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es
01-04-2008, 08:07 AM
I have opportuniyu tu purchase very clean 2006 / march registered X3.
17750 miles, step auto and this is it :)

Nothing else very clean and plain. Black with tan leatharette.
Asking 30k. I am only concerned with this ongoing auto tranny issues so that's where you can help me with good advice.
Car is for my wife.

Does this X3 come with XENON lights ...was this standard feature back in 2006?

Thanks.

Sonoman707
01-04-2008, 08:40 AM
Don't believe the Xenons are standard... $800 option if I recall correctly.

UncleJ
01-04-2008, 08:44 AM
The transmission issues started with the '07 6 speed auto, although there was a minor issue with holding a gear on hills with the 5 speed that was corrected. The Xenon's were an option and to my belief are not standard even today. Those base X3's have a lot of standard equipment and of course not so much to go wrong. Perhaps $30K is a bit high but without seeing the car it is hard to judge and the milage is not bad. The leatherette is a very durable cover and I have had good luck with cleaning little kids "snacks" off mine. The big thing is be sure your wife takes the car for a long drive over nasty pavement, serious expansion joints, and potholed streets. She may not like the ride and will be unhappy with the choice. Good luck!

Andrew*Debbie
01-04-2008, 08:45 AM
2006 X3 has the older engine and 5-speed automatic. It won't have the hesitation and shift issues associated with the new 6-speed auto.

BMW updated to the new engine and automatic transmission for 2007.

Xenons are an option for all years of the X3 sold in the US.

HGX3.0
01-04-2008, 09:16 AM
I have opportuniyu tu purchase very clean 2006 / march registered X3.
17750 miles, step auto and this is it :)

Nothing else very clean and plain. Black with tan leatharette.
Asking 30k. I am only concerned with this ongoing auto tranny issues so that's where you can help me with good advice.
Car is for my wife.

Does this X3 come with XENON lights ...was this standard feature back in 2006?

Thanks.

Check kelly blue book values; but I think this is a little high - you should be able to negotiate a little lower, especially if the only option added were the xenons. Base price I believe for a new 06 X3 was 33000 so they aren't really dropping their price much. Be sure to check for any irregularities in paint that could mean fender bender repair.

kjboyd
01-04-2008, 09:37 AM
Base price for an 06 was $36,995, or so.

UncleJ
01-04-2008, 10:28 AM
According to the sticker I took off my '06 X3 base MSRP was $36,800. Destination charge was $695. Any options would of course be extra.

bmwadam
01-04-2008, 12:14 PM
30k seems reasonable, but it depends on where you live and the market conditions....is the car a 3.0 or a 2.5 liter? I think they still sold both in 06. If it is a 2.5 it will sell for a lot less money. I know on my 04 3.0 car with 32k miles the suggested retail is still about 30,8 but of course you should never pay full retail. Also is it a CPO car? CPO gets you 2 more years on the warranty after the original one expires, and can make the car more valuable as it is transferable.

es
01-04-2008, 12:28 PM
The girl who is selling it thought she can just sell it without telling BMW :)
It is 3.0 so that is good news. But no xenons she did not know if she had them.

The lease is $500 including taxes in TX.
12k miles per year (18k miles left for 15 months).
$23300 buyout at the end of the lease which is in 15 months.
Not sure if this is good deal. Car is very clean ...small ding on driver door.

BMW.Nick
01-04-2008, 12:39 PM
30k seems reasonable, but it depends on where you live and the market conditions....is the car a 3.0 or a 2.5 liter? I think they still sold both in 06. If it is a 2.5 it will sell for a lot less money. I know on my 04 3.0 car with 32k miles the suggested retail is still about 30,8 but of course you should never pay full retail. Also is it a CPO car? CPO gets you 2 more years on the warranty after the original one expires, and can make the car more valuable as it is transferable.
There was only the 3.0 in 2006.


Also, KBB values are crap, just do some market research on what they are selling for in your area.

UncleJ
01-04-2008, 02:12 PM
Around here the lease for a base X3 in 2006 was $399. I guess with taxes etc it could get to $500, but who knows what sort of deal she made at the time (i.e. upside down in a trade in etc.). You may want to check around the dealerships for a CPO '06 X3, and might have more options.

AzNMpower32
01-04-2008, 02:55 PM
The girl who is selling it thought she can just sell it without telling BMW :)
It is 3.0 so that is good news. But no xenons she did not know if she had them.

The lease is $500 including taxes in TX.
12k miles per year (18k miles left for 15 months).
$23300 buyout at the end of the lease which is in 15 months.
Not sure if this is good deal. Car is very clean ...small ding on driver door.
Is she going to transfer the lease payments to you? Make sure you sort everything out clearly before buying a leased-car that's still under contract.

Xenons never were and still are not standard. Easiest way to tell is to look at the headlamps themselves. The bi-xenons are a round projector bulb, halogens are the reflector type. I highly recommend getting the bi-xenons since they come with the adaptive function (swivel left and right w/steering angle and speed). They are also great in foul weather, and difficult to retrofit.

I think $30k is OK, if anything a bit high since it is not certified pre-owned and thus does not come with the CPO warranty. The mileage is only average for a 18mo. old car.

The '06 did not have any serious transmission issues. The '07s and the 6-speed automatics are the one that have potential problems. By 3/06, even the hill holding issue may have already been rectified. This is very minor, where the transmission may hold 3rd or 4th too long on an uphill, resulting in 3500-4000rpm revs that frighten some people. (To be honest, I think I could run my X3 at 6k all day and not break a sweat). Otherwise, it is a very reliable vehicle. The electrics are from the older E46 3-series, so it's had 8 model years to be smoothed out.

cnp55
01-04-2008, 02:56 PM
I think the $30K would not be a bad price in my area -- but if the seller is that loopy I would look elsewhere.

porschebreath
01-04-2008, 04:04 PM
I paid $24,000 for my 2006 , but it is a manual tranny ( I like ) and has 30,000 miles and like new.