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2005 BMW X3 repairs by problem area

Engine (30%)

Transmission and Drivetrain (13%)

Brakes and Traction Control (10%)

Suspension and Steering (9%)

Electrical and Air Conditioning (22%)

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

Other (7%)

Chart based on 67 repairs.
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2005 BMW X3 repair cost distribution

$2500+ (5%)

$1000 - $2499 (28%)

$500 - $999 (20%)

$100 - $499 (43%)

< $100 (5%)

Chart based on 40 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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2005 BMW X3

Engine not specified

BMW X3 in Ontario, Canada
Apr 2011 - May 2011
May 2011

55800 mi

C $2500
Sunroof stuck open, replaced track system 

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2005 BMW X3 4dr SUV

225-horsepower 3.0L I6 6-speed manual AWD

BMW X3 in British Columbia, Canada
Oct 2016 - Dec 2016
Dec 2016

109120 mi

C $911
Leaky fuel injector which caused warm start issues, i.e., starting car half hour to three hours after driving it. Side view mirror motor; mirror would move erratically Rear hatch would not open without key fob, rear assembly with trunk release needed to be replaced Rear passenger Window regulator is faulty and window does not work properly all the time Valve cover gasket. Was replaced under extended warranty three months prior and dealer noticed it was leaking again so replaced it. Covered under dealership warranty. 
BMW X3 in Virginia, United States
Apr 2011 - Jan 2012
May 2011

92000 mi

US $1000
Tie rod bushings were cracked and worn causing knocking noises and were replaced 
Aug 2011

98000 mi

US $1100
Failed safety inspection. Bad thrust rod bushings - not covered under CPO warranty. Rear spring coils covered under CPO. 

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2005 BMW X3 4dr SUV

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

BMW X3 in Germany
Oct 2012 - Dec 2016
Apr 2014

119080 mi

Rear drive shaft had to be replace 
BMW X3 in California, United States
Mar 2013 - Mar 2014
Jun 2013

124000 mi

US $1300
Brake, ABS, and 4X4 lights all come on. Part replacement was required 
BMW X3 in Missouri, United States
Dec 2014 - Dec 2016
Jan 2015

81700 mi
Battery Drained in two weeks. Firestone was unable to diagnose the problem and suggested I visit the BMW dealer. 
Jul 2016

109300 mi

US $400
Expansion tank 
Dec 2016

115000 mi

US $400
Air intake boot 
BMW X3 in Wisconsin, United States
Nov 2015 - Sep 2016
Nov 2015

101000 mi

US $600
Cables to hood latch failed. Could not open hood. Repair previously tried...cleaned, tightened cables. Hood cables repaired. 
Dec 2015

102000 mi

US $1036
Car failed to start, dealer ordered a starter, because the battery showed charged. Then discovered starter was not the problem. Battery had a bad internal wire...replaced battery. 223.79 parts, 155 labor intake boot torn. removed disa adjustment unit and intake muffler.rr intake boot. reassembled vehicle and cleared fault memory. labor 620, parts 37.40 
Sep 2016

105000 mi
Oil leak 
BMW X3 in Utah, United States
- Feb 2011
Feb 2011

US $400
Valve cover gasket blew out. found water in the oil. replaced the crank case vent valve, the intake boot, the VANOS high pressure oil supply line and valve cover gasket. changed the oil also 
BMW X3 in Florida, United States
Sep 2012 - Mar 2013
Feb 2013

70300 mi

US $500
valve cover gasket, PCV valve 
BMW X3 in Utah, United States
Nov 2014 - Dec 2016
Jun 2015

93000 mi

US $600
steering wheel audio control module failed 
Dec 2015

102000 mi
Brake pads and rotors replaced 
Dec 2016

117000 mi

US $2600
Oil pan leak repaired by replacing gasket, etc. 
BMW X3 in Illinois, United States
Nov 2013 - Jan 2014
Jan 2014

113000 mi

US $486
The battery is bad.it will not hold a charge when the weather is extremely cold. The dealer replaced the spark plugs now the car is still not holding a charge plus the 4 wheel drive light will not go out. 
BMW X3 in Washington, United States
Mar 2012 - Dec 2015
May 2012

110000 mi
Moonroof didn't slide. Replaced the cassette. 
Dec 2012

114000 mi

US $625
Replaced transfer case (had warranty) Thermostat failed 
Mar 2013

116000 mi

US $380
headlamp and turn signal module out - replaced + battery draining issues + a gasket replaced 
May 2013

116000 mi

US $1500
Another valve gasket replaced, spilling oil into the spark plugs case - car running rough and spewing black smoke; fix the leak. Battery draining constantly - traced to the moonroof module; replace the module and reprogram 
Jun 2015

132000 mi

US $100
Windshield washer motor replacement 
BMW X3 in Utah, United States
Jul 2010 - Mar 2013
Sep 2010

59000 mi

US $220
Replace wiper motors - both front and rear. 
Nov 2010

66000 mi

US $2500
Replaced transfer case and actuator. 
Sep 2012

89000 mi

US $120
Windshield wipers got out of alignment and they crossed and would then not work. Shop replaced blades and aligned wipers. They work fine now. 
BMW X3 in California, United States
Mar 2009 - Jan 2014
Dec 2009

31000 mi

US $50
Replaced passenger side exterior rear view mirror motor under BMW CPO warranty. 
Apr 2012

65000 mi

US $1400
Needed new front brakes. 
BMW X3 in Mississippi, United States
Mar 2010 - Dec 2013
Jul 2010

81000 mi

US $78
Rear passenger side window produced a "snap" sound and window stop working. Window regulator was good, "driving dog" replaced. 
Sep 2012

120000 mi

US $484
Starter failed and was replaced 
Dec 2012

125000 mi

US $40
Driving dog for left-rear window replaced. 
May 2013

131000 mi

US $535
DSC (4X4) light came on, XDrive and stability control got disabled, took it to read the codes, it said no signal from the yaw sensor. Ordered a new sensor from the dealer, replaced my self and took it to local shop to clear codes 
Oct 2013

137000 mi

US $1310
Started doing a humming noise and some drivetrain vibration at 35-40 mph, and then at highway speeds. Rear drive-shaft was starting to fail and was replaced along with the guibo. 

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2005 BMW X3 4dr SUV

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

BMW X3 in Ohio, United States
Nov 2011 - Jan 2017
Dec 2011

80000 mi

US $320
Leaking valve cover gasket 
Feb 2013

106000 mi

US $650
Oil filter housing gasket leak. Required new gasket ($6 part) and 4 hours of labor. Oil change (~$130) and cleaning (0.5 hour labor) was included in this repair estimate. While oil filter gasket was being replaced, had all serpentine belts, pulleys, and tensioners replaced. Tensioner was loosing tension but still functional, so repair was primarily preventative. Also brake flush completed during this trip. 
Feb 2014

118500 mi

US $230
Replaced leaking VANOS oil line ($230) while doing 100,000 mile service. 
Jun 2015

132000 mi

US $150
Transfer case fault, changed fluid and adaptation reset to correct. 
Dec 2015

138000 mi

US $400
Replaced springs which broke in rear of vehicle. This is a common problem with the car but easy to replace springs. Also replaced rear brakes and rotors. 
Sep 2016

146000 mi

US $700
Replace rotors and pads after 70000 miles 
Jan 2017

148000 mi

US $1300
Replace rear driveshaft to address vibration during drive. Money well spent since car feels new again. 
BMW X3 in British Columbia, Canada
- Apr 2008
Apr 2008

39060 mi
Heated seat shorted out, repaired under warranty. 
BMW X3 in Ontario, Canada
Apr 2011 - Dec 2012
Nov 2011

45260 mi

C $380
brake rotors were worn down past the limite. 
BMW X3 in British Columbia, Canada
Nov 2011 - Dec 2016
Dec 2011

61380 mi

C $850
Replaced left front wheel bearing and hub. 
Nov 2016

110600 mi

C $870
coolant level sensor 
BMW X3 in Ontario, Canada
- Feb 2008
Apr 2006

9300 mi
No-charge scheduled maintenance Front suspension squeaking noise - fixed Sunroof loose insulation strips - reattached 
Feb 2008

19840 mi
Sunroof rattle fix. Dealer added felt pads on certain points of sunroof cassette 
BMW X3 in Ontario, Canada
Mar 2012 - Dec 2016
Apr 2012

80800 mi
Noise comming from right rear tire 
Mar 2013

81840 mi

C $2400
Propeller shaft bearing (noise at low speed)  rear springs 
BMW X3 in California, United States
May 2014 - Sep 2014
Sep 2014

128000 mi

US $1900
Leaking oil due to faulty gasket and alternator. Battery died. 
BMW X3 in Ontario, Canada
Aug 2011 - Dec 2016
Feb 2013

79560 mi

C $700
Malfunctioning crankshaft sensor, the car doesn't start in cold weather 
Nov 2014

102280 mi

C $600
Front drive shaft replaced 
Feb 2015

104160 mi

C $300
Coolant temperature sensor replaced 
Jun 2016

113460 mi
had to change a rusted brake fluid valve 
Nov 2016

115620 mi

C $300
Replaced a cylinder head gasket due to a leak 
BMW X3 in California, United States
Sep 2014 - Feb 2015
Jan 2015

83000 mi

US $1200
CCV, valve cover gasket, brakes front and rear starter 

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2005 BMW X3 4-door

Engine not specified

BMW X3 in Texas, United States
Nov 2013 - Mar 2014
Dec 2013

119000 mi

US $250
checked, given freon, not covered under warranty 

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