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.