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2008 BMW X3 SUV

3.0si 3.0L 6-cyl. AWD 6-speed Manual - (45 reviews )

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2008 X3: Problem Prone
1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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By shnoby
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2008 BMW X3 SUV 3.0si 4dr SUV AWD (3.0L 6cyl 6M)


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I've owned BMWs for the last 10 years; I love the way they handle. Fortunately, my 2008 X3 is a lease. At 5K a chronic, very loud engine tapping began (akin to the vehicle in the movie 'Chitty, Chitty, Bang, Bang.') I had it serviced at least 6 times. By 21K, the tapping reduced to a soft finger strumming, it still taps, but I deal with it. The engine strains on small & big hills & fails to shift. The car has, on *multiple* occasions, locked me inside. Neither the unlocking mechanism nor the windows opened. I drove to the dealer, called them on my cell, had them force the window down & climbed out. The interior handles, cup holders, arm rests, etc. are peeling& have been replaced once.


Best Features

Runs on flat tires & can be driven manually.


Worst Features

See above review.


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Bucking bronco
3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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By Atlgax3
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2008 BMW X3 SUV 3.0si 4dr SUV AWD (3.0L 6cyl 6M)


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Unexpected acceleration when going over bumps or after turning uphill can throw you into car in front of you, complete hesitation on entrance ramp, strange gear changes. Totally unacceptable and un-ultimate driving experience. Turned the 2007 model in as a lemon because it was so dangerous. 2008 is only slightly better than 2007. No help from software patches at dealer service dept. Will


Best Features

lease almost over


Worst Features

totally different transmission needed


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Part 2 of N52 engine really has problems
1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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By 1978bmx
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2008 BMW X3 SUV 3.0si 4dr SUV AWD (3.0L 6cyl 6M)


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My review somehow incorrectly stated the miles on my X3. The engine valve issue started at 6K, Not 60K as it states. And the car only has 11K,Not 110K as the reviews states, and yes it has been in the shop 5 times in a year and a half. The followup to my last review: After being in the shop for the 5th time BMW thinks the valve slam/tapping is normal! you should hear this especially during a cold start...it sounds like crap, no kidding it slams and thumps like crazy, and this was AFTER the cylinder head replacement! the sound comes and goes still! BMW WILL NOT DO MUCH FOR YOU AFTER THESE ATTEMPTS TO FIX A DEFECTIVE ENGINE ACCEPT TELL YOU THAT THE SOUND IS NORMAL!! BE WARNED FUTURE BMW BUYERS


Best Features

None.


Worst Features

Work on quality issues.


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N52 engine really has problems
6 of 6 people found this review helpful
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By 1978bmx
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2008 BMW X3 SUV 3.0si 4dr SUV AWD (3.0L 6cyl 6M)


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I purchased my x3 new, did my research and the x3 came in to be up there with the 3 series in quality. At around 60k the valves started to tap like crazy, (metal on metal sounds- if yours is doing this it is not normal! It needs to be repaired- don't let the dealer service people tell you it's air bubbles in the oil. It will lead to premature engine failure this should be covered under warranty) the tapping sound was especially loud with cold starts. The engine cylinder head was replaced, but the sound is more of a thumping slamming sound now, it will be in the shop this week again! Even the BMW techs I've talked to, feel the quality of BMW is really slipping.


Best Features

None anymore, I've really lost my passion for BMW


Worst Features

If you're shopping for a BMW, I would advise you to consider Infiniti, Lexus (Toyota still builds a great product-regardless of what you hear in the news!)My BMW dealer service guys have been great about taking care of me, but after only 110K this will be its 5th time in the shop! it's getting old


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First and Last BMW
1 of 3 people found this review helpful
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By Gary
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2008 BMW X3 SUV 3.0si 4dr SUV AWD (3.0L 6cyl 6M)


Review

Well German engineering aside this SUV has been the worst new car I have ever owned in 30 years of driving. It lives at the dealer. So far still cannot fix the hesitation issue which is severe in normal "D"; moon roof significant issues: needed new exhaust at 40K miles: blower motor issues; navigation system is major piece of junk: now satellite radio is defective and no parts to fix it; X drive is lousy in the snow not really a true AWD system; etc. Horrible vehicle trying to get out of the lease early. When get loaner car usually a 3 series love it. X3 is just a BMW fiasco stay far far away from any of these until they redesign it. Oh love heating steering wheel.


Best Features

BMW emblem Heated steering wheel


Worst Features

The entire vehicle from head to toe. No quality on any level here this SUV just is horrible awful etc


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