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      05-10-2011, 12:01 PM   #23
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Ah.... the sweetness of black on black. Congrats cmilligan!! Aluminum with black/black is a nice choice too.
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Thank you LedZep! So how do you like it!? How does it compare to X5?
Too soon to compare after only one day of light driving, but so far very impressed. It has a much tighter feel than the X5 in terms of steering and suspension. Literally like a tall 3 Series.


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Looks Beautiful!!! can't wait for mine... is there any extra charge for you interior seat in US? how much?..
Not in the U.S., it is a standard available leather color.
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      05-10-2011, 02:26 PM   #25
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Really nice! What's the width of the rear tyres with the M-sport pack? Same as the front?
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Really nice! What's the width of the rear tyres with the M-sport pack? Same as the front?
If you read post #17 just above, today's date, you would know the answer to that question.......
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      05-10-2011, 03:49 PM   #27
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OK here is the tuff question LedZep... if you had to decide on one, which one would you take X5 or x3?!
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OK here is the tuff question LedZep... if you had to decide on one, which one would you take X5 or x3?!
Too early to answer that. The X3 has the advantage of being the brand new baby... but the X5 is one hell of a sweet vehicle. Besides, I have both so that I don't have to make Sophie's Choice...
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Too early to answer that. The X3 has the advantage of being the brand new baby... but the X5 is one hell of a sweet vehicle. Besides, I have both so that I don't have to make Sophie's Choice...
Can you take some pictures of the dampers to see if they are electronically controlled? Some aren't going to be convinced until its seen...
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Great photos! Love seeing it! BEAUTIFUL!!
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If you read post #17 just above, today's date, you would know the answer to that question.......


What are the specs without all season tyres (can't believe they are actually putting that crap on a BMW)? Anyone taken M-sport delivery in Europe yet?
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What are the specs without all season tyres (can't believe they are actually putting that crap on a BMW)? Anyone taken M-sport delivery in Europe yet?
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Just picked my Carbon Black 35i M Sport. Here are the options on my X3 and a couple of early pictures. I'll post more pics and some observations soon.

2011 BMW X3 3.5i M Sport Package
Carbon Black, Black Nevada Leather and Fineline Wave Wood Trim
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Convenience Package
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Premium Package
Technology Package
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M Double Spoke 310 Light Alloy 20" Wheels and Pirelli Pzero RFT Tires 245/40 & 275/35 (summer)
369 Light Alloy 19" Wheels and Pirelli Sottozero Serie II Winter RFT Tires 245/45 (winter)
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WOW! Nice!!!!

I didn't like those wheels at all on the Alpine White M Sport, but they look amazing on the Carbon Black. Beautiful!!
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WOW! Nice!!!!

I didn't like those wheels at all on the Alpine White M Sport, but they look amazing on the Carbon Black. Beautiful!!
Thanks LEDZEP!

I have to admit that I was very nervous ordering the X3 M Sport in Carbon Black with the 310 style wheels without seeing them paired together first. I spent an hour at the dealer today staring at the vehicle at different angles, trying to decide if I liked the combo. One part of me thought it looked great and the other that it was too "boy racer" for lack of a better word.
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Is that laurel BMW?
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Is that laurel BMW?
Yes it is. Their business development manager, Mike Alder was great to work with. I followed him to Laurel from another BMW dealer.
I occupied a lot of his time with questions and one-off requests. He went above and beyond.
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... but the X5 is one hell of a sweet vehicle.
In what way is it better than the X3 apart from space? Embellish us a bit
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Yes it is. Their business development manager, Mike Alder was great to work with. I followed him to Laurel from another BMW dealer.
I occupied a lot of his time with questions and one-off requests. He went above and beyond.
Ug... I wanted them to call me as soon as they got an M-sport in so I could look at it.... They never called
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Thanks LEDZEP!

I have to admit that I was very nervous ordering the X3 M Sport in Carbon Black with the 310 style wheels without seeing them paired together first. I spent an hour at the dealer today staring at the vehicle at different angles, trying to decide if I liked the combo. One part of me thought it looked great and the other that it was too "boy racer" for lack of a better word.
Yep - "boy racer" was my exact opinion of them on the AW shown at the Paris Auto Show. But they look like they belong nicely with the Carbon Black. You'll have to let us know how rough the ride is with those lower profile tires though.
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In what way is it better than the X3 apart from space? Embellish us a bit
Really?? Ever been in an X5? The quality of materials is much better; there is additional sealing to prevent outside noise; the optional comfort seats are amazing; etc., etc.

It's a different level of vehicle, just like the 5 Series compared to the 3 Series.
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Really?? Ever been in an X5? The quality of materials is much better; there is additional sealing to prevent outside noise; the optional comfort seats are amazing; etc., etc.

It's a different level of vehicle, just like the 5 Series compared to the 3 Series.
Good to hear your opinion, driven a number so know better materials etc so the size just keeps me off. Was more specifically curious on the difference in agility, handling of the two since you have both.
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ChitownX looks awesome! This is exactly what I want to get! Just not set on trim. Consider alum or wood. Looking forward to more pics! Best wishes with it! Enjoy! Thanks for sharing!
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Really?? Ever been in an X5? The quality of materials is much better; there is additional sealing to prevent outside noise; the optional comfort seats are amazing; etc., etc.

It's a different level of vehicle, just like the 5 Series compared to the 3 Series.
I have to agree with LEDZEP on this one. I left a fully loaded 2005 X5 4.4i with sport package for the 2011 X3 35i M Sport. The interior materials are definitely a step down from the current E70 X5 and my old E53 X5. The options are also held back so as not to compete directly with the X5. The panorama roof for example – both panels tilt up and slide back in the X5. However; the X3 is also around $20K cheaper when similarly equipped. I chose to go with the X3 because the E70 X5 is too big for me. It’s now 7 inches longer and 4 inches wider than my old E53 X5.

BTW – I don’t understand why BMW doesn’t offer the same level of materials or options across model lines. Audi does a better job IMO offering the same level of materials and options across lines. Offering the same level in the X3 isn’t going to detract from the X5 or cause someone to step down from the X5 to the X3 because they can get everything in the X3 that’s offered in the X5.
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