3.0si 4dr All-wheel Drive
2007 BMW X3

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$38,000
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Engine Engine 3.0LI-6
MPG MPG 18 City / 26 Hwy
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2007 X3 Overview

click on the pic above for a gallery of 40 shots Pugs are a toy breed, and their wrinkled little countenance is vaguely reminiscent of a clenched fist, hence the name, a possible corruption of Pugnus, the Latin word for fist. The BMW X3 is likewise more an ornament for the driveways of the moneyed than it is transportation for the everyman. The main reason we draw a parallel between the compact pooch and equally tightly-packed Sports Activity Vehicle is the uncanny resemblance. The X3's headlamps don't mirror the Pug's froglike bulging eyes, but the rest of the front view carries the same jowl line, even the downturned corners of the mouth are there on the BMW. Furthering the zoomorphism is the X3's disposition. Our week with the vehicle revealed a temperament that was at times playful, often stubborn, and very much like living with a little being possessed of a mind of its own. In general, the X3 wasn't the devil on our shoulder, though it'd play cut and thrust if you demanded. %Gallery-5607% click any image for high-res version When the X3 debuted, it was roundly criticized for its interior and ride quality. Performance, too, was not as sprightly as the blue and white indicia might suggest. For 2007, the X3 is available exclusively in the 3.0si trim level, packing 3000 cc of high-tech Bayerische inline-6-cylinder underhood. Our tester was comprehensively outfitted with the Sport, Cold Weather, and Premium packages, too. The full plate of equipment will demand bags full of money, $45,000 for this smallest of BMW utes. You could step into an X5 for that kind of cash. While any BMW gives off an air of spendiness, the X3's appearance doesn't carry off the fact that you've tied up the price of a Florida vacation home in a car quite as well as one would hope. There's a disjointedness around the stretched out Hofmeister kink that's more evocative of a Kia Rondo than a 328. If they'd just foregone the styling convention and brought the D-pillar down to the character line, the look would be much smoother. The bumper fascias have been revised and are now painted body color, instead of the Rubbermaid-esque black plastic lumps of yore, and tweaks to the front and rear lighting clean up the stubby X3 nicely. The sport package adds a full aero kit, the 18-inch "M" badged alloy rims and "shadowline" trim to the exterior. The aero kit is as subtle as a tack-on job can be, and it does help handsome-up the X3. The sill extensions are ill-conceived, however. They never failed to rub our ankles every time we exited the vehicle. At BMWCCA events, you'll be able to locate X3 owners by their dirty calves. It's too bad that the Sport Package didn't add any "M" badged equipment in the engine room. The runt of the BMW SAV litter is also a porker – hitting the scales at 4,100 pounds. 260-horsepower saddled with that load can only …
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2007 X3 Overview

click on the pic above for a gallery of 40 shots Pugs are a toy breed, and their wrinkled little countenance is vaguely reminiscent of a clenched fist, hence the name, a possible corruption of Pugnus, the Latin word for fist. The BMW X3 is likewise more an ornament for the driveways of the moneyed than it is transportation for the everyman. The main reason we draw a parallel between the compact pooch and equally tightly-packed Sports Activity Vehicle is the uncanny resemblance. The X3's headlamps don't mirror the Pug's froglike bulging eyes, but the rest of the front view carries the same jowl line, even the downturned corners of the mouth are there on the BMW. Furthering the zoomorphism is the X3's disposition. Our week with the vehicle revealed a temperament that was at times playful, often stubborn, and very much like living with a little being possessed of a mind of its own. In general, the X3 wasn't the devil on our shoulder, though it'd play cut and thrust if you demanded. %Gallery-5607% click any image for high-res version When the X3 debuted, it was roundly criticized for its interior and ride quality. Performance, too, was not as sprightly as the blue and white indicia might suggest. For 2007, the X3 is available exclusively in the 3.0si trim level, packing 3000 cc of high-tech Bayerische inline-6-cylinder underhood. Our tester was comprehensively outfitted with the Sport, Cold Weather, and Premium packages, too. The full plate of equipment will demand bags full of money, $45,000 for this smallest of BMW utes. You could step into an X5 for that kind of cash. While any BMW gives off an air of spendiness, the X3's appearance doesn't carry off the fact that you've tied up the price of a Florida vacation home in a car quite as well as one would hope. There's a disjointedness around the stretched out Hofmeister kink that's more evocative of a Kia Rondo than a 328. If they'd just foregone the styling convention and brought the D-pillar down to the character line, the look would be much smoother. The bumper fascias have been revised and are now painted body color, instead of the Rubbermaid-esque black plastic lumps of yore, and tweaks to the front and rear lighting clean up the stubby X3 nicely. The sport package adds a full aero kit, the 18-inch "M" badged alloy rims and "shadowline" trim to the exterior. The aero kit is as subtle as a tack-on job can be, and it does help handsome-up the X3. The sill extensions are ill-conceived, however. They never failed to rub our ankles every time we exited the vehicle. At BMWCCA events, you'll be able to locate X3 owners by their dirty calves. It's too bad that the Sport Package didn't add any "M" badged equipment in the engine room. The runt of the BMW SAV litter is also a porker – hitting the scales at 4,100 pounds. 260-horsepower saddled with that load can only …Hide Full Review