Nice write-up op - thanks!
I've also had my X3 (28i) for a while now (since August actually) and am approaching 9k miles..
The N20 is very smooth motor especially when paired with 8 speed tranny which I think is fantastic..
IF you're in an area with snow - do yourselves a favor and get a dedicated winter set of tires (and enjoy sport set-up in summer).
Have I been happy with my choice? Absolutely - it fit our budget and broader needs at the time of the buy. I would characterize the X3 as an extremely capable and a comfortable everyday driver. A rationale vs emotional choice for me.
At lease end? I'll probably opt for something with a little more flair, testosterone and snort.
X4 diesel or in 35i trim maybe?
Current Ride: 2013\28xi\Deep Sea Blue\Oyster Nevada Leather\Fineline Sienna Trim\Sport Activity \Cold Weather\Premium\Comfort Access\Navigation\Panoramic Moon Roof\BMW Assist
Previous Rides: E92 M3, E70 X5 35d, E71 X6 50i, E71 X6 35i,E60 550i, E46 M3 Cabriolet, E39 540i, E36 328i