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BMW X5, SUV
#23 of 37 2004 X3 M54B30 Avg
Dec 03, 2007 (12:41 pm)
Hello everyone. I just picked up a 2004 X3 3.0 with a 6psd for my wife about a month ago. It is a CPO car with right at 30k miles. We paid 28k before taxes, plus we took advantage of BMW's great rates right now, 2.9% for 4 years plus they make the first 2 payments!. As much as I would love the N52(even though it dosnt have a dipstick to check the oil) I couldnt justify spending an additional 15-17k and I dont like to lease a car.
The car is outstanding, no problems, except for a CD player issue but the dealer fixed it very quickly. We live in TN and took a trip to Nashville the other day. It is about a 2 hour drive from our city, and over a mtn. we live in Chattanooga. The car avg. about 25mpg b/w 75-80mph. Around town we are getting b/w 19-21. This really depends on hills, how heavy the traffic is, etc.
We had looked at a 2.5 X3 with an auto but it was just too sluggish. The manual gearbox 3.0 is much preferable. Im not sure about an auto 3.0. My wife and I prefer manuals anyway. I have a 98 328 with a 5spd and it runs outstanding for the age and mileage (better than many new cars of other makes). Plus the car is easy to work on and very reliable. I am avg close to 30mpg on the highway in that car with the M52, the predecessor to the M54 that is in the early X 3's.
BMW makes some of the best engines in the buisness. I have owned these cars my entire driving life and can attest to that!
Mar 30, 2008 (10:53 am)
I've had my BMW X3 3.0 (44K miles) for a couple of weeks now, and I'm wondering if I could take 87 instead of 93. Would that ruin my engine?
#25 of 37 Re: Type of Gas [ledonbio]
Apr 15, 2008 (9:01 am)
87 will not ruin your engine but you will notice the following:
1. Sluggish performance- from experience.
2. Poor fuel economy- from experience.
#26 of 37 Re: Type of Gas [achonko]
Apr 16, 2008 (8:33 am)
In addition if the X3 averages 18 mpg and is driven 15K miles per year, the annual savings will be all of $167- 46 cents per day. Whoopie...
Jun 08, 2008 (7:27 pm)
I recently returned from a 1200 mile road trip in the X3 2.5. Loaded with 2 adults, 2 12 year old boys, and a cargo hold stuffed with luggage the truck averaged over 25 mpg at an average speed of 77 mph(according to the OBC). Cant complain about that...
#28 of 37 first tank mileage
Sep 27, 2008 (8:15 pm)
Picked up my X5 3.0 2 weeks ago. I am driving 80% city 20% highway.
My average in the first 2 tanks 18.4 mpg. I heard it would get better after the first 1000 miles.
#30 of 37 BMW X3: Gas Mileage
Sep 26, 2009 (4:01 pm)
I have poor gas mileage on my brand new 2009 X3 AT. As with the poster from two years ago, I wonder if the transmission issues contribute to the poor gas mileage.
Since I do not know if the gas mileage is directly related to the known AT problems, I thought this deserved a separate thread.
Currently with the odometer still <500 miles: City driving: 9.9-10.0 mpg Suburban driving: 12.5-15.3 mpg (improvement!) Highway driving: 20.8 mpg (max so far) Yes, this car takes premium gasoline. ---------- http://townhall-talk.edmunds.com/direct/view/.f11ffdc/30
#43 of 194
There are MANY issues with the X3 by jacqva
Jun 20, 2007 (3:57 pm)
But the main issue is the transmission. I am beyond frustrated because each time I take it in, the service folks tell me the transmission checks out “normal” on their computers. I am convinced that this jerky transmission and high RPMs is the reason I get horrible gas mileage on this vehicle.
I am averaging around 14.5mpg in the city and 17.5 on the highway. Now, before you accuse my driving habits for this, I do *not* have a lead foot, this is not my first BMW, and yes, I *always* put 93 octane in the car. I too have had many many passengers in my car make comments on how bad this thing shifts and how they think I should have bought a Lexus, etc.
Sep 27, 2009 (8:42 am)
...has a lifetime fuel mileage of 21.7 mpg.. Mostly suburban commuting, with some grocery duty, etc... on weekends..