Back in the Bimmer Fold
After being Bimmer-less for about 10 years, we're back in the fold! We just picked up a 2009 X3 with 30,000 miles. It has 15 months left on the factory warrantee, and it was sold new and serviced by our local BMW dealer (Sonnen BMW in San Rafael, CA).
I've been lurking on this forum, perusing Autotrader, and searching at the dealers for about a year. We wanted a 2007 - 2010, and probably looking at a 2008 based on price. We found this one at our local and newly-opened Mini dealer, and I was able to cut a good deal, in part(I suspect), because the General Manager, Sales Manager, and Used Care Manager all came from the nearby Mercedes dealer where we had purchased 3 cars in the past several years.
We've been driving 2 Smart Cabriolets for the past 3.5 years (4.5 years on our 2008 and 3.5 years on the 2009). We traded the 2008 and now have one economical and very small 2-seat convertable, and one road car/load hauler. We're kidless, so our loads are relatively small. After the test drive in the X3, we were sold! When we drive the Smart for short trips after driving the X3, we realize how we'd gotten used to being blown around, specially on the bridges here in the SF Bay area.
The X3 is black with all of the packages except the Sport Package, which is the exact configuration we'd want if we bought one new. The color is the only thing we're not crazy about (heat, hard to keep clean-looking, shows every ding), but the deal was way too attractive to pass up.
The only items missing from the car are the two outboard rear headrests (which we can do without) and the luggage roller-cover. I'll be searching for one on e-bay and/or here on the forum.
The information on the forum is incredibly valuable, and I look forward to participating in the months and years to come.