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really awful
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 1
Injuries / Deaths:
2 / 0
Average Mileage:
64,333 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.

2005 BMW X3 accessories - interior problems

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2005 BMW X3 Owner Comments

problem #6

Feb 012012


  • 80,000 miles


The contact owns a 2005 BMW X3. The contact stated that the driver and passenger side heated seat function overheated. In addition, the air bag warning light remained illuminated and the key became difficult to release from the ignition. The vehicle was taken to the dealer. The technician diagnosed that the wiring needed to be replaced. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was not made aware of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 80,000.

- Rosedale, MD, USA

problem #5

Dec 142011


  • 83,000 miles
Driver side seat heater overheated, burned through the leather seat and into coat of driver, leaving dime-sized burn hole approximately 12 inches up on the left "wing" of the seat back. Can no longer use heated seat on driver side, as the same spot begins to smolder when the seat heater is turned on, even on low.

- Apo , AE, USA

problem #4

Feb 032012


  • 75,000 miles
The contact owns a 2005 BMW X3. The contact stated that while driving, the driver side heated seat overheated. The seat became severely hot and burned through the leather seats as well as burning a hole through the contact's pants. The contact was not injured. The vehicle was not taken to the dealer. The manufacturer was not made aware of the failure. The vehicle was not repaired. The failure and current mileage was 75,000. Updated 02/22/12 updated 03/01/12

- Seattle, WA, USA

problem #3

Dec 042011

X3 6-cyl

  • 85,000 miles


My wife's heated driver seat burned a hole in the vinyl seat cover and through her sweater. Dealer says this is not covered by warranty, but it appears to be a common problem for the X3. An internet search reveals several complaints. Additionally, a recall was announced for the BMW 5 and 3 series for the same issue. I hope the ntsb conducts a quick response. Thanks.

- Washington, DC, USA

problem #2

Jan 042010


  • 31,000 miles
The contact owns a 2005 BMW X3. The contact was driving approximately 25 mph on normal road conditions. The driver side heated seat was activated. Suddenly, an unexpected excessive high voltage of heat penetrated through the bottom of the seat. The driver pulled over to the side of the road and deactivated the heated seat system. The driver sustained a minor burn to the left leg and the driver seat cover exhibited a burn mark. The vehicle was able to resume normal operation. The dealer was notified of the malfunction. There was concern of the safety risk involved. The failure mileage was 31,000.

- Baltimore, MD, USA

problem #1

Nov 022007

X3 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 32,000 miles
Drivers seat warmer burned through vinyl seat causing a hole in seat and burn to driver. Car is currently at dealer being repaired. Car was at dealer day before because of ignition not working properly. They were unable to determine problem. Next day incident occurs.

- Purcellville, VA, USA

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