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  • pecclespeccles Posts: 52
    With the X3 not being that much smaller than
    the X5, people would be hard pressed to spend
    $4K extra for the 3.0L X5 of the 3.0L X3.
  • Did the fact that X5 and Z4 are not made in Germany undercut it's quality?
    In another words, does it in anyway fall behind other German-born BMW models?
    I highly interested in the X3 but it's native country is holding me back from considering it as my next investment.

    Thank you in advance...
  • nyccarguynyccarguy Stamford, CTPosts: 7,125
    Despite the fact that it will be built here in the US, but make no mistake about it that the X3 is a German native. The X3 was engineered and designed (not sure about the design part) in Germany and will be built on the much praised (and proven) E46 platform which underpins the current 3-series. The 2.5L & 3.0L Inline 6 mills are powerful, well balanced, and have millions of real world miles under their belts. I believe the X5 had some quality control issues when it first came out. Don't expect a company like BMW to make the same mistake twice.

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

  • nobeenobee Posts: 194
    From what I've read the X3 will be built in Austria..
  • BMW X3: The new model in the BMW X family is the result of a development and production agreement between BMW and MAGNA STEYR signed in fall 2001. Under the agreement, BMW engineers drew up a detailed vehicle concept, which MAGNA STEYR developed to the production stage with ongoing project support from BMW. The new Sports Activity Vehicle will be produced in Graz at a completely new, self-sufficient manufacturing facility equipped exclusively for the BMW X3 with its own paint shop, body shop and final assembly.
  • New start-ups sound great in Press Releases, but how does that translate to us 'guys' who are early adopters?

    Should I be nervous?

    BMW is a stand-up company, but judging from some of the complaints about build quality when they started S.C., I'm wondering if waiting a few months wouldn't be the prudent thing to do, rather than be the first one on my block with a X3.
  • sunilbsunilb Posts: 407
    The first year of any new model is generally associated with additional bugs needing to be worked out. I believe this is regardless of make (though some are less prone to this than others).

    The longer you wait into the cycle of the model's life, the better your chances are that any issues have already been worked out.

    Personally, I don't care to be the "beta"-tester for any large purchases.
  • bjoyebjoye Posts: 35
    My lease is up on my 525 soon, and my dealer emailed me and said he'd have the X3 by Thanksgiving. The website says "Test drive at a BMW center near you starting November 28th."
  • When is the best time to buy in tum of price such totally new models like X3?

    Does anybody have any experience or statistics on when company give best insentives - right aftere release to get more first buyers or closer to the end of model year?
  • ksomanksoman Posts: 590
    2 years down the line, if the Acura MDX is a fair indicator.. The X5 also kept close to MSRP price for a considerable time. I personally have a gut feeling that the X3 will make people line up like the MDX...

    my 1 cent...
  • and the vehicle should cost less, should. However, the vehicle is not worth as much either. And, at the point you can be sitting saying "well, I don't know if this is the right time to get vehicle A, because there is an all new vehicle B coming out, but they probably will be selling for too much."

    Buy sooner and start enjoying sooner.
  • nyccarguynyccarguy Stamford, CTPosts: 7,125
    I contacted my local dealer (BMW of Manhattan) requesting further information on the X3. He said in an email that they will be getting an X3 for display sometime this month. I don't know if this is true of all dealers or because BMW of Manhattan is owned by BMW NA. He said they do have literature and invited me to come down and take a look. I just may have to take him up on that offer.

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

  • ksomanksoman Posts: 590
    i'll be working full time in manhattan/hoboken from the 17th... finally done with the west....

  • I stopped in one of the BMW stores in Cincinnati today to find out more in person - had previously called as I am in need of new wheels before the end of year.
    Was told by the salesperson that they were notified that the X3 will not be available now until 2/1/2004 as they have had a production problem and will not have the number of vehicles (40K) they wanted to launch available 11/28 as is posted on the BMW USA site.
    Anybody else heard similar???
    I was hoping to hold out to the end of November, but cant as I need to spend some of the small business tax break the republicans gave us! Was hoping that this vehicle would bridge the gap between the Lexus 330 and MDX - size/handling/style which it may, but too bad not until too late...made me wonder if I wanted to buy a first year production car, even if its BMW...
    He was however, happy to show/demo the X5 which is a little larger with a larger price point than I wanted...
    Anyone else with any info?
  • Hi All,
    I received the same info from my dealer in South Florida: Car can be seen the day after Thanksgiving, however he also said they were going to show it at the Miami Car Show. He invited me in to test drive and send me one of the preliminary brochures. It was not detailed, but alluded to certain packages and standard features, I'll reserve my judgement until I see it.
  • junowjunow Posts: 4
    The web site is up.
  • Spoke with our dealers again yesterday - the demo x'3s will be available 11/28 as advertised --HOWEVER, they are being built in Germany and not Austria - they will not be for sale, and no X3's will be available for delivery until 2/1/04....
    Apparently the Austira plant is not ramped up to cover the need...
    Any dealers out there who can confirm, or have other info??????
  • Got the same info from my dealer, however he said there were some early production units available in January. I think I would wait until things get going before I plunk down my $40K. Also, limited options/colors on the early units.
    US debut is at the Miami Car Show starting this week, demos available the week of Nov 24.
    Does anyone have any advance info on the option list yet?
  • Hi All,
     Punch up and every thing is there. Click on "build your own X3" and then the options and costs are added up. Have fun.
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