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BMW X3, SUV
#2814 of 4185 Re: I won't repeat the post. . . [markcincinnati]
Aug 01, 2006 (12:52 pm)
Apparently his 2004 BMW X5 uses disposable rotors.
BMW dealers replace the rotors with each set of pads because in some cases the rotors will wear below their minimum thickness before a second set of pads is worn out. On my BMWs-including the tracked cars-I've always replaced the rotors at every other pad change with no problems whatsoever.
We have had Audi's, BWW's and VW's -- and when the work is performed out of warranty and after the service advantage has expired, it "costs $100" just to say "hello" to the service tech (on the phone!)
Now, yes, that is for effect -- but the spirit of what I am suggesting is dead on.
That's funny. My dealer only charged $110 to change the ATF AND the final drive oil in the E39. I doubt that the Jiffy Boobs would do it for much less. The service techs must see you and your friend coming.
He now knows whatI mean when I say "breathtakingly expensive."
He obviously doesn't know how to find a good independent BMW tech. On the later BMWs my indie shop charges around $95 for an Oil Service, $250 for an Inspection I, and $450 for an Inspection II- and that includes services that BMW no longer calls for, such as changing the gearbox and final drive oil as well as fitting a new fuel filter. In most cases, I will usually perform the Oil Service and Inspection I myself, but even if I had to pay the added $$$ for labor the prices aren't bad at all.
I would go with the extended packages at either Gold or Platinum level and "fughettaboudit!"
I prefer to spend my disposable income on much more entertaining items, such as my Speed Triple Challenge Cup Replica. And of course there's my M1 Acquisition Fund. Now that is one BMW that IS expensive to maintain.
But who cares?
#2816 of 4185 Re: I won't repeat the post. . . [bargamon]
Aug 02, 2006 (6:57 am)
I just picked up my X3 last Saturday. First BMW ever and I have to take exception with the comment that it is "no thing of beauty to behold inside or out". I got a white exterior and when I saw it sitting outside at the dealer, waiting to pick it up, I was awestruck. I thought it was stunning and sexy and I'm still thinking that. It looks lean and fit compared to a lot of the SUV's around and isn't overly designed like the Lexus I test drove. I'm probably just in the honeymoon period.
That being said I do have one pratical question...my last car was a 5 speed manual and the X3 is 6 speed. The feel is very different though and I'm having trouble getting into first geaer without lurching. It's no problem if I take it real slow, but that's not always practical or desirable. What's the trick with this car or does it just take practice? Thanks.
#2817 of 4185 Re: I won't repeat the post. . . [stevenyc]
Aug 02, 2006 (9:51 am)
It takes practice -- probably by the time you read this you already will have figured it out.
It ain't no thang!
What color interior? Premium, sport, navi, sat radio, Servotronic?
#2818 of 4185 Re: I won't repeat the post. . . [stevenyc]
Aug 02, 2006 (11:27 am)
Preaching to the choir here! I think it looks great by the way. I am only echoing those whom "don't get it!" crowd whom think the X3 is overpriced and understyled whey compared to feature laden offerings with (at least prior to 07) higher HP. Many of those folks shop specs not the actual car!
I for one dig what Chris Bangle has done and its obvious the sales are very strong the last few years.
I like the X3 alot and think it looks much nicer than the Infinity fx, the Lexus RX, but not the Mercedes ML. BUt there are not that many choices in the Smallish Suv market but Mazda and Acura are entering this year with nice attractive ones that will sell at about 10k under.
The Lexus to me is an awful vehicle to look at. It drives nice, but read my opinion on lexus in other forums. They are boring!
Shifting will take you some practice if you have not done it for a while or are new to it. Those smooth launches become a habit after a while.
#2819 of 4185 Re: I won't repeat the post. . . [stevenyc]
Aug 02, 2006 (5:53 pm)
no thing of beauty to behold inside or out".
I take exception too! What looks better???
First, it is the perfect size. The styling as with almost all BMW's and MB's will look good 10 and probably 20 years from now. It'simple, makes sense, no faddish items that you will get tired of.
My X3 is white and although I am in the minority I like the contrasting bumpers.
The X3 looks like it is in motion when it is standing still.
The kicked up rear quarter window is ingenious, it is a bold styling cue that alters the whole styling of the car, and is getting copied a lot.
Note too, large windows all around, you don't see that too much any more (you can actually put your arm on the window sill). Great sightlines to the fenders and in being able to judge the rear end.
I can't think of a vehicle that has all that, and that just covers the style.
From the headlights and grill to the rear tailights it is as good as an SUV gets!
(Personally and styling is of course personal, I don't think MB's Porche or the new Audi come close for styling)
#2821 of 4185 Re: I won't repeat the post. . . [driver100]
Aug 03, 2006 (7:02 am)
IT ain't like I called your sister ugly!
I like contrasting bumpers too. My Audi Allroad is full of them. My allroad is very similar to the objective of the X3 to me. Manual tranny, some off road capacity, and good utility. Both car based. The Allroad was better appointed inside.
The X3 remains high on my list. And the list only includes only BMW's.
But, in my opinion, if judging by interior and exterior styling only, the A6 quattro Avant (current model) is superior to the BMW 5 series wagon and for that matter (apples and oranges???) the X3.
Factor in drive train which is really important to me, the BMW pulls ahead.
I think a garage of a X3 and 335i coupe would be perfection!
#2822 of 4185 Re: I won't repeat the post. . . [bargamon]
Aug 03, 2006 (8:00 am)
I think a garage of a X3 and 335i coupe would be perfection!
If I had to select new BMWs, my choices would be the X5 4.8is and the M Coupe.
#2823 of 4185 Re: I won't repeat the post. . . [markcincinnati]
Aug 04, 2006 (9:16 am)
The only options I got are premium package and navigation. I've been having fun playing with the nav. Yesterday I looked up a restaurant in the area where I'm staying (and don't know very well), used bluetooth to call and make a reservation and then had it map out the route when it was time to go.
The interior is light gray leather, which I thought was a bit of an unusual departure but it works for me.
The shifting is getting smoother. I just need to drive more!