2004 BMW X3 Consumer Review: Punishing ride.

2004 BMW X3 - Consumer Review

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3.0i 4dr SUV (3.0L 6-cyl. AWD 6-speed Manual)

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Punishing ride.
By tomaszek on


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


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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