2009 BMW X3 User Reviews
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- Steering, braking, big windows, pano roof, fit and finish, engine power, spacious interior.
- Ride is horrible. Transmission is peculiar. Bad gas mileage
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What is up with the ride in this car? It rocks, bounces, undulates and causes sea sickness on certain roads. The cup holder should be filled with Dramamine.
Undulating and bouncy should not be confused with sporty. This is not the sporty, asphalt-hugging BMW ride but an awe-inducing bounciness on well maintained roads. This is not riding over potholes, railroad tracks or rocks which the X3 doesn't have much of a problem with (ok, don't know about rocks - this is not an off roader) but what happens on flat or slightly hilly roads at low to medium speeds.
Hit a small rise or curve in the road and sometimes the X3 bucks front to back, other times it seems to go up and down on each of its wheels in succession like a boat riding wakes coming from different directions. Other times it sways side to side in the mid-section where you can feel it underneath the front seats.
It is, without overstating it, the worst ride I have ever experienced while driving a car.
The X3 also has a quirky transmission. Aside from problems with the AT programming from years past, it seems to spend most of its time in some low gear providing for some odd hill behavior and possibly low gas mileage. The gas mileage is nothing to write home about either. Stay on the highways, the city will kill the mpgs and this car uses premium fuel.
All-in-all you will pay too much for the BMW ride which I did not find in this car. I am still looking for it. If you see it kindly let me know.
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