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BMW X3 Features and Specs

Features & Specs

  • Engine 2.5 L Inline 6-cylinder
  • Drivetrain All Wheel Drive
  • Transmission 6-speed Manual
  • Horse Power 184 hp @ 6000 rpm
  • Fuel Economy 15/22 mpg
  • Bluetooth No
  • Navigation No
  • Heated Seats Yes

Review of the 2005 BMW X3

  • Looking for a small SUV that performs like a sport sedan? The X3 shouldn't disappoint, so long as you don't mind its big price tag and so-so cabin ambience.

  • Safety
  • Pros

    World-class engines, nimble handling, precise steering, comfortable cabin, solid build quality.

  • Cons

    Expensive for a compact sport-ute, limited cargo space, some economy-grade interior materials, overly stiff ride with Sport Package.

  • What's New for 2005

    No significant changes for 2005.

Full 2005 BMW X3 Review

What's New for 2005

No significant changes for 2005.

What Others Are Saying

Customer Reviews

1 of 4 people found this review helpful

Extremely poor reliability

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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.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

Made me a believer

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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.

3 of 4 people found this review helpful

First bmw ever!

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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.


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Vehicle: 2005 BMW X3 3.0i AWD 4dr SUV (3.0L 6cyl 6M)

All around great car for design, reliability and comfort. Interior lacks a bit in luxury (for a BMW). Power to weight ratio also lacks a bit.

Lovin' it

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Vehicle: 2005 BMW X3 3.0i AWD 4dr SUV (3.0L 6cyl 6M)

Love this car! Nothing to wrong with it..they couldve really made it more fancy in the inside for a BMW..its lacking. Stereo isn't great, again for a BMW.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

62k miles and going strong

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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.

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I just bought a used (2005) X3 but I did not get a second key for it. I called the local dealership and was told that it would cost me 175,-US for the key and another 60,-US for the program. Sounds p...

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So my dealer (who is really being a pretty good guy all in all about this whole thing) is saying that the inception fee is $2005 for the X3 28D that I have been working on. Is that $2000 a fair numbe...

Gas Mileage


  • 15
  • cty
  • 22
  • highway
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