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2004 BMW X3 3.0
By kti1 on 02/26/14 17:18 PM (PST)

Vehicle

2004 BMW X3 3.0i AWD 4dr SUV (3.0L 6cyl 6M)

Review

This car is amazing! The awd makes it simply impossible to loose control in the rain, the steering is a blast. The 3.0 has plenty of power and gets great gas mileage for an AWD SAV. 6 cd changer, panoramic roof, heated seats, leather, steering controls, navigation, the incredible amount of air bags that are standard! Everyone complaining about the expense is moronic, you're driving a bmw, not a toyota or honda. So far all i had to do was a couple of hoses, tires ect. You do pay more than a rav4 or crv, but then again theres a reason you bought this car! Currently at 134k miles and still drives like new! Driving this baby into the ground
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1 of 1 people found this review helpful
very high maintenance dealership poor service
By motherofonyx on 01/20/14 19:42 PM (PST)

Vehicle

2004 BMW X3 2.5i AWD 4dr SUV (2.5L 6cyl 6M)

Review

purchased for daughter, needed complete brakes just at 50,000 was not offered extended warranty would have helped, had back latch motor replaced twice, 3rd time was not under warranty, door locks sometimes they do not work? not sure if one needs too push really hard or if it has a ghost, upholstery is cheap, drivers side has tear, this car has not been abused so feel the upholstery is cheap very little storage, very basic is an automatic get very good gas mileage, breaks replaced again at 75,000 go figure, all spark plugs replaced at 80,000 is very expensive to maintain thank god it is dependable doesn't have issues however just basic maintenance too costly now retired income
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Punishing ride.
By tomaszek on 10/29/13 19:47 PM (PDT)

Vehicle

2004 BMW X3 3.0i AWD 4dr SUV (3.0L 6cyl 6M)

Review

I had this car for 6 years. It was solid car with not too many problems. They are 3 times more to fix than on american car though. Key is 173 $ for example. Brakes $756. I bought it on advice from magazine as "best car in its class". Not. Is the most expensive car in its class. You can have Lexus RX for the money which is better and bigger car. Or 2 Honda CRVs which any of them will be worth more at trade in in 10 years. This car is shame for BMW. The ride is punishing harsh. The manual transmission is totally not math to engine. Panorama sunroof lets in so much noise. The leather seats have ugly inserts. The car is noisy and full of rattles. I felt like driving the cheap car.
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Not a bad small SUV
By cchao01 on 07/27/13 22:20 PM (PDT)

Vehicle

2004 BMW X3 2.5i AWD 4dr SUV (2.5L 6cyl 6M)

Review

I bought this car used in 2007 from a used car lot with around 40,000 miles for about 30k currently it has over 94,000. This car has been a dream. It's been in three crashes two head on collisions and a hit and run. All three times the car preformed well (these were medium speed crashes so around 30 Mph). the only parts that needed to be replaced was an oil filter and a right front cracked wheel. This car has NO options on it and has a very cheap vinyl upholstery and for the price it is disappointing but over time it's a good thing because less stuff to go wrong it drives fantastically and still looks good at 10 years but it is overpriced and CAN'T GO OFF ROAD. Would recommend this car
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2 of 2 people found this review helpful
Fun little SUV
By kaileak on 10/24/12 16:39 PM (PDT)

Vehicle

2004 BMW X3 2.5i AWD 4dr SUV (2.5L 6cyl 6M)

Review

This is my second BMW, i also own a 2008 BMW 128i. When i first drove the X3, being that it is now 8 years old, i expected it to not be very tight. I expexted a little bit of slop in the suspension, leaks, breaking that wasnt as good as it once was. Boy was i surprised, this X3 handles like my 128i and still has a nice stiff ride.
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1 of 1 people found this review helpful
Great car with little flaw
By Great car w/little f on 10/13/10 00:00 AM (PDT)

Vehicle

2004 BMW X3 2.5i AWD 4dr SUV (2.5L 6cyl 6M)

Review

is it just my x? backseat gets wet whenever it rains. 3.0 seems right idea. 6 cd changer would've been nice. overall, tight ride.
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12 of 12 people found this review helpful
Everything is going wrong at 60k plus
By Michelle on 07/21/10 19:43 PM (PDT)

Vehicle

2004 BMW X3 2.5i AWD 4dr SUV (2.5L 6cyl 6M)

Review

I have had the X3 for nearly two years. I am now having all sorts of issue about to have to replace the compressor at 67k already had to replace front brakes need rear brakes now. Have problems with the locking system. Also rear lighter cover wont stay closed. Overall I have enjoyed driving the SUV still with a sports car feel. Wish I would have bought the extended warranty,
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8 of 8 people found this review helpful
Best Sport Utility Vehicle Ever Made
By MH on 07/09/10 19:25 PM (PDT)

Vehicle

2004 BMW X3 2.5i AWD 4dr SUV (2.5L 6cyl 6M)

Review

The old (2004) BMW X3 has the best road feel of any car I have ever driven, that includes, BMW 528, 525i, 540i, 740 iL, GMC Yukon, Jeeps, Cadillac CTS. The X3 is a great car. One feels the tightness of the four wheel drive under all conditions. Do not believe those who criticize the steering and handling of this car, they are off base. The gas mileage is outstanding for continuous four wheel drive.
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4 of 4 people found this review helpful
Fun but only with a warranty folks
By BMW X3 3.0 on 02/20/10 11:00 AM (PST)

Vehicle

2004 BMW X3 3.0i AWD 4dr SUV (3.0L 6cyl 6M)

Review

Bought ours used with 84k CPO from a private dealer for $17.5K, we just love the handling & performance. Its like a 3 series but then again an X5, no worries about weather conditions-very safe for the family. Drives/looks like new even with near 100k mileage. Panoramic roof is awesome until the panels didn't close- dealer replaced roof cassette under warranty ($3900 repair) Windshield chips easily ($900 repair) Heated steering wheel & seats are a must. Rain sensing wipers are cool. Please understand the need for a warranty, BMW's are great cars and very reliable (if cared for) but have a maintenance fund/credit card set aside if you purchase w/o warranty
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3 of 3 people found this review helpful
Great in the snow
By Snow girl on 01/24/10 20:36 PM (PST)

Vehicle

2004 BMW X3 2.5i AWD 4dr SUV (2.5L 6cyl 6M)

Review

We live in area of heavy snowfall and call this car "snow leopard". Its handling in the ice and snow is the best. It is much better in the deep snow than my Toyota Landcruiser.
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