I love these cars. This one is a pretty stock version, premium package, leather seats. The ride is stiff but I prefer that to soft. Acceleration is great. I replaced the brake pads and rotors with slotted, drilled rotors and ceramic pads and now the braking is great, with no dust on the rims. The automatic transmission is a little rough shifting at times which I read was a possibility. It is true. It is a good solid ride though previous owners have had to do some surprising maintenance on it. Caution. On my first factory ordered X3 I found out the hard way that the rain drains on the panoramic roof can clog causing water to kill the bluetooth unit in the rear cargo area. Dealer said the drain maintenance was $400, which is pricey but less than a replacement bluetooth. It is not part of any maintenance package, you must ask and pay them to do it periodically, especially if you park outdoors near trees.
i have had my 2008 X3 for 5 years now and very disappointed in BMW Engineering, very poor engineering and i had to do repairs frequently, cannot count but the recent one was starter and ipbs switch that costed me $1100.
BMW should really be embarrassed about the long term reliability these little guys have. Someone said it right, they are BMWs (Big Maintenance Waste). At 90,000 miles, the X drive system with the incredibly cheaply made plastic gear (transfer case actuator - google it) went out, both vanos units went out, shifts hard and lunges on inclines, there was about $4,000 of other stuff that I can't even remember the details of and the thing requires 93 octane. Pros: It does stop great for an SUV. It is heavy and feels substantial. I think it would be good in a wreck. My suggestion: buy most any American made small SUV. While not as nice and lacking the two bar emblem, they are more reliable and present less worries about what problems are going to surface when I crank up today. Any Japanese small SUV is more reliable and better made. These American and Japanese models also use the cheapest rot gut gas you can find and you simply hammer down to get from point a to b. BMWs must be babied and the initial cost is truly only the beginning of the heavy cost you will get to experience with an X3.