hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
61,854 miles

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2006 BMW X3 seat belts / air bags problems

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2006 BMW X3 Owner Comments

problem #11

Oct 112013

X3 6-cyl

  • 102,000 miles


Front passenger seat occupant sensor is defective. The air bag warning light is illuminated constantly along with the passenger side air bag off light. Was informed that the sensor is outside of a recall NHTSA recall campaign number: 08V384000 (air bags:frontal) and that the repair would not be covered under warranty as it was outside the date of manf. Which the recall applied to. The cost of repair at the dealership would be around $1000. Until the repair is made the front passenger side air bag is inoperable and will remain that way until fixed.

- Potsdam, NY, USA

problem #10

Sep 212011

X3 6-cyl

  • 89,600 miles
The contact owns a 2006 BMW X3. The contact stated the air bag warning light illuminated after the vehicle was turned on. The vehicle was taken to a private mechanic who confirmed that the sensor mat failed on the passenger side. The manufacturer was notified and confirmed the VIN did not apply to NHTSA recall campaign id number:08V384000 (air bags:frontal). The vehicle was not repaired, and the VIN was unknown. The failure mileage was 89,600 and the current mileage was 89,620. Updated 12/19/11

- New Rochelle, NY, USA

problem #9

Aug 012010

X3 6-cyl

  • 35,000 miles
The passenger airbag sensor light and dashboard airbag light both turned on shortly after purchasing our pre-owned 2006 BMW X3. This means that our passenger airbag will not deploy in the case of an accident. The BMW dealership has diagnosed the problem to be the passenger seat mat. I saw that there is a recall on some 2006 X3 seat mats, but was informed by BMW that my VIN number is not included in the recall. It seems very odd that our car was not included in the recall, yet the exact same part is faulty.

- El Paso, TX, USA

problem #8

Nov 152010


  • 55,000 miles


The contact owns a 2006 BMW X3. The contact stated that the passenger side air bag light would not turn off. The vehicle was taken to an authorized dealer as the failure was similar to recall 08V384000 (air bags: Frontal). The contact was informed by the dealer that the vehicle was not included in the recall. The failure mileage was 55,000 and the current mileage was 58,000.

- Farfield, CT, USA

problem #7

Jul 152010


  • 93,539 miles
The contact owns a 2006 BMW X3. The contact was driving approximately 30 mph when the passenger air bag warning light illuminated. The passenger seat was occupied at the time of the failure. The contact stated that the light would sporadically illuminate over a six month period whether the passenger seat was occupied or not. The dealer advised the contact that his vehicle was not included in NHTSA campaign id number: 08V384000 (air bags:frontal). The vehicle was not repaired. The failure and current mileage was 93,539.

- Sykesville, MD, USA

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problem #6

Dec 052010

X3 6-cyl

  • 54,700 miles
Failure of front passenger airbag safety system as described in NHTSA action number EA08001 for my 2006 BMW X3 (54,700 miles).

- Burke, VA, USA

problem #5

Sep 012010


  • miles


2006 BMW X3 passenger seat airbag light activates. NHTSA campaign id #: 08V384000 2006 BMW X3 - [xxx], produced 03/2006. 20100910 @ 1319: Zach at autobahn motors in fw advised $1021 [parts and labor] to repair passenger side airbag seat mat. Zach advised recall for that specific item does not cover our vehicle due to production month being 4 months outside the recall parameters. According to NHTSA campaign id # 08V384000, small cracks in the seat mat causes the passenger airbag to deactivate and illuminate the "on-off" lamp. This is exactly the issue being experienced in my vehicle. 20100910 @ 1325: Contacted BMW customer relations [800-831-1117] spoke with tom. Explained the issue to tom and he transferred me to kristin dyer. Kristin confirmed the recall ended with X3's produced in 11/2005. Spoke with richard, service manager, at autobahn. Kristin stated she would 'escalate' the matter to be determined whether it would be repaired under warranty. 20100920 @ 1326: Spoke with betsy hohmann [BMW customer relations], she advised there would be "no goodwill assistance" from BMW. Besty acknowledged that the seat mat problem was diagnosed appropriately.

- Burleson, TX, USA

problem #4

Aug 022010


  • 55,654 miles
Automatic airbag disarm light came on intermittently while adult passenger was in front seat. The light now remains on at all times and the front airbag is deactivated even with adult passenger in seat. Called BMW usa was told my VIN number not included in recall. I have the sport seats and same year as those with problem. Obviously the same issue as other included in recall. Highly concerned car with 55,000 miles will not be safe because airbags won't work.

- Newcastle, DE, USA

problem #3

Mar 202010


  • 57,000 miles
Experienced a wet floor board in backseat on the driver side along with a puddle in the front driver side. Dealership said it was a seal, they removed the backdoor panel and water test showed the vapor seal had became loose. The next rain, still a puddle in the front - which means that vapor seal went bad as well. Also, water is dropping in from the sunroof controls on the roof. They still function and the seal around the sunroof seems bone dry. I also experience the air bag issue - it was fixed under warranty. But this may be a recall that BMW needs to look into.

- Radcliff, KY, USA

problem #2

Feb 032010


  • 64,000 miles
The contact owns a 2006 BMW X3. The driver stated that her air bag light remained illuminated continuously. She took the vehicle into the dealer who stated that her air bags were not activated and if she was involved in a collision, her air bags would not work. The dealer also told her that the failure was caused by the sensor. The current and failure mileages were 64,000.

- Dade Sity, FL, USA

problem #1

Aug 192009


  • 73,900 miles
The contact owns a 2006 BMW X3. While driving approximately 70 mph on normal road conditions; the air bag warning light indicator illuminated on the instrument panel. The warning indicator illuminated until the engine was turned off. The vehicle was taken to an authorized dealer for diagnostic testing. The technician stated the failure was contributed to an occupant detection mat. There was a recall under NHTSA campaign id number 08V384000 (air bags;frontal). The VIN number was excluded from the recall defect. The vehicle has not been repaired for the failure. The failure and current mileages were 73,900.

- Fort Wayne , IN, USA

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