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X3 BMW Beyond Expectations
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By H. Jones
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2005 BMW X3 SUV 2.5i AWD 4dr SUV (2.5L 6cyl 6M)


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I just turned 19000 miles. My gas mileage in light to moderate traffic is consistently between 20 and 21 mpg. On the road the mileage is consistently between 26 to 27.5 mpg. The handling is great; few cars handle this well! I think the 2.5 is enough power and transmission shifts nicely. I live in mountainous country and the 2.5 is just fine on steep grades at altitudes from 4000 to 9000 feet. It is great in the snow, on wet roads and even muddy conditions. The X-drive works almost instantaneously. You can spend more but I don't think you could buy anything better. No I don't like the clutch and break pedals so close together.


Best Features

Handling and gas mileage. Brakes are great and the seats are comfortable for long trips.


Worst Features

Clutch and break pedal need more room. Feedback for door locks. More substantial rear cargo mat.


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Happy but Sore
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By KEG
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2005 BMW X3 SUV 3.0i AWD 4dr SUV (3.0L 6cyl 6M)


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Have had this car for three months, and so far absolutely no complaints other than a very harsh ride with the sport package. Believe them when they say it is harsh!! This is not a problem at all on regular roads, but uneven pavement/ dirt roads/ speed bumps, etc are brutal. Good handling makes it worth the sacrifice, maybe. Navigation system is a fun feature, although inputting the destination is a little time-consuming. Some passengers have commented that it is difficult to get in and out, although I have had no problem. Very fun commuter vehicle overall, looks great, and has a nice cargo space as a bonus!


Best Features

Excellent handling/ acceleration/ braking, as expected. Panorama sunroof is HUGE! Nice cargo space for a small SUV. Premium sound is great.


Worst Features

Ride is VERY stiff with sport package... also would prefer a more luxurious interior, although build quality is fine.


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Beemer, but a step down?
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By Jimmy James
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2005 BMW X3 SUV 3.0i AWD 4dr SUV (3.0L 6cyl 6M)


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I also own a 745li. This is absolutely nothing like that, of course. If you are looking for a low priced, quality, but not to any extent luxurious suv, get the X3. It is tremendous in the snow and conditions like that. The navigation system is top notch. It is extremely easy to operate, and works to perfection. DO NOT GET LEATHERETTE SEATING, I have leather and that is not comfortable either.


Best Features

Navigation system


Worst Features

Interior needs to be a smidge bigger.


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A nice all-in-one package
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By Robin B
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2005 BMW X3 SUV 3.0i AWD 4dr SUV (3.0L 6cyl 6M)


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She wanted the height and the all-wheel drive of an SUV and I wanted the fun and spirited drive of a convertible sports sedan. The BMW X3 exceeds all of those desires. The driving qualities are second only to that of the BMW and Audi sports sedans, far better than any of the other SUVs we tried. Plus, it has the added versatility of a deceivingly large cargo space and an excellent all-wheel drive system. To top it all off, the panoramic sunroof makes it feel like a convertible. You'd be hard pressed to find a more versitile vehicle. Having seen the 2004 and 2005 models, the issue of interior build quality appears to have been dealt with. The X3 provides good value.


Best Features

Sports sedan like driving behaviour. Excellent braking abilities. Sporty performance. Breath-taking panoramic sunroof. Attractive packaging of the 3.0.


Worst Features

Dual-zone climate control. Chrome tipped exhaust should be standard on the 3.0 with the chrome finish. (Outside the US)


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Bimmer
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By Joel
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2005 BMW X3 SUV 3.0i AWD 4dr SUV (3.0L 6cyl 6M)


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Great car, owned 5 months now, typical bimmer quirks-power locks have acted up, passenger side rear view stopped working when putting car in reverse. And, of course, I could care less since this is the best performing car for it's size i have ever driven. I love it. Of course I want more power, but this puppy is ample for sure.


Best Features

It's a Bimmer w/ big cargo, good mpg. I drive agressively and am almost getting 22 mpg with my manual. The manual tranny is like butter and feels like an extension of my body while driving. I love the firm bmw ride, whomever complains about that needs to buy a buick.


Worst Features

None. Seriously.


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