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Old 10-14-2016, 12:27 PM
mrbiteypants mrbiteypants is offline
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Good Afternoon Everybody!

I have been lurking on this forum for a while and decided it was time for me to create an account and finally ask the question everybody else has before purchasing a BMW.

I am looking at a 2012 BMW X3 28i with 40,704 miles for just over 23k (This a good deal? Only 1 owner in the same state). Currently, I drive a 2007 MB ML320, and with the wife getting a Tiguan soon, we are going to need something a little larger for hauling items to and from visiting families. Today, I test drove a 2014 X3 285i and a 2014 X5 35i, personally I really, really enjoyed the "fun" factor of the X3, it was quick, hardly any gas peddle lag, and probably has been the most fun I've had in a car to date. The X5 I felt like you could really tell it was a larger vehicle, sure, the inside was slightly nicer, and the seats were a little more comfortable, but my commute to and from work is roughly 15 minutes. My question is, have you found that spending the extra $$ for the storage worth it? Currently, I am leaning pretty much on the X3 side, but the only thing holding me back is the storage capability. I've read a ton of forums and watched quite a few videos and everybody has split opinions on the size difference. If anybody could provide real world input, that would be appreciated! Also, I liked the iDrive system being a "techie" myself, could you think of anything else that would be worth adding in that sense? Looking at another X3 tomorrow, and it looks like it doesn't have backup camera, but the dealer today told me they could install one for $1000 - $1200 but is it worth it? Also, how does everybody feel about the extended warranties that dealerships have to offer? I think it's a scam, and would be better off just saving some money per month for repairs, but wanted your opinion. After talking with my Father-in-law he told me to stay away from BMW because they aren't very reliable and have nothing but issues, I've checked carcomplaints.com and it looks like BMW has gotten most things squared away and is heading in the right direction.
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Old 10-14-2016, 05:38 PM
master2301 master2301 is online now
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You can read the forum here about the 28i. It is suffering from poor engineering. It has a belt guide that wears and causes the engine to seize.

#1 a 2013 X3 28i that was purchased new and has had all BMW recommended maintenance at a BMW dealer. I have just over 80k miles on the car. A couple of days ago, the timing chain broke and blew the engine. The dealer first told me it was going to cost over 20k to replace the engine.

#2 Hi I have the same car (2.8) with 66k miles. Mine was whistling around 1500/2000 rpm so took it in thinking it was something simple. NO CHECK ENGINE light or anything. They told me it was one of the worst cases they'd seen and I was lucky I didn't blow the engine. If it was that close, I'd like to know why there was no sensor. I'm in it for $5600 to repair. They did say that it's a known BMW problem. Praying for a recall.

#3 My Timing chain is being replaced also! 2013 X3 28i. I am so upset with the quality of BMW lately! So upsetting!!!!!!! I'm worried that because the service dept. keeps finding issues and ordering/replacing parts at the dealership, that I will have more major issues down the road! I only have 7k miles til my warranty is done too.

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Old 10-14-2016, 06:39 PM
mrbiteypants mrbiteypants is offline
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Thank you!
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Old 10-15-2016, 09:25 PM
Eman46 Eman46 is offline
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I think a X3 , 35i is a more reliable engine than the 28i. I liked my X3 35i (lease) Msport with DHP so much that I bought it.
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Old 10-16-2016, 04:11 AM
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Early 2012 28i's came with the non turbo six then switched to the turbo four about mid 2012.
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