Last post on Apr 27, 2007 at 10:13 PM
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#66 of 76 Re: 2007 X3 hesitation on acceleration [cincyart]
Mar 07, 2007 (7:34 pm)
Our 2005 X3 3.0 with virtually all options is one of the best cars we have ever had. The new 2007 is much better in terms of its power and interior refinement.
I hope the audio response is correct, at least when phoning.
The issue I have is that BMW, and frankly all the Germans, are late to the modernizing game.
Yet, there is nothing like driving a German car, even Infiniti has yet to fully crack the code.
I love my wife's X3 and my A6 is, likewise, a great car behind the wheel and when riding in it.
You have chosen wisely if driving is of importance to you.
We've got the upgraded sound -- but the Acura, damn, DVD audio and even overall exceptional sound.
Our Bimmer, of course, has Sirius, and we love it.
The Nav system has never let us down but it seems so, second generation to the Acura's third and so on.
The BMW is meant to be driven and it rewards the driver like only German cars, thus far, seem able to do.
I've had 28 Audis -- we have had 2 BMWs between us. I have almost purchased an Infinti and am wondering if the NEW for 08 CTS from Cadillac will be a worthy substitute for a German car even if it is $10K less.
Many cars have improved so much and many of them seem hell bent to imitate the German feel behind the wheel and the Japanese features. If the Americans master these two traits, and do so in a single car simultaneously, well, we may have something.
Competition and the legacy costs may have darn near killed the US auto mfgr's -- but but but, perhaps competition has been good for the consumer and a new American auto can actually be the best of both worlds.
#67 of 76 07 X3 with Sport Package
Apr 05, 2007 (11:21 am)
Can anyone commend on whether this is a good option? The appearance, headliner, m steering wheel all seem pretty cool.
Just wondering about overall ride/comfort?
Apr 05, 2007 (11:22 am)
Has anyone heard rumors of BMW coming out with an M version of the X3 and X5?
#69 of 76 Re: X3 M version? [pantaleone]
Apr 06, 2007 (8:13 am)
No, I have not heard anything about an M version.
I'm hoping BMW will offer the twin turbo I-6 engine in the X3. Has anyone heard any rumors about that?
#70 of 76 3.0s v. 3.0si with steptronic
Apr 07, 2007 (11:29 am)
Has anyone driven the 2 back-to-back and could comment on the difference in real-life performance?
#71 of 76 X3 audio system
Apr 20, 2007 (7:39 am)
I'm about to place an order for an X3. I'd like to get Sirius satellite added - but the dealer wants $885.00. Seems like a lot since the X3 is already pre-wired for satellite. Does anyone know what's involved in the installation and do they replace the audio unit that comes standard with the X3? Will I still have the CD player and Bluetooth capabilities? For $885 I was thinking of just taking the X3 over to the local audio store and having them install a satellite unit. Thoughts?
#72 of 76 Re: X3 audio system [mpt1123]
Apr 20, 2007 (8:07 am)
If you have the radio prep package (and you said you do), then the install is quite easy, as is the activation. My dealer sold it to me for a discount, after I found another dealer's internet ad and showed it them. I think it was $465 or something, but can't swear to that.
They would NOT discount the install, citing a "minimum" hourly charge.
The unit is an add-on which bolts in the driver's side rear cargo area, and the instructions guide you through it. DO take of the rear-mounted battery cables! My instructions were wrong about a blue or white connector, but the dealer said it's nothing, and mine works perfectly.
That took 20 mins, but I think you then you have to remove the radio, to switch out a cable in the back of it which is easy, if you have the right technique for removing the radio. (I forget if this was needed for the Sirius or the I-POD connector I added later, but put it in just in case)
The hardest part is figuring out how to pop out a/c vent to access the radio to switch out a connection at the rear. The middle a/c vent radio is pressure fit (really), and then 4 screws release the radio.
Remember re the price: it includes the 1st year service.
I would NOT get a non-factory unit because it does not intergrate with the radio controls. It's just not worth it to have to deal with switching sources and not having the data on your radio itself instead of some little box dangling or attached to your car.
#73 of 76 Re: X3 audio system [mpt1123]
Apr 20, 2007 (9:36 am)
I wasn't as ambitious as x3driver- I had the dealer install Sirius in our 06 X3, which was prewired for satellite radio.
I don't have my records in front of me, but it seems like the price was between $500 and $600 complete, for the unit and installation.
I had to sign up and pay for Sirius service after it was installed. As an aside, my 06 3 series sedan came with the Sirius option and BMW provided a 1 year free subscription.
Our Sirius unit in the X3 went bad several months after we had it installed. The dealer installed a new unit, under warranty, and I had to switch our subscription to the new serial number. Other than that it has worked fine and we are very glad we got it.
#74 of 76 X3 Sport Tires... not good for snow?
Apr 22, 2007 (9:17 pm)
Dealer told me today that you can't put chains on the tires that the Sport Pkg comes with? Has anyone else heard about this? I'm thinking of leasing this car soon and I like the way the sport tires (M steering wheel, etc) look on the X3! But does this defeat the purpose of getting an SUV? We already have a sedan (Audi). Any thoughts/expertise?
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#75 of 76 Re: X3 Sport Tires... not good for snow? [suvcurious]
Apr 25, 2007 (5:21 pm)
The sport package comes with H rated all season tires -- the wheels and tires are 235 x 50 x 18". I would see no reason the chains would not work.
Now, however, therefore, notwithstanding, there ARE optional tires of the summer only persuasion -- they do not come automatically with the sport package, and as I recall are actually 19"-ers.