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2013 and earlier BMW X3 Prices Paid and Buying Experience



  • akjuakju Posts: 6
    Thanks for your input!

    That X3 has been listed over 2 months and still there. I did not to to test drive it. The dealer is 200 miles away from my home. Right now the dealer decrease the list price from $39954 to $38956. I am sure I can get it on $38000 OTD. However, this X3 has black exterior and black interior. I saw a similar color in another closed dealer and I hate everything black inside. So I would not consider this one.
  • MLB6MLB6 Posts: 12
    OUCH. 25% over 11,000 miles? To the original owner that's MORE OUCH! I had my 07 X3 for almost 3 years, still cost me close to $1 per mile depreciation before running costs. That's per HORRIBLE and UNBEARABLE mile.
  • pp2009pppp2009pp Posts: 228
    I'm with you. After coming to the conclusion that my 2009 X3 was the single most uncomfortable car I had ever driven much less owned I decided to figure out what depreciation was: 1 month. Even then I thought hard about it.

    I am still hoping for some s/w improvements and for some engineer at BMW to finally figure out what is going on with the suspension....I know I will be waiting until he** freezes over but such is life with the X3.

    It really is too bad. The X3 has many nice features including great handling, great brakes, well thought out interior, utility + luxury, tight turning radius, great pano roof and plenty of power even for its 2 tons. When it is behaving itself it is great fun to drive.

  • mar1an1mar1an1 Posts: 38
    Hi, I came to this site to search for any experience and reviews about bmw x3 from the current owners. I guess you're not having good time with this car.
    I'm just wondering... with all the recalls with toyota, have you ever tried to contact the manufacturer? I betcha that they would start taking consumer's complaints seriously these days. From what I read on the net, it seems that you're not the only one having issues with bmw.
  • tedtoddtedtodd Posts: 4
    edited March 2010
    we had leased 2004 2.5liter x3, and then bought it after the lease ran out. it now has 120k on it, and my wife still loves it, but a few minor things are wrong. so we just bought a 2007 X3 with 37k on it. better color, bigger engine, premium package and winter package for $27.5k. they also gave us 1k more than our car was worth. but we both really love the x3 and think it blows away it's competitors in that price range.

    my only question is whether we should purchase the Service Contract...the car has 50k service, and 100k b2b...but you have to fully maintain the car in order to keep the 100k warranty active. first- is that true?
    2nd- the service contract costs $1850 or so. truly it's only good until 100k or 02/2013. i believe the scheduled maintenance is 30k, 60k....and maybe one more. plus oil changes, and i know the brakes and rotors usually get replaced together at the 60k....that can cost $700+. (not really sure) and oil changes are probably about $100/each.

    anyone think this service contract is worth it? the payments spread over the 5yr payment period at 3.9%...but the useful life of that contract is only 3 yrs.

  • roadburnerroadburner Posts: 6,283
    Find out how much the dealer charges for the @3 services required between 50K and 100K, throw in the cost of a coolant flush, a brake fluid flush, and a four wheel brake job(you are correct about the 60K interval) and see if it adds up to over $1850. It may be close if you have the dealer perform all the work, and appreciably less if you have a good indie BMW shop handle it.

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

  • kyfdxkyfdx Posts: 27,643
    edited March 2010
    Do you put 20K mi/yr on your vehicle? It sort of looks like you do, considering the mileage on your '04.

    If that is the case, then you'll have 97K on your car by the end of the warranty, and also the extended maintenance plan, if you decide to buy it. That gets you maximum use out of the maintenance plan. That said, there may be some wiggle room in the price... you may be able to negotiate a couple of hundred lower.

    If you don't do the scheduled maintenance, then a warranty claim could be denied, if they tie the problem to the lack of maintenance (not hard to do). As roadburner noted, you can get the maintenance done more cheaply at a good independent BMW repair shop. However, that might be inconvenient, as you'll be going to the dealer for warranty work, anyway.

    The advantage of buying the maintenance plan, is you don't have to worry if any vehicle problems are maintenance or warranty related, as you'll be covered for either. I would guess that if you are going to come close to the 100K mileage limit by the end of the plan, it will probably pay off (especially if you can negotiate a discount from that price. You might have a little less leverage, since you've already purchased your car.

    One final note: You described your warranty as B2B... That may be true for the original warranty that expires at 50K miles, but the CPO warranty that kicks in at 50K, while good, is far from comprehensive, in comparison to the base warranty.


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  • tedtoddtedtodd Posts: 4
    ty for the replies.

    you've provided good reasoning. i've also looked for the independent bmw mechanics around me, and i think i should probably just pay for it all now and then use the dealers for all maintenance. it would be a different story if i knew the independent mechanic, but otherwise i may feel like i'm being ripped off, and then i'll probably have to haggle with the dealers over warranty issues if anything arises.

    i may as well just keep it easy on myself. and you're right, we'll def hit 20k a year with the car, and that will get us right to 100k, making everything covered and worry free.

    what i don't like is the business manager saying that it's spread out over 60 months...when in fact its useful life is only 3 years. she also said it would be an asset, and if we traded the car back in at some point, there would be some equity in that service...but we're not likely to trade it in within 3 years, and it will pretty much expire worthless after 3 years, yet still be a part of our payoff possibly leaving us upside down when the time comes.
  • kyfdxkyfdx Posts: 27,643
    Well... look at it this way.. It may be worthless at the end of three years, but you'll still get the full use of it. It's value isn't really related to the term of your loan, but independent of it.... (if you paid cash, is the maintenance plan worth any less? Nope).

    If the loan terms are good, then finance the cost.. if they aren't so good, then pay cash for the plan upfront, if it helps you sleep at night..

    It may cause you to be upside down, if you sell at the 100K mark, but in the big picture, you will probably be better off (no maintenance costs for the next three years).

    Good luck with it... It's very seldom that someone's driving needs and the current mileage match up so well with the warranty and maintenance expiration... You really will see full value for those extra costs.


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  • tedtoddtedtodd Posts: 4
    excellent. thanks for your help with the logic.

    we did get a good financing deal, so that combined with a good price and an excellent trade-in price.....we should be very happy.
  • 4getbmw4getbmw Posts: 2
    I would strongly advise anyone considering an x3, or any other BMW for that matter, to seriously reconsider. I have been appalled and disgusted with my x3 and the lack of concern that BMW has demonstrated throughout my own personal nightmare (which BMW likes to refer to as "JOY" in their tv ads). Purchased as a CPO vehicle 13 months ago, this car had only 24,000 miles on it and looked like a brand new vehicle (2005 model). In one year, this car has been in the shop for repairs 11 (yes, eleven) times. From brakes being replaced, transmission issues, fuel injector leaks, cracked vacuum line, exhaust issues, suspension issue, computer problems, coolant leak and many other problems that have led me to the brink of insanity.....the office finds nothing wrong with this situation and says that it
    really isn't that unusual. Essentially "thanks for buying. Take care.". So I would
    suggest before you spend your money on a product that the manufacturer won't
    even stand behind, to please think twice. And CPO....means nothing, don't waste your time.
  • 4getbmw4getbmw Posts: 2
    To the person who so kindly told me to stop crapping all over the message boards about my nightmare x3, I'm sure you're equally angry at all of the follow-up comments with others unhappy with their BMW products. I'm happy for you and your wife for having such a great experience, but mine has been crappy. And because BMW sees no reason to do anything for me ( and claims that 14 days in the shop in one year is not a big deal ), I'm going to share my experience on the message boards and with anyone else who will listen. It's all about corporate greed and I'm tired of it. This whole experience has been completely absurd. Gotta run now, the leaking fuel injectors have been repaired....maybe the 11th time in the shop is the charm!
  • roadburnerroadburner Posts: 6,283
    Thanks for the helpful information. My experience with BMWs has been so bad that I've only owned nine of them(and still have three). My wife's 2004 X3 has also been a disaster; it's required one warranty repair(an SRS sensor) in over 90,000 miles of gentle use. And brakes only last 60,000 miles, tires even less(48,000 miles). I think that it might even need a serpentine drive belt at the next Oil Service, which means the belt only lasted 98,000 miles. To top it off, I recommended CPO X3s to a couple of my friends and their experience has been eerily similar to mine. And don't get me started on my 1995 3 Series; repairs and maintenance costs(including multiple sets of Z-rated track rubber) are averaging 5 cents per mile over the 15 years I've owned and tracked the car.
    What pieces of junk.

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

  • kyfdxkyfdx Posts: 27,643
    ... back to Prices Paid...


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  • fougasseufougasseu Posts: 1
    edited April 2010
    I bought a Certified '07 X3 with around 40,000 miles, new tires, outstanding condition, Premium Package and Cold Weather Package - (no sports package, wasn't interested) - Sirius radio, heated steering wheel, Xenon lights, etc., paid 28k. Got what I wanted on the trade. Very pleased with the deal, an easy, hassle-free, no-games transaction.
    Purchased at a new BMW dealership in Minnetonka, Minnesota.
  • ddjjddjj Posts: 1
    looking at a 2009 x3 with 35 miles. Price seems ok but not great especially since as soon as I drive off the lot the value will drop ridiculously. Also since bmw does not do 0% not sure what to expect with excellent credit. Any opinions on how to get a good deal or even what would make a good deal? Thanks
  • kperesskperess Posts: 29
    Looking at a 2007 X3 with the following:
    Monaco Blue w/ sand leather interior
    30K miles
    Auto trans
    Premium package
    Cold Weather package
    Privacy glass
    Heated steering wheel
    park distance control
    Storage package

    Salesperson is saying it is coming off lease and should sell for 28K

    Two questions:

    1) Is this a good price?
    2) How close to the residual would you say the asking price is?

    Thanks, in advance, for any help.
  • nyccarguynyccarguy Stamford, CTPosts: 7,397
    I have an '07 X3 with steptronic, rear privacy glass, heated front seats, & metallic paint (Montego Blue).

    It is due back at the end of July and I think the residual is something like $26K & change. Remember, dealers don't pay the same for thx lease returned BMWs that retail customers do.

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

  • tedtoddtedtodd Posts: 4
    we bought the exact same package a few months ago. different color, but 2007 x3 with 30k miles for $27.5 AND got an extra $1k on our trade. these cars are in high demand, so you can't do too much negotiation, but luckily this dealer had many on their lot and were trying to move as many as possible.
  • kperesskperess Posts: 29
    Thanks for the quick response and the info.
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