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2004 BMW X3 Problems and Repair Histories

63 TrueDelta members own a 2004 BMW X3. 24 of these members (38.1%) have reported repairs for their car. A total of 86 repairs to 2004 BMW X3s--an average of 1.4 per vehicle--have been reported.

See our lemon odds and nada odds page for more details. To see how frequently 2004 BMW X3 problems occur, check out our car reliability stats.

Want to read about specific problems behind these stats? Jump to the 2004 BMW X3 problem descriptions below.

Don't infer 2004 BMW X3 problem frequency from what you see on this page. Many lucky owners have had no repairs, and their cars are not shown.

Percentage of 2004 BMW X3 repairs by problem area

37% of the 2004 BMW X3 repairs were to the engine, 5% to the transmission, 9% to the brakes, 12% to the suspension, 24% to the electrical or air-conditioning systems, 8% to the body and trim, and 5% to other areas of the vehicle.

Chart based on 86 repairs.

2004 BMW X3 repair cost distribution

Of the 2004 BMW X3 repairs that were not covered by warranty and were not do-it-yourself repairs, 5% cost less than $100, 36% between $100 and $499, 33% between $500 and $999, 24% between $1000 and $2499, and 2% more than $2500.

Chart based on 42 repair trips. The repair cost chart excludes repairs made under warranty, do-it-yourself repairs, and repair trips that include maintenance.
Non-members can see only ten 2004 BMW X3 problems and repair histories. Log in or join us to see them all.
Repair costs are in local units.

2004 BMW X3

Engine not specified

BMW X3 in California, United States
Date Odometer
(in miles)
Cost Problem/Repair Description
Oct 2010 62000    
64000 0 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
Date Odometer
(in miles)
Cost Problem/Repair Description
Nov 2009 67000    
67000 0 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
Date Odometer
(in miles)
Cost Problem/Repair Description
Apr 2010 66000    
67000 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 1760 Not enough room to describe - Vent Valve, Water Pump, Oil leak, entire belt system, belt tensioner, etc.  
77500 468 DISA Valve 
35 Replaced windshield wiper pumps (2) and filters. Both were leaking. Bought parts on ebay and completed repairs ourselves. 
82000 0 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 650 Oil leak - Valve Cover Gasket and Oil Filter Housing Gasket 
89000 0 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. 
93000  
BMW X3 in California, United States
Date Odometer
(in miles)
Cost Problem/Repair Description
Sep 2009 56000    
56000 800 passenger window wouldn't close or open.  
82000 500 oil leak in back pinion 
84000 250 broken sunroof 
98000 146 alarm kept randomly going off 
103000 0 Brake pads worn out and replaced. General Maintenance 
121000  
BMW X3 in California, United States
Date Odometer
(in miles)
Cost Problem/Repair Description
Sep 2009 34000    
35000 500 Front passenger seat belt was locked in fully retracted position. Replaced seat belt mechanism. 
41000 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. 
50000 500 MAP thermostat short to positive. Replaced MAP thermostat. 
61000 1200 Cracked expansion tank. 
66000  

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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
Date Odometer
(in miles)
Cost Problem/Repair Description
Feb 2010 80000    
97300 500 Coolant expansion tank and water pump leaking. Replaced both parts along with coolant and belts. 
133000 300 Replaced battery Drivers window control switch had to be replaced 
BMW X3 in Massachusetts, United States
Date Odometer
(in miles)
Cost Problem/Repair Description
Sep 2009 31000    
32700 0 Rotors warped, less than a year since replaced, covered under warranty. 
36000 50 Left rear window regulator failed, window fell inside door. 
42000 1500 Right rear rotor starting to seize. 
43500 1305 lower steering shaft failed 
54000 0 ABS & DSC dash lights on 
BMW X3 in Indiana, United States
Date Odometer
(in miles)
Cost Problem/Repair Description
Feb 2010 38000    
39300 2000 Had To replace sunroof cassette 
 
BMW X3 in Pennsylvania, United States
Date Odometer
(in miles)
Cost Problem/Repair Description
Sep 2009 41000    
43000 50 emissions sensor malfunction-- sensor replaced 
45000 0 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 0 engine bearing noise-- dealer says nothing wrong-- oil analysis says problem much worse & bearing is ready to fail 
BMW X3 in Virginia, United States
Date Odometer
(in miles)
Cost Problem/Repair Description
0 Left engine mount cracked, causing kickback and sound from steering when turning left and accelerating hard simultaneously. Repaired under warranty. 
150 Passenger front speaker failed, unknown cause. Both front speakers replaced with similar aftermarket speakers. 
450 Left front wheel bearing cracked. Repaired with new OEM parts. 
450 Replaced worn right front wheel bearing 
85000 64 Replaced headlight washer pump. 
86000 260 Vehicle unresponsive to remote control, NOT key related. 
107000 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. 
127000 498 DISA variable intake valve failed. Unit replaced. 
152000 931 A crankcase ventiliation valve hose was leaking, triggering the SES light. Entire CVV system and hoses were replaced. 
161000 80 Misfire in 2 cylinders, diagnosed as failed ignition coils. 
162500 645 Replaced left lower control arm due to worn ball joint. Cracked expansion tank replaced along with hoses. 
167500 350 Right front ball joint worn, so had to replace right lower control arm. 
171000 265 Leaking oil filter housing gasket leaking and repaired. 

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