hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
50,250 miles

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2004 BMW X3 engine problems

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2004 BMW X3 Owner Comments

problem #4

Jan 052012

X3 6-cyl

  • miles


While driving at freezing temperature, white smoke came from the engine room. I stopped the engine and found huge leak of oil from the valve cover. I needed to add 1 quart oil which mean 1 quart of oil was leaked out. I had a mechanic look at it and was told that the leak was caused by freezing oil separator. Since the oil separator was designed incorrectly, it stops working by the frozen condensate in cold climate. And, it cause high pressure in the crankcase and consequently oil leak through the valve cover gasket. The problem may cause a complete engine failure.

- Fairbanks, AK, USA

problem #3

Jan 032012

X3 6-cyl

  • 106,000 miles
Faulty oil seperator - chronic problems.

- Happy Valley, OR, USA

problem #2

Jan 082011


  • 80,000 miles
The contact owns a 2004 BMW X3. While driving approximately 10 mph, the vehicle stalled. Upon restart, the contact was able to continue driving. Approximately ten minutes later while driving 40 mph, the failure occurred again. The brake, 4X4, and fuel lights illuminated on the instrument panel. The contact was able to drive upon restart. The vehicle was taken to an authorized dealer where the contact was informed that the digital engine management control was defective. The vehicle had not been repaired. The current and failure mileages were approximately 80,000.

- Abington, MA, USA

problem #1

Jan 022007

X3 6-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • 15,000 miles
Failure of crankcase ventilation valve in 2004 3 series BMW. This failure was caused by moisture build up in the valve, which then froze at an extremely cold temperature, causing the engine to seize. Apparently, BMW has known about this problem, as the replacement valve is "re-engineered". apparently, this problem only occurs in the six cylinder engine, at extremely low temperature, and in cars which are used only in "short trips". the car has been down for over two weeks, awaiting parts.

- Middleton, WI, USA

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