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      06-17-2012, 12:27 AM   #1981
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Find it a touch annoying that the 'base' X3 doesn't have USB. It's standard in my mini and is brilliant for all my music, drag it all onto a stick and it plays great in the car with all the track and album names. With a USB don't really see the need for anything else for music.
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      06-17-2012, 02:58 AM   #1982
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Find it a touch annoying that the 'base' X3 doesn't have USB. It's standard in my mini and is brilliant for all my music, drag it all onto a stick and it plays great in the car with all the track and album names. With a USB don't really see the need for anything else for music.
Looking really nice SR40X3 .. I bet you are well chuffed

I do agree that the X3 should have the USB as a standard feature..think it is standard in the new 5 series.
Got the USB with Bluetooth added for my X3 and it works very well to connect my S2. Works seamlessly to get track and album names displayed on the screen
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      06-17-2012, 03:31 AM   #1983
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Thanks Horsey!

So maybe an older cradle would be the way to go? For me?

Have reversing camera on my curtesy car (and my X3 when it arrives) - very nice. No top view for me, though.

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I have the full 30 pin extension cable, so yes I get all the functions ... As far as I can tell.

I don't think you can get a cable that plugs into the BMW feature connector. The cradle has a circuit board, so I am assuming there is much more to the cradle than just a connection receptacle.
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      06-17-2012, 07:25 AM   #1984
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Here are a few photos of the new toy, I hope these links work:

The weather chucked it down yesterday on a treck over the East Yorkshire moors so it didnt stay clean for too long !!

Still getting used to the controls, a few things have changed since my 5 series from 3 years ago.

Initial thoughts:

I was a bit wary about the comfort of the seats over long distances. I needent have worried. Pleased I specced the electric seats as finding a good position was quick and easy.

Cruise control has moved to the steering wheel from a stalk on the left, will just take a little getting used to.

Volume control is now on the right of the wheel, sadly there is no mute on the steering wheel unless I am missing something so the on/off button has to do. Scrolling through tracks or radio stations is also different but not an issue.

The SATNAV is something to behold in widescreen display. At last BMW has got its act together and has full postcode input.

I like the HUD, the info is very easy to read and helps in that the speed limit on the road is shown alongside the actual speed. Putting the SATNAV info up there has to be a bonus for safety. No more looking down at the display or the dash.

I took the iphone cradle out of the 535d so no issues there, phone works perfectly well. I dont store music on it, but I do on the itouch. This worked well off a cable showing album art and the music details. I had a lot of my music on a 32Gb stick. That also worked well, but I noticed that some album art work didnt show, so need to investigate that.

The rear sill seems to be very vulnerable to scratches so need to invest in something here. Currently looking at the BMW sill protector. I think that they have missed something here as I'm sure that 3M film was available for the old model??

Overall I'm very pleased with the car. Its indecently quick even keeping the revs down to reasonable levels for the time being. Just clocked 350 miles so far, so its early days yet, and so far no reoccurance of the 'transmission fault'
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      06-17-2012, 03:08 PM   #1985
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Looks gret vojac love the colour...bugger to keep cleaning bet. Had a 135 that colour, looked fab when spotless.
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      06-17-2012, 04:16 PM   #1986
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Looks gret vojac love the colour...bugger to keep cleaning bet. Had a 135 that colour, looked fab when spotless.
Yes the hosepipe will be over it tomorrow now the ban has been lifted.
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      06-18-2012, 02:10 AM   #1987
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Looking good Vojak! Any reason you didn't spec the 19" wheels?
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      06-18-2012, 02:25 AM   #1988
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Looking good Vojak! Any reason you didn't spec the 19" wheels?
Yes, I drove a demonstrator with 19's and didnt like the look of them. One spoke on each pair looked 'back to front' . No offence to anybody who specced them, its just my personal opinion.
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      06-18-2012, 02:29 AM   #1989
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Enjoy cleaning her!
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      06-18-2012, 02:34 AM   #1990
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Enjoy cleaning her!
Yes will do. If the rain holds off it will be a coat of wax too.
Do you have a delivery date yet for yours?
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      06-18-2012, 02:40 AM   #1991
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Enjoy cleaning her!
Yes will do. If the rain holds off it will be a coat of wax too.
Do you have a delivery date yet for yours?
Emailed the dealer first thing this morning so watch this space!
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      06-18-2012, 02:49 AM   #1992
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450 miles in and I am getting about 29 MPG on a 25 mile 1 hour journey (mix of London traffic, motorway and country roads). Still in breaking in period, but not driving Miss Daisy either.

Not sure what MPG I am expecting, but it is sure to go down once I am over 1200 miles ...
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      06-18-2012, 03:22 AM   #1993
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Smile Collection Day

Hi all,

Finally collect my X3 today. Delayed from Friday due to work commitments.

Hopefully weather will hold. Will try and download some pictures later.
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Back again :-)
I'm getting closer to what I want to order. Can the group check my reasoning-

I think i'd prefer the extra power of the 3.0d over the 2.0d, but because of the 4k extra cost I'm only going to choose the Professional Nav + Sports Steering wheel.

The BMW assist that's included with the Professional Nav sounds like a gimmick- I presume I can't delete it and get some money back?
Is there any extra which you would class as essential? Subjective question :-)
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Emailed the dealer first thing this morning so watch this space!
She's at Bremehaven and about to be loaded back on to a ship to Southampton. Don't think it will quite make this weekend but looking good for early next week
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Back again :-)
I'm getting closer to what I want to order. Can the group check my reasoning-

I think i'd prefer the extra power of the 3.0d over the 2.0d, but because of the 4k extra cost I'm only going to choose the Professional Nav + Sports Steering wheel.

The BMW assist that's included with the Professional Nav sounds like a gimmick- I presume I can't delete it and get some money back?
Is there any extra which you would class as essential? Subjective question :-)
Go for the 3.0 and buy yourself a Tomtom
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She's at Bremehaven and about to be loaded back on to a ship to Southampton. Don't think it will quite make this weekend but looking good for early next week
Maybe on the same ship as my 2.0D CB M Sport?

Mine is now at the dealers the middle of next week and ready for collection on the 29th June (although I will probably have to collect it on the Saturday).

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Can I get USB + Bluetooth integration without Nav?
When I say USB i.e. track listing and album art?

What size display is on a non-nav X3?
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Maybe on the same ship as my 2.0D CB M Sport?

Mine is now at the dealers the middle of next week and ready for collection on the 29th June (although I will probably have to collect it on the Saturday).

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Stands a good chance! Am still hoping it might be ready for collection by the weekend, but think I will be disappointed!

Do you have any info on when the ship is due at southampton?
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The BMW assist that's included with the Professional Nav sounds like a gimmick- I presume I can't delete it and get some money back?
Nope. 'Fraid not.
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Make sure you get some nice wheels! And if you can afford it a reversing camera of some description. Bum warmers for the winter!
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Lovely pics Vojak,
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