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Vastly overpriced.

Yes it does look like a mini-X5, I saw a couple when I was in France.

The bumpers look cack in plastic and for ?30k why not just add another couple and get an X5....

....alternatively just forget the 4x4 thing and buy a 330d touring, it's faster, handles better, more economical, just as big inside, etc etc etc

I got sucked in to the trendy 4x4 thing and bought a Merc ML320 (yes my wife drove it most of the time) it was the biggest car purchase mistake I've made! It handled like a barge in a storm, drank fuel and was basically resented by other road users (yes you can tell by the way people cut you up and don't let you out of junctions etc).

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Please remember this is only my opinion and the X3 has been reviewed as the best 4x4 in it's size - the main criticisms were the price, interior space and bumpers.
 

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Very ugly, very expensive. Dynamically very good apaprently as with all BMWs and probably a class leader just like the new 5, but its just so ugly - and you have to look at it every day. The X5 is a nicer car, but very common, even MORE money and a bit drug dealer. TBH if you go to that price level I think the NEW Discovery (not the old one, what a heap), which is more a baby Range Rover than a big Freelander, or an Volvo XC90 would be my choice.

In compact SUV land Ive no idea. Although I dont like the Freelander, everyone I know with one always raves about them, and the facelifted model is quite nice. But British build to worry about there...its a tough one really!
 

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If you've got the chance of one then why not try it?

My 320 hasn't depreciated very much in ther last year so I could still sell it and make money over what I paid. If you could get a good deal then maybe you could move it on without loosing too much? (if they're as popular as the X5 was when it was launched you won't have a problem moving it)

A black one won't show the plastic bumpers as bad....[;)]
 

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The X3 newspaper ad has a surfboard strapped to the roof.

To non surfers this won't mean much but to me it speaks volumes.

It's a very high performance board with no boardbag or roofpads. i.e. trying to be cool but with no idea - Oh dear!
 

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hey martyn was at the launch of the x3 in bavarian on thurs nite past and was mighty impressed they have 3 fitted with the bm bodykits and i tell u they look rather good, am supposed to be getting one for a wkend sometime soon so if/when i do sure u can take it for a spin
 
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