2016 BMW X3 sDrive28i 4dr SUV (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 8A)
Based on my how many times I've had to take my X3 that I bought new from BMW, I would say that there are now some BMW lemons on the market. All the parts that they have had to replace in my 2 1/2 years of owning the vehicle are as follows (and please note that I have no kids): 1. Fuse in charging station 2. Back up camera 3. Part of sunroof mechanism because the sunroof was open and stuck 4. Now the warning has come on the dash board showing that there is something wrong with the seatbelt 5. Work on transmission as there was an issue with accelerating although the dealership never acknowledged this but the vehicle accelerated much better after picked it back up from the dealership I don't think that I'll buy another BMW vehicle due to my horrible experience with this luxury vehicle. I expected this of an American low end vehicle
2016 BMW X3 xDrive28d 4dr SUV AWD (2.0L 4cyl Turbodiesel 8A)
Depending on where you live will determine dealer support. I purchased the car in Northern California where the BMW service was over the top which is one of the main reasons I purchased. I’ve since moved to Southern California and the service is subpar on a good day.
2016 BMW X3 xDrive35i 4dr SUV AWD (3.0L 6cyl Turbo 8A)
This vehicle is a pleasure to operate and truly comes alive in sport mode. The engine is nimble and responsive with superb handling and breaking. The interior is spacious and comfortable. Fit and finish are all excellent with all controls and interface being well designed and intuitive. Exterior is beautiful with the always pleasing spread nostrils design of the front and central kidney grills. Fantastic looking low profile wheels though i'm NOT a big fan of the whole run-flat tire movement. Only criticism of exterior is the under-designed rear with the understated exhaust. X3 exhaust should adapt the more aggressive dual rectilinear design of the X5 . I do wish there was an easily accessible USB connector on dash and heat button for steering wheel needs to be moved (as it was for 2018) to more accessible location. And finally every M sport version of a BMW should come with a complimentary pair of fine peccary leather fingerless driving gloves. ;)
2016 BMW X3 xDrive35i 4dr SUV AWD (3.0L 6cyl Turbo 8A)
I've owned Infinity for years and thought it was time for a change and so got the BMW X3 35i....it's terrible! The 'intelligence' that went into this design is incomprehensible. The instrumental panel is nearly totally dark, I have to leave headlights on in the day time and even then it's hard to see....there is no separation for the navigation display to reduce lights when night driving, if you reduce display for navigation so you can see, the instrument dulls as well, meaning you cannot see how fast you are going. There is virtually ZERO ability to see clock, temps or any other instruments...there is no display for tire pressure. There are so many stupid things that the Germans missed with this, that as soon as my plates come in I am getting rid of it and going back to Infinity. Even hubby who is German says even GERMANS don't buy BMW because there are NO OPTIONS on the cars unless you pay outrageous prices for them. Japan has it ALL OVER the imports from Europe in this regard...I rented a KIA that has more options and better visibility than this BMW...VERY unhappy. The gas tank holds about 14 gallons and so you have to fill up every three days, it's just a ridiculous car.
2016 BMW X3 xDrive28i 4dr SUV AWD (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 8A)
I’m a 7-time BMW owner. All 3-Series vehicles until now. The X3.
The X3 (I have a 2016 X3 AWD Gas) is my first South Carolina built BMW away from the 3-Series and the first non-German built BMW I have owned. I learning to live with this non-luxury truck with its optional safety (by optional I mean sub-par headlights, no fender turn signals and Goodyear run-flats).
What a difference…
The anemic 4-cyclinder engine tries to move some 5,000 pounds around. It struggles on hills (almost sounds diesel-like) but if you put the vehicle into what BMW calls the SPORTS MODE, performance will improve greatly because it cancels out (or re-directs) several short-throw gears on the transmission and the engine is married to the gearbox in a much faster pace (you will consume an extra 21% of fuel though).
The transmission is electronic. I love it! Responsive, fast, understanding of your needs and quick to the change by your demands. Kudos to BMW for this system of near perfection and this same system really shows off its talent when used on the 3-series newer sedans or coupes (I’ve had loaners in the past).
The parking brake is an electronic tab function. Hold a TAB to place your X3 in the parking brake mode.
BMW’s are usually like a train on rails. Trains follow tracks. You don’t drive or steer a train. Trains are precise and follow a pattern. Most BMW’s give you that same feeling of total control and responsibility. The road is safely yours and if you get into a situation a BMW will get you out of it with plenty of power and precision steering. Except for the X3 4-cylinder version.
The X3 is a shoebox on wheels. BMW has compromised safety where safety is now OPTIONAL instead of standard. Be it cheap and yellowish basic headlights to turn signal indicators (side body panels) missing because you bought the wrong model. Rim/Tire sizes being too small. Backup camera or braking safety features all optional. Simple safety no longer part of BMW standards. Safety only available for sale.
Expect cheap plastic seats called SENSA-TEC on entry level models (sometimes called Leatherette) that are miserable in comfort. You’ll have to purchase the essential SPORT PACKAGE to get decent seats in leather and secured in comfort. The rears are even worse making most park benches a luxury compared to the rear seats on a 2016 X3.
Tires on the X3 are also downgraded to Goodyear’s (pending the model/version/year). However, many cars on the dealers lot had Bridgestone’s (owned by Firestone) tires. Pirelli’s should be on the X3 or a good second choice would be Michelin’s. Once again, BMW downgrading the X3 to truck status.
Ride quality is average. We had to take off the ‘FRED FLINTSTONE’ Goodyear run flats and upgrade to the Michelin’s to get a better interstate ride. It’s like turbulence over Florida sometimes with you sitting in the last row of the airplane. The X3 is stumpy, short and fairly boxy looking (whereas the X5 has a far classier look to it). It bumps and it pulls and it fights the road when accomplishing interstate driving.
Braking is average. Not the soft and exact stopping that a BMW 3-series will give you but plan ahead and control your stop before you need to. 5000 lbs. is a lot a shoebox to stop.
The Panoramic Sunroof is a must-have option and excellent in design. It’s massive! Back seat passengers especially benefit and it is a great distraction to the discomfort of those Spirit Airlines last row seats. One of the better options available on the BMW X3.
This is the most disappointing BMW I have owned to date. Yet in fairness, my last BMW was a 335is convertible and now this is a totally, almost non-BMW truck experience. We did a test drive of the RAV-4 before deciding on the X3 but when compared, the Toyota RAV 4 exceeded all handling and safety features when compared to the BMW X3 when factoring in price and reliability. On the other hand, BMW paint and fit and finish was superior to Toyota’s cheaper paint and gel coating.
In just six (6) weeks, our rear hatch latch has broken off (it’s plastic instead of metal), we’ve changed out the bad tires, the driver’s side door won’t stay open, when opened (you have to walk it out into position) and of great concern is we had to accelerate this weekend to change lanes on an interstate and nothing happened. Gas petal depressed fully. No response. Of major concern and to be looked at later this week.
I’d never purchase another X3 BMW at any price. Not a real German built BMW. In fact, not the feeling of a BMW at all…
If you decide on a X3, add the essential packages so that you’ll have the basic safety items now marketed only as options. Going with the 35i X3 will provide for superior engine performance and adding a SPORTS PACKAGE above all will change the experience from rental car performance to some personal pride of ownership.