Autoblog checks out a 2011 BMW X3 xDrive28i and writes this:
Most annoyingly, throttle tip-in is noticeably sluggish. More than once after nosing the X3 out to snag a gap in quick traffic, we found ourselves with an indecisive vehicle and angry oncomings. The throttle doesn’t just choke during clutch plays, either – the initial deadness was constantly infuriating. The situation is compounded by the whims of the eight-speed gearbox, which tries to cycle through its cogs too often. We’ve experienced this same ZF transmission in many other cars – indeed, in many other BMWs – and we don’t recall it being so indecisive.
As tested, this X3 retailed for nearly $46 grand. The main reason people buy a BMW (besides the perception of awesomeness) is that they drive, well, awesomely. If you’re paying for an “Ultimate Driving Machine,” you expect exactly that. Settling for anything less while still paying the price? That doesn’t make much sense to me.
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