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BMW X3, SUV
#529 of 4185 My X3 Is already built
Jan 19, 2004 (2:57 pm)
Ordered a loaded X3 3.0 in late November and it was built last week and will be here in 3 weeks.
I got the sport, premium Pkg, better wheels, xenon, premium stereo, heated seats etc with a $46 sticker. I am probably not the typical X3 targeted buyer since I own a 2002M3 convertible and a 2003 M3 coupe and I am trading in my 2001 X5 with 45,000 miles.
For the people who can't comprehend why people would spend $46k on an X3 drive a M3 and it will explain itself. BMW's are about 1)handling 2) not having what everyone else drives 3) the highest resale of any luxury brand(look it up if you don't believe me) 4) excellent quality 5) free maintanance for 4 years 6) great looks and more. I don't believe anyone ever accused BMW of having the best interiors, buy a Jag or an Audi if that is what turns you on. If you can't offord one don't bash them just buy a used one, maybe you can get my X5 from Hancock in Columbia, SC. I have had 8 BMW's and until they ever really dissapoint me I won't change brands.
Having driven an X5 3.0 for 31/2 years I can tell you that the X3 handles a lot better. I wanted better gas milage and a lighter vehicle that was more fun to drive since I'm used to driving M3's. I have previously owned a 2001 330CIC, 1997 528I, 1996 328Ci, 1998 Z3 2.8 etc.
My X5 had a lot of minor rattles and small problems but never any problems that would keep me off the road and all were fixed under warranty.
I got a black X3 with the Terracota leather and dark wood trim and I think it will be beautiful.
Jan 19, 2004 (3:04 pm)
"I got a black X3 with the Terracota leather and dark wood trim and I think it will be beautiful."
You think it will be beautiful.
#531 of 4185 For those who don't like the interior
Jan 19, 2004 (3:32 pm)
you must see the full brochure view of the Terracota leather with black interior. It is beautiful and really screams luxury. My only complaint is the limited exterior colors available with Terracota. It really should be available with all colors...I can't think of one that it wouldn't complement.
Jan 19, 2004 (4:15 pm)
I went back & forth on 2.5 vs 3.0 all weekend. I had two dealers (one in particular I trust alot)tell me that the 2.5 should be more than adequate for the average person and the drive & handling will be the same. Someone who is very particular about power may notice the difference. The diff is a little less than 2 seconds more for the 2.5 for the 0-60 test. I think I could have talked my husband into the 3.0 if it wasn't for the additional wait time.
So as of today, I'm the proud new owner of a an X-3. Can't wait until it gets here.
kdshapiro - there is a second cupholder for the front passenger. Unfortunately both are lame...but I didn't buy the vehicle for its cup holders
Jan 19, 2004 (8:48 pm)
i stayed out of the renewed interior and value debate b/c i had already stated my opinion and felt the topic had been beaten to death.
i do find it funny that avi_driver, sunilb and myself have almost the same exact opinion regarding the X3 (which is that BMW should be providing more power and luxury for the price it is charging).
if all you care about is handling and the BMW badge, the X3 is for you. if you want a nice blend of handling, power, luxury and solid feel (X3's doors are too light IMO), there are other vehicles at comparable or better prices.
Jan 19, 2004 (10:08 pm)
Does your 2001 X5 has the Sport package? And if yes, how do you compare the handling to the X3? I'm sure the X5 is not as nimble, but how different is it??
#537 of 4185 Ulep/Saugatak/KdShapiro
Jan 19, 2004 (11:35 pm)
Ulep says, "it seems that thers a lot of new members on this board.tponchak, kssoman, kdshapiro, saugatak..where are you people...missed the mesage board war"
I've been here, Ulep. Saugatak and I have agreed to disagree and leave it at that.
However, Saugatak says, "i do find it funny that avi_driver, sunilb and myself have almost the same exact opinion regarding the X3 (which is that BMW should be providing more power and luxury for the price it is charging)."
Saugatak, there's just as many (or more) posts I can reference to start our debate anew. Don't make me go back to your Ford Escape comparisons.
Seriously, Saugatak, did you take my advice and see the X3 at the L.A. Auto Show???
Jan 19, 2004 (11:47 pm)
Ulep says, "not everybody has the x3. so ill be one of the few proud owners of this sav."
Totally, Ulep. Can't wait to be one of the few and the proud.
Ulep says, "I remembered when they first came out w/ the x5, people are laughing at bmw but it turned out it was one of the best suv out there. and now its happening again."
I love BMW and ALL of their new models because they push the envelope and dare to be different. They don't look AND drive like anything else on the road, and, frankly, that's what I'm looking for when spending $50k. They take risks in the new segments they enter and the styling of their vehicles, while staying true to what they're known for, dynamic performance and a sporty ride.
Love the "Bangled" 5, 7, 6, Z4, and love my forthcoming X3!!!
Good summary and analysis, Ulep.