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  • harplayrharplayr Posts: 70
    I use the Aux input mounted in the center armrest. That way I can plug any audio device into the car.
    The sound is excellant.
  • beemcitybeemcity Posts: 50
    Is the aux input standard or an option?
  • timmbojtimmboj Posts: 123
    Does anyone know ALL the changes/upgrades that will happen to the 2006 model year?
  • motorcity3motorcity3 Posts: 71
    Hello everyone. I know that this subject has been discussed, but I was wondering if anybody has any updates or any new information on possible creaks coming from the door areas. I bought a 2005 X3 2.5i at the end of April and I started hearing creaks about 5-6 weeks later. I am not very pleased, especially being a returning BMW owner, having a lot of faith in BMW solid build quality. I currently also own a 2001 325i, which I have been driving a bit over 4 years now on very bumpy Detroit-Metro area roads. Whoever lives here knows what I am talking about. I have not heard a creak or rattle in my 325i yet. So I as wondering is this a real problem, or is it something that will go away? It sounds more like rubbing and it is not very loud, but will become very annoying very soon.

    Thank you.
  • robertvrobertv Posts: 33
    This is copied and pasted from another thread going on at another forum for the same complaints.

    "It's the door seals.

    Go to your BMW dealer and ask them to read a SIB 51 07 04
    which tells them to clean the flock covered door seal
    that is on the doors top edge - clean it first
    with BMW Silicone Remover and
    let it dry . Then apply
    Cabaflo lubricant to the flock covering
    on all four door seals. No additional
    treatment is necessary after this
    application - such as drying,
    polishing the roof...etc

    (thanks to Creighton @ BMW of Demerest)"
  • markcincinnatimarkcincinnati Posts: 5,049
    . . .page 91 of the new Car and Driver magazine.

    The new X5 is the slightly bigger brother of the X3. The new X5 is the "spittin' image" of the X3.

    Likely to cause attraction in some and revulsion in others, the new X5 simply carries on the "fresh" (that's one word for it) look of the X3.

    It took a little time for it to grow on us, but the X3 (without the contrasting bumpers) has become quite handsome to our eye (my wife and me is the limit of the word "our" at this time.)

    Of course I think the real looker is the new Audi Q5 -- same issue. :shades:
  • adamwadeadamwade Posts: 4
    Had my X3 3.0i (6 speed manual, premium package - black w/beige leather) for just one week now. I was surprised to get 22 mpg my first tank, with half city/hwy. I kept my shifting max to 4,000 RPM for breakin considerations.

    For anyone considering an X3, I got mine at Irvine BMW, CA for a steal - $399/month lease 3 years, with zero down (only DMV, first months payment and refundable security dep. = $1250) MSRP 39,600$
  • markcincinnatimarkcincinnati Posts: 5,049
    We too feel we got a screaming deal at $581 per month, 3yrs 15K/year. $250.00 down, sec dep+first mo.

    MSRP north of $46K. Jet Black Gloss/Terracotta, virtually all options.

    Love the look -- the new X5 pictured in the new C&D even has the X3 sport package wheels.

    Of course, we still don't like the unpainted bumpers that DO SHOW in any color other than black.

    Dealer claims new X3 will be fully painted!

    Let's hope so.
  • Stever@EdmundsStever@Edmunds YooperlandPosts: 39,015
    Please post about your deal over in BMW X3: Prices Paid & Buying Experience (like Adam did - thanks!). Or maybe you did and I didn't go back far enough; you got it in early May, right?

    And congrats to all the new owners.

    Steve, Host
  • idagornidagorn Posts: 5
    I agree that painted bumpers look least for a short time...until you park downtown for the first time that is; and then you wish you'd black plastic ones. Remember the days when cars had side protections on their doors? even small cars built for city driving seem to have lost them; or when they haven't, their protections have been...guess what? PAINTED!
    by the way why is it that in the US quite a few American Males seem to regard the X3 as a Woman's car?:-)
    and -once more- go diesel (204HP, tremendous torque and 31/32mpg, and a clean engine!)
  • markcincinnatimarkcincinnati Posts: 5,049
    I don't know who thinks the X3 is any gender's car -- but don't say that to the owner of the BMW store here in River City. His personal driver is an X3.

    Maybe his feminie side is showing -- nahhhh.

    Especially don't tell my wife she is driving a "woman's car" -- she, I'm sure, would diagree with that on so many levels.

    Finally look at the new X5 (pg 91 -- as I recall -- of the new C&D): spittin' image of the X3. Can't imagine BMW would produce a "look" of their SAV that would be anything other than gender neutral.
  • idagornidagorn Posts: 5
    glad you didn't take my remarks about the X3 being a woman's car too seriously; I just noticed reading the messages on the forum that it was the kind of car that seemed to appeal to many American women while here in Europe you will hardly see one being driven by a woman; is it because the average European male is too macho or the average European female too timid ? :)
  • tidestertidester Posts: 10,110
    or the average European female too timid ?

    Not a chance! :)

    tidester, host
  • cdnpinheadcdnpinhead Forest Lakes, AZPosts: 3,210
    Regarding that gender thing: I drove a (actually two) Miata for four years. I'm 6' 2" & weigh more than the tables say I should, but enjoyed the car a lot -- comparable to my '65 MGB. Somewhere in there I learned that the Miata was considered a "chick" car.

    Oh well.
  • markcincinnatimarkcincinnati Posts: 5,049
    Over the years there have been cars and trucks and other things that have somehow made it to be labeled this or that gender -- the Nissan Pulsar (in hot pink) is the ONLY one that I am dead on certain was a "chick" car. My wife's boss, not female, had one of these things, in hot pink. I guess it was his wife's or his kid's car -- but, so what -- he had no doubt about his gender and the car worked just fine.

    It did, however, look a bit goofy to see a gray haired man in a suite get out of the thing.

    My wife (who kept her name when we got married -- and I kept mine too) rails on and on about "dude" or "chick" or "guy" or "gal" this or that. She loves stick shifts, likes Black Gloss German cars, collects high end pens and wristwatches and is a lawyer. Although of slight build, she is also a marathoner and takes no guff from nobody.

    I just find it odd and sometimes funny to think that the X3, for instance is thought of as a "female" car -- look out when the new X5 hits the streets -- it is the spittin' image of the X3.

    You know what? I'll bet the reason for the gender pigeon holing -- the X3 -- as a woman's car has to do with the fact that it can be configured to be REALLY CHEAP (price-wise with the 2.5, stripped, etc.) May I be struck down for saying this but perhaps the "stay at home ____ home maker" gets the "mom" or "dad" mobile and the X3, cast in that light (low cost, but still able to wear the badge) fills the bill.

    My wife's "high zoot" $47K X3, however, is a far cry from the strippie in the paper for $29K.

    It's all from one's perspective.

    I really have grown to like and respect the X3 for being fun, competent, darn near luxurious and "tossable" (at least with the Sport Pack and 3.0 w/stick shift).

    There, one of us feels better. Oh, that would be me. :shades:
  • bodble2bodble2 Posts: 4,519
    Interesting perspective, Mark, but I've always thought the X3 got the chick car label (probably unjustifiably) because, one, it does have "gentler" styling compared to the X5. Because the X5 and the X3 are quite similar in appearance, I think a lot of people view them as a "matching set", "his and hers" SUVs, so to speak. In that sense, the X5 would certainly be the "male", and the X3 the "female". And two, because it is less bulky, with a lower step-in height, it does attract a larger proportion of female buyers, again, compared to the X5.

    Probably the only true "chick" SUVs, amongst the upscale brands, are the Freelander and RX330. I can't see any self-respecting male actually buying one of those for himself. :P :blush:
  • robertvrobertv Posts: 33
    Okay now.....I have both a Freelander and the X3. The Freelander has about 4 weeks left on the lease and I've had it for over 3 years now. If I told you I was going to go on an un-mapped off road trail with nasty rocks, mud filled rutted out holes, downed trees, etc, etc......which do you think I would take? That's right, without hesitation I'd take the Freelander. I didn't really appreciated it's toughness until I got the X3 but that Freelander is rock-solid though!!! Would it go everywhere that a Discover or Jeep Wrangler does....not without damage but it will go much farther than most people give it credit for. MUCH farther. Believe me, I've taken that Freelander through some terrain that I would not even dream of taking the X3 and I never got close to pushing it to it's limits.

    The reason that I got the X3 was because the Freelander, and Land Rover in general, isn't as reliable as I'd like them to be. And they are ungodly expensive to maintain. I paid way more money than one should over the 3 years and that's with just regular maintenance. If I had to pay for all the other problems that were covered under warranty there would be a lawsuit in the works. There is no question that the X3 drives better, handles better, is built better, feels better and is pretty much in a different world than the Freelander. But if you're going to say the Freelander is a "Chick SUV" then it better be one bad-@ss chick.
  • bodble2bodble2 Posts: 4,519
    " ...then it better be one bad-ss chick."

    LOL! Yes, probably chicks from the Prairies, where men are men, and some of the women are too! :P

    Seriously, I know the Freelander, despite its appearance, has loads of off-road abilities. But so does the ML, or the Pathfinder, or...., and we all know how much off-roading those vehicles are subjected to.

    It's just that I honestly can't remember the last time I saw a Freelander driven by a guy. I think they appeal to women because they are small, easy to park, and makes a bit of a fashion statement because they are, afterall, still a Land Rover, albeit a 5/8th scale one. (The underpowered V6 probably is another factor in it being not as attractive to guys).
  • robertvrobertv Posts: 33
    "The underpowered V6 probably is another factor in it being not as attractive to guys"

    That it is, I will agree there! Which is another reason why I like the X3 so much. But anyway, over at a good majority of the Freelander forum is populated by guys. Personally, with the people I know that own Freelanders it's about a 50/50 split. AH, who cares anyway! All problems aside, I enjoyed my time with the Freelander.
  • bodble2bodble2 Posts: 4,519
    " I enjoyed my time with the Freelander."

    That, of course, is the important part -- that you like it. My opinion no doubt is a generalization based solely on personal anecdotal observation. Happy motoring!
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