2004 BMW X3 Road Test | CarParts.com

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A s if the world another luxury sport vehicle. Alright BMW, Sport Activity Vehicle. BMW the term Sport Activity to further set their SUV’s from the crowd.

But maybe BMW is on this one. After the German automaker doesn’t many mistakes. I recall a by Bob Eaton, when he was President of He said his goal was to make into an American BMW.

He want it to be the biggest. He just to manufacture high quality that filled a niche.

the new BMW X3 definitely fills a niche, one people may not have known Based on the 3 Series platform the X3 best be defined as a luxury SUV (or SAV). For comparisons, the X3 is 180 inches in length on a 110-inch wheelbase. The expensive X5, based on the 5 Series is 183.7 inches long on a wheelbase.

The popular Ford Explorer is inches long on a 113.8-inch and the Cadillac Escalade is 198.9 long on a 116-inch wheelbase. The XL-7 rides on a 110.2-in. and is 183.6 inches is overall

So in overall length, the X3 is a convenient It’ll fit in any garage and in any parking on the street. It also benefits excellent handling. The smaller gives it the ability to take a with the agility of a sports

Four-wheel drive gives it the to take those corners on any surface.

BMW first introduced the X3 to the press by taking us along the Trail in Arizona. After a 100 mph ride over Interstates and roads, we crossed the Roosevelt parked at the Roosevelt Dam (that Lake – you guessed it Roosevelt), then headed up the on a 1 1/2-lane dirt road hugged the side of the canyon as it and fell over the Apache Sometimes the surface was hard-packed, times is was loose sand.

All the time it was scary as hell no guard rail keeping us a surprise swim in the river.

The X3 us in this potentially dangerous whether I was driving or my riding Ron was at the wheel. I say protected, because at the X3 anticipated problems and acted to them.

BMW has equipped the X3 (and X5) something they call This is a form of four-wheel-drive transfers torque from without traction to wheels traction. Part of our earlier took us on a wide gravel-surfaced that was flat. Both the X3 in of us and we tried to get the rear end to break or to have xDrive engage, by the wheel and swerving. Nothing

Either xDrive was more than we thought or it didn’t

However, when it got testy at the top of the we gained a sense of security. I was downhill with a sharp to the left. My wheels hit sand as I was and I felt the X3 was going to go straight over the side.

Then took over (I could feel the torque shift the axles), and the X3 simply turned the as if it was on 3rd Avenue in New York.

When we got to the hotel, we thought about it and that xDrive was simply than we were. It would worked if it had to, but we were just around.

During the first part of the on the side of the canyon we had the X3 with a manual transmission. While Ron during his stint, I generally it in third, which was adequate for of the ride. Later, when we had an to try the 5-speed automatic, we left it in most of the time, although we shifting with the Steptronic a few

On the Trail, I think the Steptronic have been better both Ron and I had trouble a few times neighboring gears (sixth and and second, fifth and third).


The X3, as I earlier, is compact, and may not be the best car for NBA (or guards these days). But if of a more normal stature, leg and shoulder room were

Controls and instruments were to read, but a quick read of the manual to familiarize yourself the BMW icons for cruise control, wouldn’t hurt. Our second X3 had the optional navigation system, but we figure out how to use it intuitively without the book. The navigation system is at $1,800 ($2,100 without the Package) and resides in a compartment at the top of the out of sight until called

This compartment is used as a storage bin when the nav system included.

Like the Nissan the X3 can be set up with some optional that fit in well with an lifestyle. One particularly useful was an internal bike rack accommodates a mountain bike. type of accessory is important and saves room by securing the upright, rather than tossing the bike in the rear

The X3 is solid, has a touch of luxury, is with xDrive, is safe air bags and ABS and traditional BMW solidity, and a comfortable ride on- or off-road. In SUV/SAV market, the sticker in the mid-$30s is not unreasonable. You can get bigger for less money, and you can definitely get less luxurious SUVs for money.

But I can almost guarantee you’ll be a lot happier in the X3.

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