BMW X3 Review from UK and Ireland

2007 BMW X3 SE 2.0 turbo diesel

Year of manufacture2007
First year of ownership2009
Most recent year of ownership2012
Engine and transmission 2.0 turbo diesel Manual
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Dealer Service marks 5 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 9 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.8 / 10
Distance when acquired8000 miles
Most recent distance65000 miles


The BMW under the SUVs


New carpet after the rear washer tube under the driver's seat burst.

Rear PDC sensors replaced.

Rear wiper motor replaced.

Crank shaft vibration damper replaced.

Two front rims replaced after paint blistering.

Heated mirrors replaced.

Radio reconnected.

Right rear coil spring replaced.

Left rear coil spring replaced.

BMW dealer broke two bolts while servicing my X3, and charged me for their mistake, thanks!

General Comments:

Very sporty drive.

Good for long distance cruising.

Very good in snow conditions, always gets you home.

Low fuel consumption combined with good performance.

Although good build quality, I expected less trouble from a premium brand like BMW, and I did not expect them to change only one rear coil spring when they know the other one is also going to break within months, as this is a known problem with some BMW's.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 3rd August, 2012

Average review marks: 7.8 / 10, based on 1 review