We took delivery of our new X-3 at the BMW Performance Center, Greer, SC. Anyone buying a new X-3 should take advantage of this opportunity, it was first rate. Our X-3 had the convenience package, premium package, tech package, and sports package. I wish BMW made more use of buttons than depending on the Idrive but it works well with a cutting edge car. I have test driven several X-3's over the years and found the ride to be choppy and the cabin less than comfortable. All has changed for 2011. At the performance center, we had the opportunity to drive the X-3's (theirs) at the edge of their performance envelope which demonstates how well these cars can perform. Pricing was negotiable!
My new X3....Next time, maybe I will buy a Hyundai
written on 09-17-2011
I would like to know why I could go purchase a $14K Hyundai w/ less problems than I have in my $55K X3.... 1.Cup holder – Has a broken spring mechanism 2.Heater button – When pushed, it went into the bottom of the center counsel. 3.Gas cap – It states “diesel” but the car uses gasoline. 4.Alignment – The vehicle consistently pulls slightly to the right. 5.Owners manual states there is supposed to be a first aid kit, pg 232. None. 6. Squeak - Sounds like styrofoam rubbing together. 7. Jerky start - seems like the fuel pump/injector issue BMW has been having. Utterly disappointed with this vehicle....
I bought a brand new 2011 BMW X3 XDrive 35i from Autorgemana in Medellin, Colombia and I got a lemon. 1) The sunroof didn’t work. It took 6 months to replace everything and still makes a clunking noise when it opens. 2) when you step on the brakes the car shakes. It was at the dealer 3 times and they couldn’t give us a correct solution. They replaced all 4 disc brakes, pads and sensors. 3) The headlights fog up inside even if it doesn’t rain. They haven’t been able to figure out why this happens so they said it is normal and a year later still happens. 4) The steering system was broken. It went to the shop 3 times and it took 8 months to replace it. As i write this, my car is 14 months old, it has 14.800 kms and it is in the shop for the twelfth time. I named it St. Joseph because it goes from the shop to the house and the house to the shop.
I wanted something different in my next car. Have been driving BMW's for 15+ years - mostly 3 series an M's. Test drove the new X3 35i and was smitten. Wanted to buy it there on the spot but the dealership didn't want to sell it to me so I went looking. Found one at another dealership. Had 1 option I really wanted (HiFi Stereo) but soon realized I could live w/o it. This is my first SUV (SAV) and I'm enjoying it very much. Not agile as a 335i - but darn close to it, especially with adjustable chassis and throttle settings. Getting 26.6mpg average. VERY impressive. Got that with my last 335i. Comfortable; Quite and Fun!! Get one!!
We have owned this vehicle just over six weeks and absolutely love it. The style, RIDE, performance and MPG is as advertised. We test drove several other models and kept going back to the X3. Plus it's built in the USA and even my last Chevy was not. A little expensive but with their warranty and my lower mileage, it just made sense.
Titanium Silver Metallic ($550); Premium Package ($3,450 -- includes universal garage door opener; dual-pane power glass panel moonroof with tilt and slide functions, wind deflector and power sunshade; auto-dimming interior rearview mirror; auto-dimming and power-folding exterior mirrors; four-way front seat power lumbar support; interior light package; storage package; Nevada leather upholstery); Technology Package ($3,200 -- includes rearview camera with top-view feature; Park Distance Control [PDC] for front and rear bumpers; hard-drive-based navigation system with real-time traffic information and voice activation; online information services and Bluetooth audio functionality); Dynamic Handling Package ($1,400 -- includes dynamic damper control variable-rate electromagnetic shock absorbers; Performance Control; variable sport [variable ratio] steering; Driving Dynamics Control selector); Head-Up Display ($1,300); Sport Activity Package ($1,250 -- includes Sport automatic transmission; sport steering wheel with shift paddles; roof rails in aluminum satin; X-Line exterior trim package; eight-way power-adjustable front sport seats with two-way manually adjustable thigh support); Cold Weather Package ($1,150 -- includes heated steering wheel; 40/20/40-split rear seat backrest; heated front seats; heated rear seats; retractable headlight washers); Convenience Package ($1,150 -- includes power tailgate, comfort access keyless entry; cargo net; rear manual side window shades); Smartphone Integration ($150).
Longitudinal, Front-engine, All-wheel Drive
Turbocharged, direct-injected, inline-6 with auto-stop/start
2,979cc (182 cu-in)
DOHC, four valves per cylinder, variable intake-valve timing and lift
Compression ration (x:1)
Horsepower (hp @ rpm)
300 @ 5,800
Torque (lb-ft @ rpm)
300 @ 1,200
Eight-speed automatic with console shifter and column-mounted paddles with sport/competition modes
Transmission and axle ratios (x:1)
I = 4.714; II = 3.143; III = 2.106; IV = 1.667; V = 1.285; VI = 1.00; VII = 0.839; VIII = 0.667
This new single-turbo inline-6 has impressive power right off the line, especially considering it's rated at 300 hp and weighs almost 4,200 pounds. The AWD helps it launch very hard, much quicker than the last-gen X3 we previously tested that was only down by 40 hp. But although our quickest 0-60 came on the fourth run, our best quarter-mile came on the second run, getting consistently slower thereafter. Speed dropped by about 4 mph on the last run, pointing to heat soak.
Pedal has a firm feel and the X3 barely squirms around at all. It's certainly aided by the Euro-spec summer tires. All five stops were right around 116 feet. The only odd thing was that the hazard light came on with every stop.
Skid pad: Plenty of grip from the X3's Euro-spec summer tires. It's difficult to get back on the power smoothly because of an annoyingly abrupt throttle delivery. Slalom: Even with stability control fully deactivated, you can feel electronic aids at work here, making for a disconnected feeling compounded by electric power steering, which has quicker-than-expected initial turn-in. It seems as if it senses you're about to roll, then stability control cuts in. But other times, it will alow for lurid power-on oversteer-slides such as around the last cone. I appreciate the fact that 100 percent of the power can be sent to the rear wheels.