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2006 BMW X3 Technical Service Bulletins (TSBs)

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TSB Date Problem Area TSB Text
09/13/11 NHTSA ID: 10040852
TSB ID: SIB-12-15-11

BMW: the service engine soon light is on. there are trouble codes stored for the crankshaft sensor. no driveability issues.
04/27/11 NHTSA ID: 10037010
TSB ID: SIB-11-08-03

BMW: six different models equipped with the m54 engine could have valve covers break in cold weather and ruin the engine. this is due to moisture accumulation.
04/25/11 NHTSA ID: 10036979
TSB ID: SIB-32-04-07

BMW: a new technical process has been created for BMW to identify causes of steering complaints with a wide range of models.
07/14/10 NHTSA ID: 10033130
TSB ID: SIB-16-02-09

BMW vehicles: fuel level sensor repairs. where it is necessary to replace the right or the left side fuel level sensor due to a failure, the entire pump and housing or delivery unit (suction jet assembly) do not need to be replaced as wel
05/21/10 NHTSA ID: 10032779
TSB ID: SIB-11-02-08

BMW vehicle: the service engine soon (mil) lamp is illuminated and a power reduction is clearly perceptible. this situation may occur after driving for some time with the engine already at full operating temperature. if the ignition is c
01/06/10 NHTSA ID: 10031604
TSB ID: SI-B34-01-09

BMW: the steering angle sensor must be adjusted after certain repair work is performed, such as a wheel alignment or coding/programming of the dxc module. due to a software error of the steering angle sensor, the dxc warning may be displa
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10/27/09 NHTSA ID: 10030612
TSB ID: SB-12-01-09

BMW vehicles: service engine soon lamp or check gas cap warning illuminated while driving. software error in the dme for the tank leak diagnostic system. models e60, e61 (5 series); e70 (x5); e71 (x6); e82, e88 (1 series); e83 (x3); e90,
08/04/09 NHTSA ID: 10030117
TSB ID: SI-B-11-05-05

BMW vehicle: vehicles may be difficult to start, run rough and have the service engine soon lamp illuminated. the vanos solenoid valve is jammed or sticking.
03/07/13 Transmission and Drivetrain NHTSA ID: 10051459
TSB ID: SIB270212

BMW: dsc warning light is on. the warning lamps for dsc, abs and brake warning illuminated. there may also be a warning in the control display for chassis control system failure. *js
07/14/10 Transmission and Drivetrain NHTSA ID: 10033133
TSB ID: SIB-24-05-06

BMW vehicles: delayed upshift may occur uphill in 3rd or 4th gear. the transmission will not upshift, usually after going up a slight incline, and stays in either 3rd or 4th gear too long. calibraton sensitivity in the hill recognition p
05/05/09 Transmission and Drivetrain NHTSA ID: 10028464
TSB ID: SIB-12-17-07

BMW vehicle: engine electrical systems. poor throttle response; lack of power when accelerating; engine may crank too long before starting; loss of power at idle or when slowing to a stop. e83 (x3) models.
06/09/15 Electrical and Air Conditioning NHTSA ID: 10057566
TSB ID: SIB-63-09-14

BMW: some vehicles, with 552 option, are experiencing a malfunction of led headlight on one where it flickers on an doff during driving and the control check message is indicating defective driving light or parking light.
10/30/14 Electrical and Air Conditioning NHTSA ID: 10056324
TSB ID: SIB-61-18-14

BMW: in some vehicles, when the k can2 wiring is shorted, no communication with any control modules (box electronics, telematic control module,car access system, radio/navigation, central gateway model or footwell module) during vehicle te
05/01/13 Electrical and Air Conditioning NHTSA ID: 10052012
TSB ID: SIB-61-13-05

BMW: battery has an increased demand due to developemental process of the electrical system. this is causing the batter to need to undergo an energy diagnosis.
04/18/13 Electrical and Air Conditioning NHTSA ID: 10051899
TSB ID: SB-62-03-13

Instrument cluster display is intermittently inoperative. BMW f25, and f30 models.
07/25/12 Electrical and Air Conditioning NHTSA ID: 10044679
TSB ID: CSC-512911

BMW: see document search button for owner letter. information regarding the defect in the rear window defroster that fails to operate properly. no model years listed.
08/16/11 Electrical and Air Conditioning NHTSA ID: 10040169
TSB ID: SIB-12-05-11

BMW: a software error is causing the service engine soon light or check gas cap light to come on along with stored trouble codes.
08/10/11 Electrical and Air Conditioning NHTSA ID: 10039765
TSB ID: SIB-12-01-11

BMW: the service engine soon light is on while driving. this is a programming issue. updated 1/4/12. updated 4/24/12.
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04/27/11 Electrical and Air Conditioning NHTSA ID: 10037025
TSB ID: SIB-63-02-01

BMW: procedure for determining and replacing incandescent and halogen light bulbs under warranty.
04/23/10 Electrical and Air Conditioning NHTSA ID: 10032650
TSB ID: SIB-12-07-06

BMW: service engine soon lamp illuminated-fc 23f4 map thermostat. in some vehicles have insufficient heat. e90, e91 (3 series), e60, e61 (5 series) 3/06 and e83 (x3 series) 9/08.
10/30/09 Electrical and Air Conditioning NHTSA ID: 10030624
TSB ID: SIB-12-17-09

BMW vehicle: water has entered electronics box because the lid is not properly fitted. once it is verified that water has indeed entered the electronics box, it will be necessary to replace both the lower part of the electronics box and t
07/13/09 Electrical and Air Conditioning NHTSA ID: 10029605
TSB ID: SIB-65-75-06

BMW service campaign: see document search button for owner letter. the airbag warning lamp (awl) is illuminated, together with the passenger airbag status lamp (pol). the problem may be intermittent. microcracks in the oc3 seat mat.
03/27/09 Electrical and Air Conditioning NHTSA ID: 10028390
TSB ID: SI-B-84-05-08

BMW: the telematics control unit (tcu) in vehicles may not have been properly activated. this causes the manual and automatic emergency call and roadside call (BMW assist) not to function. models e53, e60, e90, e83 are affected.
03/26/09 Electrical and Air Conditioning NHTSA ID: 10028370
TSB ID: SI-B-12-04-05

BMW: check engine lamp illuminated and/or vehicle overheats. models e83, e85, e86, e70, e90, e91, e92, e93, e60 and e61. updated 5/24/11.
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03/26/09 Electrical and Air Conditioning NHTSA ID: 10028365
TSB ID: SI-B-65-16-08

BMW vehicle: air bag warning lamp illuminated and fault code a1 is stored. a low voltage condition caused the steering angle sensor position data to be lost. the battery may have been discharged or disconnected. (model e83).
09/10/08 Electrical and Air Conditioning NHTSA ID: 10025849
TSB ID: SI B65-69-06

BMW: airbag warning lamp, fc93eb or fc 55. model e90, e91 (3 series) and e83 (x3) vehicles produced between 8/31/05 and 4/26/06. red airbag warning lamp (awl) in the instrument cluster is illuminated and a fault code for emergency call fu
06/21/10 Other NHTSA ID: 10032988
TSB ID: SIB-36-05-07

BMW: tire warning light illuminated due to low ambient temperature. model e90, e91(3 series);e92, e92 (3 series); e60 (5 series); e60 (m5); e63, e64 (6 series); e63, e64 (m6); e65, e66 (7 series); e70 (x5); e83 (x3); and e85, e86 (z4).
11/18/08 Other NHTSA ID: 10026611
TSB ID: SI-B-63-06-08

BMW: the bulb-out warning is displayed in the instrument cluster.
10/07/08 Other NHTSA ID: 10026205
TSB ID: SI-B11-01-08

BMW: replace the chain tensioning rail bearing bolt that could come loose and cause damage to the engine. models e60 (5 series), e70 (x5 series), e83 (x3 series), e9x (3 series).

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BMW X3 TSBs (Technical Service Bulletins)

Some things are often misunderstood about recalls and technical service bulletins (TSBs). Plus a disclaimer.

  1. Recalls do not have to be issued only because something is prone to failure. NHTSA (a government agency) can only require a recall if a failure will affect safety, emissions, fuel economy, or compliance with some other regulation or law. Manufacturers can voluntarily recall cars for problems that do not affect these, though.
  2. Recalls often apply to only some cars of a specific model year, rather than all of them. You should receive a letter from the manufacturer if your car has been recalled. You can also check with the dealer, which will know which (if any) recalls pertain to your car.
  3. The primary purpose of TSBs is to inform dealers about known problems with a car and how to fix them. They are not the same as recalls. As with recalls, TSBs often only apply to some cars, not the entire model year.
  4. Dealers often will not provide a preventive repair just because a problem described in a TSB might happen to your car. They'll usually want to observe symptoms that the problem is already affecting your car.
  5. Even if there are symptoms, a manufacturer doesn't have to pick up the cost of a TSB repair if the car is out of warranty, though sometimes they do.

We provide the text of recalls and TSBs as provided by NHTSA. There can be errors in the text. If you sign up for notifications in My Garage, we will try to get these to do, but for various reasons (some beyond our control) cannot guarantee you will receive them. When in doubt about a recall or TSB, contact the dealer.

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