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Not a good ownership experience
1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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By tshurts
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2004 BMW X3 SUV 2.5i AWD 4dr SUV (2.5L 6cyl 6M)


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I have had my X3 for 10 years and will never purchase another BMW. It started out with having a faulty rim. I then have had 10 window regulators replaced, starting within the first year of ownership. I have also replaced the transfer case and rear differential costing over $6,000. Now the transfer case motor has failed. I have only put 100,000 miles on my car in the 10 years I have owned it. You failed BMW. I will not be a repeat customer.


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2004 BMW X3 3.0
1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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By kti1
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2004 BMW X3 SUV 3.0i AWD 4dr SUV (3.0L 6cyl 6M)


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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


Best Features

Leather, heated seats, panoramic roof, nav, tow, 6 cd changer, awe, steering wheel controls, roof rails, roof rack


Worst Features

A bigger towing capacity would be nicer to pull the boat easier, but for the size can't complain!


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very high maintenance dealership poor service
1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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By motherofonyx
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2004 BMW X3 SUV 2.5i AWD 4dr SUV (2.5L 6cyl 6M)


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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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With the exception of the open and close locks the back hutch and poor upholstery and needing brakes and general maintenance far too often; love the way the car drives and handles The dealership could care less about their customers they really milk it after warranty and do very little while under warranty and have found independents most claim that they can fix them and very few can the car is 10 yrs old purchased brand new very disappointing to be forced to sell due to cost of ownership


Worst Features

brakes should last longer than 50,000? all electrical should have been better tested by manufacturer cheap interior basic bells and whistles for this price range is expected I had too pay additional 500 just for the key entry??


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Punishing ride.
1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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By tomaszek
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2004 BMW X3 SUV 3.0i AWD 4dr SUV (3.0L 6cyl 6M)


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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.


Best Features

Good reliability for SUV. Good back seat space and good size trunk. Reasonable fuel economy though needs expensive grade gas, which cancels it out. I heard from service advisor that so many customers complained about the car that BMW improved the suspension setting with redesign.


Worst Features

Improve design. Just take X5 and shrink it 5-10 percent. Ride is to harsh to the point of unbearable. Panoramic roof is horribly loud. 6 speed manual is the worst. It is not matched with 3.0 liter engine. It may work well on 2.0 liter but on powerful engine spacing is too short. 6 speed is not needed, it is just marketing for boy racers. At 80 mph you have 3400 rpm on 6th gear! Not a car for American market. I traded it for close to nothing because of ride and noise.


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Not a bad small SUV
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By cchao01
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2004 BMW X3 SUV 2.5i AWD 4dr SUV (2.5L 6cyl 6M)


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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


Best Features

Driving position, one touch folding seats, 4WD, looks,durability, reliability, hard suspension , lots of passenger room


Worst Features

More ground clearance , cheaper price + options ,interior materials (hard plastics)


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