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BMW X5, SUV
#1068 of 1507 New X5, I'd add ... PDC, aka
Oct 27, 2003 (9:26 am)
Park Distance Control. Wife's X5 has it and we spent the weekend going in and out a parking garage and it is GREAT. Also good at spotting neighbor kids and our kid's toys.
We drove 1300 miles in the X5 this weekend, seeing lots of rain. It was great to drive this rig. I'd like a tad more space, but this thing eats up the miles.
We put a 9" TV/DVD on the console ($199 Toshiba at Best Buy) and it helped keep the 3 and 6 year old entertained. I thought about the $2000+ BMW system, but didn't have time to get it installed. We will only use the DVD 3 or 4 times a year, so we're staying with the $200 special. 'Course, if you're keeping up with the Jones's, this won't cut it.
Oct 28, 2003 (2:11 pm)
Please elaborate on the 9" TV/DVD. Is it a portable DVD player with a TV? I'm not upto speed on current consumer electronics and would like to avoid getting sucked into a $2000+ DVD player option from BMW. For $199, it appears to be the smart way to go.
#1071 of 1507 Steve_HOST Link?
Oct 29, 2003 (3:11 am)
That link did not work for me. I'm assuming it is the Edmund's First Drive of the X3 that can be found on the Edmunds Home page?
#1072 of 1507 Art44, it's just a 9", tube type TV with built in DVD
Oct 29, 2003 (7:03 am)
that I bought from Best Buy. It's in their regular TV section. CC and WM, etc. have them as well. I went with BB because I prefer the Toshiba brand over the competitors. The key is making sure it fits the console and that the unit has a 12v adaptor. From my experience, most 9" TVs do have 12v adaptors. Downside, it's big. Upside, it's cheap and won't be used for everyday, just for vacation trips.
We added a pair of headphones (at $8 each) and a $5 splitter to take one output to the 2 headphones and we were good to go. Added an 48" bungee cord from Lowe's to tie down. They had a heavy duty cord with plastic coated ends vs. the metal ends.
BB also had a 12" AudioVox unit in their car stereo section for $800 that was very nice and much lighter and included cordless headphones. Its downside was that the external speakers were detachable and looked like something waiting to be mis-placed. We decided to go the cheap route in case we didn't like it. Rather waste $200 than $800.
BTW, the unit was flawless and earned its keep.
#1073 of 1507 Jbgraham - X3 info
by steve_ HOST
Oct 29, 2003 (8:01 am)
Sorry about that - let me try that link again:
Finally, a True 3 Series Killer
First Drive: 2004 BMW X3
Talk about it here:
BMW X3 - 2004 (I think Kirstie must have renamed the discussion title overnight to fix the '05 designation).
Oct 29, 2003 (7:59 pm)
Thanks for the helpful info. I'll have to stop by Best Buy and check out their selection of portable TV/DVD combos. Oh yeah, headphones are a must. After a half hour of cartoons, I'd be ready to scream. p.s. decided to order the PDC on the X5. Small price to pay for peace of mind. Thanks again.
#1075 of 1507 Art, you're very welcome,
Oct 30, 2003 (6:29 am)
now enjoy the X5.
#1076 of 1507 though this is not the X3 topic...
Oct 30, 2003 (4:05 pm)
buried in the payment estimator... there is no direct way to get this info, but anyways:
2004 2.5 X3 without options $30,995
2004 3.0 X3 without options $36,995
same ball park as the 3.
compare that to 2004 3.0 X5 without options at $40,995... the 2003 X5 to 2004 X5 spread is $800
#1077 of 1507 X5 On-Board Navigation Question
Nov 03, 2003 (12:52 pm)
I getting conflicting information regarding the On-Board Nav for the 2004 X5. According to the BMWusa website, the Nav option comes with and in-dash cassette player and deletes the in-dash CD player. According to several dealerships that I've contacted, they insist that the 2004 X5 will have an in-dash CD player with the Nav option like the other BMW models. Which piece of information is more accurate? Thanks in advance for any updated info.