hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
59,354 miles

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2006 BMW X3 Owner Comments

problem #3

Sep 062006

X3 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 64,000 miles


The contact owns a 2006 BMW X3. The contact stated that the air bag warning light illuminated on the instrument panel. The contact was made aware of NHTSA campaign number: 08V384000 (air bags). Also, the dealer stated that the pillar accelerator sensor was defective. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure. The vehicle was not repaired. The failure mileage was 64,000. In addition, the contact stated that immediately after refueling, the "check gas cap" warning indicator light illuminated. The vehicle was diagnosed by the dealer, who determined that the gas cap needed to be replaced. The vehicle was not repaired. The failure mileage was 64,000. Updated 6/8/15

- Haskell, NJ, USA

problem #2

Dec 082010

X3 6-cyl

  • 54,511 miles
2006 BMW X3 serious bucking of transmission above three thousand RPM under load going up a hill but also occurs on flat ground. Had the vehicle in for service multiple times at two different dealers and BMW denied that there was an issue. The car was still under extended warranty. Had service rep take a ride with me to show him the issue and he admitted that there was an issue with the car. In the end to make a long story short BMW said they would not fix the car because it wasn't a life threatening issue. I was on the highway a few times when the car started to buck and I had to move over into the slow lane because the car would not maintain speed. This could lead to a serious situation but BMW doesn't think so.

- Prospect, CT, USA

problem #1

Oct 262009


  • 59,550 miles
I was exiting a city park, I was stopped waiting for a steady stream of traffic to pass so I could make a left turn. My foot was on the brake pedal and suddenly it seemed as though someone had pushed the gas pedal to the floor as I was holding down the brake pedal. I held down the brake pedal as hard as I could because the car wanted to take off at a high rate of speed across the traffic. I have never experienced this in this car or any car before, needless to say it was very frightening. The engine was racing at a extremely high rate of speed. I can't remember if I put the car in park first or just shut the car off. I restarted the car and since it sounded alright I reluctantly put it in gear to drive home. I made it home safely without incident. This incident occurred on Monday, October 26, 2009. We contacted your Agency first, but we are phoning our dealer in indianapolis to come and pick the car up, it will not be driven until it is thoroughly checked.

- Terre Haute, IN, USA

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