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Old 01-27-2008, 10:40 AM
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2008 X3 on order

We placed our order yesterday:

Production Date: Feb. 6, 2008

Alpine White
Sand Beige/Nevada Black Leather
Gray Poplar Trim
MANUAL Transmission
Sport Package
Xenons
Heated Front Seats

Shortly after delivery:
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Whatever other cool/fun mods we can find!

Thanks for all the informative posts!

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Old 01-28-2008, 07:25 AM
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Best of luck with your new ride.

Now the fun begins tracking it's progress from start of production until it arrives on US soil. (only if you're as obsessed as I am )
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Old 01-28-2008, 08:07 AM
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Good mix of options. Are you taking Munich delivery?

There are lots of aftermarket goodies for the X3... The BMW Accessories catalog is a good place to start.



No matter what you do with an X3, it is going to feel like a big heavy car compared to the rest of your fleet.
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Old 01-31-2008, 08:10 AM
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Thanks guys!

Moved from 'On Order' to 'Scheduled for Production' today! WOOT!

Anyway, we tried to upgrade to the 19" staggered wheels, but missed the cut-off date. So now we're stuck with the 18" sport pkg wheels (alloy double spoke, style 192M). As a result, we've decided to go aftermarket and I was wondering if anyone has been able to/had experience with having A/M wheels sent to the dealer so they could be installed before delivery? Is that possible (I'm sure it depends on the dealer, but I don't want to sound like a fool requesting it if it's unheard of anywhere).

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Old 01-31-2008, 08:54 AM
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Congrats on the new X3. Looks like our vehicles are on the assembly line at the same time. Mine went to production yesterday as well, got the VIN number when that happened. I also got my PCD date confirmation this morning, so things are moving along. I'm taking delivery on 4/3, as of now, hopefully that won't change.
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Old 01-31-2008, 10:15 AM
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We placed our order yesterday:

Production Date: Feb. 6, 2008

Alpine White
Sand Beige/Nevada Black Leather
Gray Poplar Trim
MANUAL Transmission
Sport Package
Xenons
Heated Front Seats

Shortly after delivery:
Sirius
Dice iPod adapter
Blk/wht badges
Tinted windows
Whatever other cool/fun mods we can find!

Thanks for all the informative posts!

Cheers,
hot croc,
Way to go!!!
Smart move with the 6M over the 6A. Now all you'll need to contend with are CDV's, Long pedal throws, Iffy grabs and Jerking heads off yourself and passengers, otherwise, it's a great ride. Better a broken neck with the 6M than to be creamed while making a left in front of a semi in a 6A.......... Better a neck collar than a pine box.
Life is funny; I used to dream about getting Bin Laden, now I dream about nuking CDV factories. I think it's good to laugh sometimes otherwise we'd wind up like Benz owners.
Seriously, I hope you love yours as much as I do mine.
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Old 01-31-2008, 10:58 AM
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Smart move with the 6M over the 6A. Now all you'll need to contend with are CDV's, Long pedal throws, Iffy grabs and Jerking heads off yourself and passengers, otherwise, it's a great ride. Better a broken neck with the 6M than to be creamed while making a left in front of a semi in a 6A.......... Better a neck collar than a pine box.
Heehee. We never even considered an automatic tranny (and that's partly why we ended up with the X3 - most SUVs/Crossovers only come in auto. ACK!). I've been driving stick for nearly 20 years (yikes! did I just give away my age??? ) and only bought 1 auto in all those years - and that was the only car I experienced buyers-remorse over! lol
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Old 01-31-2008, 11:00 AM
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Hot, I drove the '08 with 19" wheels because I liked the look better, I have to say that it made the ride a bit more brittle than I cared for. Of course it's personal preference, but I do have an X5 with sport package and I love the ride. It seemed that on a hard turn the 19" wheels made it skip/skid if the pavement wasn't perfect. I would suggest you test drive it with 19's first before you buy.
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Old 01-31-2008, 11:25 AM
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Old 01-31-2008, 11:55 AM
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Car and Driver lists the Cayman as a winner against the Exige in competition.

Since not many can say they own the two what do you think?

And congratulation on the MT.
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Old 01-31-2008, 12:18 PM
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I also got my PCD date confirmation this morning, so things are moving along. I'm taking delivery on 4/3, as of now, hopefully that won't change.
If you have never done PCD before, after you do it once, you won't want to take delivery of a new car any other way. First class experience from start to finish. Too bad you won't be able to take the factory tour since it has been closed to the public from last June for the introduction of the X6. Tell Jonathan & Donnie "Hello" for me......and be sure you get a hot lap in the M5 with Donnie.
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Old 01-31-2008, 12:26 PM
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Car and Driver lists the Cayman as a winner against the Exige in competition.

Since not many can say they own the two what do you think?
The Lotus jumps off the line quicker, but the Cayman catches up and passes with ease.
The Lotus definitely owns the curves, though the Cayman is no slouch there.

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And congratulation on the MT.
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Old 01-31-2008, 12:53 PM
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Congrats on the X3! You'll find it a good companion to the other vehicles in your stable. And of course, pics when it arrives
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Old 01-31-2008, 02:03 PM
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Hi,
I'm the 'other half'. Really looking forward to our new X3. Will miss the MINI's for sure, but we have 2 other play cars, so the X3 will be useful.

We'll be doing mods to it, as that's just what we do. Hey, we like cars.
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Old 01-31-2008, 02:21 PM
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Thanks for the picture. And the info.

There is a fantastic dealer in London near Hyde Park that has all the Lotus line on display right next to the Aston-Martin dealer.

It was kid in a candy shop day of which I went to Burberry afterwards to be fair to the wife.

What mods do you plan to make on the X3?
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Old 01-31-2008, 02:53 PM
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What mods do you plan to make on the X3?
Current list...
- Gunmetal CSL 19" staggered wheels
- De-Badge
- Window Tint
- Black/Carbon Roundels everywhere
- Whalen Shiftknob
- Blackout Front Grills
- Dice iPod integration
- Sirius Satellite Radio

I'll let hot_croc take it from here...
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Old 01-31-2008, 03:49 PM
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Current list...
- Gunmetal CSL 19" staggered wheels
- De-Badge
- Window Tint
- Black/Carbon Roundels everywhere
- Whalen Shiftknob
- Blackout Front Grills
- Dice iPod integration
- Sirius Satellite Radio

I'll let hot_croc take it from here...
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Great list to start with...
Here's mine.

3M Clear Bra
Window tint
Dice Ipod
XM Satellite Radio

I did order the 18" wheels at the last minute. 19" just won't cut it here with winter and all.
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Old 02-07-2008, 06:27 PM
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Status Update: According to the BMW 800#, our X3 has been released to the carrier and is awaiting transport to the port of exit. WOOT!

On the homefront, mods are amassing:
-Carbon/White Roundels came in last week*
-Dice Ipod kit arrived yesterday*
-19" Wheels showed up today*
-H&R Springs were delivered today too


*Big hats off to eas for their great service and super speedy delivery!
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Status Update: According to the BMW 800#, our X3 has been released to the carrier and is awaiting transport to the port of exit. WOOT!
That's great! Are you going to track the ship that your X3 is on across the Atlantic?
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Old 02-07-2008, 10:10 PM
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Status Update: According to the BMW 800#, our X3 has been released to the carrier and is awaiting transport to the port of exit. WOOT!

On the homefront, mods are amassing:
-Carbon/White Roundels came in last week*
-Dice Ipod kit arrived yesterday*
-19" Wheels showed up today*
-H&R Springs were delivered today too


*Big hats off to eas for their great service and super speedy delivery!
Mine must be close as well. I think I placed my order 1 day after you. What number did you call to get the current status? The OC site is verrrry sloowwww with updates.

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Old 02-07-2008, 10:14 PM
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Hot, mine has the same status update. Apparently now we have to get the name of the ship from the ca. Then we can track it across the Atlantic and through the Panama canal. Bon voyage!
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Status Update: According to the BMW 800#, our X3 has been released to the carrier and is awaiting transport to the port of exit. WOOT!

On the homefront, mods are amassing:
-Carbon/White Roundels came in last week*
-Dice Ipod kit arrived yesterday*
-19" Wheels showed up today*
-H&R Springs were delivered today too


*Big hats off to eas for their great service and super speedy delivery!
Congrats to you both! I would never have suspected you'd order Alpine White. .

If I was getting the manual I'd probably change the shifter, too. I think you'll find it's a bit different than the Cayman's and not necessarily in a good way IMHO.
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What number did you call to get the current status? The OC site is verrrry sloowwww with updates.

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1-800-831-1117
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Old 02-08-2008, 07:35 AM
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Congrats to you both! I would never have suspected you'd order Alpine White. .
LOL Yeah, hubby and I were talking about car colors the other day... he definitely has an affinity for red w/black accents while I am addicted to white! We would have gone red for the X3, but you can't get the sport pkg in red - so sport pkg trumped color.

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If I was getting the manual I'd probably change the shifter, too. I think you'll find it's a bit different than the Cayman's and not necessarily in a good way IMHO.
I've had a Whalen shifter in my MINI for nearly 3 years - it was an immediate and amazing difference: I decided against the short shifter after driving with the Whalen. So when I saw that Doug makes them for the X3 too, well... just couldn't pass it up! Plus he'll do most any custom graphic you want. We like unique!

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That's great! Are you going to track the ship that your X3 is on across the Atlantic?
You bet!

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1-800-831-1117
Yep, that's it... just say "vehicle production status" as soon as the machine answers. Then you have to say your production # or the last 7 digits of the VIN. Eezy peezy!

I'll probably call my CA today and see if I can find out what ship/line we're allocated to. Will keep you all updated!
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Hmmmm Thanks for the number. Just called and got the status, says it's still in production with an est. completion date of 2/7. Must be close, real close. Anyway I'll be on different boat since mine is going to South Carolina.
Just another 8 weeks and the wait will be over.
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