BMW X3 Reviews

2007 BMW X3 SE 2.0 turbo diesel from UK and Ireland

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

Summary:

The BMW under the SUVs

Faults:

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

2005 BMW X3 3.0i from North America

Model year2005
Year of manufacture2005
First year of ownership2012
Most recent year of ownership2012
Engine and transmission 3.0i Automatic
Performance marks 9 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 10 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 4 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.0 / 10
Distance when acquired107000 miles
Most recent distance109000 miles

Summary:

A highly built, quality vehicle

Faults:

I have only had this car for a very short time (less than a year). So far, no problems yet. I bought it with a little over 107,000 miles. This car was in very good condition when I bought it.

General Comments:

I have only had this car for a very short time. So far, no problems yet. I bought it with a little over 107,000 miles. This car was in very good condition. I bought in Milford, CT. It had a very clean interior.

It is very responsive. Very fast. The seats are a little stiff compared to my 2007 Envoy Denali. The suspension is stiff (first BMW I owned), but I am comparing it to other cars that I have owned (Ford Explorer, GMC Envoy, Acura 3.2 CL).

Overall, the car is very well built. The interior is nicely laid out. High quality interior trims.

Very happy with this car. The wife loves it.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 8th May, 2012

2007 BMW X3 3.0i from North America

Model year2007
Year of manufacture2007
First year of ownership2011
Most recent year of ownership2012
Engine and transmission 3.0i Manual
Performance marks 10 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Dealer Service marks 10 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 6 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.6 / 10
Distance when acquired75000 kilometres
Most recent distance98000 kilometres
Previous carMazda 3

Summary:

Love it, and will be sad that I can't replace it with a newer manual model in the future

Faults:

Needed new brakes when bought, but we were aware of that requirement.

Check light kept coming on and off in the beginning, but might have been the fuel cap not tightened. Car was OK, and check light hasn't been on recently.

General Comments:

Car has a lot of energy. It wants to go. Great fun to drive.

Love the manual gearbox, although it took me a while to make comfortable gear changes, and I have been driving manual for 30 years. Why has BMW stopped making manual gearboxes available in North America for this model?

Live on a Canadian acreage. Great in the snow.

Basic trim, but fully functional, and everything feels well-made.

Love the blue colour.

Choppy on rough roads, but feels secure and is quiet inside the cabin

Good amount of room in the back for adults; my sons were outgrowing the back of my Mazda 3, and this SUV copes well

Easily tows a sailboat

Great driving position, and easy to park

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 24th March, 2012

2005 BMW X3 2.5i 2.5 from North America

Model year2005
Year of manufacture2004
First year of ownership2009
Engine and transmission 2.5 Manual
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 8 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 8 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.0 / 10
Distance when acquired72000 kilometres
Most recent distance88000 kilometres
Previous carMercedes-Benz E-Class

Summary:

Ideal for serious drivers who live in snow country

Faults:

A secondary thermostat in the water pump assembly failed just out of warranty: $400 at my BMW specialist (I hate to imagine what the dealer would charge).

General Comments:

Not quite an SUV, but bigger than a 3-series wagon, the X3 handles extremely well; 6-speed manual transmission makes for great flexibility, and driving fun too.

It is large enough for almost all family uses, from shopping to camping.

The children complained a bit about the 'hard rear seats', but oddly enough only at first, and not on long trips...

We towed a small trailer (900 kg), and the engine was up to the job, even through the Rockies.

Choppy ride on rough pavement, but solid in corners at speed on rough pavement...

Jeremy Clarkson of Top Gear got an X3 stuck in deep mud with street tires, and declared it useless -- but with good winter tires, the X3 is simply brilliant in winter, BOTH on ice AND in deep snow. This is a bit of a niche use, but the combination of higher clearance, XDrive, snow tires and manual transmission makes this the best winter car I have owned or even driven in 27 Canadian winters (better than Audi quattro cars and AWD Subarus). I challenge Clarkson to find a better vehicle st this price for heavy winter driving AND competent roadholding in summer.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 5th February, 2011

Average review marks: 8.5 / 10, based on 8 reviews