hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
85,000 miles

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2004 BMW X3 wheels / hubs problems

wheels / hubs problem

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2004 BMW X3 Owner Comments

problem #2

Nov 082014


  • 170,000 miles


After just spending $2400 last week on my car. I was traveling 65 mph on interstate 78 when my 2004 BMW X3 lost all power. I was lucky enough to glide my car from the left lane to the right shoulder. I tried to start the car again and all the lights on the dashboard kept flashing on & off and car would not start. As I sat in my car on barely a shoulder 18 wheeler's and cars flew by me shaking my car. I seriously thought I was going to die.

- Port Washington, NY, USA

problem #1

Jan 182006


  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Driving @ 60-65 mph on hwy, flat warning light came on. On inspection of wheel there was small puncture in tire and a large, silver dollar size "blow out" of wheel mid portion of wheel remote site from tire puncture. Tire was only 3 weeks old. Deny driving over any large object to cause this type of wheel failure. Brought tire/wheel to ntb (where I bought tire). They believe there was a wheel failure based upon inspection. Several persons at ntb looked at wheel that had seen failures before and are convinced that the wheel failed based upon trajectory of small puncture and the size and location of wheel blowout. Regardless, tire is covered by road hazard and is being replaced. Wheel was brought to BMW who disassembled tire from wheel. They state that only thing that could of cased that amount of damage is running over large object such as rebar. This is absolutely false. If ran over any object on highway it must have been small since there was no sensation felt, no noise heard. Only indication that there was a flat was that the tire pressure light came on. BMW has offered to inspect wheel however I believe that wheel is defective and am concerned that there may be others with same defect and may not get honest evaluation. Please advise what to do with wheel.

- Southlake, TX, USA

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