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BMW X3, SUV
#2158 of 4185 Re: How do you program the "Clown Nose" to flash if you don't have an alarm [dwainwright]
Sep 03, 2005 (5:19 pm)
Oops! Upon further review, with the mirror control switch set to the left, the passenger side mirror will tilt down when I put my 2004 X3 in reverse.
Also, the only place I see to get full text of all the service bulletins and recalls is at www.alldata.com/recalls and pay for a subscription for one vehicle. But it tells me "ALLDATAdiy.com does not support Honda, Acura, and BMW at the request of the manufacture." So I don't know where to get this info. Funny, I have a Honda AND a BMW!
#2159 of 4185 Re: Good Deal on a Lease??? [agentred29]
Sep 04, 2005 (1:06 pm)
Our '05 was ~ $47K.
$250 down (long story.)
Sec dep and first month only (plus plates.)
36 months/15K annual.
Including tax $581.00.
Your deal would sound pretty good for 36 mo and 15K miles, but not for 12K miles and probably not for 39 months -- Ohio, like your state requires prepayment of taxes which when rolled into the lease as we did, raise the price in an unnatural fashion.
My 2 cents worth.
#2160 of 4185 2005 X3 3.0 Rattling me crazy!
Sep 04, 2005 (4:35 pm)
I've noticed a few posts about the creaking and rattling some have experienced. It's getting worse with just under 4000 miles. Taking in to the dealer next week. Any tips or suggestions? Remedies?
#2161 of 4185 Re: 2005 X3 3.0 Rattling me crazy! [dmosier1]
Sep 05, 2005 (6:56 am)
Of course it creaks, the X3 Ultimate Creaking Machine is made of wood... didn't anyone tell you...
This is appearently a classic BMW annoyance which appears to plague the X3 particularly. You can search just about any BMW forum and find a lot of discussion about this solutions people have tried
The problem is the door seals rubbing against the door. What works for many people, myself included is simply applying some lubricant on the door seals. BMW sells something called "Gummiphledge" which I believe is German for "rubber care" or you can try some kind of silicone or teflon based lubricant, or even liberal application of WD40.
This is not a permanent solution, but appears to work for many.If your dealer offers you a better solution, please share for all of our benefit.
#2162 of 4185 Re: 2005 X3 3.0 Rattling me crazy! [sponge_worthy]
by steve_ HOST
Sep 05, 2005 (9:54 am)
Honda Odyssey owners swear by Shinitsu grease for their sliding doors.
Sep 06, 2005 (6:23 am)
Have we no set answers form BMW as to what the changes are to the X3 other than the deletion of the 2.5?
No firm equipment levels noted, no confirmation about interior upgrades?
All we know is there will less black bumpers?
And certainly no company notes as to when the engine upgrade takes place.
Sep 06, 2005 (8:07 am)
My dealer in Cincinnati is The BMW Store (catchy huh?)
The owner, my wife and I have known each other forever. Unlike many dealers, this gentlemen is actually an advisor to BMW AG. He travels to Munich regularly to attend and teach other dealers around the world how to (essentially) become ISO certified. His dealership was the second or third US dealer to become so certified.
The point is, he seems (via what he says and how he acts) almost like a BMW insider rather than "merely" a BMW retailer.
His personal daily driver (although he has many personal cars) is a 2005 X3 3.0 stick shift that has "virtually every possible option" on it. He seems to "wax poetic" about two cars, his 1997 hot rod 3 series BMW and his X3.
We asked him about the "next" X3 (and X5 for that matter.)
The X3 body style is "the newer of the two SAV's, and the X3 body style will carry on and the X5 will adopt the X3 look."
"Moreover, the X3 will get the 255HP 3.0 (the engine in the new 3 and 5 series -- as will the X5.)"
The X3's with a build date (at least I think he said BUILD not availability date) in early 2006 will offer customers a choice of two 3.0 engines (just like the BMW 3 and 5 series do), a 6speed Steptronic and a 6 speed manual (under consideration is the SMG). The bumpers will no longer be "unpainted" but will come painted in body color. I assume this means the X5's painted parts (on the current model) will be imitated on the X3.
Additional options (in due course) will be offered -- but I am unclear if i-Drive is one of them, but it does seem logical. Of course we wondered if the dashboard would be upgraded from the course grained look to the more granular, finer grained look that is in the rest of the BMW line -- again no clear answer here.
He claimed none until the refresh for the 2008 model year.
IMHO, the 255HP 3.0 engine and the Steptronic at 6 speeds are pretty major -- but I understand the answer, since the 255HP engine is more of a running change (as it was in the 5 series.)
Now, is this an authoritative answer? Yes, no, but. Yes, this guy is an atypical dealer, no he is NOT a BMW employee or official despite the fact that he is more of an insider than many dealers seem to be. But, what he says does track somewhat with the buzz here there and everywhere.
Clear as mud, I know.
This would appear to mean, you can order your new X3 for a January production and it will be "upgraded."
#2165 of 4185 Re: 2006my?? [markcincinnati]
Sep 06, 2005 (8:17 pm)
as always, your the man!
I do hope the dash and the doors get some ugrade touches.
While i dig the rugged approach, this model does not reek of being a rock climbing-hose it down interior. The seats dictate the interor and they are fine, but seem out of place in the rugged interior.
Perhaps two levels of trim would be available. At 35k or about, its just fine and a good value. At north of 45k, it needs some touches. Sounds like most folks are pretty happy with it as it is, but thats usually par for the course.
Im looking forward to drivng the new motor! Yes, that is a big upgrade!
Sep 07, 2005 (2:43 pm)
Please understand while I believe I was accurate and I was quoting someone I assume to be "on top of the next," there is still a chance that my dealer is mostly right, somewhat right or right but not timely, etc.
If you can order what you want, you know it is real.
I believe the X3 is due in January. . .but that is my best guess.
#2167 of 4185 Re: 2006my?? [markcincinnati]
Sep 07, 2005 (8:21 pm)
Whats this? A lawyer's waiver of liability incase your wrong?
Don't worry about it, I understood you perfectly.
You said your dealer is on the planning commitee and was 200% certain about the changes!