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X3 F25 (2011 - current)
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Old 08-13-2011, 07:26 PM
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Cold feet on the x3... Mpg second thoughts

My friend recently visited with his 2011 x5 35d. It was really nice but nicer was his average mpg of 35 at avg speed 69mph he sent me screen shot during his 300 mile drive home. I definitely didn't think it was as nimble as the x3 but the mpg might make the sacrifice worth it.

As many of you know from my previous posts I have a massive work commute (172 mile round trip) currently and was hoping to pull at least 26mpg from the x3 but now seeing the x5 diesel breaking the 30 mpg mark I'm starting to think I should find a CPO x5 35d instead of a 2012 x3 35...

Want to pull the trigger by the end of the month but looking for thoughts...
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Old 08-13-2011, 08:22 PM
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If you do mostly highway driving, then the diesel X5 will consume less fuel and emissions than either petrol X3s offered in the US. I would say a real average of 35 US mpg (6,7 l/100km) is not realistic; perhaps for a short distance it's possible but over the longer-hauls with more slowing/accelerating a good number would be around 30 US mpg (7,8 l/100km) is possible since I have done that with ease on my dad's 2010 X5 xDrive35d.

In fact now that I think about it, I believe the diesel X5 would get better consumption overall in all conditions than the petrol X3. I beat on the X5 in urban stop-and-go and it would do no worse than 12 l/100km or about 19 US mpg.
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Old 08-13-2011, 08:49 PM
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If I were in your shoes I would create a spreadsheet to do a comparison of purchase costs and operating costs, run it out over the next 2-3 years, and see what the numbers look like. It would be ideal if it were possible for you to rent an X3 and an X5d for a day or two so that you could see what the operating costs would be in your environment and with your driving style. The spreadsheet likely won't be the deciding point for you, but it will give you a lot of good information.

While thinking about your question I looked at the inventory on my local BMW dealer's site. I was surprised to see that the mileage for the 2011 X3 35i is listed as 19/26, but that the mileage for the 2012 X3 35i is listed as 16/23. What's up with that???
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Old 08-14-2011, 04:07 AM
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Ideally you are right - all I really want to do is see which one would do better mpg for my commute and driving style. That however is not feasible by any means known to me. Regardless of whether I get a new x3 or CPo x5d I'd extend warranty and maintenance to 100k so other operating costs when compared would be negligible.

The ONLY other thing I was rethinking was the need for a third row with a growing family... Doubtful I could find a CPO x5 35d with sport and 3rd row packages in tolerable colors...

Anyone in Baltimore want to drive me to Hagerstown n back? Lol
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Old 08-15-2011, 07:39 AM
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Check out the Q7 TDI as well, it has a larger third row and gets about the same (or slightly better) mileage. The GL 350 TDI is another one with a fairly useable third row. For a mileage champ however the Jetta Sportwagon TDI is hard to beat -- easily getting 40 plus on the highway with a decent amount of room.
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Old 08-15-2011, 09:46 AM
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My friend recently visited with his 2011 x5 35d. It was really nice but nicer was his average mpg of 35 at avg speed 69mph he sent me screen shot during his 300 mile drive home. I definitely didn't think it was as nimble as the x3 but the mpg might make the sacrifice worth it.

As many of you know from my previous posts I have a massive work commute (172 mile round trip) currently and was hoping to pull at least 26mpg from the x3 but now seeing the x5 diesel breaking the 30 mpg mark I'm starting to think I should find a CPO x5 35d instead of a 2012 x3 35...

Want to pull the trigger by the end of the month but looking for thoughts...
I have had an X5 diesel for 2.5 years and I am going down to an X3 35i. You won't get more than 26-27 on the HWY averaging about 65-70mph. I found that the city and highway estimates on the specs are accurate. The benefit of the X5 is that because of the bigger tank, it has longer range and you have to stop less for gas. One downside is that every now and then I have to drive a little more to find diesel, if I am not somewhere familiar and know which station has it. Additionally, diesel has been consistently more expensive during my ownership. I think the X5 has a more luxurious ride, but the X3 is more fun.

If you decide you want the X5 with 3rd row seats, space gray on black, PM me.

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Old 08-15-2011, 01:56 PM
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As far as third row seat comfort, the X5, for its size, is probably one of the worst.
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Old 08-15-2011, 08:08 PM
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Ideally you are right - all I really want to do is see which one would do better mpg for my commute and driving style. That however is not feasible by any means known to me. Regardless of whether I get a new x3 or CPo x5d I'd extend warranty and maintenance to 100k so other operating costs when compared would be negligible.

The ONLY other thing I was rethinking was the need for a third row with a growing family... Doubtful I could find a CPO x5 35d with sport and 3rd row packages in tolerable colors...

Anyone in Baltimore want to drive me to Hagerstown n back? Lol
Perhaps your local BMW dealer will allow you to test drive one and you can do the drive yourself. When I was recently looking at a later model X5 they offered to let me take it for the weekend so I could become familiar with how it drove on my normal "commute".
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Old 08-16-2011, 07:35 AM
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I test drove 2 different X5 35d's and the X3 35i. . I bought the X3 35i with M-Sport and all the handling options. If you need the space buy the X5, but if you want reasonable space and excellent handling & performance go with the X3. The X5 handles like a fat dog compared to the X3, plus there will be a new generation of X5 for MY 2013 During break-in I am getting 21.0 mpg with mostly mountain driving.
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