X3 delivery!

I ordered my new BMW X3 the evening of May 2nd, so the computer entry did not occur till the May 3rd – and now, less than 19 days later, the car is mine!

A nice interior, with loads of gadgetry to learn, just how I wanted it, and a nice change from the all black Q5:

Many thanks to BMW of Peabody for getting the car delivered today, even with excessive delays from Geico! Special thanks to Bill Cotton …

X3 / Q5 comparison

I got my first chance to see my new X3 this morning – it arrived at the dealership last night (less than 16 days since I placed the order!)

Even filthy dirty as she is (apparently transported uncovered and in reverse from Spartanburg!), it’s clear there’s more styling to the X3 than the Q5 – compare the hoods:


It’ll be at least Monday before I get to drive her and learn all the other differences …

20,000 Audi miles

After 2-1/2 years of ownership, my Q5 reached 20,000 today!

Interestingly in the same time, GPMINI has covered almost 20,000 miles, even though she spent a lot of time parked up in Florida – but driving coast to coast and back, as well as a few Florida to New Hampshire trips, help add the miles … My Q5 averages 21.3mpg (calculated, not the OBC) over that time (GPMINI averages 27.3mpg from new).

Last weekend I attended an Audi drive event where I got to test drive the latest A6 and A7 cars, more expensive than my Q5 (double the cost of my GP) – neither car was anywhere near as nice to drive as the Q5! And the BMW 5GT I tried a while back is not as good either … I wonder what else I should test drive, offering comfort, good steering, and excellent cabin tech?