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X3 F25 (2011 - current)
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Old 05-03-2013, 01:38 PM
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How our X3 saved our lives

Howdy all, newcomer here.

Thought I'd introduce myself with what I feel is a great BMW story:

Last summer, my wife, two kids and I, were coming back from a trip to Wisconsin in my wife's 2011 X3. If you've ever driven through southwest Wisconsin, you'd know it is very hilly and wooded terrain with primarily two-lane roads.

We were on such a road and behind two vehicles - a large tanker truck carrying milk from a dairy and right behind it, a very large pickup truck (A Dodge Ram if I recall correctly). We are going up a slight incline, but there is plenty of visibility to the incoming lane and no vehicles coming our way.

The milk truck is poking along at about 45 mph in a 55 mph zone. I patiently wait for the pickup truck to pass on the long straightaway. And wait. And wait. And wait some more. When it becomes clear to me that the truck is NOT going to pass, I decide (perhaps rashly) to pass both vehicles and get on with getting home.

Literally the MOMENT I got next to the pickup, he FINALLY decides it's time to pass and without looking just lurches over into our lane.

Everything after that seems like it was in slow motion. The wife and the kids start screaming, I (somehow calmly) sharply turn the wheel to the left and dart across the oncoming lane. As I was in passing mode, this all had to be accomplished at something around 70 mph. So we careen onto a very rough shoulder - here is where the X3's handling and suspension saved our asses - despite literally JUMPING (talking all four wheels off the ground) across two drainage culverts - the vehicle stuck to the loose gravel like a champ, and finally came to a calm halt after some controlled braking.

Of course I was livid at the idiot that nearly killed us. But damn if that X3 didn't handle like a frigging rally car on our bouncy near-death ride.

At any rate, when it was time for me to pick a new car earlier this year, I went with a bimmer myself thanks to that experience. Of course, I didn't want something as "soccer mom-ish" as an X3 so I went with the 335i convertible. But I am definitely a BMW disciple now.
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Old 05-03-2013, 01:52 PM
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I can't count the number of times that BMW handling and brakes has helped me avoid accidents that would have occurred were I in a lesser car. That is the best safety feature of BMW's!
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Old 05-03-2013, 02:55 PM
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.......Of course, I didn't want something as "soccer mom-ish" as an X3 so I went with the 335i convertible. ....
Yes the X3 is fast, engaging, and a sharp handling vehicle.
Great to hear that you had a good outcome!

... "soccer mom"??? - I'd characterize my X3 35i M Sport as athletic, robust, stylish maybe even hot.....



btw I owned an e93 335i MT which was fun but traded it after a year, largely out safety concerns - the idea of flipping an e93 is not pretty......
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Old 05-03-2013, 03:02 PM
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HEY! no bmw is soccer mom-ish!
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Old 05-03-2013, 06:12 PM
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My E83 was rear-ended by a driver traveling 40-45 mph with my wife and I in the car. On an '05 X3, though the damage seemed minor, the damage to the suspension and other components was enough to hit the "totalled" button.

We walked away with only a slight soreness.

The other person's car was a "you shoulda seen the other guy" story.

We went right out and ordered another X3. 'nuf said.
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Old 05-03-2013, 07:09 PM
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My E83 was rearended by a Honda Accord. Not even a a fair fight... $500 bumper damage to me.... totalled Accord for the other guy who was texting BTW. Ultimate Driving Machine for real !
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Old 05-03-2013, 07:28 PM
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Not even a fair fight! Love it!

Mine was totalled on points, the other driver's was totally totalled.
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Old 05-03-2013, 07:36 PM
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really don't appreciate the soccer mom comment. Happy you and your family are ok but your comment is stupid.

Why put down the car like that after it just saved you and your families life? It also puts down the guys on this forum who love this car and use it as their daily driver.
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Old 05-04-2013, 09:13 AM
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Old 05-04-2013, 10:00 AM
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How our X3 saved our lives

"Soccer Momish?"

We're here to discuss our X3 love and you view this vehicle as embarrassing? If you drove a sedan, the low ride could have caused serious damage to your underbelly when you spiralled towards a ditch. You also had the stupidity of trying to pass 2 vehicles at the same time which included a long truck.

You could have slowed the vehicle instead of believing you had the right of way, instead of continuing the attempt to pass.

Glad you're OK and the vehicle did it's job, but you need to be more defensive and cannot rely on the technical wonders of BMW to save you.


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Old 05-04-2013, 08:03 PM
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The overtaking x3 had the right of way...
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Old 05-05-2013, 06:43 AM
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Old 05-05-2013, 07:31 AM
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True, but you always have to assume the worst about other drivers, and have a back up plan. In this case it would be preparing to brake hard and swerve slightly in the instance that one of the cars you were about to overtake was to move into your path, as others have noted. when you already know what you will do in an emergency you don't have to think about it, and the execution is smoother.
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Old 05-05-2013, 08:27 AM
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How our X3 saved our lives

I'm not sure the overtaking vehicle has ROW when it's crossed a divider. Is that really true?

Also, it might not be legal to overtake multiple cars while crossing a divider. It's certainly risky behavior in any case.

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Old 05-05-2013, 09:08 AM
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It's legal to pass where I live. If the X3 was already passing the pickup it was the pickup driver who had the obligation to ensure the lane was clear when he pulled out.
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Old 05-05-2013, 09:14 AM
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It's legal to pass where I live. If the X3 was already passing the pickup it was the pickup driver who had the obligation to ensure the lane was clear when he pulled out.
Ah yeah, my mistake. I misunderstood the original description. Thanks.
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Old 05-09-2013, 08:21 PM
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Disregard OP. He drives a convertible like an elderly and basically lives in Illinois. It was probably his fault anyway.

Wait, isn't the F25 35i faster than the e93 335i? Torbs, we should race sometime, see who gets the groceries home faster.

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