Consider this a VERY long term road test. Everybody loves their new car, but after 120,000 miles ours keeps getting better. It had some minor problems which developed under warranty and which were resolved while we drove new BMWs when ours was in service. Great in the snow, great long distance cruiser. Mpg annualizes at 21.7. All electrical stuff still performing well, gps probably ought to be updated but we don't use it all that much. Only possible drawback is it eats tires getting maybe 35k to a set.
First time BMW owner, and so far impressed. Responsive steering, excellent braking, front seats very comfortable. Could have used more sound proofing for interior. Road noise and wind flowing across top noticeable. Tight fitting vehicle, no rattles. Titanium int. seems durable. Easy to handle. A head turner. Cargo area seems small with rear seats up.
Dependability. Handling in snow. Moon roof. Memory seats. Responsive steering almost to the point I feel I could over correct though. Zippy. Excellent braking. Great looks! Because of the synthetic oil required, only have to change twice a year which is convenient but costs about $100.
Can't figure out how to lock the door when I exit unless door is shut. More sound proofing material. Ride a bit rough. Upgrade interior material. Drop the ash tray. Build to accept mid grade fuel rather than the 91 octane - - but only adds $3.50 or so per tank at today's price.
I had a 528i before this (loved it). I thought I wanted an suv and bought this x3 with both the sport and premium pkg. Not nearly the quality, Interior is cheap looking and black on black peels off. Head lights didn't stay aligned, and having them aligned was not covered by warranty. Keys remote doesn't always work and I have to lock it with key. I have taken the keys back to BMW four times to have them reset. What a pain. Fuse went out on auxiliary outlet and BMW says not covered by warranty (this fuse cost less than $1.00). The car looks ok on the exterior, but the sunroof rattles like it is broken, BMW says it is normal operation. Overall, this is a car.
It is unbelievably bumpy and you will feel every seam and pebble in the road. The handling is great, though and braking is the best I've ever experienced. Peppy and plenty of power but at an expense (91 octane fuel) The leatherette seats are just awful, ugly and uncomfortable. Cold in the winter and probably hot in the summer. Get the leather. The wood and aluminum trim provide the only other classy touches to the interior. It's a head turner around town. Black sapphire is gorgeous in the sunlight.
The engine which just sounds and performs like nothing else. The handing, responsive and peppy like a sportscar.
Don't even offer the vinyl. Get rid of it, it's ghastly, and cheapens the car to the point that the interior does not even resemble a BMW. Soften the ride. A lot.
I have had this x3 for 4 months and MAN, it's great. We own a 2003 325Cic, and the x3 handles and moves better. Stability and handling are just amazing, let alone the braking capabilities. The 5-speed auto tranny is just right and shifts smoothly, the sport program feels eager to go, downshifting and holding gears in the right moments and situations. The tiptronic manual program is great when you want to really drive. I would rather have a 6 speed manual, you lose invaluable torque with the automatic, but not a big deal. Cornering is just like a 3-series. The aggressive look is perfect, it tells BMW all around, love the style.
xDrive, 50-50 weight distribution, dynamic brakes and stability control, inline-6 smoothness, nice engine sound, sporty transmission, superb handling, panoramic sunroof with electric shade, bluetooth, mp3 playing, auxiliary input, 4-year warranty AND maintenance!
More power/torque (but this was addressed on 2007 and up models)