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      02-17-2007, 05:11 PM   #1
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Any problems with your X3's

i haven't had any problems so far apart from inside cup holder deterioration.
Just wondering if any owners have had serious problems
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      02-19-2007, 09:00 AM   #2
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      02-19-2007, 04:38 PM   #3
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      02-20-2007, 07:13 AM   #4
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Great to hear. Enjoyable car it is.
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      02-24-2007, 11:49 AM   #5
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      03-09-2007, 10:17 AM   #6
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my mother just bought a 2007 X3 3.0i, and the thing is AMAZING....

she's in love with it
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      03-12-2007, 08:45 AM   #7
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Problems yes, but taken care of....

I own a E90/sport and we got a 05 x3 for my wife. She has had several issues with it that indicate a once in a million "lemon" from BMW. The air conditioner broke 2x, the rubber seal broke on a door and the car flooded with rain water (we live in Portland, Or), the brake rotors warped and needed to be replaced, and recently the front end is making a horrible sound when we go over bumps. My E90 has had no issues whatsoever. Credit to Rasmussen BMW in Portland. Without prompting, Rasmussen is exchanging our 05 with a brand new 07! This is service and customer care, and is why I will own a BMW for the rest of my life. The new X3si will be here this week. I should say that despite all of the issues, we love the X3! It is quick, responsive, corners like no other SUV! Renently I took a TT (turbo) on the straights and hung with it on the corners! Nice I don't have to give up my driving experience to drive my wife's car. Can't wait to see what the new motor will feel like in the new X3.
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      06-14-2007, 06:44 AM   #8
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I own a 2.0d Sport X3. It has done 14,200 miles and the front nearside tyre already needs replacing. My local dealer says that this is within expectations, (14k to 20k) although towards the lower end, and they always wear the front nearside out first! It is only used for normal road use. I consider this to be excessive, but I cannot find any other statistics or manufacturers guidelines anywhere. Does anyone know what the wear should be, or is the dealer telling the truth?
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      06-26-2007, 01:01 PM   #10
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I own a 2.0d Sport X3. It has done 14,200 miles and the front nearside tyre already needs replacing. My local dealer says that this is within expectations, (14k to 20k) although towards the lower end, and they always wear the front nearside out first! It is only used for normal road use. I consider this to be excessive, but I cannot find any other statistics or manufacturers guidelines anywhere. Does anyone know what the wear should be, or is the dealer telling the truth?
Blame Michelin... i've had michelin's on my old truck, and as soon as they wore out, i swapped them for some firestone/bridgestone tires.
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      08-11-2007, 06:24 PM   #11
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      09-09-2007, 11:14 AM   #12
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Thumbs up x3 faults

my fiance and i just bought a certified pre owned x3 with just under 30,000 miles, 6hrs after picking it up the main computer malfunctioned, i'm not sure if it was the cause of the malfunction but under light acceleration between 2600 and 3000 rpm it would bobble, shortly after i made it do this a few times the service engine soon light came on, when my fiance took it in to have it checked they said the computer failed and when they tried to reload it it crashed completely, they gave her an '07 328xi, what a blast to drive, they ended up replacing the computer completely and at no charge to us, unfortunate that it broke but service was impecible
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      01-02-2009, 01:49 PM   #13
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I just got my X3 a couple months ago, had a few problems so far. It's an 05, about 51,000 miles. First the rear passenger window regulator blew, now I am having problems with the driver's window. When I have it a few inches down and push the automatic close it closes all the way then goes right back down to where it was on it's own. It doesn't do that all the time, but it just started happening. Also in reverse the passenger side mirror will go down, then when I put the car back into drive the mirror travels too high and I have to readjust the side mirror after ever couple reverses. Other than that I love the car it drives amazing especially in the snow. It's comfortable and roomy, the heated seats are awesome.
The drivers side low beam bulb burned out, and I'm trying to figure out how to change that on my own, where I bought the car (nissan dealership) told me the light bulb alone would be 90 dollars, the BMW dealership said they would replace the lightbulb and the labor would be about 89 dollars. I priced the bulb at autozone and it's about 17 dollars, so if anyone knows how to pop the cover off the backside of the light bulb I would be happy to hear what tips you might have. Thanks!!
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      01-02-2009, 10:59 PM   #14
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I'm on my second X3, bought a new 2004 when they first came out put 30,000 miles on it and bought a new 2007 X3 in Oct 06. I have 20,000 miles on the 2007 and the only time ever in shop was for a reprogram on the transmission. The transmission shifts poorly when starting out and there was a service notice on it. They reprogrammed it and it was good for about a month and then regressed to its old self. Transmissions start out in second and has a delay sometimes and if you put it in sport to start in first it about gives you wiplash. Other than the transmission with about 50,000 miles on two of then they have been some of the best BMW's I have owned and I'm on number 13. The first X3 had some window issues also but they dissapeared and a little wind noise but nothing else.
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      01-04-2009, 04:29 PM   #15
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x3 30d....4 years,80000 km..zero problem! amazing ride!
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      01-07-2009, 12:02 PM   #16
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I have owned 3 X3's 2004, 2006, and 2008. All of these are loaded, Nav, Prem etc. The only problems have been: (1) failure of the butterfly valve in the exhaust, (1) cup holder wore out, and (2) intermittent radio failures in 125,000 miles of use for the three.
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      01-20-2009, 08:08 PM   #17
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The drivers side low beam bulb burned out, and I'm trying to figure out how to change that on my own, where I bought the car (nissan dealership) told me the light bulb alone would be 90 dollars, the BMW dealership said they would replace the lightbulb and the labor would be about 89 dollars. I priced the bulb at autozone and it's about 17 dollars, so if anyone knows how to pop the cover off the backside of the light bulb I would be happy to hear what tips you might have. Thanks!!
You have to confirm first whether you have Xenons or not.

From what the Nissan dealer said about the cost of the bulbs, and the BMW dealer's quote on labor, it sounds as though you do.

The Autozone price sounds like a standard Halogen bulb.

Your Owner's Manual gives you instructions for replacing the standard bulbs if that is the lighting system you have.

If Xenons, the manual tells you they last a really long time, but to have a dealer do it if they do go out.

There is a youtube video of a guy doing the Xenons - looks fiddly but fairly straightforward for a handy and patient person - he said it took 30 mins. the first time he did it.

The driver side is the easier one, as on the passenger side you need to take off the windshield washer bottle to get sufficient access.

Have not needed to do this myself, but I have seen the Xenon bulbs on ebay from BMW parts sellers for more like $50 than $90.
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      01-25-2009, 11:05 AM   #18
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Had mine for a little over a year now, 21k miles and the only issue I've encountered so far is the shift knob (my X3 is a manual) which came loose. A few drops of Loctite solved it.
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Problems with X3

I have a 2.0D SE which has just covered 30000 miles.
Problems so far...
1. Tube feeding rear screenwasher came apart under carpets flooding the interior footwells with about a gallon of water. Nightmare to fix, seats out, carpets out, 2 days dealer fix.
2. Aircon Compressor belt came off, dealer says it needs new crankshaft pulley, not cheap!
3. Premature Brake wear, needs new Discs and Pads all round.
4. Exhaust resonance when hot, unpleasant noise.
Not the best car I have ever owned!!!!
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I have a 2.0D SE which has just covered 30000 miles.
Problems so far...
1. Tube feeding rear screenwasher came apart under carpets flooding the interior footwells with about a gallon of water. Nightmare to fix, seats out, carpets out, 2 days dealer fix.
2. Aircon Compressor belt came off, dealer says it needs new crankshaft pulley, not cheap!
3. Premature Brake wear, needs new Discs and Pads all round.
4. Exhaust resonance when hot, unpleasant noise.
Not the best car I have ever owned!!!!
Forgot this one yesterday..

5. Alloy Wheels pitting, despite frequent and extensive cleaning.
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      07-16-2009, 04:18 PM   #21
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We have a 2007 3.0si, and aside from the funky transmission shifting that takes some getting used to, I'm in love with this thing. Nothing much else to report in terms of problems. Just drove it to South Carolina and back from NJ and got about 26 mpg, including a bunch of stop and go on I-95.

Very comfortable car, and enough space to haul stuff when you need to. Not as big as our former MDX, but much more fun to drive. I also drove a Hyundai Santa Fe at TireRack Street Survival a few weeks ago, and it really made me appreciate the X3 - it's worth every penny!
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Be glad when they finally fix the tranny issue!
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