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by: Frederick Boucher [ JPTRR ]

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RailRoad Modeling


Herpa increases their ever growing line of BMW vehicles (currently 292 models) with this BMW X3. Fifteen X3s are currently available including many in colorful municipal liveries.

The BMW X3 is a compact crossover SUV marketed by the German automaker BMW, based on the BMW 3-Series automobile platform, and now in its second generation. BMW designed the X3 in conjunction with Magna Steyr of Graz, Austria — who manufactured all X3s under contract to BMW for the first generation. Production of the second generation vehicle has transferred to BMW's Spartanburg plant in South Carolina, USA.

The X3 was severely criticized in the US automobile press for poor off-road capability, spartan interior, and excessive price. BMW sought to rectify these complaints in 2005, with various upgrades. In 2007, BMW did a significant mid cycle refresh of the X3. Multiple upgrades included update body bumpers, engine, interiors, and suspension.


Your X3 is factory assembled under license by BMW. It’s securely packed in a form-fitted tray held inside a clear plastic carton with end opening flaps. A red Herpa label decorates the packaging. A holographic licensing sticker is affixed to one end.

My model is skillfully molded and assembled with any blemishes or flaws. Doors, panels, and the grille have recessed detail lines. The door handles are raised. The underside is a single piece with very basic molded detail. Soft low profile tires pressed over the sporty hubs support the model.

Detail and Trim

The model features headlights and tail lights of appropriately colored clear lenses. Detail inside the passenger compartment includes a dashboard, steering wheel, gear shift, cup holders, front bucket seats and rear seats. This detail is easy to see through the windows.

The white automobile is trimmed with black chrome around the windows and has a black grille. It features separately applied side view mirrors. Dual exhaust ports peek out from underneath the rear bumper.

Many X3s feature roof racks but this model does not.

Circular BMW logos are molded in relief on both ends of the vehicle but without the blue and white colors I see on all photos of X3s.


The model is molded in color. The finish is smooth. A tan interior is attractive with the white body. Herpa offers X3s in several colors, including many in colorful municipal liveries.

Off the Lot

This HO scale BMW X3 is a pleasing model of a contemporary sports vehicle. The omission of the BMW logo in color is puzzling as Herpa is acclaimed for their great fidelity in printing small emblems. A number of them will enhance any modern model railroad or diorama. Recommended.

Please remember when contacting retailers and manufacturers, to tell them you saw this model here -- on RailRoadModeling.net.
Highs: Sharp molding and finish and separately applied side mirrors. The nice interior is easy to see through the windows.
Lows: BMW's blue and white logos are only represented in relief. The underside is a token representation.
Verdict: Herpa’s BMW X3 is a pleasing model that will enhance your modern era model railroad or diorama.
Percentage Rating
  Scale: 1:87
  Mfg. ID: 024631
  Suggested Retail: €9.50, $13.00
  Related Link: BMW X3 Collection
  PUBLISHED: Feb 21, 2011

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About Frederick Boucher (JPTRR)

I'm a professional pilot with a degree in art. My first model was an AMT semi dump truck. Then Monogram's Lunar Lander right after the lunar landing. Next, Revell's 1/32 Bf-109G...cried havoc and released the dogs of modeling! My interests--if built before 1900, or after 1955, then I proba...

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