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Monday, January 5, 2009



Why does a company known as the maker of the ultimate driving machines build a vehicle that is quite a machine but also, quite a pain to drive? The X3 isn't pretty, and that doesn't help its cause. Worse, the X3 is terribly expensive; not enabling any propelling into The Good 12 Supersize. But the most offensive piece of information regarding the X3 relates to its on-road dynamics. Which are, oh Good Car Nation, terrible.

Don't bother quoting lateral grip statistics or lap times. True, people buy an X3 with the knowledge that it will be sportier than most of its counterparts, but that doesn't mean they do routine laps at the Nurburgring or find themselves outrunning ugly old domestic sedans a la Jim Rockford. "Sportier" shouldn't equal harsh or unyielding or kidney-jarring or intentionally injurious. 

Sure, other cars are loved here at despite their ride. The Fiat Panda 100HP comes to mind. Little Fiats are cool, however. Besides being cheap and practical. Numerous characteristics not truthfully applied to the BMW X3.


Alternatives: Audi Q5, Infiniti EX37, BMW 3-Series Touring

Necessary Incentivizing To Switch To The Good 12 Supersize: Free suspension retrofit from a task force of former Cadillac DeVille engineers and BMW M tacticians along with free body upgrades from Hartge.

Anything Else? Retirements happen, I know. But couldn't BMW hire back the ride & handling engineers who developed the previous-generation BMW 5-Series. The 528i/530i may've features the best ride of any car.

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