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hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 2
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
52,500 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.

So how do you find out what problems are occurring? For this NHTSA complaint data, the only way is to read through the comments below. Any duplicates or errors? It's not us.

2009 BMW X3 electrical problems

electrical problem

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2009 BMW X3 Owner Comments

problem #2

May 162016


  • 80,000 miles


The vehicle was parked and unmoved in my driveway for several days. It suddenly broke out in flames (originating in the engine compartment). The fire grew quite large and the car exploded (the police officer's word). Security cameras on the property show no one in the area to tamper with the car. This was spontaneous combustion. A google search of "2009 BMW X3 fire" shows many other similar incidents.

- Mamaroneck, NY, USA

problem #1

Jun 012010


  • 25,000 miles
The contact owned a 2009 BMW X3. The contact stated that after parking his vehicle at 9 am he received a call at 2 pm stating that his vehicle was on fire. When he walked outside he saw flames coming from the vehicle. The fire department extinguished the fire and a report was filed. The police also responded and filed police report #2010-0000-122. The vehicle was towed to a BMW dealer who stated that they could not identify the cause of the fire. The vehicle was destroyed. The failure mileage was approximately 25,000.

- Hoffman Estates , IL, USA

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