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      01-14-2022, 02:20 PM   #1
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Drives: F25-X
Join Date: May 2020
Location: Florida

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Identifying Options for the X3 F25

This forum has provided a WEALTH of information for me - here's a little something back all in one place that hopefully will show up in a search for someone looking to "figure out" options and opportunities while shopping for their future F25.

For many / all this is old and assumed standard information.
For newbies / these are checklist items that you don't know until you know.

I think we can ALL agree that for this model of vehicle - buyer's vigilance is due! Now these cars are getting up there in miles, and have widely varied histories - - know what you're buying!

By just looking at the seller's photos / here's a BRIEF rundown of what to look for to identify if the vehicle has the options that you're looking for (without performing a VIN search).

In particular / shopping for the LCI versions.... '15, '16, and '17 year models

The M-Sport appearance package is pretty easy.........
*wider black openings below the fog lamps in the front bumper
*different 3-spoke steering wheel with the m-badge in the lower spoke
*larger shift control knob with a wider "p" button at the top vs the standard skinny shift knob with the smaller 'p' button on the top.
*sportier wheels vs the standard twisted spoke

We ALL know how much the halogen headlamps SUCK.

ALWAYS check this first.

Halogen = only bottom half of low beams illuminate for DRL (daytime running lights), and you can clearly see the bulb in the lower bottom of the housing - and - NO angel eye rings around the reflectors.

Xenon = you can see the projector domed lens clearly, as well as the LED angel eye rings around them used for DRL.

Drivers Assistance Package:
Front end collision avoidance, Blind spot detection, and 360 degree camera view.

Two indicators for these options are
[a] the camera in between the kidney grills just above bumper height / clearly visible when present
- AND -
[b] in the cabin, between the front vents on the dash / instead of just a single button for the hazard lights - that is half size and there is a second button in this space right below it - - this lower button allows you to select or deselect the safety options in this package

360 degree overhead bird's eye viewing of the camera angles

Right beside the shifter control knob/stem,
there are three possible buttons.
*ONE - Hill Descent Control - controls breaking and throttle while mitigating steep embankments while you're off-roading or rock crawling (lol)
Most have this button (but not all)
*TWO - Park Distance Control - deactivates alerts given by parking distance sensors in the bumpers / AND (when equipped) / activates or deactivates the camera views for your 360 degree cameras
*THREE - Surround View - this button activates and/or toggles viewing from your front and/or side surround view cameras

When I was shopping for my X3, I looked for these things up front, and was easily able to identify and determine very quickly which cars did and did not have these options at a glance.

Standard HiFi stereo vs Harmon Kardon surround stereo:
the words "Harmon Kardon" are on the grills in both front door cards.

HUD (heads up display):
I didn't really find a "tell" on this one other than to try to catch a shot of the dash in front of the driver, but most photos don't show these angles very well.

X-Line Package
*silver blades in the front air dam openings in the front bumper under the fog lamps
*silver rocker panel trim
*gloss black B pillars
* silver rear facia panel
*satin dual exhaust tips
*silver trim on key fob(s)
*"X" embossed in leather headrests (some, not all)
*silver sill plates with x-drive wording at the front doors
*19" Y-spoke wheels

'15 and '16 year models = iDrive 4
'17 year models (some, but not all) = iDrive 5

The main differences between i4 and i5 are how well the software performs.
Voice commands in i5 are FAR superior and easier to use then in i4 in my experience. i5 controls and menu options are easier to identify and use vs the older i4 which is more analog in feel and design.

Heated Seats:
front = buttons on opposite sides of the hvac controls
back = buttons on opposite sides of the power port @ rear of center console

I'm certain there are probably many other 'tells' that can help identify the vehicle's included options / and hopefully others will chime in below with what they know - - but these were what I used in my search.

I was able to hunt down the exact car optioned the way I wanted it using these little keys.

Hope it can help you, too!
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