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Old 11-30-2003, 11:07 PM
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Target market is what, X generation Actually I believe the aim is 25 to 35 year old buyers
This part of the target market would continue to eschew the X3 and go with the touring.

I just keep thinking about when we were in the BMW dealership one day and mentioned to someone that we were getting a car like the 3 they had in there, but as a wagon. The look on the woman's face as she said, "they make it in a wagon?!" indicated that if BMW put more money into marketing the wagons, they'd sell more. Pity.
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You can't really see the difference in those pics. You'll have to sit in the two vehicles and compare the "feel" and texture of the materials. The leather is fine, and the only thing that is questionable is the plastics used on the dash and door panels. They aren't up to snuff with an X5, but I don't think we'll have many problems with the interior as far as its target demographic is concerned. It isn't top notch, and would stick out like a sore thumb in a 3er or 5er, but it works with the overall package and purpose of the X3. And as far as I am concerned, the fact that many people here aren't crazy about it is ok, because they aren't the target market. Regardless of how nice of an interior they put in it, most of these people wouldn't be in the market for an X3 anyways.
I just was at an auto show and sat in the 5, X3 and X5. I don't notice much difference. Obviously a different of opinion here.
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Just got back from test driving the X3.

First, the specs: 3.0l, step, Mystic Blue, grey leather, Premium Package.

Styling is subjective, so I won't comment too much on it. I, in general, like it.

The car drove incredibly well. X-Drive was amazing. I could barely get a chirp out of the tires when rounding corners under full throttle. Couldn't get DSC to kick in. The panorama moonroof is very nice. I definitely wouldn't pass it up. Although it was noisy when it was closed, but that could be from the pre-production status of the vehicle, and that it was quite windy today. Seating position was good as was the room inside.

I was dissapointed with the interior. As others have said, too much cheap plastic for my taste. The soft-touch plastics and dashboard were OK, but significantly "harder" than my current E46. No seatbelt height adjustment. Also, from what I read, auto climate control is not standard on the X3 2.5l. Neither are fog lights. I would be taking a step down in interior quality and features coming from my stripper-325i.

I've never driven a X5, but there were plenty to look at in the showroom. MUCH nicer interior than the X3. It also looked much larger inside than the X3. Could be due to the fact that the X5 was black. But in general, the rear and front legroom looked comparable between the vehicles, but the X5 looked much wider.

Jumped back into the 325i and was smiling all the way home. Looks like I'll keep it for a while and hold off for an E90 M3/M4, or wait until the X3 adds more features as standard equipment on the 2.5l. I would have to wait regardless due to the availability of the manual tranny, and leatherette on the sports package.
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