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2006 BMW X3 repairs by problem area

Engine (41%)

Transmission and Drivetrain (11%)

Brakes and Traction Control (5%)

Suspension and Steering (8%)

Electrical and Air Conditioning (29%)

Paint, Rust, Leaks, Rattles, and Trim (3%)

Other (3%)

Chart based on 93 repairs.
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2006 BMW X3 engine repair cost distribution

$2500+ (5%)

$1000 - $2499 (18%)

$500 - $999 (27%)

$100 - $499 (27%)

< $100 (23%)

Chart based on 22 repair trips. The repair cost chart excludes repairs made under warranty, do-it-yourself repairs, and repair trips that include maintenance.

2006 BMW X3

Engine not specified

68000 mi

US $460
AC and drive belt replaced to pass inspection 

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2006 BMW X3 4dr SUV

225-horsepower 3.0L I6 6-speed manual AWD

152000 mi

US $500
Replaced the radiator, hoses, thermostat and water pump. 

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2006 BMW X3 4dr SUV

225-horsepower 3.0L I6 5-speed shiftable automatic AWD

52000 mi

US $800
Oxygen sensor replacement 
73000 mi Seal Oil Leak 
97700 mi

US $1800
Bad radiator. Replaced water pump at same time, even though the pump was still working. Most economical way to protect for future failure. 
148000 mi

US $350
Replace pulley. 
124000 mi

US $2500
Exhaust issues 
132000 mi

US $150
Car has developed leaks in oil and coolant 
65100 mi

C $90
Intake boot had a crack. Changed the intake boot. 
66120 mi

C $250
Replaced the thermostat 
82000 mi

US $950
The coolant system has been a problem for over a year. I originally had the thermostat replaced, then the reservoir burst. The reservoir and hoses were replced but the thernostat seemed to be fine do it wasnt replaced again... 
83000 mi then the thermostat failed. 
63000 mi

US $750
Vacuum leak caused the need to replace the idle control valve 
86000 mi

US $555
Belt tensioner replaced along with primary belt 
89300 mi

US $1200
All cooling system parts replaced including radiator, fluids, overflow container, thermostat...basically everything but the belt and tensioner 
83200 mi

US $1200
"Check Engine Soon" light came on so I had a diagnostic-check performed ($157.00). DISA valve is cracked and leaking air-needs to be replaced ($250.00 plus $262.00 labor). 
32000 mi Replace cracked Coolant overflow reservoir, replace bluetooh module 
49000 mi

US $100
Replaced torn throttle boot cover 
56000 mi faulty fuel injector causing hesitation at wide open throttle. One replaced 
76700 mi

US $50
DISA valve failed, causing lean condition report from both O2 sensors but a normal condition from the MAF, so it threw two faults - P0170 and P0171 
39000 mi harsh shifting in standard automatic mode - especially from 3rd to fourth gear - not present in steptronic mode. 
41000 mi bad O2 sensor 
33000 mi

US $20
Check engine light came on, verified fuel trims, off a little - added injector cleaner and told the wife to stop putting around in her car, to drive it like she stole it. It has been very cold this year and she drives 2 miles to work and back. 
35300 mi

US $50
trip 2 yellowstone,halfway,cel,evap code,finished trip,major snowstorm,lots of fun,car great,chked out,small tear intake boot to air cleaner,replaced,all good,i am a ase master,20+ yrs,easy repair for me-not for normal folks, still love x3 
59500 mi

US $200
oil filter housing gasket and line, 
81500 mi

US $380
Had problems with hot starts. Dealer identified as bad fuel pump. During repair, dealer found that fuel check valve/filter was also bad. Fuel pump was covered under warranty ($50 deductible), valve/filter cost $330 P&L. 
84000 mi

US $858
Crankcase ventilation valve went out. Dealer replaced valve and attached hoses. 
62000 mi coolant level low for no clear reason; dealer refilled. 
130000 mi

US $127
Coolant level keeps falling low. Coolant expansion tank replaced. Still dropping. 
136000 mi

US $80
Coolant level kept falling despite refilling. AC Evaporator found to be leaky. Too expensive ($2K-$3K) to replace. 
140000 mi Coolant leak never fixed. 
122600 mi SES light came on. Lean Code was reported. Smoke Test performed to check for leaks. None found. Cleaned Mass Air Flow sensor. Light went out, readings normal. However - it is back on again after 300 miles. Back to the shop it goes! 
153000 mi

US $618
Transfer Case and Engine had multiple oil leaks. Losing a quart of oil a day. Warranty refused to pay, even though I had a Powertrain Warranty. 
80000 mi

US $1500
I had an oil leak. My oil pan was damaged. That had to be replaced. 

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2006 BMW X3 4-door

6-cylinder automatic AWD

93620 mi

C $50
coolant leak from lower rad hose. replaced o-ring on lower rad hose (viton 38x4mm) and temp sensor (viton (8x3mm) 
96520 mi Error message on fuel system. Reset & problem did not reappear. 
27900 mi

US $1400
Fuel pump failed unexpectedly; the car had to be towed. The dealer replaced the fuel pump that was not on stock and had to be flown from Germany. 

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2006 BMW X3 Engine Problems

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