2012 BMW X3 Long Term Road Test


2012 BMW X3: Just Because

March 01, 2012

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While loading some bags into the cargo area of our longterm 2012 BMW X3, I took a quick scan of its various features. Elastic strap thingie, stationary tiedown anchors, sliding tiedown anchors, flip-down grocery bag hooks, watertight well (lower right), AC 12v power outlet.

Wait, doesn't this thing have run-flats?

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Run-flat tires means no need to power an on-board inflator.

Well, maybe that outlet has some other specific German purpose.

Curiosity piqued, I R'd TFM for enlightenment, and... it's there just because. Maybe to power your margarita blender for those off-road expeditions arduous trips to Macy's. You know, tie that sucker down to the floor anchors -- a proper blender is hefty, being powered by a weedwacker engine -- hold the glasses with the strap and keep the ice in that watertight bin?

Turns out it's one of four such outlets in our X3, too -- there's also one by the front cupholders, one in the console bin and one in the second row.

And now you know.

Jason Kavanagh, Engineering Editor @ 3,551 miles.

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