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cdc73
01-19-2008, 09:03 PM
This site has been VERY helpful as I plan my X3 purchase. Here is the thing I can't decide on. Sport pkg or no Sport pkg. I guess the stiffer suspension thing bothers me a bit and I wonder if I would like it over time. Thoughts?

Also are the sport seats and the Comfort Seats basically the same seat, but the comfort has more adjustments? DO the Comfort seats have the slide out thigh support like the sport seat does?

I do like the body kit on the Sport but could live without it especially at 2200 extra for the sport pkg. I am sure some others went through this decision as well and I would love to hear all angles. Thanks so much I appreciate your time and responses.

berbutler
01-19-2008, 09:36 PM
This site has been VERY helpful as I plan my X3 purchase. Here is the thing I can't decide on. Sport pkg or no Sport pkg. I guess the stiffer suspension thing bothers me a bit and I wonder if I would like it over time. Thoughts?

Also are the sport seats and the Comfort Seats basically the same seat, but the comfort has more adjustments? DO the Comfort seats have the slide out thigh support like the sport seat does?

I do like the body kit on the Sport but could live without it especially at 2200 extra for the sport pkg. I am sure some others went through this decision as well and I would love to hear all angles. Thanks so much I appreciate your time and responses.

There has been quite a bit of discussion on this topic in the past - if you do a search
you can find plenty of info on this topic.

Cheers,

BB

MJS
01-20-2008, 06:47 AM
The sport seat and the comfort seat are not the same seat. Hopefully your dealer has one of each in stock for you to sit in. Entirely a personal preference. I ended up with the standard seats, which aren't bad. But on longer trips, like 5-6 hours, my legs do get fatigued.

As for the sport suspension, again only you can decide that one. Depends on the roads in your area and your tolerance/love for a stiffer ride. I have the standard suspension and find it pretty good. It does lean a bit when pushing it, but it's like a sportscar compared to other SUVs.

Good luck.

vern
01-20-2008, 07:46 AM
This site has been VERY helpful as I plan my X3 purchase. Here is the thing I can't decide on. Sport pkg or no Sport pkg. I guess the stiffer suspension thing bothers me a bit and I wonder if I would like it over time. Thoughts?

Also are the sport seats and the Comfort Seats basically the same seat, but the comfort has more adjustments? DO the Comfort seats have the slide out thigh support like the sport seat does?

I do like the body kit on the Sport but could live without it especially at 2200 extra for the sport pkg. I am sure some others went through this decision as well and I would love to hear all angles. Thanks so much I appreciate your time and responses.
I have the SP and will admit its a little harsh when you ride in the back seat and you can't get the heated steering wheel unless they have the option in the current models. If I had to do it again I would get the SP.Only you can decide, try them both. Good luck in what ever you get.
cheers
vern

Terry J. Harris
01-20-2008, 10:24 AM
Living in Wyoming, that heated steering wheel is the very best $150 option I'll ever see in my lifetime. My friend with an '05 Sport is soooooo jealous over that steering wheel ;) It heats up even faster than the seats!

HT417
01-20-2008, 10:36 AM
Living in Wyoming, that heated steering wheel is the very best $150 option I'll ever see in my lifetime. My friend with an '05 Sport is soooooo jealous over that steering wheel ;) It heats up even faster than the seats!

+1 I couldn't agree more.:thumbup:

keithsimp
01-20-2008, 10:51 AM
I don't know about the mid-west and how your roads are in the spring and summer, but our roads here in Colorado get pretty torn up because of the freezing, thawing and then re-freezing that goes on. Lot's of pot holes, cracks, etc in the spring. For that reason I'm going without the sport package so I can get a little softer ride.
Just something else to consider.

Keith S.

X3Scandinavia
01-20-2008, 12:30 PM
Dont know how is it in USA but in Europa we can choose sport pck without hard suspension. In odering list it is call "removing sport chassis" code is 225.
Hope this helps. Take a sport pck without hard suspension.

Terry J. Harris
01-20-2008, 12:32 PM
Good point Keith. That's one of the original reasons I went with non-sport on my '07. Another was that my friend with his '05 Sport felt the suspension on the '07 non-sport was not all that softer than his '05 (although admittedly softer) and he feels his '05 is just a little to stiff on these roads out our way. My love for the heated steering wheel was discovered after my purchase decision already had been made. :)

HG132
01-20-2008, 05:20 PM
SP...

It is all about personal preference...you will have to determine what you like.

However, based on my experience I chose the sport package for the following reasons:

1. The seats hug you. I always feel good and I have multiple low back herniations--I did not like the comfort seats.

2. The steering wheel- Although it is not heated it is very soft and larger than the norm. My other BMW has the heated steering wheel and this is better. In fact, a friend has the X5 with the heated wheel and prefers mine. Interestingly enough, because of the material...it doesn't hold the cold like the standard wheel.

3. The style of the X SP. It looks great. There is no X like mine where I live and I live in a BMW infested area. I receive compliments all the time.

4. It's like driving a sports car in a 'ute.

You have to decide, but I found it was worth the money.

riod007
02-06-2008, 12:52 AM
Sport 10000000%

riod007
02-06-2008, 06:25 PM
if you like sports car handling get the sport pak and a dinan plus a set of good year eagle f 1 gs d3s and you will have something that will rape a mini in the bends

Bobert
02-06-2008, 06:50 PM
I'd say if the roads suck around you don't get the sport suspension. Stick with the standard suspension with 17 inch wheels. For everyday driving standard suspension is more than enough. If you live in a place with very good roads the sport should be ok.

Skottoman
02-06-2008, 08:23 PM
if you like sports car handling get the sport pak and a dinan plus a set of good year eagle f 1 gs d3s and you will have something that will rape a mini in the bends

Dood, I have 2 MINI's and I can guarantee you there is no way in hell your Dinan X3 could keep up with my MINI in the bends.... Sorry... :thumbdwn:

That said, We ordered the sportpack, and will be swapping in 19" wheels and H&R lowering springs. Compared to our current selection of cars, I'm betting it will be plenty luxurious and smooth riding. It's all about what you have to reference it to. If you drive a 1995 Towncar, perhaps a sportpack X3 would be a bit 'stiff'. :thumbup:

Cheers,
Skottoman

riod007
02-06-2008, 08:27 PM
Dood, I have 2 MINI's and I can guarantee you there is no way in hell your Dinan X3 could keep up with my MINI in the bends.... Sorry... :thumbdwn:

That said, We ordered the sportpack, and will be swapping in 19" wheels and H&R lowering springs. Compared to our current selection of cars, I'm betting it will be plenty luxurious and smooth riding. It's all about what you have to reference it to. If you drive a 1995 Towncar, perhaps a sportpack X3 would be a bit 'stiff'. :thumbup:

Cheers,
Skottoman

Well Skottoman i will agree with you about your mini's ... the fact that i'm referring to is a buddy of mine's bone stock cooper s with worn all season's and not a great driver behind the wheel ... and a have pased him in a few very tight bends but what do you have done to your coopers ?

Andrewinla
02-07-2008, 01:10 AM
Skottoman: I agree Cooper S even stock handles wel.

I had Cooper S and now have X3 although no sport pack I cant see how an X3, even with SP keeping up with Cooper S.

How would you compare the Exige to the Cayman?
I was thinking of an Elise and X3 daily driver or Cayman.

I ended up with Z4 M Coupe and X3 daily driver, but I want a Cayman one day or Elise and X3.

archrenov8
02-07-2008, 06:29 AM
Well Skottoman i will agree with you about your mini's ... the fact that i'm referring to is a buddy of mine's bone stock cooper s with worn all season's and not a great driver behind the wheel ... and a have pased him in a few very tight bends but what do you have done to your coopers ?

Skottoman,

I am sure this has been covered before. The larger the wheel diameter for a given vehicle, the smaller the sidewall profile of the tire. Smaller profiles improve handling greatly, but they do it at the expense of comfort. But more important than comfort, is protecting your investment in great wheels. If you hit a curb, a nasty pothole, or get too close to a curb, you are not going to have enough rubber there to protect your wheel.

Talk to any dealer, and they will warn you about excessive wheel damage. I think they even have printed disclaimers now about low and extra low profile tires.

I am getting an X3 for two reasons, over a 328xi sportwagon. I need ground clearance because we have frequent flooding in our neighborhood, and I need to be able to mount curbs or other obstructions on jobsites (I am an architect). So the standard wheels and tire size are best for me.

I also like not having to worry about going around typical road hazards.

Glen

hot_croc
02-07-2008, 11:06 AM
... But more important than comfort, is protecting your investment in great wheels. If you hit a curb, a nasty pothole, or get too close to a curb, you are not going to have enough rubber there to protect your wheel.

Talk to any dealer, and they will warn you about excessive wheel damage. I think they even have printed disclaimers now about low and extra low profile tires.

I am getting an X3 for two reasons, over a 328xi sportwagon. I need ground clearance because we have frequent flooding in our neighborhood, and I need to be able to mount curbs or other obstructions on jobsites (I am an architect). So the standard wheels and tire size are best for me...

We drive high-end sports cars... we don't hit curbs.
Even our 'low-end' MINIs have low-profile tires on aftermarket wheels (17s on both) - again, we don't hit curbs.

If a pothole bends a wheel, so be it - we buy a replacement. But "needing" taller tires in case you hit a curb is ridiculous. It is entirely possible to parallel park without curbing your wheels.

Driving on a construction site is a far different matter - and, I would think, not common to most people.

onodon
02-07-2008, 08:02 PM
It comes down to ride preference. I love the stiff ride and improved handling. However, my 04 X3 handled really well.

AzNMpower32
02-12-2008, 12:36 PM
Get the sport, but make sure you'll like it first. Take a test drive around your usual roads, and determine whether they're smooth enough. The steering wheel and seats are definitely excellent.

Mitch3672
02-12-2008, 01:01 PM
It does depend on preference and where you are. I am in the North with lots of snow and terrible city roads. I already find the standard X3 excellent in handling with very controlled body lean. I also find even the standard X3 ride to be a little busy on a few certain surfaces, but love it overall. Make sure you take a sport pack equipped X3 on roads you know you hate to make sure at least a few times. If you like, then go sport 100%. I would go sport on a 3 sedan not an X3 or X5.

Zeke77
02-14-2008, 07:53 PM
Check out my recent post below...I had the unique opportunity to drive approx. 1200 miles in two different X3's that were identical except for the Sport Package (one with it, one without...)

http://www.bimmerfest.com/forums/showthread.php?t=259370&highlight=Zeke77

I have the Sport Package and really like it, but my post may highlight some things to consider.

HT417
02-15-2008, 02:58 AM
Check out my recent post below...I had the unique opportunity to drive approx. 1200 miles in two different X3's that were identical except for the Sport Package (one with it, one without...)

http://www.bimmerfest.com/forums/showthread.php?t=259370&highlight=Zeke77

I have the Sport Package and really like it, but my post may highlight some things to consider.

Zeke, thanks for your great write up and comments on the handling characteristics. Based on your comments and my experience with the standard suspension I chose the Sport Package this time. I'm very satisfied. It finally handles like the BMW I wanted in the first place and the seats are much more comfortable than I expected after having test driven a sport model for only 20 minutes. The steering is pretty accurate with more road feel and quicker turn-in. The steering wheel provides good control. I thought I was going to miss the Servotronic my trade-in had but so far not at all. So far the only negative for me is increased road noise but I'm not yet sure if that's a consequence of the sport suspension, tire pressure or something else.

Regardless, the difference between the two is night and day and I prefer the sport.