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2005 BMW X3 Problems and Repair Histories

52 TrueDelta members own a 2005 BMW X3. 18 of these members (34.6%) have reported repairs for their car. A total of 33 repairs to 2005 BMW X3s--an average of 0.6 per vehicle--have been reported.

See our lemon odds and nada odds page for more details. To see how frequently 2005 BMW X3 problems occur, check out our car reliability stats.

Want to read about specific problems behind these stats? Jump to the 2005 BMW X3 problem descriptions below.

Don't infer 2005 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 2005 BMW X3 repairs by problem area

24% of the 2005 BMW X3 repairs were to the engine, 15% to the transmission, 12% to the brakes, 12% to the suspension, 15% to the electrical or air-conditioning systems, 12% to the body and trim, and 9% to other areas of the vehicle.

Chart based on 33 repairs.

2005 BMW X3 repair cost distribution

Of the 2005 BMW X3 repairs that were not covered by warranty and were not do-it-yourself repairs, 10% cost less than $100, 33% between $100 and $499, 19% between $500 and $999, 29% between $1000 and $2499, and 10% more than $2500.

Chart based on 21 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 2005 BMW X3 problems and repair histories. Log in or join us to see them all.
Repair costs are in local units.

2005 BMW X3

Engine not specified

BMW X3 in Ontario, Canada
Date Odometer
(in miles)
Cost Problem/Repair Description
Apr 2011 54560    
55800 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 Virginia, United States
Date Odometer
(in miles)
Cost Problem/Repair Description
Apr 2011 88000    
92000 1000 Tie rod bushings were cracked and worn causing knocking noises and were replaced 
98000 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 Washington, United States
Date Odometer
(in miles)
Cost Problem/Repair Description
Mar 2012 109000    
110000 0 Moonroof didn't slide. Replaced the cassette. 
114000 625 Replaced transfer case (had warranty) Thermostat failed 
116000 380 headlamp and turn signal module out - replaced + battery draining issues + a gasket replaced 
116000 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 
125000  
BMW X3 in Mississippi, United States
Date Odometer
(in miles)
Cost Problem/Repair Description
78 Rear passenger side window produced a "snap" sound and window stop working. Window regulator was good, "driving dog" replaced. 
120000 484 Starter failed and was replaced 
125000 40 Driving dog for left-rear window replaced. 
131000 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 
137000 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. 
139000  
BMW X3 in California, United States
Date Odometer
(in miles)
Cost Problem/Repair Description
50 Replaced passenger side exterior rear view mirror motor under BMW CPO warranty. 
65000 1400 Needed new front brakes. 
 
BMW X3 in Utah, United States
Date Odometer
(in miles)
Cost Problem/Repair Description
220 Replace wiper motors - both front and rear. 
2500 Replaced transfer case and actuator. 
89000 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. 
 

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2005 BMW X3 4dr SUV

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

BMW X3 in British Columbia, Canada
Date Odometer
(in miles)
Cost Problem/Repair Description
Nov 2011 60760    
61380 850 Replaced left front wheel bearing and hub. 
62000  
BMW X3 in Ontario, Canada
Date Odometer
(in miles)
Cost Problem/Repair Description
Apr 2011 44640    
45260 380 brake rotors were worn down past the limite. 
55180  
BMW X3 in Ohio, United States
Date Odometer
(in miles)
Cost Problem/Repair Description
Nov 2011 78000    
80000 320 Leaking valve cover gasket 
106000 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. 
118500 230 Replaced leaking VANOS oil line ($230) while doing 100,000 mile service. 
120000  
BMW X3 in Ontario, Canada
Date Odometer
(in miles)
Cost Problem/Repair Description
Mar 2012 80600    
80800 0 Noise comming from right rear tire 
81840 2400 Propeller shaft bearing (noise at low speed)  rear springs 
90520  

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