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hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 1
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
60,000 miles

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2013 BMW X3 drivetrain problems

drivetrain problem

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2013 BMW X3 Owner Comments

problem #2

Mar 062016


  • 75,000 miles


Had been driving for approx. 5 minutes in residential area. Check engine light, low oil pressure warning & black smoke thru dashboard. Could see flames under the hood. Within 5-6 minutes car was fully engulfed in flames. Nothing left except for the frame. Total loss, almost no warning.

- Princeton Junction, NJ, USA

problem #1

Sep 092015


  • 45,000 miles
The contact owns a 2013 BMW X3. While driving 25 mph, the vehicle would not pick up speed and started hesitating. The contact stated that the drivetrain warning light was illuminated. The vehicle was taken to a dealer where it was diagnosed that the engine and transmission needed to be replaced. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The failure mileage was 45,000.

- New Orleans, LA, USA

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