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
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.
Bought ours used with 84k CPO from a private dealer for $17.5K, we just love the handling & performance. Its like a 3 series but then again an X5, no worries about weather conditions-very safe for the family. Drives/looks like new even with near 100k mileage. Panoramic roof is awesome until the panels didn't close- dealer replaced roof cassette under warranty ($3900 repair) Windshield chips easily ($900 repair) Heated steering wheel & seats are a must. Rain sensing wipers are cool. Please understand the need for a warranty, BMW's are great cars and very reliable (if cared for) but have a maintenance fund/credit card set aside if you purchase w/o warranty
Heated steering wheel & front seats, Panoramic sunroof, interior/exterior appearance, build quality, ability to perform well in inclement weather, safety options, rain sensing wipers, great visibility, roomier than it looks outside
Fuel economy could be better, roof cassette should not fail & should be recalled by BMW, Bumpers should have paint on them & xenon lighting should be standard on a vehicle this expensive- my goodness (since corrected-paint only).
My husband bought this car for me for X-mas. I have been driving it for a couple years now and we are very pleased. We have made several long trips in it, in sun, rain and snow and had no problems. We have the six speed manual and the only thing I don't like is that it's so slow in 1st gear, but once into 2nd, it's very zippy and handles great. Even though the gas mileage could be better, we average 22-23 mpg's which I think is great for a 4-wheel drive vehicle. The navigation system is great! It always projects correct travel times.
The huge sunroof, the automatic roll down of windows from the remote.
I was a bit unsure if I should ever own an SUV, but after driving the X3 I was convinced that you can own an SUV and still feel like driving a sports car. I was impressed by the quickness and sportiness of the X3. Road handling feels like driving a 3 series with a kick! I highly recommend this car for those who want to have the fun of driving a BMW and have some luggage to carry with them. Watch out for gas expense! Premium fuel only??!!
It's an SUV, but feels like a high performance sports car. Love driving it.
Hire a Japanese electrical engineer to fix BMW electrical issues. Moonroof rack not shutting completely, and some other silly electrical issues.