2007 BMW X3 Consumer Review: Transmission Nightmare - Recal

2007 BMW X3 - Consumer Review

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

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Transmission Nightmare - Recall needed
By Dooley on


2007 BMW X3 3.0si 4dr SUV AWD (3.0L 6cyl 6M)


Driving along a back country road and slump. The transmission felt like it dropped out the bottom. It left me stranded since when I turned it back on it refused to recognize reverse, drive, any gear whatsoever. Since then I have had a "software update" and it is still extremely sluggish in first gear and before I know it I am in third at a snail pace. Highway driving is excellent but in traffic a nightmare, and unreliable shifting. I was told this is a worldwide problem by my dealer regarding X3 transmissions and although this is happening to several X3's it is not large enough to recall. There needs to be a recall. Lurching and shifting so hard that it bucks is not acceptable for a BMW.

Best Features

It is a comfortable cabin, nice looking and easy to maneuver in rush hour traffic. Road noise is super quiet.

Worst Features

A recall needs to be issued for the "computer" operating the X3 transmission. It is dangerous and unreliable. New parking sensor technology. I need to replace all eight of mine within the first year of ownership.
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