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Old 08-28-2015, 01:40 PM
iamthewalrus iamthewalrus is offline
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Just wanted to share that after 9.5 years and 54K miles, I still absolutely love my X3. There is nothing on the market today I'd trade this thing for.
It's a 2006 BMW X3 3.0i M-sport, 6-speed manual, loaded. There's just nothing like it! If something were to happen to it, I'd buy a new GTI, but otherwise I intend to drive it for another decade or so. Just think, on a whim I bought it used, CPO with 9K miles on it. It's been my favorite car ever.



Previously I've owned the following:

1998 Audi A4 2.8 Quattro Triptonic
2006 BMW 330Cic manual, sport package, loaded
2006 Mini CooperS convertible, manual, sport package, loaded

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Old 08-28-2015, 01:50 PM
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Any issues with the car at all? I hope I could be in the same shoes as you with my 14 x3 35i msport. But with these newer cars and the tech they put in them I doubt I would keep it past the extended warranty 7yr 100k miles.
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Old 08-28-2015, 01:57 PM
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Just wanted to share that after 9.5 years and 54K miles, I still absolutely love my X3. There is nothing on the market today I'd trade this thing for.
After 7 years and 158,000 miles I feel the exact same way. The only issue I had was lack of audio bluetooth from my iPhone but I solved that with a USA-SPEC box and Tune2Air module. It's now absolutely perfect!!!!

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Where is the bottom picture taken? I'm always looking for off the beaten path places like that.

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Old 08-28-2015, 02:23 PM
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Any issues with the car at all? I hope I could be in the same shoes as you with my 14 x3 35i msport. But with these newer cars and the tech they put in them I doubt I would keep it past the extended warranty 7yr 100k miles.
I had the rear bumper repainted because of an "aggressive parker" in San Francisco. And the weather stripping in the sunroof came off. Other than that, it's been flawless with regular maintenance.
That said, I don't drive it every day. For me it's a road trip car to head to the mountains or the desert.

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Old 08-28-2015, 02:24 PM
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Where is the bottom picture taken? I'm always looking for off the beaten path places like that.
That's from a National Forest Service road in the Cascades mountains outside of Seattle. I do a lot of backpacking, and the X3 is great for these types of roads.
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Old 08-28-2015, 02:26 PM
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In the first photo, I got it up to ~125 mph driving across the Alvord Desert in southeastern Oregon. It's a prehistoric lakebed about 12 miles x 8 miles and it was amazingly fun! It's the first time I've ever rung out each and every gear to red line and just kept going. Wow.
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Old 08-28-2015, 02:28 PM
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That's from a National Forest Service road in the Cascades mountains outside of Seattle. I do a lot of backpacking, and the X3 is great for these types of roads.
Thank you!
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Old 08-28-2015, 06:57 PM
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In the first photo, I got it up to ~125 mph driving across the Alvord Desert in southeastern Oregon. It's a prehistoric lakebed about 12 miles x 8 miles and it was amazingly fun! It's the first time I've ever rung out each and every gear to red line and just kept going. Wow.
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