I bought this SUV a year ago and I'm extremely pleased. Needs just regular maintenance as far as oil changes, etc. No problems whatsoever. Drives great and I feel very safe in this vehicle, especially in snow. Very sturdy and I live in Pittsburgh so we get a fair amount of bad weather.
I've had 3 Audi's and a Volvo; this is my first BMW. I really do love the X3. I can't drive a big SUV. I'm 5'0" and this is the perfect size. Not too small, but not too big.
Note: I have the 3.0xi automatic, not the 6-speed manual but it did not provide that option.
Love love love the heated steering wheel. Also love the bluetooth and the programmable garage door opener. The X3 has great features and amenities. The leather heated seats are great and super comfortable.
First and last BMW. Quality is not what you would expect from a high end vehicle. Problems started almost immediately, the warranty covered the repairs not the in convince of the wasted time. After warranty ran out.. 55k miles...replaced window regulator on passenger window, at 60k miles, replaced all 6 sparks plugs. at 65 k, replaced valve cover gasket. at 67K, replaced water pump. Now at 68k, all 4 engine mount bolts have sheared..vibration broke the water pump. Never again.. Disappointed in BMW's responses.
2008 BMW X3 with 59,000 miles sheared all 4 motor mount bolts in normal street driving.
BMW said tough luck.
A quick internet search indicated this was not an isolated incident, many other relatively low mileage BMWs have had sheared motor mount bolts.
I believe this problem to be a serious safety issue and filed a complaint with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
I encourage others that have had similar problems to file NHTSA complaints at the following website:
Click the REPORT A VEHICLE OR CHILD SEAT DEFECT Tab and submit your complaint.
If there are enough complaints, BMW will, hopefully, be forced to acknowledge this problem.
I've just finished the 4 year warranty with my car as of September 1st 2012. The car was at the dealer several times, the gas odometer
doesn't show the actual gas in the tank even the tank is full until several days later. It does
let me pump gas into it and keep stop getting gas even the tank is not half yet. The water pump was not working just 2 year for a brand new X3. The dealer had to replace a new pump because the engine shut off while I was driving several times due to no coolant water in the engine. Now the warranty is over just 22 days, the car is just 28k and the coolant water pump having the problem again.
I'm very disappointed and regret that I bought this expensive car.
bluetooth feature, heated seats, stable brakes
BMW should make the car more reliable for all features since there are too many bad reviews. The car is expensive but it is not worth to spend that much. I would rather buy a Lexus. Please make a better coolant system and water pump also for the sensor for the gas tank.
My X3 brakes failed causing a major accident.
The accident resulted in approximately $75,000 worth of damage.
BMW denied any brake issues.
When I picked the vehicle up from BMW body shop I had to return it.
All of the brake indicator lights on the dashboard lit up. I loved how my vehicle handled, but there were frequent trips to the repair shop, including previous brake jobs.
It was disturbing and disappointing that BMW denied a major issue that could have resulted in casualties.
BMW blamed the car mats for the accident (sounds familiar).
Yet they returned the vehicle with mats in same position.
Car was in service 2 wks before accident.
A co-worker friend had similiar experience.
Sturdy handling, Nice design, Headlamp washers,
full folding backseat, access to trunk from back seat, heated steering wheel, all wheel drive, ability to drive as automatic or manual.
Increase back seat leg room.
MOST IMPORTANT...improve brake system.
Brakes are serious, inspectors should never lie about faulty brakes even to save reputation!