My initial love for my X3 turned to pure utter disappointment with the car, the dealerships and BMW U.S.A. within six months of ownership. Rides, drives and handles fine but that's about it. Broke down twice before 15,000 miles with fuel injection and electronics problems. Had to be towed out of my garage! They got it running again but wouldn't fix the console control buttons that were sticking because they said I must have spilled something on them. Wrong, I am so careful with this car I won't allow liquid anywhere inside it. Dealer said they'd be glad to fix them for $$841! Decided to cancel my extended warranty as it was clear to me that I wasn't going to keep this car beyond it's factory warranty period, even though the factory warranty turned out to be pretty useless anyway. I followed the cancellation instructions as provided in the booklet and it took seven months to get my money back and they shorted me $350 despite California law prohibiting any deductions if cancelled within the time frame that I did it. Dealers were awful and B.M.W. U.S.A. even worse. Can't wait to get rid of it and buy a Subaru Forester, which I never should have sold in the first place.
This is a wonderful car to drive! I was looking at the X1s first. I did a lot of research, read all kinds of reviews and took several test drives in the X1. I had made up my mind and had an order all written up for the color and options I wanted. The dealer was shooting a commercial on their 2016 service loaners with big markdowns and under 5K miles. I asked its they were leasable.... not the 2016s but they had a couple 2017 service loaners that were..... for the same lease price as the less equipped X1! I took one for a test drive.... so much nicer and more comfortable than the X1. I changed my mind and leased the X3 right then and there! It is a comfortable, quiet and really fun to drive SAV. Plenty of power and good gas milage too.... amazing! Some long trips coming up and this will make them much more enjoyable. Just go drive one! I came off a Ford Escape lease and moved up to the X3. The price difference really isn't that much for the big step up in comfort, quality and drivability.
I own a 2004 x5 v8 which I passed on to my son, Pretty good performance, and utility, and durability. I started shopping 6 months ago for a new vehicle. and I drove everything before returning to BMW ( I had a loaner x3 w/ 2.8 engine , and felt it was "pokey") So this time, I tried a 2017 x3 3.5 xdrive WITH M Sport package- I am a big fan of the seat cushion extension- and WOW. This machine really moves. I feel like the Little Old Lady From Pasadena- except I am 70, & living in Scottsdale. I can't say enough good things about this vehicle. Perfect for me at 6'3" , and I can haul lumber, boxes, whatever. The styling is great too. Worth the $$. Tony.
We bought drivers assistance plus package to include blindspot, lane changer warnings but they only activated at 35 MPH so driving locally do not work. The driver siide definitely has a blindspot on the left side but blindspot only works at the higher speeds and the navigation package was pre-requisite. All in all, a waste of $3,000.
The menu system on a BMW dashboard is not intuitive - it?s just a random annoyance that?s the most consistent feature of this vehicle for a driver. With three clicks, you can turn it off, but it won?t stay off. Every time you start the vehicle, it will come back to annoy you ? first with a legal disclaimer and then an array of meaningless menu choices. It?s impossible to make the screen display something useful like a digital clock (a Kia will do that, but a BMW won?t). I?d settle for a BMW logo on the screen, but even that?s not an option. The menu is loaded with choices leading quickly to lots of useless information, but changing the audio source for the stereo is 3-4 clicks and a couple of knob-spins away. You?ll find the FM/HD radio choice is in a different section of the menu than the CD player and Bluetooth devices. Perhaps it?s just German humor. Info that?s more easily accessed includes the owner?s manual (should you be reading that on the dashboard while driving?) and contact info for the BMW complaint center (maybe BMW owners use that one a lot?). You can also schedule a service appointment with a random BMW dealership with just a couple of clicks. But they can?t fix your menu. Want to ?search by picture? and learn more about ?screw thread for tow fitting? on this car?s front bumper? That?s literally choice #3 of 12 on an image of the vehicle, just two clicks and a quarter-spin away. But once again ? is this info you should be using while the vehicle?s moving? However if you need to call your spouse, plan on pulling over to the side of the road and scrolling through the alphabet, because the ?favorites? from your iPhone will not upload to this system and the voice-dial feature is erratic at best. I like a lot of things about my 2017 BMW ? great steering and acceleration, quiet and steady ride, nice lines, quality trim everywhere. But the stupid, amateur-designed, useless menu stuck in the middle of my dashboard is a daily irritation that won?t go away. Yes, I?m a little obsessive ? but how many non-obsessive people buy BMWs? I owned three Saabs. This is my first BMW and my last.