Overall, I cannot fault the car so seriously that I would not buy another one, but I would give a lot more thought to other makes knowing what I now know about the service trips and their frequency. As I said previously in the things-gone-wrong section, this car is my wife's. It fits her personality perfectly. I greatly prefer my BMW 3-series coupe. I just finished reading a review that was "bashing" the 3-series cars in comparison to the X-type. This person said that they were very incomparable and inequivalent cars. That is completely NOT true! There couldn't be two cars designed to go head-to-head more closely. The interior room and size overall is nearly IDENTICAL.
That being said that I greatly prefer my 3-series over her X-type, we do use her car for any trips we make, as it is slightly more quiet and is an automatic.
I am pleased with the power, but it seems that the acceleration comes at a thirsty price to fuel economy. Plus, the X-type 3.0 requires premium fuel, which is now $2 per gallon versus the $1.79 regular my 3-series runs perfectly on. My 3 gets 28-31 MPG on the highway, but the X only manages 24 MPG at best- in town only 16 to 18 MPG!
The leather quality and wood dash are beautiful, but so are my 3's- and my 3 has a better richness of smell even after 70k miles.