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X3 F25 (2011 - current)
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Old 04-22-2013, 11:22 AM
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Question 28i or 35i?

Hi all,

So I've got my options pretty much set - tech package, premium, driver assist, fineline wave, top view camera, metallic paint, and heated front seats. With these options, the 35i is $3330 (invoice) more than the 28i.

Is the bigger engine worth the extra cost? It's pushing a bit above my target budget but if it's worth it, then I'd consider getting it past the domestic budget committee

Thoughts please, especially since I'm not including the m-sport package (right now).

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Old 04-22-2013, 11:35 AM
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Well.. I must say, if your really looking for that something extra, the 35i wont disappoint. I test drove the 28i, and it just left something to be desired. This is my wifes primary car, but when I drive it I want to be able to have that BMW performance feeling. The 28i seemed luggish.

I have always had larger engine suv's / trucks for myself. Hemi Jeep when first got my license, and since then 3 Ram 2500's with the Hemi's. So my wifes previous 4 cylinder 2009 honda accord was wimpy to my standards.

Its really a personal preference, but for me, I have always had power under the hood, and didnt want to sacrifice this time around with our X3 as we did with the accord.
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Old 04-22-2013, 11:46 AM
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35i is well worth it. You can learn from my recent experience.
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Old 04-22-2013, 11:52 AM
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I would say if you can afford it, go for it. The 35i puts the X3 into another class of SUV. My wife who drives pretty conservatively first test drove the 28i and then the 35i, once she test drove the 35i, there was no going back, she was hooked. The power across the band is incredible, the torque can be felt from the initial accelaration and keeps on pulling well pass the speed limit. Also, do not forget that the xenon lights and the signature LED angel eyes day time running lights are standard on the 35i, which is a $900 option on the 28i. Gas mileage wise, its not that much difference either, only 2 mpg difference for tons more fun.

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Old 04-22-2013, 11:53 AM
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Holy Sh*t batman! The 35i is completely worth it. I drove both within the same hour and if you ever drive or are loaned a 35i in the future, you will regret this choice. If you lease or finance, the monthly payment differential is practically nil. Well...not nil...but it's not that large

If you are just gonna cruise or want better gas mileage, the 28 will work fine. However, if you want the "ultimate driving machine" with a true performance feel, the 35 is the balls!
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Old 04-22-2013, 11:54 AM
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Go with the 35, you'll not regret it.
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Old 04-22-2013, 11:57 AM
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the 35 is the balls!
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Old 04-22-2013, 01:18 PM
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Completely agree with all previous posts. Def worth it. I test drove both and it's a no brainer to me!!
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Old 04-22-2013, 01:33 PM
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I love the 35i as well, and I have seen a few post from people that went with the 28i wondering if they should have went for the 35i but I have never seen a post where someone has a 35i wondering if they should have stuck with the 28i.
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Old 04-22-2013, 02:15 PM
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We went with the 28i last year but we didn't even try the 35i. With the options we wanted the price differential was about 3600 or so at invoice which seemed pretty significant.
My wife is the primary driver, and she flatly said that the power was plenty on the 28i when we were deciding.
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Old 04-22-2013, 02:24 PM
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I just ordered a 35i last week for my wife. It was between an 28i, 35i or and X5. First BMW too BTW. I didn't even let her drive the 28i after trying the 35i!

If we only end up owning 1 BMW in our life, it is not going to be a "small" one. Best of luck as the dealer was pushing all the merits of the 28i too as he knew we wanted to keep the price down.
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Old 04-22-2013, 02:52 PM
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I just ordered a 35i last week for my wife. It was between an 28i, 35i or and X5. First BMW too BTW. I didn't even let her drive the 28i after trying the 28i!

If we only end up owning 1 BMW in our life, it is not going to be a "small" one. Best of luck as the dealer was pushing all the merits of the 28i too as he knew we wanted to keep the price down.
In our long and convoluted car search we almost had decided on Q5 2.0 in the end, and then drove the X3 28i. That probably cemented the decision since X3 definitely felt much more agile than the q5.

As far as the budget goes I really wanted to keep it down as much as possible since the miles are piling up on my 325i...

Anyway, congrats on your order, it is a great car.
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Old 04-22-2013, 03:30 PM
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Old 04-22-2013, 11:05 PM
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Old 04-23-2013, 01:01 AM
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Hah. Definitely not making it past the budget committee!!
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Old 04-23-2013, 11:58 AM
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I had a '05 X3 3.0 for 7.5 years. That's a 225hp normally aspirated powerplant that worked just fine with enough spirit for me and my wife driving it at 6000-10000 ft ASL where we live. When we drove it down to sea level it really scooted. My opinion.

While shopping for my '14 X3, I tested both the 28i (240hp) and the 35i (300hp). The 28i was a very competent engine and performed much better than my old X3 (which at 6000 ft was really only about a 200 hp engine). I opted for the 35i:
- I am going to keep this cara long time and amortized over the lifetime of the vehicle, the price difference was not that great
- at my elevation, you get all the hp you can afford
- it sounded better

However - it is entirely personal. Drive 'em both - see what you think. Our opinions are our opinions - it's your (plural) opinions that really matter.
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I bought the 28i in January.
It's not that easy to sort this question out.
The 28i provides all the power needed to do the stuff an X3 needs to do, but no more. It will pass trucks with ease, on level or uphill ground, and it will get you from point A to point B without complaint. When you put it in sport mode, it's for the most part satisfyingly engaging. Truthfully, in sport mode, I ask myself what more I would want it to be able to do than that -- but the very fact that I find myself wondering about that question every 2nd or 3rd time I take it out says something you should think about.
The 28i saves some money and gas and does the job, but doesn't do it with exuberance.
If I was starting over, I'd probably get the 35i, but I can't put a finger on a specific thing the 28i isn't doing for me that I need to have done, if that makes sense.
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I bought the 28i in January.
It's not that easy to sort this question out.
The 28i provides all the power needed to do the stuff an X3 needs to do, but no more. It will pass trucks with ease, on level or uphill ground, and it will get you from point A to point B without complaint. When you put it in sport mode, it's for the most part satisfyingly engaging. Truthfully, in sport mode, I ask myself what more I would want it to be able to do than that -- but the very fact that I find myself wondering about that question every 2nd or 3rd time I take it out says something you should think about.
The 28i saves some money and gas and does the job, but doesn't do it with exuberance.
If I was starting over, I'd probably get the 35i, but I can't put a finger on a specific thing the 28i isn't doing for me that I need to have done, if that makes sense.
I get exactly what you mean. Why I wouldn't even let my wife try a 28i as I think the practical side of her may have leaned that way. Not sure she even knows the diff but she loved the 35i and we placed the order. .



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I bought the 28i in January.
It's not that easy to sort this question out.
The 28i provides all the power needed to do the stuff an X3 needs to do, but no more. It will pass trucks with ease, on level or uphill ground, and it will get you from point A to point B without complaint. When you put it in sport mode, it's for the most part satisfyingly engaging. Truthfully, in sport mode, I ask myself what more I would want it to be able to do than that -- but the very fact that I find myself wondering about that question every 2nd or 3rd time I take it out says something you should think about.
The 28i saves some money and gas and does the job, but doesn't do it with exuberance.
If I was starting over, I'd probably get the 35i, but I can't put a finger on a specific thing the 28i isn't doing for me that I need to have done, if that makes sense.
+1 - this makes a lot of sense. I drove the 2.8 M Sport and was impressed. It is a very satisfying ride. The 35i especially with M Sport and DHP plays at a different level and comes close to being the "perfect" SUV/SAV for those who want a more spirited ride. My X3 35i MSport is fast, engaging, comfortable,versatile, and makes all the right noises! Vroommm!
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28i or 35i?

I love my X3 with the n20 engine, it's smooth and feels like v6.
Both engines you can never go wrong with,
On the 28i you can option more packages if you like if you are on a budget.



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I can't put a finger on a specific thing the 28i isn't doing for me that I need to have done, if that makes sense.
I ask myself the same thing when we were deciding between the two engines. How I rationalized buying the 35i was that both engine can do the same thing, but the N55 does it effortlessly. Of course its nice to have power on tap for emergency situations and the fun factor.
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Thank you all for your advice. The 35i passed the domestic budget committee so that's what we went with . Can't wait!!!


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35i is $2300 more as compared to 28i as premium package is $1000 cheaper on 35i. so if you want quick engine 35i is way to go. i did not test drove 35i, may be we would have changed our mind, my wife drives X3 and 28i is plenty for her.
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35i is $2300 more as compared to 28i as premium package is $1000 cheaper on 35i. so if you want quick engine 35i is way to go. i did not test drove 35i, may be we would have changed our mind, my wife drives X3 and 28i is plenty for her.
Dont forget that the X3 35i have standard Xenon lights, adaptive headlights and the signiture BMW angel eyes LED day time running lights, thats another $900 right there. So the difference is really down to $1400, and dont forget the higher resale value of the 35i as well. When its all said and done, if you are going to load up a a 28i, upgrading to the 35i is really kind of a no brainer.
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Dont forget that the X3 35i have standard Xenon lights, adaptive headlights and the signiture BMW angel eyes LED day time running lights, thats another $900 right there. So the difference is really down to $1400, and dont forget the higher resale value of the 35i as well. When its all said and done, if you are going to load up a a 28i, upgrading to the 35i is really kind of a no brainer.
No - sorry - I had already factored this in to the cost difference (the premium package difference, anyway, since I didn't really care about the lighting package). $3300 was the difference in cost when you took into account the premium package difference (and something else that I can't recall).
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