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BMW X3, SUV
#911 of 4185 Garage Door Opener/Premium Stereo
Mar 03, 2004 (7:35 pm)
I have over 300 miles now on my X3 3.0 Auto with sport package, Y spoke wheels and it has far exceeded my expectations. I had a 2001 X5 3.0 which was a great vehicle but this is a sports car compared to the X5. The handling is great with no body lean and really like a 325 or 330 and the ride is very smooth although not as smooth as a 528 which I owned or my X5 was. The X5 felt like it was on rails but was heavy in the corners and plowed a little compared to the X3. You can really notice the 600 pound difference in a positive way and my gas milage so far is 2-3 miles per gallon better. The black interior looks great with a little bit of a contrast with dark gray on the top 1/3 of the dash and along the windshield. Its not the same look as the X5 and not as premium quality but it looks pretty darn good with the wood trim. The owners manual shows the garage door opener as an accessory and part of the rear view mirror as I suspected because this is how it is on the M3 convertible because of a lack of space due to the BMW assist and moon roof. The premium stereo is better than the premium stereo in my M3 maybe because it has more speakers or because it has more space but it did not distort even at high volume and obviously is a lot better than the standard stereo in the X5. Other than the door sound and no rear seat vents I can not find any negatives. The rear compartment has a power outlet as well as the back seat. It now appears that the beige interiors do get beige carpet and not gray like the original prototypes at dealers. All the prototypes had gray carpet but now you can buy cargo mat covers in beige, gray or black because I already received mine.
#913 of 4185 its here
Mar 04, 2004 (9:26 pm)
I picked up my x3 this morning. the black interior looked so nice!!! i chose the aluminum trim hoping that it will give the car a sporty look. Thank god it worked out. I know, a lot of people hate the aluminum but it really looks nice. it gave the almost all black interior an accent in a very nice way. looks very sporty. if you like a classy look go for the wood.
When i took it out the dealer the ride was a bit more firm than what i remember. then i remembered one poster said to check the tire pressure. it turned out the pressure is 38/38 psi when it sould be 29/32 psi. damn made it a lot different.
very happy with my x3. my impressions? nothing that you haven't heard from the other users. size-a lot of people who saw it thought it was small but for me it's big enough and it is. ride-firm but never in a million years harsh. looks- very sporty not "trucky". somebody asked about the rpms. i was doing 60 and it was 1800 rpms. sound- you can hear the engine but then again its an sav. the wheels are a bit too heavy for me but this is my first bmw and i got used to my sedans light as air steering.
overall i love it. would do it again if i had a chance too. i will post photo of the interior as soon as i can. will post more informative messages later.
Mar 04, 2004 (10:39 pm)
ulep - I'm not a fan of the aluminum, but a big fan of the X3. It's a classy car and the drive is great. Good luck with it.
#915 of 4185 congrats ulep
Mar 05, 2004 (6:43 am)
You have contributed a lot to this forum. Good that you finally got your car. I should be getting mine on March 15 or a few days earlier.
#916 of 4185 congrats and good luck ulep!
Mar 06, 2004 (12:02 am)
Thanks to one of your earlier posts about how much your dealer discounted, I was able to renegotiate my purchase price (BTW same dealer who is actually in the same town I live). Like you, I got the black interior and would have definitely gone for the sporty aluminum trim, but I did not want the moonroof so could not get the PP. Seems like the 3.0 should have more trim options than just black. Anyhow, I'm getting the X3 mainly for the way it handles and for its smaller size. It sure has been a loooong wait, but I should be getting it next week.
#917 of 4185 Thanks for the information!
Mar 07, 2004 (7:12 pm)
Ulep, Scotth6 and the many others here that have posted information on their X3s, thanks very much!! I took delivery of my X3 3.0i with the Sport Package on Saturday. I am very happy with the car, its condition at delivery and most importantly the ride quality with the Sport Package.
Keep the information sharing going and good luck to all with your new X3s!!!!
#918 of 4185 Tow hitch for X3
Mar 08, 2004 (6:59 am)
So I took the plunge and bought a 3.0I.Couldn,t resist the huge discount and BMW making my first 2 payments to boot.Now to towing.Owners manual has no reference whatsoever regarding capacities or installation guide.Edmunds rates it 3500 pounds.Anyone here know the best place to get a hitch installed.Have used U-Haul before on other cars and saved quite a bit over the dealers cost.
#919 of 4185 Discount?
Mar 08, 2004 (7:39 am)
One BMW dealer's first offer for a 3.0i, automatic, white color, was $35,730 + TTL, European Delivery. We was not ready to purchase so we did not negotiate.
How much discount should I expect to get?
#920 of 4185 Detector hookup?
Mar 08, 2004 (12:01 pm)
I've noticed the same tendency in our new X3 that I've seen in other BMWs - I need a constant reminder to keep my speed within posted limits. However, I'm having some difficulty in finding a convenient place to wire in a new Escort. I found a nice 12 VDC contact in the glove compartment fuse box, but was unable to find a local ground. Anybody solve this one?
BTW, we now have 1 month and 900 miles on our 3.0 6-speed sport package. I still believe that would be our choice if we had to do it over today. The car remains remarkably free of defects and a joy to drive. One niggle that I don't think I've seen reported - don't believe the trip computer's mpg report. I think it is up to 10% optimistic. I'm going to see if I can find a way to calibrate this readout like I did on my old E39 540i.