Review: BMW X3 (2004 – 2010)
Strong BMW image. Reasonable roadholding for a 4x4. Plenty of safety kit and electronic driver aids.
Extremely firm ride. Not much smaller than an X5 but nowhere near as classy. High incidence of turbo failures on 2.0 N47 diesel.
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Sump level reported to be rising in E83 BMW X3 2.0 diesel. Indicates a malfunction of the active regeneration of the diesel particulate filter with extra diesel injected into engine to regenerate the... Read more
Timing chain failure reported on 2007 BMW X3 diesel within 5 months of purchase from independent dealer. Also needed a new turbo. Read more
Poor servicing history of 2007 BMW X3 bought in 2013 at 59,508 miles led to multiple failures. The Service Booklet contained 3 stamps: 1. Oil Service – Jan 2009 / mileage 16,044; 2. Inspection... Read more
BMW X3 (2004 – 2010): At A Glance
Reviewers generally underwhelmed at launch. Some found it hard to understand why BMW had launched a second SUV, just a bit smaller than the X5 but with much less appealing trim, almost as if it had been deliberately downgraded.
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