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Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
0 miles

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2004 BMW X3 Owner Comments

problem #3

Oct 112006

X3 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles


SE ha danado el carro 5 veces porque cada cierto tiempo el carro no quiere prender, SE ha llevado en grua al servicio de BMW Y SE tardan mucho en arreglarlo, ya el carro va a perder garantia Y me handico de parte de autogermana BMW Q de perderse la garantia yo cubriria los gastos de ahi en adelante, el carro tiene problemas, adicional a eso en una de las ocasiones SE quedaron con una de las llaves master Y al cambiar de gerencia no me la quieren devolver, dicen Q no saben nada.

- Toa Alta, PR, USA

problem #2

Apr 112004

X3 4WD 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
I purchased a BMW X3 last April. I did not immediately notice that the car did not have any audible or visual warning displays when the car or back hatch is open or ajar before I purchased it. I noticed it right after the purchase and reported it to the engineer who said he would pass on the info. I then took it to the dealership who said they could not help me and ultimately escalated to BMW corporate. BMW indicates there is no safety regulation that requires that the car have a warning system when the car door is open or ajar. The car was designed without that feature. I find this strange since all their other cars, as well as all other cars made today, come standard with this safety feature. My question is whether or not there is any type of regulation concerning this because I need further escalate the issue with the BMW if this is a requirement.

- Elk Grove, CA, USA

problem #1

Jan 012000


  • miles
Copy of email sent to BMW usa re: X3 I learned today that my new X3 has no display panel warning light or sound to warn when doors are unlatched or ajar. This type of warning -- often using both panel lights and sound -- has been standard equipment in most cars for the past 20 years to protect passengers, especially children, from accidentally falling out of vehicles. My own BMW dealer refused to believe that my X3 had no such warning device until he finally checked his inventory and found no X3's with any door warning lights or sounds. He said there is no applicable repair or upgrade kit. This exclusion is shocking in view of BMW's pledge of safety. Your us headquarters admitted the exclusion and said there was no explanation for it, adding that it must be intentional since "BMW engineers don't do things acidentally." In the event an occupant is injured or killed in a loose latch door release accident, this exclusion could establish liability. As such, in BMW's own interest, I urge you to contact all owners and immediately launch a voluntary recall of all X3's to install a door/tailgate loose latch warning device on the dashboard display panel. No need to contact me. To avoid retaliation, I have elected not to disclose my name. Thank you. Copies to us NHTSA, center for auto safety and consumer union

- Nocity, AL, USA

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