2004 BMW X3

(3 Reviews)

$30,300 - $36,300

2004 BMW X3 Review Summaries

What reviewers liked most about the BMW X3

  • It is sure-footed, the drivetrain is unparalleled and the interior is reminiscent of every other BMW you have experienced.

    - AutoWeek
  • The six speed had a satisfying feel, and I was surprised at how much engine power came on when I was in sixth gear and starting a easy mountain grade. There's a good amount of power to be found via every gear here, and you don't always have to downshift to get it.

    - Carpoint.com
  • Despite the high expectations that come with attaching the flying propeller logo to any vehicle, the new X3 still surprises those expectations with amazing prowess.

    - Edmunds.com
  • It's roomy, both for passengers and cargo. And just as important, it's replete with safety features, both active and passive.

    - New Car Test Drive

What reviewers liked least about the BMW X3

  • Most noticeable is its lack of German-ness. Unlike some, I didn't find the materials inside up to BMW standards (though I did find the seats pretty comfortable), and the doors shut with a clang instead of a thunk.

    - AutoWeek
  • Shod in the rear with the 45-series, W-rated rubber of the optional Sport package, the X3's ride is hard-edged, concussive, and insufferable.

    - Car and Driver
  • Fuel economy rating for the manual transmission model with 3-liter engine is only 17 miles a gallon in city driving, though. This is the same city rating as a Ford Explorer with two-wheel drive, six-cylinder engine and automatic transmission.

    - Carpoint.com

BMW X3 Comparisons

  • Although this will no doubt produce cries of heresy among the BMW faithful, I prefer the handling of the X3 to that of even the much lauded 3 Series sedan.

    - Edmunds.com
  • The X3's 110-inch wheelbase is less than 1 inch shy of the X5's, and its overall length comes up short of the X5's 183.7 inches by only 4 inches. The X5 is also but 1.5 inches taller.

    - New Car Test Drive

Best one-liner about the BMW X3

  • Hit a craggy, undulating section of road, and the X3 bucks like a mare with Little Richard's pinky ring stuck under the saddle.

    - Car and Driver
  • You might call it a 'cute 'ute,' but BMW insists on describing its X models as 'sport/activity vehicles.'

    - Motor Trend

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