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Old Today, 11:59 AM
atomicskiracer atomicskiracer is offline
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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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Transfer box, panoramic roof, other general car issues e.g. accident damage.
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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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atomicskiracer atomicskiracer is offline
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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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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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joylove joylove is online now
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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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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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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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Originally Posted by atomicskiracer View Post
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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