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Old 11-09-2012, 08:45 PM
M3Woody M3Woody is offline
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Mein Auto: E30 M3, 2012 X3
Unhappy Spongy Brakes

Just curious if anyone else has any problem with the brakes on their 2012 X3 28. The brakes on my wife's have always felt soft and lack the feel of a BMW brake system I am used to now after a variety of other BMW's through the years. The last being her 2004 325Ci that she had prior to the X3. Honestly, my 1994 Chevy C2500 had better brakes on it!

The brakes always feel spongy, and even when I attempt to pump them the peddle will sink to the floor. If I execute a panic stop it will stop the car but then the peddle slowly sinks again. It is most noticed when making a normal stop as you are coming up to a light or in stop and go traffic. Sometimes you are not sure you are going to stop in time.

When we recently had it in for some other issues they said they drove it and found it to be as designed!!!

Of course they had the same response for the:

Passenger side wind noise that sounds like a window/door is not completely closed.

Stumble when accellerating from a stop. (delayed Accelleration) They had never heard of the issue until I pushed and offered to provide the bulliten or service document number for them.

Basicly, if the key fob reader did not indicate a problem or code then "there wasn't a problem"!

Apparently BMW Technicians at least at this dealer are unable to diagnose issues not indicated by the onboard electronics.

It is the first BMW that I have ever driven that stirs no excitement at all when driving it. And if the quality represented by this X3 is what they are building then it will be a long time before I purchase another new BMW.

It goes back in this coming Thursday for the same issues again so I thought I'd see if anyone else had experienced the poor braking we have. I asked them to just bleed the brakes and they said based on their driving the X3 it didn't need any brake work.
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