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  • 03-18-2010, 10:23 AM

    255 hp versus 225 hp

    In '07, they put the 255 hp direct-injection/Valvetronic N52 magnesium/aluminum engine into the X3, designating it a 3.0si.
    It has better power (with a 7000 ? rpm redline), and better fuel economy (direct injection) than the M54 it replaced. It's clearly a better engine, with seemingly no downside (although fuel pumps have been a problem - I believe BMW upped the warranty on pumps to 100K miles.)
  • 03-17-2010, 09:48 PM

    Re: Considering a 2006 X-3 3.0L for my wife

    I'm considering an '06-'07 X3 as well. Could you explain the upgraded engine comment? I see the '06 is 16/23 mpg; while the '07 is 19/26. The '06's are justifiably cheaper in price. 5-7K/yr doesn't make all that much difference in terms of gas savings.
    Is the mileage really 3 mpg better? Is the '07 significantly different in other ways?
  • 01-07-2010, 07:33 PM

    Re: Considering a 2006 X-3 3.0L for my wife

    Consider the 2007 for the upgraded engine.
  • 11-10-2009, 09:52 AM

    Re: Considering a 2006 X-3 3.0L for my wife

    We've also owned several BMWs since the mid 90s, and my wife loves her '04 six-speed, even with the stiff ride. It's loaded and has the original sport package that received so much press.
  • 11-08-2009, 05:28 PM

    Re: Considering a 2006 X-3 3.0L for my wife

    Other things to check:

    - Water leakage either through the panoramic roof or somewhere else.
    - Seat cracking if it is the leatherette - in very cold conditions.
    - Peeling of the surface of the steering wheel and the shift knob.
    - Unusual sounds when doing tight corners.

    I suspect there are others but these are the ones that come to mind along with the suspension and the transmission.
  • 11-08-2009, 12:04 AM

    Re: Considering a 2006 X-3 3.0L for my wife

    Like you, I've owned numerous BMWs over the past 25 years. My wife has a 2004 that she uses a her daily driver. No complaints whatsoever. It's comfortable to drive and dead-nuts reliable(the only repair was a SRS sensor, replaced under warranty). Some of the later cars have had issues with the AT software, but that's probably the only legitimate problem that you might encounter.
  • 11-07-2009, 01:58 PM

    Re: Considering a 2006 X-3 3.0L for my wife

    The 2006 is the last year of the 5 speed AT. It is the 2007 and beyond years that received the problematic (to be diplomatic) 6-speed GM6 AT. Either the 2006's didn't have similar problems or people simply didn't notice or say anything about them.

    The general purpose advice is to see it you can get an over night or weekender extended test drive. The X3's are supposed to have gotten a better ride in 2005 and then again in 2007 so it may be too bumpy, rocky, swaying for her liking.

    The ride problems are evident at low speeds on less than perfect paved roads. They are not evident at highway speeds or under acceleration.

    Since you know BMWs, this is different from the firm and sporty ride you expect. It is sway or bounce that is not felt in the sedans.

    They seem to be sturdy cars although they have only been around since 2004 so there probably are not that many with high mileage. Good luck.

    Maybe a suspension problem that causes the bouncing ride:

    "In fact, our only real concern with the X3's performance during the yearlong test was one weekend excursion to Death Valley, California. Since the BMW X3 is an SUV with all-wheel drive, we expected that it would be able to handle a dirt road. Unfortunately, an afternoon spent on a bumpy desert road proved to be too much. The tires held up fine, but the rear suspension couldn't handle the stress. We can only assume that our test vehicle's street-focused sport package had something to do with it. In any case, both rear shocks were rendered useless and several suspension parts needed replacement. Luckily, the repair was covered under warranty. From that day on, we kept the cute ute on the pavement."
  • 11-06-2009, 12:53 PM

    Re: Considering a 2006 X-3 3.0L for my wife

    I've had my '06 since new with 29K miles wo/any problems whatsoever. Mine is a manual with sport package though. I understand some automatics have had problems related to the transmission. It's an E46 platform with the same inline 6.
  • 11-06-2009, 12:40 PM

    Considering a 2006 X-3 3.0L for my wife

    It is Alpine White and has 41K miles. Clean CarFax with 1 owner.

    Are there any known issues with this Model Year? Anything specific I should look for when I go to inspect the vehicle?

    I am a long time owner of varios BMWs (E38 740, E31 840 and 850, Z3, E46 330i) and able to wrench and do my own maintenance. I am just not familier with the X line.

    All input is highly appreciated.

    PS. I considered a Porsche Cayanne v6 but changed my mind because of the maintainability and staying with the BMW marquee<html>
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