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Punishing ride.
3 of 3 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
1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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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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Fun little SUV
2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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By kaileak
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2004 BMW X3 SUV 2.5i AWD 4dr SUV (2.5L 6cyl 6M)


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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.


Best Features

Stiff suspension Superior braking Servo-tronic steering


Worst Features

didn't care for the look of the Vinyl seats, but they are comfortable


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Great car with little flaw
1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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By Great car w/little f
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2004 BMW X3 SUV 2.5i AWD 4dr SUV (2.5L 6cyl 6M)


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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.


Best Features

great sound


Worst Features

seal the roof tight


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Everything is going wrong at 60k plus
13 of 14 people found this review helpful
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By Michelle
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2004 BMW X3 SUV 2.5i AWD 4dr SUV (2.5L 6cyl 6M)


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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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