really awful
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 1
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
57,401 miles

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2007 BMW X3 engine problems

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2007 BMW X3 Owner Comments

problem #5

Jan 012018

X3 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles


The contact owns a 2007 BMW X3. The contact received a recall notification for NHTSA campaign number; 17V683000 (engine and engine cooling). The contact stated that the heater blew out extremely hot or cold air when activated. Also, the check engine indicator was illuminated. The contact called BMW of bakersfield (5400 gasoline alley dr., bakersfield, ca 93313, (661) 396-4040) and was informed that the parts were not available. The manufacturer was notified and did not assist. The failure mileage was unknown. VIN tool confirms parts not available.

- Tehachapi, CA, USA

problem #4

Jan 032018

X3 6-cyl

  • 135,000 miles
The contact owned a 2007 BMW X3. While the vehicle was parked with the engine running, the vehicle caught on fire. The contact stated that the fire started in the engine compartment and then spread to the entire vehicle. The fire department was contacted and was able to extinguish the fire. A fire report was filed. The vehicle was towed to geico insurance and it was later determined that the fire was caused by a defective PCV heater valve. There were no injuries. The vehicle was included in NHTSA campaign number: 17V683000 (engine and engine cooling). A local dealer was not contacted. The manufacturer was notified. The vehicle was destroyed. The approximate failure mileage was 135,000.

- North Umberland, PA, USA

problem #3

Dec 122017


  • miles
The contact owns a 2007 BMW 325I. The contact received notification of NHTSA campaign number: 17V683000 (engine and engine cooling) exceeded a reasonable amount of time for the repair. The dealer was not contacted. The manufacturer was notified at 1-800-831-1117. The manufacturer confirmed that the parts for the failure were not available, and stated no guarantee that the parts would be available on a specific date. The contact had not experienced a failure. VIN tool confirms part not available.

- Brookland, NY, USA

problem #2

Apr 142012

X3 6-cyl

  • 94,258 miles
Sheared engine bolts, motor mounts! never have seen this before...heard this has been happening to other X3 drivers. How can this well known vehicle manufacturer can let something like this happen. I have two kids, and lucky I caught the problem before something worst happened.

- Irvington, AL, USA

problem #1

Nov 262011

X3 6-cyl

  • 57,748 miles
While inspecting for an oil leak under the vehicle, a bolt fell off of the side of the engine. Inspecting the bolt, it was sheared off. Inspecting the underside of the engine, it was found the bolt came from the passenger side engine mount where the mount bolts to the block. At the same time, it was found a second bolt had also sheared off with a portion of both bolts still in the engine block. The two other bolts of the engine mount were/are still in place. Evidence of corrosion was found around the bolt holes of the missing bolts and around the lower bolt that is still in place. Investigating on the internet revealed other owners reporting similar incidents, including those causing substantial damage when the vehicle was in motion when the failure occurred. See the following links: recallbmwmotormountbolts.blogspot.com/ townhall-talk.edmunds.com/direct/view/.EF15778/4161.

- Indianapolis, IN, USA

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