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Old 02-06-2011, 05:01 AM
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I was thinking of a 50i for more push, but the new X3 35i sounds like it will have impressive performance. I'm also thinking that there's not going to be much tradeoff in interior space between the two until the next x5 iteration arrives in a few years. I also like the idea of all the new damper controls etc that can be optioned for x3, likely to be cheaper than crazy adaptive drive price ... Food for thought I suppose.
Iím thinking one for my wife, she want the Lexus, but for the same money the X3 offers more
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Old 02-06-2011, 06:03 PM
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Perhaps Porsche Fraser? I took one off road and it was very good
You mean a Cayenne?

I don't need an off-road vehicle as such (I have my old Range Rover for that), just something that I can drive on the local gravel roads and farm tracks etc without the fear of destroying tyres and not having a full-size spare to fall back on. My '05 E53 3.0d with its 235/65R17 Pirelli Scorpion ATRs with a matching, full-size spare is ideal.
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Finally had a good drive of the new X3 and I reckon it's a ripper. Possibly the best X yet. In many ways it feels like an E53. It's certainly a similar size. Driven both the 20d (2.0-litre four-cylinder turbo diesel) and the 28i (3.0-litre petrol six). The turbo diesel is way ahead of the atmo petrol engine, as sweet as the petrol six is. Three-litre six-cylinder turbo diesel to come, at least for Australia. But no 35i, the turbo petrol 3L, for Oz.
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May have to go down and check one out out of curiosity! (not for me)

I heard they were quite a bit bigger than the previous one.
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Old 03-12-2011, 03:17 AM
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I heard they were quite a bit bigger than the previous one.
Yes, more like the size of an E53.

If your E53 is getting tired, and you don't want the extra size of the E70, this is the replacement provided the run-flat tyres aren't a problem for you. The eight-speed ZF auto is good value at this price point in the market. The extra low first gear is good for traffic-light GPs ... if that's your thing.
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We received a bunch of promotional material in the mail from BMW this morning for the X3... looks nice.

My old lady is considering trading the E90 320d for one.

Eight speed sounds promising.

May go down and see what the fuss is about.
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Old 03-23-2011, 07:53 PM
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We received a bunch of promotional material in the mail from BMW this morning for the X3... looks nice.

My old lady is considering trading the E90 320d for one.

Eight speed sounds promising.

May go down and see what the fuss is about.
It's far better looking in the metal that the E83 X3, IMO. Its general proportions are more like an E53 even if the detail is quite different. The 190kW/560Nm 30d sounds like a bit of a rocket (0-100km/h in 6.2 seconds) but it's still a month or two away. I was very impressed by the 20d I drove even if 135kW and 380Nm sounds a long way from the 30d's figures. It would do me for general driving as there are no traffic-lights out here!

The 28i (three-litre petrol six) looks like a stop-gap engine to me and probably won't be around all that long with the turbo four-cylinder petrol engines in the pipeline.

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Not downsize but upsize would be the decision for me. No thanks. I chose the X3 due to size. X5 was too big +heavy and with the then current generation 3.0D was far slower. The new X3 is bigger - 20d does look good and the 30d even better but I will stick to the 3.0D I have (AT issues beside) especially with the ECU remap - sheesh - scary now. With the new Nokian snow tyres amazing now in the wet and white stuff. So committed for a while.
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