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  • 11-20-2006, 02:03 AM

    answer: 328xit

    X3 is great, but you can have the best of both!

    Coming Soon: 2007 328xit 6mt, premium, sport, nav, cold, comfort, xenon, sat, logic 7, lemon w/dark wood, w/o roofrails

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  • 11-16-2006, 02:32 AM

    do you need the extra room of the X3 ? or the

    ground clearance? or towing capacity? if not I would get the 328i wagon (or the sedan)
  • 11-11-2006, 06:36 PM


    I was thinking of the added torque, but the ability of the brakes to stop it, the tranny and driveline to propel it and the frame to hold it all together would be more critical. Still, it would be an interesting option for us.
  • 11-11-2006, 06:04 PM

    the X3 3.0sd (diesel) is awesome

    Look at the facts: '07 (euro) X3 3.0 has 272 hp and 232 lb-ft of torque wih an average mileage of 23.2 mpg. 0-62mph is 7.2 seconds.

    The '07 3-liter X3 3.0sd has 286 hp, 427 lb-ft of torque and averages at 27 mpg. The 0-62 is 6.6 seconds.

    BTW, the torque rating of the E60 500-horsepower M5 is 'only' 383. Bring the diesel here!
  • 11-11-2006, 05:02 PM

    Re: might see the diesel

    I'm not too sure about the towing capacity being increase with a diesel. Typically engine power is not the limiting factor on rated towing capacity. If it was, I would expect the 2007 with the higher HP engine would have a greater towing capacity than the 2006 model, which I do not believe is true.

  • 11-11-2006, 11:44 AM

    might see the diesel

    I think it could be here in the '08. Would be a perfect powerplant for the X3 and X5 - greatly increasing the towing capacity assuming the other components are up to it, while probably increasing fuel economy too (but not necessarily fuel cost as automotive diesel seems to cost more than premium unleaded).
  • 11-09-2006, 10:19 PM

    I'm not sure, but...

    BMWs typically run 7 model years before a "major update". That would mean an all new X3 in 2011. The 2007 was already "refreshed" with cosmetic and engine changes. I'm speculating, but I wouldn't look for major changes anytime soon.
  • 11-09-2006, 01:27 PM

    X3 just had it's major update with new engine

    and some freshening. I do not believe any signifcant changes are likely for 2008.
  • 11-08-2006, 09:23 PM

    Re: X3 vs 328xi

    I'm coming off a 2004 X3 2.5l lease in Feb and am torn about its replacement. (Will not keep current X3 because 2.5l is a tad anemic -- but really drives nicely for an SUV at 35k miles.) I am really undecided between the 2007 328xi wagon @230HP and the 2007 X3 @260HP, both with almost identical interior dimensions (except for cargo hold). I am leaning toward the wagon as I don't need the additional road clearance of the X3, as our snows in Western North Carolina are not deep, and the gas mileage of the wagon should be slightly superior. The appointments of the wagon seem slightly superior to the X3 IMHO, and the handling is a bit more "classic 3" in nature. Plus the X3 is due a major update in 2008 I believe.
  • 11-08-2006, 01:34 AM

    Re: X3 vs 328xi

    We are in a similar predicament. I drive a 2006 750Li with 20" summer wheels & tires that will be horrible in the snow. Long story short, we are looking for a new car for my wife, and I am going to use her 2004 Audi A4 Quattro as a winter car. She wants AWD and nothing too big, so we looked at the 328xi & X3.

    The 328 is nice, but I found the cabin claustrophobic and the car overall unexciting. We were both pleasantly surprised by how much we like the X3. Drives and handles well, not like an SUV. Feels much roomier than the 328, and the interior fit and finish are superb. Plus, we like the idea of being able to haul things that can't fit in a car (Home Depot, Toys R' Us, etc.). End result is we have a Sapphire Black with black leather X3 on order for December delivery (wife wants PDC, and none in stock had it).

    For us the decision was easy, but you already have an SUV in the garage, and having two may be silly. In your case I might opt for the sedan.

    Good luck in whatever you decide.

  • 11-06-2006, 06:44 PM

    Depends on your needs

    We came out of an 2000 328i (non x) to the 06 X3. We needed more room and wanted to stay in the BMW family. We wanted a new 530xi but none were in stock. The X5 was soon to be replaced and I never warmed up to the size of its exterior. We drove the X3 with sport and premium packages and decided it was perfect for everything we wanted out of our next car. Decent milage, about 21 in town and 25 on the open road. Great handling, carries a lot of stuff (our need) and it's pretty easy on the eyes. If I had to do it again I'd still buy the X3. BMW builds cars for every purpose and I've had just about every model built in the last 20 years. The X3 takes all good things about BMW and rolls them in to one really nice package.
    BMWCCA 162285
    06 X3 Silver Gray/Black / Sport / Prem / Step
    05 Dolphin 5376, (that's 37' of fun)
  • 11-06-2006, 08:46 AM

    Re: X3 vs 328xi

    Had a 2000 528it that I loved and a 18 year old kid pushed me into a telephone pole (both the front and back destroyed). Then I went into a 2003 X5 4.4. Nice SAV but could watch the gas meter move when I drove. Cost me $100 a week (16 mpg) and wasn't really going anywhere. But the car handled excellently, no feeling of top heavy in a 3 ton car. And boy, was it fast.
    So I traded it in for a 2005 X3 3.0 with 6k miles, cpo for 7 years or 100k. Obviously the car is not as fast as the X5 but it is okay.
    The interior design of the X3 is a bit skimpy in comparison to the X5. Gas mileage is 19 around town and 21 on the highway. I guess I like it but do not love it in comparison to the X5. Saw on a website that the X5 cost $4 to travel 25 miles (all costs) and the X3 cost around $3.
    Good luck with your decision. Never drove a 3 series but always liked their looks. BMW has a great cpo site.
  • 11-05-2006, 10:49 PM

    Re: X3 vs 328xi

    I've owned 11 BMWs so far and the last two were '01 330i Sport and '05 330i ZHP, both were sedans with manuals. My current car is an '06 X3 Sport also with manual 6 speed.

    I can't believe what a nice combination of an all-weather 'sports car' and 'sports ute' this vehicle is.

    The sport suspension is tight (in SUV terms), but not too tight to make the ride uncomfortable and the car corners amazingly flat for its size and weight. The steering feels much better than the one in the first 330i I had (even after the retro kit). The brakes are great, sport seats hold you nicely and the throaty exhaust makes you think it really is a sports car. I love it. Go test drive one.
  • 11-05-2006, 04:49 PM

    Re: X3 vs 328xi

    Depends on your needs/preferences, of course.

    We had a '01 330i and bought a '04 X3 3.0. We sometimes miss the 330, but the X is better in the snow (our 330 was not an x) and easier for hauling stuff home from Home Depot, ferrying the dog about, etc. I'd think it still has a deep snow advantage over the 328xi, but traction should be similar. The X3 isn't a car and that's obvious, but it doesn't have that piggy SUV feel either. For what it is, it handles well, rides fine, and is responsive to throttle input.

    Drive them both, ideally in bad weather or on some snow/ice, consider your needs and have fun!

    Mike Mc
  • 11-05-2006, 03:09 PM
    JEFF B

    X3 vs 328xi

    Time to come out of a saab 9-3 convertable lease. Owned 2 3 series in the late 90's and early 00's. Wife has Honda Pilot, I am torn between sedan and SAV. Any comments????? Really like both cars, not sure what to do???

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