Thought long and hard before buying an X3, being put off by negative comments by the motoring press. But, after five weeks of ownership, I have to say my '56-Reg' facelift model (in black) is a really great car. The ride is firm, but not as choppy as you'd be led to believe, fuel economy good and the cabin is a nice place to be.Big change from my 3-series, but my growing family love it. I wouldn't hesitate to recommend it.
Good car 40mpg average over 40,000 miles so far, not bad for a SUV or for a small city car come to that. The driving position is A1 with good visibility and have no complaints after a 300mile non stop drive. The spec of the car is great and the question over build quality i can not understand, i agree interior panel gap does look wide but i have abused my car using it to transport everything including the kitchen sink and a quick wipe has removed any mark. And following ladders being rammed in at force which would have shattered most car plastics a worried inspection showed the soft touch interior took it like Mike Tyson taking a punch, with a smile and no sign of damage what so ever. The ride on the M sport is stiff and can give a jolt when your not expecting it, however this stiff ride comes into its own when you start to enjoy driving through the lanes of England and has certainly kept my car on the road when fowl weather has left others in ditches. The blue tooth mobile phone kit works fine with all my mobiles including the most modern, although i agree the display on the radio leads to long glances at the dashboard, however i find using a mounting kit for the phone and using the phone display o select the number woks well. But overall (and i have driven other SUV) this is the best junior suv by far with nothing being the near the same quality.
I have owned my 3.0se for around 2 months,and have to say I LOVE IT.Concerns on the harshness of the ride are a little over exaggerated,although I can’t comment on the sport version.It’s firm yeah,but no more so than any reasonable sports car.The build quality is great & defiantly GERMAN made(even though I know they aren't).The driving position is great,gives loads of forward vision and the cabin is well made not cheap and tasteless as some reviews will have you believe.It drives well, and I get around 20MPG in the town & anywhere up to 28MPG on a good run.It can shift with the best of them,but you'll need to be a footy player to be able to afford the fuel prices when driven hard.I went for a fully loaded version with SAT,TV,Electric Seats, Phone & Sunroof.The one extra I think is worth every penny is the panoramic roof;the kids love it too and it makes the cabin very airy.The NAV is OK at best, very fiddly.I prefer removable systems like TOMTOM for ease of use & audible Safety Camera warnings.The bluetooth is terrible,from my own research BMW blame the phone industry & they blame BMW, either way you need to buy an archaic BUSINESS type phone for full functionality.I nearly bought an X5,and I'm so glad I didn’t,as there are so many of them on the road & parking the brutes must be a nightmare.The X3 is and always will be the poor mans X5 but its as roomy inside easier to park & less common...so I guess I'm a happy poorman, because I love it.
When is what car going to put the 2008 X3 picture and a newer review!! ie 2.0D auto box I have the 2.0D Auto Sport 177bhp. Great on fuel at the moment still running in, im getting around 42mpg.its got more power less Co2 (cheaper tax band,it handles like a sporty car (i agree the suspention on the sport is a bit harder but you do get use to it and its great in the lanes and cornering at high speed. All in all i test drove 4 other top 4x4s glad i had the x3. the x5 wasnt ticking all the boxes for me ie the above figures were sad and the wife didnt fancy parking it in sainsburys carpark!!to big. one of the best greenest 4x4 around come on what car get your act together and do a review 10/10
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