Used 2011 BMWX3 xDrive28i 3.0 SAV

  • VIN: 5UXWX5C54BL703238
  • Stock: 11817G

BMW X3 xDrive28i
  • Carfax One Owner
  • Certified
Odometer
56,687 miles
Fuel Economy
19.0/25.0 mpg City/Hwy
Exterior Color
Black
Interior Color
Beige
Body/Seating
SAV/5 seats
Transmission
8 speed automatic
Drivetrain
all-wheel drive
Engine
3.0L I6 F DOHC 24V / ALL WHEEL DRIVE

Highlighted Features

  • Automatic temperature control
  • Wireless phone connectivity
  • Front dual zone A/C
  • Rain sensing wipers
  • Speed sensitive wipers
  • Split folding rear seat
  • Memory seat
  • Perimeter/approach lights

Dealer Notes

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

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2011 BMW X3 XDRIVE28I
5UXWX5C54BL703238
4 DOOR SPORT UTILITY
3.0L I6 F DOHC 24V
ALL WHEEL DRIVE
2011 BMW X3

The BMW X3 may have been a pioneer among compact luxury crossovers, but a number of competitors — including the Audi Q5, Mercedes-Benz GLK-Class and Volvo XC60 — have entered the fray since its debut as a 2004 model. Now, with the second-generation X3, BMW has new metal to take them on.

The 2011 BMW X3 is still the small luxury crossover of choice for driving enthusiasts, but its substantially more forgiving suspension tuning should make the new version far more appealing.

I tested the base xDrive28i, which starts at $36,750; with options, our test car’s sticker price was $43,875. For a side-by-side comparison with the competitors mentioned above, click here.

Ride & Handling


One of my lasting memories of the prior-generation X3 was its extremely firm ride, which led to a choppy driving experience on rough roads. It was disappointing, to say the least, because BMWs often strike an impressive balance between decent ride comfort and top-tier handling. In the old X3, such comfort was nowhere to be found.

Fast-forward to 2011 and the new X3, and the experience is significantly better. The redesigned X3’s suspension is much more forgiving on potholed pavement — much the same way a 3 Series is — but maintains the balanced handling that earns BMW respect in enthusiast circles. Toss the X3 into a corner, and after some initial body roll it steadies itself and gives you confidence to go faster. There’s no getting around the fact that the X3 isn’t as rewarding to drive as are BMW’s cars — its taller stance degrades the driving experience — but it’s one of the most fun-to-drive compact luxury crossovers available today.

Contributing to the driving experience is the X3’s standard rear-biased xDrive all-wheel drive. The system does a good rear-wheel-drive imitation when accelerating out of a corner; the X3 squats a little over its outside rear wheel and holds the line it’s on.

There was a time when you could bulk up your forearms just by commuting in a BMW, but today they have much more power-steering assistance, resulting in lighter, easier steering; driving up and down the spirals of a parking garage is a breeze. While this comfort-oriented nature may draw scorn from BMW purists, it’s the right choice for a luxury crossover.

Going & Stopping


The xDrive28i’s 3.0-liter, inline-six-cylinder engine is unexpectedly stout, and it makes this two-ton crossover pretty quick; BMW cites a zero-to-60-mph acceleration time of 6.7 seconds, and you never get a sense that the engine’s working hard. A more powerful xDrive35i with a turbocharged six-cylinder is offered, but the base model is by no means underpowered.

Contributing to both acceleration performance and fuel economy is the X3’s new eight-speed automatic transmission (a manual gearbox isn’t offered). The addition of two more forward gears versus the old X3’s automatic results in more optimized ratios, and the drivetrain gets an EPA-estimated 19/25 mpg city/highway. That’s ahead of the all-wheel-drive Mercedes-Benz GLK350 (16/21) and the base engine in the all-wheel-drive XC60 (18/24), but it trails the base turbo four-cylinder in the Q5 (20/27).

Not all is well with the drivetrain, however, as more than one editor complained of accelerator lag, primarily during standing starts. Kickdown response is also lacking; there’s a noticeable pause from the time you floor the gas pedal until the transmission drops a few gears for passing power. A Sport mode is included, and it helps enhance the drivetrain’s responsiveness by keeping the transmission in lower gears longer.

Despite decent pedal feel, it’s difficult to come to a smooth stop in the X3. Whether it’s the fault of the automatic transmission stepping down through the gears or the crossover’s standard Brake Energy Regeneration system, the result is jerky stops.

The Inside


The X3’s redesigned interior continues the sparse, minimalistic design approach that BMW favors, but it does a better job of integrating the center screen, which serves as the display for the standard iDrive system.

Unfortunately, the quality of the materials inside degrades the lower you look. While our test car was fitted with a nice-looking upper dashboard and classy optional wood trim, the center control panel was plain. As your eyes move down to the door pockets, you see they’re made of cheap-looking shiny plastic, complete with rough edges that say “economy car” more than “luxury crossover.”

Another aspect our editors panned was the X3’s optional leather upholstery, which lacks appropriate richness. In terms of cushioning and support, though, the front bucket seats are comfortable.

It’s nice to see the X3 bucks the trend of decreasing visibility that plagues many new cars. It has thin roof pillars and lots of glass, resulting in good all-around views.

Backseat legroom is acceptable for adult passengers. The seat cushion, though, is too low to the floor, leading to a knees-up seating position that reduces thigh support. Unfortunately, the 60/40-split backrest doesn’t recline.

Safety


Standard safety features include antilock brakes, side curtain airbags, active head restraints for the front seats and an electronic stability system.

For a full list of safety features, visit the Standard Equipment & Specs page.

X3 in the Market


The compact luxury crossover segment has undergone a revolution since the first-generation X3 debuted. Both the Q5 and GLK-Class have become popular sellers, while X3 sales have lagged behind.

The redesigned X3 puts BMW in position to retake some of the market thanks to its more forgiving ride. Despite some shortcomings, it’s still luxurious enough to cut it in this segment, and its more competitive starting price that’s about $2,000 less than the 2010 X3 won’t hurt, either.


Detailed Specifications

  • 1-touch down
  • 1-touch up
  • Air conditioning
  • Automatic temperature control
  • Driver door bin
  • Driver vanity mirror
  • Front beverage holders
  • Front dual zone A/C
  • Illuminated entry
  • Memory seat
  • Passenger door bin
  • Passenger vanity mirror
  • Power windows
  • Rear beverage holders
  • Rear door bins
  • Remote keyless entry
  • Speed control
  • 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
  • 1st row LCD monitors: 1
  • CD player
  • CD-MP3 decoder
  • Diversity antenna
  • Radio data system
  • Steering wheel mounted audio controls
  • Wireless phone connectivity: Bluetooth
  • Front center armrest
  • Front seats: bucket
  • 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: 19mpg
  • Fuel economy highway: 25mpg
  • Fuel tank capacity: 17.7gal.
  • Horsepower: 240hp @ 6,600RPM
  • Manual-shift auto: STEPTRONIC
  • Mode select transmission
  • Number of valves: 24
  • Recommended fuel: Premium Unleaded
  • Sequential multi-point fuel injection
  • Torque: 221 lb.-ft. @ 2,750RPM
  • Transmission: 8 speed automatic
  • Variable intake manifold
  • Variable valve control
  • Approach angle: 26 deg
  • Departure angle: 23 deg
  • Ground clearance (min): 211mm (8.3")
  • Ramp breakover angle: 19 deg
  • Bodyside moldings
  • Bumpers: body-color
  • Door mirrors: body-color
  • Power door mirrors
  • Spoiler
  • Trailer sway control
  • Air Pollution Score (AP): 5
  • Compression ratio: 10.70 to 1
  • Curb weight: 1,865kg (4,112lbs)
  • Engine bore x stroke: 85.0mm x 88.0mm (3.35" x 3.46")
  • Engine displacement: 3.0 L
  • Engine horsepower: 240hp @ 6,600RPM
  • Engine torque: 221 lb.-ft. @ 2,750RPM
  • Exterior body width: 1,882mm (74.1")
  • Exterior height: 1,661mm (65.4")
  • Exterior length: 4,648mm (183.0")
  • Front headroom: 1,034mm (40.7")
  • Front legroom: 1,013mm (39.9")
  • Front shoulder room: 1,455mm (57.3")
  • GVWR: 2,330kg (5,137lbs)
  • Greenhouse Gas Score (GG): 4
  • Interior cargo volume: 782 L (28 cu.ft.)
  • Interior maximum cargo volume: 1,792 L (63 cu.ft.)
  • Payload: 410kg (904lbs)
  • Rear headroom: 993mm (39.1")
  • Rear legroom: 935mm (36.8")
  • Rear shoulder room: 1,422mm (56.0")
  • Towing capacity: 1,588kg (3,500lbs)
  • Turning radius: 6.0m (19.5')
  • Wheelbase: 2,809mm (110.6")
  • 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 fog lights
  • Rear reading lights
  • Rear window defroster
  • Rear window wiper
  • Speed sensitive wipers
  • Tachometer
  • Trip computer
  • Variably intermittent wipers
  • 4 wheel disc brakes
  • ABS brakes
  • Anti-whiplash front head restraints
  • Brake assist
  • Dual front impact airbags
  • Dual front side impact airbags
  • Electronic stability
  • Ignition disable
  • Occupant sensing airbag
  • Overhead airbag
  • Panic alarm
  • Perimeter/approach lights
  • Security system
  • Traction control

KBB.com Consumer Reviews

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Overall4.5Out of 5
  • Unreliable

    By Vinnie on Saturday, January 19, 2019

    3.0
    Nice car to drive, but unreliable, check engine light come up regularly, I just replace Valtronic motor because engine won’t start, cost over $2200. Never buy BMW again
  • My favorite BMW

    By Bonnie on Tuesday, December 11, 2018

    5.0
    I love my 2012 X3. It is great in the snow I live on a very step hill and no problem in winter. I just replaced my brakes for the first time, the car still looks and drives like new. If I get a flat tire (I have not yet) I don't have to change it I can drive it flat to the dealer without worry. This is my second x3 and I will probably purchase a new one some day, but not any time soon. Comfort and beauty and safety all in one I love it.
  • Pleasantly surprised. BMW reliable.

    By rnm on Thursday, February 13, 2020

    5.0
    We have owned this car for about 3 1/2 years. Bought it from local BMW dealership and added the 100,000 mile extended warranty and service packages. It's loaded with xDrive35i, M-sport options. Performance is outstanding, dependability has been reliable. BMW dealership is 40 miles, so it's a pain for servicing. However, we made sure all maintenance was done, and during the service periods they may have caught a recall or two. It has been trouble free for us up the the current 103,000 miles we are now showing. Probably getting ready to move onto something else, but this has been a fun to drive and trouble free BMW for us.
Some of the equipment on the vehicle may not apply.  Customer must check all equipment and option of the vehicle in person as the Dealer is not responsible for any items that are not in the vehicle.  Dealer reserve the right to change the price of the vehicle at any time without notice.

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