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  • 03-15-2010, 09:49 AM

    You fail - 6 year old thread

  • 03-13-2010, 10:47 PM

    Re: BMW X3 versus Lexus RX330

    Are you kidding me? A more fair comparison would be the X5 3.0 Inline 6 to the RX330. The X3 is a failed project if you ask me. It's a low end BMW for an individual who yearn for a German car and money is an issue. X3 is a slow boring tiny SUV; a V-6 RAV-4 sport is more fun to drive.
  • 01-03-2008, 12:46 PM

    Consumer reports

    CR has never and will never test the BMW X3 3.0.
    They only tested the 2.5 and the NEW 3.0si
  • 04-08-2004, 09:25 AM

    I see.

    Every BMW I have owned I bought, w/ cash. I never lease. That said, I am on my 4th bimmer now--an excellent X3. I also have a '03 X5 and a (BMW made) MINI. I also used to own a 330i and a Z3. I donated the Z3 to some society and traded the 330i for the X3. The 330i held outstanding value as a trade in. And I never had one single problem w/ any ot these BMW group cars. The worst problem ever encountered was that the MINI had a rear hatch rattle, but this was promply taken care of for me. All the other true bimmers were only ever back to the dealer for an oilservice when the car "told" me to do so. And my dealer does provide shuttle service and loaner cars.
  • 04-08-2004, 09:14 AM

    Re: RX330 experience

    I too wanted to buy an X3. But I had a problem with the interior - just doesn't seem like a luxury vehicle to me. In fact, I think BMW intended this for a fairly young outdoorsy-type person. I loved the x3's drive characteristics. But I own an 03 M3, and do not need this as a sports car, and my wife will be the primary driver. And she could care less about cornering, and is interested in comfort, and luxury.

    We purchased the Lexus with 18in wheels and Navigation and on and on and on for $41,000. An x3 comparably eqipped would have been a lot more, and the fit and finish does not compare. And the Lexus has more space than the X3, X5, Toureg, FX, Cad., etc.

    I am finding I really enjoy being the passenger in this soft, quite, luxurious SUV that rides like my brother's LS430. We ended up buying a Mazda Tribute for our daughter, and it is amazing how much this drives like the X3. Not the same, mind you, but close for about half as much money.
  • 04-08-2004, 09:05 AM

    Re: RX330 experience

  • 04-07-2004, 08:04 PM

    wow,that is statistical anamoly based on my 9 BMW>

    Nine BMW's owned since 1987...some repairs, but I can only think of one--water pump implosion on '91 M5 at 66K miles--which actually prevented me from driving the vehicle....NO repair issues which have ever left me unable to proceed during a roadtrip.

    Time in shop actually LESS than 2 Acura's owned mid 90's.

    That Lexus loaner/valet policy of which you avail yourself is a thing of beauty....I <i>know</i> that the Lexi dealers in my area don't offer door to door delivery for service appointments, so obviously you have found your home with Toyota/Lex.
  • 04-07-2004, 06:43 PM

    I\'ve posted before that Germany\'s AAA..

    indicates that "satisfaction" with German car owners - this year - say the top 7 cars sold in Germany are Japanese; and they only have 10% of the market!

    Porsche rates 8th in satisfaction; BMW ranks 11th and VW, AUDI, and Mercedes are 30th+ in owner satisfaction!!; per European Car; April '04 issue.

    Guess you gotta love Bimmers for reasons other than owner "satisfaction".

    Larry, Albany, NY
    94 740i (very "satisfied"... but evidently newer models don't bode too well?!)
  • 04-07-2004, 05:25 PM

    that\'s odd

    I've owned five bmw since 1995. 95 m3, 99 m coupe, 00 323, 02 X5 4.4 and 02 M3. None gave me any problems at all.

  • 04-07-2004, 02:01 PM

    i'm sorry, but what's the reason again why you're

    on this board?
  • 04-07-2004, 12:54 PM

    Re: Any opinions re: X3 vs the following competitors?

    RX330, and here's why.

    After purchasing (not leasing) 3 Bimmers, which handled beautifully but all seemed to fall apart well before warranties expired, I went Lexus for my last 3 cars. Two coupes, then the GS300, and now have ordered an RX330. Yep, I just drove the X5 and the X3, and yes, I sure could feel every twitch in the pavement thru the steering wheels. But what good is feeling the road if the &*(! Bimmer is not ON the road -- it's always at the dealership waiting on a part? What good is cornering if the lame-[Oops!] a/c can't keep my 530i interior cool in North Carolina summers? What good is BMW heritage if the depreciation is so bad after 2 yrs that even the dealers are embarrassed?

    Maybe you guys who lease don't notice such stuff, but go out and purchase these cars with cash and you'll feel my pain. Go buy a Lexus and try to remember the last time you even thought to open the hood, or be concerned about driving it to Florida without worrying about some part failing, or get thoroughly spoiled by no-rattles no-road-noise driving. It's amazing how much road noise attributes to stress on trips, and how soothing it is to drive listening to a quality Mark Levinson system (versus those pathetic optional radio systems in the BMWs).

    I will buy a Bimmer again, but only when they provide me valet and loaner service like Lexus does when it needs service. [Yep, they come to my office, pick up my Lex, and leave me a new Lex to drive while they fix the seat belt tension or whatever minor thing they decide to tweak.] Until BMW matches the Lexus service, I'll keep buying the sure thing. I've been burned too often, have waited too many cold mornings idling outside the BMW service dept garage door at 7:30am waiting for them to finish their coffee and let me in so they can listen to the rattling precision of the compressor on my 3-month-old $56,000 German driving machine.
  • 03-29-2004, 07:09 PM

    Re: BMW fanatic

    No offense taken. If I had one car to drive that had to haul it would have been the X3. I would put up with problems and repairs along the way. With now going to 2 cars, I can still have a bmw, just not my daily driver that I beat on.
  • 03-29-2004, 02:07 PM

    x3 not in the same size segment as others

  • 03-29-2004, 09:41 AM

    Re: BMW fanatic


    I was beginning to worry. I wash my BMWs regulary in the car wash, but don't examine the paint for the minute scratches it causes. Without my glasses, I can't see them anyways.

    I hope you didn't take offence about my comments regarding the RX330, it's a fine suv. My sister-in-law has one and is very happy with it. I just prefer the handling of the X3, and since it will be my but in the drivers seat for several thousand hours, I went with the one that gave me the greatest pleasure.
  • 03-29-2004, 09:26 AM

    No doubt when it comes to relliability...

    that the Lexus (and perhaps ALL Japanese cars) are more reliable than European cars.

    BTW, I read in the April 04 issue of European Car that ...

    "The ADAC (the German equivalent of AAA) has been carrying out a quarterly survey measuring the performance of all brands represented on the German market. The latest poll included a measure of customer SATISFACTION for the first time and, oh woe of woes, the domestic contingent was found desperately wanting.

    "Of 33 brands included in the survey, the TOP SEVEN when it came to customer satisfaction were - surprise, surprise - JAPANESE. However, for a country where Japanese brands hold only 10% of the market, the result was nothing more than a kick in the proverbials for the home team. Placed EIGHTH, Porsche was the top rated local, WITH BMW AT 11TH. However, the real ticking off was reserved for Audi, VW and Mercedes, which came in 26th, 31st and 32nd, respectively. Oh, dear me."

    Oh, dear me is right! Guess ya just gotta love European cars for reasons other than "satisfaction".

    Larry, Albany, NY
    94 740i
  • 03-29-2004, 08:27 AM

    BMW fanatic

    I think I have always been more obsessive about my BMWs than any other car brand I've owned. Even "touchless" car washes leave minute scratches all over the car. I could not stand to have my paint destroyed like that. Even in freezing cold weather, if my car needed to be washed I would take it to a pull in bay and wash it by hand. I would also hand wash my rims every week. I just don't feel like I have to be that extreme with the Lexus. I was going to buy the metallic black on the X3 just so that the scratches over time wouldn't show as much.
  • 03-29-2004, 02:19 AM
    N Booky

    Re: Any opinions re: X3 vs the following competitors?

    This car is very good value for the money.
    Honda engine tends to rev high in order to get more power (like riding a bike).
    Drives like an SUV.

    Very good car, handling should be close to X3.
    The design is a bit too exceptional. Infiniti designs change quite often and the current "cool" design may become "weird" in the next few years.

    A well balanced car, the most luxury interior in the list.
    Handling not as good as FX or X3.
    Drives like an SUV.

    Nissan Murano:
    FX35 minus power. The exterior design may look better in the long run compare to FX.

    Volvo cars are quite boring (sorry).
    Handling should not be as good as FX or X3.

    Best among the list in terms of handling, power is competitive. Drives like a sedan.
    My wife first drive the car today and she likes it more than the 3.2CL Type S (her daily car) - the brake is more responsive, and the gas pedal response and steering are more accurate.)
    The ride is not as good as the RX.

    Which car to choose actually depends alot on which kind of driver your wife is.
  • 03-29-2004, 12:30 AM

    Please explain car wash comment 5erguy

    "The nice thing about the RX is that I don't worry about driving through car washes in the winter or everyday wear and tear like I did with my BMW"

    Why would you worry about washing a X3?
  • 03-28-2004, 11:05 PM

    RX330 experience

    There are many reasons to buy either the X3 or the RX330. I actually had an X3 on order, but I bought the RX330 instead. I have to buy my vehicles and wanted a reliable suv that I could have after the warranty period with little or no repairs. I also plan on having a summer and winter vehicle.

    + great all around driving vehcile
    + some great unique features, pano roof, htd wheel
    - high repair costs after warranty expires

    +/- better driving experience than most suvs/not the bmw exp. though
    + $5000. less than the bmw (no pano roof but a powered rear door)
    + better overall reliability after warranty period

    After having driven the RX330(with 18" rims and Michelin MMXV4) now for awhile, I am surprised at how tossable it is versus other suvs out there. It's not a BMW but it is a very nice reliable vehicle for the money. My guess is that with a lowering kit and Scorpion tires, it would be a great ride. The nice thing about the RX is that I don't worry about driving through car washes in the winter or everyday wear and tear like I did with my BMW.

  • 03-28-2004, 02:06 PM

    Re: BMW X3 versus Lexus RX330


    I had a similar impression. I found the RX330 to be a quality suv, but I felt completely removed and isolated from the road. I had no idea if I was getting traction or not. From a passangers standpoint, I'm sure that it's a wonderfully comfortable ride, but from the drivers perspective it's improtant to be "connected" to the road.

    Many publications like the floating isolation and have trashed the X3 on ride quality. For me it's a matter of safty! The more I'm connected to the road, the better I can judge my responce to adverse conditions.
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