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      12-16-2011, 09:26 AM   #1101
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It looks great john and like I said, I like the front and back styling a lot but the wheels do appear smaller to me, particularly the back ones - I've tried to show this in the picture below. It's more of an issue with lighter colours. I really like the CB M Sport but I wouldn't buy another black car, particularly not with BMW's fragile paint.

I like your VR M Sport (looks better with no xline) and I think the CB M Sport and the AW M Sport (but only with 20" alloys) both look fantastic. I'm not bashing the M Sport, just trying to say why it's not for me. X5 M Sport all the way just not X3. If we all liked the same there would be no colour choice, style choice or any options and it wouldn't invoke these debates. I'm all for it
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      12-16-2011, 09:54 AM   #1102
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I think its to do with the angle of the car too. I just loved the way the M Sport looks and the Xenons are a must!
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      12-16-2011, 10:35 AM   #1103
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I think its to do with the angle of the car too. I just loved the way the M Sport looks and the Xenons are a must!
100% with you on the xenons. They make a huge difference. I still haven't seen an MSport in the flesh. I'm come clean and post an update if I see one and change my mind!
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      12-21-2011, 08:59 PM   #1104
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After 1103 posts on this thread since 25-Jan-11 when sfax started it all, is it time for one of those Reviews like they do on the telly? The high points and low points. I have looked through the various names of UK-based posters who have ordered an F25 X3 and listed them below in order of appearance (a sad waste of time I guess, but I will be waiting for 8 months for my new car, so forgive me (only 3 more months to go - but who's counting). Best wishes for Christmas to all the posters.

1 sfax
2 cooldude00
3 Rcluff
4 X3buyerScotland
5 BIMMER UK 76
6 ScotX3
7 julesjen
8 TuffLittleUnit
9 washy
10 VikingOne
11 mjjc1972
12 marmite
13 Bimmer Bertie
14 AJWilson
15 Waffle
16 tank531
17 Wig and Gown
18 Max3Factor
19 Pugger
20 Bustofa
21 W3dge
22 YORKIE
23 cebula2000
24 DJ Daddy-O
25 ErbyX3
26 RobT
27 Bill S
28 CRW
29 Humbug
30 dmilne
31 guycashmore
32 Stevenuk
33 JimBeamer
34 kennygee
35 clivem2
36 X3_About_Time
37 TheWheelNut
38 Swervedriver
39 Broch
40 Chudwill
41 johnbmw6
42 Dave_B
43 Redbhuna
44 worfdum
45 MattUK
46 troggy1969
47 cumbrianlad
48 Rogerbu
49 dnw
50 cheesebag
51 dewalty
52 Gossy
53 ricardoyak
54 gemuk
55 X35D For Me
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      12-22-2011, 03:02 AM   #1105
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After 1103 posts on this thread since 25-Jan-11 when sfax started it all, is it time for one of those Reviews like they do on the telly? The high points and low points. I have looked through the various names of UK-based posters who have ordered an F25 X3 and listed them below in order of appearance (a sad waste of time I guess, but I will be waiting for 8 months for my new car, so forgive me (only 3 more months to go - but who's counting). Best wishes for Christmas to all the posters.

1 sfax
2 cooldude00
3 Rcluff
4 X3buyerScotland
5 BIMMER UK 76
6 ScotX3
7 julesjen
8 TuffLittleUnit
9 washy
10 VikingOne
11 mjjc1972
12 marmite
13 Bimmer Bertie
14 AJWilson
15 Waffle
16 tank531
17 Wig and Gown
18 Max3Factor
19 Pugger
20 Bustofa
21 W3dge
22 YORKIE
23 cebula2000
24 DJ Daddy-O
25 ErbyX3
26 RobT
27 Bill S
28 CRW
29 Humbug
30 dmilne
31 guycashmore
32 Stevenuk
33 JimBeamer
34 kennygee
35 clivem2
36 X3_About_Time
37 TheWheelNut
38 Swervedriver
39 Broch
40 Chudwill
41 johnbmw6
42 Dave_B
43 Redbhuna
44 worfdum
45 MattUK
46 troggy1969
47 cumbrianlad
48 Rogerbu
49 dnw
50 cheesebag
51 dewalty
52 Gossy
53 ricardoyak
54 gemuk
55 X35D For Me
56 AC888
Great list (must have taken some time!)

Special mentions from me go to BIMMER UK 76 and X3buyerScotland for their advice and for convincing me to spend more money! Also marmite, viking, tuff, julesjen, cooldude, bustofa, ajwilson, washy, waffle and tank

High points:
  • The moment I got a VIN hit on the WW website and was able to track my X3 across the Atlantic and through the English Channel
  • Seeing the daytime driving lights coming towards me on my X3 with mrs sfax behind the wheel
  • And of course taking delivery and playing with everything for the first time
  • Not seeing any other X3s on the road for about 6 weeks after taking delivery of mine
  • Making my X3 beep its horn 3 times remotely using my iPhone

Low points:
  • Seeing people cancel because of waiting times or dealers messing up
  • Hearing that washy's X3 had to go - hope you end up with another one soon mate
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      12-22-2011, 04:07 AM   #1106
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Well finally been told mines hitting the dealer on the 27th December.... So hopefully should have my new toy before the new year!
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      12-22-2011, 04:30 AM   #1107
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After 1103 posts on this thread since 25-Jan-11 when sfax started it all, is it time for one of those Reviews like they do on the telly? The high points and low points. I have looked through the various names of UK-based posters who have ordered an F25 X3 and listed them below in order of appearance (a sad waste of time I guess, but I will be waiting for 8 months for my new car, so forgive me (only 3 more months to go - but who's counting). Best wishes for Christmas to all the posters.

1 sfax
2 cooldude00
3 Rcluff
4 X3buyerScotland
5 BIMMER UK 76
6 ScotX3
7 julesjen
8 TuffLittleUnit
9 washy
10 VikingOne
11 mjjc1972
12 marmite
13 Bimmer Bertie
14 AJWilson
15 Waffle
16 tank531
17 Wig and Gown
18 Max3Factor
19 Pugger
20 Bustofa
21 W3dge
22 YORKIE
23 cebula2000
24 DJ Daddy-O
25 ErbyX3
26 RobT
27 Bill S
28 CRW
29 Humbug
30 dmilne
31 guycashmore
32 Stevenuk
33 JimBeamer
34 kennygee
35 clivem2
36 X3_About_Time
37 TheWheelNut
38 Swervedriver
39 Broch
40 Chudwill
41 johnbmw6
42 Dave_B
43 Redbhuna
44 worfdum
45 MattUK
46 troggy1969
47 cumbrianlad
48 Rogerbu
49 dnw
50 cheesebag
51 dewalty
52 Gossy
53 ricardoyak
54 gemuk
55 X35D For Me
56 AC888
I hadn't posted on this thread but ordered my 3.0D MSport in September. Delivery due 1st June - but I must wait until my current contract expires. I try to ignore all the problems folks report with their new cars and just hope mine is a good one. I'm sure a lot of folks only post when they are looking for help with problems - the happy ones have less need, so it biases the forum.

I'm with SFAX on the rarity pleasure. I live south of Manchester and only see an (F25) X3 very rarely. And have never seen a 3.0D MSport. Sort of hope it lasts.
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      12-22-2011, 07:40 AM   #1108
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X3 Rarity

I have seen a few SEs on the road, but never seen an X3 Msport. Which is a bit strange given the car was launch for a while.
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      12-22-2011, 09:36 AM   #1109
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Great summary X3_all_about_time

This thead had 'matured' over its lifecylce. All that very informative stuff from sfax as an early adoptor then all the members images of F25 parked on driveways. Now we have a wealth of images and details on spec and ordering I see the forum moving to 'living with your F25'. No doubt more maintenance info for those DIYer and real world experiences etc will come next year.

The low for me was the waiting and then the Japan earthquake and reports of more delays. The highs, now the car is a regular drive, are the deisgn and driving satisfaction.
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      12-23-2011, 04:12 AM   #1110
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great thread....

high point - seeing the xenons come on for the first time 0 - 0

low point - wind noise is starting to irritate me, considering i had a z4 softop before, that's saying something!
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      12-23-2011, 07:24 AM   #1111
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I've just seen the powered bootlid on an X5 and now I'm wondering if I should add this option to my X3 35d m sport? Anyone else opted for powered bootlid operation?
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      12-23-2011, 08:32 AM   #1112
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I have ordered comfort access that includes the bootlid.

I liked it on the test drive, but beware low ceilings in car parks! You can set the opening gap in iDrive but easily forgotten. It didn't do any damage though.

Of all the extras on my car I think it is the least necessary but will be handy when running the family taxi service to rugby, orchestra etc.
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      12-23-2011, 10:27 AM   #1113
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I have this on my Q5 and have ordered it for the X3. In this country when the whether is crap most of the year, the back of the vehicle takes the brunt of all the road dirt deposits. Never having to touch the bootlid when loading and unloading saves messy hands numerous times! it is also very cool
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      12-23-2011, 05:32 PM   #1114
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having had time to think about adding the bootlid option ... I'm going to take the plunge - my excuse will be similar to dnw's which is no more dirty hands!!

thanks for the feedback
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      12-23-2011, 05:37 PM   #1115
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x3-About-Time, It's a good list, and I was happy to see my name was not last on it although I felt like I should have been.

I feel very lucky today, the 23rd of December, as I've just been able to pick up my own X3 after waiting since the 6th of June order. While you may have another 3 months to go, I know you'll be as proud as punch, as I am to own and drive one of these great cars

All the best, and merry Christmas
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      12-23-2011, 06:18 PM   #1116
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It looks great john and like I said,wheels do appear smaller to me, ...
Rear wheels look smaller?? Not from here.
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      12-24-2011, 04:25 AM   #1117
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      12-24-2011, 07:57 AM   #1118
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Merry Christmas to all and thanks for the kind words. This has been and continues to be the best forum I have had the privilege of being a member of. Loving the car - best I've ever had. Highlight of this week - Quote me happy insuring me & the wife for 260 for 2012. Great value, noting 600 total excess.

PowerBoot is super but opens fast enough to spill any water in right side boot edge in the car if parked on a downward slope. Still great arriving at the car, dumping stuff in the open boot tho.

Best wishes for 2012 X3 owners and I suspect I know what Santa drives on Ruddolf's day off.
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      12-24-2011, 09:56 AM   #1120
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great thread....

high point - seeing the xenons come on for the first time 0 - 0

low point - wind noise is starting to irritate me, considering i had a z4 softop before, that's saying something!
Having lived with the new X3 for about three weeks now, I'm now completely settled in with it, it's my first automatic and as most would agree I'd never go back to manual through choice now.

When I ordered there were no details about a larger engine size than a 2l, but I'm really happy with it now I'm working the engine more after 2K miles.

In fact, there's only one thing that annoys me, so trivial but it's the radio, it keeps playing until I lock the car, not on ignition turnoff.

Is there anything I wish I had spec'd - just the HID lights, but I thought I'd spent enough at the time - also aquired a BMW 1200 GSA this year so couldn't hide both bills!!!

The last Beemer I owned was a series 3 tourer about 5 years ago, and I am really pleased with the build ths time round.

How are any of you cleaning the seats - Oyster, my denims seem ok so far, any tips on frequency or product anyone???

High points

Walking into the dealership placing an order last march.

Collecting in late November after being given 3 days notice.

Finding out after signing for the car that it had been behind me all of the time under a black cover with a big red bow on it.

Low points

Getting out after a journey!

Merry Christmas everyone
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      12-24-2011, 12:18 PM   #1121
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Gossy,

Do you push the Start/Stop button once or twice when you stop your X3? Pushing it twice should turn off everything, including the radio.
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OK...got THE phone call. Getting mine Friday Morning!!!!
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