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10.0

really awful
Crashes / Fires:
1 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
2 / 0
Average Mileage:
63,441 miles

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2006 BMW X3 seat belts / air bags problems

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2006 BMW X3 Owner Comments (Page 1 of 2)

problem #32

Jun 162016

X3 6-cyl

  • 86,000 miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

The contact owns a 2006 BMW X3. While the vehicle was stationary, the passenger side air bag indicator remained illuminated. The contact referenced NHTSA campaign number: 08V384000 (air bags) the manufacturer was made aware of the issue. The failure mileage was 86,000. Updated 11/01/16

- Pittsburgh, PA, USA

problem #31

Aug 232016

X3

  • 135,000 miles
My son was driving in bumper to bumper traffic (city street) barely going 5 miles per hour. He steps on the brakes and his airbags deploy. No collision was made between his car and the car in front him. All the airbags deployed except passenger side. I understand that this should happen at 10mph or greater and a collision. No collision going around 5mph. Hard to justify. My son was very shaken by this incident where is almost afraid to drive. Car was towed to dealership, I placed a call to BMW North America. They are sending a investigator out to inspect the vehicle. Since ther was no collision insurance isn't going to cover any repairs and BMW na isn't acting as if they will do anything. I have read several blogs and complaints about recalls on the BMW airbags from all makes and models. The car 135,000 miles and has been a great first car for my son. The car is in excellent condition and I'm hoping, praying they can or will fix it.

- Troy, MI, USA

problem #30

Jun 242016

X3

  • 91,500 miles
The contact owns a 2006 BMW X3. While the passenger seat was being used, the air bag warning indicator illuminated on the instrument panel. The vehicle was taken to an independent mechanic where it was diagnosed that the occupation detection mat failed and needed to be replaced. The vehicle was not repaired. The VIN was not included in NHTSA campaign number: 08V384000. The manufacturer was not made aware of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 91,500.

- Seaside, CA, USA

problem #29

Apr 022012

X3

  • miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

My son has a SUV 2006 BMW X3. The front passenger air bag warning lamp continues on when driving for almost 4 years. I called both the BMW North America and its dealer but they replied that I have to pay over $139 for investigation.

- Jackson Heights, NY, USA

problem #28

Mar 152016

X3

  • miles
The contact owns a 2007 (na) BMW X3. The contact received notification of NHTSA campaign number: 16V071000 (air bags) and stated that the part needed for the repair was not available. The contact stated that the manufacturer exceeded a reasonable amount of time for the recall repair. The manufacturer was made aware of the issue. The contact had not experienced a failure. VIN tool confirms parts not available.

- Palo Alto, CA, USA

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problem #27

Mar 152016

X3

  • miles
I am driving and I notice on my dash board the air bag icon is flashing

- Brooklyn, NY, USA

problem #26

Dec 012014

X3

  • 75,000 miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

"takata recall' my vehicle has the very same issues as the ones being recalled, but it is not on the recall list. My passenger airbag light stays on indication it is not on even when someone is sitting in the seat.it never go off. Rather in motion or stationary.

- Oak Park, IL, USA

problem #25

Nov 172015

X3

  • 80,000 miles
Had an accident on a city street. Vehicle was in motion & impact was on the front bumper. All airbags deployed except passenger side airbag. Vehicle had the passenger side airbag lamp illuminated for a while before the accident. Called dealer and BMW long back when I initially came to know about the recall. But I was told that my VIN is not in the recall list. Luckily there was no one in the passenger seat when the accident happened, else would have been worse. NHTSA campaign number: 08V384000

- Sugar Land, TX, USA

problem #24

May 142015

X3

  • 107,000 miles
The contact owns a 2006 BMW X3. After the vehicle was started, the air bag warning light illuminated. The vehicle was taken to an independent mechanic where it was diagnosed that the passenger side occupant mat sensor needed to be replaced. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer stated that the VIN was not included in NHTSA campaign number: 08V384000 (air bags). The failure mileage was 107,000.

- Deer Park, NY, USA

problem #23

Sep 062006

X3 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 64,000 miles
The contact owns a 2006 BMW X3. The contact stated that the air bag warning light illuminated on the instrument panel. The contact was made aware of NHTSA campaign number: 08V384000 (air bags). Also, the dealer stated that the pillar accelerator sensor was defective. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure. The vehicle was not repaired. The failure mileage was 64,000. In addition, the contact stated that immediately after refueling, the "check gas cap" warning indicator light illuminated. The vehicle was diagnosed by the dealer, who determined that the gas cap needed to be replaced. The vehicle was not repaired. The failure mileage was 64,000. Updated 6/8/15

- Haskell, NJ, USA

problem #22

Jan 012013

X3 6-cyl

  • 78,000 miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

The passenger airbag sensor has continuously stayed lit since initial activation, indicating there is no occupant in the seat when one is present. The airbag system will not deploy in the event of a crash because of this issue. A recall has been made by BMW on this same issue and has classified it as an airbag mat sensor issue with my year, make and model included. However, my VIN is not showing up as a defective vehicle when the exact same issue is happening. This is a safety issue, not cosmetic. If any issue presents itself that will inflict harms to occupants, it should be a mandatory recall regardless of VIN. BMW is not standing behind it's customers to protect the safety of them and their families. Gross negligence.

- Collinsville, IL, USA

problem #21

Oct 142008

X3 6-cyl

  • 28,661 miles
Serious saftey issue the seat occupancy detection mat in the front passenger seat was replaced by BMW once in this vehicle while it was under warranty under manufacture's defect code: 6577081500. It has failed a second time at 82,000 miles. There is a recall for this issue but the VIN is not covered in he recall. My vehicle was apparently manufactured right when BMW started installing updated sensors. This is not a coincidence. It has failed twice. It is a serious safety issue.

- Brentwood, TN, USA

problem #20

Sep 112014

X3 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 70,000 miles
The contact owns a 2006 BMW X3. The contact stated that the passenger air bag warning light continued to illuminate. The vehicle was not taken to the dealer for a diagnostic testing. The contact referenced recall NHTSA campaign number 08V384000 (air bag). However, the VIN was not included in the recall. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 70,000..updated 11/03/14

- Cincinnati, OH, USA

problem #19

Aug 282014

X3

  • 77,000 miles
The contact owns a 2006 BMW X3. The contact stated that the passenger side air bag warning indicator illuminated. The VIN was not included in NHTSA campaign number: 08V384000 (air bags). The manufacturer was made aware of the failure. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The failure mileage was 77,000.

- Sharpsville, PA, USA

problem #18

Oct 232013

X3 6-cyl

  • 63,600 miles
Passenger air bag light comes on sporadically for no reason.

- Bronx, NY, USA

problem #17

Apr 052013

X3

  • 80,000 miles
The contact owns a 2006 BMW X3. The contact stated that while driving approximately 35 mph, the passenger's side air bag warning light illuminated. Displaying that the air bag was inoperable. The contact stated that he inserted the seat belt to stop the warning indicator light from illunimating but to no avail. The vehicle was taken to a independent mechanic and diagnosed there was a air bag sensor failure. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was made aware of the problem. The approximate failure mileage was 80,000.

- Phildelphia, PA, USA

problem #16

Oct 112013

X3 6-cyl

  • 102,000 miles
Front passenger seat occupant sensor is defective. The air bag warning light is illuminated constantly along with the passenger side air bag off light. Was informed that the sensor is outside of a recall NHTSA recall campaign number: 08V384000 (air bags:frontal) and that the repair would not be covered under warranty as it was outside the date of manf. Which the recall applied to. The cost of repair at the dealership would be around $1000. Until the repair is made the front passenger side air bag is inoperable and will remain that way until fixed.

- Potsdam, NY, USA

problem #15

Apr 012013

X3

  • 93,000 miles
The contact owns a 2006 BMW X3. The contact stated the air bag light illuminated continuously. The vehicle was taken to the dealer who stated the mat sensor failed. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was contacted about the failure and informed the contact that the vehicle was not included in NHTSA campaign number: 08V384000 (air bags). The failure mileage was 93,000.

- Riverview, FL, USA

problem #14

Jan 312013

X3

  • 85,000 miles
The contact owns a 2006 BMW X3. The contact stated that the air bag warning light illuminated. The vehicle was taken to an independent mechanic for diagnosis. The mechanic informed the contact that there was a recall for the failure listed as NHTSA campaign id number: 08V384000 (air bags). The vehicle was taken to two different dealers, who both informed her that the VIN was not included in the recall. The manufacturer was contacted and confirmed that the VIN was not included in the recall, offering no further assistance. The vehicle was not repaired. The failure and current mileage was 85,000.

- Fremont, CA, USA

problem #13

Nov 012011

X3

  • 61,000 miles
The contact owns a 2006 BMW X3. The vehicle was included in the recall under NHTSA campaign id number: 08V384000 (air bags:frontal) and taken in for repair by the prior owner. The contact stated that the air bag and seat belt warning lights illuminated on the instrument panel. The seat belt warning chime would sound. The vehicle was taken to the dealer for diagnostics where the contact was advised that the front passenger seat mat sensor would have to be replaced. The vehicle was not repaired. The approximate failure mileage was 61,000.

- Portage, MI, USA

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