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Buckfever
01-24-2007, 06:36 AM
What are the off road capabilites of the X3? Or is there a resource that I might be directed to that has evaluated this?
Thanks,
George

cbj
01-24-2007, 08:21 AM
The Top Gear test didn't go too well back when the X3 was introduced because of the low stand over height and the tires are of course road tires so that doesn't help. Then again how do you define off road capabilities and what do you want to compare it too?

Buckfever
01-24-2007, 08:24 AM
I guess compared to say a 4Runner, the clearance issue aside.

stangmatt66
01-24-2007, 10:18 AM
This X3 has no problems with its off-road abilities:

http://youtube.com/watch?v=97Rcecy6Yhc

cbj
01-24-2007, 12:26 PM
Bong stock X3s :)

pilotman
01-24-2007, 01:44 PM
I guess compared to say a 4Runner, the clearance issue aside.

HAHA!

How can you put the clearance issue aside? The 4th generation 4runner has 9.1 inches of ground clearance. The X3 has a little less than 8, which sucks.

It is not built for "off roading", or anything other than driving down a dirt road. It is a uni-body car based Cute Ute.

Cons:

Lousy ground clearance

No Skid Plates or *any* underbody protection

No locking differentials

No rear 4wd transfer case, no low range 4wd.

Without locking diffs and lousy ground clearance, you are likely to get stuck and break expensive things.

The X3 however, is much better on-road than a 4runner.

AzNMpower32
01-24-2007, 02:19 PM
It does reasonably well off-road, and I've taken it on a couple off-road excursions including one that required the use oh HDC down a fairly steep incline (one that you really wouldn't want to personally walk down). It performs admirably, and it's better than most car-based SUVs like a Honda Pilot, Infiniti FX, or a Toyota Highlander. In fact, as long as you're not taking it into "Jeep-only territory", I think you'll be fine. Heck, it'll go thru almost 20" of water if you're brave enough.

This off-roading assesment is assuming you dont have the sport package and/or summer performance tires. Mine has the stock 17" Pirellis.

Buckfever
01-24-2007, 06:00 PM
Thanks for the replies. I'm really happy with the 325xi. I think I'll get a V8 4X4 4Runner as a complement to it.

Brent P
01-24-2007, 06:10 PM
The X3 is like the Ferrari of SUV's. It's a fantastic rally car and has been doing extremely well in major winter rallies as well as the Dakar, but if you're looking for something that will take you into the wilds on hunting expeditions where the terrain and mud swallows regular vehicles, then you're definitely better off with something that's designed for that purpose. There are many vehicles out there better suited for serious off-roading than the X3.

mathjak107
01-25-2007, 12:59 AM
the x3 is not really for off road use. the ground clearence is a major issue, durability of parts is another. one of the magazines took it on a off road test and the rear shock hanger snapped. no 4 wheel low is another problem. the locking differential could be an issue but in all my off roading i never needed it.

having owned an xterra prior i can tell you there is no comparison to a true off road vehile.

i wont take my x3 on anything more than a dirt country road with little pot wholes and crevises

bimmer7
01-25-2007, 02:11 AM
I know this vehicle may sound familiar....but I think the LandCruiser/LX470 both handsdown are the KING OF SUVs especially during offroad drives & even have disciplined on-road manners :)

Hail to the LandCruiser

http://youtube.com/watch?v=cWK2uVVBJH0


Bet no X5 be able to survive this.....ok maybe a Range :bigpimp:

Jus for laughs :rofl: :rofl: :rofl:

Corvette Z06 vs a Toyota?:p
http://youtube.com/watch?v=OxVROAVwQpQ

PhilH
01-25-2007, 03:54 AM
The X3 is like the Ferrari of SUV's. It's a fantastic rally car and has been doing extremely well in major winter rallies as well as the Dakar

quote=stangmatt66]This X3 has no problems with its off-road abilities:

http://youtube.com/watch?v=97Rcecy6Yhc
You guys realize that the X-Raid Dakar X3 is a custom built tube frame rally car, with absolutely nothing in common with the production X3 except for the body panels they tacked on when they were done, right?

Here's links to the Top Gear tests. Part 2 is pretty funny, as Clarkson gets stuck a few times off road. Watch part 1 as well, Clarkson makes some very positive comments about the on road manners of the X3 in that section.

Part 2 - "off road" test
http://youtube.com/watch?v=Zy8lCMOZvMI

Part 1 - not quite as silly...
http://youtube.com/watch?v=sGEKpwHPoGo

cbj
01-25-2007, 06:44 AM
and again who in there right mind would take the X3 off road like that. If I had that need there are so may good and inexpensive other cars to trash around.

Brent P
01-25-2007, 10:19 AM
You guys realize that the X-Raid Dakar X3 is a custom built tube frame rally car, with absolutely nothing in common with the production X3 except for the body panels they tacked on when they were done, right?

Of course... as is EVERY other off-road vehicle in that race, so the playing field is level. In the case of the Alcan5000 winter rally, however, the X3 has done extremely well in stock form whenever entered. http://www.alcan5000.com/2004Wreports.htm

But back to the question of whether it's a good idea to take an X3 into serious off-road terrain... of course it's not. It's designed for high performance, light duty use on paved, secondary, or rough roads, not for serious off-roading.

JG
01-25-2007, 05:56 PM
You guys realize that the X-Raid Dakar X3 is a custom built tube frame rally car, with absolutely nothing in common with the production X3 except for the body panels they tacked on when they were done, right?

Correct on the X-Raid.

The Alcan Winter Rally X3 vehicles that placed 1-2 a few years ago were stock, however. It is noted as the worlds longest and coldest rally.

laurens
01-25-2007, 06:06 PM
I picked up my car at the performance center in s.c. and they took us on an off road course and let me tell you it is very capable.

XDRESSER
01-25-2007, 06:52 PM
Tires were a big issue in the Youtube video. Note the Land Rover spun its tires trying to tow the X3 out - needed the tractor to do the job. All terrain tires are a must for mud over hard pan which they appeared to be driving on. Traction control is not a lot of help when all four wheels spin - nor is a locking differential for that matter.

I have an extra set of these on 17" rims for off-road use. They are a little taller tire than standard and work great. Makes the X3 perform and feel like a much more capable off roader than my standard 18" Michelins. Also gives the car a tad bit more ground clearance.

http://www.tirerack.com/tires/tires.jsp?tireMake=Pirelli&tireModel=Scorpion+A%2FT

mathjak107
01-26-2007, 12:44 AM
I picked up my car at the performance center in s.c. and they took us on an off road course and let me tell you it is very capable.



that course was designed to match the capabilities of the x3. there are no crevaces to high center the x3, there is no terrain demanding 4 wheel lo, there are no areas that will damage parts and break shocks. the real world works out very differently.

erikbmw1
01-31-2007, 11:57 AM
If your serious about off road you need a JEEP in MHO.

Buckfever
01-31-2007, 04:03 PM
Again thanks for the input, as much as I love BMW and our 325xi, I decided I needed definitive off road capabilites and would up picking up this V8 4X4 4Runner:

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v674/Buckfevr/DSC02285_edited.jpg

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v674/Buckfevr/DSC02286_edited.jpg

It's a pretty sweet ride for a truck.

calgaryx3
01-31-2007, 09:10 PM
As a former owner of many Toyota trucks (97 4Runner, 99 4Runner, 02 Tundra and 04 Tacoma), I must concur; these vehicles are an absolute godsend off road.

Congrats on the new ride!

Asif