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Old 09-22-2014, 10:22 AM
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Test drove X3 and the front end was lower than others

I test drove a CPO 2011 X3 last weekend and one had a front end that was 1-2 inches lower than all the other X3's. Everything was the same including rim/tire size, AWD, etc and the dealer stated that all vehicles are OE.

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Old 09-22-2014, 11:04 AM
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Take the last seven characters of the VIN and look up what options that X3 was ordered with. Might be some sports suspension option? Also, there are folks out there that can't resist the urge to change suspension parts, even on a brand new vehicle.

I've foolishly done that once in the past... with a leased car that I thought I would buy out. So it can be tempting to assume that a person wouldn't bother to fiddle in that way, given really low mileage.
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Old 09-22-2014, 11:11 AM
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Did the 2011 X3 ever come lowered from the factory?
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Old 09-22-2014, 11:37 AM
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Did the 2011 X3 ever come lowered from the factory?
Not as far as I know. The X3 does not have the fixed lower sport suspension, just the adaptive suspension. The 2011 you look at might have the wrong size tire, modified suspension or front suspension issues.

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Old 09-22-2014, 11:42 AM
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Not as far as I know. The X3 does not have the fixed lower sport suspension, just the adaptive suspension. The 2011 you look at might have the wrong size tire, modified suspension or front suspension issues.
That was my first thought that the front end had suspension issues. Looks like I'll pass on it then. During the test drive I noticed that taking bumps felt significant but the sales guy said it was due to having a "sports suspension".
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That was my first thought that the front end had suspension issues. Looks like I'll pass on it then. During the test drive I noticed that taking bumps felt significant but the sales guy said it was due to having a "sports suspension".
Was the suspension in sport mode?
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Old 09-22-2014, 12:20 PM
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Was the suspension in sport mode?
Yeah?
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Yeah?
That would explain the rough ride, in comfort mode, its softer.
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That would explain the rough ride, in comfort mode, its softer.
We toggled the sport and comfort modes and the rough ride was nearly the same. I drove another X3 with the same specs and it drove much much smoother over bumps.

The sport mode wouldn't change the height though...
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We toggled the sport and comfort modes and the rough ride was nearly the same. I drove another X3 with the same specs and it drove much much smoother over bumps.

The sport mode wouldn't change the height though...
That's the problem with those adjustable suspensions, they are great when they work, but it another thing that can break down as it age.
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