I bought my X3 new in 2008. Because this is Greece, and everything is different in Greece, they add a sliding scale luxury tax to all cars over 1600cc. I bought a fairly basic 2.0 diesel with halogens - a must in my opinion - and the Panoramic glass roof. The seats / interior are vinyl / leatherette and whilst not leather they work well here in a hot summer climate, wet winter climate. The car cost €58,000 (£48,000 or $79,000). In othe words, you don't really want to buy a car here in Greece but import one from say Germany and they either slap a huge (and illegal import tax on it) or confiscate it if they catch you driving it after 6 months in the country.
Anyway, I hated the steering wheel that came with the basic model and a year or so ago found a near perfect M Sport leather steering wheel on eBay for £177 ($285). I took it to the local BMW dealer and asked how much for the corresponding airbag. They casually told me it would cost €850 (€1112) for the correct airbag. They also refused to give me the correct airbag serial number! After much hunting, I recently found a second hand airbag in England for £240 ($384) and a few weeks ago the BMW folk fitted it for free - 5 minute job.
I only mention all of the above because the M steering wheel gives the car a totally different and far better driving experience.
Last edited by topdriller; 12-30-2012 at 03:34 AM.