2012 BMW X3 Long Term Road Test


2012 BMW X3: Hauls a 12-ft. Christmas Tree

December 24, 2012

2012 BMW X3

My plan was to haul home the Oldham family Christmas tree on the roof of our long-term 1987 Buick Grand National. I'm rebellious that way, and I knew such a jerk move would fire up the haters and firing up the haters has become a hobby of mine lately.

But I reconsidered. Strapping a 12-foot tall and very heavy Christmas tree to the original paint of our pristine 25-year old Buick would not be cool. So I used our long-term 2012 BMW X3, which has become a favorite of mine since it joined our fleet 11 months ago.

It was a smart move. The X3 handled the job without any drama, despite the large size of the tree and my children insisting that they help strap it to the roof. Thankfully it didn't fly off on the short drive home, but it wasn't exactly 100% secure either. We kept a close eye on it through the X3's large glass sunroof and it shifted more than a few of times. Next year I think we'll get a smaller tree.

Merry Christmas.

Scott Oldham, Editor in Chief @ 21,200 miles

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