out with having a faulty rim. I then have had 10 window regulators replaced, starting within the first year of ownership. I have also replaced the transfer case and rear differential costing over $6,000. Now the transfer case motor has failed. I have only put 100,000 miles on my car in the 10 years I have owned it. You failed BMW. I will not be a repeat customer.
This car is amazing! The awd makes it simply impossible to loose control in the rain, the steering is a blast. The 3.0 has plenty of power and gets great gas mileage for an AWD SAV. 6 cd changer, panoramic roof, heated seats, leather, steering controls, navigation, the incredible amount of air bags that are standard! Everyone complaining about the expense is moronic, you're driving a bmw, not a toyota or honda. So far all i had to do was a couple of hoses, tires ect. You do pay more than a rav4 or crv, but then again theres a reason you bought this car! Currently at 134k miles and still drives like new! Driving this baby into the ground
purchased for daughter, needed complete brakes just at 50,000 was not offered extended warranty would have helped, had back latch motor replaced twice, 3rd time was not under warranty, door locks sometimes they do not work? not sure if one needs too push really hard or if it has a ghost, upholstery is cheap, drivers side has tear, this car has not been abused so feel the upholstery is cheap very little storage, very basic is an automatic get very good gas mileage, breaks replaced again at 75,000 go figure, all spark plugs replaced at 80,000 is very expensive to maintain thank god it is dependable
doesn't have issues however just basic maintenance too costly now retired income
With the exception
of the open and close locks the back hutch and poor upholstery and needing brakes and general maintenance far too often; love the way the car drives and handles The dealership could care less about their customers they really milk it after warranty and do very little while under warranty and have found independents most claim that they can fix them and very few can the car is 10 yrs old purchased brand new very disappointing to be forced to sell due to cost of ownership
brakes should last longer than 50,000? all electrical should have been better tested by manufacturer cheap interior basic bells and whistles for this price range is expected I had too pay additional 500 just for the key entry??
I had this car for 6 years. It was solid car with not too many problems. They are 3 times more to fix than on american car though.
Key is 173 $ for example. Brakes $756.
I bought it on advice from magazine as "best car in its class". Not.
Is the most expensive car in its class.
You can have Lexus RX for the money which is better and bigger car.
Or 2 Honda CRVs which any of them will be worth more at trade in in 10 years.
This car is shame for BMW.
The ride is punishing harsh. The manual transmission is totally not math to engine. Panorama sunroof lets in so much noise. The leather seats have ugly inserts. The car is noisy and full of rattles.
I felt like driving the cheap car.
Good reliability for SUV.
Good back seat space and good size trunk.
Reasonable fuel economy though needs expensive grade gas, which cancels it out.
I heard from service advisor that so many customers complained about the car that BMW improved the suspension setting with redesign.
Improve design. Just take X5 and shrink it 5-10 percent.
Ride is to harsh to the point of unbearable.
Panoramic roof is horribly loud.
6 speed manual is the worst.
It is not matched with 3.0 liter engine. It may work well on 2.0 liter but on powerful engine spacing is too short.
6 speed is not needed, it is just marketing for boy racers. At 80 mph you have 3400 rpm on 6th gear!
Not a car for American market. I traded it for close to nothing because of ride and noise.