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X3 F25 (2011 - current)
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Old 05-07-2013, 10:08 PM
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Picked up 2014 X3 28i - thoughts

I learned a great deal from this forum over the last two months while ordering our X3. Last week we finally picked it up. This forum introduced us to our CA - Jon Shafer from Santa Barbara. It was a delight dealing with him throughout the process and we highly recommend him for anybody based in SoCal. It was a very enjoyable experience and we came out not just buying a car but a relationship. It might be the same with other great CAs out there, but certainly the first for us. And on top of it, was also the most trouble free/favorable lease return on our outgoing 2011 328i.

Now our thoughts regarding our car. Our X3 is a Black Sapphire with Tech pkg, Lighting pkg, Driver assist, Heated seats, rear shades, brushed aluminum trim.

Coming from a sedan, the X3 ride is very smooth and comfortable and the handling is amazing. I like the electronic gear shifter as you don't feel the jerk when going from park/reverse to drive. The only thing is that the 28i engine leaves something to be desired. It is not as peppy and in the sport mode it's fast but seems like it's gasping for power. I never test drove the 35i (dealer didn't have any) so thought 28i would be ok for us. In retrospect, I would have preferred the 35i with I'm still happy with the 28i. I would recommend everybody on the fence to test drive both the engines.

I opted out of the Premium package because a lot of things came standard on 2014 X3's (storage pkg, ambient lighting, garage door opener, etc.). Having had a leather trimmed BMW for the past three years I am quite impressed with the leatherette. Very comfortable and it does have a stitching around the seats so gives a nice look.

We did not get roof rails as satin rails don't go well with Black (thanks for pointing that out Pharding). It looks smart even without the rails. The Black sapphire color is hardly noticeable from the Jet Black unless the car is directly under the sun.

Our first car with a HUD. It's nice that it has your speed displayed right in front of your eyes. Because sometimes I don't even realize I'm over speeding. Nav directions on HUD are very useful and I recommend testing it out before writing it off. Plus the black display is a nice change from the earlier BMW displays.

Thank you all for your suggestions especially with the lack of info from BMW on the new MY 2014. All in all a great experience with an amazing CA, and a great car
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Old 05-08-2013, 05:10 AM
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As the engine breaks in it becomes noticeably more responsive and fun to drive. In addition the automatic transmission adjusts to your driving style. In our case it shifts quicker in normal mode. I am now pleased with the performance of our 2014 28i, although if had I it to do all over I would have gotten the 35i. All things considered both wifey and I agree that our 2014 X3 28i is a great ride.
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Old 05-08-2013, 07:49 AM
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Can you confirm that without Comfort Access, you can start the car without putting the key in? I heard that's new in 2014 as well. I may be mistaken though.
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Old 05-08-2013, 08:21 AM
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Picked up 2014 X3 28i - thoughts

Yes. Even without comfort access you can start the car with the key in your pocket. As I remember, it's the same with 2013s as well.


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Old 05-08-2013, 01:09 PM
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Can you confirm that without Comfort Access, you can start the car without putting the key in? I heard that's new in 2014 as well. I may be mistaken though.
There's no place to put the key in. All BMWs use push start button.

I wish my X3 has comfort access though.
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Old 05-08-2013, 01:18 PM
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There's no place to put the key in. All BMWs use push start button.

I wish my X3 has comfort access though.
Comfort Access is the only reason we went with the Priemium package as my wife "thinks" the non leather last better and require less maintenance.
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Comfort Access is the only reason we went with the Priemium package as my wife "thinks" the non leather last better and require less maintenance.
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