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2005 BMW X3 repairs by problem area

Engine (23%)

Transmission and Drivetrain (15%)

Brakes and Traction Control (10%)

Suspension and Steering (12%)

Electrical and Air Conditioning (21%)

Paint, Rust, Leaks, Rattles, and Trim (10%)

Other (10%)

Chart based on 52 repairs.

2005 BMW X3 repair cost distribution

$2500+ (6%)

$1000 - $2499 (28%)

$500 - $999 (19%)

$100 - $499 (41%)

< $100 (6%)

Chart based on 32 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 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 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 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. 
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 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. 

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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
Nov 2011 - Jan 2012
Dec 2011

61380 mi

C $850
Replaced left front wheel bearing and hub. 
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 Ohio, United States
Nov 2011 - Dec 2015
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. 
BMW X3 in Ontario, Canada
Mar 2012 - Dec 2015
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 

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2005 BMW X3 Repair Histories

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