Re: Hey td, I am thinking of moving from E39 to X3...
sorry for the delayed response. I really do miss my 01 530 sport 5 speed. If I could get it back I would - nothing put a grin on my face like that car did. It was an incredible handler and the 5 speed added to the fun
That being said the X3 (automatic) is much more versatile and arguably the best handling suv. Somewhat choppy road (even with the non sport) My gas mileage took a hit given that I went from rwd to awd (I believe you said you had the v8 so really wouldn't matter).
Both were/have been reliable but I don't get the mystical electrical "gremlins" I used to get with the 530. Hands down the x3 is better in the winter. Even with snow tires I had trouble with the 530