Well German engineering aside this SUV has been the worst new car I have ever owned in 30 years of driving. It lives at the dealer. So far still cannot fix the hesitation issue which is severe in normal "D"; moon roof significant issues: needed new exhaust at 40K miles: blower motor issues; navigation system is major piece of junk: now satellite radio is defective and no parts to fix it; X drive is lousy in the snow not really a true AWD system; etc. Horrible vehicle trying to get out of the lease early. When get loaner car usually a 3 series love it. X3 is just a BMW fiasco stay far far away from any of these until they redesign it. Oh love heating steering wheel.
BMW emblem Heated steering wheel
The entire vehicle from head to toe. No quality on any level here this SUV just is horrible awful etc
We leased a 2005 X3 and loved it so much, we leased a new 2008 when the first lease was up. I wanted to post this review because many people post because they have an axe to grind. Both X3's we owed were excellent. The 2008 has been completely perfect, no flaws or repairs in 22,000 miles. The new 3.0si engine that was put into X3 beginning in 2007 flat out rips with 260 HP. Handling is great, yes it is a little stiff but you are rewarded with a SUV with 50:50 weight distribution and very sporty handling. If you want a cushy floaty ride, numb steering, and 30 MPG, look elsewhere.
Adaptive xenon headlights swivel in the direction you are turning. Rain sensing wipers. Fast shifting 6 speed auto tranny. Heated seats that also warm your lower back. The new 3.0si motor. Drives like a BMW should. I actually like that this SAV is based on the older E46 platform.
Gas mileage with the new engine is better than the 2005 engine, but is still not stellar. The Bluetooth hands free phone system is terrible.
For me driving in major snow storms is a given. This vehicle does everything you need it to do and feels rock solid. I drove through a monster storm this morning and to a ski resort last week on poor road conditions. I was never concerned.It tracks the road, is very stable and in the worst storm is balanced and steady. Unlike some larger SUVs I have had, the size and weight distribution on this vehicle provides a feel for the road surface and an ability to get you there. This vehicle is for someone who wants a smaller suv that can get you around in the worst of conditions. And of course, its a BMW so it goes without saying that the interior, the reliability and the extras are fantastic
I have owned my 2008 X3 for 1 year. The ride is great, handling is incredible. Brakes are superior. I have the winter package, it works well. Had a problem with the heating coils in the back seat, they stuck. Dealer did a great job fixing the problem. GPS and radio are cheap at best. Gas mileage average. AWD is great. Overall great car so far.
Ride, handling, engine, brakes.
Radio, GPS, better gas mileage, vehicle is a little over priced.
Driving Hondas for years (owned three and put over 200k miles on each of them). I recently purchased a new BMW X3 in September. Been a BMW motorcyclist for over 25 years. I thought I would try one of their four wheeled models. I have been a bit skeptical about the quality of BMW cars, "they drive great, but more electrical demons than you can imagine" and so on is what I would hear. The X3 drives great, it's a solid handler, great tracking, good road feel. But guess what: at 1243 miles my cd player-radio just decided to quite working, off to the shop it goes. It's a minor issue, but a radio should work on a brand new $43k car!!
No question about the handling of these cars. Great road feel, great performance.
Improve your electrical engineering! BMW builds a great car, but the Japanese have you beat on quality issues, I know my radio issue is minor, but who knows what's next?