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BMW X3

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  • tklmsctklmsc Posts: 1
    Whenever I drive up hill 40-55 mph. Many times I smell sulfur or rotten eggs in the cabin. Even my young 3 and 5 year can tell. It seems that if I use Chevron gas it happens less often than when I use mobil or other brand of fuel. Does anyone else notice this problem?

    The dealer said they never heard of this problem. And I am suppose to do a test drive with a rep. tomorrow morning. Let's see what happens as there is no hills by the dealer area.

    Please let me know if you ever had this problem.

    Thanks
  • I have a 2004 X3. My remote locks don't work near the local radio station antennas. Must be interference with the radio freq. Something to keep in mind.
  • kyfdxkyfdx Posts: 28,029
    Signed on a lease deal this past weekend. We pick it up on Thursday!

    2008..
    Sapphire Black w/gray leather
    Premium
    Xenons
    Heated seats
    PDC

    My wife is very, very happy.. :)

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  • steverstever YooperlandPosts: 40,184
    Sapphire Black?

    Gonna join the weekly wash and California Duster club eh? :shades:

    Congrats!

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  • kyfdxkyfdx Posts: 28,029
    Sapphire black is the metallic one...

    It's Jet Black that you really want to avoid.. Not only is it worse at showing dirt, it shows all sorts of swirl marks... It might seem like splitting hairs, but the metallic black is easier to keep looking nice by a factor of ten..

    As far as keeping it clean? Hey, I just do the negotiation.. After that, it's all hers.. :)

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  • roadburnerroadburner Posts: 6,380
    Nice ride!

    2009 328i / 2004 X3 2.5/ 1995 318ti Club Sport/ 1975 2002A/ 2007 Mazdaspeed 3/ 1999 Wrangler/ 1996 Speed Triple Challenge Cup Replica

  • nyccarguynyccarguy Stamford, CTPosts: 7,468
    Sweet ride my man! You're gonna love it. Saphire Black is a gorgeous color in the sunlight. I love the way it sparkles. My Dad's '07 X5 is Saphire Black. Congratulations!

    You gonna share the parameters of your lease deal?

    2001 Honda Prelude Type SH/ 2011 BMW 328xi / 2011 Honda Pilot EX-L w/ Navigation

  • I have two questions...

    The first is recently when I first start up my 2007 X3, the low coolant light shows for about 3 minutes and then shuts off...Being a relatively new X3 owner, do I need to use a special type of coolant? Also, it appears that when I pop the hood the fill spout is not where the owner's manual says it is. Am I missing something?

    2nd question is my X3 is Jet Black and is showing some pretty substantial swirl marks. Does anyone have a good suggestion on how to remove those swirl marks and to keep them away?
  • kyfdxkyfdx Posts: 28,029
    You gonna share the parameters of your lease deal?

    Well.. it's complicated.. :surprise:

    First.. it's a factory car that they bought at the BMWNA closed auction. So, it qualifies for the new car lease program, even though it's been in service for 11 months and has 10,400 miles.. Second.. they bought the car in June, and CPOed it. I'm not sure what their thinking was.. as the car had lots of warranty left, but I guess there was no reconditioning needed, so the only cost was the warranty.

    Usually with loaners or demos, they qualify for the new car program, and the residual is reduced by $0.15/mi.. They didn't structure this one that way.. I have the same residual as a zero-mile car, but they paid extra upfront, and got some credit for the car being CPO (under the assumption that it will be worth more at the end of the lease than an identical car without CPO).

    But.. in the end... the car has an MSRP of $43,950.. A selling price of around $36,500.. Cap costs and residuals are goofy, because of the above.. but, the bottom line?

    3yr/45K lease
    $440 mo. + tax = $466/mo.

    Due at signing = 1st payment + $115 in registration/title fees = $581

    I almost leased a loaner at another dealership in August.. About $46K sticker with 4000 miles.. for $535/mo.+tax.. I turned that down, and later wondered if I screwed up... Now, I'm glad I waited, since it saved me $100/mo.. :)

    I think that covers it.. We pick it up tomorrow evening.. :P

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  • roadburnerroadburner Posts: 6,380
    My X3's radiator cap is immediately to the left of the radiator, as viewed from the drivers seat. Use ONLY BMW coolant.

    2009 328i / 2004 X3 2.5/ 1995 318ti Club Sport/ 1975 2002A/ 2007 Mazdaspeed 3/ 1999 Wrangler/ 1996 Speed Triple Challenge Cup Replica

  • what would you guys say is a good price for a car like this. it has prem, sports, and xenon and will come with the new car warranty. i have no idea how much of a 'discount' you're supposed to expect for 7k miles on the car.
  • kyfdxkyfdx Posts: 28,029
    I just leased one of these... so I have a little input..

    1) Factory executive could mean almost anything.. If you have a copy of the sticker, and it is a factory car, it will show BMW NA as the dealer. This could be an actual manufacturer company car or a corporate employee lease. IMO, it makes little difference, either way.

    2) What is the original MSRP? They should have a copy of the sticker. (Just for a reference point).

    3) The dealer bought the car at an auction, just like any other used car, and that should be factored into the deal. It really is no different, except.....

    4) Factory official cars that have never been retailed are sometimes eligible for the new car lease programs.. The '08 X3 has a great lease program, so that might be of use... Also, 0.9% financing on a purchase.

    The unit that I leased had 10,400 miles. It's original MSRP was $44K.. The selling price was around $36,500. But, mine had already been CPOed, so figure at least $1500 more for that.. Your unit has less miles, and it sounds like it's probably more expensive (mine didn't have Sport).

    What are they asking?

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  • Thanks for your fast reply.

    They are asking 42k. Msrp is just under 49k. Invoice was 44k

    So should I try for something like 40?
  • kyfdxkyfdx Posts: 28,029
    Yeah... if you are buying... Somewhere around $40K, with 0.9% for 60 months...

    Sounds like it has everything but the kitchen sink at $49K... nice!

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  • Hi folks
    I live in the northeast and do not have a garage for my X3. The winter is turning out to be harsh this year and was wondering if it is a good idea to have a remote starter installed. My X3 has done 60000 miles in 3 years 4 months without any maintenance except the routine oil services. I did not have the 4yr/50000 mile warranty extended. I did not get the remote starter earlier as BMW customer service informed me that it would void the warranty. Do you think it is advisable as the two mechanics I called seemed to give conflicting advice - one said he'll do it and the other said he would'nt touch it because of the BMW computer/electronics.
    BTW - I love the car and it has been a marvellous experience having it - it still looks and drives like a new car.
  • imgdocimgdoc Posts: 30
    I am wondering what is the best approach in my situation. I just bumped into e post and sustained a paint scratch on the front bumper (about 5 inches). The plastic is visible underneath. There are no cracks or anything. I am returning the car next month (end of lease). I am thinking of taking it for pre-inspection. If the damage turns out to be more than my insurance deductible ($500) can I make a claim at that point with the insurance company? Will the BMW dealer help with the claim in some way. Or should I report to the insurance company now? Any opinions?
    thanks
  • tidestertidester Posts: 10,110
    You may want to post your question in the BMW X3 Lease Questions discussion.

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  • roadburnerroadburner Posts: 6,380
    Try to find a body shop or detail shop that specializes in spot repairs. You may find one that will fix the scratch for less than $100.

    2009 328i / 2004 X3 2.5/ 1995 318ti Club Sport/ 1975 2002A/ 2007 Mazdaspeed 3/ 1999 Wrangler/ 1996 Speed Triple Challenge Cup Replica

  • FWIW,

    My wife's 2006 X3 had a similar problem. There is one spot near some towers and antennas where the key would not remotely lock / unlock the vehicle.

    When we took it in for regular service last week, they replaced a bad antenna amplifier and the problem has been fixed- key now works remotely in the former dead zone.

    Bruce
  • nyccarguynyccarguy Stamford, CTPosts: 7,468
    My wife's '07 had the EXACTsame problem. Same fix by our dealer. No issues ever since. We are at 26,000 miles + and still going strong.

    2001 Honda Prelude Type SH/ 2011 BMW 328xi / 2011 Honda Pilot EX-L w/ Navigation

  • Momentum BMW on Katy FWY and Park Ten in Houston, Texas has the worst customer service. I bought a new x3 July 28, 2008 and it has had numerous problems. It has been in the shop 1/5th of the time I have owned it. Every time I take it back in for the same thing, I am told to wait over an hour and then I get a rental car. I was tolerant for my first 5 rentals but not anymore. Since they cannot fix the problem, I would at least expect them to put me in a BMW loaner and not a KIA RIO. Especially when I am paying $581 a month. I called to complain and the service manager chewed me out and then my husband. I did leave a stern and rude message for my service advisor, but I never expected to be yelled at by a manager. I later found out the general manager was in the room when the service manager made the call and saw nothing wrong with the conversation or how I was treated. My car has now been fixed, but I still have not received any apologies. I am disappointed and surprised at what they consider acceptable phone etiquette. Everyone should know about the poor customer service given at Momentum BMW on Katy FWY and Park ten!
  • bodble2bodble2 Posts: 4,519
    With the economy in general, and the auto industry in particular, in the toilet, how do these guys think they can get away with that kind of customer service?!
  • steverstever YooperlandPosts: 40,184
    Maybe the stress of not selling any cars is causing them to take it out on customers. Talk about making a bad situation worse. Maybe a letter to the owner is in order?

    And a reminder - you can report on your good and bad dealers with Dealer Ratings and Reviews.

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  • boba6boba6 Posts: 18
    I currently drive a 2002 Subaru Forester, and I've seen someone on that board describe it as "not an off-road vehicle, but an any-road vehicle." I think that's an apt phrase. I frequently take it to trailheads and trout streams that are at the end of a few miles of Forest Service gravel roads that don't see a grader but every few years, if that. As I seek a replacement, I'm looking at the X3 (it will also fit into a tight parking situation at work), and like the comfort and performance.

    Would anyone care to comment on how it performs off the pavement?

    Thanks.

    Bob
  • roadburnerroadburner Posts: 6,380
    Would anyone care to comment on how it performs off the pavement?

    Our gravel driveway is @1/2 mile long. Our 2004 X3 has plowed through over 10" of snow with no problem. A heavy rain washed over 12" of mud across the road at one point last summer and the X3 again handled it with no drama whatsoever. It was a bear to clean up however; mud was even packed around the front brake calipers...

    2009 328i / 2004 X3 2.5/ 1995 318ti Club Sport/ 1975 2002A/ 2007 Mazdaspeed 3/ 1999 Wrangler/ 1996 Speed Triple Challenge Cup Replica

  • The X3 is notorious for rough riding over any kind of bad pavement, raised expansion joints, or potholed streets. It is the nature of the beast and the 18" tires don't help much. My wife hates the ride of my '06 X3 non sport with the 18" factory option and never ceases to let me know about it when we are in the car. I have gotten used to it now, but I will not get another one! I see where the new U.S. built X3's will have a new suspension so maybe that will fix the problem in '10 or'11 when they come out. By then I will have a Q5, XC60 or a GLK! :shades:
  • roadburnerroadburner Posts: 6,380
    Helpful Hint: Next time, test drive a car before you buy it.

    2009 328i / 2004 X3 2.5/ 1995 318ti Club Sport/ 1975 2002A/ 2007 Mazdaspeed 3/ 1999 Wrangler/ 1996 Speed Triple Challenge Cup Replica

  • steverstever YooperlandPosts: 40,184
    Have you thought about putting an ad up on Craigslist and finding someone with 17's to swap with? Or just buy a set at a place like TireRack when you need new tires.

    Then again, two years will pass pretty fast.

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  • bodble2bodble2 Posts: 4,519
    A testdrive often won't expose all the warts. Parallel can be drawn with dating..... :P
  • kyfdxkyfdx Posts: 28,029
    The X3 is a rough ride for those who are coming from other SUVs...

    But, for us.. it was an alternative to the new 3-series.... and, an extension of our experience with the old 3-series..

    We call that kind of ride, sporty....... which is just the way we like it! :)

    To quote my wife, "I sit up higher and can see over traffic, but it feels just like my last two cars." (both e46s)

    regards,
    kyfdx

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