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Old 12-30-2018, 07:52 PM
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About to buy 2019 X3 - Colors & Apple Carplay

I am close to buying a 2019 X3 30i. Deals seem good with dealers in DC area offering 10% off + $3000 BMW finance rebate.

I see that the Premium Package includes 1yr of Apple Carplay. What happens after 1 yr?

Also - I am probably going to get the M Package in either Carbon Black/Mocha or Phytonic Blue/Cognac. I first thought the cognac interior was awful but strangely it's growing on me.

Anyone have the cognac interior and have opinion after living with it for a while?
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Old 12-30-2018, 08:38 PM
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I see that the Premium Package includes 1yr of Apple Carplay. What happens after 1 yr?
$80/year forever, or you lose the feature.
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Old 12-30-2018, 08:42 PM
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I am close to buying a 2019 X3 30i. Deals seem good with dealers in DC area offering 10% off + $3000 BMW finance rebate.

I see that the Premium Package includes 1yr of Apple Carplay. What happens after 1 yr?

Also - I am probably going to get the M Package in either Carbon Black/Mocha or Phytonic Blue/Cognac. I first thought the cognac interior was awful but strangely it's growing on me.

Anyone have the cognac interior and have opinion after living with it for a while?
10% off of the MSRP plus a $3,000 finance rebate on a loaded car with $16,000 of options is a good deal! If you belong to the BMWCCA and have been a member for at least a year, don't forget to fill out their form and get your $500 check back from them. We have the M package on my wife's 19 X3 30i and it is a knockout! Get the car ceramic coated by an independent such as Opti-Coat. If you like shiny cars, it will shine like a mirror and has a 5 year guarantee. Don't go thru the car washes. Just use a hose and the dirt just rolls off! You won't regret it!

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Old 12-30-2018, 09:13 PM
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10% off of the MSRP plus a $3,000 finance rebate on a loaded car with $16,000 of options is a good deal! If you belong to the BMWCCA and have been a member for at least a year, don't forget to fill out their form and get your $500 check back from them. We have the M package on my wife's 19 X3 30i and it is a knockout! Get the car ceramic coated by an independent such as Opti-Coat. If you like shiny cars, it will shine like a mirror and has a 5 year guarantee. Don't go thru the car washes. Just use a hose and the dirt just rolls off! You won't regret it!

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Thanks for advice. What color combo did you buy?
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Old 12-31-2018, 12:15 AM
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Thanks for advice. What color combo did you buy?

We got the polar white with the Cognac interior. Very rich looking. Oh by the way, if you get the M Sport package, it does not come with the fatter M steering wheel. The steering wheel that comes is the standard width one which my wife prefers. It's a good looking one with all of the bells and whistles. You'll like it. Good luck and take your time and get exactly what you want.

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Old 12-31-2018, 04:13 AM
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I am close to buying a 2019 X3 30i. Deals seem good with dealers in DC area offering 10% off + $3000 BMW finance rebate.

I see that the Premium Package includes 1yr of Apple Carplay. What happens after 1 yr?

Also - I am probably going to get the M Package in either Carbon Black/Mocha or Phytonic Blue/Cognac. I first thought the cognac interior was awful but strangely it's growing on me.

Anyone have the cognac interior and have opinion after living with it for a while?
Can't offer anything on the "carplay" thingy, as I'm not an apple kind of guy, but I understand you need to pay yearly to continue to use it. So you have to pay extra to pay extra each year What's wrong with that?

I went with carbon black/cognac with mine and like the look. My X5 had the mocha interior which was nice but, after a while, started to look too dark and muddy for my tastes. I think you'd like Cognac with either color FWIW.
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Old 12-31-2018, 06:05 AM
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Thanks for input! There a several choices out there - I am just having a hard time picking one. I guess I shouldn't complain I can buy one if I want. Happy New Year!
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Old 12-31-2018, 06:58 AM
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Phytonic Blue/Cognac. I first thought the cognac interior was awful but strangely it's growing on me.

Anyone have the cognac interior and have opinion after living with it for a while?
I have the Blue/Cognac. About two months now. It's a nice interior color, light, easy on the eyes, looks great. No regrets at all.

I also ordered the flat wood interior (not sure of name), rather than glossy. Really like it, no glare, much different look than most cars have.
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We got the polar white with the Cognac interior. Very rich looking. Oh by the way, if you get the M Sport package, it does not come with the fatter M steering wheel. The steering wheel that comes is the standard width one which my wife prefers. It's a good looking one with all of the bells and whistles. You'll like it. Good luck and take your time and get exactly what you want.

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2019 M sport models do actually come with the fatter M steering wheel. That "missing" steering wheel in the M sport package was only on the 2018s.

Apple carplay now comes "standard" for 1 year and then is a yearly subscription. Previously, it was a $300 lifetime charge, now it is $80 a year. I would happily pay $300 for the "lifetime of the car', but no way in heck I am going to pay $80 a year forever for it. I am not a big believer in "software as a service" but it is one of the ways everyone is trying to make money now, on software.
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Old 12-31-2018, 12:35 PM
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2019 M sport models do actually come with the fatter M steering wheel. That "missing" steering wheel in the M sport package was only on the 2018s.
OP is talking about an x30i, not M40i, and, unless things have changed, option 710 is not available on the x30i.
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Old 12-31-2018, 02:56 PM
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I am close to buying a 2019 X3 30i. Deals seem good with dealers in DC area offering 10% off + $3000 BMW finance rebate.



I see that the Premium Package includes 1yr of Apple Carplay. What happens after 1 yr?



Also - I am probably going to get the M Package in either Carbon Black/Mocha or Phytonic Blue/Cognac. I first thought the cognac interior was awful but strangely it's growing on me.



Anyone have the cognac interior and have opinion after living with it for a while?


9 months with my Phytonic Blue/Cognac interior combo and still love it.


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Old 12-31-2018, 04:33 PM
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If you belong to the BMWCCA and have been a member for at least a year, don't forget to fill out their form and get your $500 check back from them.

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You don't need to be a prior member anymore. Just get a 3 year membership and you qualify right away for the $500 rebate.

https://www.bmwcca.org/rebate-update
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OP is talking about an x30i, not M40i, and, unless things have changed, option 710 is not available on the x30i.
Darryl, you are so right!
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You don't need to be a prior member anymore. Just get a 3 year membership and you qualify right away for the $500 rebate.

https://www.bmwcca.org/rebate-update
Good advice Bob. I forgot about that.

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Old 01-01-2019, 06:14 AM
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I think starting today, BMWCCA is no longer combinable with USAA, whic was a great deal. Not sure why they stopped it this year.

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You don't need to be a prior member anymore. Just get a 3 year membership and you qualify right away for the $500 rebate.

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Old 01-01-2019, 10:44 AM
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OP is talking about an x30i, not M40i, and, unless things have changed, option 710 is not available on the x30i.
So its not possible to get a 30i in M sport guise?

Wait.. which option is 710, the steering wheel or apple car play? I mentioned two different things in my post, one about the steering wheel and one about carplay. I dont have all the option codes for BMW memorized so im not sure which option you are speaking of.
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Old 01-01-2019, 11:23 PM
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So its not possible to get a 30i in M sport guise?

Wait.. which option is 710, the steering wheel or apple car play? I mentioned two different things in my post, one about the steering wheel and one about carplay. I dont have all the option codes for BMW memorized so im not sure which option you are speaking of.
See the quoted part of your post.

While you can get most of the BMW M sport cosmetics on the x30i (matte grille and some wheels are N/A), there is no M steering wheel available (which is option 710).

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Thanks for everyone's input. I haven't been able to make up on my mind on color combo so I guess I will miss out on the BMW winter sales event. Hopefully there will be good deals again soon!
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After a year, pay for one of those companies to code your car so you get CarPlay again.

Charging yearly for CarPlay is beyond absurd. I have no problems encouraging "aftermarket" solutions for a company charging annually for something that should be free. I see it VERY differently than pirating movies/games.
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I ordered a dark graphite over cognac in late November and it arrived just before Christmas. In my opinion, the color combo is amazing and I really like the cognac interior. It's a little more orange than the saddle brown I had previously but it looks great. My second choice was the metallic black over cognac...I that would look great as well. I added a couple pics

Regarding Apple Car Play, I really wanted the feature and utilizing the touchscreen for Waze. I'm not sure it's worth $80 a year but we'll see...

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After a year, pay for one of those companies to code your car so you get CarPlay again.

Charging yearly for CarPlay is beyond absurd. I have no problems encouraging "aftermarket" solutions for a company charging annually for something that should be free. I see it VERY differently than pirating movies/games.
Yeah I really hope this will be an option. I can buy a Hyundai and have no CarPlay fee, it's completely absurd that BMW wants to suck down a yearly premium for this feature. Are they going to start charging a fee for air conditioning service next?

I get charging a fee for traffic data that requires ongoing infrastructure support. I almost chose not to get another BMW over this issue it ticks me off so much.
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I have the Blue/Cognac. About two months now. It's a nice interior color, light, easy on the eyes, looks great. No regrets at all.

I also ordered the flat wood interior (not sure of name), rather than glossy. Really like it, no glare, much different look than most cars have.
The matte wood is called "Fineline Cove Matte." I have it in my M40i with the black leather/blue stitching upholstery. Exterior is Alpine White.

I think it's the most distinctive BMW interior I've seen. The only photos of the matte wood inserts I've seen from BMW always show it in light interiors, which makes me think the designers intended it for light colors.

I don't like light-colored interiors, especially in the G01 where you'd get an "Oreo" effect: black headliner, light trim in the middle, black carpets and lower dash.

In the all-black interiors I prefer, the other trim options are either odd ("Rhombicle? WTF is that?) or too shiny.

The matte wood is especially amazing at night when you can just barely see its texture with the ambient lighting (which I set to white accent over blue, to echo the blue stitching on the dash and seat).

It's so elegant! You're gonna love the matte wood choice.
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The matte wood is called "Fineline Cove Matte." I have it in my M40i with the black leather/blue stitching upholstery. Exterior is Alpine White.

I think it's the most distinctive BMW interior I've seen. The only photos of the matte wood inserts I've seen from BMW always show it in light interiors, which makes me think the designers intended it for light colors.

I don't like light-colored interiors, especially in the G01 where you'd get an "Oreo" effect: black headliner, light trim in the middle, black carpets and lower dash.

In the all-black interiors I prefer, the other trim options are either odd ("Rhombicle? WTF is that?) or too shiny.

The matte wood is especially amazing at night when you can just barely see its texture with the ambient lighting (which I set to white accent over blue, to echo the blue stitching on the dash and seat).

It's so elegant! You're gonna love the matte wood choice.
I echo your thoughts on the matte wood.... but our photonic blue with black (blue stiching) X3 is my wifes car. She liked the rhombocile. I tried several (and I mean SEVERAL) times to change her mind to the matte wood look as I thought it was classy with that specific interior but she saidd "no" each tiime... and the last time said:

"I dont like the matte wood, and its going to be my primary car... right?. I think the rhombicile looks more sporty so thats what I want"

My queue to stop asking, lmao.

We pick it up soon, it looks like it just got to the dealer.
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You'll get a survey from BMW after you get your car. Ding them when they ask if you would recommend BMW to a friend. Say you hesitate because they charge for Apple CarPlay when no one else does. If enough of us do it, that should catch their attention.
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