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X3... What do you guys think?

04-10-2004, 01:29 PM
Hi. I was thinking about getting the wifie an X3. I wa considering the X5 before but it is quite a bit more. Anyone have a X5 3.0? I think that engine is a little weak for such a heavy car. A X5 4.4 will probably run about $60K by the time I get it out the door and reasonably equipped. Any one own an X3 2.5 or 3.0? Please let me know what you guys think of them so far. Thanks!


10-15-2004, 04:59 PM
Just over one month ago I bought a 2004 X3 2.5. I got the auto w/ premium pkg. I have not had a single issue with it since the day I bought it. I took it on a 2k mile trip and it performed perfectly. I have not had a single issue with it in the time I've owned it. I have not driven the 3.0, but the 2.5 does well. Of course I would have prefered the 3.0 - who wouldn't want more power? Still, the 2.5 w/ a/c and loaded for trip did quite well over mountain passes and allowed me to maintain well over the speed limit up the quite steep mountain grades. I went to the dealership to buy a 5 but was so blown away by the X3 - and considering price and interior room (no 5t . . . yet) I was sold the moment I drove it. I did not drive the sport package, but from what I've read and from what I've felt on the standard suspension, it would be too rough of a ride. The standard suspension is almost borderline too rough, but it handles so well that I can deal with a few extra bumps driving down the road.

10-25-2004, 03:32 PM
Recomment to buy 3.0 as mine is 2.5L and I found out that it too slows to pass or getin the highway.

10-27-2004, 07:55 PM
My 2.5 has plenty of power for the LA area. I find it to be peppy and have enough get up and go to get out of most situations. I'm sure the 3.0 has a ton more kick, but I couldn't justify $6,000 for 41 more HP. It does its job, if I wanted a rocket, I wouldn't have bought it.

BMW Phanatic
12-30-2004, 09:31 PM
I just bought mine for my wife - a 2.5 version. It's got plenty of pep in it on or off the highway. It gets up to a 100 and drives like a dream, although I don't do that often! Have had it for a month and had absolutely no probs. I traded my 99 Z3 for it since I moved to the Chicago area and need something for the snow. It is AWESOME in the snow - way way better than our 325 and definitely better than the z3!

08-03-2005, 07:55 PM
Just purchased an '04 X3 3.0 Certified Pre-owned. Got it for $33k... good deal. It has the Premium package, automatic (tiptronic) transmission, panoramic roof, nav sys, and premium sound. I'd highly reccomend the 3.0, it's a lot more powerful than the 2.5. I've had it for a week now, and can't wait to take it up to the mountains this winter!

08-07-2005, 10:50 PM
Hi have bought an 2004 X3 3.0i with sport package and also sunroof, GPS, PDC etc. Out of 10 i would give it 6/10. I have had quite a few problem with it. i.e. the sunroof is unstable, it keep making noice when going over a speed bump etc. the GPS is good but i keep on having problems with the screen sometime it would close and not turn on etc. I had condensation in one of my front light i the first week when i bought it. The hand break would work properly some time it work sometime it doesn't. Another problem i had was when i first had it my wheel wasn't centered properly this stuff up my tiers.
The only thing i like about this x3 is the engin sound and the feeling of driving a sport car in the 4w drive.

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