by gf1234 on May 22, 2012 Vehicle: 2005 BMW X3 2.5i AWD 4dr SUV (2.5L 6cyl 6M)
This car has terrible reliability in 3 yrs I have spent nearly $10,000 in repairs.
- two A/C compressor hoses
- sunroof leak
- air mass meter
- all for O2 sensors
- complete radiator replacement
Do not buy this car.
by gravelroad on Mar 14, 2012 Vehicle: 2005 BMW X3 3.0i AWD 4dr SUV (3.0L 6cyl 6M)
So, always wanted a BMW...finally bought one off a 3-year lease that was certified.
My salesperson said that once I owned a BMW that'd it'd be the only car I'd ever own again..he was SO correct!!
The handling is great for an SUV; just like a sports sedan.
And, yes, the ride is bumpy. I've read that it's been improved after 2006.
But I don't mind..because it handles so great in snow & rain.
I've had gas mileage 35 mpg on highway.
Of course, with A/C on and driving in city, any car can be as bad as 10 mpg, no exception to date.
Even with gas prices predicted at $5.00/gallon, I'd rather be in something safe than a roller skate getting 40 mpg.
Think about it!!
Planning on keeping this.
by andycindy8288 on Jun 14, 2011 Vehicle: 2005 BMW X3 3.0i AWD 4dr SUV (3.0L 6cyl 6M)
After my wife and I have bought the 2005 BMW X3 3.0i. We had no idea how different BMW's where compared to us having a toyota corolla and growing up with ford cars and hondas. At 82K miles we have yet to have any issues with our X3 3.0 aside from guzzling gas at an unexpected rate. But thats a given since we love to put it to the mettle with our 3.0i V6 on the high ways everyday we go to work, and we are on the highways a lot. We where surprised how a midsize SUV like the the BMW X3 3.0i can pack so much and have so many little surprises that you wont find out until you push it to the limit. It has ample enough room and yes the ride is rough, but this is a sports based midsize SUV.
by Dustin on Jan 26, 2010 Vehicle: 2005 BMW X3 3.0i AWD 4dr SUV (3.0L 6cyl 6M)
Just had the BMW dealer do a full inspection of it and found nothing wrong at 62k miles! All I have done is change oil and buy new tires. The 6 speed manual allows me to have great performance but also allows to get the same or better gas mileage as any 2010 American or Japanese competitor SUV with 6cyl awd. Only difference is the required premium fuel, which is only like and extra $2 per fill up so who cares. Pretty sporty too, topped it out at 140mph before. Awd makes it handle corners and snow excellently.