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04/10/2014    12:56 PM
COMMENTS: 93

BMW is recalling a 156,137 vehicles, both luxury cars and SUVs, to make sure bolts holding a component in their six-cylinder engines can break loose and cause stalling or engine damage.

BMW says it has told the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration that in rare cases, bolts holding the variable camshaft timing unit may come loose or break, causing the engine to go into a “safe mode.” If the problem continues, it can lead to stalling, engine damage – and it may not start.

Drivers will know of a telltale sign of trouble when the “check engine” or “service engine soon” light illuminates. BMW says they need to contact a dealer for service immediately. If the car stalls, they should get over to the side of … CONTINUED

03/06/2014    10:45 AM
COMMENTS: 42

We revealed the BMW X4 to you yesterday and as you saw, it shares very similar styling to the BMW X3, in particular the front end styling. Here’s a set of visual comparison images to show how the X4 compares to the X3.

X4 dimensions:

Length: 184.3 inches (4,680 mm) (0.6 inches / 14mm longer than X3)
Height: 63.9 inches (1,624 mm) (1.5 inches / 37mm lower than X3)
Front seats sit 0.8 inches (20 mm) lower than X3
Rear seats sit 1.1 inches (28 mm) lower than X3

03/04/2014    9:30 PM
COMMENTS: 49

BMW revealed the refreshed 2015 BMW X3 [Official Thread] last month and it is now making its world debut at the 2014 Geneva Motor Show.

With the cosmetic refresh, the xDrive28d and sDrive28i models were introduced.

The U.S. pricing for the 2015 X3 is as follows:

New X3 xDrive28d model (AWD) – $42,825 (U.S.) ($925 D&H included)
New X3 sDrive28i model (RWD) – $39,325 (U.S.) ($925 D&H included)
X3 xDrive28i model (AWD) – $40,725 (U.S.) ($925 D&H included)
X3 xDrive35i model (AWD) – $45,825 (U.S.) ($925 D&H included)

02/06/2014    12:30 PM
COMMENTS: 50

We’ve compiled this look at the 2015 X3 (refreshed model) against the pre-facelift version.

Pricing:

New X3 xDrive28d model (AWD) – $42,825 (U.S.) ($925 D&H included)
New X3 sDrive28i model (RWD) – $39,325 (U.S.) ($925 D&H included)
X3 xDrive28i model (AWD) – $40,725 (U.S.) ($925 D&H included)
X3 xDrive35i model (AWD) – $45,825 (U.S.) ($925 D&H included)

X3 xDrive28d Specs:

2.0-liter TwinPower Turbo diesel 4-cylinder engine
180 horsepower
280 lb-ft of torque (from 1,750 rpm)
8-speed automatic transmission.
0-60 mph in just under eight seconds
Includes Selective Catalyst … CONTINUED

02/05/2014    5:59 PM
COMMENTS: 330

2015 Model Year X3

Pricing:

New X3 xDrive28d model (AWD) – $42,825 ($925 D&H included)
New X3 sDrive28i model (RWD) – $39,325 ($925 D&H included)
X3 xDrive28i model (AWD) – $40,725 ($925 D&H included)
X3 xDrive35i model (AWD) – $45,825 ($925 D&H included)

X3 xDrive28d Specs:

2.0-liter TwinPower Turbo diesel 4-cylinder engine
180 horsepower
280 lb-ft of torque (from 1,750 rpm)
8-speed automatic transmission.
0-60 mph in just under eight seconds
ncludes Selective Catalyst Reduction to make the new X3 a clean diesel

X3 sDrive28i Specs:

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01/10/2014    4:30 PM
COMMENTS: 44

Tokyo Auto Salon 2014, the major Japanese tuner/aftermarket show, is currently underway in Tokyo and we are there to bring you the BMW models on display!

The F30/F32 3 Series and 4 Series dominate this year’s array of BMWs, but there are still plenty of M3, M5, 5 Series, Z4 and E90/E92 3 Series being trotted out by major tuners.

Enjoy the views!

01/08/2014    11:15 AM
COMMENTS: 22

CAR Magazine shares their first drive review of the Alpina BMW XD3, Alpina’s first SUV/SAV. Their verdict?

To avoid further doubt, there’s the least subtle execution yet of Alpina badges and stripes, plus cabin stitching Liberace might have baulked at.

So while it’s high quality kit, this XD3 is neither the best of X3 nor the best of Alpina. For the life of us, we can’t see the point, despite its extraordinary performance.

09/20/2013    2:00 PM
COMMENTS: 42

Alpina has a larger than usual display at the ongoing 2013 Frankfurt IAA show where they brought out many of their many models, including the just announced Alpina D3, the XD3, B3 and B6.