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BMW X3, SUV
Dec 02, 2007 (8:35 am)
This might help someone making this decision:
I had my X3 for 3 years and I enjoyed it and was going to get another one. But, I decided since I was going to be semi-retiring I didn't need such a practical car...and wanted to go more for a fun car. I tried a 2008 328i Cabriolet with 6 speed standard transmission. This brings driving to a whole new level. I do miss certain aspects of the X3, like all that room, the high seating, the all wheel drive. But this is a blast in James Bond Atlantic Blue Metalic. My wife calls me 007 now.
My wife had a 2003 Mercedes C Class Wagon which was getting slow and boring. She was leaning toward an Audi 4, standard 6 speed and was almost ready to place her order when she decided to try a 335xi, 6 speed manual. She felt the BMW was more substantial and just felt stronger and more solid. At least we have one car that will go in snow, and that has 4 doors. At the time I thought the 335 was a bit excessive, but if I was to do it again I would have gotten the 335 engine. The extra power makes a big difference and I mean mostly from a safety advantage. It is also a little more fun and the engine growl sounds like a sports car.
I love both cars for what they are. I am not saying these cars are better than the X3, I needed the room in the X3 for work and I enjoyed my X3 very much and I am glad that I got it. I am just saying, one day a sedan or convertible might be a consideration....and I would say go for it, or at least try it.
#3004 of 4185 TPMS: Direct vs Indirect?
Dec 03, 2007 (10:45 am)
Just bought 2008 X3 and planning to buy snow tires. Manual described which looks like an indirect TPMS. However, Tire Rack says that when I buy snow tires, I would have to buy the direct TPMS monitors embedded in each tire. Is the X3's TPMS indirect ( like in the manual) or is it direct like what Tire Rack is saying? Thanks.
#3005 of 4185 Remote opening of rear hatch
Dec 09, 2007 (1:46 pm)
On the '07-'08 X3, if you unlock the rear hatch with the key remote, does the hatch merely unlock, or does it actually pop open a crack so that you only need to lift it with your hand?
#3006 of 4185 Re: Remote opening of rear hatch [bodble2]
Dec 09, 2007 (7:30 pm)
It pops open a crack.
#3007 of 4185 2006 Pre Owned BMW X3 3.0
Dec 09, 2007 (10:17 pm)
Hey guys, I just wanted to get your opinions on this pre-owned X3 I found at a Caddy dealership. It's not BMW certified pre-owned just so you know.
2006 BMW X3 3.0i
Asking Price: $28,950
Silver Gray Metallic w/ Black leather interior
Sport Package (upgraded 18" M wheels/tires, 3 spoke M steering wheel, body color fenders, and body kit, sport suspension)
The interior and exterior look clean. The price seems pretty attractive I think the market value with the extra options is over $30k. Do you guys think there is still room to negotiate on the price? This is a spontaneous purchase therefore I don't have a lot of money to put down. Any tips on negotiating or suggestions? Thanks.
#3008 of 4185 Re: Remote opening of rear hatch [nyccarguy]
Dec 09, 2007 (10:40 pm)
Ok...I guess that's probably more convenient. But on the downside, does that mean the hatch cannot be set to auto-relock? (ie. doors will auto-relock if you unlock with remote but don't open them within a set duration of time) Thanks.
#3009 of 4185 Re: 2006 Pre Owned BMW X3 3.0 [utexas06]
Dec 10, 2007 (9:47 am)
Any tips on negotiating or suggestions?
Go to www.bmwusa.com and do a search for CPO X3s in your area. That should give you a rough idea of whether the price is in the ballpark. FYI, CPO certification adds $1000 to the price. Make sure that you take an extended test drive, some folks(not me) find the sport suspension calibration a bit too hard-core.
#3010 of 4185 Re: 2006 Pre Owned BMW X3 3.0 [roadburner]
Dec 10, 2007 (12:00 pm)
Can you tell me more about this sport suspension? I haven't test drove this vehicle yet. Some car review websites don't seem to recommend the sport suspension, however many BMW owners' reviews say they like it. When would I expect a rough and stiff ride? When I'm driving on a bumpy road? What about normal everday driving?
#3011 of 4185 Re: 2006 Pre Owned BMW X3 3.0 [utexas06]
Dec 10, 2007 (9:43 pm)
When would I expect a rough and stiff ride? When I'm driving on a bumpy road? What about normal everday driving?
I had a 2006 X3 3.0 loaner that was equipped with the Sport Package and it felt plenty compliant to me. That said, all but a couple of my BMWs have been equipped with the sport suspension. That's why you need to test drive the car over the types of roads you typically drive- because you alone can make the final call as to whether that suspension calibration is your cup of tea.
#3012 of 4185 Re: 2006 Pre Owned BMW X3 3.0 [utexas06]
Dec 11, 2007 (6:57 pm)
On the surface, that does seem like a very good price for a 2006 X3. Just a couple small points:
1) If you know the last 8 digits of the VIN, a BMW service advisor should be able to give you service/repair history for that X3.
2) While I was shopping for a used X3 a few months ago, one dealer (not a BMW dealer) advertised "leather" seats on their 2005 X3 3.0i. Upon closer inspection, I could tell they were leatherette (vinyl) seats, not leather. At first, it's not very easy to tell the difference, because BMW does a good job with their base leatherette seats. I knew these were not leather because I had recently visited a BMW store. If you live in Texas, you probably want to make sure those seats are not black vinyl. They might look fine, but they won't breathe!