really awful
Crashes / Fires:
1 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
56,900 miles

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2007 BMW X3 steering problems

steering problem

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2007 BMW X3 Owner Comments

problem #3

Aug 162014

X3 6-cyl

  • 89,000 miles


Experiencing recurrent electrical issues including multiple episodes of complete loss of engine power, power steering, and power braking while driving at 15-25 mph. This includes an episode of the vehicle's engine cutting off without warning during a turn on a busy street resulting in immediate loss of power steering and brakes, nearly resulting in a head-on collision. Vehicle will restart immediately and without difficulty after incident occurs. Vehicle has also experienced multiple episodes of a battery drawing down voltage and non-start in the morning despite a new and fully charged battery. Battery has been replaced and problem persisted. Software was updated yet problem continues to persist. No issues found by mechanic.

- Augusta, GA, USA

problem #2

Sep 042014

X3 6-cyl

  • 65,000 miles
Driving on a side street at ~20mph and about to make a left turn and the steering completely locked (as when you turn the engine off and park the vehicle, with no ability to turn the steering). The battery and oil lights came on, but the engine was still running. Ended up having to bump into the curb and stop the vehicle. Upon turning the ignition off and turning it back on, it was fine. Dealer does not know what the problem is inspite of having it for a couple days and driving it around. Suspects the steering lock unit may need to be replaced but is not sure since they were not able to replicate the issue nor were they able to see any logs of issues in the on-board computer. Vehicle is running ok now.

- Seattle, WA, USA

problem #1

Oct 262008


  • 16,700 miles
On 10/27/08 I purchased and drove a 2007 cpo BMW X3 3.0si sav from BMW encinitas in California. From the time I drove vehicle from the lot to my home the X3 pulled to the right. On 11/06/08 I took the vehicle back to BMW enciitas. The dealer performed a four wheel alignment and released the vehicle to me. During driving the vehicle home the car still pulled to the right, making it unsafe to drive. On 11/13/08 I took vehicle back to dealer for service. The dealer performed a wheel alignment again, and adjusted the camber to favor the left side. According to the shop foreman, a driving test was conducted and reported that the vehicle drove straight and released the vehicle to me. After I drove the vehicle home the vehicle continued to pull or veered to the right. Again this makes the vehicle unsafe to drive and difficult to control the steering. BMW of usa is refusing to accept that a problem exists with vehicle after several repair attempts.

- Chula Vista, CA, USA

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