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  • True, most cars do not need premium, but the BMW 6 is a high compression engine which does perform better wth premium (both HP and MPG).
  • steverstever Posts: 52,683
    Here's another thread on the premium issue that I enjoyed:

    elias, "Karl's Daily Log Book" #1906, 18 Sep 2005 11:47 am

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  • Steve - Thanks for the link. Extremely helpful. I will make sure that I fill up with 91 or better in my X3.
  • I am having a high pitched buzz coming from somewhere in the dash that I was wondering if anyone else experienced. Seems to happen mostly in the mornings, but it has happened in the afternoon, and only when I am going 70+, interstates obviously. It also seems to be wind related as on calmer days it doesn't make the sound. It really sound like wind going past a small gap and one side of the gap is vibrating at high frequency, making the buzz. I almost think it is in the cabin air filter path, as it seems logical for a outside-in wind path.

  • After a recent repair to the my 2005 X3 a lock nut lossened and came off the front strut of the vechicle causing me to loose complete control of the car. Has anyone experienced a simular failure. The only indication that I had prior was a slight knocking noice in the front of the car.

    There is not a cotter pin to prevent this from happening.
  • div2div2 Posts: 2,580
    If a "lock nut" was in fact designated to be used in that particular application the repair shop should have used a new one. Just exactly which nut backed off?
  • The repair shop was BMW and it was brand new, it was the front passenger strut the right wheel disengaged, causing me to loose complete ability to steer. All work on the car has been done directly at BMW . :sick:
  • div2div2 Posts: 2,580
    I still need to know WHICH nut loosened; there are several which mount on the strut. In any event, if the nuts were torqued properly they will not come loose- hence there is no need for a cotter pin.
  • I didn't have the sun roof closed completly. I too had the same noise. Now it's gone.
  • bodble2bodble2 Posts: 4,519
    Has there been a higher than usual prevalence of squeaks and rattles, and wind noise from the larger-than-normal moonroof on the X3?
  • Hello everyone. I have a quick question on cleaning leatherette seats. I have this stain on one of the seats on our '05 X3. For some reason I can't get the stain off it. It has a white-ish color (and that's why I can easily see it on the black seats). I don't remember what it was from, most likely spilled milk from my 17-month old's cup. I have tried light soap and water and it is not coming off. I am not sure if the stain is still there or it has discolored that section of the seat and that's why I keep seeing the white-ish stain.

    Any ideas or any good cleaning products I can try? Thanks.
  • steverstever Posts: 52,683
    There's a Cleaning Leather/Cloth Interiors discussion over on Maintenance & Repair that you can browse too.

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  • jedjed Posts: 24
    Maybe this has already been covered to your satisfaction, but if you look at message 1291 by Jimbob you'll find reference to a dealer fix for the door creaking. I added message 1526 after we had the "fix" done at the dealer and so far so good. It may be something that needs to be repeated periodically. Good luck with your car, we're very happy with ours.
  • Thanks for the reply! I will check it again, but I have opened/shut the roof a number of times and still have the sound.
  • jrynnjrynn Posts: 162
    What other vehicles did you look at before buying the X3? What's coming on the market soon that you consider competitive?
  • Depending on what your criteria for choosing an SUV - if performance and handling are your concern then the X3 is one of a kind in the market however if luxury and utility are of greater concern, there a few other options out there.

    From the performance/handling standpoint, I think the attributes of the X3 that make it unique are its sports car handling in an SUV. The car is so nimble, it never feels like a 4000lbs vehicle. The X-Drive is awesome, probably the best AWD system around. Also, if you are looking to get a manual transmission, the X3 and X5 3.0 are your only options. The X3 is build on car platform (the 3-series touring) which really gives it a car feel.

    From the performance standpoint, the only other SUVs that I think is in the same league is the Subaru Forrester and maybe the Tribecca B9 (although I haven't heard much about it) also, the Infinit FX35. VW will be introducing its small SUV the Marakesh in late 2006 as a 2007 model, which is based on the Golf platform, so should make for a nice handling SUV.

    However, if luxury and utility are more your concern... the X3 is less unique here. I think you could look at FX35, RX330 and Touareg (also the Touareg is a hardcore off-road vehicle, which the X3 is not). You could also consider the X5 which shares many of the benefits of the X3 but feels much heavier (not nearly as nimble), also its design is aging and is due for major model change in two years. The Acura MDX is OK too, but when I drove it, it felt like a mini-Van. However Acura is releasing the RDX based on the new CR-V design in 2007.

    Other factors to consider are value, at the time I got my X3, the lease offer was so sweet that nothing on the market came close to being an equivalent value.

    Good luck...
  • newbmrnewbmr Posts: 26
    I encountered the same problem (milk stains from a bottle left overnight on the seat) about 6-7 months ago. I ended up cleaning it with mild soap and water and wiping it with dry, soft cloth. In my case, it took repeated applications of this process for the stain to, first, fade and then, disappear completely. Make sure you wipe away as much of the moisture as possible. You don't want mold to spawn.

    Hope this helps.

  • ladiladi Posts: 11
    Is the feel of the X3 sports package as stiff as they say it is? Not sure if I want to include it yet. I figured I would get some great opinons from this forum, then go test drive myself.

  • I know the mdx is closer to the x5 in size, but not in price. I am considering leasing both cars, and I would love some help. I know that the Acura has a third row, but I am more concerned with driving ability. I have a bmw convertible now and love it. But now we have three children. This is only a second car, so I don't have to worry about car pool--that is what the minivan is for. I am concerened about the drive in the snow? Please help!
  • I have a little problem with door lock. This morning, when I opened the passenger side door to pick up something, my daughter accidentally, pushed the lever/latch on the door. Now, I can not close the door. I am talking about the latch on the door which closes when door is closed and locked. I can not pull the latch to unlock position. I tried unlocking via remote, using key on the door, using the central locking button, but no luck.

    My dealer's service center is closed today(Sunday). Does anyone have any idea, how to unlock the latch on the door. If not, I have to wait till tomorrow and contact BMW service.

  • The X3 until 2006 MY was sometimes criticized for being a bit crude, a bit down market, bla bla bla.

    The 2006 is dressed somewhat better for success, with the painted bumpers, etc.

    The dashboard material seems fine, but it looks less expensive than the dash in the X5.

    Now, having said all this, and saying that we did end up with a 2005 X3 3.0 in black gloss (which effectively hides the fact that the bumpers are unpainted), that we believe is handsome and configured as we have ours, is dressed for success both inside and out.

    Every one of the cars that are ON THE LOT are usually not very well equipped and they are not as satisfying as they can be made to be:

    We did the following:

    X3 3.0 (the manual transmission is THE ONLY one to get, the steptronic is old technology and is only a 5 speed -- performance and mileage will suffer)

    Jet Black Gloss exterior w/Terracotta Montana Leather Sport Seats

    Cold Weather

    Premium Sound system
    BiXenon headlights
    Satellite Radio (Sirius)
    Satellite Navigation
    Built in (in the armrest) BMW Sony T637 Bluetooth phone
    Servotronic (A MUST HAVE and $250.00)
    BMW Brake dust shields
    F+R Parktronic, Tirepressure monitoring system

    The bottom line MSRP ~ $47,000. No money down, $581 mo lease @15K miles per year for 3 years.

    The car is quiet, comfortable, sporty, has a decent sound system and the nav system and bluetooth work great.

    It could not be had with a heated steering wheel as configured and oddly BMW doesn't offer rear heated seats. The sunroof is very large and with the servotronic and sport package the car handles, well, like a car.

    With the 6spd manual and the 3.0 engine, it is adequately+ powered, with the automatic, the thing is a slug relegated to that "transmission hunting" behavior so reminiscent of the Oldsmobile Bravada 4 speed.

    This car would be fantastic, not that it isn't already close as is, with the 255HP 6 and the new SMG or perhaps 6speed steptronic.

    They almost seem to give them away from a leasing perspective, too.

    Terracotta is an acquired taste, but this car when all shined up, can go to work and to a black tie affair with its head up high. :shades:
  • driver100driver100 Burlington, ON 7 mo/Tampa FL 5 moPosts: 19,356
    Actually the X3 is smaller on the exterior than an X5, however it is actually larger on the inside. I am not sure how the MDX will be in the snow, but I know the X3 is about as good as it gets. The all wheel X-system is almost impossible to make it skid, even if you try to do it. It is pretty good at getting out of deep snow as well, however I think my former Jeep that could lock the 4 wheel drive in place might have been better in deep snow...maybe someone knows the answer to that problem. Any reviews I have read say the MDX is pretty ordinary, and actually you can save a few $1,000's by going with a Pilot that is almost the same vehicle.
    The X3 gets excellent reviews and one said it was the best car M3 to SUV of them all, might even be better than the car from which it is derived. Good luck in choosing.

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  • driver100driver100 Burlington, ON 7 mo/Tampa FL 5 moPosts: 19,356
    I did that with a rear door. The only way I could get the button to come up was to do it with the remote. Seems you tried that. Seems to be a "real problem".

    2017 MB E400 , 2015 MB GLK350, 2014 MB C250

  • kyfdxkyfdx Posts: 64,720
    Try taking something solid (like a screwdriver), and flipping the latch (the part on the edge of the door that you can't see when its closed) back the other direction..

    I'd say your latch is basically "closed", so that there is no way for it to slide past the solid bar on the "B" pillar... You need to "open" the latch up..

    Hope this helps... I'm not very mechanically inclined..

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  • Thanks for your inputs.

    I called the BMW service this morning and had it unlocked. All that I had to do was, unlock the door using remote. Then, pull the door handle, hold it with one hand and using a screwdriver, open the latch on the door. It was simple, but had to wait for the right person.

    In case, anyone in this situation, you know what to do.
  • Hi! I am getting a new 2006X3. I am considering the bmw assist in order to have bluetooth. I am also considering the navigation system. Does anyone have any opinions on these? Because I am leasing this car, it was suggested to me to purchase a seperate navigation system and a seperate bluetooth accessory. Which way should I go--built in or seperate.
    P.S. Any opinions on the ipod input?
    Thank You
  • bodble2bodble2 Posts: 4,519
    IMO, the BMW Assist is very expensive just to get bluetooth connectivity. If you can make do with just a bluetooth headphone, that may be the way to go. But then again, if you're leasing, it may amount to no more than $15- 20 bucks a month.
  • bodble2bodble2 Posts: 4,519
    Does the 18" wheel with the Sport Pack also come with wider tires?
  • bdr127bdr127 Posts: 950
    BMW Assist as a stand-alone option is $750 or is included in the Premium Package. If you were planning on getting that package anyway, then it's a non-issue.

    As for navigation, it's an $1800 option. Not a great nav system, as it's controlled by the right radio knob. Certainly an aftermarket nav would be less expensive and/or touch-screen.... but it wouldn't have the nice fit and finish as the built-in nav, either.

    The ipod input is installed through the glove compartment and is wired up through the back of your radio. Note that it is not compatible with the Nav system, the premium sound system, Sirius, nor a CD changer.
  • What do you not like about the navigation system?
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