Last post on Apr 27, 2007 at 10:13 PM
You are in the BMW X3 & X5
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#16 of 76 Re: BMW .vs. other mfrs, and body creaks [kurtamaxxxguy]
Nov 19, 2006 (2:36 pm)
The X3 is interesting, but it seems there is less support offered by the importer,
I find this to be very true. I love my 2004 X3 with about 22,000 miles on it but my power windows won't go down in really cold weather. The dealer tried to fix it but couldn't. Head office has no interest in my situation, and I think it is a safety issue.
I would conside a 3 or 5 series wagon probably (I need the cargo space) or maybe an RDX if this continues to be a problem this winter. There aren't too many vehicles I would consider but possibly the new Freelander and an Audi A4 or MB wagon are possibilities.
I doubt if head office acts in most cases. They just had a guy on TV who had about 80,000 miles on his Honda minivan and the transmission just disintegrated. Head office ignored him until they put his story on national (Canada) television. I can't think of any manufacturer who really gets involved at a head office level these days. The current quarterly reports have become so important, car companies can't go back and work on a money losing problem.
#17 of 76 X3 vs. 328xit
Dec 11, 2006 (4:54 pm)
I'm looking at the 2007 X3 and the 2007 328xit. I like them both. Does anyone have a stong opinion either way?
#18 of 76 Navigation System
Dec 11, 2006 (7:06 pm)
I was looking to get the navigational system in the X3. Does anyone have any views on the quality of the system and if it has been upgraded recently?
#19 of 76 Real-world MPG + Bluetooth
Dec 11, 2006 (7:12 pm)
Anyone have any real-world MPG to report yet on the 2007 X3? Also, does anyone have any specifics on the hands-free bluetooth option? - does it provide the ability to dial a number by voice hands-free? does it display incoming phone numbers via the dashboard display? etc.
#20 of 76 Re: Navigation System [blund]
Dec 11, 2006 (8:11 pm)
The I Drive navigation system offers Traffic Updates while the X3's doesn't.
I'll be interested if you learn anything with regard to iPod intergration and/or Satellite and the X3 Navigation System. Do song names appear on the Nav Screen?
#21 of 76 Re: X3 vs. 328xit [nevcool]
Dec 12, 2006 (6:06 pm)
That's interesting because I was comparing the exact same 2 models myself. The X3 would be a little more expensive, but I would opt for the X3. The X3 has more rear-seat room. And if I were to get AWD, primarily for the snow, then I may as well get more ground clearance to maximize snow performance. The 3-series sedans and wagons are really low-slung. I think they would get hung up on even moderate snow levels.
#22 of 76 Re: Navigation System [blund]
Dec 14, 2006 (2:01 pm)
Garmin products fit very nicely inside the compartment in the top center of the X3 dash. I wouldn't bother with the BMW system.
Not only are Garmins FAR cheaper, they are more user friendly with better map sets (that are cheaper to update annually), they can be moved from vehicle to vehicle, and they are available with instant traffic updates.
The Garmin screen is smaller than most OEM Navs, but that hasn't been a problem in my experience.
Dec 18, 2006 (5:20 am)
Our X3 is an all optioned 2005. We have, recently, test driven the 2007.
The new 2007 X3 does NOT offer voice anything. When you press the phone button on the steering wheel, however, you can see the phone book on the Nav display, scroll through it and select a number via toggles on the steering wheel.
The dealer rep, the dealer's iDrive guru was surprised that many of the iDrive features did NOT make it to the newly freshened X3.
The Nav works very well, but must be completely manually programmed. The integration, however, is great and as a contrarian point of view it is this integration that makes it far more appealing than any aftermarket "portable" device.
That is to say, read the article above and "to each his/her own."
IF the X3 were to have voice control of the phone ("dial number," etc.) like the 5 wagon and nothing else (was voice controlled) it would be nearly perfect IMHO. I would want CD and radio control added and of course some "navigate to" functionality would be a plus, but less needed as far as I'm concerned (I have a 2005 Audi with voice and radio, CD and telephone are very important considering the number of buttons and dials and knobs one would have to deal with without voice -- but then again, the X3 is more or less traditional in that respect.)
The power, transmission (auto) and new interior of the 2007 are wonderful upgrades if you asked me. Moreover, a $50,000+ X3 can be leased for $580 for 36 months /45K miles with no money down at present. And, at $50K this car, more expensive than an RDX, to be sure, is, after all a sports sedan at heart.
I hope BMW adds a smart key and voice control (with or without iDrive, I care not) -- AND keeps the super subvented leases going. Our lease is up in about 16 months!
#25 of 76 X3 - baby utility factor?
Dec 18, 2006 (7:39 am)
Hi all. My wife and I are having our first child and I am beginning to look for a new vehicle for my wife to be our baby hauler. Can anyone provide some feedback on how the X3 performs in this role?
* Does it have enough room for running errands around town and carrying all the requisite baby gear?
* Does it have enough room for two adults and baby to take a 500 mile road trip to visit family?