From the logbook
"The big moonroof can be enjoyed by the front and rear occupants. Aluminum interior trim has a great look; too bad there isn't more of it in the X3's sea of black interior. An ultimate driving machine should have some power, but the 2.5-liter in this two-ton vehicle just isn't up to the task."
-John Matthius "Why put up with the poor ride and less room when you could have just as much versatility with an AWD 3 or 5 Series wagon? Here's what happens when you make a BMW out of an SUV."
"The X3 is fairly compact compared with the larger X5, but it doesn't feel too tight. Why does this relatively small six-cylinder engine require expensive premium fuel?"
"The X3 is now officially my daughter's favorite vehicle...one look at the DVD system, and she showed up for our drive with 'The Lion King' in hand. 'Daddy, drive around please, it's not over yet.' Need to chuck a bunch of those over-priced options (my daughter won't be pleased) and get the price down to the low/mid-$30s."
-Arthur St. Antoine
|Base price|| $30,995 |
|Premium package|| $3700|
|Navigation system|| $1800 |
|Sport package|| $1500 |
|Black leather|| $1450 |
|Automatic transmission|| $1275 |
|Xenon headlights|| $800 |
|Cold weather package|| $750 |
|Parking assist ||$700 |
|Premium sound system|| $675 |
|Metallic paint|| $475 |
|Privacy glass|| $350 |
|Power mirrors|| $250 |
|Luggage net ||$150 |
|Sat radio prep|| $75 |
|MSRP, as tested|| $44,945 |
|Avg fuel economy|| 17.7 |
|Problem areas|| Parking-assist, audio- system hiccup|
|Normal-wear cost|| $0 (oil and filter, washer fluid, air filter) |
|Current value, wholesale/retail ||$26,000/$34,700 |
|Recalls source: intellichoice.com|| None |