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definitely annoying
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
45,200 miles

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2005 BMW X3 body / paint problems

body / paint problem

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2005 BMW X3 Owner Comments

problem #4

Nov 082010


  • 70,000 miles


Hatch back is leaking water into the hatchback of X3. Water leakage in front of car from hood into bilateral sides of dash board which damaged carpet and belongings.

- Mattapan, MA, USA

problem #3

Aug 012009


  • 36,000 miles
Water leaving in the rear passenger side.

- Jersey City, NJ, USA

problem #2

Dec 092009


  • 44,000 miles
BMW X3 2005. Purchased last December with 43,115 miles. Currently has 48,000+. car has been in shop four times for interior of car being wet. Last visit to mechanic was last week and it is wet inside again. Mechanic has checked and cleaned drainage tubes. Has checked sunroof. Has not found a specific mechanical reason for the leaking.

- Kensington, MD, USA

problem #1

Jun 282008


  • 30,800 miles
Interior door rattles/creaks from seals/door sill. Extremely noisy when driving. Sounds as if the car is going to cave in or as one person said, sounds like your driving a wood car. I looked up several sites, it appears it is an on-going issue. I just received the car June 28,08. Please assist if there is a fix.

- Melbourne, FL, USA

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