Last post on May 20, 2008 at 6:57 AM
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BMW X3, Land Rover LR2, Car Buying, SUV
Apr 25, 2007 (6:42 am)
I have owned a 2006 BMW X3 for two years now. I went over the past weekend and test drove the new LR2. I really like how comfortable the LR2 was. The materials were better quality and the leather seats actually felt like leather. My friends swear that my X3 has fax leather that BMW uses. I then took the LR2 for a test drive. This vehicle is so much quieter inside then the X3 and the ride is very smooth. True the X3 has a more stiffer suspension but if you want a better ride, the LR2 wins. I have had no problems with my X3 and have enjoyed it much, but I really have fallin in love with the new look of the LR2. Sure the X3 will kick it's butt to 60mph, but only by a few. Another note: I love the big sunroof in the X3, and even thou the LR2 has two sunroofs, only the front one opens up. Land Rover could of at least engineered it to have both sunroofs vent up.
#6 of 7 Re: X3 vs LR2 [bstoecker]
Mar 20, 2008 (5:18 am)
I agree with the comfort of the LR2. The seats are superior and give you a commanding view of the road. The X3 out drives, handles, everything than the LR2, but I'd never worry about hopping over a curb or doing some urban offroading in the LR2, but I would the X3.
I'd love an LR2, but the wifey hates the look. Prolly be getting an EX35 which seems to be a compromise between the two.
#7 of 7 Re: X3 vs LR2 [inteller]
May 20, 2008 (6:57 am)
I test drove both before deciding on the LR2. The X3 has had transmission problems from 2nd to 3rd gear, (I had read in their columns). I also witnessed the same thing when I drove it. I was accelerating in 2nd gear, let off the gas, then its as if it sat and didn't know what gear to be in. Then all the sudden after stepping on the accelerator softly it goes "WHAM" and goes into third.
Unlucky perhaps, but when I took the LR2 out, no shifting problems and just comfort.
They are two different cars though and you shouldn't really compare them as they are intended for different purposes. The X3 was meant to have more of a sportscar/sedan feel while the LR2 has a 'rover' feel.
i have since had the LR2 for ~ 6 months now and it is going in for its first oil change on Friday. The LR2 has been awesome and is everything we wanted out of it. My two grievances with the car thus far were in the design/technology and were:
No back-up camera
Gas mileage (even though it is not bad when comparing it around to the other SUV's in its class)