2012 BMW X3 Long Term Road Test


2012 BMW X3: Oh No, a Red Exclamation Point

July 09, 2012

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Seems like such a serious warning for the washer fluid level.

Mike said I should go to BMW service and have them do it because their washer fluid smells so good and service is free. But I had some already, so I used that. The washer fluid I used is mostly water mixed with 1% eco-friendly plant-based cleaning agents. It is not for climates below 32 degrees F.

You wouldn't think that choice of windshield fluid would be a big deal. But in California, where the air is brown, windshield fluid used to be a contributor to smog. The older formulas produced ozone when heated up. The new CA-approved fluids are earth friendly unless you need the type designed for freezing temperatures.

BMW's washing system cleans not only the windshield but the headlight covers and pulls liquid from the same reservoir. It was easy to access and fill up. The spout is small and shallow so I used a funnel to make it easier and more precise. It is hard to see how full the tank is getting though. It runs along the side of the car and is not all that visible. The manual says it holds about 5 quarts. I only had 3 so that is what I put in.

Donna DeRosa, Managing Editor @ 10,573 miles

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