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#2262 of 4185 10,000 flawless miles later
Nov 11, 2005 (12:09 pm)
My wife's 2005 X3 3.0 has turned over 10,000 literally trouble free miles.
Last weekend we went to the dealer and asked for all three windshield wipers to be replaced (in anticipation of winter.)
Car was washed and vacuumed, no charge, no appointment and they fed us danish and Starbuck's whilst we waited.
I don't recall if you can get unlimited wiper blades (like I used to on my Audis), but the car has been trouble free, pleasurable and comfortable in every way -- darn near luxurious and remains a blast to drive (with the manual tranny, sat nav and sat radio at our side.)
Our only regret is that BMW did not offer (and still doesn't) the more powerful, economical and cleaner 255HP 6 cylinder engine.
We "fight" over who gets to drive the X3 on weekends.
We're also actually looking forward to winter in this vehicle. Nice as her Audi TT quattro was, the X3 is better and more solid feeling (of course I always felt like a bug when I was driving the TT on freeway.)
Can't say enough good about this car -- and likewise the folks at European car have one in their long term test fleet and the editors LOVE it!
#2263 of 4185 M-class troubles..; good that I did not stray
Nov 11, 2005 (5:08 pm)
Have you noticed the problems the redesigned, 2006 M-class is having? With several people now having successfully declared their M's as lemons and getting their money back, our X3 growing pains appear to dissolve away...
(Disclaimer: I own an X3 and M-class was in my consideration set.)
Pasting one message from the Merc-Benz Problems & Issues forum just for illustrative purposes..
>Everyone, MBUSA just bought back my 2006 M-Class
>too because of the same transmission issues. I give them >credit for standing behind their product, and
>owning up to the problem. Good luck to you all,
>it is a beautiful vehicle, and if you got a
>good one, I am actually envious!
#2264 of 4185 Re: Panoramic moonroof [bodble2]
Nov 13, 2005 (12:37 pm)
YES! Everytime someone got in my car they asked me if a rear window was open - it was that loud. I brought it in several times and finally they pushed the entire sunroof forward and that helped for a couple of months. Now, the noise is back and I have to keep the sunroof cover totally closed to keep the noise to a minimum. Even without the sunroof noise, it's a really loud vehicle - both engine and exterior wind noise.
#2265 of 4185 Re: Bmw X3 versus Acura MDX [michellel]
Nov 13, 2005 (12:48 pm)
I live in Upstate NY, where we have lots of snow and ice for several months and it handled quite well. I am considering getting snow tires though, for even better handling. A few times the rear wheels fishtailed a bit on the ice, but overall the AWD is great. I had a Jimmy before this and it also handled well, but I think it mya have been a little heavier. I'll most likely get snowtires from tirerack.com. Hope this helps.
#2266 of 4185 Re: Replacement Tires and Snow [trader_tom]
Nov 13, 2005 (12:54 pm)
I live in Upstate NY, with lots of snow and ice. Overall it handles well, but I agree that snow handling could be better. I am most likely getting snow tires and rims for this winter from tirerack.com.
I had a Jimmy prior and it handled better in the snow - maybe it's a little heavier too?
#2267 of 4185 Re: Competitors for the X3 [jrynn]
Nov 13, 2005 (3:26 pm)
I'm a little late in replying but maybe this helps. I have owned 3 Jeeps in the last 10 years. I did try a Blazer, Explorer new Jeep Liberty and Cherokee. Also a Nissan X-Trail (available in Canada and similar to a Honda).
Then I tried the X3, mainly because my wife likes European cars the most. She has a 2004 Mercedes C240 wagon.
When I drove the X3 I didn't want to try anything else. It is perfect. I didn't even want to take it back to the dealer. I can't imagine a better vehicle, great handling, comfort, looks, lots of room, safety features, reasonable gas mileage, gorgeous sun-roof.
Hope this helps.
#2268 of 4185 05 X3 3.0i Died this weekend
Nov 13, 2005 (8:54 pm)
Saturday morning at 6,596 miles my X3 shut off in the middle of an intersection. I went to start it and give it gas and it would die. Started it again and it had a very rough idle, engine sounds like a "tap tap tap" Check Engine light came on and it shut off again when I gave it gas. I barely got it out of the intersection. BMW Roadside Assistance came and got it within 30 min and took it to the dealership. Anybody have any clue on what might have happen to my car?
Thank you for your time.
#2269 of 4185 Re: 05 X3 3.0i Died this weekend [chachi]
Nov 14, 2005 (1:22 pm)
Sounds like bad gas/ clogged fuel filter or both. Were you low on gas???
#2270 of 4185 Re: 05 X3 3.0i Died this weekend [cimedman]
Nov 14, 2005 (1:44 pm)
The BMW dealer called and said the cylinder #3 ignition coil went bad. Apparently there is a new recall out on it.
#2271 of 4185 X3 v. 330xi engines & AWD
Nov 16, 2005 (5:33 pm)
Why hasn't the X3 gotten the higher horsepower/higher torque 3.0 liter engine?
Is the AWD system in all BMW's now the same, or is the X3 still using an older version?