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BMW X3, SUV
#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.
#2136 of 4187 Re: Long-Term Test: 2005 BMW X3 [steve_]
Aug 27, 2005 (6:05 am)
I am not sure that is a fair test. The X3 is not an off road SUV as in say a Jeep. It is an SAV (Sport Activity Vehicle) and the all wheel drive and other features are to make it a more sophisticated driving experience - not necessarily to be bouncing all over the place on back roads. I would like to see what would happen if they took other vehicles on those same roads, probably the real SUV's would not fare any better.
They also seem to find fault with the X3 braking so fast, that the guy in the Chev couldn't stop in time. Does that mean the X3 has brakes that are too good, and should be less powerful in case you have a GM car behind you.
The testers have done a lot of damage in very few miles.
Maybe the testers could be morons!
#2137 of 4187 Re: Long-Term Test: 2005 BMW X3 [driver100]
by kyfdx@Edmunds HOST
Aug 27, 2005 (6:24 am)
Yeah... I can just imagine the "dirt road" they took it on, and at what speeds.. And, with the 18" sport wheels and lowered suspension..
That combination is definitely not designed for off-road..
That said, I still wouldn't be too happy about my entire rear suspension failing.. Something tells me that vehicle got the same test they would give a Nissan Xterra or Toyota 4Runner... The X3 is just not that kind of vehicle, and isn't even advertised as such...
I always laugh when I see the Honda Ridgeline commercials, with the vehicle bouncing over the rutted cart path.. I think they are idiots to show the vehicle where it is probably the weakest in comparison to it's competitors... They would be better off showing the wife putting groceries in it... At least BMW shows the car on the road.. .where it blows away the competition...