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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 01-01-2015, 09:01 PM
Jordster Jordster is offline
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What do you think of my build?

I'm shopping in Canada. Here is the build I'm looking at:

X3 xDrive 28i
Premium Essential or Enhanced (depending on $$ and what I can negotiate)
Oyster Nevada Leather on "Free" black w/ sport seats
Sport Auto w/ Shifters

The "Premium Enhanced" package adds navigation, comfort access and HK sound for an extra $2k.

I was wondering a few things:

1. How good is the upgraded sound? Is the base sound decent? I've been in my friend's 2012 328i with the base sound system and thought it sounded amazing at the time.

2. Are the sport seats comfortable for long drives? My wife's first reaction when she sat in the X3 was that the seats were uncomfortable. I didn't really think so, and was going to spend the $2k on the "enhanced" package and stick with leatherette. On the other hand, the black-and-off-white contrast of the oyster nevada leather is a really nice combination with a black car

3. Does the "sport auto" mean anything other than the fact that it has paddles and a nicer shift boot? No one at the dealership knew if the "sport automatic" means anything. I know it's the same 8-speed gearbox, but some models get more aggressive programming than others.

I'm really excited to finally order this car! I've been lurking on these boards and contemplating and saving for a long time now
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Old 01-02-2015, 02:25 PM
BobBass BobBass is online now
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I have the HK Surround Sound and it sounds pretty good to me. I don't know about the base system, but HK gives you a graphic EQ on top of the bass/treble controls. And, it WORKS.

As far as the seats go, we have the Nevada leather and Premium Pkg. which gives you lumbar support but not sport seats. Last weekend we took a trip of ~350 miles with very few and brief "pit stops." These seats were very comfortable for the duration of the trip. Not quite as big and comfy as my former RX400h or Murano LE, but just fine. Most people say the sport seats are more comfortable than the ones we have, but I am TOO WIDE to fit in them.

Can't help you with the sport auto question.
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Old 01-02-2015, 09:50 PM
GMANX3 GMANX3 is offline
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I had the base system in my 2011 328i and liked it. I have the base stereo in my 2015 X3...and wished I ordered the HK.

I don't believe there are any mechanical/programmatic changes to the transmission... just the paddles... but I'm not 100% on that one.
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