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BMW X3, SUV
Apr 11, 2008 (6:35 am)
Two weeks into the new X3 -- took it back to the dealer to have the Touch Signalling and Daytime Running Lights activated. No charge, free wash and vacuum, love the Touch Signalling -- dealer sales didn't even know about it, in fact claimed it did not work on the X3 since it doesn't have iDrive.
Wrong! It works just fine.
Loving the power and now the economy is improving with over 500 miles on it.
Very quiet, 6 speed adaptive auto is a joy -- this is my wife's first automatic car, and she has no regrets.
HD radio -- WHO KNEW? There are so many stations in our big town (Cincinnati) that have HD2 channels of completely new and different stuff -- even AM sounds better for Pete's sake.
The only typical option (typical for my wife) not on the thing is the upgraded radio speakers -- but we had it on the 2005 and compared the standard to the upgraded, even using our own CD (U2 rattle and hum) and noticed what would appear to be an upgrade in the base system (more bass, actually) and since she listens mostly to Sirius, which, good as it is, is still compressed audio -- didn't see the need for the upgrade.
Instead went with a $475 paint upgrade and the SAV package (not the sport package -- and my fillings and kidneys are so glad.)
The interior -- the two tone leather option -- looks more upscale than the somewhat coarse and, er, rugged interior of the 2005 vintage. The dash is so much nicer, I'll guess they brought out the first crappy dash (although at the time it was OK) perhaps because no one ever expect the X3 to be such a brisk seller (at least here in the moderate snowy region of the US, it is.)
Accessory: custom kleen wheels which keeps those SAV package 18" wheels looking shiny, never dull.
Tires: Pirellis -- HP All seasons -- only comment so far, THEY ARE STONE SILENT.
Heated steering wheel, very nice -- too bad it is not offered with the sport package.
A pushbutton smart key and back up camera (which is offered aftermarket, don't you know) would be sweet, too.
Needs a factory standard alarm system at this price ($49K).
All in all, for $632 per month, 36 months 48K miles (we prepaid the miles and the state sales tax on the lease, no sec dep, first month's payment) -- a very nice upgrade from the 2005.
The X6 is now here -- and, truth be told, it is too big. My hope and dream is that the replacement X3 has the "8/10's X6 look," the 300 HP i6 turbo engine and a 7 speed auto offered and here in 2011 just as the wife gets her new car at that time.
All in all, very very pleased.
People carp about the MSRP -- and I agree.
But, an Acadia lease with a sec dep is about the same -- BMW subvents these leases so the MSRP is somewhat not relevant, unless, of course, you are buying -- then they stick it to you, from a certain point of view
#3095 of 4185 coolant
Apr 12, 2008 (10:12 am)
am wondering if anyone out there might have an idea what is wrong with my x5 its a 2001 4.4 i recently changed the alternator after that it has been leaking a lot of anti freeze its coming from somewhere between the engine & the transmission while am driving it its okay it does not leak but when i park it for about 15 to 1/2 hr it starts to leak the anti freexe can anyone help me please or has anyone had this problem before?
#3096 of 4185 Re: coolant [x5me]
Apr 12, 2008 (10:45 am)
Your truck has a water cooled alternator. If the problem began immediately after that repair, I'd suggest checking to see if the o-ring sealing gasket(Part #3 in this diagram) was damaged upon reassembly.
#3097 of 4185 Re: Update [markcincinnati]
Apr 12, 2008 (9:19 pm)
". . .then they stick it to you, from a certain point of view."
That would be, from above and behind. If one has the appropriate tatoo, they can enjoy the view while they're at it.
Glad to hear your family is enjoying the new X3, but having just bought (yeah, I never learn) a new vehicle, having driven the old one most of eight years, I'm still interested in that piece of the puzzle.
Most aren't, I realize.
#3098 of 4185 Re: coolant [roadburner]
Apr 13, 2008 (6:47 pm)
hey roadrunner thank you for that response i actually already checked that and that part is completely dried any more ideas any other places i could check?
#3099 of 4185 We're still VERY happy
Apr 13, 2008 (7:30 pm)
We've had our '07 X3 3.0siA since the end of July '07 and my wife really likes it! She's been piling on the miles working and shuttling out 18 month old son around, so we've been using my '01 Prelude Type SH as our weekend/family vehicle (as long as we don't have too much stuff). I actually got to drive the X3 around town today and forgot how much I really enjoy driving it.
#3100 of 4185 Re: We're still VERY happy [nyccarguy]
Apr 14, 2008 (6:13 pm)
The 3.0si is so peppy!
#3101 of 4185 Re: We're still VERY happy [nyccarguy]
Apr 15, 2008 (9:10 am)
We've had our '07 X3 3.0siA since the end of July '07 and my wife really likes it!
My wife still likes her '04, but I think she'd really prefer a 128i or a Mini Cooper S Clubman. Maybe when our son starts driving the X3...
#3102 of 4185 Only because we're leasing
Apr 15, 2008 (8:01 pm)
This time around I wanted to keep our car payments low (even though I know leasing is more expensive long term). At $471.67 per month (0 cap cost reduction, 36 months, 15K per year) our very lightly optioned (but not lightly equipped) '07 X3 is a great deal for a truck that stickered for a little less than $41K.
I'm a big believer in the fact that cars are very well made and if properly (read: anally) maintained should last between 8 & 10 years.
When our lease is up, we'll be looking to buy our next vehicle. Maybe a Passat Wagon or A4 2.0T Avant. I'd consider another X3 too.
#3103 of 4185 RE: #3094 of 3102 Update by markcincinnati
Apr 16, 2008 (5:01 pm)
"love the Touch Signalling -- dealer sales didn't even know about it, in fact claimed it did not work on the X3 since it doesn't have iDrive."
What do you mean by touch signalling? Can you please explain? I have an 08 X3 also, but would like to have the same feature as you.
I've seen the angel eyes as the daytime running light on the 328 and 335 coupes, also the new X5s. I am wondering why the X3 has the dim yellow light instead. It will be cool to have the daytime running angel eyes.