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BMW X3 xDrive20d BluePerformance SE 5d (2012/62) - Owner Review

The front and rear parking sensors.

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Review submitted by
Dick Bustin on

BMW X3 (11-17)


4 out of 5

What does this car say about you?
Practical family man.

What do your friends / family / neighbours think of the car?
Everyone loves it.

Would you buy this car again and why?
I wouldn't buy another X3. An equivalent 5 Series is cheaper and has more luggage space and a more comfortable clutch position.

What are you likely to buy next?
5 Series or X5.

Buying experience

5 out of 5

Type of dealer you bought from?

Did you buy this car new?

What price did you pay?

When did you buy the car?
December 2012

Did you get a good deal and why?
The deal is a leasing arrangement through Alphabet and is a good deal for BMWs compared to other manufacturers.

Is there any special reason why you bought this car?
I wanted a larger car to carry around all the new family paraphernalia following the birth of our first child.

What was the dealer like?
I didn't visit the dealer. All contact was via the phone and email. I had a weekend test drive. There was no follow up even to ask if I liked the car.

Driving it

4 out of 5

What's it like to drive?
It's a comfortable cruiser. Enjoyable on country lanes, too. The clutch position is high, which can make it a little uncomfortable in traffic. I should have chosen one with the auto gearbox!

What's it like to park?
No problems parking with the front and rear sensors. My test drive car also had a rear parking camera which was great, however I judged it to be an unnecessary extra as the standard front and rear sensors are fine.

Living with it

4 out of 5

Have you had any problems with the car?
A number of warning lights keep coming on. It has been back to a dealer several times and no cause has yet been identified.

What's most practical about your car?
The front and rear parking sensors.

Favourite gadget, option or accessory?
The built-in sat nav.

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