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E46 (1999 - 2006)
The fourth generation 3 Series (E46 chassis) was introduced in 1999 and set the standard for engineering and performance during it's years of production including being named to Car & Driver's 10 best list every one of those years! ! -- View the E46 Wiki

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Old 10-10-2012, 06:03 PM
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Any E46 owners also own an X series?? If so I need some help!

I know this really goes under the X series section, which I've also done, but I'm calling on fellow E46 owners to offer their more intellectual responses. I am thinking about buying either an X3 or X5. I would really appreciate any advice you all can give me.

Are there any common problems the X series seem to have (window regulators, water pump, etc.??

Are there any specific problems the X series might have that other BMW models do not?

What is typically considered low/avg./high mileage for an X model?

How does the X3 differ from the X5?

Anything else you can provide would be appreciated!!!
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Old 10-10-2012, 06:29 PM
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I got an X3 loaner from the dealer probably 4 years ago, was totally underwhelmed by the experience, it had a total lack of "BMW-ness"....if I closed my eyes, I couldn`t tell if I was in a Hyundai, Toyota, or whatever....no soul. I`ve heard that the most recent X3s have been greatly improved.
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Old 10-10-2012, 08:41 PM
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A friend had a 2005 X5 and various electrical problems forced him to sell it.
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Old 10-10-2012, 08:50 PM
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Smolck will be along soon to tell you about the nightmare it is to replace a leaking A/C coil in the dash. It supposedly is common on a certain vintage of X3s. He has pictures to prove it!
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Old 10-11-2012, 06:26 AM
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Originally Posted by marlin1881 View Post
Smolck will be along soon to tell you about the nightmare it is to replace a leaking A/C coil in the dash. It supposedly is common on a certain vintage of X3s. He has pictures to prove it!
Hey, I made some decent money on that job!

To the OP, I have worked on several X3's and an X5. Here is what I have learned.

1.The ones equipped with the inline 6 M54 engines (either 2.5 or 3.0) are very much like the E46, all the same pitfalls apply (CVV, Cooling system, etc).
2. The 4.4L V8's are to be avoided like the plague. The timing chain tensioner will fail and cost you a fortune to fix.
3. My local salvage yard complains constantly about them having front diff issues. The people I had as customers with them, never had issues though.
4. I like the cars. The X5 in particular, especially the older 01-02 models.
5. I am likely going to buy one next year for my wife.

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now, go burn your Man Card, and buy yourself a Camry....
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Old 10-11-2012, 07:56 AM
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I also own an 01 X5 3.0i (E53). Bought it new.

Window regulators sucketh too.
It eats front brake rotors.
Front outer CV boots fail every 40k miles.
Same cooling system concerns (water pumps, thermos, exp tanks).
Taillights also burn up their housings.

Mines got 118k miles on it and the X5 has been the best vehicle I've ever owned.

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JUST...LOOK...UNDER...THE...CAR....for Chrissakes....it`s like checking to see if a dog is male or female....
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A bimmer with forced induction should have a proper manual gearbox. Anything less is like french kissing your sister.
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