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pretty bad
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
8,491 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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2007 BMW X3 transmission problems

transmission problem

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2007 BMW X3 Owner Comments (Page 2 of 2)

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problem #8

Feb 032008

X3 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 1,000 miles


2007 BMW X3 >surging forward after releasing foot from gas peddle >RPM revving to red line before going into gear on acceleration >RPM going past red line and never into gear in cold temp as if thrown into neutral >bmwna refusing to repair stating can't duplicate although they admit there is a problem and have offered new software as of Oct 07 which did not work. >80 people across the nation just on one web site with exact same car, exact same problem, have exact same responses from dealers and BMW na.

- Monarch Beach, CA, USA

problem #7

Oct 012007


  • miles
The transmission on the 2007 BMW X3 has jerkiness and hesitation issues, presenting serious safety concerns. An immediate investigation is warranted. BMW already has attempted to resolve the problem with two software fixes, with mixed results. A third software fix allegedly is on the way. Please review the links below so that you can understand how serious and widespread this problem is."T=255335"T=242429

- Santa Fe, NM, USA

problem #6

Jan 112008

X3 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 10 miles
Transmission shifts erratically, hesitates on occasion and when cold it causes the engine to rev in excess of 3,000 RPM before shifting.

- Tulsa, OK, USA

problem #5

Dec 172007

X3 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 2,100 miles


2007 BMW X3. The six speed automatic transmission shifts poorly at slow speeds going up hills. Vehicle will lunge forward after down shifting to too low of a gear and over rev before up shifting. The gear selection seems inappropriate when going slow speeds. The vehicle has been to the dealer twice to address these problems; however, the present software fix did not rectify the problem.

- Anaheim, CA, USA

problem #4

Oct 152007

X3 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 1,030 miles
Transmission won't shift smoothly between the gears. This is a major safety issue. Between gear 1 and gear 2. it seems to want to stall at the start.

- Medford, OR, USA

problem #3

Nov 072007

X3 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 1,000 miles
This is related to the transmission. 1)there is a delay in throttle response through the 1-2 upshift when accelerating from a stop. 2)there is a lack of power or hesitation when reapplying throttle, during either a 4-3 or 3-2 tip-in downshift. This may occur after slowing with a closed throttle. 3)harsh downshifts when slowing on a roadway with a rising gradient. This is a very serious problem as it may cause an accident when trying to merge into traffic, or cause a rear end collision since the vehicle almost stalls at some points upon take off. Life threatening. There have been 4 attempts so far to correct this issue by the dealer with little success. This was done by reprogramming the computer module that controls shifting. The 2007 model and back do not have this problem. It is specifically automatic transmission.

- Elkridge, MD, USA

problem #2

Jul 302007

X3 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 550 miles
Acceleration hesitation on bwm X3 especially when turning into traffic from stop (0 mph). Unanticipated loss of acceleration while maintaining pressure on gas pedal.

- Phoenxiville, PA, USA

problem #1

Jul 142007

X3 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 9,500 miles
Vehicle transmission hesitates to shift from 1st to 2nd, making it dangerous to pull out into traffic. Vehicle also has difficulty shifting into reverse, causing it to roll forward when the brake is released.

- Haymarket, VA, USA

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