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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 06-23-2011, 12:59 AM
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Is your X3 a safe car?

I am currently thinking of getting a 2011 X3 Xdrive 28i, but when I was reviewing the features the really FUGLY 2011 Mercedes-Benz GLK-Class 4MATIC 4dr seems to be a better car for your money's worth as far as safety (side air bags), engine (V6), and features than the Bmw X3 and it just costs $750 more (both base models I assume). Data was taken from the BMW website.



I really want to get the X3 but I dont want to put the money on the 35i model because it seems like even with that when I compare the MB GLK I still get more for their base model at $37,500 than the 2011 BMW X3 xDrive35i for $41,050



I know I am in the X3 forum .. looks are important to me and I love BMWs or getting the MB would have been a no brainer but safety is also an issue. Even if it's just that one Side Airbag difference .. How important is it to you?

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As a side note, I just totaled my 328i so yes .. every pc of safety equipment is important to me.
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Old 06-23-2011, 06:11 AM
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When comparing, don't forget the (FREE,) maintenince for 4 years.....I had an ML350 that I dumped to go back to BMW due to the nickel and dime items when I brought it in for service. You'll pay a little more up front for BMW, But you'll save down the road.
BTW...I totaled a Z4 roadster and would not drive anything but a BMW after that.
If you walked away from totaling you 328, Why would you even consider M/B or any other brand? It sounds like you loved your BMW....Go with your gut.
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Old 06-23-2011, 07:30 AM
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When insuring my X3, my agent said it has the highest possible safety rating a vehicle can receive and is truly one of the safest vehicles out there.
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Old 06-23-2011, 07:45 AM
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Asia, they are all great cars! Take a look at the new 300 hp Volvo XC60 while you are shopping, if you are really concerned about safety. Another car to look at would be the Porsche Cayenne 300 hp V6. They are a little more expensive, but hey its a Porsche. I wouldn't be too concerned about the "free" maintentance that BMW offers. I got two oil services and a brake fluid flush with a rear "pad slap" from mine. Many marques, like Audi, Volvo, and others are offering their own kind of "free maintentance" as well. Since this involves mostly oil services (repairs are covered under a seperate warranty -- that all cars have) with a new car it makes little difference. Great photos by the way!

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Old 06-23-2011, 07:13 PM
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My 35i has side air bags and I am pretty confident that the 28i also has them. Not sure why the website would say otherwise. Also not shown on the website (or anywhere) is the fact that the X3 has knee air bags (at least for the driver). And the X3 also has a 6 cylinder (a straight 6, not a V6) which is probably smoother than the MB's V6. And the X3 may not have the "integated turn signal mirrors" but it has the side marker that does the same thing. Also mine definitely has child safety locks. I locked my daughter in before.
As was previously said, you basically can't go wrong with any of them but drive each and see which one you like the most. Good luck with your search and sorry to hear about your wreck.
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Old 06-24-2011, 08:16 AM
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Uncle J...does not sound like you have owned European brands without "free" maintenence..After coming out of a Range Rover HSE with 4/50k comp. scheduled maintenence and going into an ML 320 CDI..the first $500 glorified oil change was an eye opener. The 20k $1000 service started to make me think twice. Sold the car before hitting 30k on the clock. We didn't even give the Q5 a second thought because of the maintenence.
As far as this forum...go look at the Volvo, you will RUN back to the BMW. Total plastic POS.
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Old 06-24-2011, 08:28 AM
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Tyre, yes have owned european marques without the "free" maintentance -- worse was an Alfa GTV6 horrible maintentance (had to change the fan belt with every oil change) but a wonderful driving car, I miss it even today. Did briefly flirt with RR/LR but a trip to the dealer cured me of that in a hurry. Went out and bought a Tahoe and was a happy man for 10 years. No problems and $29.95 oil changes! The XC60 is a very interesting car. It beat out last year's X3 in a comparo by Edmunds! Worth a look if you actually haven't seen/driven one IMHO.
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Old 06-24-2011, 08:32 AM
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lol total plastic pos - what sketches me out is that volvo is now chinese owned. i did have a c70 for a week a couple of years ago while my audi was in the shop wasnt bad at all.

anyway i definitely agree with some of these guys about service plans tho--even if u dont buy a bmw work the maintainence program into ur payment.

i got my e83 with about 12k miles and 1 year left on factory warranty. salesman semi conned me into an aftermarket warranty but just a month ago i had the front right lower control arm replaced for failed bushings and an ailgnment -- guess what my factory was expired but with aftermarket warranty $50 deductable and dealer loaned me a car the whole time. this could easily have cost me a mimimum of 500 for parts, labor, alignment and rental.

in anycase geting back to ur original question definitely safety among european cars is top notch. but come on seriously all cars are now a days even kias have 5 star IIHS

i think the amount of airbags is a moot issue in such well built cars -- ultimately it depends on the type of crash and we dont have control over that so i say choose what pleases
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Old 06-24-2011, 08:38 AM
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The insurance companies certainly must rate the BMW high. My insurance for the X3 is lower than my wife's 2008 CRV.
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Volvo had a good thing going for many years engineering and building very safe automobiles. To your point, most manufacturers have figured it out and overall safety today is light years ahead of what many of us grew up with (station wagons with side by side or rear facing rear seats!).
I think they have lost their way. Ford came into the picture and applied economies of scale to their lines but it turned to be a thin veneer at best. If the Chinese do it right, they will capitalize on the established brand with new, "non traditional" product. If they don't, they will join SAAB as a remember them brand.
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Old 06-24-2011, 08:43 AM
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The Chinese have not actually taken over and begun building Volvos yet. It will be interesting to see now well they do. Right now my daughters have two Volvos, XC90 and XC70. Both love the cars and I have to say the XC90 is an exceptionally comfortable SUV with lots of room for the kiddies. Never used to care for Volvos, too much of a Golden Retriever, John Anderson sticker, and professorville image. Now I kind of like them. Who would have thought?
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Old 06-24-2011, 08:45 AM
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Check out the story in todays WSJ in regards to Geely marketing them in China.
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...I'm sorry what were you saying?
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Old 06-24-2011, 10:36 AM
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Well, I doubt that Geely will be having any union problems at their plants!
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Haaa...good point!
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If airbag count matters to your buying process, buy the MB. Please.
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Any reason you troll a site about X3's when you don't own one Asia?
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Any reason you troll a site about X3's when you don't own one Asia?
Any reason why you don't read my entire post before you answer ??

I totaled my 328 and want to get a bigger car. I thought the X3 would be a good option for me.

You can go look at my posts at the e90 forum and figure out im no troll at all..

Just honestly looking for insights of X3 owners.
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With photos like that she can troll all she wants!
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