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really awful
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 6
Injuries / Deaths:
8 / 0
Average Mileage:
86,513 miles

About These NHTSA Complaints:

This data is from the NHTSA — the US gov't agency tasked with vehicle safety. Complaints are spread across multiple & redundant categories, & are not organized by problem.

So how do you find out what problems are occurring? For this NHTSA complaint data, the only way is to read through the comments below. Any duplicates or errors? It's not us.

2004 BMW X3 accessories - interior problems

accessories - interior problem

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2004 BMW X3 Owner Comments (Page 2 of 2)

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problem #3

Dec 302010

X3 6-cyl

  • 92,008 miles


BMW X3 heated seat burned foam & leather and caused minor burn to left leg of driver.

- Newton, MA, USA

problem #2

Nov 262010

X3 6-cyl

  • 74,248 miles
Heated driver seat started burning my leg/buttock and smelled electrical burning smell. Turned off heated seat.

- Chester, VA, USA

problem #1

Nov 182010

X3 6-cyl

  • 62,000 miles
My 2004 BMW X3 has heated seats which burned a hole through the seat and almost burned a hole through my pants. I was driving and almost wrecked from the pain. After I pulled over and jumped out I saw a burn in the seat that looked like a cigarette burn. BMW wants to make $700 to replace the heater and another $700 to replace the leather. Took it to charleston, SC dealership.

- Mount Pleasant, SC, USA

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