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

steering problem

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2004 BMW X3 Owner Comments

problem #2

Jan 012005


  • Automatic transmission
  • miles


BMW X3 is unsafe to drive on certain road conditions. It will swerve and come close to pulling into oncoming traffic. It is sudden and at times I have just avoided an accident. BMW said that they will not correct this and claims it is how the car is meant to drive. I feel that it is too dangerous and want this corrected or recalled.

- Veradale, WA, USA

problem #1

Jul 112004

X3 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 2,000 miles
June 6, 2004, we purchased the BMW 545I from irvine BMW. While driving in July, in the middle of a turn, the steering wheel locked, I shut of the engine and the steering reset itself. The car was at the dealer for 3 weeks. Upon receipt, the steering failed again in October, the car was in service 4 weeks. Upon receipt, the car again failed in November, the car was in service 4 weeks. Upon receipt the active steering malfunctioned again in January 2005. The dealer offered us a replacement or a refund. The active steering malfunction causes the steering to lock in the middle of a turn. Two times I was in traffic and nearly escaped a collision. The safety of this car is absent.

- Carlsbad, CA, USA

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