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2004 BMW X3 repairs by problem area

Engine (40%)

Transmission and Drivetrain (7%)

Brakes and Traction Control (7%)

Suspension and Steering (11%)

Electrical and Air Conditioning (26%)

Paint, Rust, Leaks, Rattles, and Trim (7%)

Other (3%)

Chart based on 123 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

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BMW X3 in Kuwait
Mar 2015 - Mar 2016
Feb 2016

72320 mi

$250
Steering oil leaked plus carter bush changed. 
BMW X3 in Florida, United States
Apr 2016 - Jun 2016
Apr 2016

84000 mi

US $1500
Major water leak from passenger side 
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 Utah, United States
Mar 2010 - Jan 2016
Sep 2010

87000 mi

US $600
Replaced drivers mirror motor.  
Jan 2011

95000 mi

US $150
xenon ignitor 
Sep 2013

129000 mi

US $1000
Fuel filter, fuel pump, 
Jan 2016

155000 mi

US $600
Starter went bad. Vehicle would not start. Replaced transfer case actuator gear 
BMW X3 in Tennessee, United States
May 2011 - Mar 2015
Sep 2011

76000 mi

US $23
Replaced Roundel on front 
Mar 2015

101000 mi
Cooling sensor went and caused check engine light and low coolant level light 
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 California, United States
Feb 2013 - Apr 2013
Apr 2013

68000 mi

US $4500
Needed new AC compressor after only 67,000 miles? Terrible. Needed new xenon headlamp 
BMW X3 in Nevada, United States
Jun 2012 - Aug 2016
Oct 2012

85700 mi

US $150
Replaced upstream O2 sensor for bank 2. Bank 1 sensor had been replaced 5 months earlier. 
Jun 2013

96000 mi

US $60
Replace intake hose from air filter to engine. Had crack and was leaking air and causing lean condition. 
Mar 2015

110000 mi

US $159
Battery replacement 
Jun 2015

111000 mi

US $5
Had previously replaced Disa valve for intake system with replacement from Dorman. Gasket material was inferior and created intake leak. Pulled Disa valve, installed O-ring and resealed valve. Failure attributed to faulty part. 
Sep 2015

114000 mi

US $380
Replaced drive shaft due to worn universal joint. Unable to replace only universal. 
Mar 2016

117000 mi

US $40
Leaking valve cover gasket. 
Aug 2016

119000 mi

US $100
Replaced worn control arm bushing and ball joint 
BMW X3 in New Jersey, United States
Feb 2012 - Feb 2014
Jan 2013

102000 mi

US $150
Valve cover gasket leak (leak appeared at 98k miles). 
Jul 2013

105700 mi

US $159
Rear springs was cutting into rear tires (broken). Springs were replaced (as well as shocks). Tires are no longer getting shredded after repair. (Problem was found out from a flat tire while driving after TPM came on) 
Nov 2013

109000 mi

US $60
Radiator leak 
BMW X3 in North Carolina, United States
Feb 2014 - Mar 2015
Apr 2014

131700 mi

US $120
Replaced front and rear brake pads. 
Nov 2014

142700 mi

US $400
Replaced Starter. Replaced CVV and intake gaskets. 
BMW X3 in New Jersey, United States
Aug 2015 - Jun 2016
Feb 2016

113700 mi

US $600
Climate control not working or intermittent. a couple sensors replaced. 
Mar 2016

114000 mi

US $600
starter motor failure. flat bedded car to nearest shop. 
Jun 2016

116000 mi

US $3200
Rough idle caused by DISA valve. Oil leak in pan gasket. 17 hour repair job, big expense for cheap part. Over 2400 bucks just to change a gasket. 
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. 
BMW X3 in California, United States
Sep 2009 - Mar 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

143000 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
Jul 2011 - Aug 2011
Aug 2011

97000 mi

US $2000
replaced front brakes, front bushings,  repaired rear diff leak. 
BMW X3 in New Jersey, United States
Oct 2009 - Sep 2012
May 2012

94000 mi

US $160
Diagnose sunroof not closing 
Aug 2012

97000 mi

US $600
Compressor seized, replaced. 
Sep 2012

97000 mi
Never fixed sunroof because quoted $3,500. Sold X3 at a discount to reflect this. 
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 Iceland
Sep 2006 - Sep 2012
Sep 2006

12400 mi

$500
Engine hesitating at certain rpm band. 1 of 2 oxy sensors replaced in accordance with numerous fault codes from OBC. 
Jun 2007

17360 mi

$800
Same problem again, engine hesitating at certain rpm band. Same oxy sensor again shown as faulty on OBC. As it had recently been changed the ECU was reprogrammed. This has eliminated the problem. 
Oct 2007

19220 mi

$450
1. Fluid leaking from a hose connection going into the power steering pump. Hose clip replaced. 2. BMW Assist overtook the radio and could not be turned off. Fault traced to the BMW Assist switch (which has never been used). 
Jul 2011

41540 mi

$350
Severe vibration and knocking noise coming from front of car under sharp acceleration from standstill. Diagnosed as worn left engine mount which was replaced and fixed the problem. 
Nov 2011

42960 mi

$300
Battery draining overnight. Tracked to telecommunication unit mostly and to panorama roof control unit slightly. Both disconnected. 
Mar 2012

44640 mi
Front shocks both leaking, and need replacement. Rear coil springs both with broken pig tails and need replacement. 
Jun 2012

47120 mi

$1050
All four shocks replaced with Bilstein HDs and rear coil springs also replaced. 

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2004 BMW X3 4dr SUV

184-horsepower 2.5L I6 6-speed manual AWD

BMW X3 in Oregon, United States
Jan 2011 - Mar 2012
Nov 2011

97000 mi

US $920
No problems -ready for 90,000 check-up which was 6000 mile past due. Oil Service, replaced front brake discs, pads, and sensors, and replaced 6 spark plugs. 

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2004 BMW X3 4dr SUV

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

BMW X3 in California, United States
Aug 2015 - Sep 2015
Sep 2015

63000 mi

US $25
just had fluid topped off due to small leaj 
BMW X3 in New Jersey, United States
Apr 2013 - Jun 2015
Oct 2014

110700 mi

US $1800
had to replace the DCU 
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 Oklahoma, United States
Dec 2015 - Aug 2016
Jul 2016

121000 mi

US $2500
Failed gasket around oilpan and failed seal on transmission Failed starter. currently waiting on a mobile mechanic to replace starter. at least it failed at home in the driveway and not somewhere else. Symptom: occasional trouble turning engine over when trying to start car. 
BMW X3 in New York, United States
Mar 2015 - Dec 2015
Apr 2015

90000 mi

US $800
engine oil leaks, engine valve gasket replaced. 
Jul 2015

92300 mi
1. Error code : P0172, P0175, engine stalled and suddenly stop sometimes. the shop told me might be MAF or intake pipe air leaks or failed fuel system. 2. Computer malfunction. The door can't be unlocked without remote control. 
Dec 2015

98000 mi

US $175
Remote key battery not charged, must be replace a new key due to out of battery. Driver side key knob not functional, and can not be fixed. 
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 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 Florida, United States
Sep 2011 - Sep 2015
Sep 2011

73000 mi

US $397
I had to replace the rear RH window regulator. 
Oct 2011

73700 mi

US $1911
Small oil leak on the garage floor. Had to replace oil separator system (acc. to forums a common failure) and valve cover gaskets on the engine at 70,000 miles at a cost of almost $2,000.00. This will prevent me from ever buying another BMW. 
Jan 2013

80300 mi
This is the second time I would have to spend $1,900 to replace leaking seals etc. The first time I had all gaskets, seals & O rings replace at a cost of $1,700. Strangely enough the leak occurred after a trip for an oil change, etc. 
Apr 2013

81300 mi
Rear left window gear broken. Loud snap noise and window will no longer operate. Prior to this,right window gear broken and repaired at cost of $400. Chose to delay repair until I find a better price. 
Sep 2013

82000 mi
BMW dealer attempted to charge me $140.00 to investigate a battery trouble light. I refused. Turned out to be a sensor problem due to lack of use of the vehicle. The ride back from the dealer corrected the problem itself. 
Jan 2015

85000 mi

US $1100
Oil pan leaking in two places 
Aug 2015

87500 mi

US $1100
Oil pan leak 
BMW X3 in Indiana, United States
Aug 2012 - Sep 2012
Sep 2012

82000 mi

US $560
The pipe going to the rear windshield washer sprayer was leaking. Dealer took front and back seats out, replaced the pipe and did oil change and replaced wiper blades. 
BMW X3 in Georgia, United States
Jul 2010 - Jun 2014
Nov 2010

92700 mi

US $250
the engine light went on, it was repaired 
Oct 2011

110700 mi

US $800
oil leak, one fixed one still needed 
Sep 2012

129000 mi

US $1700
We had to have the oil pan replaced or repaired. The majority of the expense was due to labor not parts, as it is hard to reach in the x3. 
Feb 2013

135000 mi

US $700
new brake pads, the brakes sound slightly off 
May 2013

130000 mi

US $550
The car wouldn't start, tried a new battery but it turned out to be the starter. It cost 550.00 
Apr 2014

150000 mi

US $350
Seal repair. 
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. 
BMW X3 in Indiana, United States
Feb 2010 - Jun 2011
Apr 2010

39300 mi

US $2000
Had To replace sunroof cassette 

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2004 BMW X3 4-door

turbocharged 4-cylinder diesel manual AWD

BMW X3 in Cyprus
Jul 2011 - Jul 2016
Aug 2011

33480 mi

€4600
turbo blew passengers window stuck, motor replaced 
Jun 2013

56420 mi

€660
Passenger's window motor failed Window motor 

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