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Acura RDX, BMW X3, Car Buying, SUV
#233 of 327 Re: RDX vs. X3 [bikerjohn]
Oct 31, 2006 (7:02 am)
I cannot comment on the 07 X3 ride vs the RDX, but ride quality was a concern of ours when we were considering purchasing a 2006 X3 for my wife. I had read so many articles on the stiff ride of the X3 that I was not originally considering it. But the salesman at the BMW dealer convinced my wife and I to take a test drive, and we immediately liked the X3 and bought one (2006 model).
The X3 we test drove had the standard 17" wheels and no sport suspension. Tne one we bought has the optional 18" wheels but without the sport suspension which we purposely avoided.
I also have a 2006 330Xi, and on less than ideal roads, such as pot holes, construction anomolies, etc., my wife's X3 rides more comfortably than my 330Xi, as its more compliant and handles severe bumps better.
#234 of 327 Re: RDX vs. X3 [bruceomega]
Oct 31, 2006 (2:59 pm)
I've always liked the X3 very much. And in honesty, the RDX I purchased recently had more to do with not being able to afford the BMW price of entry on the X3 than anything else (I purchase/finance, no desire to lease). From that angle the RDX is a massive no-brainer. BMW's are pricey. The only Bimmer that I'd pay a premium for might be a 3 series sedan, which even $40K may be the best damn sedan on the planet.
#235 of 327 Re: RDX vs. X3 [patentcad1]
Oct 31, 2006 (3:09 pm)
"(I purchase/finance, no desire to lease)."
BMWs often present a better deal thru leasing though.
#236 of 327 But my accountant won't let me lease
Oct 31, 2006 (7:09 pm)
>>BMWs often present a better deal thru leasing though.<< Not for me. Buy 'em, pay 'em off, drive 'em for 100-200K miles. Which will work with Japanese cars. Gets a bit dicey with some Euro cars unfortunately. Nothing is better than a high quality import that's PAID FOR. Quite a concept if you're into leasing. I used to be. College costs loom. Try leasing THAT.
#237 of 327 Re: But my accountant won't let me lease [patentcad1]
Nov 01, 2006 (3:42 pm)
Nothing is better than a high quality
import car that's PAID FOR.
I second that. As it stands now, bought a 1998 Accord nine years ago, paid it off in 2.5 years, and 163K miles later couldn't be happier. More so, not having to make a car payment in 6.5 years.
Looking forward to similar experience with 2006 TL (and Accord will continue to be driven on the side).
#238 of 327 more competition (think 2009 though)
by steve_ HOST
Nov 04, 2006 (8:32 am)
"While the U.S. is slowly moving away from big SUVs, Mercedes is losing market share to small SUVs like the BMW X3. With this new GLK it is hoping to get back on top again."
Spy Shots: Mercedes GLK Nabbed Outside HQ (Inside Line)
#239 of 327 Re: more competition (think 2009 though) [steve_]
Nov 04, 2006 (12:55 pm)
I stopped the BMW showroom today and gave the 2007 X3 a close look. GORGEOUS car. I can see why somebody might go for that over an RDX. Is it worth the $7K premium over a comparably equipped RDX? As always, it's your dough. But if I were leasing instead of buying that might be very tempting.
It's all good. I like my RDX too. Not quite as nice as a BMW in some respects - on the other hand within 3-4 years the car will be PAID FOR : ). An novel concept to half the BMW drivers out there I suspect (I was one of them, I leased my 2001 BMW 540i for 3 years).
By the way the RDX and the new 260hp BMW X3 are just about identical in performance specifications...
#240 of 327 Re: more competition (think 2009 though) [patentcad1]
Nov 04, 2006 (7:00 pm)
Also keep in mind when weighting competitive values that the X3 is available with a manual transmission. And since it is rear torque biased it is therefore most definitely a much safer SUV choice than ANY front torque biased one
Biggest (only?) shortcoming for me is the inability of buying a set of actual BMW repair/shop manuals.
#241 of 327 Re: more competition (think 2009 though) [wwest]
Nov 04, 2006 (7:48 pm)
>> And since it is rear torque biased it is therefore most definitely a much safer SUV choice than ANY front torque biased one << I really think that's mostly hooey. The SH AWD on the Acura is rock solid.
#242 of 327 Re: more competition (think 2009 though) [wwest]
Nov 05, 2006 (9:57 am)
Safer? Perhaps Peppy!