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40.000 mi X3
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By Ken
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2004 BMW X3 SUV 2.5i AWD 4dr SUV (2.5L 6cyl 6M)


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The longer we've owned this car, the better we like it. The biggest drawback is the protruding plastic bits under the doors, everytime you get out you get dirty. Floor doesn't quite fold flat, but close enough. We bought snow tires as we do a good deal of winter driving and that made a ton of difference. The clutch and brakes have remained good, transmission and engine strong. Ownership drawbacks - high priced gas and oil.


Best Features

Reliability, ease of use.


Worst Features

More power, better tires, cleaner exterior styling.


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Just Bought a Used 2004
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By S Lanoue
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2004 BMW X3 SUV 2.5i AWD 4dr SUV (2.5L 6cyl 6M)


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I've only owned the vehicle for 4 days and I'm quite attached already. The engine is powerful. One caution to first-time BMW drivers, the car uses premium gas. There are plenty of unique features that I'll be reading about for days and learning how to use (rain sensing windshield wipers, self-adjusting headlights, etc.). It does seem a bit utilitarian in the scarcity of luxury-type interior features (where's the built-in sunglass holder and coin rack?). Also, the ride is very springy/bouncy, not as smooth as I expected. Nonetheless, I am smitten at least with the novelty of it all.


Best Features

Radio shows the artist's name and song's title when it's playing (kinda cool if you've ever wondered the name of a song you didn't know). Also, the AC filter pulls excess dust/pollen from the car's interior. And, let's not forget the self-adjusting car headlights.


Worst Features

Needs a smoother, less bouncy ride.


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Small BMW SUV a Winner
1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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By NES
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2004 BMW X3 SUV 3.0i AWD 4dr SUV (3.0L 6cyl 6M)


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I have owned SUVs for 20 years - Jeep, Mercedes, Honda, etc. This is the best balance between a fun, powerful passing machine and a car to haul things in. Love it. Seats a little hard, but very supportive. No maintenance problems at all. Great warranty.


Best Features

Handling, pickup.


Worst Features

Rear design a litle boxy - roomy but not that good looking because of window proportions.


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Used purchase
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By D Carty
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2004 BMW X3 SUV 3.0i AWD 4dr SUV (3.0L 6cyl 6M)


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Was ready to buy either new Rav4 or CRV for wife who requires all wheel drive, but really wanted X3. Found used vehicle at reasonable price with 30K mi. All around better quality (currently own 21 yr old 528e and 33 yr old 2002). Consider to be much better vehicle used than new Rav4 or CRV! X drive is unbelievable!


Best Features

Style, performance, quality, X drive.


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2004 BMW X3 Pros & Cons
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By jbutch
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2004 BMW X3 SUV 3.0i AWD 4dr SUV (3.0L 6cyl 6M)


Review

Pros: this is an awesome SUV with a manual transmission making it fun to drive - zippy! It's very hard to find american SUVs that are at least 6 cylinder with a stick shift & this one has a 6 speed! Love that! Great size for women who think most SUVs are too big and hard to handle. It's slightly larger than a Toyota RAV4, but well appointed with panoramic sun roof & nice detailing throughout.


Best Features

Fun to drive - zippy! Nice styling throughout. All-wheel-drive manual transmission. Does very well in the snow.


Worst Features

Cons: no heated leather seats - very cold in the winter! Side running boards are a menace in the winter because they're hard to keep clean! Every time I get in and out, my pants get dirty! The driver-side cup holder is also in an awkward place located on the right side next to the stick shift.


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