2004 BMW X3 Consumer Review: Best 'Car-like' Luxury SUV

2004 BMW X3 - Consumer Review

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2.5i 4dr SUV (2.5L 6-cyl. AWD 6-speed Manual)

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Best 'Car-like' Luxury SUV
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2004 BMW X3 2.5i AWD 4dr SUV (2.5L 6cyl 6M)


I hate SUVs. Needed more space, and didn't want a wagon, so looked at the X3, and haven't looked back. Closest thing to a car ride. Have bad backs, and dual lumbar support in front seats are THE BEST compared to other cars. Suspension is a little tight, though not as bad on mine w/o the sport package. Base sound system so/so only. Panoramic sunroof amazing. Backseat comfort very good - spacious, especially with sunroof. Fuel economy is my biggest gripe: average 16 MPG in mostly city driving (with a heavy foot). Overall value was great with end of year deals - probably wouldn't have justified cost otherwise. Got Aux. audio jack: Works great with iPod (don't think iPod jack is worth it)!

Best Features

Rides (almost) like a car 3.0 Power and handling Panoramic Sunroof Seat comfort (especially Lumbar support) Spaciousness

Worst Features

- Suspension too tight, esp. for non- Sport package. - interior kind of lacking for 'luxury' - plastic gets scuffed easily. - Fuel Economy (how about a hybrid to compete with the Lexus RX330?)
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