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BMW X3

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  • My wife has the same set up, a 2006 X3, non sport, with optional 18" wheels & tires. The ride is a bit firm, but I would not call it rough. We both like the combination of ride and handling a lot for this class of vehicle.

    We're already focusing on the new model with hoped for availability of the twin turbo engine as a replacement!

    I used to have a 2006 330Xi with standard 17" wheels and all season run flat tires. In my opinion, that car was rougher than our X3 over larger bumps, although it was better on smoother roads.

    Bruce
  • roadburnerroadburner Posts: 6,664
    My wife runs a 2004 non-sport, which is supposed to be the year that delivers the stiffest ride. We have no complaints either.

    2009 328i / 2004 X3 2.5/ 1995 318ti Club Sport/ 1975 2002A/ 2007 Mazdaspeed 3/ 1999 Wrangler/ 1996 Speed Triple Challenge Cup Replica

  • nyccarguynyccarguy Stamford, CTPosts: 7,756
    So my Dad's X5 is in the shop getting repaired from a piece of wood he ran over last Wednesday in a snowstorm. The only loaner the dealer had left was a 328i Coupe with X-Drive. Since my Dad needs a truck to get back and forth to work with his 2 great danes, we gave him my wife's '07 X3, and my wife is driving the 328i Coupe. Tonight after work he gets in the X3 and it won't start. He jumped the X3 and the 4 X 4 light went on as if there were NO DSC. I'll have to check it out tomorow at work.

    2001 Prelude Type SH, 2011 Pilot EX-L 4WD, 2015 Subaru Legacy 2.5i Premium

  • roadburnerroadburner Posts: 6,664
    Probably the battery.

    2009 328i / 2004 X3 2.5/ 1995 318ti Club Sport/ 1975 2002A/ 2007 Mazdaspeed 3/ 1999 Wrangler/ 1996 Speed Triple Challenge Cup Replica

  • nyccarguynyccarguy Stamford, CTPosts: 7,756
    The car is only a year and a half old. You think it is the battery? My Dad said the instant he hooked up the battery pack jumper to the X3 it turned over and fired right up. He used the remote to open the doors, & the doors unlocked and lights flashed, but then when he put the key in the ignition...nothing. I think her X3 should be due for inspection I in a month or 2. I'll have them check the battery out.

    2001 Prelude Type SH, 2011 Pilot EX-L 4WD, 2015 Subaru Legacy 2.5i Premium

  • My problem was I didn't drive it over the right kind of pavement to show up the warts. I just drove it on the freeway and smooth pavement. It rides just fine there. The problem is on the rough bits. I learned my lesson tho' and the next vehicle will get a full road test with the wife on board :shades:
  • I have an '07 non sport with the 18" wheels. The Pirellis on it are fantastic but any car with low profile tires is going to be a bit stiff. This is also why it handles the way it does. It handles better than alot of sedans that are a foot lower.

    It may be REAL EASY to find someone with 17" wheels to swap you straight up for your 18's. Then you can get some more sidewall between you and the ground and ease your pain.

    FWIW, my previous SUV was a Honda Pilot with 16" wheels and Big Ole' Tires on it and soft springs. It drove "comfortable" on the street but hold on on a circular on ramp....wow that cow would lean like crazy! Not confidence inspiring.

    You bought a BMW with 18" wheels. Man up!
  • I'm looking at getting this vehicle, with either the 24mo/25k $1900, or 5y $3900 ext warranty. the dealer thinks the 5 yr is useless. What type of maintenance am I looking at past the 50k miles? I know the subaru gets a timing belt replaced. I'm concerned about costs mounting as mileage increases. I really can't afford dishing out money each month in repairs. Tire ball joints, etc. Will this last 150-200k miles, how does it hold up.. All info is greatly appreciated as I am trying to understand what to expect. thanks...
  • roadburnerroadburner Posts: 6,664
    Stick the warranty money into a MM account and self insure. My wife has a 2004 X3 2.5 and it has needed exactly one warranty repair-the passenger seat SRS sensor. Check and see if the brake pads have been replaced; you may need pads/rotors in the 50K-60K range. Ditto for tires(I recommend Tire Rack for quality tires at a great price). Around 100K you may need a water pump, but that should cost less than $400, max. Here is a brief synopsis of service requirements:

    On an X3 some services are determined by time, some by mileage, and some by the on-board Service Interval(SI) system(which calculates service based on driving conditions).
    The time based services are: Brake Fluid(every 2 years) and Coolant(every 3 years-even though BMW doesn't call for it)
    The mileage based services are: Spark Plugs, ATF, and Oxygen Sensors(every 100K miles for all three).
    The SI system has 3 levels of service: Oil Service, Inspection I, and Inspection II. An Oil Service is called for at @15K intervals(or every year, whichever comes first). It is just an oil change. It costs $80-$125
    The Inspection I rolls up at 30K; it is an oil change, a cabin air filter change, and a comprehensive inspection of the car. Figure $250-$300
    Inspection II occurs around 60K and is essentially an Inspection I + an engine air filter change. Costs average $350-$500

    Since you're going to hang on to it for a while I'd advise changing the automatic transmission and transfer case fluid every 50K. Change the final drive oil(front and rear) at 100K. I change the engine oil myself on my wife's X3 at 7.5K intervals due to the fact that the truck chews up its oil in less than 9K miles(based on used oil analysis). Some people go 15K without any problem but I'm not one of them. Our X3 has 75K on it and is as tight and rattle-free as new. My son will take it to college in a bit over four years. We fully expect to get a minimum 150K miles out of it. Based on my experience with BMWs, that is a very conservative expectation.

    2009 328i / 2004 X3 2.5/ 1995 318ti Club Sport/ 1975 2002A/ 2007 Mazdaspeed 3/ 1999 Wrangler/ 1996 Speed Triple Challenge Cup Replica

  • bodble2bodble2 Posts: 4,519
    "Stick the warranty money into a MM account and self insure."

    You might as well just put it under your mattress. Similar return and probably safer!
  • bodble2bodble2 Posts: 4,519
    Does the '09 X3 provide a visual warning on the dash, as well as an audible warning, if you drive off with a door/hatch/hood not securely latched? I've read an '04 owner's manual which does not talk about that, but I would expect the X3 to have that feature since even the Mini has it.

    Does the navigation package also include a hard drive that you can upload mp3 music files onto?
  • kyfdxkyfdx Posts: 29,792
    I don't know about the '09, but I'm pretty sure that on our '08, you only get a visual warning... nothing audible..

    Actually, I don't remember any of our cars having an audible warning for a door being ajar..

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  • bodble2bodble2 Posts: 4,519
    On the Mini, it would beep at you if you drove off without latching the hatch or a door properly. We've done that a few times with the hatch. It's somewhat odd that the warnings only come on after the car starts moving. You would think it should warn you as soon as you start the engine.
  • Can anyone advise where I can find the Antenna for my X3 series BMW since I am having problems with the distance in the wireless key entry. The key only works when you are within 9 feet from the X3.

    I saw someone had a problem and they got the garage to fix it. Please advise what I need since I am not located in the USA but in Barbados.

    Thank you
    Steve.
  • I have the same problem with my X3 and I need to get the Antenna 315MHZ replaced. DO you know where I can find this unit on the X3 and to check if it is version A 1 or higher?

    That version seems to have the problem with limited distance of 9 feet only.

    Sometimes the key works other times it does not and you have to be right next to the X3 for it to work.

    Thank you
    Steve
  • daddymandaddyman Posts: 14
    I believe they are mounted in the drivers side mirror. Not very smart in my opinion. They should have mounted them in the shark fin on the back roof.

    Check Bimmerfest--excellent resource.
  • woodywwwoodyww Posts: 1,797
    Thinking of starting the hunt for a used X3. Normally I'd go for the newer model, but all the reported Transmission problems on the '07's have me kind of spooked. Would a test drive or 2 on an individual vehicle be adequate to determine? I'd want a 3.0 in any case. TIA!
  • daddymandaddyman Posts: 14
    There is a reason so many post about the 07 AT. It's dangerous. It's not a quirk, or inconvenient. It's just plain dangerous. The major problem is it only surfaces 5% of the time you are driving, and it always happens at the worst time. Entering a slowed traffic area, trying to avoid a semi in heavy traffic, trying to accelerate out of the way of oncoming traffic. In order to properly test for the problem you will need a weekend of driving. Make sure the vehicle has NOT had a recent computer update as this puts the vehicle in learning mode for at least 300 miles (it won't display bad habits during this "break in"). Your best bet is to buy an 06 or get a manual. Rolling the dice on my family's well being is just not worth it.
  • cotmccotmc Posts: 1,081
    Hi! Sorry I'm late for this conversation, but I thought I could add my $.02. We recently sold our '04 X3 to an enthusiastic young buyer, and after weeks of debate, decided upon another used X3 as its replacement. (We almost purchased a new Murano, but we just couldn't get excited about it! The X3 is nearly perfect for the 3 of us.) I, too, had concerns with the '07 AT, based on all the Internet chatter. Although we had purchased our '04 X3 from a dealer out-of-state (Southern Cal dealers usually offer better out-the-door pricing than AZ dealers), I decided I would NOT buy an '07 X3 AT unless it was from a local dealer who would accomodate me with an overnight test drive (or similar). Yes, all the discussions about the AT hesitation issue made me a bit nervous. Also, Consumer Reports shows a full black circle (much worse than avg) for the '07 X3 transmission. So, I would only buy an '07 AT if I could REALLY test it out under a variety of conditions, prior to purchase.

    Fortunately, I found an '06 CPO X3 with Premium Pkg, our desired color combination, and in perfect condition -- with an in-service date of Aug 2006. This must have been manufactured only a month or two before they started the '07 production run. This means we will have warranty coverage thru Aug 2012. Not too bad... We're very happy with it, even though it still has the older-look interior. For us, the minor changes for '07 were not important at all.

    Question for other X3 owners (2004 thru 2006): Does the Premium Package include the garage door opener buttons? I thought it did, but our '06 X3 does NOT have this feature. I'm confused, because our used '04 X3 DID have it. :confuse:
  • nyccarguynyccarguy Stamford, CTPosts: 7,756
    We just picked up our 2007 X3 3.0si from the dealer after its "Inspection I" service (32K miles) and it got an oil & filter change, brake fluid flush, as well as front & rear brake pads. Not too shabby for the price. $0....zilch, nada, nothing.

    While our lease isn't up until July 2010, time does fly by when you're having fun (with our 2 1/2 year old & 11 week old son). We're very happy with our Montego Blue X3. It hasn't given us any trouble & the few times we've brought the car in for service the dealer (Wide World BMW in Spring Valley, NY) has been nothing short of top notch.

    I say to myself every now & again that we could very easily replace the X3 at the end of its lease with a loaded Accord EX-L V6 w/ NAV, but I love cars (and BMWs especially) too much to have something so... vanilla (before I get bashed by any Honda lovers, my daily driver is a 2001 Prelude Type SH).

    I'm thinking maybe we'll BUY a 2010 (or 2011) X3 (new body) or maybe if I can swing a super-duper deal on a leftover E60 535 (or 550...YUMMY). Does anyone think BMW will bring the next gen X3 as a diesel. If not, then I'll just have to "suffer" with the brilliant N52 Twin Turbo Inline 6.

    2001 Prelude Type SH, 2011 Pilot EX-L 4WD, 2015 Subaru Legacy 2.5i Premium

  • codog3codog3 Posts: 12
    bring to the dealer (hopefully still under warranty, This is a known problem with the x3. I had the dealer perform the service bulletin on my 05 x3 and it works great now
  • patc3080patc3080 Posts: 4
    whenever i drive my 07 x3 over slightly hilly roads i know im in for an adventure,lately when i slow for aleft turn i get ahead snapping downshift! Is there abulletin on this problem from bmw?
  • ddwzfddwzf Posts: 10
    Just bought a 08 used X3, the car has bluetooth connection. the Phone & bluetooth manual says the pairing code is available from the "onboarding literature". I have the owner's manual but have no idea what the "onboarding literature" is. Anybody here has any idea on how I can get the pairing code?

    Thanks!
  • szimdahlszimdahl Posts: 5
    I have a 2007 X3 and this worked for me.

    Open up the back of your X3.   on the left hand side of the cargo area is a compartment that you have to push a button to open it up.   Once you do, then remove the cover and look down below the DVD player towards a white Label.  On the label, there will be a set of numbers.  look for something that says PK#### .... What ever those 4#'s are, is your passkey to activate the bluetooth.

    I hope that helps.  
  • racerx009racerx009 Posts: 5
    My wife's '06 X3 billows ominous white smoke upon startup and idles roughly. This occurred for the first time last night from a vehicle that hasn't given us any real trouble before. I'm somewhat concerned about the welfare of my bank account since naturally this has occurred while her vehicle is out of warrantee (we extended with maintenance only). Anyone with thoughts on what the trouble could be before we head to the dealership on Monday will be greatly appreciated.
  • ddwzfddwzf Posts: 10
    szimdalh, thanks for the tip. It worked for me as well. Thanks
  • tidestertidester Posts: 10,109
    Where's the smoke coming from? Engine? Exhaust?

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  • racerx009racerx009 Posts: 5
    Sorry about the delay in responding. It's coming from the tailpipe and only at startup, it's not continuous.
  • tidestertidester Posts: 10,109
    White exhaust usually indicates the presence of water. If it only happens at start up and is not continuous then it may simply be a result of water condensation in your exhaust system.

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  • s24ws24w Posts: 19
    We are deciding whether or not we should purchase a vehicle extended warranty for the Used '06 x3 that we just purchased or to just set some money aside in a separate account for potential/future repairs.

    Any suggestions?
    If warranty, do you have any specific companies you can recommend?
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