Certified Pre-Owned 2007 BMWX3 3.0si SAV

  • VIN: WBXPC93427WF15068
  • Stock: 11916CAG
BMW X3
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Odometer
117,983 miles
Fuel Economy
18.0/26.0 mpg City/Hwy
Exterior Color
Blue
Interior Color
Black
Body/Seating
SAV/5 seats
Drivetrain
all-wheel drive
Engine
3.0L I6 F DOHC 24V / ALL WHEEL DRIVE
BMW X3
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Highlighted Features

  • Automatic temperature control
  • Power moonroof
  • Rain sensing wipers
  • Speed sensitive wipers
  • Split folding rear seat
  • Memory seat
  • Remote keyless entry
  • Steering wheel mounted A/C controls
Odometer
117,983 miles
Fuel Economy
18.0/26.0 mpg City/Hwy
Exterior Color
Blue
Interior Color
Black
Body/Seating
SAV/5 seats
Drivetrain
all-wheel drive
Engine
3.0L I6 F DOHC 24V / ALL WHEEL DRIVE

Dealer Notes

RAMSEY CORP IS HOME OF AUTO LOAN SPECIALIST ! THIS VEHICLE COMES WITH A FREE 3 MONTH WARRANTY; EXTENDED WARRANTIES AVAILABLE. FAMILY OWNED, NO COMMISSION SALES, NATIONWIDE SHIPPING RATES

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2007 BMW X3 3.0SI
WBXPC93427WF15068
4 DOOR SPORT UTILITY
3.0L I6 F DOHC 24V
ALL WHEEL DRIVE
2007 BMW X3

BMW’s compact SUV, the X3, has sparked a parade of competitors from Acura to Volvo, all seemingly aimed at convincing shoppers too rich for a Honda CR-V that, yes, there is a $40,000 alternative.

The aging X3 stays fresh for 2007 thanks to a zippier engine, a new automatic transmission and modest styling changes. Some shoppers may be put off by the new transmission, which muffs its way through slower speeds, but between the masterful handling and high-quality cabin there’s enough to like to justify the price.

New & Improved, Sort Of


An updated 3.0-liter six-cylinder engine goes under the hood. Packed with BMW’s latest innovations, the engine churns out 260 horsepower and 225 pounds-feet of torque — a 15 percent increase in horsepower over the 2006 X3’s engine (hence the change in name from X3 3.0i to X3 3.0si).

A six-speed automatic transmission replaces last year’s five-speed automatic; a six-speed manual is also available. Courtesy of the new drivetrains, gas mileage is up between 1 and 3 mpg over the 2006 X3. All-wheel drive is standard.

The engine is potent, starting off with adequate power and coming on much stronger at higher revs. Unfortunately, it’s hamstrung by the problematic transmission. The automatic in my test car repeatedly bogged down in lower gears, offering premature shifts before the engine could hit its stride. In stop-and-go driving, it made for awkward starts followed by sudden bursts of unsolicited power. The transmission’s Sport Mode, which holds gears for longer periods, mitigated this a bit, but its higher-rev shifts sometimes felt unnatural and strained.

BMW says the transmission is a “learning” one that modifies its behavior depending on the type of driver behind the wheel. Still, even after several of us had driven it — at times attempting to train it — the response remained erratic and not to our liking. The transmission’s hiccups may not be common to all X3s, but if you test-drive one make sure to pay close attention to acceleration smoothness from a complete stop.

On the highway, the drivetrain’s performance is somewhat better. The transmission can downshift two or three gears to deliver powerful, if high-strung, passing power. It takes a good prod on the gas pedal to get there, though, so onramp acceleration may seem anemic at first.

Built for Curves


Like BMW’s cars, the X3 offers top-notch road manners. Some may find the steering wheel too difficult to turn, but its heavy rotations render spot-on directional control. The meaty steering wheel has minimal numbness when pointing straight ahead — a place where responsiveness goes slack in many vehicles — and the setup yields more road feel than many cars, let alone SUVs, impart.

The suspension is tuned for handling, so the ride can feel brittle at times. The payoff comes on curvy roads, where body roll is minimal. Cornering over rough surfaces reveals an impressively flat ride, with the 17-inch wheels glued to the road. Many SUVs and even some cars come undone over the same surfaces, skittering sideways as their wheels dance over each bump. The optional Sport Package, which wasn’t on my test car, includes bigger wheels and a tighter suspension. Expect even better cornering but a harsher ride.

The X3’s brakes are surefooted at their limits, though the pedal is on the grabby side. After a week’s driving, I had grown used to it and was able to make smooth stops.

Compact Design


Just as BMW’s compact 3 Series ranks below the midsize 5 Series, the five-seat X3 sits in the shadow of the larger X5. The styling clearly says BMW, but it’s the multi-paneled look of earlier models and it’s beginning to show its age.

At 179.9 inches long, the X3 is slightly shorter than its closest competitor, the Acura RDX. Similarly priced midsize SUVs, like the Lexus RX 350 and Lincoln MKX, are substantially bigger both inside and out. Click here to see how the X3 measures up.

Inside, the X3 masks its compact dimensions well. The driver’s seat, which comes with standard eight-way power adjustment, has lots of travel in all directions. Combine that with the telescoping steering wheel and there should be adequate room for drivers of all sizes. Leatherette (vinyl) upholstery is standard. Judging by the sumptuous leather seats in my test car, it’s worth the extra cash to get real cowhide. The headrests and side bolsters are well-padded for comfort over extended trips.

Legroom and headroom in the backseat are adequate, though a prominent center hump means passengers can’t spread their feet out. The upholstery for the three-seat bench feels much less padded than the stuff up front.

Thanks to the large expanse of side and rear glass, outward visibility is excellent. After a few hours behind the wheel, I had a good feel for where the X3’s four corners were. The optional front and rear parking sensors seem like overkill, but they do provide an extra layer of bumper preservation.

The X3’s dashboard uses a great many materials. It’s a risky gamble, given the chance of ill-fitted seams, but BMW pulls it off; I couldn’t find an unsightly gap anywhere. Materials quality is commendable, with soft-touch surfaces extending into the footwells and leather wrapping the armrests.

A few features proved frustrating. The optional navigation system is a bear to use — even without BMW’s much-maligned iDrive system. The center console box ratchets open and shut in noisy motions sure to awaken sleeping passengers. The auxiliary jack for MP3 players is mounted on the back of the center console, facing the backseat. That makes for a long reach for drivers.

Safety


Neither the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety nor the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has tested the 2007 X3. Standard safety features include four-wheel-disc antilock brakes, traction control and an electronic stability system. The brakes include a Brake Drying system that resists water buildup during wet weather. BMW’s Brake Fade Compensation, also standard, aims to maintain the same braking feel during situations like long downhill stretches, which can slowly cook the components.

In back, standard adaptive brake lights are supposed to reduce rear-end impacts by illuminating a larger section of the brake lights during hard braking to warn following drivers. Up front, optional adaptive headlights can swivel several degrees during turns to illuminate oncoming bends. At lower speeds, additional parking lights illuminate nearby corners when the steering wheel is turned hard to the left or right.

Six standard airbags include side-impact airbags for the front seats and side curtain airbags for both rows. Side-impact airbags for the rear seats are optional.

All five seats have substantial head restraints, though the middle one in back doesn’t extend; its fixed height is about 2 inches too low for my 5-foot-11-inch frame. Child safety provisions include Latch child-seat anchors in the outboard rear seats, as well as top-tether anchors for all three positions. Parents, take note: The seat-embedded anchors have plastic covers, and they don’t pry off — or clip back on — easily.

Features & Long-Term Ownership


Starting at $38,000, the X3 comes standard with vinyl upholstery, power front seats, automatic climate control and a dual-pane panoramic moonroof. Options include leather, heated front and rear seats, a navigation system and a premium stereo. According to Cars.com’s Total Cost of Ownership tool, it will cost an estimated $18,610 beyond the purchase price to own an X3 for five years. The RDX’s five-year ownership cost totals $18,142.

X3 in the Market


At $38,000, the X3 starts substantially higher than its nearest competitor, the Acura RDX. Save for its problematic transmission behavior, the BMW offers a more buttoned-down driving experience than the Acura. For some, that’s worth every penny.

As BMW surely knows, the X3 can’t sit on its pedestal forever. Land Rover’s entry-level LR2 is on the way, and so are the Audi Q5 and Volvo XC60. If the X3 is to remain a desirable car, BMW will have to fix a few things so buyers need not weigh the good against the bad — because there will be plenty of very good alternatives soon.

Detailed Specifications

  • 1-touch down
  • 1-touch up
  • Air conditioning
  • Automatic temperature control
  • Driver door bin
  • Driver vanity mirror
  • Front beverage holders
  • Illuminated entry
  • Memory seat
  • Passenger door bin
  • Passenger vanity mirror
  • Power moonroof
  • Power windows
  • Rear beverage holders
  • Rear door bins
  • Remote keyless entry
  • Speed control
  • Steering wheel mounted A/C controls
  • Telescoping steering wheel
  • Tilt steering wheel
  • Alloy wheels
  • Four wheel independent suspension
  • Front anti-roll bar
  • Power steering
  • Rear anti-roll bar
  • Speed-sensing steering
  • CD player
  • CD-MP3 decoder
  • Diversity antenna
  • Radio data system
  • Speakers: 8
  • Steering wheel mounted audio controls
  • Front center armrest: w/storage
  • Front seats: bucket
  • Genuine wood console insert
  • Genuine wood dashboard insert
  • Genuine wood door panel insert
  • Leather steering wheel
  • Max seating capacity: 5
  • Power driver seat
  • Power passenger seat
  • Rear seat center armrest
  • Rear seats: bench
  • Split folding rear seat
  • Cylinder configuration: I-6
  • Drive type: all-wheel drive
  • Engine liters: 3.0
  • Engine location: front
  • Fuel economy city: 18mpg
  • Fuel economy highway: 26mpg
  • Fuel tank capacity: 17.7gal.
  • Horsepower: 260hp @ 6,600RPM
  • Number of valves: 24
  • Recommended fuel: Premium Unleaded
  • Sequential multi-point fuel injection
  • Torque: 225 lb.-ft. @ 2,750RPM
  • Variable intake manifold
  • Variable valve control
  • Approach angle: 24 deg
  • Departure angle: 22 deg
  • Ground clearance (min): 203mm (8.0")
  • Ramp breakover angle: 18 deg
  • Bumpers: body-color
  • Door mirrors: body-color
  • Power door mirrors
  • Rear cargo: liftgate
  • Roof rack: rails only
  • Spoiler
  • Tailpipe finisher: chrome
  • Trailer sway control
  • Compression ratio: 10.70 to 1
  • Engine bore x stroke: 85.0mm x 88.0mm (3.35" x 3.46")
  • Engine displacement: 3.0 L
  • Engine horsepower: 260hp @ 6,600RPM
  • Engine torque: 225 lb.-ft. @ 2,750RPM
  • Exterior body width: 1,854mm (73.0")
  • Exterior height: 1,676mm (66.0")
  • Exterior length: 4,569mm (179.9")
  • Front headroom: 968mm (38.1")
  • Front legroom: 1,021mm (40.2")
  • Front shoulder room: 1,412mm (55.6")
  • Interior cargo volume: 850 L (30 cu.ft.)
  • Interior maximum cargo volume: 2,011 L (71 cu.ft.)
  • Passenger volume: 2,551L (90.1 cu.ft.)
  • Payload: 470kg (1,036lbs)
  • Rear headroom: 960mm (37.8")
  • Rear legroom: 909mm (35.8")
  • Rear shoulder room: 1,397mm (55.0")
  • Towing capacity: 1,588kg (3,500lbs)
  • Turning radius: 5.8m (19.2')
  • Wheelbase: 2,797mm (110.1")
  • Delay-off headlights
  • Display: analog
  • Front fog lights
  • Front reading lights
  • Fully automatic headlights
  • Low tire pressure warning
  • Outside temperature display
  • Rain sensing wipers
  • Rear reading lights
  • Rear window defroster
  • Rear window wiper
  • Speed sensitive wipers
  • Tachometer
  • Trip computer
  • Variably intermittent wipers
  • 4 wheel disc brakes
  • ABS brakes
  • Adjustable head restraints: driver and passenger w/tilt
  • Brake assist
  • Dual front impact airbags
  • Dual front side impact airbags
  • Electronic stability
  • Ignition disable
  • Occupant sensing airbag
  • Overhead airbag
  • Traction control

KBB.com Consumer Reviews

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Overall4.2Out of 5
  • Very Surprised and happy

    By Zack on Thursday, November 17, 2011

    5.0
    My wife wanted one of these and I was certain that the car would not be comfortable for me as I am well over 6' and big. Comfort is excellent. I own other European cars and this one has everything I need and want. Headlights are great, power is great, controls are great, quality is great, the ride is silent but firm. Excellent manners and handles very very well. I can't say enough good about this car. By the way, I own a European Auto repair shop and won't own a NEEDY car (Saab, Volvo). Very safe bet,
  • Certified Pre Owned BMW...Better than advertised!

    By TahoeGeezer on Wednesday, March 27, 2013

    5.0
    Bought this 2007 BMW X3 in 2010 with 25,000 miles and today had Level 2 service at 71,000 miles. I have not had a single problem in the 50,000 miles I have driven the car. The car is still tight, suspension shows very little sign of wear, brakes have been magnificent (5 on front and 4 on rear... 5,000+ miles left?) and engine loves to rev! Oil consumption has never been an issue between service intervals (18,000 miles for me). Only negative has been that transmission at times will rev to 4,000 rpm going uphill in 3rd (?) gear before up shifting...I say "hunting for power". When I bought the BMW, I said I would trade it in when the extended warranty and maintenance contract expires 8 months from now...but this car has EXCEEDED ALL MY EXPECTATIONS!
  • Vehicle saved my life

    By Cindy on Tuesday, October 18, 2011

    5.0
    I was involved in a head-on collision (I was stopped and other car was traveling at about 65 MPH) and although the complete front end was crushed and demolished, the interior cab was completely intact. I was only hurt by the airbag and seatbelt. I cannot say enough about this vehicle and how because I was in this vehicle, I was able to walk away from a head-on collision. I would definitely recommend this car.
 

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