definitely annoying
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
45,130 miles

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2004 BMW X3 lights problems

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2004 BMW X3 Owner Comments

problem #4

Nov 012018


  • 15 miles


Insulation on wiring inside the headlight assembly is cracking and falling off wiring harness causing a short and blown fuse while driving on city street.

- San Antonio, TX, USA

problem #3

Jul 142015


  • 131,907 miles
The lamps in the rear tail light assembly do not work. The connection is corroded. Similar item was under a recall for 2002-05 3 series sedans (BMW recall campaign 11V-438) and this X3 shares many components with the sedan. The lighting assembly/connector is suspected to be one of them.

- Brookfield, WI, USA

problem #2

Jan 232012


  • miles
On January 23, 2012 after a whole weekend of downpour rain, I get into my X3 to notice water on the center console (near my cup holder) I look up and notice the water is dripping from the top middle console (where the moon roof control, air bag button and sos call button are located). Not only was it dripping water but the whole area around but it was soaked and wet. After reading about this on-line that other people have and are experiencing this water leak problem, I realized I need to check the other areas people mention they had water leaks. That's when I checked the floor on both the driver and passenger side and to my surprise the driver side had more water than what I could ever imagine, it was drenched. So now that I have all this water in my car it looks like it has caused some problems with my sos button. Without me touching it, it tries to calls and doesn't get a connection. It reads BMW phone inactive and it keeps making a noise that comes through the speakers. I've also noticed that light from the middle top console is not working correctly. I am sure I'm going to end up with a lot more electrical, lighting problems than just these few. This is a problem that needs to be looked into and fix by BMW.

- Oakland , CA, USA

problem #1

May 102011


  • 48,600 miles
While I am driving the instrument cluster light turn off, all digital display on cluster disappeared about 10 seconds and turn back on. It seem like all headlight and tail light also turn off. It seem like happened 1 or 2 times a year.

- Spokane, WA, USA

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