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2006 BMW X3 repairs by problem area

Engine (39%)

Transmission and Drivetrain (11%)

Brakes and Traction Control (6%)

Suspension and Steering (8%)

Electrical and Air Conditioning (30%)

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

Other (3%)

Chart based on 88 repairs.

2006 BMW X3 engine repair cost distribution

$2500+ (0%)

$1000 - $2499 (20%)

$500 - $999 (30%)

$100 - $499 (25%)

< $100 (25%)

Chart based on 20 repair trips. The repair cost chart excludes repairs made under warranty, do-it-yourself repairs, and repair trips that include maintenance.
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2006 BMW X3 4dr SUV

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

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. 
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. 
80000 mi

US $1500
I had an oil leak. My oil pan was damaged. That had to be replaced. 
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, 
39000 mi harsh shifting in standard automatic mode - especially from 3rd to fourth gear - not present in steptronic mode. 
41000 mi bad O2 sensor 
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 
32000 mi Replace cracked Coolant overflow reservoir, replace bluetooh module 
49000 mi

US $100
Replaced torn throttle boot cover 
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). 
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. 

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2006 BMW X3 4-door

6-cylinder automatic AWD

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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