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2004 BMW X3 SUV - Consumer Reviews

2004 BMW X3 SUV

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Great in the snow
3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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By Snow girl
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2004 BMW X3 SUV 2.5i AWD 4dr SUV (2.5L 6cyl 6M)


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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.


Best Features

Excellent defog on windshield


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Not good quality for this model
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By horacio
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2004 BMW X3 SUV 2.5i AWD 4dr SUV (2.5L 6cyl 6M)


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Needs a lot of maintenance, on brakes, tires are expensive, the moon roof does not work. It will cost like 2500 to fix, the first gear jumps really bad I scare to drive it now, and the ac compressor went out! Not a smart buy I have 99,500 miles on it.


Best Features

The looks, style, fun to drive with low miles only!


Worst Features

Better quality!


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Upholstery Seats
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By RDLUI
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2004 BMW X3 SUV 2.5i AWD 4dr SUV (2.5L 6cyl 6M)


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Bought this vehicle for my wife when it first came out in 2004. Drives well and is very responsive... just like most BMW's... Have had a good experience overall and not much to complain about. However, the upholstery (not leather but vinyl fabric?) on the front driver's seat started cracking during the 3rd year of ownership and the fabric was replaced under warranty during the 4th and final year of warranty. My complaint is that barely a year later, the same cracking is appearing on the same seat. My wife weighs about 105 lbs and there's only 52,000kms (30,000 miles) on the car!


Best Features

Driveability and responsive feel for a SUV.


Worst Features

Use fabric for the seats that actually lasts for more than a year or two.


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Good but not great.
1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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By poeschel1
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2004 BMW X3 SUV 2.5i AWD 4dr SUV (2.5L 6cyl 6M)


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Purchased this car to replace a Tahoe for fuel economy. Gets great fuel economy, 2.5l is adequate but wish I had gone with the 3.0l. Excellent stability in poor driving conditions. Fit and finish is severely lacking. Ash tray lid won't stay closed. Paint chipping on roof rack. Often have issues with door locking system. Radio seems to delete all preset stations every couple days. I also have 330i and experience none of these issues. BMW really missed the mark with this car. Feels like a Kia.


Best Features

Fuel economy, stability and handling and overall design.


Worst Features

Make it feel more like a BMW. Cheep and low budget interior isn't what I have come to expect from BMW.


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Fun to drive - but some problems
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By Ben
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2004 BMW X3 SUV 2.5i AWD 4dr SUV (2.5L 6cyl 6M)


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I own the X3 2.5 for 4 years now. Fun to drive and a smart looking crossover. However Airbag mat (now a official recall) broke 5 times, windows seals have been replaced 3 times and car still CREAKS on every turn and pothole. Steering rack start creaking, too, and was completely replaced. I do find those problems not acceptable for BMW and will stay away until the get their quality back. BMW paid for their mistakes: I have bought their extended warranty for about 3000 extra to extend to 100k/6 years and they will fix no matter what without question ask. Do not get the car without warranty or prepaid service - it´s a money pit !


Best Features

Handling and look.


Worst Features

BMW need to improve the quality !


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