really awful
Crashes / Fires:
1 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
1 / 0
Average Mileage:
78,061 miles

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2005 BMW X3 engine problems

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2005 BMW X3 Owner Comments

problem #4

Jan 202015


  • miles


My car has had a rough ilde for a few months, off and on. I took my car, 78000 miles, for a cv axle repair. My mechanic let me know that I had more serious issues with my engine mount bolts being broken off. Its been making a rough noise also at speeds greater than 60..I travel with my child in this car.

- Chesapeake, VA, USA

problem #3

Aug 212014

X3 6-cyl

  • 61,233 miles
The bolt holding the timing chain together broke causing the timing chain to break which resulted in complete engine failure. The estimate to repair or replace the engine was $8322. BMW was contacted to help with the repair costs but refused to help repair the damaged engine. There are numerous reports of other BMW engines and MINIcooper engines manufactured by BMW which are having timing chain failure with catastrophic engine damage. I feel there is a design flaw with this engine and BMW should be forced to repair the damage and disclose the number of engine failures related to this design flaw.

- Frontenac, MO, USA

problem #2

Jan 082015

X3 6-cyl

  • 182,400 miles
Urgent urgent urgent - total loss accident and major injury sustained 2005 BMW X3 ? picked up on January 7, 2015, from toronto used car dealership major unintended acceleration accident occurred on January 8, 2015 at approximately 10:30 am. Had not owned the vehicle for 24 hours or put more than 160 km on it. The unintended acceleration accident resulted in major property damage, personal injury and total loss of vehicle. Horrific residual effect. At stop position the vehicle revved like an F1 car coming down the straight away. X3 began to shake and a split second later bolted/accelerated on its own. With both feet on the brake from a full stop I went crashing through a large steel overhead garage door, through a concrete barricade and steel railing and into a steel dumpster. Air bag deployed, I was knocked unconscious. Trapped for over an hour. Ems could not extract due to positioning of vehicle being at a 45 degree angle and completely lodged against the dumpster that was located in a loading dock area on the other side of the drive. Preliminary online investigation reveals that this is not the first time BMW has heard of this type of complaint. Contacted BMW to respond they are denying culpability. Have read about several other complaints on line of similar incidents. Submitted request to Transport Canada for action and investigation. No reply as of January 29, 2015. Any people in Canada or the usa who have experienced same unintended acceleration are asked to please get in touch with me as soon as possible. I beg you. This was the most horrific accident I have ever experienced. I will never set foot in another BMW as long as I live. The nightmares are horrific and causing mental trauma. I am still sore and damaged physically. Please get in touch asap. [xxx] information redacted pursuant to the Freedom Of Information Act (FOIA), 5 U.S.C. 552(B)(6).

- Palgrave Ontario Canada L0n1p0, FL, USA

problem #1

Dec 242014

X3 6-cyl

  • 68,611 miles
The service engine light soon came on. The dealer diagnosed that the following two need replaced 1) valve cover gasket to fix engine oil leak 2) dmtl pump I cannot comprehend these failures from a brand known for quality at such low milegae. Google search shows many bmws have had these failures but surprisingly there are no recalls.

- Poughkeepsie, NY, USA

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