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definitely annoying
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
37,796 miles

About These NHTSA Complaints:

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2010 BMW X3 steering problems

steering problem

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2010 BMW X3 Owner Comments

problem #3

Aug 292015


  • 33,500 miles


Many dashboard warning lights came on simultaneously while driving. Took to BMW of rockville md. They diagnosed failure of "faulty steering angle sensor and coil spring." They confirmed this was a safety issue, and that it was nothing we did that caused it-- it was a faulty part. After only 33,000 miles, to have a critical part fail, seems serious to me. They charged us $2080.76 to fix, because it was outside warranty due to age of car. To my mind if a part fault or failure occurs, that is a safety issue, a recall issue, not a warranty issue and the carmaker should fix and report it.

- Potomac, MD, USA

problem #2

Aug 232013


  • 51,000 miles
The contact owns a 2010 BMW X3. The contact stated that while driving 30 mph, the power steering system malfunctioned and caused the steering wheel to seize. The contact had the vehicle towed to a dealer, who diagnoses the vehicle as having a defective power steering pump. The dealer did not have the power steering pump. The contact called the manufacturer and filed a complaint. The failure mileage was 51,000.

- La Mirada, CA, USA

problem #1

Oct 122012

X3 6-cyl

  • 28,888 miles
Sudden loss of steering power while driving, unable to turn steering wheel while driving and attempting turn in major intersection. Heavy road traffic here in ft lauderdale, almost crashed with my 9 year old on way to school. This is 3rd attempt to fix problem, car was returned but not properly fixed, took back to dealer next day with same issue & its still there after 14 days, concerned & fear for my family's safety and security while driving this BMW due to sudden loss of steering while turning & driving in city traffic!

- Fort Lauderdale, FL, USA

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