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BMW X3

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  • roadburnerroadburner Posts: 6,673
    The Pirelli PZero Nero M+S all season tires I fitted to my wife's X3 2.5 lasted over 48,000 miles, but this week it was time for a new set of tires. I decided to go with the new P Zero Nero All Season which has now replaced the PZero Nero M+S. As usual, I purchased the tires from Tire Rack and had them shipped to one of their recommended installers. Total cost including shipping and installation: $617.00.

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

  • gouldngouldn Posts: 219
    Hey Roadburner:

    How are those tires? I'm getting ready to replace my OEMs on the 07 and would like something a little more sticky than the Scorpions it came with. I never have to worry about snow or mud, just rain.
  • roadburnerroadburner Posts: 6,673
    I really like them. They have amazing grip and provide a decent ride as well.

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

  • roadburnerroadburner Posts: 6,673
    edited June 2010
    I just took my wife's 2004 X3 2.5 to our local BMW dealer for the Inspection I service and a brake fluid flush. Absolutely no problems were detected- aside from needing front and rear wiper blades. Total cost: $358. Having said all that, the years and mileage have really taken their toll on the truck's interior and exterior:

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    :P ;) :D

    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: 7,763
    Great color. Still looks like it is in great shape.

    So my 3 1/2 year old son literally cries everytime we talk about giving the X3 back to BMW. So to humor him I called the dealer to ask how much. The Buyout is $26,9XX & they offered to sell me the X3 back for $22,600 - my $500 security deposit which would make it $22,100 before tax. I asked if that made it a CPO BMW (I know it didn't, but had to ask). He said to make it a CPO car, would cost and extra $2995. That seems like a lot for the CPO warranty.

    Being that I just closed on my new house (in CT) on Tuesday, I don't need a 3rd car or second car payment. Plus I don't have the cash & don't like the idea of financing a truck with almost 45K miles on the clock.

    I'm going to try and do a long term wrap up. Stay tuned.

    2001 Prelude Type SH, 2011 Pilot EX-L 4WD, 2015 Subaru Legacy 2.5i Premium

  • roadburnerroadburner Posts: 6,673
    My son was in First Grade when I had my 4.6is press loaner. He was distraught when I told him we had to give it back; he even offered to sacrifice his $2/week allowance to help pay for it...
    I think that is a VERY high number for CPO certification. I think it's closer to $1,500 for all but the 7er and the M cars.
    We don't plan to get rid of our X3 for a few more years at least- especially since it looks and runs like new. My wife would really like a MINI but she likes not having a car payment even more... :D

    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: 7,763
    Happy 4th of July to you & your family. I thought almost $3K for CPO certification seemed high. Especially since I just put new tires on the truck barely $2000 miles ago.

    At any price, I'd almost be willing to forgo the CPO warranty & spring for the extended maintenance. An inspection II, oil service, a new set of brakes, & an inspection I - the xtended mainenanxe would pay for itself.

    But no x3 for us. July 31st & we'll bid it a fond farewell.

    2001 Prelude Type SH, 2011 Pilot EX-L 4WD, 2015 Subaru Legacy 2.5i Premium

  • roadburnerroadburner Posts: 6,673
    Happy belated 4th! It's been a madhouse out our way. That said, I know you'll miss the X3- but at least you've still got that sweet Prelude! :D

    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: 7,763
    I'm going to miss the X3 that's for sure. My stable of the Prelude & the TSX ain't half bad.

    I'm not sure how much longer I'm going to be able to keep the Prelude. With the TSX, we're only going to have 1 car for our 2 men. The Prelude's back seat doesn't have LATCHes for the car seats. The seats don't have that locked in feeling. So if I'm able to get a decent price for my Prelude, I'll sell, if not I'll start looking to retire it & get something else.

    2001 Prelude Type SH, 2011 Pilot EX-L 4WD, 2015 Subaru Legacy 2.5i Premium

  • marco23marco23 Posts: 1
    Hello. I'm having the same problem today July 30th. It all started several weeks ago with rattle noise coming from exhaust. 2 days ago white smoke started coming out on ignition. Today the check engine light came on. How much would the dealership have charge if labor was not waived? I apprecaite your feedback. Thank you.
  • Hi Everyone
    I just wanted a little advice. I narrowed my car search down to the BMW X3 2008 (got a really good quote) and a 2010 Infinity EX (a little more pricey but includes everything navigation and backup camera) . There are pro's and cons to both. I loved the ride on both. But because of the space issue in the EX, I was going to go with the X3. However, after a lot of research I am extremely worried about the transmission problems. I asked the dealer and he said it was fixed but I don't trust that. I've heard so much about the 07 issues but there isn't much about 08. I wanted to get some advice from people who had an 08 and if they had any of the 07 transmission problems. It would be so helpful. And I'd love to know whether you like the car or not. Thank you so much.
  • jayriderjayrider Posts: 3,344
    check out the acura rdx before you decide. Stellar reliability and fun to drive.
  • kyfdxkyfdx Posts: 29,808
    You have to drive the X3 you are interested in.. The problems seem to be software related... It's doubtful that you are looking at a future repair, just poor driveability, presently and in the future..

    Some X3s are great... some are just a little problematic (jerky, quirky... like ours), and some are just terrible to drive (hesitation, surging, overly aggressive downshifting when slowing, etc..)

    If you drive it, and it seems normal... (like the Infiniti), then you probably have nothing to worry about...

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  • nyccarguynyccarguy Stamford, CTPosts: 7,763
    We just turned our in on Saturday with 45,196 miles & ZERO transmission issues. What a fantastic vehicle. We miss it already!

    2001 Prelude Type SH, 2011 Pilot EX-L 4WD, 2015 Subaru Legacy 2.5i Premium

  • dionngdionng Posts: 4
    I am leasing a BMW X3 08 model, no transmission problem. I love driving it. I was also test drive the EX model but X3 has more room and comfort. So far, leasing the X3 for 2 years, only two small problems, the cup holder in the back seat need to replaced and the washer pump leaking. The cup holder took 3 times to the repair shop as they have to order from Germany. The washer pump they tried to fix it last week but still leaking so I need to bring it back again this week. For me, the car only two year old with 27K mile in it, should not have problems like this, so I think I will return it when lease is over and look for something else.
  • roadburnerroadburner Posts: 6,673
    edited August 2010
    For me, the car only[sic] two year old with 27K mile in it[sic], should not have problems like this, so I think I will return it when lease is over and look for something else.

    Wise move! A leaking windshield washer pump is almost always a dead-accurate barometer for determining long-term vehicle reliability.

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

  • jimbresjimbres Posts: 2,025
    A leaking windshield washer pump is almost always a dead-accurate barometer for determining long-term vehicle reliability.

    Damn you, Roadburner! You owe me the price of a new keyboard. I just ruined a perfectly good Logitech by spitting a mouthful of beer (some of which ran out of my nose) on it while reading your post.

    Funniest thing I've read all week. Keep up the good work.
  • lawman1967lawman1967 Posts: 314
    Hmmmm, the washer pump leaked on my 2009 X3 too. Thats the only problem I've had in almost 35,000 miles, but a failed par? unforgivable.

    Of course, BMW fixed it right away, and since the car still looks, feels and drives like new and actually uses less gas than it did before, I'd say the X3 is a keeper. In fact, it is the most reliable car ever in my family, even with the leaky pump. I would buy it again in a heartbeat.
  • roadburnerroadburner Posts: 6,673
    Thanks; I try my best... :D

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

  • steverstever Viva Las CrucesPosts: 41,261
    Oops, that's a burger slogan. Still fits though.

    "BMW is encouraging interested buyers to special-order their X3 to get it exactly the way they want. That's the way it works in Europe, but Americans historically have not liked to wait for a special-order car. Now that X3s are being built in BMW's newly-expanded Spartanburg, SC, assembly plant, the company says the special-order delivery times can be drastically cut - to a point that can satisfy even impatient Americans."

    Special Order the New BMW X3, Get It in a Week (Straightline)

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  • nyccarguynyccarguy Stamford, CTPosts: 7,763
    Great - I'll order a 2011 X3 X-drive 35i with the 300 hp/300 lb-ft of torque N55 engine for the price of a base X3 X-drive 28i.

    2001 Prelude Type SH, 2011 Pilot EX-L 4WD, 2015 Subaru Legacy 2.5i Premium

  • I'm test driving an X3 on Saturday. Its priced at $25,488 at the BMW dealer with 33,960 miles, CPO. Can I play hardball and bring them down to $20,000 or is that totally unreasonable? I'm bringing $3K cash.
  • dionngdionng Posts: 4
    2008 model?
  • OOPS! Forgot to post the year...2007....
  • nyccarguynyccarguy Stamford, CTPosts: 7,763
    More importantly, what options does it have? Is that $23,9 their asking price? Just to help you gauge, I recently turned in a 2007 lightly optioned (metallic paint, heated seats, rear privacy glass, nc steptronic) with 45,196 miles on the clock. The dealer offered to sell it to me for like $21,600 as a used car, but then wanted another $2995 to make it a CPO car. I don't think the CPO warranty is that much. Good luck!

    2001 Prelude Type SH, 2011 Pilot EX-L 4WD, 2015 Subaru Legacy 2.5i Premium

  • 928928 Posts: 3
    Did you get it for 20K? Just curious
  • I got it for $22K
  • BaitBait Posts: 12
    If I told you what I went through with these people and my X3 you'd never step foot on one of their lots.....and I'm not unique by any stretch of the imagination.
  • Do anyone have the same problem? My 2008 X3 the plastic around the cup holder is peeling off. Is the 4 year free maintenance cover to fix that?
  • I do not know if it is the same thing but there have been numerous complaints regarding the plastic on the steering wheel peeling off.
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