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BMW X3, SUV
#2126 of 4187 Re: Aftermarket Bluetooth [diverman]
Aug 25, 2005 (7:34 am)
It would be less hassle, less money, less aggravation to trade your X3 in, get one with the Premium Package, Upgraded sound system with Sirius and BT -- while you're at it get the sport package also -- than it would be to add the BT capability.
The BMW assist is 100% free forever -- if you don't use it. It is free for one year even if you do -- and unlike the On*star system, you can actually use it on a pay as you go mode.
No offense meant -- but the factory standard sound system in the 2005 X3 would have to improve somewhat to rise to the description "it sucks."
The upgraded system w/Sirius however is very nice and if it had a changer and a tape player (for books on tape that still haven't made it to CD) it would be ideal.
Of course these are MY opinions and in no way are they intended to suggest you should be unhappy with your system.
All this electronic stuff -- take the navi system for example -- can be outrageously expensive to add after the fact.
You must've ordered your car for I don't think our local dealer has ANY cars without Premium and Cold weather packages and none with the stick shift.
We ordered ours and it is, frankly, one of the best kept secrets in the automobile world -- ours has: Cold, Premium, Sport, Servotronic (a must have), Sirius, Sat Nav, Advanced Lighting, Upgraded Audio and several other toys (Black Gloss, Terracotta Montana Leather Sport Seats) & the built in Sony T637 phone. It is a 3.0 w/6spd manual.
Can't say enough positive stuff about this little dude.
#2127 of 4187 Lease Comparison / Apples to Oranges
Aug 26, 2005 (8:27 am)
Is the X3 lease incentive so good that I could likely pay the same monthly fee for a $36K BMW that I would on a $26K 2006 Saturn Vue?
I'm waiting for some GM financing information in the General Leasing forum, but I have a sinking feeling I'd be getting a whole lot more for my money with the BMW.
Does anyone know or have any input? I've got to make a decision on the BMW this weekend.
#2128 of 4187 Re: Lease Comparison / Apples to Oranges [timmboj]
Aug 26, 2005 (10:08 am)
Why pray tell do you have to make a decision this weekend?
The GM employee discount has been extended and the deals on the X3's (3.0's) are and probably will be awesome for at least another week.
The X3 is probably very unlike the Saturn Vue. . .
Worth and value are in the mind of the buyer. The X3 is certainly going to offer more performance than the Saturn. Of that, alone, there can be little doubt.
The X3 may be worth more -- but the only opinion that counts, really, is yours.
My opinion is that they both may have their places -- my preference is the X3 -- but it is just that MY preference.
#2129 of 4187 Re: Lease Comparison / Apples to Oranges [markcincinnati]
Aug 26, 2005 (11:02 am)
Thanks for your input Mark.
I wanted to decide this weekend because its the last weekend of August and there's not many 2005 X3's left for the current lease deal, well, that is, those with 6-speed transmissions like I want.
My e-mail feelers to BMW dealers are proving that I may have waited too late anyway. One is telling me there are only 23 X3 3.0 6-speeds in the US right now. Oh well... live and learn....
#2130 of 4187 Re: Lease Comparison / Apples to Oranges [timmboj]
by kyfdx@Edmunds HOST
Aug 26, 2005 (12:11 pm)
Figure on $11 per thousand of MSRP plus tax for an X3 3.0.... 39mo/15K lease.
That is if you bargain hard....
#2131 of 4187 Re: Lease Comparison / Apples to Oranges [kyfdx]
Aug 26, 2005 (12:51 pm)
Thanks. That's EZ to remember.
#2132 of 4187 Ordering 2005's Still Possible
Aug 26, 2005 (1:03 pm)
Some of the dealers I've contacted today have said I can still order a 2005 X3 using the current lease incentives.
#2133 of 4187 Long-Term Test: 2005 BMW X3
by Stever@Edmunds HOST
Aug 26, 2005 (2:25 pm)
In case you missed the update that came out August 1 (the X3 hasn't had much luck in Santa Monica):
Road Test (Inside Line )
#2134 of 4187 Re: Lease Comparison / Apples to Oranges [timmboj]
Aug 26, 2005 (2:48 pm)
Given the powerful BMW resale value, as reflected in the 36 month 60% plus residual, and the very competitive money factors that BMW is offering, you will definitely be able to get a lot more vehicle for your lease dollar in the BMW versus the Saturn.
A well equipped X3 3.0 should be around $400/month.
Not sure what the Saturn would run you, but the difference in vehicles should justify and additional cost, if it is affordable to you.
And all of the maintenance on the BMW is included in the price......
#2135 of 4187 Re: Long-Term Test: 2005 BMW X3 [steve_]
Aug 26, 2005 (5:28 pm)
Ouch - that's one unlucky X3.