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 PR on Sep 15, 2007 Vehicle: 2005 BMW X3 2.5i AWD 4dr SUV (2.5L 6cyl 6M)
The 2.5 has been surprisingly zippy to drive. It is the best car on snow that I have ever owned. Very rough ride and poor fuel economy are my two key complaints. I've never had any significant problems and I have about 45,000 miles on it now. It had several nuisance problems while under warranty like rattles and problems with warning lights but nothing significant. BMW seems a little loose on their quality control, especially for the price. Overall, however, the car is excellent. I have noticed it is a head turner too. People still stop and look at it in parking lots and it is two years old.
by Joe on Nov 8, 2005 Vehicle: 2005 BMW X3 2.5i AWD 4dr SUV (2.5L 6cyl 6M)
Traded a Lexus RX300 for the BMW. The BMW is far more nimble and fun to drive. My gas mileage has been great, 18 to 20 in town and 25 to 26 on the highway. The BMW is not as quiet or luxurious as the Lexus but has more room behind the rear seat and the seats are more comfortable (still pretty hard though). My only complaint is that the interior is dfficult to keep clean. The dash and synthetic seats look tough but show every spec of dust. Advice: don't get the black interior.
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