Until BMW admits there is a problem with their transmissions in the X3, or offers a MT an X3 will always be my second choice.
The E83 had issues with the tranny and BMWNA would say it will be fixed in the next firmware update. 13 updates later I got a trade assist into a MT X3 because the VP of BMWNA said to me he couldnt guarantee a replacement would not do the same thing.
Me if I had to get an SAV and had time, I would get the Q5 TDI S version. I was told all drive by wire cars have that slight lag. Nope that is not true.
I would wait until I could drive the new Audi or MB.
2013 S4 Loaded (and NO RFT's) Awesome is an understatement
2008 MT X3
RIP you were a faithful sidekick and will be missed.
2007 AT X3 RIPOS
2000 Jeep Cherokee
1997 Twin Turbo RX-7
1984 GTI Wolfsburg Edition Neuspeed and more