My BMW X3 seems to beg to be driven. It seems to be engineered to perform. The 6 cylinder has been very strong to have 130,000 miles on it. I would recommend anyone in the market for a suv to explore this option.
Its definitely not a luxury vehicle. It fun to drive. I live in a hilly city and this little baby just wips around the curves. The leather seats are horrible. Im use to better quality. I also live in extreme heat so the seats make everyone sweat. I wish it had more cup holders. The one on the passenger side is broke. Its cheap plastic. I will say I have 185000 miles on this baby. Its paid for and its mine. Its gotten me everywhere I need to go and Im grateful. My mechanic says it will run forever. It cost a lot when it needs something but as far as reliable ,well Its on top The sun roof cover wont close all the way.I have to many miles to care. I'm giving it to my daughter and getting a newer suv. Just not sure what. I thought I would write a review since Im looking for a new suv and the smaller ones are not getting great reviews. To sum it up this baby has been worth it but I want more luxury. Have not had any complaints about the bigger suvs I have owned. Oh except gas mileage. Hope this helps
Bought this car in 2009 and have nearly 100k miles. It has been a great car but you need to be aware of some expensive repairs that will be needed. Started leaking oil at 80K miles. $600 to repair 2 seals at private mechanic, $1,200 dealer quote. Broken rear springs at 80K, $600 at private mechanic, $1200 dealer quote. Replaced passenger front seat due to airbag sensor problem $0 under extended warranty. Bottom line, get a good private mechanic if you want to keep your X3 long term. ALL BMWS HAVE THESE SAME PROBLEMS. Dealer repair prices are a rip off. You have to pay for the lush showrooms. All cars these days are meant to be leased and turned in before any manufacturing problems show up.
In my opinion Acuras are more reliable but don't handle as well.
My wife and I traded in our car with our baby on the way and wanted an SUV that had both a manual transmission and a sun roof.
NO new cars come with both so We picked up our 2006 X3 with 68K and now have about 77K after almost a year and absolutely love it!
The storage in the back is a little tight but the movable tie downs are great.
We ended up buying the crossbars for the roof so we can put a cargo box on top for our annually beach vacation.
Gas mileage has been pretty good, with summer gas and a trip to north western pa (No roof rack) we managed between 25-26mpg 85-90% highway. Around town we get anywhere from 18-21, depending on who's driving.
The full moon/sun roof is pretty darn cool.
Just be warned that if you have an original sun roof cassette it may crap out and cost from 1,500 to 3k to get replaced.
It appears ours was already replaced and haven't had any issues (knock on wood).
the sound system is pretty nice
The X drive works great and gives me a little piece of mind if my wife is driving in the snow with our little one.
The seats are pretty good for short trips but our 5 hour drive through pa made our butts a bit sore.
I hear the newer X3's are much more comfortable but I like the price of the used one's better.
Price to work on the car.
In doing some preventative maintenance the cost is stupid high for some stuff.
Of course with it being used some things are banged up and I'd like to order replacement parts to make the car look nicer but the cost is to much.
Like the window control unit has the top layer of plastic peeling off of it but for a new one it's almost 200 bucks.
I'll stick with the peeling or take it off and paint it myself.
rear facing car seat eats up front space if you're 6' tall
I bought this 4 yr old X3 in August and so far it is a very good small suv. The tranny is ultra smooth, the engine is smooth & torquey. Steering is BMW excellent. Build quality is very good. Consumer Reports gives it a best buy for the '06 yr & good reliability or I wouldn't have purchased it. So far no problems. I would strongly recommend it to anyone looking for a good used suv in the $20K-$25K range
Premium pkg has lthr etc. much better than vinyl. heated seats. auto turn on/off headlights. stereo is good too.
more & better cup holders!! Deeper seats-too short for my legs. 6 cd player.