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Old 08-09-2023, 10:37 PM
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Sizing up the OG... X3

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Old 08-09-2023, 11:17 PM
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Itís hard to imagine the E83 being that close in size to the E53.

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Old 08-10-2023, 09:59 AM
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Itís hard to imagine the E83 being that close in size to the E53.

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Old 08-11-2023, 07:50 AM
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My CEO traded her '17 X1 in on a 2023 X3 this past May...

We also have a 2001 E53 Sport 5 Spd since new, 22 yrs ago, and I have become familiar with the X3 vs previous X1 and vs current old X5.

The X3 is basically the same outward size as the dimension chart shows, but the current X3 'feels' a bit smaller inside and the rear trunk is also more narrow than our E53. Dunno where that inside space 'went to' on the X3.

She wanted the X3 vs her previous X1 thinking it had more interior room and she wanted a new car; I was not attached to the X1 and after 3 1/2 months I am not really 'attached' to her new X3...

The X3 is OK and drives well, handles decently, gets equal mpg on highway trips, (if that matters), but like all current new cars it has few real user buttons/switches and as a 'limited tech' mid 70s Geezer I/we find the continual need for step in/step out menus via the NAV screen and I drive to be not user friendly, esp at 100 fps going the road. Geezer user low skills, we realize.

Some Nits on the X3:

-The X3, like her previous X1, has A/C that takes awhile to cool down and the blower makes a lot of noise vs amount of air movement. I realize today's refrigerant is punky; our E53 and 2002 Vette Vert blow freezer cold, both still on orig refrigerant, etc.

-The hood of the X3 is 'higher/broader' at the edges vs the E53 X5, so car 'edges/corners' are more of a guess.

-Driver seat space is less than our E53, slightly more than previous X1. I am 6' 1" with 34" inseam, and I fit, but it is not spacious.

-Door arm rests are at/below hip level. One has to lean over to use the armrest. Yeah it's a nit, but typical of some of the odd ergonomics the geniuses at BMW do these days. I suspect Biff&Buffy don't care as I think the X3 is currently BMW NA's best selling model...

-Windshield came with a bit of distortion in far left vertical quadrant; once one has seen it, it can't be unseen. Dlr says they can't see it, too bad.

-This X3 has had Two CELs in its first two months: reduced engine, blah blah blah. Those required an appt and 3/4ths of a day to drive to 'local' Asheville BMW Dlr, sit, wait, get car/drive back to mtn home. Each CEL was 'different' in terms of code(s) and the paragraphs of vague causes and cures. I suggested to my wife that a third CEL might be strike three...

-Back seat is larger than X1, maybe slightly bigger than E53, but who cares as we aren't carrying kids, and I suspect that is where some of the trunk room went, though that doesn't explain the more narrow insides and more narrow trunk.

-Doors seem 'thin' and close with a bang even being very careful, compared to previous X1 and of course the vault thick doors of the E53. I look forward to window lift replacements about a day after the warranty expires...

-Fit and finish seem OK to good, but I prefer the more analog dash and controls of the 22 yr old E53, esp for the more user friendly/only have to glance common buttons for stuff.

-I turned off the auto brake crap for low speed maneuvers as the sensors would slam on brakes while backing into our very narrow Mtn home driveway and stuffing the car into our narrow 3 car garage: the beeps and cam view are still there, but I didn't need an computer slamming on brakes, often with considerable room still available.

-The BMW assist 'woman voice' is not very effective in understanding a NAV request, imo. Not an Alexa/Siri user so maybe it's me, but it sucks and the BMW dlr wizard said the vocal assist glitches are 'normal'.

Not a Car&Driver review, but just some niggling aspects and a few comparison points that come to mind, but my CEO likes it so 'we like' her new X3.

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