The 05 X3 3.0 comes in at around $2,500 less than the 04 version. Because the MSRP stayed the same, but the moonroof is now standard and the auto tranny is now a no cost option. In 04 those 2 cost about $2,500 combined. Yea, the ride is a bit stiff, but no worse than the truck I traded. Yet with the X3 there is no body lean in turns. Cornering is so much fun now, not like my wallowing truck. Gas mileage is already better (only 500 miles so far) than my old V8 truck and should get better as the engine loosens up. Even in regular drive mode it is spirited, in sport mode WOW, really quick! Great in the snow as well. I negotiated $1,750 off vs an Edmunds target price of around $400 off. Sweet!
The sporty drive and feel of being in command at all times. The heated seats and steering wheel are marvelous in the Wisconsin winter. With the super sized moon roof its like having a SAV, sports car and convertible all in one really hot package. Cool. The Xenon lights really improve night driving.
Minor nit picks. Include the heated steering wheel with the cold weather pkg, and ditch the ski bag. Heated steering should go with the heated seats and light washers in the cold weather pkg IMHO. The Hill Descent Ctrl button is to close to the heated seat button, I have hit HDC by mistake at night.
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