2008 BMW X3 Consumer Review: After 11k miles, it's time to

2008 BMW X3 - Consumer Review

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

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After 11k miles, it's time to walk away
By Paul Milton on


2008 BMW X3 3.0si 4dr SUV AWD (3.0L 6cyl 6M)


I leased this '08 X3 in December of '07. Unfortunately, I regret the decision. The X3 is no doubt an excellent driver for a 4100lb small SUV. By small, I mean the interior is very small and cramped and only after owning this vehicle for some time I now know it has limited utility and horrid resale value. Others such as the Lincoln MKX are cheaper by thousands and more practical in every way.

Best Features

Good brakes, steering. Nimble handling. Comfortable front seats. Good winter traction with snow tires. Other than that not much can be said about the X3 that is great or even good.

Worst Features

Gas consumption is abysmal. I normally see 13-14 MPG on the computer display. The downside to the excellent handling is a stiff ride- you feel every bump and imperfection in the road and on long trips makes your kidney's hurt. Reliability is poor. Edmunds does not provide enough space to list all
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