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#1 Steve

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Posted 20 August 2010 - 02:28 PM

X3 Series Owners, How are you finding ownership of your X3?

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Posted 21 August 2010 - 10:05 PM

X3 Series Owners, How are you finding ownership of your X3?

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im a newbie to this site, just bought a 54plate x3 2.0d,had a rav4 before this,am finding the ride stiff and bumpy so far compaired to the rav4, any softer springs on the market before i shatter my spine! goes realy well tho,plenty of torque, and a guiet motor.any common probs should i look out for?

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Posted 22 August 2010 - 01:39 PM

suspension is wierd thing, well not really but im sure you get me lol

on my old car i had it lowered on apex 30mm springs and it felt alot smoother<--evan the mrs said this!!
not saying lower the car but differnt springs might help, have you got run flat tyres?
ive heard they give a very bumpy ride and not many bmw (and mini) owners like them and dont keep them.
ive also heard some people ask not to have them when ordering new cars

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Posted 22 August 2010 - 08:12 PM

suspension is wierd thing, well not really but im sure you get me lol

on my old car i had it lowered on apex 30mm springs and it felt alot smoother<--evan the mrs said this!!
not saying lower the car but differnt springs might help, have you got run flat tyres?
ive heard they give a very bumpy ride and not many bmw (and mini) owners like them and dont keep them.
ive also heard some people ask not to have them when ordering new cars

hi andy,when you say you lowered it was it a x3? i intend to tow my caravan with my x3 so dont want to compromise the towing capacity either, i checked the tyres today theyre not run flats,so checked the pressures expecting them to be overinflated but accually they wernt,id read in reviews that the ride was stiff but didnt quite expect this.open to suggestions!

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Posted 22 August 2010 - 09:29 PM

may have new springs on? need settling in, are may and dont want to worry you have a prob with the suspension
you would think it would be a soft ride, my dads X5 isnt a hard ride

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Posted 27 September 2010 - 08:46 PM

X3 Series Owners, How are you finding ownership of your X3?

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HI JUST BAUGHT X3 3.0D M SPORT AUTO FANTASTIC CAR CANT FAULT IT TAX IS A BIT HEAVY, BUT A JOY TO DRIVE.

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Posted 28 September 2010 - 10:28 AM

Hi Mike

Welcome to the BMW Owners Club mate.

Glad your liking your X3

Like they say, first class ride requires a first class price. But well worth it in the end.

Stress levels are certainly lower than having a small car i reckon LOL

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Posted 03 October 2010 - 09:36 AM

:) My X3 has a stiff suspension because its a sports edition, very bumpy ride every time but I have noticed that if I put it on 4x4 mode everytime steering power is better suspensions a lot flexible. very good engine I could say uphill drive easy no effort at all. downhill drive with support from BMW technology by just simply pressing a button the car drives for you downhill just mind the brake acceleration let your BMW drives for you. in my opinion this car is great, I love the sound of the engine as if you own the road each and every time you step on the gas pedal. speed wise managed to do 125MPH no shaking (aintree race circuit), it follows the contour of the road and it can do more but the road is not enough for the speed. make sure tyres are always on the right pressure or else you are prone to spend more to gas or diesel. the disadvantage is that disc brakes and disc pads, and tyres are prone to wear and tear within 1-2 years depending on use of course...but in total I Love this car. a perfect family mid class SUV.

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Posted 29 October 2010 - 07:24 PM

Hi all,

I am new to this forum but I thought I would share some thoughts on my ownership of my X3.

I bought a silver grey 57 reg 3.0sd about three months ago and is the first BMW that I have owned. It had 20K miles and the previous owner must have liked putting the ticks in the boxes on the options list as it was nearly 47K when new! I paid just over 22K for it from a specialist! It has the full motorsport package (and a load of other goodies)and is fantastic to drive. Yes the ride is a bit on the harsh side but you get used to it.

The standard vehicle was reasonbly quick but I have gone a bit mad and had a rolling road remap (Evolve)taking power up an astonishing 340bhp/510lbstft torque. Apart from the amazing performance I also get another 3mpg on an average journey of mixed driving. If I drive at around 65mph on a longer journey I get around 39 to 40mpg, for the day to day mixed journey stuff I regularly get mid thirties consumption and when you feel like being a bit of a hooligan it drops to around 29mpg when using the extra performance.

Running costs can be a bit on the steep side, BMW dealers in my area (South East)charge upward of 120 per hour for servicing and genuine parts are not cheap either although I have just found a good source of BMW spares (BMMiniparts.com) and a good local BMW servicing specialist with BMW trained technicians.
Tyres for the optional 19in rims cost an absolute fortune (around 220+ per corner)as they are specially made for BMW, road tax is in the top band for the 3.0sd vehicles manufactured up to 2008 - some small engine management tweaks for the 2008 onwards models see the emissions dropping from 232g/km to 208g/km and nicely into the 225 a year tax band. Shame I didn't know this before I bought mine!

Althought the car is a pleasure to drive I have also experienced the negative side of BMW ownership. My car was unmarked when I picked it up but in my short period of ownership it has already been dented (3 parking dents)on both sides and been given a completely unjustified parking ticket for having one of the rear wheels partway over a white line! Other drivers now refuse to let me out of side roads and will not let me in when queueing in traffic which I certainly did not experience with my previous car - a VW Passat. I guess it's somethng I will just have to get used to!

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Posted 30 October 2010 - 10:26 AM

neil are you from liverpool?

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Posted 21 November 2010 - 10:57 PM

new to the forums and just bought a 2004 X3 m-tec kitted model, noticed everyone is saying how hard the suspension is, and you dont know hard until you have driven a dropped VW golf :)

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Posted 18 December 2010 - 11:49 PM

New Member here, just took delivery of my new X3 2.0D SE 2011 model, ordered it the day after it went live on the BMW web site in July, must say I love it, then new 184bhp engine is superb and he drive system has no problem in all this snow, love it love it he he

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Posted 12 February 2011 - 11:33 PM

Just bought a 2006. X3 2.0 diesel from BMW main dealer. Finding the manual gearbox very clunky and stiff to engage reverse and first gear. Anybody had similar experience as I am going back with it. Also want to chip it for better performance and fuel economy. Any advice for tuners in north scotland

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