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Old 10-01-2009, 05:59 AM
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New X3 owner (updated with pics)

Hey all, got myself a CPO'd 2006 X3 3.0i, automatic. It is white with black vinyl interior. 59 000Km, so still under full BMW warranty.

I traded in my '08 MCSC for it, the Mini will be missed, but the X3 will be more fun for our winter here which last longer then summer. And I need to tow a tent trailer, the X3 will do just fine.

So far, what I like from the X3, is the firm ride, doesnt feel like a SUV, i like that a lot. Fuel consumption is pretty decent too. I wished the engine was a bit more powerful, but it is ok really. The panoramic roof is totally awesome

What i really dont like, god, the vinyl seats, they TOTALLY sucks, it doesnt give a BMW feel at all, they feel so cheap. Mine are all cracked at the bottom(will be changed under warranty). I really wished it had leather option. Bluetooth and AUX would of been nice also.

Otherwise, love everything about the X3

If it can stop raining, i'll take so pics soon.

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Old 10-02-2009, 09:24 AM
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Welcome to Bimmerfest! It looks like your post got caught by the spam filter as your image links were messed up (you had http://http://). Sorry about that, I approved your post and fixed the links!

Post pictures of the X3 once it stops raining

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Old 10-02-2009, 09:48 AM
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Welcome to forum. Good to know you are enjoying your X3.

The leatherette is easier to clean but you are right, it cracks up in our weather. I had mine replaced too.

Does your car has premier package? If so it would be pre-wired for bluetooth and you can just buy the module and it will be plug and play. You can check by opening the inside panel in driver side rear quarter panel, you should see a cable with 54 pin connector. Even if its not premier package, you can buy Parrot bluetooth module with steering wheel harness. That's what I have been using.

There are a lot of posts about aux port. Its a very easy and cheap DIY, I guess about $15 or so for parts and one hour of your time. Don't buy the BMW ipod adapter unless you want to limit yourself to only 5 playlists.
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Old 10-02-2009, 11:53 AM
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Old 10-04-2009, 03:14 PM
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Welcome to forum. Good to know you are enjoying your X3.

The leatherette is easier to clean but you are right, it cracks up in our weather. I had mine replaced too.

Does your car has premier package? If so it would be pre-wired for bluetooth and you can just buy the module and it will be plug and play. You can check my opening the inside panel in driver side rear quarter panel, you should see a cable with 54 pin connector. Even if its not premier package, you can buy Parrot bluetooth module with steering wheel harness. That's what I have been using.

There are a lot of posts about aux port. Its a very easy and cheap DIY, I guess about $15 or so for parts and one hour of your time. Don't buy the BMW ipod adapter unless you want to limit yourself to only 5 playlists.
Cool, thx for the heads up, i'll look into it. I just got back from Montreal, and did 660Km with a full tank, I'm very happy with that. It says I averaged 9.5 L/100km on the computer.

I dont think it has premium package, too bad. It's got the park sensor(which I dont really care for).
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Old 10-05-2009, 06:52 AM
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Still raining?

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Old 10-05-2009, 07:06 AM
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It seems as if the fabric used in the sensatech doesn't do well in freezing weather so it cracks. I have the sensatech, which I wanted for ease of clean up (grandkids) and it is just fine after 48K miles of California sunshine (and some rain) in my '06. I have read on other posts where the dealer in replacing the sensatech uses a different seatcover, without the nylon (?) inserts which seems to handle the freezing/thawing cycle better. You might ask about that when you take it in. If you really have to have leather you can get leather covered seats from a BMW wrecking yard and replace yours, or have your own seats recovered in leather (not cheap, but you can pick your color and style). Good luck!
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Old 10-06-2009, 04:25 PM
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Still raining?

Welcome aboard!

Yep, still raining. I'll take pics of it anyways I guess, otherwise it will start snowing pretty soon here, no joke.
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Old 10-11-2009, 10:50 AM
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I just got an X3 !! So far love the car. Fun to drive and very stable. Also got CPO so the car looks brand new. Hope for good things... durability and longevity!
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Old 10-12-2009, 12:54 PM
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Cracking vinyl on passenger seat(will be change under warranty)


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Old 10-12-2009, 04:21 PM
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What type of Hankook tires are on the x3? I'd ask how they ride, but I guess since you just got the x3 you have nothing to base it on
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Old 10-12-2009, 06:33 PM
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Sorry for the dirty pics
Wait! dirty pics are not allowed due to forum regulations.

Seriously, it looks nice. No premium but loaded on options, Xenons, PDC, and nice racks BTW!
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Old 10-13-2009, 04:47 AM
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What type of Hankook tires are on the x3? I'd ask how they ride, but I guess since you just got the x3 you have nothing to base it on
Exactly, just got the X3 2 months ago. But they are the Ventus AS, it's my first experience with Hankook on any car I owned, and honnestly they seem to do the job pretty good, pretty quiet too.

X3-terrestrial, from what I see, in Canada all 3.0i came with xenon standard but I could be wrong. And I could live without the PDC, that thing annoys me, I always turn it off. I would of like to have the headlamp washer instead.

So far, I like it so much, I plan to buy a brand new X3 after my tour in Afganistan
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Old 10-13-2009, 06:27 AM
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, in Canada all 3.0i came with xenon standard but I could be wrong.
Really? nice, here it was a $800.00 option....
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Old 10-13-2009, 06:44 AM
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06, you might check into the foreign military sales program while you are over there. Be safe and God Bless you and the other troops for their service!
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Old 10-13-2009, 09:57 AM
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So far, I like it so much, I plan to buy a brand new X3 after my tour in Afganistan
What UncleJ said! Thank you and be safe! How long is a tour?
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Old 10-13-2009, 10:05 AM
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What UncleJ said! Thank you and be safe! How long is a tour?
Around 9 months. Thx for the support
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Old 10-13-2009, 11:58 AM
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Wait! dirty pics ..... and nice racks BTW!
But just for the record, while we are on the subject of bumpers and headlights,

all Canadian X3's from 2004-on had (non-adaptive) Xenons as standard, including the 2.5i,
probably because our regulatory authorities have always been more receptive to advances in auto. lighting technology from Europe or Japan.
The adaptive function was available as a standalone option or as part of an activity package.

The 2.5i was discontinued in Canada a year later than in the U.S., so we have more black bumpered beauties running around up here.
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Old 10-13-2009, 08:41 PM
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Great looking color combination.

Keep your head on a swivel while you're downrange and stay safe!
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Old 10-14-2009, 05:52 AM
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But just for the record, .
Good to know, thanks for the info!
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Old 10-14-2009, 07:15 AM
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Supercourse, are you sure about that? Only asking, because I did test drive a 2.5L(also a 2006) before getting mine, and the 2.5L I test drove did not have the Xenon, which is why I went with the 3.0i, all of them in the lot had Zenon.

But the options with BMW seem's hard to follow in Canada, some 3.0i had electric seats, while other did not have them, some have headlight washers, some dont, lol.....
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Old 10-14-2009, 07:25 AM
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On another note, anyone know if they come with a tranny cooler? I will be installing the OEM hitch with wiring to tow my travel trailer for next summer, and will install a tranny cooler if they dont have one from factory!!

Thx
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Old 10-14-2009, 08:12 AM
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... are you sure about that? Only asking, because I did test drive a 2.5L(also a 2006) before getting mine, and the 2.5L I test drove did not have the Xenon, which is why I went with the 3.0i, all of them in the lot had Zenon.

But the options with BMW seem's hard to follow in Canada, some 3.0i had electric seats, while other did not have them, some have headlight washers, some dont, lol.....
Definitely was the case for 2004. Maybe for 2006 the standard features changed to hold a price level.
Or maybe they had some non-Xenon 2006 models in the pipeline originally destined for the U.S. that had to become the standard Cdn. model.

The options and standard features between years gets confusing because BMW has both themed packages and (some) standalone options.
Many other manufacturers offer just 3 or 4 distinct "trim" levels, and/or packages that consist of lots of disparate features on a take it or leave it basis.
I prefer the BMW approach overall, but it's not perfect either.
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Old 10-19-2009, 02:21 PM
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Well, my first (kinda) problem showed up on the w-end, grey smoke on start up. I did my research here and it sure feels like the PCV valve is acting up. Guess i'll have to drive my 2:30hrs to the dealer and get that fixed
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