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definitely annoying
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
21,288 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 engine problems

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2004 BMW X3 Owner Comments

problem #4

Feb 012011


  • 58,000 miles


The contact owns a 2004 BMW X3. The contact stated that the vehicle would stall while driving at various speeds. The service engine and eml lights would also illuminate on the instrument panel during the failures. The vehicle was taken to an authorized dealer, who advised the contact to replace the dme module. The manufacturer was not made aware of the failure and the vehicle was not repaired. The approximate failure mileage was 58,000 and the current mileage was 59,000.

- Lancing, MI, USA

problem #3

Mar 122005

X3 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Engine power failure on a 2004 BMW 330ci. Repeated failure of engine power without warning (5 times in an intersection). BMW replaced eng. Computer, then installed new software after second incident. Additionally BMW requested that I start using regular gas instead of premium. The issue went away after that.

- West Van, 00, USA

problem #2

Feb 042007

X3 6-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • 27,000 miles
I have a 2004 330ci with a 6 spd transmission. This has happened in the past but this past weekend my car was in idle in traffic. My vehicle would do rough idling and the engine RPM would dip then surge eventually leading the car to lose engine power and die. This can be a safety concern when there is a possibly of someone rear ending you if the car just loses engine power. It's not a human problem but engine defect.

- Oakland, CA, USA

problem #1

Jul 252003

X3 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 150 miles
Dear NHTSA, I am writing today to tell you my personal epxerience with my car. I bought a brand new BMW 330ci on July 18, 2003. One week after the purchase, the transmission stopped to engage when I start up the car. After I brought it in for a fix, I was told it was fixed. Two months later, the same transmission problem came back again, and it was diagnosed to need replacement. In December 2003, the transmission is replaced after a few month's waiting for the new transmission. In May 2004, the car's engine stopped in traffic. And BMW told me it can not be diagnosed. From May 2004 to March 2005, the engine stall-in-traffic problem happened five times. No conclusive diagnostic was ever made. On Oct 4, 2005, the transmission fails again in the morning. And all these problems listed here are just major safety issues, and does not include the small problems such as door guard completely falls off. At this point, after the problems of this car becomes chronicle, I feel that my safety is compromised, and bwm will not help me to solve the problem. Please help me! sincerely, jinwen xiao.

- Ausitn, TX, USA

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