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2004 BMW X3 3.0
8 of 11 people found this review helpful
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By kti1
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2004 BMW X3 SUV 3.0i AWD 4dr SUV (3.0L 6cyl 6M)


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This car is amazing! The awd makes it simply impossible to loose control in the rain, the steering is a blast. The 3.0 has plenty of power and gets great gas mileage for an AWD SAV. 6 cd changer, panoramic roof, heated seats, leather, steering controls, navigation, the incredible amount of air bags that are standard! Everyone complaining about the expense is moronic, you're driving a bmw, not a toyota or honda. So far all i had to do was a couple of hoses, tires ect. You do pay more than a rav4 or crv, but then again theres a reason you bought this car! Currently at 134k miles and still drives like new! Driving this baby into the ground


Best Features

Leather, heated seats, panoramic roof, nav, tow, 6 cd changer, awe, steering wheel controls, roof rails, roof rack


Worst Features

A bigger towing capacity would be nicer to pull the boat easier, but for the size can't complain!


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very high maintenance dealership poor service
9 of 12 people found this review helpful
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By motherofonyx
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2004 BMW X3 SUV 2.5i AWD 4dr SUV (2.5L 6cyl 6M)


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purchased for daughter, needed complete brakes just at 50,000 was not offered extended warranty would have helped, had back latch motor replaced twice, 3rd time was not under warranty, door locks sometimes they do not work? not sure if one needs too push really hard or if it has a ghost, upholstery is cheap, drivers side has tear, this car has not been abused so feel the upholstery is cheap very little storage, very basic is an automatic get very good gas mileage, breaks replaced again at 75,000 go figure, all spark plugs replaced at 80,000 is very expensive to maintain thank god it is dependable
doesn't have issues however just basic maintenance too costly now retired income


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Punishing ride.
6 of 6 people found this review helpful
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By tomaszek
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2004 BMW X3 SUV 3.0i AWD 4dr SUV (3.0L 6cyl 6M)


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I had this car for 6 years. It was solid car with not too many problems. They are 3 times more to fix than on american car though.
Key is 173 $ for example. Brakes $756.
I bought it on advice from magazine as "best car in its class". Not.
Is the most expensive car in its class.
You can have Lexus RX for the money which is better and bigger car.
Or 2 Honda CRVs which any of them will be worth more at trade in in 10 years.

This car is shame for BMW.
The ride is punishing harsh. The manual transmission is totally not math to engine. Panorama sunroof lets in so much noise. The leather seats have ugly inserts. The car is noisy and full of rattles.
I felt like driving the cheap car.


Best Features

Good reliability for SUV. Good back seat space and good size trunk. Reasonable fuel economy though needs expensive grade gas, which cancels it out. I heard from service advisor that so many customers complained about the car that BMW improved the suspension setting with redesign.


Worst Features

Improve design. Just take X5 and shrink it 5-10 percent. Ride is to harsh to the point of unbearable. Panoramic roof is horribly loud. 6 speed manual is the worst. It is not matched with 3.0 liter engine. It may work well on 2.0 liter but on powerful engine spacing is too short. 6 speed is not needed, it is just marketing for boy racers. At 80 mph you have 3400 rpm on 6th gear! Not a car for American market. I traded it for close to nothing because of ride and noise.


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Not a bad small SUV
1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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By cchao01
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2004 BMW X3 SUV 2.5i AWD 4dr SUV (2.5L 6cyl 6M)


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I bought this car used in 2007 from a used car lot with around 40,000 miles for about 30k currently it has over 94,000. This car has been a dream. It's been in three crashes two head on collisions and a hit and run. All three times the car preformed well (these were medium
speed crashes so around 30 Mph). the only parts that needed to be replaced was an oil filter and a right front cracked wheel. This car has NO options on it and has a very cheap vinyl upholstery and for the price it is disappointing
but over time it's a good thing because less stuff to go wrong it drives fantastically and still looks good at 10 years but it is overpriced and CAN'T GO OFF ROAD. Would recommend this car


Best Features

Driving position, one touch folding seats, 4WD, looks,durability, reliability, hard suspension , lots of passenger room


Worst Features

More ground clearance , cheaper price + options ,interior materials (hard plastics)


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Fun little SUV
3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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By kaileak
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2004 BMW X3 SUV 2.5i AWD 4dr SUV (2.5L 6cyl 6M)


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This is my second BMW, i also own a 2008 BMW 128i. When i first drove the X3, being that it is now 8 years old, i expected it to not be very tight. I expexted a little bit of slop in the suspension, leaks, breaking that wasnt as good as it once was.

Boy was i surprised, this X3 handles like my 128i and still has a nice stiff ride.


Best Features

Stiff suspension Superior braking Servo-tronic steering


Worst Features

didn't care for the look of the Vinyl seats, but they are comfortable


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