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    BMW X3 or X5

    My wife's truck got totaled at a light so we in in the market for a replacement. We are looking at 07-08 X3 and X5. We can get a lower miles X3 the a X5 for the money but I'm see all the stories on X3 trannys having problems. Is this something that we should stay away from and go with a X5? Were talking 64k miles on X3 vs 101k on X5 and all thing equal I would pick the X3. But there is a 75 page sticky thread on the X3 tranny problems. BMW folks is this as big of a problem as it sounds?

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    I can't speak to the tranny issues, but we owned both and I preferred the X5 over the X3. Seemed like the X3 felt a bit "dodgey" on the road. The X5, much more solid and stable. Plus I could never settle on a decent seating/driving position in the X3.
    Arnie Coleman
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    Thanks Arnie. The wife is 4'11" and she fits the X3 well and it will be hers. We just checked out a 528i and she can't see over the dash and the same with a 325xi. We are leaning to the X3 and we will buy something this week.

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    The X3 was my wife's and she loved it. So, what do I know! :-)
    Arnie Coleman
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    2011 BMW Z4 35is, 24 ASP
    2009 Ford F-150 Tow Rig

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    Yes Arnie my wife also like the X3 till she drove the X5 so guess what we bought. Yes a 07 X5 with sport pkg. with 20's and loaded all black. more miles than I would like at 100k. But she is out of work and don't need a payment. Dam 315's on the back and going to buy summers since it has winters on now.

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