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BMW X3, SUV
#2208 of 4187 Re: The X3's Niche [sponge_worthy]
Oct 23, 2005 (11:59 am)
The X3 until 2006 MY was sometimes criticized for being a bit crude, a bit down market, bla bla bla.
The 2006 is dressed somewhat better for success, with the painted bumpers, etc.
The dashboard material seems fine, but it looks less expensive than the dash in the X5.
Now, having said all this, and saying that we did end up with a 2005 X3 3.0 in black gloss (which effectively hides the fact that the bumpers are unpainted), that we believe is handsome and configured as we have ours, is dressed for success both inside and out.
Every one of the cars that are ON THE LOT are usually not very well equipped and they are not as satisfying as they can be made to be:
We did the following:
X3 3.0 (the manual transmission is THE ONLY one to get, the steptronic is old technology and is only a 5 speed -- performance and mileage will suffer)
Jet Black Gloss exterior w/Terracotta Montana Leather Sport Seats
Premium Sound system
Satellite Radio (Sirius)
Built in (in the armrest) BMW Sony T637 Bluetooth phone
Servotronic (A MUST HAVE and $250.00)
BMW Brake dust shields
F+R Parktronic, Tirepressure monitoring system
The bottom line MSRP ~ $47,000. No money down, $581 mo lease 15K miles per year for 3 years.
The car is quiet, comfortable, sporty, has a decent sound system and the nav system and bluetooth work great.
It could not be had with a heated steering wheel as configured and oddly BMW doesn't offer rear heated seats. The sunroof is very large and with the servotronic and sport package the car handles, well, like a car.
With the 6spd manual and the 3.0 engine, it is adequately+ powered, with the automatic, the thing is a slug relegated to that "transmission hunting" behavior so reminiscent of the Oldsmobile Bravada 4 speed.
This car would be fantastic, not that it isn't already close as is, with the 255HP 6 and the new SMG or perhaps 6speed steptronic.
They almost seem to give them away from a leasing perspective, too.
Terracotta is an acquired taste, but this car when all shined up, can go to work and to a black tie affair with its head up high.
#2209 of 4187 Re: Bmw X3 versus Acura MDX [michellel]
Oct 23, 2005 (1:54 pm)
Actually the X3 is smaller on the exterior than an X5, however it is actually larger on the inside. I am not sure how the MDX will be in the snow, but I know the X3 is about as good as it gets. The all wheel X-system is almost impossible to make it skid, even if you try to do it. It is pretty good at getting out of deep snow as well, however I think my former Jeep that could lock the 4 wheel drive in place might have been better in deep snow...maybe someone knows the answer to that problem. Any reviews I have read say the MDX is pretty ordinary, and actually you can save a few $1,000's by going with a Pilot that is almost the same vehicle.
The X3 gets excellent reviews and one said it was the best car M3 to SUV of them all, might even be better than the car from which it is derived. Good luck in choosing.
#2210 of 4187 Re: Problem with Door lock [sr1nath]
Oct 23, 2005 (1:59 pm)
I did that with a rear door. The only way I could get the button to come up was to do it with the remote. Seems you tried that. Seems to be a "real problem".
#2211 of 4187 Re: Problem with Door lock [sr1nath]
by kyfdx@Edmunds HOST
Oct 23, 2005 (2:51 pm)
Try taking something solid (like a screwdriver), and flipping the latch (the part on the edge of the door that you can't see when its closed) back the other direction..
I'd say your latch is basically "closed", so that there is no way for it to slide past the solid bar on the "B" pillar... You need to "open" the latch up..
Hope this helps... I'm not very mechanically inclined..
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#2212 of 4187 Re: Problem with Door lock [kyfdx]
Oct 24, 2005 (4:37 am)
Thanks for your inputs.
I called the BMW service this morning and had it unlocked. All that I had to do was, unlock the door using remote. Then, pull the door handle, hold it with one hand and using a screwdriver, open the latch on the door. It was simple, but had to wait for the right person.
In case, anyone in this situation, you know what to do.
Oct 24, 2005 (8:32 am)
Hi! I am getting a new 2006X3. I am considering the bmw assist in order to have bluetooth. I am also considering the navigation system. Does anyone have any opinions on these? Because I am leasing this car, it was suggested to me to purchase a seperate navigation system and a seperate bluetooth accessory. Which way should I go--built in or seperate.
P.S. Any opinions on the ipod input?
#2214 of 4187 Re: accessories [michellel]
Oct 24, 2005 (8:57 am)
IMO, the BMW Assist is very expensive just to get bluetooth connectivity. If you can make do with just a bluetooth headphone, that may be the way to go. But then again, if you're leasing, it may amount to no more than $15- 20 bucks a month.
#2215 of 4187 Sport Package
Oct 24, 2005 (8:59 am)
Does the 18" wheel with the Sport Pack also come with wider tires?
#2216 of 4187 Re: accessories [michellel]
Oct 24, 2005 (10:10 am)
BMW Assist as a stand-alone option is $750 or is included in the Premium Package. If you were planning on getting that package anyway, then it's a non-issue.
As for navigation, it's an $1800 option. Not a great nav system, as it's controlled by the right radio knob. Certainly an aftermarket nav would be less expensive and/or touch-screen.... but it wouldn't have the nice fit and finish as the built-in nav, either.
The ipod input is installed through the glove compartment and is wired up through the back of your radio. Note that it is not compatible with the Nav system, the premium sound system, Sirius, nor a CD changer.
#2217 of 4187 Re: accessories [bdr127]
Oct 24, 2005 (11:39 am)
What do you not like about the navigation system?