Howdy, Stranger!

It looks like you're new here. If you want to get involved, click one of these buttons!




  • 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.

  • 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.
  • Signed on a lease deal this past weekend. We pick it up on Thursday!

    Sapphire Black w/gray leather
    Heated seats

    My wife is very, very happy.. :)

    Moderator - Prices Paid, Lease Questions, SUVs

  • Stever@EdmundsStever@Edmunds YooperlandPosts: 38,921
    Sapphire Black?

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

  • 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.. :)

    Moderator - Prices Paid, Lease Questions, SUVs

  • roadburnerroadburner Posts: 6,011
    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: 7,093
    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?
  • 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

    Moderator - Prices Paid, Lease Questions, SUVs

  • roadburnerroadburner Posts: 6,011
    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.
  • 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?

    Moderator - Prices Paid, Lease Questions, SUVs

  • 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?
  • 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!

    Moderator - Prices Paid, Lease Questions, SUVs

  • 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?
  • tidestertidester Posts: 10,110
    You may want to post your question in the BMW X3 Lease Questions discussion.

    tidester, host
    SUVs and Smart Shopper
  • roadburnerroadburner Posts: 6,011
    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.

  • nyccarguynyccarguy Stamford, CTPosts: 7,093
    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

Sign In or Register to comment.