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235301 07-28-2013 05:52 PM

Looking to buy used X3
Starting to look at MY 11, 12 and 13. Any input on what to look out for with each MY? Are there any common reliability issues with these units? Is 11 more prone to issues due to the first year of this body style? I know this is a broad question but when I purchased my 5 series it was the HPFP issue which steered me clear of 535s. Concerned that there might be a similar issue plaguing the X3s.

Stitches 07-31-2013 06:00 PM

Search these forums. I believe that more issues have been reported with the 11.

02420X3 07-31-2013 06:25 PM

The one F25 '11 issue that I recall that was never satisfactorily resolved for some people was an issue with the steering rack at low speed. Search here, and you should find a few posts on it, which will let you know what to check for.

There were probably more battery issues reported for '11s, in part as a result of the way that F25s charge the battery to less than 100%, and in part because a number of F25s were not properly taken out of Transport Mode. The bottom line is that an F25 needs to be driven a bit of distance in order to keep the battery charged, and that a lot of short trips do not do that.

Other issues that come to mind for various years were window regulators, particularly on the passenger side, and rear washer pumps going crazy (bad JBE module) on a few 13's. There have been complaints about wind noise, probably more so in the '11 and '12 models.

I'm sure that I'm forgetting something, but those are the items that come to mind. Every year has had a handful of reports of lemons, which have been eventually resolved. Every year has an odd problem that impacts one or two people, but nothing pervasive.

Don. 08-01-2013 04:52 AM

I'm going to jump on this thread instead of starting my own for the same questions and more I have.
I'm also looking to by a used X3 11,12 or 13. I have some additional questions. I have heard in the past BMW had service lights that would come on and if you didn't take it to the dealer in time for oil change or other minor service and to reset them it would shut down the engine (fact or fiction?). I like to do most of the maintenance myself on my cars/motorcycles ect. And don't care for any of that stuff…. only the dealer can do that….
Any insight of me working on my own car would help. Thanks

WHITEX 08-01-2013 05:16 AM

My suggestion is by the latest model with the lowest miles for the sake of warranty.

The X Men 08-01-2013 05:52 AM


Originally Posted by Don. (Post 7745794)
I have heard in the past BMW had service lights that would come on and if you didn't take it to the dealer in time for oil change or other minor service and to reset them it would shut down the engine (fact or fiction?).

Actually, when the oil change light comes on, if you dont take it to the dealer immediately for an oil change, the car will self destruct :) :) :)

235301 08-01-2013 08:36 AM

We ended up purchasing a '13 X3 28i fully loaded. Unfortunately within hrs of driving it off the lot we got a message on the rear camera malfuntioning but we still had a good image on the display. We'll take it to the dealer in time but for now that's the only problem.

Overall, really like the vehicle and hope it's fairly reliable. I have no illusions of it being Honda reliable but hope it isn't a main nightmare.

FormerZ3NowX3 08-02-2013 06:25 AM

Looking to buy used X3
Prior to buying a 2008 X3, I owned several Honda Accords that all went well past 150k miles trouble free. The '08 was solid but had a couple nagging quality issues- nothing major but the kind of things that normally just didn't happen on a Honda.

I'm now 6k miles into my 2013 X3 2.8i and have no such feelings. Tight, comfortable, economical and quick when I want it to be.

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UncleJ 08-02-2013 08:02 AM

Nothing I am aware of will cause the car to shut down because of failing to respond to a service due light. However on the X5 diesel if you go run out of the urea fluid the engine will continue to run, but you will not be able to start it again when you shut it off. I assume if BMW ever decides to actually give us diesels for the X3 here in North America the same would apply.:angel:

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