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X3 F25 (2011 - current)
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Old 03-23-2016, 06:53 PM
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Hi.. I currently own a 2005 X3 2.5i, with 92k miles. I am thinking of upgrading to a newer car - mabye a 2013 or 2014 CPO.

I'd love to get some feedback on those model years.. any known issues I should be worried about, look out for?

Also, I swapped out my stock radio for an Alpine CD/XM Radio unit - sounds great. Any idea if that can be done with the newer models? I keep hearing no, because the radio is integrated. Any ideas on that?

I appreciate any and all info, to help me make my decision. I plan on seeing a few cars this weekend.

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Old 03-23-2016, 09:08 PM
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I recently got a 2014 X3 x28i CPO with 46k miles and the extended warranty for 100k miles or until Feb. 2020, so I was very happy with the find. Others will tell you to hold out for an x35i, but to me at least the, x28i is perfectly adequate with power and performance.
Things to look out for: check the carfax for issues, ask for th3 CPO check sheet, see if the dealer has service records (mine did, which was great to get copies of), try out all the knobs, switches, settings, lights, etc. to make sure really everything works, be prepared with other comparison prices from other sources (cars.com, cargurus.com, autotrader.com. etc.) so you can bargain better, instead of haggling over a price, as for an "out the door" price that includes anything and everything including prep costs, taxes, licensing, etc., check the tires for wear and tear as well as when it was last serviced if past the service warranty (4 years or 50k miles) as some work like brake jobs are expensive and won't be covered beyond the initial service time. I had a 2013 before this one. They both are very similar, just tiny detail differences. Hope this helps and happy shopping. Finally, don't be intimidated if you need/want to walk off the lot. If you don't see what you want or the deal isn't reasonable, you are under no obligation.
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Old 03-23-2016, 09:35 PM
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OP, I had a 14' X3 28i M-Sport DHP wit 11k miles till 32k miles (2yr) and now 16' X4 M40i ( i almost got a 15' X3 35i)

Depending what you're looking for, if its your only car, I recommend you test-drive back to back 28i and 35i.
IMO 35i wins, holds better value, better engine, more fun, etc.

View @Crashnbrn5 youtube page on his X3 35i review
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Old 03-24-2016, 06:14 AM
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Thank you both for the responses. I am looking at a 28i and a 35i - so I will be able to test drive both. I am curious abut the radio swap - still need to do some investigating into that. I don't think the stereo systems in these cars are all that good. What I had in my 05 X3 was horrible. Speakers were great, but the unit itself was lousy. BIG difference when I installed the Alpine unit.

Thanks again!
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Old 03-24-2016, 06:30 AM
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The integration may be an issue since the radio is tied into the iDrive. There is an upgraded sound package, but I've not compared to see if it's worth the extra $$$. I agree, many vehicles have pretty lousy sound for what you pay for, sadly. Maybe it's just a question of a connector? A good car stereo shop should be able to advise you. Have fun shopping!
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Old 03-24-2016, 09:55 AM
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I recently purchased a CPO 2014 X35i with 42K miles, I have added about 3K miles to this so far. The vehicle I purchased had the upgraded high fidelity sound system with ?16 speakers ?600watts. Although this system may not be as good as the one you have, I can't imagine that it would be worth the headache to change, the comment about the iDrive system alone would turn me off. What should you look for? In addition to the comments already posted, I would say make sure the tires are indeed run flat tires - a simple youtube inquiry will tell you what symbols to look for on the tire itself. If they are not, it is not that big of a problem, you will just need to keep that in mind and might want to carry a temporary solution like electric air pump (that will only work if it is a slow leak). Of course the default would be to rely on some type of auto service. Remember that the CPO warranty is based off the original purchase / production date, not the day you decide to purchase the used vehicle. This is important if financing a used car for say 5 years because there will likely be a few years of ownership that goes beyond the extended warranty. Remember that unless you pay a substantial additional charge, the typical CPO extended warranty does not cover everything like the "bumper to bumper" warranty / maintenance agreement you get with a new BMW (4 years or 50K miles). At least this is my understanding.
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Old 03-24-2016, 06:43 PM
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What is not covered in the CPO extended warranty pertains primarily to items that wear out under general use. For a full list of what is not covered, see the PDF document that's linked to within http://www.bmwusa.com/standard/conte.../warranty.aspx and note also that a CPO can be transferred from the current owner to a private party. These limitations pertain to any vehicles sold after January 1, 2014.
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Old 03-24-2016, 08:26 PM
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just returned my 3013 x3 3.5 m sport 46k never had a problem with it
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