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X3 F25 (2011 - 2017)
The second generation X3 added style and new features to the BMW's mid-sized SUV. Talk about the BMW F25 X3 with other X3 owners now!

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Old 05-02-2011, 06:48 AM
Glen E Glen E is offline
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Originally Posted by raleedy View Post
The 28i doesn't share the F10's advantage of superior fuel economy. That's mainly because the 28i has a numerically higher drive ratio that is one of the keys to its responsiveness. In fact, the US EPA numbers for the 35i are slightly better than the 28i's! And to one of the commenters: it's not a "bigger engine". Both are sixes, both 3 liters displacement. It's just more powerful because of the forced induction. What that means to me is that the extra power is there when wanted, but not in a way that represents a drag on economy when it's not needed. (Well, mostly. There is a bit of extra weight.) Both cars come with generous warranty and maintenance support. With respect to resale value, a good indicator is the residual value that BMW establishes for each model for its lease programs. I haven't seen recent numbers. But if BMW sets the residual percentage at the same level for both the 35i and the 28i, that means they believe there is no additional depreciation for one over the other. Lastly: bear in mind that BMW has signaled a change in the 28i sometime next model year. The six cylinder non-turbo engine will be replaced by a two-liter, four-cylinder turbo. Power will be lower, but torque and fuel economy will improve. On the other hand, many (including me) lament the loss of BMW's signature attraction in the silky smooth six.
Just checked this morn-
Residuals for 2.8 and 3.5 are identical - the market (and BMW) sees the cars the same in terms of resale
'12 Z4 2.8 - Melbourne Red
'09 Accord Coupe LX-S - Red/black


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Old 05-02-2011, 06:51 AM
jasonskitchen jasonskitchen is offline
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I agree w/ Mole - I've had the 28 for a week and i just look forward to every time I get into it. I am definitely a driving enthusiast but really didn't even look at the 35 because of my budget, and plus I don't really trust myself... I seriously think I may have lost my license before the lease would have ended. Still haven't driven the 35, but if I did, im sure I would have gotten it - instead went 28 w/ prem, tech, sport, prem audio, etc.... ALL THIS BEING SAID... i'll probably go 35 next time w/ DHP. I just learned too much too late about the DHP and of course it was too late to add changes once i wanted to. BUT, throwing it into DS definitely makes the 28 blast all over the place, in a good way. Can't imagine what sort of gas mileage I'm getting while in this mode, but I know I'm enjoying myself...so its all good. How often do you guys keep it in DS? I'm in the city a lot and its great for a quicker throttle response...good times all around.
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