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Leasing a 2021 BMW X3 3.0
Is Long-Term BMW Vehicle Ownership
A Thing Of The Past?
By James Chew
The plan was simple.
Having two daughters who are
eleven years apart in age, I had the
perfect plan to ensure that both drove
BMWs. Five years ago, we gave our
family vehicle, a 2007 BMW X5 (E70)
with 73,000 miles, to our oldest
daughter, replacing it with a 2017
BMW X3. The plan was that when our
youngest daughter was of driving age,
the 2007 X5 would be given to her
and our oldest daughter would receive
the X3. The new family vehicle would
be either a 2022 X5 or a 2022 X3.
Our 2007 X5 was custom
ordered from Passport BMW, with
dB's own Raine Mantysalo as our
salesman. It was a reliable, sturdy,
and fun-to-drive family vehicle that
went with us for our four-year stint in
Southern California and returned with
us when we moved back to the
Washington, D.C. area. Those 73,000
miles were not without their challenges.
You may recall my article on
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exercising the BMW ownership
ecosystem to replace the rear differential.
We exercised it again when the
catalytic converters needed replacement
at 90,000 miles.
The years the X5 spent with my
oldest daughter proved the durability
of the E70 X5's design and workmanship.
Under my daughter's stewardship,
our 2007 X5 spent time in
Philadelphia, Jersey City, Manhattan,
California, the Carolinas, Alabama,
and Texas. Within a few years, she
had driven more miles in that vehicle
than we had in the previous eight.
Having an older BMW allowed
me to exercise my DIY skills. Brake
jobs, oil changes, filter replacements,
and tire rotations brought my tool set
out of retirement while also providing
some quality bonding time with my
oldest daughter. Because of my longterm
ownership experiences with an
E36 3 Series, two E46 3 Series, and
two E39 5 Series, I felt that achieving
250,000 relatively trouble-free miles
from our 2007 X5 was not out of the
realm of possibility.
However, at 180,000 miles I was
proven wrong. During an annual
inspection, fault codes appeared that
indicated that very expensive repairs
were on the horizon. These repairs,
which were beyond the realm of a
(Top) Our 2017 X3 - we couldn't wait for the 2018 G01 X3 to debut. (Above)
All that's missing is a large " Do Not Touch " sign!
" mechanic's special " , possibly
because they involved the replacement
of major subsystems, are no
doubt the major factor for a poor
resale value. Despite 14 years of
being well maintained and loved as
well as having new brakes, new front
struts, new cabin air filters, and
relatively new run-flat tires, our 2007
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