really awful
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
250 miles

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2011 BMW X3 engine problems

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2011 BMW X3 Owner Comments

problem #2

Apr 262011

X3 6-cyl

  • 500 miles


We leased the above BMW X3drive 35I (shipped on 3.30.2011) from husker auto group, BMW of Lincoln, ne on March 30, 2011 for a 3-year period. In mid April I noticed a very loud noise coming from the engine after I turned the car off. The car had 567 miles on the odometer and was taken back to BMW of Lincoln for repairs on April 26, 2011. We were told the main crankcase seal was causing high pressures and was the problem. Apparently replacing the valve covers would result in it being fixed. Within a week, I noted the exact same noise. The car now had 1391 miles on the odometer was again returned to BMW of Lincoln on May 12, 2011. This time I was told the master seal was broken. BMW of Lincoln removed the transmission and replaced the rear main crankcase seal. On September 4, 2011, we were driving at 25 miles/hour when the dash lit up with a drive transmission alert. Immediately thereafter, we heard an extremely loud sound coming from under the car. It sounded like the car had broken in half and the entire engine had fallen out. The dash then displayed a chassis alert followed by a transmission alert. The car rolled backwards despite being put in park. Baron BMW's service department reports there has been a total disruption of all the driveshaft and the transmission, flanges and ebow valve (?) as well as other significant problems. Some replacement parts have to be ordered from germany. We were told that we were extremely lucky to have been traveling at such a low speed and that if it had occurred at 70mph it could have had fatal consequences.

- Saint Joseph, MO, USA

problem #1

Jun 012011

X3 6-cyl

  • miles
2011 BMW X3. Consumer states multiple drive train failures the consumer stated while driving, the vehicle lost power while passing another vehicle on a rural two lane highway. The vehicles computer system flashed a warning signal with a half engine icon stating: Drive moderately. Maximum drive train output not available. Have the system checked by your service center. The dealer had isolated the problem and stated a vacuum tube supplying air to the engine was crimped. However, the next weekend, the consumer experienced a similar though less extreme loss of power and the same drive train warning appeared again. The vehicle was taken to the dealer again, where they stated a possible cause was a faulty gasket, but was not sure if it would resolve the problem.

- Washington, DC, USA

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