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Old 02-26-2015, 11:59 AM
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Hey guys, i've breezed though a few threads, but wanted to make another in case i missed something.

Looking at buying an '07 x3 with 80k on it, what do I need to look out for? Any reliability issues i should specifically check before buying?

Thanks!
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Old 02-26-2015, 12:38 PM
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Transfer box, panoramic roof, other general car issues e.g. accident damage.
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Old 02-26-2015, 12:57 PM
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I just bought an 08 X3 with 69,000 miles. Ive got this annoying sun roof rattle (when closed). Sounds like its coming from the right rear section of the sunroof. If I push on it, the sound goes away. Not sure what's causing the rattle but right now I leave the cover closed so I cant hear the rattle.
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Old 02-26-2015, 01:39 PM
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Looks like I need to look out for:
Transfer Case Noise
Pano Roof issues
Leaky seals

Along with preventative maint. (when these were last done):
Cooling system
Fluid Flush

Anything big I am missing other than the usual?

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Old 02-26-2015, 01:42 PM
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Have a mechanic look it over and also eyeball the engine mounts. 2007-2009 X3's like to shear the engine mount bolts.
when they break they have to be carefully drilled out of the engine block and it is several hours of labor to replace $12.00 in bolts. Dealers charge $800 for this.

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Old 02-26-2015, 01:53 PM
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I have never ever heard of that.



EDIT: they do like a starter motor at 100k miles though. Watch for sluggish (but not extended) turnover on a cold engine.

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Old 02-26-2015, 02:01 PM
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If it's an 07 check the transmission sticky. Build dates through 8/08 had a different control unit and have had serious complaints of erratic shifting and drivability. Not all 07/08 suffer but there has been a lot of noise.
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Old 02-26-2015, 03:19 PM
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Find out if the (electric) water pump and thermostat has been replaced yet - if not budget ($1K+) for that down the road.

Hard to tell how widespread the broken engine mount issue is for the N52 engine, but we do have a currently active thread: http://www.bimmerfest.com/forums/sho...d.php?t=528870
Affects other makes and models too.

Fairly low miles for an '07. You need to delve into why that is and if there were multiple visits to the dealer for a problem that maybe never got fully fixed.
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Old 02-26-2015, 04:15 PM
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Hey guys, i've breezed though a few threads, but wanted to make another in case i missed something.

Looking at buying an '07 x3 with 80k on it, what do I need to look out for? Any reliability issues i should specifically check before buying?

Thanks!
When I bought my 07 almost 2 years ago it had about 65k miles on it and about 4 months left of the CPO warranty. Under that CPO the dealer fixed about $8k worth of stuff the original owner never had it into the dealer to get repaired. Since then I've spent about $2k of my own money for general maintenance items like's brakes and plugs and various other minor things. All the items you'll be dealing with have been listed and of them I would say the broken motor mount bolts are the big one, luckily I had that done under what I would classify as a good will fix. And my pano roof still rattles because I haven't even gotten to fixing that yet.
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Old 02-26-2015, 07:17 PM
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I have never ever heard of that.
http://www.bimmerfest.com/forums/sho...d.php?t=528870 EDIT: I see it was posted up above...

It's not a much talked about thing as most people that have the problem experienced it early on. But it is something to look for and keep an eye on. I inspect the passenger side mount now every single time at oil change or other service.

If it's happened to a significant number of other people, It's something I look for.

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Old 02-26-2015, 10:22 PM
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http://www.bimmerfest.com/forums/sho...d.php?t=528870 EDIT: I see it was posted up above...

It's not a much talked about thing as most people that have the problem experienced it early on. But it is something to look for and keep an eye on. I inspect the passenger side mount now every single time at oil change or other service.

If it's happened to a significant number of other people, It's something I look for.

I'm personally convinced it's related to cold weather climates and what is used on the roads (ie mag chloride).

I have never seen anyone from California or Florida post an issue.
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Old 02-26-2015, 10:24 PM
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Find out if the (electric) water pump and thermostat has been replaced yet - if not budget ($1K+) for that down the road.

Hard to tell how widespread the broken engine mount issue is for the N52 engine, but we do have a currently active thread: http://www.bimmerfest.com/forums/sho...d.php?t=528870
Affects other makes and models too.

Fairly low miles for an '07. You need to delve into why that is and if there were multiple visits to the dealer for a problem that maybe never got fully fixed.

I agree they are expensive with the n52 but I wouldn't worry myself about it failing immediately.

As long as coolant is changed bi annually just drive. I'm still on my original water pump on my 09 at 170k....
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Old 02-26-2015, 11:02 PM
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I'm personally convinced it's related to cold weather climates and what is used on the roads (ie mag chloride).

I have never seen anyone from California or Florida post an issue.
Can't provide anything right away to contradict that for the E83 but for other BMW models with the same problem, how about Singapore?

http://www.bmw-sg.com/forums/bmw-3-s...lt-broken.html

And for the same issue with Chrysler, here's one from L.A.:

http://www.jeepforum.com/forum/f11/w...-bolts-594902/
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Old 02-26-2015, 11:18 PM
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Every Chrysler I have owned has its own color on issues. . My wife is driving one now....don't get me started....lol. Even funnier her minivan has the same 4.0l at 88k with no motor mount issues. It proves the old adage YMMV. Now regularly failing ground straps is a different story......

Definitely Singapore has a report. I hear you, keep in mind I am making my own personal conclusion based on issue post from this forum and personal experience.

I have a 170k with no due issues in temperate CA with very aggressive maintenance. It's been an excellent car!

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Old 02-27-2015, 07:18 AM
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I am currently dealing with an eccentric shaft sensor issue. Apparently with the N52 engines it is quite common for oil to get into the plug making this sensor fail. It should be a fairly simple check unless it has already been replaced. I have not done so as I know the sensor is faulty but just pull the plug and check for oil residue. If there is some in there it is in risk of failing.
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Old 02-27-2015, 07:52 AM
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I am currently dealing with an eccentric shaft sensor issue. Apparently with the N52 engines it is quite common for oil to get into the plug making this sensor fail. It should be a fairly simple check unless it has already been replaced. I have not done so as I know the sensor is faulty but just pull the plug and check for oil residue. If there is some in there it is in risk of failing.
Replace the seal immediately upon oil seepage to preserve the sensor itself.
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Old 02-27-2015, 08:02 AM
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Right that is what I am getting at. My sensor is already gone and part is on its way. I am just saying this is an easy preventive thing and easy to check.
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Old 02-27-2015, 08:03 AM
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I bought an x3 07 with about 80000 km on it about 2 years ago.

Best car of my life.
Although she has 2 faces these are what i have had issues with

Sensor/Electrical issues (evap sensor, engine temperature sensor, ride height sensor, camshaft sensor, brake sensors) This car has a lot of small electrical
units that have died on me.

Actuator/ actuator gear

Vanos solenoids need replacing eventually

my 2007 model needed a software update done by bmw they wont offer unless you ask for it specifically, and it solves an acceleration/throttling issue.

also when i first got it i had to replace the water pump inside it that was like a 400 dollar job i hear lots of people had to do that too.

But, in my opinion its worth every penny to own this beautiful car.


07 Bmw x3 3.0 SI Platinum Bronze Color

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Old 02-27-2015, 09:12 AM
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I concur!

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I bought an x3 07 with about 80000 km on it about 2 years ago.

Best car of my life.
Although she has 2 faces these are what i have had issues with
I do have to agree that this is the best driving car I've ever had and now I don't think I can ever own or drive anything else, other than another BMW. At 90k miles the car is still rock solid and the seats aren't squished in, sure there are items that always need fixing but hands down the vehicle is great.
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Old 02-27-2015, 01:11 PM
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I do have to agree that this is the best driving car I've ever had and now I don't think I can ever own or drive anything else, other than another BMW. At 90k miles the car is still rock solid and the seats aren't squished in, sure there are items that always need fixing but hands down the vehicle is great.
There are cars that you sit in... and then there are cars that wrap around you..

and the x3 wraps around you.
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Old 02-27-2015, 04:54 PM
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OP: Obscure scare stories aside, the X3 is pretty good.
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