2008 BMW X3 User Reviews
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- Good performance and accuarte milage
- Navigation System
Purchased As New
I am just passing the 18 month mark with my red 2008 X3 that I leased new. Overall I am happy with the vehicle and this is my first BMW experience. The mileage rate is accurate as advertised. I am very disappointed with the navigation/stereo/hands free system. For this day and age it?s a joke. The single knob control device for the navigation/hands-free phone is irritating at best. The BMW is a solid safe vehicle and handles very well. I have another 18 months to go and not sure what I'll be driving next....read morehide
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- Comfortable, Great Handling, Fast Enough
- Too many electronic issues. Get's pricey if you outlast warranty
Purchased As New
Fun to drive and nice interior. A little narrow in the back if you need to transport anything large. Lights constantly come on, oil, tire pressure, gas cap, you name it...
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- Style,comfort,versatility,heated steering wheel, BMW Assist, free maintenance for four years.
- Wiper arms don't clear edge of hood.
Purchased As Used
I purchased my 2008 X3 as an in house loaner with 18,000 miles and saved plenty while getting all the options-it is loaded. I previously owed an 325xi sport wagon and I like the higher profile this vehicle has. We are in the foothills of the Adirondacks and the handling is terrific especially in the winter. This SAV combines style, sportyness, versatility and comfort. I believe all manufacturers in todays market should take BMW lead and offer 4-year free maintenance. Dealer knows how to treat it's customer's....read morehide
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- Sporty handling. Touchy but powerful brakes-- Stops on a dime.
- Drinks gas like a Sherman Tank. Doors feel tinny. Unreliable. Some low quality pieces. Useless cargo
After our first snow here in Canada I decided to buy an AWD vehicle. I have owned BMW's in the far past and did enjoy them. A local dealer was running a special deal on a 2 year lease. Test drove the SUV and liked it. I did not test anything else because of time. Traded in a Toyota Camry and they gave me $4,100 towards the price.
What I love-- The handling is very good for an SUV. It turns quick and holds the road quite good when you want to race it. The brakes are a bit touchy but they stop very fast. The sporty tires are excellent in dry weather but terrible in snow so I will buy a set of snow tires for the season. The dealer charges an arm and a leg for snow tires so go to Sears instead. The interior is just fair. Quite boring, all black. Some low quality pieces on the top dash. The heated seats are excellent.
What I hate-- Gas goes faster than expected. I need roughly 18-22 liters per 100km which is about 11-14 miles per the gallon in the US. Gas prices have come done but my gas bill has more than tripled because of this BMW. The doors feel very tinny when you close them. The body structure seems to creek and moan over bumbs and indeed the rear window makes a terrible noise because it has become loose. The interior is all black and dreadful over time. The qulaity is not great. The power seat controls already malfunctioned. The climate control has been replaced already. The all red LED lights are annoying. The leather feels cheap-- could be plastic or fake leather. Blinds spots all over. The seats are not easy to get comfortable in. Bad driving position for an SUV. The cargo hold is useless. I can not even fit my dogs cage in the back! The opening is too small! Terrible design. The top dash box is already broken, the lid has come out. The key fob has deprogrammed itself. The ABS controller always thinks the brakes are slipping so this week I need to drive it to the dealer. There are not so many dealers here in Canada so I have to drive far. The service representitive is very rude and does not like when something needs fixing. It seems I see him more than my own wife!
I would not recommend this SUV to anyone. For a "BMW" it is a disastor and an embarrassment to the compant. The dealer said there is a totally new X3 coming next year. I hope it is better than this one. It needs to be more uselful, drink less gas, be more reliable, better quality and better designed and engineered. Overall not what I expected from a BMW. I will look to turn in early and get a Ford Flex or something like the Chevy Traverse. My neighbor has both and loves them more than his wife!...read morehide
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- solid like a rock suv and sedan in one ,,after 35000 miles no even small problem .
- expensive options ,so so gas millage.
after having it for 35000 miles I have no problem or complain at all.It drives like a sedan in shape of sport utility. Perfect turning circle ,average gas millage.
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- Quick, nimble handling;Thick steering wheel; Very good brakes; Smooth transmission; Sunroof
- Unreal fuel thrist; Limited Utility; Harsh riding; Cramped interior; So-so reliability
1)I leased this '08 X3 in December of '07 and got a great deal through a friend who works for a local BMW dealership. I was able to get a price below the invoice because as he said, it was selling slower than anticipated which is fine with me.
2)Although I first drove a Mercedes ML350 and liked it, I actually ended up deciding on a Lincoln MKX which impressed me so much I started on the paper work, until my friend called me and got me the lease on the BMW for $260/month with $3k down vs $309/month with $2k down on the Lincoln. It was hard to pass up.
3)Unfortunately, I regret the decision. The X3 is no doubt an excellent driver for a 4100lb small SUV. By small, I mean the interior is very cramped and the cargo area is useless. The cargo area looks bigger than it is until you need to drive to the airport with just 4 medium sized suitcases and realize you can't even get there because they don't fit!
4)The seats are too stiff for long rides and the "leather" feels more like leatherette. The interior is overall ok. Hard plastics are used often and some feel cheap for a BMW. The assembly is below average- the lining on the door and window pillar was cut short and is peeling back.
5)I only took the X3 on a short test drive before leasing it and found it to be good enough for my needs. However, I can honestly say after owning it, it is the least practical vehicle in it's class. The good points are few: It drives smaller and lighter than it is, steering feedback is excellent and the brakes stop on a dime. The engine is eager to rev and is silky smooth right to the red line. The large sunroof is a nice standard feature and make the interior feel larger than it is. On the highway, it drives smooth and easy even at 90+ MPH.
6)The downsides to the X3 are more numerous: Gas comsumption is abysmal. How does a regular 13-14 MPG on the computer display grasp you? That's what I see everyday. The downside to the excellent handling is a stiff ride- you feel every bump and imperfection in the road and on long trips makes your kidneys hurt. Perhaps the runflat are to blame. The rear seats are made for only two people and there is very little leg room. Acceleration is good but it was hard to keep up with a friend driving a '08 Ford Expedition loaded with 6 people and a weekend's worth of luggage. In these 10 months, it has seen the dealer 7 times for various electronic problems and because of a blue tinted smoke puffing out the muffler. The car refused to start 2 times due to an electrical failure. There was a rattle in the rear which ended up being the anti-sway bar dislocating from its mounts. The A/C system was replaced entirely and with 11k miles, it seems there are more squeeks everyday. In summary, I would not get a BMW again. I will be returning to the Lincoln dealer when the lease is up or wait for the new 2010 Cadillac SRX. There are so many better choices I can't see getting a BMW even if the lease is irresistable....read morehide
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- No trim specified for this review
- Great fuel economy, very powerful and fast, responsive
- cup holder in center get's worn quick
Easy to read instrument panel and buttons,
Easy to use accessories,
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- Based on 3 series. Excellent power, performance, build quality, and nimble.
- Can get expensive after loading up options.
My g/f wanted to drive something like an SUV/Crossover that had room for the dogs, bikes, and guests and got decent gas mileage and had both an elegant build quality and design. In 2007 BMW redesigned the X3 the way it should have come out in the first place. Upgrading the engine and upgrading the interior quality, this should be on your short list for this class. The performance is outstanding with a broad power distribution at all levels, the all wheel drive that nicely distributes the power where it is needed, and a solid nimble size that is a joy to negotiate with on all sorts of roads. The gas mileage was much better than the Lexus hybrid R400h and others in its class. I also looked at the Land Rover LR2, Acura MDX, infinity FX35, EX35, Toyota Highlander, and Lexus 350. While some others had some great features, the BMW excelled in what we really needed and possessed its own identity and perfect blend of quality and performance. I am getting 26 MPG HWY, and 22 City. I like the fact that I don't see them all over like so many of the other brands which all look alike. If you're in ATL, check out Nalley BMW and ask for Laz ad tell him Darren recommended you. I've known most of those guys for 9 years and they're easy to deal with and not out to take advantage of you....read morehide
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- I love it, fuel econmy is very good I get 23mpg in the city and 25mpg on the hwy.
I lOVE THIS SAV. I PREVIOUSLY OWNED AN ESCALADE AND THERE IS NO COMPARISON. THE FEEL AND RIDE IS VERY PRECISE AND TIGHT. THE TURNING RADIOUS I GREAT JUST LIKE A MID SIZE SEDAN. I GET 23 MPG IN THE CITY AND 25 IN THE HWY. I OWNED THE 6 SPEED MANUAL TRANSMISSION AND LOVE IT. THE RIDE IS A LITTLE STIFF BUT I DON'T MIND IT. IT HANDLES AND CORNERS VERY WELL....read morehide
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- Ultimate handling
Love in all condition, drive/handle without fear.Kind of machine one can trust. Ride is bit rough but still ultimate can't complaint.
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