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    I'm looking to change the vectra next year and quite fancy an X3 diesel. Anyone owned one? Looking at the sport model leather/panoramic sunroof/manual

    Did look at X5 but just too big for what I need

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    My sister had one, pretty quick for a 4x4 but if you looking at it for snow driving forget it, they are hopeless.

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    Quote Originally Posted by john.robertson2 View Post
    My sister had one, pretty quick for a 4x4 but if you looking at it for snow driving forget it, they are hopeless.
    I'm guessing as they are 4wd they are going to be a lot better then a 2 wheel fwd vectra?

    Just like the look of them and fancy a 4x4 that does not take 20 secs to get to 0-60 and returns 30mpg (X3 2.0d = 44mpg)

    Just wondering what they are like to live with never owned a 4x4

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    friends of mine set their heart on one but soon discounted it as it drove badly with poor build quality apparently. Dare I say it but the Ford Kuga could be an option for what you are looking for, or perhaps a RAV4?..

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    Quote Originally Posted by the_wave_rider View Post
    I'm guessing as they are 4wd they are going to be a lot better then a 2 wheel fwd vectra?

    Just like the look of them and fancy a 4x4 that does not take 20 secs to get to 0-60 and returns 30mpg (X3 2.0d = 44mpg)

    Just wondering what they are like to live with never owned a 4x4
    there only rwd other than when they sense wheel spinning, hence why there poor in snow as rwd = snow failure

    top gear reported them as useless in any condition and compared with a cheap budget fwd, which got further off road than the x3

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    I know someone that has owned one, check out the price of the tyres, only Perellie make them, and they were about £250 a corner,

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    Very very harsh ride and my vec will go places a x3 on standard tyres wont!! There again put winter tyres on it and itll be ok

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    http://www.topgear.com/uk/bmw/x3

    "About as cool as the Argyle sweater your colour-blind auntie bought you, worn in the height of summer while working in a bakery. In Uganda."

    "It can’t go off-road and can barely cope on it. What’s the X3 for again?"

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    As for the 4x4 + snow thing...... These cars wear sports summer tyre's, ANY car on winter tyre's will p1ss all over an X3 and winter tyre's are a darn site cheaper
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    Sister inlaw had one, as said: pants in the snow but a nice ride if you like that sort of thing

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    My old man has an M Class Merc. Much more of a 4x4 than the BMW. Not sure what the price comparison is like though and despite being a modern diesel its not particularly economical.

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