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X3 F25 (2011 - current)
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Old 04-14-2012, 05:55 PM
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2013 x3 vs. x5

Hey guys, posting this on the X5 and X3 forum so I can see the diversity of responses:

Looking back, I can see how people felt the older (pre-2011 refresh) x3 was spartan and had issues. I also see that there seems to be many postings related to reliability on the x5- it seems the consensus is that it was more expensive to own and operate than the x3.

Given the major refresh of the x3 in 2011, I'm wondering how much of the comments about the older X3 being spartan and such are still valid. the interior of the 2012 that we test drove certainly didn't seem that spartan to me- even when we compared them side by side to a 2012 X5. Plus the 2012 ride quality was good for us (didn't seem to experience the harshness issues that people noted about the previous X3). A nearly fully loaded 2013 x3 comes to about 50k, while the base x5 with navigation, leather seats comes to 54k. The price difference between these two is not so big, so which would you rather get for 2013- a fully loaded x3 28i or a stripped down x5 35i? I know people asked this question on these boards for previous model years, but given where the respective models are now, I'm wondering how people think about this now...

We came down on the side of getting the x3- the interior quality seemed largely similar compared to the x5, and wife and I both liked the way the x3 drove. From the exterior, when you put them side by side, the x3 definitely was a little smaller, but not so much that it made a difference to us in terms of cargo space.... not sure about rear legroom though, but we'll have people in the back only infrequently for now. We chose the X3 betting that with the major refresh in 2011 and the new engine in 2013, the X3 is currently a more suitable car for us and better value than the mid-cycle X5. Also, don't have data to back this up, but from the anecdotes I see on these boards, it felt like there were more posts about X5 reliability issues than we see for the X3.

We're not changing our decision (already have a 2013 X3 for PCD on 4/26), but just wondering how others think about this... perhaps a little post-purchase insanity, wondering if we should have gone the x5 route.
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Old 04-14-2012, 06:39 PM
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Diversity of responses? I'm going to go out on a limb and say that you'll get a bunch of people here who prefer the x3, and a bunch over there that prefer the x5.

Your comparison is faulty though because it's apples and oranges - you at least have to use a common set of options/features as a baseline. However, as you said, the x3 is a better "driver" and the x5 is a little bigger; pick your preference.
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Old 04-14-2012, 06:54 PM
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We're not changing our decision (already have a 2013 X3 for PCD on 4/26), but just wondering how others think about this... perhaps a little post-purchase insanity, wondering if we should have gone the x5 route.
Congrats, also have a PCD Delivery of our X3 on 4/26 as well!!

Looks like we don't have to wait too much longer......
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Old 04-14-2012, 07:37 PM
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I'm not comprehending why you would compare an X3 28 to an X5 35. At least compare 35's to 35's or 28's to 28's. What you're doing is more like comparing Apples to Potatoes!
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Old 04-14-2012, 08:06 PM
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I donno at least the X5 is available with the diesel engine. BMWNA is afraid to sell a diesel X3...

Anyway, I think the X3 is a better sized vehicle... but that's just me.
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Old 04-14-2012, 08:09 PM
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My dealer in Colorado has a diesel on the lot. *shrugs*
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Old 04-14-2012, 08:20 PM
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A diesel X3?

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My dealer in Colorado has a diesel on the lot. *shrugs*
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Old 04-15-2012, 08:14 AM
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Apples to apples, sort of. The X3 does not offer a diesel here (yet) and only has two rows. The X5 offers a diesel and a third row -- useful for small people or kids. The X5 will probably retain a higher resale value by a small bit. The "new" X3 is virtually the same size as the "old" X5 (pre '07). There are many many other choices out there at about the same price level -- XC90/XC70/XC60, RX, EX, GLK, etc. Worth looking at anyway.
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Old 04-15-2012, 08:31 AM
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Even though the price is very much higher, the Porsche C and C turbos are very nice cars/SUVs.
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Old 04-16-2012, 07:47 AM
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To me the Porsche Cayenne is at the top of the SUV/SAV heap! I have been put off from them by the not so great gas mileage in this era of rising gas prices -- not so much that it costs so much -- but the range from a tank is important to me. I am a veteran of the gas shortages of the 70's and remember all too well the green flags, odd and even days, and getting up at 5:00 am to go get in line at the neighborhood gas station on my "day". I actually had an old Chevy pickup that I kept full as an emergency gas supply! But I digress, anyway the new Cayenne diesel looks very promising to me and I will certainly check it out. I do agree they are expensive but awesome cars.
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