2012 X3 Assistance
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.