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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 06-27-2013, 07:58 AM
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What would you do, Nav or 35i?

I dont know if I can afford the Navigation AND a35i over 28i. If you could pick only one, what would it be?
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Old 06-27-2013, 08:21 AM
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If you could pick only one, what would it be?
I have both, so I asked myself which one I'd give up. I'd give up the Nav in a second. The big engine is a blast! I prefer driving a car but the big engine still makes the X3 a lot of fun to drive. About 95% of my driving is local, so I rarely use the Nav really.

But, that's just me... I might pick the opposite if I did a lot of driving in unfamiliar areas, or have to battle rush hour traffic regularly where there are alternate routes (the traffic/road closure/construction data is pretty awesome on the nav).
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Old 06-27-2013, 08:39 AM
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I am in the same shoes, I have both, but if I have to give one up, I would give up the nav and use a Garmin.
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Old 06-27-2013, 08:54 AM
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What would you do, Nav or 35i?

We could have had both but drew a line at $50K just because. We got a 35i with no Nav and not even a decision in my mind.


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Old 06-27-2013, 09:28 AM
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We got both- final sale price was a couple hundred over $50k. I did the configuration on a 28 and a 35, and to add options to bring the base 28 up to where it's identical to the 35 with the exception of the engine and standard wheels, you're looking at a $2700 difference. For me, spending the extra $2700 for the bigger engine was a no brainer. I didn't need Nav, but the wife wanted it and the dealer had one in stock with more than I had "configured" and for less money than the one I configured....Premium Pkg, Tech Pkg, Drivers Assist Pkg, Heated front seats, Premium paint (not the standard black I configured with), leather, a few extra things, even threw in a new tint job. All for less $$ than the very basic 35 configuration I had built online.

Work with your dealer...configure a 35 online without Nav and add a few extras that aren't commonly ordered on the cars the dealer brings to his lot. Take that configuration to your dealer- they won't have it, so they'll try to make you a deal on something they do have.

One thing I did during the config online was to add M Sport Pkg as my very first step, then go back and change my exterior color to standard black (the $0 black, not the upcharge metallic). Doing that removes the M Sport Package automatically, but leaves behind the sport transmission and M Sport steering wheel w/ paddle shifters. Give that to your dealer- he cannot actually place an order for that vehicle with those options without M Sport, so he'll be willing to give a little on his end to make up for those items you just "had to have" that were on your config.

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Old 06-27-2013, 09:42 AM
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I was in your same shoes, I choose the 35i. No regrests whatsoever. The 35i will shame most cars out there that call themselvs "spot cars".
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Old 06-27-2013, 10:05 AM
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What would you do, Nav or 35i?

And here's another vote for the 35i. You can always add really cheap, good aftermarket nav. No such option for the extra power (and sound!).


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Old 06-27-2013, 10:23 AM
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We ordered the 35i without Nav... $2000 here in Canada. No thanks.
Pick up tomorrow and will use my TomTom for road trips.
The extra insurance that you always hear about for a larger engine doesn't exist, either. The difference was $8 per year.
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Old 06-27-2013, 11:05 AM
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What would you do, Nav or 35i?

I would say if possible, wait a month or two and save up enough funds to get both as I would hate to regret not getting an option I wanted.
But if you need to get it ASAP I agree with everyone above. Get the 35i.

But of course we are all car enthusiast here so most of the time we would say bigger engine is always better.


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Old 06-27-2013, 11:10 AM
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I would say if possible, wait a month or two and save up enough funds to get both as I would hate to regret not getting an option I wanted.
But if you need to get it ASAP I agree with everyone above. Get the 35i.

But of course we are all car enthusiast here so most of the time we would say bigger engine is always better.
HAHA...so true! We'd all also say order it with a manual transmission if it were even possible!
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Old 06-27-2013, 12:32 PM
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HAHA...so true! We'd all also say order it with a manual transmission if it were even possible!
Lol that is true! If they made it in manual I seriously would have ordered that too. The wife would seriously be upset as she can't drive manual


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Old 06-27-2013, 12:42 PM
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I dont know if I can afford the Navigation AND a35i over 28i. If you could pick only one, what would it be?
Well (in 2013) , I picked neither!
Never cared for navigation. As far as the larger engine, the difference (with the options I wanted) was about 3.6k at invoice pricing which seemed too much. And my wife didn't want larger engine anyway.

In the end of the day we paid about 41k plus tax which was pretty much where my line was.

Now, I would consider paying a bit more for hydraulic steering, but that's not an option!
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Old 06-27-2013, 01:46 PM
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Well on the other hand... 28i will save you more money on gas, and the navigation makes the car have a more complete look. When people sit in my X3, the navigation and the moonroof are the two things that make them say "wow nice."

Maybe the BMW navigation is better considered as a nice decoration, because as its function goes it's completely crap.
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Old 06-27-2013, 03:16 PM
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35i hands down. I have the nav and it is nothing special but the 35i is! No brainer!
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Old 06-27-2013, 05:07 PM
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What would you do, Nav or 35i?

Not sure what I would do if I did not have the headup display. Pretty sweet thing, there.


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Old 06-27-2013, 06:29 PM
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hmmm.... why don't you just find a used one so you can get both? I wouldn't give up either personally... & the heads up display is really... i wouldn't have opted for it b/c i hadn't really seen it but I was really happy the one we selected has it.. especially with the Nav...
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Old 06-27-2013, 07:18 PM
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Try different dealers. Shop around. Prices vary. Maybe you can get what you want. Buy NEW regardless.
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Old 06-27-2013, 07:32 PM
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I have both but no question, for me the 35i has been a no brainer!
Fabulously fun to drive!
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Old 06-27-2013, 07:57 PM
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\why don't you just find a used one so you can get both?
This is a good point. Mine was stickered at $52k, but I paid $42k and it was only 7 months old with 9000 miles. Cars.com is your friend... did everything online/over the phone, X3 showed up at my house a week later.
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Old 06-28-2013, 12:27 AM
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Just save few more months... Get both!! Because BOTH are important to me... This is how I got mine when I pick up my x3. Or let me make the deal to dealer for you... Where are you?
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Old 06-28-2013, 01:28 PM
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We got both- final sale price was a couple hundred over $50k. I did the configuration on a 28 and a 35, and to add options to bring the base 28 up to where it's identical to the 35 with the exception of the engine and standard wheels, you're looking at a $2700 difference. For me, spending the extra $2700 for the bigger engine was a no brainer. I didn't need Nav, but the wife wanted it and the dealer had one in stock with more than I had "configured" and for less money than the one I configured....Premium Pkg, Tech Pkg, Drivers Assist Pkg, Heated front seats, Premium paint (not the standard black I configured with), leather, a few extra things, even threw in a new tint job. All for less $$ than the very basic 35 configuration I had built online.

Work with your dealer...configure a 35 online without Nav and add a few extras that aren't commonly ordered on the cars the dealer brings to his lot. Take that configuration to your dealer- they won't have it, so they'll try to make you a deal on something they do have.

One thing I did during the config online was to add M Sport Pkg as my very first step, then go back and change my exterior color to standard black (the $0 black, not the upcharge metallic). Doing that removes the M Sport Package automatically, but leaves behind the sport transmission and M Sport steering wheel w/ paddle shifters. Give that to your dealer- he cannot actually place an order for that vehicle with those options without M Sport, so he'll be willing to give a little on his end to make up for those items you just "had to have" that were on your config.

Good luck!
I have both as well. It's a shame that you can no longer spec the : Sport Auto Transmission/paddle shifters, Sport Seats with extendable thigh support, and adjustable side bolsters with an anthracite headliner with out going ///M Sport. I purposely selected the former nicely equipped SAV package because I didn't want an ///M Sport. Hell some folks with 2011's have 19 inch OEM wheel/tire set ups with 275 rears that aren't even mentioned in current product literature. Again this was the original F25 35i SAV configuration, I'll get off the soap box now, at the end of the day I am happy with my specs


Ohh yes, I would take the turbo 6 over the NAV if it came down to it
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Old 06-28-2013, 01:37 PM
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What would you do, Nav or 35i?

No offense, but this is among the dumbest things I have ever seen. "Should we get a Nav unit that we have on all of our phones or should we get a bigger, twin turboed engine with tons more HP and torque that will allow for a much more satisfying driving experience?"


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Should we get a Nav unit that we have on all of our phones or should we get a bigger, twin turboed engine with tons more HP and torque that will allow for a much more satisfying driving experience?"
Which Nav is safer to use?.
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Which Nav is safer to use?.
That's what the voice is for...


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Old 06-28-2013, 03:20 PM
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No offense, but this is among the dumbest things I have ever seen. "Should we get a Nav unit that we have on all of our phones or should we get a bigger, twin turboed engine with tons more HP and torque that will allow for a much more satisfying driving experience?"


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