Review: BMW X3 (2004 – 2010)

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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.

Recently Added To This Review

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... Read more

6 November 2015

Timing chain failure reported on 2007 BMW X3 diesel within 5 months of purchase from independent dealer. Also needed a new turbo. Read more

19 August 2015

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.

What does a BMW X3 (2004 – 2010) cost?

List Price from £40,340
Buy new from £34,458
Contract hire from £355.19 per month
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Real MPG average for a BMW X3 (2004 – 2010)

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Average performance

83%

Real MPG

17–45 mpg

MPGs submitted

195

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We bought a faulty 2006 BMW X3 - does the dealer need to refund us if he won't fix it?

We bought a 2006 BMW X3 six weeks ago. It recently lost power while my wife was driving and it whines when accelerating. I called the dealership where we got it from and then took it to them to look at. They gave us a car while it was in the garage. Nearly two weeks later they haven’t even looked at the car. Yesterday they asked for that car back and replaced it with an awful car, which is so bad that my wife refuses to drive it. Where do we stand with our rights to ask for our money back?
By taking the X3 back for repair, the dealer has admitted it was either faulty or developing the fault prior to your purchase, so he is legally liable either to repair it or refund your money. Write him a letter stating this and if he does not respond immediately, either with a full refund, or with a car equivalent to the X3 to drive while he carries out the repairs, that you intend to take him to Small Claims under Clegg v Olle Andersson (trading as Nordic Marine) House of Lords 2003. Send the letter by Post Office Special delivery, keep a copy, and staple the certificate of posting to the copy so it becomes a Matter of Record for the Court. If you get no response, carry out your threat, bearing in mind that the case could take time and that on getting ruling in your favour you immediately need to purchase a High Court Sheriff's Order to enforce it against the dealer's assets. Then you have to hope he has some.
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