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really awful
Crashes / Fires:
1 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
81,092 miles

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2006 BMW X3 body / paint problems

body / paint problem

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2006 BMW X3 Owner Comments

problem #3

Mar 152014

X3 6-cyl

  • 124,092 miles


My BMW is 8 years old with approximately 125 thousand miles and both rear coil springs are damaged. This is a BMW, the frame of this vehicle should not be damage in this type of car. BMW are built to embody the highest quality and safety standards but one of the most important part of the car body is not functioning properly. There most be a deficiency on this part and as far as I know it should be a BMW original part. When I bought the car in 2009, it was a pre-certified car, when I asked what that meant the sales person stated "that all parts were checked and are originals BMW parts". I bad other type of vehicle for over 10 years and never had this type of problem, so never expected this from my BMW. I will appreciate your assistance on this matter, I believe this part is deficient and BMW should be paying for the repairs. I do expect more from them as they advertise their cars to be more durable and higher quality. Please do not hesitate to contact me with any questions.

- West Hartford, CT, USA

problem #2

May 172012


  • 67,213 miles
Repeated flooding in driver-side back and passenger front. It has been the vapor seal along the door, top part of door near window, seal along the windshield and finally from the sunroof leading to drain leading to interior of car. I have been fortunate that no electrical issues have incurred, but due to the high risk of that happening, wanted to report the situation. This has been ongoing for over a year (fixed various issues with flooding every few months). BMW acknowledges that the X3 has water issues but that it is no fault of their's. I understand a vapor seal needing to be replaced once in a while- but this is far and beyond happening way too frequently. Just don't want any of the larger possibilities to come into play.

- Nashville, TN, USA

problem #1

Feb 012013

X3 6-cyl

  • 51,970 miles
Turning into a driveway with a boulder on the edge/corner. With the drivers side seat heater on, the seat burned a hole thru the leather and made me turn abruptly and bumped the boulder. Damage to the fr. Bumper, inner fender and wheel. Left side (drivers) seat bolster has a burn-through hole.

- Montgomery, IL, USA

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