I concur Hooch.
Just had our 2006 in for DISA and intake boot.
Dealer gave us a brand new 2013 28i X3 and you and I couldn't agree more.
The steering was too light and I did not have the feel of the road like I have with our 2006.
2013 was a little more quiet in town but had some noticeable wind/road noise on the highway. More than our '06.
2011 X3 - Purchased BMW of Peoria, IL October 6, 2012 - Deep Sea Blue/Oyster/Sienna - CWP1, CWP2, TP, PP, CP, PDC.
2006 X3 - Purchased BMW of Peoria, IL September 10, 2007 - Black/Black (Retired)
2006 330i Purchased BMW of Peoria, IL October 12, 2005 Arctic Met/Beige (Retired)