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Incredible SAV
2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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By vacabundo
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2005 BMW X3 3.0i AWD 4dr SUV (3.0L 6cyl 6M)


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I have had this x3 for 4 months and MAN, it's great. We own a 2003 325Cic, and the x3 handles and moves better. Stability and handling are just amazing, let alone the braking capabilities. The 5-speed auto tranny is just right and shifts smoothly, the sport program feels eager to go, downshifting and holding gears in the right moments and situations. The tiptronic manual program is great when you want to really drive. I would rather have a 6 speed manual, you lose invaluable torque with the automatic, but not a big deal. Cornering is just like a 3-series. The aggressive look is perfect, it tells BMW all around, love the style.


Best Features

xDrive, 50-50 weight distribution, dynamic brakes and stability control, inline-6 smoothness, nice engine sound, sporty transmission, superb handling, panoramic sunroof with electric shade, bluetooth, mp3 playing, auxiliary input, 4-year warranty AND maintenance!


Worst Features

More power/torque (but this was addressed on 2007 and up models)


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Not happy
4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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By Not Happy
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2005 BMW X3 3.0i AWD 4dr SUV (3.0L 6cyl 6M)


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This is my second bimmer, I realize it is not the luxury model of my 528I but the sunroof rattles, the fuses to my 12v outlets keep blowing,Interior black on black is peeling, none of these things are covered and I must pay for diagnostic to discover problems and then they aren't covered by warranty. I'm thinking about trading. Love the look, hate the quality.


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Buy it!!
1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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By tudm5
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2005 BMW X3 3.0i AWD 4dr SUV (3.0L 6cyl 6M)


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We replaced my wife's 2000 528i with this beauty. I could not say enough good things about X3. If you are worried about gas mileage, or expecting soft Buick like ride then BMW is not for you. BMW is The Ultimate Driving Machine not a sofa.


Best Features

Free maintenance, reliability, styling, performance, heated steering wheel, panoramic moonroof, BMW Assist, and all the rest that puts a smile on my wife's face when she's driving it.


Worst Features

Navigation system


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There are better values out there
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By clydesdalecm
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2005 BMW X3 3.0i AWD 4dr SUV (3.0L 6cyl 6M)


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This X3 is a sharp car and drives like a 3 series sedan...this is a blast to drive. Outside of that, it gets less attractive. It isn't very big for an SUV (ie Doesn't carry a lot of stuff or people). The fuel economy for a V6 is horrible (maybe 17-18MPG?) Four passengers in this thing feels like too many. The trunk is tiny (can't fit 1 set of golf clubs across). And the interior features aren't stellar for a $40K vehicle.


Best Features

Exterior looks, fun to drive.


Worst Features

Upgrade the interior. Make it just 6-12 inches wider.


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Great Car
5 of 5 people found this review helpful
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By PR
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2005 BMW X3 2.5i AWD 4dr SUV (2.5L 6cyl 6M)


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The 2.5 has been surprisingly zippy to drive. It is the best car on snow that I have ever owned. Very rough ride and poor fuel economy are my two key complaints. I've never had any significant problems and I have about 45,000 miles on it now. It had several nuisance problems while under warranty like rattles and problems with warning lights but nothing significant. BMW seems a little loose on their quality control, especially for the price. Overall, however, the car is excellent. I have noticed it is a head turner too. People still stop and look at it in parking lots and it is two years old.


Best Features

Vehicle looks, roomy interior and brakes. It will stop on a dime and give you nine cents change.


Worst Features

Smoother ride and better fuel economy.


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