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BMW X3 hesitation on acceleration



  • IT DOES AFFECT THE 2006 MODEL!!!!!!!!!!!

    Dont be fooled, how do I know, I had one and BMW paid me out! BTW mine was a 6 speed diesel
  • MLB6MLB6 Posts: 12
    If not because of the Internet, I would have thought the problems with my 07 X3 AT is an isolated case. It takes BMW over 2 years with continuous software updates to find out mine not only a software problem. It's much better now, but from time to time, problems still like to come back to remind me of its very troubled past. I am still very worried about when this X3 would become out-of warranty, because the fact that it had these hesitation and jerky shifting problems, it may have already made some damage to the transmission and its reliability would be iffy.

    I would stay away with all 6-speed automatic BMWs, not only X3's. The 5-speed ATs on the other hand, is totally different, there is generally no driving issues that are not fixable for the 5-speeds. I heard about the "No-Reverse" problems but not sure how common it is that with the 04-06 X3s.

    Buying a BMW is no longer a sure-bet anymore with its quality control problems especially with problems that can creep-up on you without notice. It pretty much like a "leap-of-faith" when you order a new BMW and wait for it to arrive. Thankfully, the Internet is your friend, so do your DD and accept the risks before you buy (or not to buy).
  • pp2009pppp2009pp Posts: 228
    I've had BMWs for a long time and they have never been a particularly reliable car. If the X3 does not have the plethora of suspension and transmission problems then it appears to be better than the average BMW from a reliability standpoint. Who knows though since the bulk of them must still be under 100K.

    If reliability is the most important thing, avoid ALL EUROPEAN makes and go with the Japanese. There is still a significant difference IMO even though the Japanese have their glitch cars as well.

    I agree that getting a BMW is a roll of the dice. If it does break out of warranty then the maintenance costs run easily into the thousands. Pop the hood, pay a grand...good rule of thumb.

    I think the Subaru hatchbacks get good marks.
  • roadburnerroadburner Posts: 6,013
    I've owned nine BMWs since 1983, and I currently have three in my garage. If you use a good dealer and/or a good independent BMW tech your running costs wont be bad at all. I have a 2004 X3 2.5 with 85,500 miles and non-scheduled maintenance has consisted of a passenger SRS sensor(warranty), one set of tires at 50,000 miles, and one set of brakes at 60,000 miles. Maintenance and repair costs over four years of ownership have averaged $56 per month- hardly a money pit. My 1995 3er has averaged $33/month since I bought it new 14 years ago- and that number includes four sets of Z-rated track tires.

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

  • roadburnerroadburner Posts: 6,013
    Two and one-half years ago I bought a Mazdaspeed 3 because I thought it might be fun to try some thing different. Here's my experience:

    Blown LF strut at 25,000 miles. That cost me a week of instructing at Watkins Glen.

    Smoking turbo at 26,000 miles. The turbo was replaced, but now Mazda claims that the smoking is actually caused by an inadequate PCV system. Five months ago they promised that a PCV revised system would be available in 90 days. Now Mazda is saying the fix won't be ready until March at the earliest.

    Variable Valve Timing Actuator became noisy at 46,000 miles. Replaced per TSB.

    At 51,000 miles the car is now throwing a P0401 fault code(EGR flow insufficient) on a regular basis. This repair-$600-will be on my nickel as it seems that the EGR system is not covered by either the powertrain or the 49 state emissions warranty. Oh yeah, I also suspect that the remaining three shocks are also packing it in as I'm starting to hear some loud knocks from the rear suspension.

    Yep, I'm sure glad I didn't buy another BMW...

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

  • pp2009pppp2009pp Posts: 228
    Amazingly, no one else believes that BMWs are cheap and reliable cars to own.

    I still have that bridge to sell along with brakes, rotors, head gaskets, water pumps, air conditioners and assorted dead electronics.

    Delusion runs hot and heavy from time to time though. :shades:

    These are mostly about the transmissions but there are some eye popping numbers on other maintenance issues as well.
  • Stever@EdmundsStever@Edmunds YooperlandPosts: 38,927
    Edmunds True Cost to Own tool calculates maintenance and repair costs. Here's a sampling:

    Make/Style/Maintenance/Repairs (all over a 5 year period):

    2009 BMW X3 xDrive30i 4dr SUV AWD (3.0L 6cyl 6M) $3,185/$2,362
    2009 Acura MDX 4dr SUV AWD (3.7L 6cyl 5A) $3,886/$951
    2009 Mazda CX-9 Grand Touring 4dr SUV AWD (3.7L 6cyl 6A) $3,288/$724
    2009 Mercedes-Benz M-Class ML350 4MATIC 4dr SUV AWD (3.5L 6cyl 7A) $4,806/$2,362

    Repairs run a bit higher for the BMW and the MB than the CX-0 and MDX for the small sample set I ran. The '99 Audi Q5 is $4,630/$2,794.

    Pick your own "best" X3 comparison and run the numbers.
  • ... are ZERO for the first 50K miles... :)

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  • roadburnerroadburner Posts: 6,013
    Well, as I said, my comments are only based on 26 years of ownership experience and owning everything from a Bavaria 3.0 to an E24 M6 to an E39 528iA- and I'm providing hard numbers taken off my spreadsheet. Here are some examples of service on my X3 performed at my local dealer(Swope BMW Louisville, KY):

    Change ATF and transfer case oil- $207.38
    Inspection II, brake fluid flush, repair curb rash on LF wheel- $423.66
    Oil Service, coolant flush- $128.00

    I will note that Swope does give me a BMW CCA discount of 10% on parts and labor.

    Now, I'll be the first to admit that service costs can be high if you have a questionable dealer and you simply walk in, hand over your Visa, and grab your ankles- but if you use some common sense and do some research the operating costs won't be bad at all.

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

  • There are exclusions to what is covered, tires being one of them. I believe the battery isn't covered as well? So it really should be thought of as "Almost $0 for the first $50k miles."
  • roadburnerroadburner Posts: 6,013
    A bit OT, but what do you know about Enthusiast Auto over on Reading Road?

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

  • Stever@EdmundsStever@Edmunds YooperlandPosts: 38,927
    Tell it to Edmunds. :P :D

    Year four is the killer.
  • pp2009pppp2009pp Posts: 228
    Do you add the two numbers together? Since the X3 has a 4 year maintenance/warranty the $5,548 number is just for year number five or is this 'as if' you paid for all the maintenance and warranty.

    What is up with the Q5. I hear you can prepay for maintenance and save a bit.

    Do you know where the raw data comes from?
  • Stever@EdmundsStever@Edmunds YooperlandPosts: 38,927
    Edmunds assumes 15,000 miles a year so you'd hit the 50,000 free maintenance limit sometime in year four.

    "There are eight components of TCO®: depreciation, interest on financing, taxes and fees, insurance premiums, fuel, maintenance, repairs and any federal tax credit that may be available. The costs are researched and placed into a series of proprietary algorithms developed by Edmunds' statisticians." True Cost to Own (TCO)

    I don't know where the data comes for what breaks when. Maybe Identifix since we use their data for our reliability ratings on the vehicle pages? Labor rates and parts costs are pretty easy to find from the books.
  • Yeah... tires... and gasoline and insurance, too... ;)

    My wife has been driving BMWs for six years now.. Except for those three items, we've never spent a penny.... :)

    Don't know about the battery, but I'm guessing it is covered by the warranty (or a different warranty).

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  • Most of their stuff is modified.... Really cool, if you go for that... pricey, though..

    It's two brothers... I think their father bankrolls the operation. I talked to him a few months ago, while the kids were off at Mid-Ohio. He is from Columbus, I think.

    I think they look for nice examples for sale.. buy them, modify them (they have a shop), then put them on the lot for top-dollar... By the time they get done with them, they are mostly playthings for rich guys... You aren't likely to find a stock E30 325iS..

    You can run across some pretty cool things, though... last time I was up there, they had a high-mileage '06 E90 325Xi with a 6-speed stick.. How many AWD sedans do you think they sold with a stick, that year?! One of the guys used to drive an E34 wagon, custom Laguna Seca paint, and some screamer of an engine.... cool stuff..

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  • roadburnerroadburner Posts: 6,013
    Thanks. I think I'm going to at least drop by and look. They have a few tempting cars on their website...

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

  • It's easy to get to... just a couple of blocks off of I-275...

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  • roadburnerroadburner Posts: 6,013
    I know, we were going out to eat with some friends and drove right past it- but didn't have time to stop... :(

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

  • Too bad it isn't summer time.. Old fashioned root beer stand right down the street... great chili dogs, and they make their own root beer..

    Seasonally open, though... :(

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