2012 BMW X3 Long Term Road Test


2012 BMW X3: What Is That?

March 07, 2012

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Sorry for the above blurry photo of my friend Matt and his girlfriend playing with our long-term 2012 BMW X3's center armrest. But I had to capture the moment when tech-savvy, 20-something Matt couldn't figure out that this was a mobile phone dock. I mean, he uses an iPad as his store's cash register!

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"Yeah, we felt like monkeys taking it apart and putting it back together and taking it apart again. But we couldn't figure out what it is. What is it?"

OK, I wasn't exactly sure either til I broke open the owner's manual. I mean, most every car I've been in has had either a USB port or an aux. So I was really surprised when I found...

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Wait, is that a candy bar cell phone?

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Yup, sure is! Well no wonder Matt couldn't figure it out. Didn't know those still existed. Fortunately our X3 also comes with a USB/iPod port, which is also located in the center armrest, underneath the candy bar docking station.

Can't help but wonder how many BMW owners still own such a phone. Is it wrong to assume they'd be early adopters?

Caroline Pardilla, Deputy Managing Editor

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