My husband and I were looking around
for a new suv for both of us. We test
drove many SUVs.
After driving the X3, we were sold.
We purchased two X3's August 2004, one
black and the other silver.
Unfortunately, after 3 weeks, I was T-
boned by a toyota on the passengers
side.The other vehicle's whole front
end was demolished. My X3 stood the
test. I was protected by its well built
solid body and I was not harmed.
Truth: The resale value of this
vehicle on the trade-in in a few years
will be respectable. My Expedition
trade-in was pennies on what we spent
for the Eddie Bauer model. I will not
lose value on the BMW. Second favorite
feature is the comfortable ride and
Ordered a 2005 and took delivery in
Munich on 11 Oct. We spent a week
driving through Germany on and off the
Autobahns and what a Blast! I love the 6
speed and panoramic roof. Up and down
through the Black Forest and along the
Rhine for a truly fun time. The last
instruction from the delivery center was
to keep it under 100 mph and 4500 rpm
which was a challenge but even at that,
I averaged 20+ mpg.
I can't wait for the car to make it from
Munich back across the Atlantic. I need
to some reprogramming of the automatic
adjustments for the seat, mirrors, theft
alarm, lights, etc. but that's secondary
to the pure fun of driving this nice
little piece of German engineering.
6 Speed, Panaoramic Roof, handling.
Looking forward to the X-Drive this
winter in Steamboat Springs CO for the
Automatic Climate Control takes some
getting used to and seems to be more
complicated than required with filters,
recirculation and other modes.
BMW has a real winner in the new X3. A
slightly smaller version of the X5.
Great gas mileage,plenty of cargo
room,comfortable and all the luxury of
a BMW expected.The cuurent warranty of
4 years 60,000 miles down to the tires
is a real key in and drive no stress
(free tow) if there is a problem BMW
grand perk. The mileage counter onboard
tells you when service is due based on
your driving habits,counting down from
15,000 miles ! No more shop visits
every 3-4000 miles ! The suspension is
a bit stiffer than my last 328i but
that is to be expected with this
versatile SAV that is multi-functional
with equal gas mileage.I will always
own a BMW SAV in the future.
Gas milegage. Cargo room. Superior
sound system. Rear view mirrors that
move assist in paralell parking.
Keyless entry/interior lights. Moving
Drink holder needs to be bigger.Same
style with adjust pushbacks ,but actual
size of the cup holder bigger.Or have
the older style w/ removeable insert.
This is a great value for anyone
wanting higher ride than a sedan, a
Euro import and fun car. Have had mine
for a month and with the exception of
a belt that needs to be tightened all
is well (knock wood. Spend time with
your salesman though... there are may
variatons of the X3 and it wasn't
until after delivery that I realized
there were options I would have liked.
On the other hand, do you need radio
controls on the wheel, fog lights etc.
I saved some $$$. Buy this car if you
want this size suv... hands down it's
best deal out there
Panaramic sun roof, seating comfort,
agility. Vehicle handles as well as
any sports sedan... lots of storage
capacity with seats down
They have to get headlights that turn
off automatically when the car is shut
off. This must be German thing. Gas
mileage,leatherette interior hard to
clean, location of power door lock -
make the fog lights standard - Larger
engine is way over priced- 6 grand to
go from a 2.5 to a 3.0 is out of line