The old (2004) BMW X3 has the best road feel of any car I have ever driven, that includes, BMW 528, 525i, 540i, 740 iL, GMC Yukon, Jeeps, Cadillac CTS. The X3 is a great car. One feels the tightness of the four wheel drive under all conditions. Do not believe those who criticize the steering and handling of this car, they are off base. The gas mileage is outstanding for continuous four wheel drive.
Steering, handling, ground clearance, fold down back seats, fuel economy, steep descent control, four wheel drive , accessible battery, full size spare tire, 17 inch rims.
Six speed automatic trans.- already done by BMW. Make Six Speed Manual Trans, more available- we couldn't find one.