We moved from a 3-Series to the X3 and really didn't miss a beat. The functionality of the X3 was the biggest reason for us: hauling kids, dogs, hockey gear, ski and snow boards, groceries, etc. I miss the ride and better grade materials from the 3-Series however and plan to order the new 325xi and give the X3 to my husband! BMWs surpass all other cars we've owned with exceptional service, reliability, safety and incredible handling and braking. The one thing I'd change about the X3 is the low hps in the engines. With all the competition out there, surely BMW recognizes the need to boost the power without boosting the cost. It shouldn't cost an extra $6K to get the 3.0.
Safety and reliability. Great warranty and service.
Cost to upgrade to bigger engine is excessive. Quality of materials is not as good as the 3-Series sedans and is really outshined by the X5. Some of the low cost materials are not deserving of a BMW, especially considering the price of the vehicle and the reputation of the maker.
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