really awful
Crashes / Fires:
2 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
1,870 miles

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2016 BMW X3 brakes problems

brakes problem

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2016 BMW X3 Owner Comments

problem #3

Dec 172016


  • 10 miles


This is the second time in this vehicle that our brakes have failed. We filed a complaint the first time, gave the car to BMW service, had an engineer from BMW come and look at the car - the engineer filed a report saying that the brakes were fine and nothing was wrong with the vehicle. We begged and pleaded to be given another car but BMW na refused to budge. Forced to take the car back, we drove this morning and as we were slowing to a red light nearing a busy intersection, our brakes failed once more. I pushed down on the brake pedal and the car accelerated into the intersection. I had to honk the horn to warn other drivers and use the emergency brake to stop the car. This is a 2016 BMW X3 xdrive28I and it is unsafe to drive. Two brake malfunctions 1 month apart, BMW refuses to admit any fault.

- Staten Island, NY, USA

problem #2

Nov 182016


  • 3,100 miles
I was slowing to a stop at a red light on a very busy street and the brakes in my X3 failed. Instead of slowing the car down - it sped up and crashed into the car in front of me. I pushed down on the brakes and the car jumped forward. There is minimal damage to the front bumper but I am scared to get behind the wheel again.

- Staten Island, NY, USA

problem #1

Dec 292015


  • 2,500 miles
This all happened the same day beginning about 10am on 12/29/15. The car is a 2016 BMW X3 that I bought new in August 2015. 1.slowed to brake at a red light. I was the first car at the intersection. As I pushed the brake to come to a full stop, the car lurched into the intersection. I looked down and saw my foot on the brake and the car in drive. Fortunately, there was no cross traffic. I slowly accelerated and continued with my errand. 2. I stopped at a business with a parking lot. I slowly drove through the lot and found a open spot. Each parking spot had a concrete "stop bar". I slowly turned into the spot. When I pushed on the brake for a full stop, it lurched forward over the "stop bar" and hit the car parked directly in front of me. I put the car in reverse and was able to get back over the "stop bar". I looked carefully at both cars and could find no damage on either one. 3. I drove slowly directly to the BMW dealership where I bought the car on August 13, 2015. Two different service techs drove it and they ran all possible system tests on it. They could find nothing wrong. 4. I was so afraid to drive it, I traded in the 2016 X3 for a 2016 X1 the same day - 12-29-15. Both were new when I bought them. The X3 had 2,500 miles on it when I traded it in. I drove 139 days. 5. my concern is that the X3 will be sold as a used car without any further investigation into the problem. 6. the NHTSA reported that 88,000 bmws (various models including the X3) were recalled in 2014 for a brake problem. I gave this information to the dealership. NHTSA campaign number #14V627000, NHTSA action number: PE13030. I do not know if this problem is the same problem I had. NHTSA complaints like mine: 4 out 8 complaints for 2014 X3 4 out 8 complaints for 2015 X3 0 out of 1 complaint for 2016

- Bonita Springs, FL, USA

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