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X3 E83 (2004 - 2010)
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Old 10-02-2014, 10:33 PM
mgcorrei82 mgcorrei82 is offline
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Used x3 buying advice

Hi Guys. Im looking into buying a 2004-2005 year x3. Most these have about 100 to 150k miles on them. I formerly owned a 2001 x5 and am very familiar with the engine, I did the CCV, overhauled the cooling system, and many other fun things before giving her up. I loved this x5, it drove amazingly. I remember speeding on icy , windy roads in it and could not believe how well it handled. Anyways I am looking at x3's over x5's now for my next bmw purchase because they're a little more compact and I believe get slightly better fuel economy plus they're cheaper than x5's of the same year. My question is do you think i'll enjoy the x3 as much as the x5? Any mechanical issues with x3's that are not an issue with x5's? I think both x3 and x5's have the same engine if im not mistaken. Any and all comments much appreciated. thanks.
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Old 10-03-2014, 06:52 AM
UncleJ UncleJ is offline
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As an early X5 alumnus you of course will be familiar with most of the little peccadillos found in the X3 in the early years. One that you probably have not encountered is the problem with spring pigtails in the early X3's. For some unknown reason they seem to break at the ends. You will also miss the ride height of the X5 as the X3 is lower and you don't get the same down the road view. I find the prices of these older X cars are pretty close however depending on condition (as to be expected). Good luck!
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Old 10-03-2014, 08:37 AM
joylove joylove is offline
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Don't we have a sticky on this yet? Anyone car to dig up the threads on this?

OP- check the panoramic roof.
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Old 10-03-2014, 05:58 PM
codog2 codog2 is offline
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pigtails break yes, but the cooling systems on the x3 are much less problematic

My local indy keeps the pigtails in stock since it is so common with the x3/3 series
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Old 10-03-2014, 07:12 PM
jma1992 jma1992 is offline
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My panoramic roof has a broken sunshade, look out for that lol.
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Old 10-04-2014, 07:55 AM
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I'm with joy time for a sticky.

This one is excellent and hits 95% of the same issues we have especially in pre lci years.

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Old 10-05-2014, 10:18 PM
mgcorrei82 mgcorrei82 is offline
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Thanks, would you rather buy an x3 with a new transmission or one that hasn't had transmission problems yet?
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Old 10-06-2014, 04:16 AM
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I would buy one that has been well maintained and is up to date on all known trouble spots.

Food for thought though, the tranny on this car isn't a common trouble spot for failure...only harsh shifting from build dates early in 2007 to 8/2008 related to the lci changeover to the 6 speed auto.


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