really awful
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 1
Injuries / Deaths:
1 / 0
Average Mileage:
40,346 miles

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2008 BMW X3 Owner Comments

problem #4

Nov 272015


  • 124,100 miles


While driving my 2008 BMW X3, the driver side heated seat was turned on, than shorted out, burned through the protective layers, a stinky smoke created, melted my leather seat, and partially burned my jeans and leg. Due to the year and miles on the vehicle, BMW would not fix any of the parts.

- San Francisco, CA, USA

problem #3

Jan 212009


  • 7,285 miles
The seat occupancy detection mat failed at 7,285 and was replaced, then was failing again at 31,592 and BMW did not repair/replace when serviced but did confirm the problem. Know the seat occupancy mat is in total failure at 59,000. BMW will not address the problem. This problem is part of a recall for most vehicle of this age but for some reason not the X3.

- Denver, CO, USA

problem #2

Sep 162010

X3 6-cyl

  • 18,000 miles
Passenger seat alarm would activate for no apparent reason on a daily use. Under warranty seat pad was replaced. Reported same seat malfunction one month after warranty ran out and BMW agreed to pay for seat pad and I would have to pay for labor of $300. At this time seat no longer sounding alarm. Seat alarm would malfunction again the entire hot weather season of 2013. After contacting BMW in Dec of 2013 I was told no coverage. After researching internet I discovered this to be a regular complaint since 2003 when 1st X3 was manufactured. I discovered last week that as long as this pad is not functioning properly the air bag may not work in an accident. This a very serious driving situation that could result in serious injury. BMW needs to be held accountable and made to address this safety hazard immediately.

- Oil City, PA, USA

problem #1

Aug 022011

X3 6-cyl

  • 12,000 miles
Passenger seat alarm would go off constantly without anyone or anything in the seat. BMW replaced sensor under warranty. Problem appeared to be fixed until the following summer 2012 when alarm on seat would go off again on a regular basis. BMW refused to replace until complaint filed and I stated it was a driving hazard due to attempting to fumble with belt while driving to stop alarm by securing belt. BMW offered to replace alarm sensor I had to pay $300 for labor. This was late Sept 2012. Shortly after due to cold weather alarm did not go off any longer.I did not have alarm sensor replaced because it was now working properly until April of 2014 when alarm again began to sound and continued throughout this past summer. According to internet and forums on the internet this is a problem that has existed on X3S from the first year the car was sold. BMW apparently avoids doing anything to prevent this from occurring even in the newer models.this is an annoying and dangerous situation which should be addressed.in my complaint they stated I didn't accept their offer even though the alarm was no longer going off and that my warranty was over. Someone needs to make them accountable and their cars safer..

- Oil City, PA, USA

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