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hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
94,500 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.

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2006 BMW X3 engine problems

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2006 BMW X3 Owner Comments

problem #2

Aug 082016


  • 92,000 miles


My BMW X3 has had its engine mount bolts sheared off. There are no indications of the bottom of the vehicle having been hit by any objects. The vehicle's mileage is in the low 90,000 mile range. An internet search reveals that this is a common problem happening to many BMW X3's, at low mileage. They also claim that the broken motor mount bolts, could result in a serious accident. The BMW service manager, I talked to, indicated that he has seen this similar issues, but was not aware how wide spread the problem is. His guess of why this may be happening is due to different thermal expansion and contraction of the 3 different metals involved in the mounting system. The way I discovered the problem was that the engine oil drain plug was misaligned with a protective shroud. I have been occasionally noticing a thump coming from the engine compartment. I had my ball joints and front-end checked out about a year ago and everything checked out fine. I suspect now, that the thump sound is due to the sheared engine mount bolts. If that's indeed the case, I would have been driving the vechile with the engine mount bolts sheared off for about 1-1/2 years, unaware of the issue. The engine mounts are not easily inspectable, which is probably why the mechanic that checked out my front end suspension didn't check the engine mounts at that time.

- Seattle, WA, USA

problem #1

Oct 152014


  • 97,000 miles
The contact owns a 2006 BMW X3. While driving 40 mph, the vehicle started to overheat and stalled causing the engine warning light to illuminate. The vehicle was towed to an independent mechanic who stated that the thermostat needed to be replaced. The vehicle was repaired. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The failure mileage was 97,000.

- Temecula, CA, USA

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