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really awful
Crashes / Fires:
1 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
85,000 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 brakes problems

brakes problem

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2004 BMW X3 Owner Comments

problem #2

Aug 222014


  • miles


The contact owns a 2004 BMW X3. The contact stated that the 4X4 warning lamp and the ABS warning lamp illuminated intermittently. The contact mentioned that the vehicle was previously involved in two separate crashes. After the most recent crash, the vehicle was taken to the authorized dealer and unknown repairs were performed and the warning lamps continued to illuminate for the ABS warning lamp and the 4X4 warning lamp. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was not notified of the failures. The details of the crash were unknown. The failure mileage was not available.

- Compton, CA, USA

problem #1

Nov 082014


  • 170,000 miles
After just spending $2400 last week on my car. I was traveling 65 mph on interstate 78 when my 2004 BMW X3 lost all power. I was lucky enough to glide my car from the left lane to the right shoulder. I tried to start the car again and all the lights on the dashboard kept flashing on & off and car would not start. As I sat in my car on barely a shoulder 18 wheeler's and cars flew by me shaking my car. I seriously thought I was going to die.

- Port Washington, NY, USA

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