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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!

View Poll Results: How long are you planing to keep your X3?
Less than one year. 0 0%
Two to three years. 7 14.29%
Four to five years. 9 18.37%
Six to seven years. 8 16.33%
Eight to nine years. 9 18.37%
More than ten years. 16 32.65%
Voters: 49. You may not vote on this poll

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Old 03-18-2013, 02:57 PM
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How long are you planing to keep your X3?

How long are you planing to keep your X3?
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Old 03-18-2013, 03:26 PM
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Which option is "till gas turns $10 a gallon"?
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Old 03-18-2013, 10:14 PM
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6 to 7, when the extended warranty expires.
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Good idea for a poll.

I'm hoping 8+ years but it'll be gone much sooner if it starts to cost me money.

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Old 03-19-2013, 07:56 AM
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I'm on a four year lease and plan to buy it out. If I keep it for another 2-3 years it would be great.
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Old 03-19-2013, 08:46 AM
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I generally drive BMWs until the day the warranty runs out. I've got the 7yr/100,000. If they'll re-up me for 1 more year after that, I'm in for 8. My experience with BMW is, 8 is the limit unless one is a true masochist, warranty or no warranty.
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Old 03-21-2013, 12:45 AM
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May our X3s stay trouble free as long as we wish for.
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Old 03-21-2013, 04:49 AM
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I generally drive BMWs until the day the warranty runs out. I've got the 7yr/100,000. If they'll re-up me for 1 more year after that, I'm in for 8. My experience with BMW is, 8 is the limit unless one is a true masochist, warranty or no warranty.
This concerns me a little. I am currently considering a X1 one X3 or typically keep my cars ten years or 200k miles, whichever comes first. If there are major headaches after eight years, I may reconsider.
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Old 03-21-2013, 06:53 PM
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Until I see an X3M with 400HP and equivalent gas mileage as the 35i gets now.
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Old 03-22-2013, 08:11 AM
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At may age it is all about my needs - if my driving ability remains great I will trade more often just to get the latest but if not why bother. Just stick the old one or get a the least costly car available
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Old 03-22-2013, 09:22 AM
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I'm keeping my 2006 X3 3.0i (m-sport, manual, xenons, premium, pdc) until BMW offers a manual xDrive SUV in the US. My X3 is now ~7 years old with only 45K miles on it. At this rate, I'll break 100K miles at around 15 or 16 years old. I always keep it garaged and regularly serviced. Barring anything unexpected, I will eventually be forced into the car market sometime in 2021 unless BMW tempts me with a manual-transmission X1 before then.

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Old 03-22-2013, 07:43 PM
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I voted 6 to 7 but I may keep it much longer. It's a thrill to look at and drive brand new BMWs, but by then I'll be so comfortable driving my X3, I would be too attached to trade it in.
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Old 03-22-2013, 09:20 PM
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I voted 6 to 7 but I may keep it much longer. It's a thrill to look at and drive brand new BMWs, but by then I'll be so comfortable driving my X3, I would be too attached to trade it in.
I know all about getting attached to a car. I never thought I would keep one as long as I have. I ended up getting a lift just so I could keep my SC. With headers and modified exhaust, it puts out more HP now than it did when I bought it. That was 213k miles and 29 years ago.
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I know all about getting attached to a car. I never thought I would keep one as long as I have. I ended up getting a lift just so I could keep my SC. With headers and modified exhaust, it puts out more HP now than it did when I bought it. That was 213k miles and 29 years ago.
wow the car still looks great. do you detail yourself?
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Old 03-23-2013, 10:46 AM
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wow the car still looks great. do you detail yourself?

Thanks. I've always done most of the maintenance and all the detailing. I polish once a year with a Porter Cable Orbital and wax twice a year. It doesn't need any more wax because I only get to drive it every few months now; less than 1000 miles a year.

Truthfully, I'm concerned about the ability to keep any of today's newer vehicles long term because of their complexity and dependence on software. There are three things I need to keep a car longer than 10 years; access to aftermarket spare parts, a good set of documentation on the mechanicals, and a good set of documentation on the electrical and controls. With the added issue of software availability, they may be too complex to keep long term. I'm not even certain all the dealers have sufficient training to work on these cars.
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