I have had the X3 for nearly two years. I am now having all sorts of issue about to have to replace the compressor at 67k already had to replace front brakes need rear brakes now. Have problems with the locking system. Also rear lighter cover wont stay closed. Overall I have enjoyed driving the SUV still with a sports car feel. Wish I would have bought the extended warranty,
The old (2004) BMW X3 has the best road feel of any car I have ever driven, that includes, BMW 528, 525i, 540i, 740 iL, GMC Yukon, Jeeps, Cadillac CTS. The X3 is a great car. One feels the tightness of the four wheel drive under all conditions. Do not believe those who criticize the steering and handling of this car, they are off base. The gas mileage is outstanding for continuous four wheel drive.
Steering, handling, ground clearance, fold down back seats, fuel economy, steep descent control, four wheel drive , accessible battery, full size spare tire, 17 inch rims.
Six speed automatic trans.- already done by BMW. Make Six Speed Manual Trans, more available- we couldn't find one.
Bought ours used with 84k CPO from a private dealer for $17.5K, we just love the handling & performance. Its like a 3 series but then again an X5, no worries about weather conditions-very safe for the family. Drives/looks like new even with near 100k mileage. Panoramic roof is awesome until the panels didn't close- dealer replaced roof cassette under warranty ($3900 repair) Windshield chips easily ($900 repair) Heated steering wheel & seats are a must. Rain sensing wipers are cool. Please understand the need for a warranty, BMW's are great cars and very reliable (if cared for) but have a maintenance fund/credit card set aside if you purchase w/o warranty
Heated steering wheel & front seats, Panoramic sunroof, interior/exterior appearance, build quality, ability to perform well in inclement weather, safety options, rain sensing wipers, great visibility, roomier than it looks outside
Fuel economy could be better, roof cassette should not fail & should be recalled by BMW, Bumpers should have paint on them & xenon lighting should be standard on a vehicle this expensive- my goodness (since corrected-paint only).