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2004 BMW X3 Repair Histories

68 TrueDelta members own (or used to own) a 2004 BMW X3. 24 of these members (35.3%) have reported repairs for their car. A total of 92 repairs to 2004 BMW X3s--an average of 1.4 per vehicle--have been reported.

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Chart based on 92 repairs.

2004 BMW X3 repair cost distribution

Chart based on 46 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

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BMW X3 in California, United States
Oct 2010 - Jun 2011
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
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
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." 
75000   Not enough room to describe - Vent Valve, Water Pump, Oil leak, entire belt system, belt tensioner, etc.  
77000   DISA Valve 
79000   Replaced windshield wiper pumps (2) and filters. Both were leaking. Bought parts on ebay and completed repairs ourselves. 
82000   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 
88500   Oil leak - Valve Cover Gasket and Oil Filter Housing Gasket 
89000   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 - Sep 2014
56000 mi US $800 passenger window wouldn't close or open.  
82000   oil leak in back pinion 
84000   broken sunroof 
98000   alarm kept randomly going off 
103000   Brake pads worn out and replaced. General Maintenance 
BMW X3 in California, United States
Sep 2009 - Dec 2013
35000 mi US $500 Front passenger seat belt was locked in fully retracted position. Replaced seat belt mechanism. 
41000   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. 
50000   MAP thermostat short to positive. Replaced MAP thermostat. 
61000   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 - Sep 2014
97300 mi US $500 Coolant expansion tank and water pump leaking. Replaced both parts along with coolant and belts. 
133000   Replaced battery Drivers window control switch had to be replaced 
BMW X3 in Massachusetts, United States
Sep 2009 - Feb 2014
32700 mi   Rotors warped, less than a year since replaced, covered under warranty. 
36000 US $50 Left rear window regulator failed, window fell inside door. 
42000   Right rear rotor starting to seize. 
43500   lower steering shaft failed 
54000   ABS & DSC dash lights on 
BMW X3 in Indiana, United States
Feb 2010 - Jun 2011
39300 mi US $2000 Had To replace sunroof cassette 
BMW X3 in Pennsylvania, United States
Sep 2009 - Jun 2010
43000 mi US $50 emissions sensor malfunction-- sensor replaced 
45000   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. 
45000   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
48000 mi   Left engine mount cracked, causing kickback and sound from steering when turning left and accelerating hard simultaneously. Repaired under warranty. 
58300 US $150 Passenger front speaker failed, unknown cause. Both front speakers replaced with similar aftermarket speakers. 
76000   Left front wheel bearing cracked. Repaired with new OEM parts. 
80000   Replaced worn right front wheel bearing 
85000   Replaced headlight washer pump. 
86000   Vehicle unresponsive to remote control, NOT key related. 
107000   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. 
127000   DISA variable intake valve failed. Unit replaced. 
152000   A crankcase ventiliation valve hose was leaking, triggering the SES light. Entire CVV system and hoses were replaced. 
161000   Misfire in 2 cylinders, diagnosed as failed ignition coils. 
162500   Replaced left lower control arm due to worn ball joint. Cracked expansion tank replaced along with hoses. 
167500   Right front ball joint worn, so had to replace right lower control arm. 
171000   Leaking oil filter housing gasket leaking and repaired. 

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