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Are there any minor design flaws or oversights that you would like to see addressed in the next model year? Items that you believe would improve the X3 without requiring the expenditure of signifigant monies by BMW... In other words, a low cost/benefit ratio that BMW should find difficult to ignore.

Here are a couple:

1. Change the unpleasant warning that sounds when the key is left in the ignition after opening the driver's door to a more dulcet tone.

2. Add some sound insulation or dampening material to the doors so that they close with a more satisfying thunk.
 

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1. Active suspension system that stiffens with road speed.

2. Better navigation system.
a. User controls that are easier to use so you don't have to take your eyes off the road. I hate that stupid dial.

b. Allow scrolling of the map.

c. A local mode so you don't have to sort thru addresses on the other side of the country. i.e. an address look up that works for addresses within a user defined radius like 100 miles.

d. A larger LCD with a higher resolution (and color depth) map. Look at http://maps.google.com for a role model.

e. Clean up all the town data so that you don't have deal with "XXXX, Town of"

3. Hybrid engine for improved gas mileage.

4. Heated seats for rear passengers.

5. A little more horsepower (15-25 hp)

6. DVD player for audio as a DVD can store more MP3s.

7. If a door is open, I'd like to know which door(s) and not that any one of 5 are open.

8. Ability to adjust when headlight washers and rear washer comes on to save on wiper fluid.
 

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Are there any minor design flaws or oversights that you would like to see addressed in the next model year? QUOTE]

1. Rear trunk lid 2 way opening - addition of glass only.

2. PDC consistency - you are not always sure it is on?

3. German windshield fluid available in North America.

4. Eliminate break dust :thumbdwn:
 

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Better looking exhaust system.

A better way to hook up an iPod, without having to buy costly extra parts or connectors.

A place to put coins.

I think there was something else but I can't think of it right now...

 

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2006 Mods

1) Skinny Threshold (not aftermarket) - to crawl over the extra 3-4" is nuts, not on other BMW's (only X's).

2) 2.5 Engine noise - mine screams between 1000-2200 RPM (yeah I know go faster, but the gendarmes don't appreciate it!). Interestingly enough, my wife/friends commented on it first as it intruded on a song (radio/mp3), now I can't help but notice & get irritated.

3) Simple adjustments to the electronic settings - I have to travel 300 miles to get a setting changed on my keys. I recognize they are coded by computer, but jeez how many do I have to have just to make a change - I don't want to mess with the engine, just the lights, seats, alarm, locking mechanism.

4) Universal radio "head end" - Sirius or XM or ? plus indash 6 cd/dvd player - KIA gives it away - we pay way too much for this stuff!

5) Consider me obstinate, but at $ 40,000+ I would at least expect the Garage Door Opener to be built in! This is dumb and we're dumber for willingly paying "EXTRA" for a standard that's on virtually every other upper end car model?

I love my X3 but somethings really don't make a lot of sense BMW! :rolleyes:
 

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Rob V said:
Do you have an 04 or 05 model? I've heard that they made the doors make more of the"thud" sound in the 05 model because of the complaints of the 04 model.
I have the 2004. I haven't heard a 2005 door closing, but am glad the issue was addressed.
 

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Best upgrade - the new 3.0L engines (with 225 and 255HP respectively).

More color options - how about a basic red? something perhaps like Audi's Aviator grey?

No-cost painted bumpers (could be a low cost option).

SMG option.

A "ZHP" option with even more power, more aggressive suspension and unique trim.

A V8 option? :bigpimp:

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2. PDC consistency - you are not always sure it is on?
Yes. The light should mean that it's on and not that it's activated. It would be cool if the nav display would display information from the PDC like the 7-series does.
 

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iChick said:
Better looking exhaust system.

A better way to hook up an iPod, without having to buy costly extra parts or connectors.

A place to put coins.

I think there was something else but I can't think of it right now...

YES! A place to put coins!

After figuring out how to create a MP3 CD (150 songs), I don't see a need for iPod anymore. However, I would LOVE to see a DVD audio player so that we can put 600+ MP3s on a single DVD.
 

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1. An upgrade to the cheap/hard plastic
at first we really liked the gray interior now it’s starting to look/feel cheep/hard

2. Move the brake pedal (safety issue)
ab’s says his 12 D has been hitting the brake pedal; I’m worried about what might happen in a panic stop

3. Garage door opener, garage door opener, garage door opener
we’ve ordered the mirror more of my time spent at the dealership

4. Owner programmable vehicle/key programming
our keys have been programmed 3 times looks like it’ll take a couple more times to get everything set the way we want them, our service dept doesn’t seem to be able to do but a couple of changes at a time a lot more of my time spent at the dealership
 

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2. Move the brake pedal (safety issue)
ab's says his 12 D has been hitting the brake pedal; I'm worried about what might happen in a panic stop
In a panic stop, your husband will stomp on the brake with all his might - he will WANT to hit the brake :).

But for normal operation he may want to shave off some of the right-hand rubber side of the brake pedal, using a utility knife. If this causes the rubber cover to come off, he can replace with a new one (cheap) - but I think it will stay on if he's careful.

4. Owner programmable vehicle/key programming
our keys have been programmed 3 times looks like it'll take a couple more times to get everything set the way we want them, our service dept doesn't seem to be able to do but a couple of changes at a time a lot more of my time spent at the dealership
Change the dealer/service department - the ones you have are simply inept. My keys have been programmed faultlessly since day one.

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x3man said:
After figuring out how to create a MP3 CD (150 songs), I don't see a need for iPod anymore. However, I would LOVE to see a DVD audio player so that we can put 600+ MP3s on a single DVD.
OK - I guess I should quit being lazy and make some mp3 CD's... But I still want to be able to use the iPod in there more easily and inexpensively.
 

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OK - I guess I should quit being lazy and make some mp3 CD's... But I still want to be able to use the iPod in there more easily and inexpensively.
A good idea for BMW might be to have an option for an MP3 Player connection in the ash tray opening - instead of the stock lighter and 'ash tray'. I think the current accessory iPod connection is in the glove box.

No price change just the option. It can't cost anymore than the lighter and tray assembly.
 
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