Last post on Apr 18, 2008 at 3:49 PM
You are in the BMW X3 & X5
What is this discussion about?
BMW X3, Subaru Forester, Infiniti FX35, Toyota RAV4, SUV
#1184 of 1193 Re: [edunnett]
Jan 28, 2008 (3:43 am)
I cannot WAIT to take on a 2002 WRX (0-60 in 7.x sec) with my '04 F-XT (0-60 in 5.2 sec) at a green lite one of these days... Maybe the WRX owners should pump themselves up a bit acknowledging the lineage and similarities...
Good luck, edunnett.
0-60 in a 2002 WRX is 5.7 seconds.
2004 Forester XT 8 seconds.
Nevermind how differently a Forester and a WRX handle - regardless, you would not have a chance...
#1185 of 1193 Re: [mugwomp]
Jan 28, 2008 (9:05 am)
2004 Forester XT 8 seconds.
Actually it depends on who's doing the testing (along with a host of environmental factors). Car & Driver (Aug 2003) clocked a 5-speed 2004 Forester XT doing 0-60 in 5.3 sec. For comparison purposes, that's a tenth of a second faster than the 2003 BMW Z4 3.0i (C&D Jan 2003)
Jan 28, 2008 (10:16 am)
Who got 8 seconds? Grandma?
Even Consumer Reports, the slow pokes of the industry, was quicker than that. I've never seen anything that wasn't in the 5-6-7 range, even for the automatic.
#1187 of 1193 Re: JB, just for fun... [rsholland]
Jan 30, 2008 (6:36 pm)
"... now that the X-3 is now a part of this discussion, it gives you a legit excuse to do so. And... knowing you, your report back would be most entertaining."
Especially in view of the automatic transmission hesitation problem.
Feb 26, 2008 (7:36 pm)
Hey guys im also looking at a used car right now. The two ive narrowed it down to now are the BMW x3 and Infiniti FX. I did BMW driving school which was awesomee, so i kinda wanted to stay loyal to BMW, but i know theyre expensive to maintain and i was thinking the fx would be a little more reliable. Ive driven both, and the bmw seems to be more of an suv (atleast the driving position) whereas the infiniti feels like a jacked up sports car when youre sitting in it (which is pretty cool, ive never been in a car like that). What i cant figure out is which one handles better...I drove both pretty hard, and the fx35 was a little peppier. But in terms of handling, they were both AWESOME for suvs. Which one do you guys think is a better handler on road? and i can assume the x3 is better offroad as well. Any opinions or help would be great!
#1189 of 1193 Getting rid of Van...What's Next? Need room and Fun?
Feb 28, 2008 (1:51 am)
I should be enjoying this adventure of test driving cars/suv's but I've actually found it to be overwhelming and frustrating. I currently have a Toyota Sienna that has 164,000 miles on it. It has been a trooper. Served it's purpose well. I'm looking for the NEXT car/suv. I obviously don't trade out cars often so I figure I'll have it for awhile. My husband wants me to get a 4 Runner. I don't know that I want to drive a TRUCK. I was thinking it was time for some fun if possible while transporting two teenagers and a large dog. I drove an FX 45 and feel in love. No cargo space though. I have also driven an MDX, pilot, highlander, lexus 470, and MB R series.
The Mercedes Benz was amazingly large. I like the second row bucket seats and it handles nice. What else should I try?
#1190 of 1193 Re: Getting rid of Van...What's Next? Need room and Fun? [luvdacubs]
Feb 28, 2008 (9:23 am)
I guess you don't want another minivan?
I have a new Sienna and that 3.5l V6 is a gem. I brought home 50 bags of lava rocks this week. Everything fits.
It may be big if you only have 2 kids, though. Do they bring friends along a lot of the time?
#1191 of 1193 Re: Getting rid of Van...What's Next? Need room and Fun? [luvdacubs]
Feb 28, 2008 (2:20 pm)
Definitely check out the Audi Q7. Its got the room of the R-Class (and the bucket seats in the back as an option), the style and drive of the FX, and the luxuriousness of the Lexus and Mercedes. Ive had mine for a little over a year and its the best car Ive owned by far. No problems with reliability, looks awesome, drives AMAZINGLY. Make sure you give it a try I bet you'd like it the most out of all the cars you've looked at
#1192 of 1193 Re: Getting rid of Van...What's Next? Need room and Fun? [quattroporte12]
Feb 28, 2008 (3:47 pm)
If you're checking out the Q7 might was well check out the X5. It's a dream on wheels and handles and drives amazingly. If you spring for the 4.8L you can burn rubber.
#1193 of 1193 2008 BMW X3 vs 2009 Subaru Forester
Apr 18, 2008 (3:49 pm)
I looked at both of these and it became apparent the BMW was downright cramped for driver footspace due to a huge transmission tunnel. Long trips would have been no fun.
The '09 Forester proved somewhat better, if no match for the Honda CR-V. Still it had just enough footroom for me.