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#3007 of 4187 2006 Pre Owned BMW X3 3.0
Dec 09, 2007 (9:17 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 4187 Re: Remote opening of rear hatch [nyccarguy]
Dec 09, 2007 (9:40 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 4187 Re: 2006 Pre Owned BMW X3 3.0 [utexas06]
Dec 10, 2007 (8:47 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 4187 Re: 2006 Pre Owned BMW X3 3.0 [roadburner]
Dec 10, 2007 (11:00 am)
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 4187 Re: 2006 Pre Owned BMW X3 3.0 [utexas06]
Dec 10, 2007 (8:43 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 4187 Re: 2006 Pre Owned BMW X3 3.0 [utexas06]
Dec 11, 2007 (5:57 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!
#3013 of 4187 OCD Maintenance...
Dec 13, 2007 (8:40 pm)
I don't care what BMW NA recommends, I'm having the ATF and the F/R final drive oil in my wife's 60K mile 2004 X3 2.5 changed next week. I'm hoping to drive it past 200K without any major drivetrain repairs.
#3014 of 4187 Re: OCD Maintenance... [roadburner]
Dec 17, 2007 (1:44 pm)
I don't blame you. Just curious... How long does BMW NA specify for those oil changes? I would have guessed they recommend these fluid changes at an Inspection II (60K) service, but obviously not. Does BMW NA treat these as lifetime fluids??
On a previous topic: Any good suggestions on how I can research BMW TSBs? I'd like to point my Service Rep to the proper TSB involving the window/door seals. I'm taking our '04 X3 in this Thursday morning for service, and I'd like to get the intermittant window noise issue resolved before our newly acquired X3 reaches its 4th birthday. Thanks!
#3015 of 4187 Re: OCD Maintenance... [cotmc]
Dec 18, 2007 (11:23 am)
I think I can now answer my own question. Looks like the appropriate TSB is SI B 51 28 05, "Window Guide Noise", dated February 2007.
The next question is whether I first try the Tech Protect product you referenced, or should I first ask BMW Service to perform this TSB now? I will probably ask for the TSB...
#3016 of 4187 Re: 2006 Pre Owned BMW X3 3.0 [cotmc]
Dec 18, 2007 (4:44 pm)
In X3's from 2006 and earlier, it is INCREDIBLY easy to tell whether the seats are vinyl or leather. It doesn't take a "close" inspection. There's a "stripe" of very obvious vinyl fabric in the center of both front seats. They're just plain ugly.
In 2007, BMW solved that aesthetic problem.