08-13-2013, 06:36 AM
Officially Welcomed to the 'Fest
Location: Teller County, Colorado
Join Date: Jun 2005
Mein Auto: '14 X3 35i / '03 F350
The question applies to the X3 as well.
The Xs were designed with travel on unpaved surfaces in mind. Heck, my driveway is 1/4 mile long and unpaved. Most of the roads in my county are unpaved.
They have an "off road" course at the Performance Center in Spartanburg.
The key items to pay attention to are:
I have taken both my E83 and F25 on some unpaved mountain pass roads and trhey did fine. Even with the underbody panels there are exposed components (such as the gizmo that attaches to the steering that automatically levels the xenon headlights) that are relatively easily damaged by an errant stick, branch or rock that are often encountered in rougher or narrower unpaved roads.
- No low range
- No skid plates (but there are heavy plastic underbody panels to keep rocks and such out)
- Limits on clearance and water depth (varies by X model and year)
- Tires - tread pattern
- No spare if you slash a tire on sharp rocks
So last week I took my X halfway up Ophir Pass in the high San Juans of Colorado. The west side was reported to have some washouts that would have challenged the clearance on my F25, so I continued on to Telluride via Ouray . But it did just fine on the east side. I took it slow since I did not know the road surface and did not want an errant rock kocking out the headlight leveling gizmo. or something else. With a jeep I would have been moving much faster.
Our BMW: '14 X3 35i, Deep Sea Blue, Black Nevada Leather, Fineline Wave Wood, Satin Aluminum Roof Rails, Premium Pkg, Cold Weather Pkg, Navigation System, Driver Assistance Pkg with ALL them cameras, Premium Sound
Our truck: '03 Ford F350, 7.3L turbo-diesel, 4WD, Lariat package, Lear topper, cow catcher, Blue over Grey (Go Rice!)
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