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Old 03-28-2013, 01:46 PM
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Unhappy 2014 X3 Package Dilemma

I just ordered my 2014 X3 and having some last minute buyers remorse about ordering and not ordering a few packages/options.

Some background. I drive a 2001 Toyota avalon and it drives smoooooth. It's a dependable car but very very boring to drive.

We were thinking of upgrading and test drove the X3 28i. WOW, that engine was nice but the engine noise crept into the cabin all the time. Then I drove the X3 35i and I loved the smoothness of exhaust, responsiveness, etc. I was sold.

I finally ordered the following config.

2014 X3 35i
Carbon Black
Oyster white nevada leather.
M-sport package
Premium package
Cold weather package
Driver assistance package

paying 50.5K before taxes.

Did not order the following systems

1) Premium sound package. I play in a band but not a purist or audiophile. Mostly listen to talk radio on my daily commute to work. Looking at reviews on this site, did not feel like spending $800 on a premium "no brand" sound system.

2) Technology package. Not sure if I'll ever need HUD or navigation system. A $150 garmin can give better direction and traffic info (HD traffic). Maps updates are free for lifetime.

3) Dynamic handling package. Not sure why I did not order this.

4) Driver assistance plus. Top view is a gimmick and I don't need lane departure warning.

Now I wanted to stay within budget (around 54K after taxes). I'm a physician but that does not mean I will blow off my money on all the bells and whistles. I want a decent driving experience and that wide grin on my face when I drive the X3

My dealer reassured there is still some time to make modifications - although the order is submitted. So here are my questions:

Is the M-sport package really worth the 3K? Does it add anything else in drive quality compared to regular package. Is it better if I go for standard specs + dynamic handling package?

Technology package. Should I order it? Is the new HUD and map system going to be significantly different from the old one? I really did not like the old maps (on the unit I test drove - 2012 X3 35i). I don't care about BMW apps, remote, etc. I would love to stream songs via bluetooth but I can live with by connecting my iphone via USB. I am assuming that regular phone functions (receive / end) work even without the technology package

What do existing customers think about having onboard navigation vs regular garmin? is the HUD visible during bring daylight?

Please help. I need to make these modifications by tomorrow evening.
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