5.5 years & 64,000 km in my BMW X3 xDrive30d M Sport

I’m very glad to report that the automobile has aged beautifully. It doesn’t feel and appear like a 5 12 months previous automobile.

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So the X3 strikes into the long run part with this replace. Cannot consider it has been 5 years since we introduced the automobile dwelling. I’m very glad to report that the automobile has aged beautifully. It doesn’t feel and appear like a 5 12 months previous automobile. Of all of the automobiles we have owned, this one feels the least ‘previous’ on the 5 12 months mark. All I have to do is wash the automobile down and vacuum the interiors and it feels prefer it’s come straight out of the showroom! I get the automobile detailed every year at 3M. After each wash the white automobile actually shines! Aside from a couple of chips on the bonnet (results of quick freeway drives), the outside paint seems to be superior for a 5 12 months previous automobile.

The covid induced lockdowns meant that between March 2020 to March 2021, the X3 noticed its lowest annual operating. The X3 has been operating fantastic. There have been few small updates and few occasions price reporting. Learn on to seek out out.

Battery substitute

I had talked about a battery drain drawback attributable to the distant key. The complete key + immobilizer + antenna set have been changed underneath guarantee and the difficulty was resolved fully. I had pushed for battery substitute as properly on the time, however after charging totally, the battery handed all their checks and that was that.

A while throughout December, we have been slated to drive to our native. I used to be getting a brake pad substitute warning somewhat prematurely and took the automobile in to have it checked out. Turned out the brake pad put on sensor was hit by a flying pebble or one thing. Because it was the final month of guarantee, I casually requested the SA to check the battery once more. And this time it failed one among their checks though the battery appeared completely fantastic and by no means confirmed any indicators of being on its final days. They stated that they might change it underneath guarantee, however they wanted to maintain the automobile to run a couple of extra checks to persuade HQ. I had already made journey plans and the worst half was that I used to be slated to return after guarantee expiry . The technician stated that it wasn’t charging totally and it might be dangerous to drive out of city. First journey deliberate after months of being underneath lockdown! I had no coronary heart to inform my household to journey all cramped up within the GTI. My youngsters actually benefit from the drives within the X3 and it might be merciless to inform them that the X3 wasn’t coming. So I made a decision to take an opportunity and went forward with the week lengthy journey with jumper cables packed within the boot as a security internet.

The journey went properly with none points. I used to be assured by my SA that guarantee declare wouldn’t be denied for the reason that grievance was lodged earlier than guarantee expiry. True to their phrase, they honoured the guarantee declare and I obtained a brand new battery proper on the 5 12 months mark. Hopefully, it’s going to final me the subsequent 5 years. Speak about good timing . Battery prices 50k or so together with labour and adaptation and what not.

Guarantee claims

Within the 5 years, the X3 has now had about 4 guarantee claims

  • Headlamp washer unit : Price 7,500
  • EGR valve : Price 20,000
  • Immobilizer + key set : Price 80,000
  • Battery : Price 50,000

Complete prices : 1,57,500

Quantity spent for five 12 months BRI (prolonged guarantee) : 1,50,000

Good ROI I have to say.

Service prices

I didn’t go for BSI packs on the time of buy as I felt they have been exhorbitantly priced. I discover BMW’s service prices fairly cheap for a luxurious model. My complete outgo within the 5 years has been about Rs. 2.60 lakhs excluding non BSI gadgets like air fresheners, diesel components, wash n wax and so on…The asking value for a 5 12 months/ 60k km BSI plus was about 3.10 lakhs on the time. Should you add curiosity price to this, then the pack would have confirmed to be very costly certainly. My utilization is predominantly freeway, so the brake pads simply final 25k kms or so. You would not consider if I instructed you that I’m nonetheless on the unique wiper set and the service groups have by no means until date, felt the necessity to advocate a substitute!

I usually examine confusion amongst first time BMW patrons about BSI/ BRI packs. BSI is a service pack and BRI is a guaranty pack. For peace of thoughts, BRI is what one wants. That is like an insurance coverage towards half failures and so on… Whereas BSI is simply paying upfront for normal service. When BMW provides you the service pack , they issue within the most consumable replacements and add it within the prices. For instance for those who take a 60,000 kms pack, they make a listing of things seemingly to get replaced in that interval, taking the worst case state of affairs into consideration. Now after 5 years, if you find yourself doing solely 40,000 kms, you’re shedding out and BMW positive factors. Or for those who eat up your 60,000 kms in simply 3 years, this additionally works out to BMW’s benefit. I discover it all the time greatest to pay as you go. BMW is an enormous company they usually’ve obtained glorious techniques in place to make sure that the service centre does not take the shopper for a experience. The automobile decides most gadgets that should be serviced. Simply comply with this and also you’re good. Their service prices are fairly cheap as I stated earlier. Having stated that, BMW has rationalised BSI pricing and they’re fairly economical now. Possibly they’d factored in huge depreciation within the Rupee in that 2015-18 interval.

Here is the break up of service prices:

The automobile drives rather well and has held up fairly properly to date. Sure, there have been a couple of breakdowns which fortunately occurred whereas the automobile was at base. These may have occurred whereas touring and that would have been huge hassle and possibly I might not be so forgiving. Can I give an general reliability ranking of 4 out of 5?

Total I’m a really happy buyer. Proud of the product and pleased with the after gross sales service. Guarantee claims have been dealt with professionally and easily and repair expertise has been superb general.

The X3 is great allrounder. Simple to drive within the metropolis and fulfilling on the highways. The 30d engine is what makes it particular. Cruising on the freeway is pure bliss. The graceful and creamy engine notice may be very satisfying certainly. It may be blisteringly quick on the freeway and make quick work of lengthy distances. X3 is a really agile SUV and also you by no means really feel like you’re in a floaty SUV. With the adaptive suspension in sport mode, it virtually looks like a sporty sedan. It’s primarily based on the three sequence touring in spite of everything. The X drive AWD provides it a great deal of grip. There’s by no means any wheel spin and the automobile simply shoots ahead with ferocity once you mash the throttle, particularly with the gear lever in sport mode with these trademark jolts on each upshift. Diesel economic system is appreciated in occasions like these. The common kmpl has by no means fallen under 2 digits irrespective of how arduous I drive.

Drive sedately and what you get is a really real looking 1,000 kms vary.

Interiors have held up very properly. I not often park within the solar so I have never been affected by the notorious BMW F sequence inside trim melting points. No switchgear points and no rattles as such. Solely few creaks from the door rubber beadings for time to time. Rubbing some lubricants over them appears to unravel this drawback.

Coming to dislikes. The spare tyre on boot flooring is a quite common grouse amongst BMW house owners. Solely saving grace is that the boot is pretty giant and sq. formed. So the impression will not be as unhealthy as, say, the 5 or 3 sequence sedans.

The rear seat is not actually that snug or luxurious. That is primarily all the way down to the arduous seat cushions. Some BMW reviewers have referred to as is ‘as arduous as a rock’. I do not assume they’re approach off the mark with this description. The rear is spacious sufficient however the seats are form of low. The arduous cushions and barely upright (unadjustable) backrest angle makes it a median again seat at greatest. The entrance seats are very good although. They’re sport seats and completely different in the best way they hug the occupier. They will trigger hassle for somebody who’s generously proportioned although!

The steering feels artificially weighted in sports activities mode and there’s no customized mode the place one can decouple the steering setting from the chassis setting in sport mode. It stiffens up in sports activities mode however loses really feel and suggestions considerably. I would have most popular if I may’ve retained the steering setting in consolation mode.

The change to 19′ BBS alloys and Yoko advan tyres has had a optimistic impression on experience and dealing with. The BBS alloys are tremendous mild weight and the automobile simply feels extra agile with them. The tyres have good grip and the X3 all the time looks like it’s on rails. I’m but to expertise wheelspin or a skid on this automobile until date.

The rear Yokos appear to be carrying out a bit sooner than the fronts. Since they’re staggered, I can not change them to the entrance. In-fact at round 15,000 kms of life, I felt they will not final greater than one other 2,000 kms or so. I panicked, what with all of the tyre import scenario, and checked with Madhus if they’d a set. They didn’t have Yoko, however they’d a pair of Michelin Pilot Sport 4s within the 275/40/19 dimension. I picked them up and have saved them in my storage. Fortunately the present tyres have survived and we’re at 18000 kms life proper now. I could possibly lengthen them upto 20,000 kms. Thereafter we’ll have yokos within the entrance and Michelin Pilot Sport 4 on the rear. I might by no means do that (2 completely different makes of tyres on completely different axels) , however since this can be a staggered setup, I feel it needs to be OK. Pilot Sport 4 will not be out there within the 245/45/19 dimension for the entrance tyres btw.

Rear tyre at 18,000 km:

Entrance tyre at 18,000 km:

I’m actually glad I may decide the X3 in 30d and M port trim. Goodies like the game seats and 16 speaker Harmon Kardon speaker system and the 30d engine do not make me yearn for a brand new automobile even after 5 years. All the brand new automobiles within the phase are down on energy and excessive on value! All they appear to have is digital gizmos. Touchscreens and digital dials do not excite me one bit.

Few small updates embrace a brand new quantity plate and black wrap for the roof. They gel properly with the black wheels. I all the time thought I might remap the automobile on the 5 12 months mark. I’ve second ideas now. The automobile is mighty fast as it’s. I do a whole lot of freeway journeys and consciously really feel I have to decelerate. Nowadays I begin each drive with a resolve to not get into duels on the freeway.

Few footage from the X3 album

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