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2004 BMW X3 repairs by problem area

Engine (39%)

Transmission and Drivetrain (7%)

Brakes and Traction Control (7%)

Suspension and Steering (10%)

Electrical and Air Conditioning (26%)

Paint, Rust, Leaks, Rattles, and Trim (6%)

Other (4%)

Chart based on 112 repairs.

2004 BMW X3 repair cost distribution

$2500+ (2%)

$1000 - $2499 (27%)

$500 - $999 (29%)

$100 - $499 (37%)

< $100 (4%)

Chart based on 51 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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2004 BMW X3

Engine not specified

BMW X3 in California, United States
Oct 2010 - Jun 2011
Nov 2010

64000 mi
4X4 light on and car was driving on 4x4. Took car to dealer and was told of a valve leaking oil and broken actuator. Repair cost will be $2.5K. Told dealer that we'll seek a second opinion. Dealer charged us $160 even though was not... 

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2004 BMW X3 4dr SUV

225-horsepower 3.0L I6 6-speed manual AWD

BMW X3 in Georgia, United States
Nov 2009 - Jun 2014
Dec 2009

67000 mi
The rear differential is bad. The repair shop fill it with oil but stated that the problem would still exist. They couldn't tell how long the temporary fix would last without replacing the differential and $2200 bucks. 

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2004 BMW X3 4dr SUV

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

BMW X3 in Florida, United States
Apr 2010 - May 2014
May 2010

67000 mi

US $50
Rear passenger window would not stay closed. It kept sliding down. Front passenger door creaking.  There's a vibration in the rear near the exhaust which had a repair done. No vibration before the repair. Told this was "normal." 
Jan 2011

75000 mi

US $1760
Not enough room to describe - Vent Valve, Water Pump, Oil leak, entire belt system, belt tensioner, etc.  
Mar 2011

77000 mi

US $468
DISA Valve 
May 2011

79000 mi

US $35
Replaced windshield wiper pumps (2) and filters. Both were leaking. Bought parts on ebay and completed repairs ourselves. 
Aug 2011

82000 mi
Took the car in for an oil change & lube. I think they only did the oil change, waiting to hear back, but anyway, they say I need rear brakes and wheel alignment. Cost is $1100. I may get rid of this car. I've sunk $3k into it this year 
Feb 2012

88500 mi

US $650
Oil leak - Valve Cover Gasket and Oil Filter Housing Gasket 
Mar 2012

89000 mi
I have a recurring problem with the "service engine soon" light coming on and a message that the system is too lean. Can't find the problem. 
BMW X3 in California, United States
Sep 2009 - Jan 2016
Oct 2009

56000 mi

US $800
passenger window wouldn't close or open.  
Nov 2011

82000 mi

US $500
oil leak in back pinion 
Jan 2012

84000 mi

US $250
broken sunroof 
Sep 2012

98000 mi

US $146
alarm kept randomly going off 
Dec 2012

103000 mi
Brake pads worn out and replaced. General Maintenance 
Jan 2015

133700 mi

US $1000
New battery needed. Original battery died and needed to be replaced. 
Sep 2015

139000 mi

US $150
Coolant light came on while driving but went off by the time I went to the shop. No codes were noted and coolant level was full. Not sure what happened. 
Jan 2016

142000 mi

US $500
water intrusion from rain soaked back passenger floorboard area- weather stripping was replaced. coolant light came on - coolant tank was replaced. 
BMW X3 in California, United States
Sep 2009 - Dec 2013
Oct 2009

35000 mi

US $500
Front passenger seat belt was locked in fully retracted position. Replaced seat belt mechanism. 
Aug 2010

41000 mi

US $200
Intermittent service engine soon light. Service pulled a fault code but could not diagnose what caused it. Light not illuminated at the time of repair. Repaired a vacuum hose. Light hasn't returned. 
Dec 2011

50000 mi

US $500
MAP thermostat short to positive. Replaced MAP thermostat. 
Jul 2013

61000 mi

US $1200
Cracked expansion tank. 

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2004 BMW X3 4dr SUV

184-horsepower 2.5L I6 5-speed shiftable automatic AWD

BMW X3 in Washington, United States
Feb 2010 - Apr 2015
Jan 2011

97300 mi

US $500
Coolant expansion tank and water pump leaking. Replaced both parts along with coolant and belts. 
Dec 2013

133000 mi

US $300
Replaced battery Drivers window control switch had to be replaced 
Dec 2014

141000 mi

US $500
Rattling coming form the front of the engine. Had to replace all three pulleys. 
BMW X3 in Massachusetts, United States
Sep 2009 - Feb 2014
May 2010

32700 mi
Rotors warped, less than a year since replaced, covered under warranty. 
Aug 2010

36000 mi

US $50
Left rear window regulator failed, window fell inside door. 
Aug 2011

42000 mi

US $1500
Right rear rotor starting to seize. 
Oct 2011

43500 mi

US $1305
lower steering shaft failed 
Feb 2014

54000 mi
ABS & DSC dash lights on 
BMW X3 in Indiana, United States
Feb 2010 - Jun 2011
Apr 2010

39300 mi

US $2000
Had To replace sunroof cassette 
BMW X3 in Pennsylvania, United States
Sep 2009 - Jun 2010
Dec 2009

43000 mi

US $50
emissions sensor malfunction-- sensor replaced 
Apr 2010

45000 mi
Have had engine noise since April 2008. Dealer stated no problems shown on computer. Have had independent oil analysis done & have given dealer results several times showing excess bearing wear or a cracked head or casting. 
Jun 2010

45000 mi
engine bearing noise-- dealer says nothing wrong-- oil analysis says problem much worse & bearing is ready to fail 
BMW X3 in Virginia, United States
Sep 2007 - Aug 2014
Jul 2007

48000 mi
Left engine mount cracked, causing kickback and sound from steering when turning left and accelerating hard simultaneously. Repaired under warranty. 
Mar 2008

58300 mi

US $150
Passenger front speaker failed, unknown cause. Both front speakers replaced with similar aftermarket speakers. 
May 2009

76000 mi

US $450
Left front wheel bearing cracked. Repaired with new OEM parts. 
Aug 2009

80000 mi

US $450
Replaced worn right front wheel bearing 
Oct 2009

85000 mi

US $64
Replaced headlight washer pump. 
Nov 2009

86000 mi

US $260
Vehicle unresponsive to remote control, NOT key related. 
Jun 2011

107000 mi

US $1600
Grinding noise coming from leaking front right strut. Lower control arm also bent. Replaced both front struts, lower control arms, and sway bar links. 4-wheel alignment done afterwards. 
Apr 2012

127000 mi

US $498
DISA variable intake valve failed. Unit replaced. 
Apr 2013

152000 mi

US $931
A crankcase ventiliation valve hose was leaking, triggering the SES light. Entire CVV system and hoses were replaced. 
Sep 2013

161000 mi

US $80
Misfire in 2 cylinders, diagnosed as failed ignition coils. 
Oct 2013

162500 mi

US $645
Replaced left lower control arm due to worn ball joint. Cracked expansion tank replaced along with hoses. 
Jan 2014

167500 mi

US $350
Right front ball joint worn, so had to replace right lower control arm. 
Mar 2014

171000 mi

US $265
Leaking oil filter housing gasket leaking and repaired. 

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2004 BMW X3 Repair Histories

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