Last post on Apr 18, 2008 at 2:49 PM
You are in the BMW X3 & X5
What is this discussion about?
BMW X3, Subaru Forester, Infiniti FX35, Toyota RAV4, SUV
#1171 of 1193 Infinity FX35 vs. BMW X3
Dec 19, 2007 (7:31 pm)
I am a girl and I really don't know too much about cars... but I've gotta start somewhere and hopefully someone here can shed some light on these 2 vehicles for me. I am looking into buying a crossover that I can drive up to the skiing resorts during the winter season. I've researched some and shortlisted my choices down to these 2. What are some of the pros and cons of these 2 vehicles and which would you prefer? I tried reading the other threads and have a general idea but would like to see if someone can assess these 2 specifically for me. I am considering 2006 and 2007 models depending on price. Any comments would be appreciated.
#1172 of 1193 Re: Infinity FX35 vs. BMW X3 [elmo008]
Dec 19, 2007 (11:17 pm)
Aside from any technical specifications, I would observe that the X3 is manufactured in snow country (Bavaria) while the Infiniti is not. I'm sure others will have more to say.
SUVs and Smart Shopper
#1173 of 1193 Re: Infinity FX35 vs. BMW X3 [elmo008]
Dec 20, 2007 (8:08 am)
Either one will do the job.
Tell us more about how you will use it.
Do you need lots of cargo space? How long is your commute, and is it city or highway? How many passengers ride with you typically? Do you drive hard and hit the apex at every turn, or leisurely and prefer quiet isolation?
Both of your choices fall on the sporty/compact side of the segment. They should be fine for up to 3-4 people and not too much luggage. You may find the ride stiff if you commute on city streets with lots of pot holes, so choose the wheel size carefully. You can get 20" rims on the Infiniti but that may be overkill.
Have you driven either one yet?
#1174 of 1193 Re: Infinity FX35 vs. BMW X3 [ateixeira]
Dec 20, 2007 (9:24 am)
Do you drive hard and hit the apex at every turn
Yo Juice, I'm pretty sure that someone who states that "I really don't know too much about cars" is probably not going to know what you're talkin about
Personally, I don't care for the beetle-like looks of the FX and the resulting lack of usable interior space. The X3 is a nice vehicle but the Lexus RX 330/350 is worth a serious look.
#1175 of 1193 Re: Infinity FX35 vs. BMW X3 [p0926]
Dec 20, 2007 (10:11 am)
The X3 does a great imitation of sports sedan, while the RX 330 does a great imitation of a crossover.
#1176 of 1193 Re: Infinity FX35 vs. BMW X3 [p0926]
Dec 20, 2007 (10:31 am)
That's why I asked.
#1177 of 1193 Re: Infinity FX35 vs. BMW X3 [ateixeira]
Dec 20, 2007 (7:43 pm)
I have yet to test drive either one of them but I just wanted to research more and see if they're even worth my time.
I live alone so it would typically be just me, my commute to work is about 20mins, 1/2 city 1/2 highway. However, during the winter season, I do like to drive about 3-4hrs to the skiing resort. Typically, my friends would car pool with me so I would like to have a little bit more cargo room for 4-5 people's weekend bags. Both of these cars' cargo space would be bigger than my A4 now. Mild driver, unless I'm running late but I don't typically break hard.
Would you mind sharing more on the difference between 18 and 20" wheels? Also, do these cars require a lot of maintenance? My A4 is about 10yrs old and it's getting expensive for me to fix. WIth the FX35, what are your views on the blind spot that people talked about? Is it serious enough to cause accidents?
#1178 of 1193 Re: Infinity FX35 vs. BMW X3 [elmo008]
Dec 21, 2007 (11:22 am)
When I sit in an FX I feel that visibility is not good. The rear most side windows are tiny so for me there is a blind spot. I was driving a Forester, which has excellent visibility from big windows, so the difference was rather pronounced.
Consider a backup camera or rear sonar parking assist, those should help.
The X3 is better in that regard, boxier shape plus bigger windows.
As for the rims, 20" rims seem to be in fashion nowadays, but what happens is the tire sidewalls get shorter, so there isn't a lot to absorb an impact. Bumps feel stiffer and noisier. On smooth roads this is OK, but on broken roads and speed bumps this may become annoying to you.
Just make sure you get a long enough test drive, turn off the radio, drive in the conditions you will encounter every day. Ask yourself if the ride is too stiff? Do the same for any test drive, come to think of it.
I'll make another suggestion - since it's auto show season, head to one of those, if there is one locally. You can check out both cars and some competitors in a non-pressure environment, without pushy salesmen.
I took my family to the DC auto show last year, and we "test fit" several vehicles, and narrowed our choices down quite a bit. Then we only had to test drive those few vehicles.
#1179 of 1193 Re: lol [clpurnell]
Jan 03, 2008 (7:51 pm)
The post below says it all, nothing on the road could compete with the performance, features and style of the FX; not to mention that it's Black with a graphite interior and the contrast with all that chromo, gives it a touch of elegance above all other colors. I just picked it up a couple of days ago and love it.
Yeah my ego is real bruised by the XT. I don't own an infinti because of the name shoot infiniti is the bottom of the luxo barrel. If I was really into prestige I would own a c230k just so I could say I had a benz.
In my mind nothing on the road has the performance, features and style of the FX. I guess that is why you don't see us on this thread trying to "justify" our purchase. Are there better alternatives sure but to me they costs tons more.
The same reason you bought your XT is the reason I bought my FX. I couldn't justify spending 4k more on the V8 or 8k more on the X5 or 15k more on the cayenne. Because the FX35 met all my needs at a price point I was comfortable with.
I can understand the appeal of the x3 3.0 (the 2.5 is ludicrous just lke a cayenne v6) I have driven one and it is a delight. I however find the interior tacky and it costs the same as my car while lacking many of the features.
Therefore I am very happy with my purchase. If speed and cargo carrying capability is your thing go for the XT no bones about it it is a good ride but it doesn't have the features or style I was looking for.
Style is a lot different than prestige. Target sells stylish stuff that has no prestige and there are plenty of prestigous stuff to me that has no style. I just hope you guys enjoy your XT's and X3's a quarter of the amount I enjoy my FX.
#1180 of 1193 Re: lol [mchale33]
Jan 04, 2008 (8:54 am)
Style, just like beauty, is in the eye of the beholder. Something that I consider stylish you quite possibly might view as being plain ugly and vice versa. Style is also historically fickle, what is "hot" right now more often than not is completely out-of-date before you know it. Sure some styles become classics but most do not age well.
And while style may be one of your top priorities, for others it may be performance, fuel efficiency, towing capacity, off-road ability, cargo capacity, etc.