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Old 02-28-2014, 04:05 PM
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What are you buying next?

My 2006 BMW X3 3.0i (M-sport, Manual, Xenons, PDC, Premium Pkg, Cold Weather Pkg) is eight years old with 49K miles on it. So far my X3 has been painless with no meaningful maintenance issues, but as the car gets older, large repair bills are inevitable.

I was hoping BMW would bring the X1 with a 6-spd manual, but they only offer an automatic. Same with the 3-series wagon. Bummer.

I have no problem paying $50K for a car, but at that price I'm not willing to compromise on the drivetrain. So, for you manual X3 drivers, what are you thinking of next?

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Old 02-28-2014, 07:10 PM
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Some will be overjoyed to get a used 1 owner 50k mile 2006 6MT X3. It's not dead just yet. Many modern cars have made it to well over 51k miles before exploding in a shower of sparks and razor sharp edges.
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Old 03-01-2014, 09:05 AM
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Of course, you're right. My X3 is still a fantastic car, and it's been very reliable so far. But at some point, owning an out-of-warranty BMW that's 10, 12, 16 years old gets expensive. I was just curious what cars X3 owners are considering.
Of course, all of those that have moved on from an X3 probably aren't on this discussion board anymore, so maybe this isn't the best place to ask.

-James
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Old 03-01-2014, 11:00 AM
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What are you buying next?

My 09 is still new at 135k so I have a ways to go...

However my plan is to do euro delivery on a 320 manual when my oldest daughter is close to 16 (she is almost 11 now).


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Old 03-01-2014, 11:42 AM
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The sales tax on a new car would be a few years repair bills on your X3. I won't even go into depreciation!!

Anyway it's tough to find a wagon or SUV with a manual box. And the X3 has the old school BMW feel that the new ones with all the electronic widgets and crappy steering lack. I have an F30 335i and really appreciate the simplicity and robustness of the E83. Really you should keep your car!!

Here's my list, manual boxes-
E91
Porsche Cayenne (current revision), V6
E61 530xi (without the problematic n54)

Maybe I'd stomach an automatic-
E-class wagon
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Old 03-01-2014, 12:16 PM
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VW Tiguan is available in base-form with a manual, and various items can be upgraded without too much trouble.

My next vehicle is going to be a Mazda3s hatch. Yes, it's only available in North America with an automatic but I'd rather have the upgraded features and am willing to compromise. It's just a car after all.....
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Old 03-01-2014, 06:26 PM
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The base Subarus come with a 6MT.
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Old 03-01-2014, 06:44 PM
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Old 03-01-2014, 08:31 PM
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Old 03-02-2014, 09:47 AM
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Old 03-02-2014, 08:34 PM
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I have car ADD. I fully admit that. But, I have no urge to part with my X3. I've had it for only a year, but, it's still a blast. Not sure what I will eventually go to next. Without the offering of a manual transmission, BMW's new X offerings just don't really do it for me.
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Old 03-02-2014, 08:41 PM
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My 2007 X3 is auto and almost has 160k. No major issues yet. Plan to keep to. 200k miles or more.

My Z4 is manual and gives me the fun factor needed, plus I ride motorcycles.

Keep your X3 and drive it already!


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Old 03-03-2014, 06:57 AM
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VW Tiguan is available in base-form with a manual, and various items can be upgraded without too much trouble.

My next vehicle is going to be a Mazda3s hatch. Yes, it's only available in North America with an automatic but I'd rather have the upgraded features and am willing to compromise. It's just a car after all.....

I reviewed the 2014 Mazda 3 GT sedan and lost it! Never in my automotive journalist career have I been impressed by a mainstream sedan that much! The car is bloody spectacular!


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Old 03-03-2014, 08:06 AM
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Wally, you almost have a classic there. Might want to cover it and put it away in a heated (dry) garage! Aside from the Subie and the Tiguan there don't seem to be many AWD/4WD M/T offerings out there -- since you (as I recall) like to run the ridge lines up in the mountains from time to time. You could also spring for a base Cayenne -- they offer a sweet 6 speed manual. Looking at your mileage, you don't seem to be putting much on the clock. Perhaps you should consider just hanging on to the X3 and putting up with the increased maintenance and repair costs -- and trust me there will be increased costs! I flipped over to 100K miles and from 60K on it has been one thing after another. The latest was the pax seat airbag sensor -- which thankfully was paid for by BMW, but that visit also resulted in the replacement of a "fuel return valve" which had set off a SES light. Look at banking about $4-5K worst case for on-going repairs etc. for the next 4 years (brakes/tires included). Good luck!

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Old 03-04-2014, 11:01 AM
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Mine has 160K, no problem at all. worst case scenario how much I have to pay for maintenance?!?!?
How much I have to add up for a new car?!?!
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Old 03-04-2014, 11:58 AM
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Old 03-04-2014, 12:10 PM
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Old 03-09-2014, 09:41 PM
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Our 2005 has 144,000 miles and still going strong, granted some things have been replaced, they still within the normal stuff you would do to a car like this. We are considering an X5 Diesel next, but I can't get a real excuse to get rid of such a good car, we'll drive it some more, and then trade. I know no Manual X5, but that's not a requirement on our part. I always have the M as a fun car.

What about just keeping it for longer? No terrible things happen to these cars past 50,000 miles that can't happen before. (considering you have been maintaining it and you know it's a trouble free car)
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Old 03-10-2014, 07:20 AM
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Agreed. I've decided just to keep it indefinitely. It's hard to justify replacing such a great, unique vehicle.

Thanks!
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Old 03-10-2014, 08:19 AM
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Ford Edge Sport. I want the cabin width.
Last year I test drove both the edge and new, at the time, escape. The edge was like driving my 2003 taurus big like a boat and the brakes sucked. For the escape it was the top of the line fully loaded model with the turbo 2.0 engine, they did everything correct on that car except, the noise inside the vehicle was terrible! Ford cheaped out on the insulation and the noise inside that thing was terrible! I ended up test driving the used 2007 X3 and so far I've been happy with that car and haven't looked back.
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Old 03-10-2014, 06:26 PM
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Went with a leftover 5 spd mazda 3 for $14,750. Dealer is 3 blocks from my house and oil changes with tire rotation is $21.95.
No sunroof to worry about and when i go to the store or a restaurant i leave the doors unlocked. No one gives it a second look!
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Old 03-11-2014, 10:44 AM
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I've owned 4 BMWs in the last 15 years. I love their performance and driving experience but my 2007 X3 is probably my last BMW. I'm not the auto enthusiast that I once was. I'm more practical and don't give a crap about image. So I'm probably going with a Toyota RAV4 or Mazda CX-7. With the money I save, maybe I'll buy an e30 - the best BMW model ever made IMO. I owned an 89 325iX and regret ever selling it.
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Old 03-12-2014, 07:10 AM
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I've owned 4 BMWs in the last 15 years. I love their performance and driving experience but my 2007 X3 is probably my last BMW. I'm not the auto enthusiast that I once was. I'm more practical and don't give a crap about image. So I'm probably going with a Toyota RAV4 or Mazda CX-7. With the money I save, maybe I'll buy an e30 - the best BMW model ever made IMO. I owned an 89 325iX and regret ever selling it.
Obviously a used cx-7 since they dont make them anymore right? I have to agree with you on the E30, I started my driving life in one and it was the best car I've owned. Moving to a Rav4 will be quite a change for you though, very soft and bland compared to the x3. The Mazdas are good to drive but the older ones that are on ford platforms are horrible on gas. Be aware.
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Old 03-12-2014, 10:05 AM
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My 2007 X3 is at 180K Kms. It is a diesel with a manual transmission. My next car will also be a diesel with a manual. Traction and stability control, laser jammer, ABS and a lot of airbags are a must. 4x4/AWD is a plus.

Down here we do have both X1 and X3 diesels with manuals. X1 is too ugly for me. New X3 looks nice but it feels much softer than E83. So, I will just keep my car for now. It looks like I might get 180K kms more out of my car. The best car I ever had. Love it.
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Old 03-12-2014, 02:27 PM
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Obviously a used cx-7 since they dont make them anymore right? I have to agree with you on the E30, I started my driving life in one and it was the best car I've owned. Moving to a Rav4 will be quite a change for you though, very soft and bland compared to the x3. The Mazdas are good to drive but the older ones that are on ford platforms are horrible on gas. Be aware.
That was a typo. I meant the CX-5. I like that it's available with a manual transmission and it gets amazing gas mileage. I haven't even driven one yet but I've read the reviews. Who knows, maybe when I drive it, I'll hate it.

The reasons why I want to move away from BMW is mainly the crazy sticker prices. They are no longer in my snack bracket and I don't like to buy used luxury German autos. Not anything made in the last 10 years.
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