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Old 10-21-2009, 01:51 PM
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Need quick opinion on used X3

Here's the listing:

http://www.hanselmazda.com/used-inve...582744fe15.htm

It's at the same dealer I bought my wife's Mazda, so I'm hoping they make us a deal.

The last BMW we researched was a 1-Series, so obviously this is a big departure.

New Baby is the cause for the X3, so just looking for opinions on this model.

Thank you in advance.
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Old 10-21-2009, 02:31 PM
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Old 10-21-2009, 02:32 PM
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Your link does not work.

The Mystic Blue one they have is fine, except the tyres are nearly bald on that one. The Bridgestones are rubbish tyres FYI. This one has PDC front and rear which is kind of nice.

The Black sport model isn't bad, but ditto on the rubbish BS tires. Leather could have used some extra care as well. Make sure you like the sport suspension.
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Old 10-21-2009, 03:10 PM
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Here's the listing:

http://www.hanselmazda.com/used-inve...582744fe15.htm

It's at the same dealer I bought my wife's Mazda, so I'm hoping they make us a deal.

The last BMW we researched was a 1-Series, so obviously this is a big departure.

New Baby is the cause for the X3, so just looking for opinions on this model.

Thank you in advance.
IMO I don't see how you could put a newborn into the X3. The ride in my brand new 2009 is the worst I have ever experienced in any car including real SUVs. It bucks, it rocks, it bounces and it jerks when accelerating and decelerating.

Why don't you look for a station wagon?
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Old 10-21-2009, 03:12 PM
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IMO I don't see how you could put a newborn into the X3. The ride in my brand new 2009 is the worst I have ever experienced in any car including real SUVs. It bucks, it rocks, it bounces and it jerks when accelerating and decelerating.

Why don't you look for a station wagon?
No offense to PPXYZ, but my 2007 is the complete opposite - very stable, handles the curves well. I intend to bring my new grandbaby along for a ride very soon!

I think you will find most love the way their X3 rides and handles. But take it for a drive on varied roads and decide for yourself!
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Old 10-21-2009, 04:26 PM
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No offense to PPXYZ, but my 2007 is the complete opposite - very stable, handles the curves well. I intend to bring my new grandbaby along for a ride very soon!

I think you will find most love the way their X3 rides and handles. But take it for a drive on varied roads and decide for yourself!
I currently take him around in my Audi A3 with an Eibach kit and REVO flash. So far, he sleeps right through it.

The kid was born into a road racing family, so he'll have to get used to sport tuned suspension eventually.

Sorry for the broken link, here it is again. It is indeed the black version. I guess what I was asking about was overall experiences and reliability.

http://www.hanselmazda.com/used-inve...582744fe15.htm
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Old 10-21-2009, 05:18 PM
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No offense to PPXYZ, but my 2007 is the complete opposite - very stable, handles the curves well. I intend to bring my new grandbaby along for a ride very soon!

I think you will find most love the way their X3 rides and handles. But take it for a drive on varied roads and decide for yourself!
Take it for a lengthy ride (over a day) whatever you are interested in. I had a 2007 and eventually for safety reasons caused by the dreaded AT my wife and baby daughter would not ride in that SAV.

Now my 08 X3 MT is a completely different animal and is like the good twin. Everything you would expect and more.

The key is drive it, and drive it for an extended period.
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Old 10-21-2009, 06:04 PM
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Compass? Rear A/C? Dual climate control?

Looks nice. It's a 06 so no worries about the transmission. The ride is stiff but controlled, you feel connected to the road and the brakes are awesome. Also, very good safety ratings.
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Old 10-21-2009, 06:14 PM
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Doesn't the price seem a little high for a non CPO? The car is just about out warranty.

Also the seats appear to be leatherette - look for cracking along the side bolsters (do a search)
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Old 10-21-2009, 07:34 PM
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Ha, as my luck has it, I evaluated the two that you weren't interested in. I'd still go for either of the other two. The one you linked does not have leather or xenons, the latter of which is an important option and extremely costly to retrofit.
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Old 10-22-2009, 07:35 AM
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Take it for a long test drive over the Occidental Road from Stony Point to Occidental then come back to SR via the Bohemian Hiway through Monte Rio and the River Road. If you still have your back fillings then you are indeed a "road racing" family and the rock hard suspension will do you just fine. Take a quick detour to Freestone from Occidental and pick up a cinnamon bun at the great bakery to make the trip worthwhile. Good luck!
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Old 10-22-2009, 08:34 AM
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IMO I don't see how you could put a newborn into the X3. The ride in my brand new 2009 is the worst I have ever experienced in any car including real SUVs. It bucks, it rocks, it bounces and it jerks when accelerating and decelerating.

Why don't you look for a station wagon?
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No offense to PPXYZ, but my 2007 is the complete opposite - very stable, handles the curves well. I intend to bring my new grandbaby along for a ride very soon!

I think you will find most love the way their X3 rides and handles. But take it for a drive on varied roads and decide for yourself!
FWIW, my wife was driving/riding the X3 during the entire time we were expecting, three rides to hospital for the false alarms were on X3, my little angel came home on X3, she sleeps on all long drives on X3, she loves to look at the moon through panoramic roof during late evening drives, and to top it all -- when she refuses to sleep at 1 AM we take her out for a small drive and she sleeps within 10 minutes in the X3.
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IMO I don't see how you could put a newborn into MY X3.
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Old 10-22-2009, 10:55 AM
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Doesn't the price seem a little high for a non CPO? The car is just about out warranty.

Also the seats appear to be leatherette - look for cracking along the side bolsters (do a search)
+1

Looks like a very basic model, no options, or at least none listed.

I did a quick internet search for '06 in your area, and found CPO's with lower mileage and lower price.

There may be a premium for '06 models, what with the dissatisfaction with '07's, but unless they'll give a big price break (say $5K) I'd say keep looking.

Don't overplay your history with the Mazda dealer in exchange for losing the benefit of a CPO at a BMW dealer.
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and to top it all -- when she refuses to sleep at 1 AM we take her out for a small drive and she sleeps within 10 minutes in the X3.
That's sweet!
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Did I not mention the rocking motion of the car?

Nice in a crib but how does that translate into a car?
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Did I not mention the rocking motion of the car?

Nice in a crib but how does that translate into a car?

Ok, I tried to defend your right to express dissatisfaction with the X3, but this is getting ridiculous.

My family has a saying, "You can b@#$h all you want if you have exhasuted all options.

Have you talked to an attorney? If so what have they advised that they can help you or not?

Let stick to the OP's original thread.

One of the thngs I do like about the X3 is that it is really easy getting babys in and out. Also, the back hatch area has great little wells to hold wetnaps, extra diapers, and even change of clothes. Throw in an all weather mat and you have a waterproof great place to change your baby in a pinch.

Ergonomically and safety wise (barring the dreaded AT) its great for little ones.
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One of the thngs I do like about the X3 is that it is really easy getting babys in and out. Also, the back hatch area has great little wells to hold wetnaps, extra diapers, and even change of clothes. Throw in an all weather mat and you have a waterproof great place to change your baby in a pinch.

Ergonomically and safety wise (barring the dreaded AT) its great for little ones.
+1 for everything. We changed our little one on the rear hatch floor on last trip when she was a bit too uncomfortable to reach the next rest stop.
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One of the thngs I do like about the X3 is that it is really easy getting babys in and out. Also, the back hatch area has great little wells to hold wetnaps, extra diapers, and even change of clothes. Throw in an all weather mat and you have a waterproof great place to change your baby in a pinch.
Do y'all know that the cargo floor is reversible? The other side is mostly rubber.
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This 06 is way overpriced. I think with its specs/options and mileage $19K-$20K is probably a fair price. Just my 2 cents.

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Ok, I tried to defend your right to express dissatisfaction with the X3, but this is getting ridiculous.

My family has a saying, "You can b@#$h all you want if you have exhasuted all options.

Have you talked to an attorney? If so what have they advised that they can help you or not?

Let stick to the OP's original thread.

One of the thngs I do like about the X3 is that it is really easy getting babys in and out. Also, the back hatch area has great little wells to hold wetnaps, extra diapers, and even change of clothes. Throw in an all weather mat and you have a waterproof great place to change your baby in a pinch.

Ergonomically and safety wise (barring the dreaded AT) its great for little ones.
Yes that was a quip.

The real point is that even the family dog no longer goes into the X3 due to the head banging treatment from the excessive bouncing on one trip. Maybe that is not as big a concern for an infant strapped into a child seat but that doesn't mean it is a good idea if his X3 does what mine does.

The family dog will require cargo holds in order to return to the X3 and then only in a pinch.

I still say that a station wagon is a much better idea for an infant or young child. If BMW station wagons are so great to drive then a 3 or 5 series wagon is a much better idea.
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Do y'all know that the cargo floor is reversible? The other side is mostly rubber.

Hahaha, you can tell you don't have kids. Do you know what happens when you expose a baby's tush to cold air?

That reversible side won't hold water (nudge nudge).
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Yes that was a quip.

The real point is that even the family dog no longer goes into the X3 due to the head banging treatment from the excessive bouncing on one trip. Maybe that is not as big a concern for an infant strapped into a child seat but that doesn't mean it is a good idea if his X3 does what mine does.

The family dog will require cargo holds in order to return to the X3 and then only in a pinch.

I still say that a station wagon is a much better idea for an infant or young child. If BMW station wagons are so great to drive then a 3 or 5 series wagon is a much better idea.
Again.....have you TALKED TO A LAWYER. You might be able to renegotiate into a wagon?

BTW a station wagon stinks for a child as you have to bend over non-stop to get them in and out of the vehicle. For those of us with bad backs, it's not an option.
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