Thanks for taking the time to write up. As you may remember, I bought an F25 X3 20d Xdrive SE as the family car a couple of years ago. I've not driven it now for over a year but would've spent a good long time behind the wheel over the first year we had it. I've now parted legal company with it - having transferred it into my ex's name. In spite of not being the 30d you have, I agree with an awful lot of what you describe. I never really wanted the X3 - when they were released I was an E70 X5 40d owner and the X3 looked very cheap in comparison. But necessity drove me to buy the X3 when we got flooded in on the farm a few times and I have to confess, it was a very good purchase and a very easy car to live with. I bought mine with c. 44k on the clock IIRC and last time I cause to look in the car, it had done 70k. The only issues in the last two years and 26k miles was a leaking windscreen (which was down to an ill-fitted replacement, but not BMWs fault) and a faulty nearside rear LED cluster, which was replaced under Mondial Extended Warranty. It kind of mirrors the experience I had with both my X5s - they were the most reliable of all my BMWs owned. So much for German build quality - the X range are built in Spartenburg in the USA!! I found the 20d pretty sprightly, considering the heft of the SUV frame and drivetrain but pretty noisey and I'm sure the soundproofing isn't as good as the F10 in which the 20d is a bit more muted. Having got the same 30d engine as you in my F11, I know how prodigous the shove is and I'm marvelling at how good your fuel economy is. I get 38.3mpg out of my 530d and the 20d X3 gets just shy of 40mpg Overall. For the performance you have on tap vs. the weight penalty, I think 36mpg is pretty respectable. Looking at your interior vs. the one I had, clearly the LCI has taken the interior up a notch. Looks like a lot nicer place to be than mine was. Mine had a utilitarian feel to it, which worked on the farm, but still no way comparable to the relative luxury of the X5 I had a few years back and the 5er I drive now. That said, it's appealing to a different market. Wish you many more happy miles in it and do keep us updated with how it goes. If you can't be bothered doing the Audio yourself - AudioFile in Bishops Stortford gets a big thumbs up from me. expensive, but the results are mind-blowing.