2006 BMW X3 Consumer Review: Why had I been driving anythin

2006 BMW X3 - Consumer Review

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3.0i 4dr SUV (3.0L 6-cyl. AWD 6-speed Manual)

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Why had I been driving anything else?
By TMA on


2006 BMW X3 3.0i 4dr SUV AWD (3.0L 6cyl 6M)


After 130K in a Pathfinder, I was looking for something a little more sporty, solid, fun to drive but still large to haul kids. Looked at a lot of replacement options but fell in love with the X3 about five minutes off the dealer lot in a test drive. Transmission is great. Smooth ride. It's hard to take my foot off the accelerator. Only complaint is the weird/basic radio system and "always on" lighter outlets. Hate to replace the radio with an aftermarket, but I need satellite radio, USB port for I- pod and an AUX port. Just learned today that they have discontinued production on Sirius receivers for the factory radio. I'm going to put the Ipod/AUX ports up in the top dash compartment.

Best Features

Transmission. Heated seats and steering wheel. Panoramic roof. Exterior design beauty.

Worst Features

Better cabin storage and full-service stereo. The Manual "SD" shift option is neat, but the time from shifting in the car to the actual shift in the transmission is a little slow.
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