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Old 08-26-2007, 08:15 AM
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a few ergonomics questions re: X3 with 6spd

thinking about an X3...still some questions that i forgot to address during test driving...
1. can the driver's cup holder hold a cup of coffee and still allow you to shift without it
getting in the way?
2. can the middle headrest in back be removed?
3. what is this i hear about some people hitting their knees while driving? where?
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Old 08-26-2007, 08:42 AM
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The center rear headrest is fixed and part of the fold down armrest. It cannot be adjusted or removed.

Some people complain that the brake and throttle are too close to each other, but your choice of shoes will affect your results. Others complain that their right leg might rub against the center tunnel. Again, your results may vary.
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Old 08-27-2007, 06:53 AM
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A small cup of coffee will not get in the way of your shifting. A big one will but it is still manageable for a short time. I find myself actually using the passenger's cup holder for tall items. This ergonomic flaw in the 6 manual's cabin design is minimally unfortunate. The advantages of the manual wildly out weigh such things.
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Old 08-27-2007, 08:18 AM
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I have a manual and don't have any issues with the cup holder. I'm 6'9" and don't hit my knees either. I did notice the issue with the pedals on the first few days but it's no longer a problem.

The manual transmission is awesome, I can't imagine the car with an automatic.
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Old 08-27-2007, 09:44 AM
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I have a manual and don't have any issues with the cup holder. I'm 6'9" and don't hit my knees either. I did notice the issue with the pedals on the first few days but it's no longer a problem.

The manual transmission is awesome, I can't imagine the car with an automatic.
My right leg rest on the center console when I drive it, but my wife's legs do not . I acutally like where my leg rubs the console, it is another brace point to hold you better in your seat. I think Z4's actually put a small cushion there as it's intended for your leg to rest on that spot.
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The only interference I have noted with the cup holder is when one of my kids/grandkids riding in the front seat gets one of the humungous drinks in the center cup holder and then it is not really much of a problem. Mostly because mein frau relegates them to the rear seats anyway.

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Old 08-27-2007, 03:06 PM
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do the heated seats heat the seat and the back, or just the seat?
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Old 08-27-2007, 03:22 PM
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The center rear headrest is fixed and part of the fold down armrest. It cannot be adjusted or removed.
The armrest can be folded down.
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do the heated seats heat the seat and the back, or just the seat?
Both.
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