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BMW X3, SUV
#2140 of 4187 Re: Lease Comparison / Apples to Oranges [delrick]
Aug 28, 2005 (3:42 am)
I agree "delrick" -- especially after this weekend.
I test drove the Saturn Saturday morning. It was nice and all, but just not what I was hoping it'd be. Afterward I popped into my BMW dealership for a spin in the X3 3.0 (I'd never driven one, just looked at and read about them) It was VERY nice. What a ride! Reminded me of my old 330i. I'm sold! Gas mileage sucks though.
I'm having trouble finding just what I want of the remaining 2005's. I really wanted a 6-Speed manual. Wonder if I shouldn't consider the 2.5 in a 6-speed? There may be more of those. Or get an automatic in the 3.0? Decisions... decisions....
#2141 of 4187 Re: Good Deal on a Lease??? [bmwbob277]
by kyfdx@Edmunds HOST
Aug 28, 2005 (8:06 am)
1) I don't like putting that much money upfront on a lease.. I understand that it is trade equity, so it isn't like you are writing a check.. but, anyway... besides that..
2) I like the deal.. It looks like no security deposit, though.. If you took $450 of that money and made a security deposit, they money factor would come down, and your payment would go up slightly, but you'd be ahead for the term of the lease.. A payment increase of about $12-$13, but a net gain of $150-$200, at the end of lease...
3) You could do a 39 month lease with the same exact structure as this one, and the payment would be $50/mo. less.... About $352/mo. including tax.. And, when you figure the downpayment and fees are spread over 39 months, instead of 24 months, the actual savings is closer to $100/mo...
#2142 of 4187 Re: Lease Comparison / Apples to Oranges [timmboj]
Aug 28, 2005 (9:41 am)
Just clocked up my first 1000 miles in 3 weeks on 05 X3 3.0 "> and averaged 22.8 mpg on city and state roads - no highway miles. Me thinks it is fair mpg for a SAV.
#2143 of 4187 Re: Lease Comparison / Apples to Oranges [blackeye800]
by kyfdx@Edmunds HOST
Aug 28, 2005 (9:41 am)
I'd say more good than fair.... almost great..
Aug 28, 2005 (3:40 pm)
Thanks Tidester and also to kyfdx. I'll look a little deeper tomorrow as I haven't started to grind on my salsemanager friend yet. Does any of you X-3 owners tried to add the auto dimming mirror and the garage door opener (home link) on a non- premium package vehicle? I won't need the alarm as you can program the system to give a visual and audible notification when the vehicle is locked. I have the parts list numbers and the dealer cost for the mirror. It takes about 2 hours of shop labor to install them. That's one thing plus the all weather mats and cargo liner that I'll get the dealer to throw in for the same price. He all but confirmed to me that that's included. Also, that he will trade the Bridgestone tires with a set of Michelins. Has anyone looked into the headrest mounted DVD payer dealer option? Thanks, Bmwbob27.
#2147 of 4187 Re: Lease Comparison / Apples to Oranges [blackeye800]
Aug 29, 2005 (12:51 pm)
Thats good to know. I just test drove the 2.5 and got about 25 MPG down the interstate. I'd probably get about the same with the 3.0. I should have re-tested the 3.0 while I was there, just to compare. Maybe tomorrow.
Aug 29, 2005 (1:57 pm)
The 2.5 X3 will soon be no more -- I suspect the reason is that the X3 EVEN WITH A MANUAL with the 2.5 engine is not at all "peppy." The 3.0 (current model 225HP) is fine with the 6spd manual. This car "deserves" the 255HP 3.0, which I believe will actually have somewhat better gas mileage -- a win all the way around.
I would suspect that the new X3 3.0 w/255HP could actually be "fine" with the 6spd steptronic or the SMG (should BMW elect to put this into the X3.)
So, with no offense meant, I would do all I could to NOT get the 2.5 UNLESS it had the stick shift and even then, I would caution you to drive the car with perhaps two passengers in it and see how the addition of 300 pounds of people will really bog this 2.5 down. With the automatic the X3 2.5 is more "yak" than "shak" or all hat and no cattle or words to that effect.
The lease deals on the 3.0 have been so strong, anyway, that it hardly makes sense to go with the 2.5, because the difference in mileage is minimal.
#2149 of 4187 Re: Mileage, etc. [markcincinnati]
Aug 30, 2005 (2:55 am)
Thanks Mark. I'd only want the 2.5 with the manual. Of 50 remaining only one has the Premium Package and the Xenons. There's one remaining X3 3.0 with manual -- well, just one I'm interested in. But its 700 miles away, so my dealer says. He wants to charge me $1000 extra to trade with another dealer. Is this fair? I'm sure I could live with the 3.0 automatic, but really wanted the 6-speed. My local dealer has several 3.0 automatics with the equipment I prefer. I wonder if he'd give me better pricing on something he has in stock over something he'd have to trade with another dealer?