BMW X3 (2004–2010)

Last updated 29 April 2016

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.
Updated 3 December 2015

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...

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Introduction

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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5
Turbo blown
 

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