Originally Posted by jackab
well, visit to local BMW dealership has me smitten with the new '11 X3 xDrive35i..... (this is exactly how I ended up buying my M5 last year too - went in to look at another vehicle and drove out with the M5 beast!). I'd never owned a BMW before buying my M5
Hehe, I guess there's something about the F25 in person, because I had the same experience. Never owned a BMW. Went in to talk about the upcoming F30 and was told they wouldn't have any for sale until June, and no X-drive until fall (I live in the northeast). I was gutted and ready to leave when I sat in the F25 and was immediately smitten.
The X5M is AWD so I can't imagine the new X3M would be any different though who the hell knows when it'll actually be available. I say get the X3 35i for now and then trade it in for the X3M if you like the package but want even more power. That's my plan! My X3 35i arrives at the dealer next week :-)