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Old 12-10-2013, 06:03 AM
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The "usual":
valve cover gasket
oil filter housing gasket
split front seat
leaky expansion tank
broken ps pulley
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Old 12-14-2013, 12:49 PM
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Re: Common problems in X3.

Valve leak (fixed)
Mirror motor short (causing window switches not to work)
Transfer case (looking for gear)
Lower control arms (bavauto.com) (lemforder)


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Old 12-14-2013, 01:34 PM
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Mein Auto: BMW X3 2004 2.5i
2004 , 142K miles, ,2.5i engine:

I divide problems into two lists.

A. unacceptable, flawed by design problems:

1. valve cover gasket leak
2. PCV broken
3. air intake hose badly cracked.
4. injector leaks the gasoline slowly while engine is off.
5. oil pan gasket gone bad and leak.
6. expansion tank leak.
7. sunroof water leak inside the trunk.
8. vapor barrier broken on 3 doors, again, water leak inside.
9. expansion tank broken.
10. coolant leak from aged o-ring around the water temperature sensor.
11. driver side leather cracked.
12. and of course, the infamous non-operational sunroof with all those brittle plastic parts, which I gave up fixing and just pulled the fuse out!



B. Acceptable, maintenance related problems:

1. air filter.
2. dead battery.
3. tranny and transfer case oil change.

now that I look at this list, it seems that this BMW seriously suffers from leak related issues. it leaks everywhere: fuel, oil, vacuum, and worst of them: a lot of water leaks! yet it drives so lovely! I wish BMW works a bit more on reliability issues....

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Old 12-14-2013, 02:37 PM
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The "usual":
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broken ps pulley
Is a broken PAS pulley common with the X3?

Can't recall seeing it mentioned. On googling it, I see reference to Chevys, Fords, Jeeps, etc. that all come with plastic pulleys, but hardly anything on BMWs.

Anything to look for as a warning that the PAS pulley is about to break? Cracks, chips?

Or could it be they can suffer when something else shatters, like the expansion tank, or a tensioner pulley?
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Old 12-17-2013, 09:27 PM
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Common problems in X3.

The only two I have:

1) peeling trim
2) annoying pax air bag seat sensor

Both replaced under warranty both broken again by 130k. Little things considering the car is as reliable as a Sherman tank.


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Old 12-24-2013, 09:25 AM
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Common problems in X3.

2006 2.5i e83 09/2005

1. A/C leaks, last summer I had to put freon in three times just to get through the summer... Compressor, dryer evaporator etc work fine, any suggestions on whether this could just be an issue with the seals?

2. Very annoying roof rattle... Any specifics on how to get this fixed, I have seen it mentioned in other threads but nothing definitive

3. Sometimes on startup I get a little but if a grinding noise when it turns over, I guess it's just the starter pin not disengaging but it sounds horrible


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Old 01-02-2014, 01:36 PM
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Just bought it 3 weeks ago - Drives like a dream and so far.

Issue(s):
1. Driver side seatbelt doesn't click right away... It takes a few retries sometimes...
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Old 01-03-2014, 01:19 PM
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2005 w/68,436 miles....and I just replaced the DISA valve, valve cover gasket and oil filter housing gasket. Prior to that at 60,000 transfer case upper and lower seals, prior to that at 55,500 was the Secondary Air Pump. I've also had the vapor barriers replaced, serpentine belts, and rotors/pads/sensors replaced on all corners.
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Old 01-03-2014, 03:20 PM
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Due to an older Sunroof Seal design, all X3s produced unto Jun 2009, have a chance of greater wind noise in cabin especially after retracting the shade in the panoramic sunroof. There is a service bulletin SI B54 04 09 for this fix. I plan to get to mine in summer as the seal needs warmer weather to bond properly.

This increased noise also impacts Bluetooth usage at highway speeds.
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Old 04-04-2014, 08:44 PM
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That's what I thought. It's the same way on my '12 Acura TSX.

The issue I am having though on the x3 in regards to this is that sometimes it'll tilt, sometimes it won't.... Don't know what's causing it to be intermittent. There are no issues though when adjusting it manually.
Move the mirror selector to the passenger position, it should now work.
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Old 04-05-2014, 07:21 AM
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Freon leak bad seal
Valve cover gasket
Windshield washer pumps
Rear differential
Universal joint / Drive shaft
Passenger seat sensor recall

The most recent thing is the U joint / differential failure. I think one caused the other.
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Old 04-28-2014, 05:08 PM
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2008 3.0si;
Battery
changed tranny, differential and transfer case fluids--smoother shifting
replaced one coil -cylinder #4
replaced starter motor
rotated tires
K&N air filter.
changed oil twice, last time to Royal Purple
put in a bunch of mid and hitest..14k miles in 6 months
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Old 04-28-2014, 05:17 PM
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Model: 2004 2.5i 30K miles

1. No symptoms - Bremi ignition coils replaced with Bosch at 10K miles under S.I.B. 12 81 05 voluntary recall

2. Turn signal switch broken internally on one side. Replaced at 17K miles

3. Door glass rattling when fully closed. Seals and flocking lubed at 17K miles

4. Business CD display died - replaced at 21K miles

5. Rare occasional electronic gremlins - dash lights go out momentarily.

6. False passenger airbag light. Sensor replaced under warranty after first "rework" failed at 28K miles.


Do you have the documentation on this? I bought some Bremi coils on ebay listed as new but dusty. (x3 drives way better now but im still having my stuttering issue) I wonder if some dealers never disposed of them and forgot why they had them, sold them at auction and now they are on ebay....
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Old 04-28-2014, 07:29 PM
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Bremi coil voluntary recall TSB:

https://www.bimmerfest.com/forums/sho...81&postcount=1

If it was an issue of degrading prematurely your ebay new old stock may be fine - unless degradation is based just on years and not duty cycles.
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Old 04-28-2014, 07:44 PM
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Bremi coil voluntary recall TSB:

https://www.bimmerfest.com/forums/sho...81&postcount=1

If it was an issue of degrading prematurely your ebay new old stock may be fine - unless degradation is based just on years and not duty cycles.
Thank you - X3 runs smoother with the new coils, so id guess they are new. Any way to tell the mileage on a coil?
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Old 05-05-2014, 10:16 AM
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- transfer case (all included)
- automatic transmission (all included + megatronic)
- sensor L 2 (back)
- thermo sensor need to be replaced
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Old 05-05-2014, 02:35 PM
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Old 05-05-2014, 03:36 PM
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Old 05-17-2014, 08:57 AM
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so as far as the Transmission problem that everyone complains about - seems to be a 6-speed thing, right? mostly 2006-2008 models?

so I'm looking at some used 2005-2006 X3 3.0i with 5-speed mainly to avoid those headaches

seems like the Software/TSB isn't a perfect fix (but then again some of those posts are quite old, so i'm wondering if there's a newer software update that fixed it once and for all - in which case i can go ahead and buy a 2007 3.0si w/ more HP

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Old 12-05-2014, 07:53 PM
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06 3.0 A/T 54K miles
Driver's seat heater replaced under warranty 15K miles at first oil service.
Transmission reflash to correct holding too long in lower gear on hills done at Inspection I
Rear brake pads replaced at 48K miles under warranty (rotors were not replaced).
Hello team,
As for my BMW X3:
2006 3.0i @ 74K miles
1. Transmission re-flash, flush with new fluids, and filter change. Don't believe the lifetime fluid marketing.
2. Passenger airbag sensor replacement under recall.
3. Engine water temp sensor replaced.
4. Secondary engine Control Valve - Emission Control
5. Both serpentine belts, one for water pump/AC.
6. Four Bridgestone Serenities, I love them.
.. a few details about the internal lights.
.. I think the brakes and disks will be in service within another 10K miles.

Otherwise, well recommended vehicle .
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Old 12-10-2014, 07:57 AM
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Hello team,

As for my BMW X3:

2006 3.0i @ 74K miles

1. Transmission re-flash, flush with new fluids, and filter change. Don't believe the lifetime fluid marketing.

2. Passenger airbag sensor replacement under recall.

3. Engine water temp sensor replaced.

4. Secondary engine Control Valve - Emission Control

5. Both serpentine belts, one for water pump/AC.

6. Four Bridgestone Serenities, I love them.

.. a few details about the internal lights.

.. I think the brakes and disks will be in service within another 10K miles.



Otherwise, well recommended vehicle .


Hi, can you please provide more details on transmission re-flash ?
I'm 6MT guy but for winter n philly nyc trips I'm considering 05-06 X3. I found one with automatic. So any insight will be helpful.
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Old 12-10-2014, 10:23 AM
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Hi, can you please provide more details on transmission re-flash ?
I'm 6MT guy but for winter n philly nyc trips I'm considering 05-06 X3. I found one with automatic. So any insight will be helpful.
I just had my transmission flashed at Century BMW. It cost about $120 and takes mere minutes. Basically recalibration with the computer.
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Old 12-10-2014, 03:11 PM
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I just had my transmission flashed at Century BMW. It cost about $120 and takes mere minutes. Basically recalibration with the computer.

Thanks man.
Does re-flash improve some performance or fix issues?
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Old 12-10-2014, 04:19 PM
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Thanks man.
Does re-flash improve some performance or fix issues?
Yes it does. After changing my transfer case actuator gear my car was bucking like a bronco. After the flash the bucking was minimal but still annoying and present at low speeds. Taking it to AllTrans in Greenville, SC for diagnostics before purchasing a new transfer case assembly.
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Old 12-14-2014, 06:21 PM
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For my 2007, I bought in 2010 with 40k miles, I've had the following:

Valve cover gasket under warranty @45k miles
Complete VALVE COVER assy @89k miles--$752
Oil cooler housing gaskets--both of them--$500
Steering angle sensor-$450
Peeling steering wheel trim--warranty, and peeling again
HVAC blower squeel--warranty
Passenger seat sensor failure (A/B light and chime)--warranty
Water pump failure (replaced thermostat as well)--$1000
Broken Rear springs--$200 for parts from Turner Motorsport---Sorry Turner, these aren't the same as OEMs--Now I get to spend $300 on the OEM springs to make it "right"

I have 90k miles on this car. In the last 12k miles, I've had the valve cover, water pump, oil cooler gaskets and steering angle sensor fail. Nearly $3k in repairs in one year.
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