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X3 F25 (2011 - current)
The latest X3 brings some added style and some new features to the BMW SUV family. Talk about the new F25 now!

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Old 09-20-2012, 08:00 AM
pbrink1 pbrink1 is offline
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X3 2.8 vs X3 3.5

The price difference between the two is 5k. Besides a bigger engine what else do you get for the money? The turbo 4 is pretty close to the turbo 6 performance wise so I am trying to have an educated choice between the two.
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Old 09-20-2012, 01:45 PM
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The price difference works out to closer to $3000 if you get to an apples to apples comparison. It is kinda hard to figure it all out since some things that are optional on the 28 are standard on the 35 (I think that includes Xenon headlights and moonroof). Plus some options move from one package to another and the package prices change. Go to the first post in this forum with the X3 2013 pricing sheet. That is the best view I have seen of which feature is standard or optional and which package has what plus the prices.

In the end you have to decide how to value the various options and would you get them anyway. When we got ours, we got the Convenience, Premium, Technology packages on the 28 so the difference pretty much came down to $3K for more hp. If it was for me, I would have gone for the 35 but this was for my wife and she will never make use of all the power she got in the 28. No way I could justify $3K for a little more fun for me when I drive it occasionally.

One option I did not get that I kinda regret is the HUD. At the Peformance Center Delivery I drove an X3 with the HUD and thought it was very useful. Seeing the digital speed in my line of sight was great while doing some of the stuff there like accelerating to 50 mph then hitting the brakes full on for the anti-lock brake execise.
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Old 09-21-2012, 05:54 AM
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Thanks for the help!
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Old 09-21-2012, 06:08 AM
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After my first test drive between the two, I thought the 28i was more than adequate. I ultimately change my mind, though. It wasn't for the shear performance, but the added level of refinement associated with the 6 cylinder. It's noticeably quieter, and has a broader power band. The four cylinder worked harder with more frequent and noticeable shifting. Some may prefer that, finding it adds to sporty dynamic of the car. For me, I rather have the smoother drivetrain since this is meant to be the more practical family car.
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