Purchased used w/ BMW's Certified warranty wasn't even looking at this model but it came up in the dollar amount I was searching for. I'm really glad I purchased this vehicle for the price it a lot of car. I have not had any problems with transmission it works just fine. I believe it not the trans. but the drivers it's electronic and you can confuse it by your driving style. It's also adaptive which means it learns your driving style and if more then one person drives vehicle and they have different driving styles then you might think your having problems. This vehicle pulls good on the highway but could use another 40 HP.
Pro's: Handling, AWD, Sunroof, Heated Seats, Headlights (Xenon) that move. I warranty covers vehicle up 100K includes maintenance.
Needs 40 more HP. Can't turn key because Steering wheel locks all the time have to turn wheel back & forth should have spaced locks farther apart. Doors sound a little tinny when closing. Cup holders, Transfer case has some noise is city driving.
Bought a CPO with premium and sport package in May. Have driven approximately 5200 miles since without real complaint. The Nevada leather seats are great and I love the huge moonroof. I commute ~50 miles/day mostly highway and enjoy every bit of my drive. Handles like a dream. Gas mileage has been fair averaging ~22.5 mpg (65/35 highway). Did have to take in for a solenoid issue but service experience was excellent. Haven't had any transmission issues reported in other posts.
Exterior, handling, moonroof.
Cup holder size/location, would like a little more rear storage capability.
The X3 with premium and sport package looks good in a parking lot or a garage. Ride is hard. Back seat is hard. Nothing happens smoothly or refined. Choppy ride, confused transmission, not enough cup holders or console storage. It's just not worth $44k. It's in the shop, again, for warranty repairs. They tried to tell me it was ready to pick up a few days ago. Hadn't fixed either of the 2 main things it was there for. (Crazy wipers and rattling tailpipe) Still in the shop with no updates. The loaner is wonderful, 2011 328i sedan. It does everything better than the X3. It's like they learned how to build a vehicle, but don't want to do anything with a warranty repair of their past mistakes.
Purchase experience was very pleasant. BMW service is very good. My 2007 X3 was Certified Pre- Owned and had only 24K miles. I purchased the Extended Full Warranty which was nearly the cost of a full brake job ($1800) at 60k so I considered it money well spent. I have had 2 significant issues with the X3 so far. First, one of the two engine coolant pumps malfunctioned and the vehicle wont let you drive over 20mph for fear of overheating and damage. It happened at 29K miles. Had to use BMW assist to get towed to dealer (took two hours for tow to arrive). Second, had major transmission fluid leak due to bad gasket at 30k miles. Fun car but has been in the shop too many times.
Fun to drive, fit and finish is exceptional, and vehicle handles very well in bad weather. BMW customer service is above average.
Need to work on electronic/mechanical reliability. Far too many sensors and gadgets that malfunction and unless they are under warranty, can be very expensive. Parts and accessories are ridiculously expensive. Better to shop online.
I purchased this X3 with manual transmission as new in 2007, and have enjoyed driving it ever since. I love its steering and ride, better than the 2010 GLK 4matic that wife owns. And to my taste it strikes a good balance between power and fuel efficiency. Nimble yet offers plenty of space for a small family and large cargo room with second row folded down. The leatherette interior is care free. No problems so far except for a burned out brake light. 4x4 warning light came up once, and went away by itself. Dealer cannot tell what's going on...
Manual shift! Precise steering. Strong brake with no dead travel. Power/fuel efficiency balance. Panorama sunroof.
The menu is confusing, and you have to twist and press a single knob for all input. Garmin at much cheaper price offers touch screen and voice recognition.