Want a small upscale SUV that does it all? The BMW X3 emphasizes driving fun and melds luxury car attributes with the traditional utility of an SUV. Athletic handling and eager power make the X3 enjoyable to drive. Cabin finish is impeccable and passengers benefit from supportive seats and a hushed interior. All of these attributes help the X3 rank among the top-rated vehicles in the compact luxury SUV class.
Alerts
There are 5 recalls on this vehicle. Learn More.

Road Test Results

Performance
Acceleration Acceleration Acceleration tests are conducted on a smooth, flat pavement straightaway at the track. Time, speed, and distance measurements are taken with a precise GPS-based device that’s hooked to a data-logging computer.
0 to 60 mph 0 to 60 mph (sec.) The time in seconds that a vehicle takes to reach 60 mph from a standstill with the engine idling.
Transmission Transmission Transmission performance is determined by shifting smoothness, response, shifter action, and clutch actuation for manual transmissions.
Fuel Economy Fuel Economy We perform our own fuel-economy tests, independent of the government's often-quoted EPA figures and the manufacturers' claims. Using a precise fuel-flow measuring device spliced into the fuel line, we run two separate circuits to represent city and highway consumption.
CR's Overall Mileage CR's Overall Mileage CR's overall mileage is a composite of measured fuel usage on a prescribed city course and highway cruising; and CR's 150-mile test trip of mixed driving, if tested. In recent road tests, we've discontinued the 150-mile trip test.
CR's City Mileage CR's City Mileage Measured fuel usage on a prescribed city course.
CR's Highway Mileage CR's Highway Mileage Measured fuel usage on a prescribed highway cruising.
Annual Fuel Cost Annual Fuel Cost The cost and amount of fuel used in 12,000 miles and is calculated from CR's overall mileage.
Braking Braking The braking rating is a composite of wet and dry stopping distances and pedal feel. Braking distance is from 60 mph, with no wheels locked.
Emergency Handling Emergency Handling Several factors go into the rating, including the avoidance maneuver speed and confidence, as well as how the vehicle behaves when pushed to its limit.
Comfort / Convenience
Ride Ride Our expert judgment of how well the suspension isolates and absorbs road imperfections and how steady it keeps the body on various road surfaces.
Noise Noise Our expert judgment of the vehicle's interior noise level in everyday driving.
Front Seat Comfort Front Seat Comfort Our judgment of how comfortable the front seat is for drivers of various heights.
Rear Seat Comfort Rear Seat Comfort Our judgment of how comfortable the rear seat is for two passengers to sit across.
Interior Fit and Finish Interior Fit and Finish An expert evaluation of the interior quality and craftsmanship.
Trunk/Cargo Area Trunk/Cargo Area Our rating is based on the amount of luggage or cargo space that a vehicle has in the trunk or cargo area.

Owner Reports

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Reliability History Reliability History The reliability charts are based on responses on hundreds of thousands of vehicles from our latest Annual Auto Survey. Consumer Reports subscribers reported on any serious problems they had with their vehicles during the past 12 months that they considered serious because of cost, failure, safety, or downtime, in any of the trouble spots included in the table below. The results are presented relative to the average model that year. Extra weight is given to the more serious areas such as major engine or transmission problems. Based on this data and further analysis, we predict reliability for the latest year. N/A indicates that we did not receive a large enough sample size to provide data for a specific year. An X indicates that the vehicle was not manufactured for a specific year.
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Engine Major Engine Major Engine rebuild or replacement, cylinder head, head gasket, turbo or supercharger, timing chain or timing belt.
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Engine Minor Engine Minor Accessory belts and pulleys, engine computer, engine mounts, engine knock or ping, oil leaks.
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Engine Cooling Engine Cooling Radiator, cooling fan, antifreeze leaks, water pump, thermostat, overheating.
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Transmission Major Transmission Major Transmission rebuild or replacement, torque converter, clutch replacement.
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Owner Satisfaction Owner Satisfaction To learn about satisfaction, CR has collected survey data from our annual survey on more than half a million vehicles. Our subscribers provide great insights into their satisfaction by answering one simple question: If they had it to do all over again, would they definitely buy or lease the same model? In addition, respondents also rate their cars in six categories: driving experience, comfort, value, styling, audio, and climate systems. N/A indicates that we did not receive a large enough sample size to provide data for a specific year. An X indicates that the vehicle was not manufactured for a specific year.
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Driving Experience Driving Experience Includes acceleration and handling
Comfort Comfort Includes seats, climate control, noise, and ride
Value Value Did you get what you wanted relative to the price you paid?
Styling Styling How it looks inside and out
Safety Equipment
ABS and ESC standard. Front side and head protection air bags standard; rear side available.
Road Test

Want a small upscale SUV that does it all? The BMW X3 emphasizes driving fun and melds luxury car attributes with the traditional utility of an SUV. Athletic handling and eager power make the X3 enjoyable to drive. Cabin finish is impeccable and passengers benefit from supportive seats and a hushed interior. All of these attributes help the X3 rank among the top-rated vehicles in the compact luxury SUV class.

Part of what makes the X3 experience feel premium is a comfortable, steady ride and a quiet cabin. The standard run-flat tires tend to be a bit stiff however, this is especially noticeable in bumpy, urban environments. Although the controls can take a steep learning curve to master, they eventually prove logical with the ability to perform many functions through either the center controller or steering-wheel mounted buttons. Versions with the cold-weather package come with handy heated front and rear seats as well as a heated steering wheel. The large oversized sunroof brightens up the cabin.

Seating
2 front, 3 rear
Drive Wheels
AWD
Warranty

In most cases, automotive warranties are based on the vehicle identification number (VIN), and the warranty will be valid regardless of ownership. The dealership can tell you exactly how much warranty is left.

Read more about extended warranties
Body Styles
4-door SUV
Transmissions Available
  • 8-speed Automatic
Engines Available
  • 2-liter 4 turbo (240 hp)
  • 3-liter 6 turbo (300 hp)

Owner Reported Trouble Spots

The Reliability score is based on our latest subscriber survey of 2013 BMW X3 owners. The owner comments describe problems respondents experienced with this vehicle.

Engine Major

Engine rebuild or replacement, cylinder head, head gasket, turbo or supercharger, timing chain or timing belt.

What Owners Say

Cylinder head

"valve cover began leaking oil. cylinder head cover/gasket replaced"

Anonymous, NY (2013 BMW X3 xDrive28i 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)
Engine rebuild or replacement

"This vehicle has been wonky since the day we purchased it. Their was black exhaust so bad it looked like a 20 year old clunker. While under warranty we expressed all the problems this car was experiencing and I was treated like I had 3 heads, always shuffling me off like there was nothing to see. After they addressed the smoke, the car sounded like it was going to blow up, again, always assured me it was fine. The two years I dealt with International Auto's BMW my concerns were never addressed. I got stuck on the NY Thruway one week after having the car totally checked out as my warranty was about to expire and have been assured the car was great. Sure enough on Feb. 13th, 2019 on my way to an appointment, the car (78,000 miles) died on the off ramp, dead in the water, nothing would engage and had to be pushed to the side of the road and towed to the dealership. We fought tooth and nail to get them to cover the the cost of the $13,000 repair (a new engine) and it wen t on deaf ears, as a matter of fact it was insulting the treatment we got. We have come to understand that there is a case pending involving this year and model engine and are trying to get involved in that class action suit to reclaim some of our money if not all. BMW changed the pre-owned certified warranty to a standard that is an insult to people intelligent. I hope that their loss of confidence from the consumer ends up costing them a mint so they realize they should have done the right thing. They know there are problems with this engine and rather than address them while they are under warranty they totally do quick fixes until it until they are no longer responsible. I still have two payments on the car otherwise I would have sold it but this experience has soured me after many years and family members enjoying our BMW's including an X-3 that I previously owned. Very disappointing and I would advise people never ever to purchase one of these vehicles or any other BMW until they start to recall the ones with problems that they know exist. Thank you."

Eric S., IL (2013 BMW X3 3.0-L 6 Cyl turbo)

"Engine failed to work, we were told by dealer because of oil sludge. The dealer failed to change oil when car was regularly serviced."

Bernard W., OH (2013 BMW X3 xDrive28i 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"The motor failed twice under warranty leaving us stranted. Both times, the repairs took more than a week to complete. Both repairs were under warranty. It broke down again after the warranty expired. The dealership said it was total engine failure again, price for a new engine + labor to install it was $12,000. The FMV of the vehicle was $11,000."

Mitch F., PA (2013 BMW X3 xDrive28i 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"oil pump failure required engine replacement"

Jeffrey A., NY (2013 BMW X3 xDrive28i 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)
Timing belt or chain

"BMW has known about the timing chain problem with the N-20 motor since 2014/2015, and has changed the design since then. BMW extended the warranty on the timing chain to 70,000miles/70 years well after I reached that mileage. I had just passed 100,000 miles when I became aware of the problem. While having the vehicle serviced in prior years at BMW of the Woodlands(TX) and BMW of San Antonio, no one advised me of this problem and the subsequent recommendation to change the oil more frequently than was in the original specs. I was advised by a private garage that specializes in BMW service. I went ahead and replaced the timing chain at a BMW dealer because I could tell that it was very loose. The BMW technician said it was about to fall off. The cost of the repair was $3700. I was very pleased with BMW of Austin TX who was very truthful, caring and also deeply discounted the cost of the repair. I understand there is a class action suit against BMW for the timing chain. We greatly enjoy driving this vehicle, and it is in mint condition otherwise, but is has virtually no trade-in value. So I would have to say that the overall cost to operate is huge. I am deeply disappointed with BMW and how little they have done about this problem. I think BMW should extend the warranty to at least 150,000 and cover the cost of my repair."

Thomas L., TX (2013 BMW X3 xDrive28i 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"The SUV literally died while driving with no warning to me. It had been operating fine and I had all the scheduled maintenance and oil changes done previously. After having it towed to the mechanic and having to take the engine apart, it was determined the cams were scored and compression almost completely gone. Solution was to replace the engine for $12,000!!! So disappointing this would happen to a car with only 103,000 miles. I have elected to sell the car for $750 and let new owner replace the engine. The warranty from BMW expired after 70,000 miles. The BMW dealership where I purchased the car was also not very sympathetic or helpful."

Anonymous, NC (2013 BMW X3 xDrive28i 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"Experienced a warning that there was a Drive Train Malfunction. Mechanic discovered oil leak from valve cover due to a plugged PCV valve. While fixing the oil leak, a very loose timing chain was discovered and ultimately replaced. Very expensive repair - almost $7,000 CDN"

Paul S., AB (2013 BMW X3 xDrive28i 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"Engine oil pump fail causing timing belt to break and scatter pieces into engine"

Anonymous, SC (2013 BMW X3 xDrive28i 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"It started as an issue found by a technician during an oil change and took 3 tries to get it right. The first time, they broke a sensor which left the car disabled and after fixing that, a gasket was damaged. It seems that it is such a complicated repair that the dealer technicians broke other components twice. All work was done at a Bmw dealer"

Anonymous, OH (2013 BMW X3 xDrive28i 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"While the X3 was in the dealership for brake maintenance, the mechanic determined the timing chain was failing. Replaced under warranty"

Anonymous, VA (2013 BMW X3 xDrive28i 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)
Turbo or supercharger

"Got Drivetrain Warning message repeatedly when driving uphill. It took a couple thousand dollars worth of troubleshooting, where they solve each problem along the way (including changing the battery and several other parts) to finally determine it was the turbo engine, which was replaced under warranty."

Anonymous, CA (2013 BMW X3)

"Warning light comes on telling that there is a problem with the transmission and go to a dealer. Dealer says a solenoid on the turbo charger is defective and charges $750 to replace. Said if this doesn't fix need new turbo charger about $4,000 (did not fix)."

Anonymous, FL (2013 BMW X3 xDrive28i 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"Oil leak in turbo line."

Richard B., TX (2013 BMW X3 xDrive28i 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"There was a valve in the turbo charger that was sticking slightly and caused a warning indicating there was a drivetrain malfunction. This problem persisted for more than a year and eventually BMW diagnosed the problem and the turbo charger was replaced."

Anonymous, BC (2013 BMW X3 xDrive28i 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"Oil line to Turbocharger was leaking causing oil smoke from exhaust. Was supposed to be covered under extended warranty, BMW denied repair costs. Had fixed at independent shop."

Michael M., TX (2013 BMW X3 xDrive28i 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"Drivetrain Malfunction Warning came on a number of times over 2 year period and they only recently attributed it to low turbo boost pressure due to a faulty waste gate."

Anonymous, BC (2013 BMW X3 xDrive28i 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"Developed loud noise while driving. Took to dealer. Determined it was the turbo bearing. Dealer ordered replacement. Installed replacement and covered 90% of cost. Warranty was up by less than a month. Turbo was completely worn out. Impeller rubbed on case......... After repair, X3 performs like new.."

Anonymous, OK (2013 BMW X3 xDrive28i 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"Message on the dash lit up: Engine Problem Drive Moderately. The dealership attempted two fixes, the first costing us $800. The second was free under warranty of the first. Neither attempt fixed the problem. The turbo chargers had to be completely replaced. $4,000!"

Anonymous, CO (2013 BMW X3 xDrive28i 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"The vehicle began emitting blue smoke and turbo started to whine. Under extended warranty. Dealer refused to replace, saying it was normal. Found ample evidence online that this is not uncommon problem. Pressed dealer, who finally replaced turbo, solving the problem."

Sam C., TX (2013 BMW X3 xDrive35i 3.0-L 6 Cyl turbo)

"Drivetrain malfunction warning came on often when accelerating after being at speed. Vehicle was at the dealership for the entire month of Feb and over $2000 to fix the issue. On drive home from dealership, the warning light came on again. Took it back twice for them to try and fix. Currently at the dealership replacing the Turbo charger for another $2400 or more fix."

Anonymous, AE (2013 BMW X3 3.0-L 6 Cyl turbo)

"Exhaust smoke on start-up. Turbo had to be replaced"

Anonymous, CA (2013 BMW X3 xDrive28i 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"Smoking and burning oil. Was seal on turbo. BMW fixed it even though it was outside warranty"

John P., CA (2013 BMW X3 xDrive28i 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"one of the Turbos completely malfunctioned at 58000 miles and had to be rebuilt"

Mike A., PA (2013 BMW X3 xDrive28i 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"The turbocharger was leaking oil into the exhaust side which caused the engine to smoke heavily on startup. BMW replaced the turbo under warranty"

Anonymous, CA (2013 BMW X3 xDrive28i 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"Turbo fuel inlet was corroded. Dealership thought it was caused by the salt from ocean air"

Frank D., MA (2013 BMW X3 xDrive28i 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"Plugged/failed valve in the turbo that they replaced under warranty. However, due to their engine trouble shooting methodology, I had to take the car in twice and they kept it several days each time, although BMW does provide a "loaner" vehicle, so I"

Lynda B., AK (2013 BMW X3 xDrive35i 3.0-L 6 Cyl turbo)

Body Integrity

Squeaks, rattles, wind noises, loose or cracked seals and/or weather-stripping, air and water leaks.

What Owners Say

Air or water leaks

"Lower tank of radiator split along a seam meaning that it was losing water at a rate that required filling every couple of days. Radiator had to be replaced"

Peter A., CT (2013 BMW X3 xDrive28i 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)
Seals and/or weather-stripping

"when driving fast, it sounds like air is coming in the passenger window"

Anonymous, DC (2013 BMW X3 3.0-L 6 Cyl turbo)

"I find water on my driver side footwell after hard rains."

Anonymous, FL (2013 BMW X3 xDrive28i 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)
Squeaks or rattles

"Numerous sub-frame bolts were loose and had to be tightened. Additional tie-rod was worn and making noise"

Kenneth D., OR (2013 BMW X3 xDrive28i 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"When it’s cooler outside (under 50 F) the panoramic roof squeaks loudly. The electric panel that covers the roof muffles the sound well but it it’s open while the panoramic roof is still closed, the noise is quite loud."

Anonymous, FL (2013 BMW X3 xDrive28i 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"I have to find out what is causing rattle on startup. More money to spend for diagnosis....."

Anonymous, CA (2013 BMW X3 xDrive28i 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"squeal in drivers power window - up and down"

Anonymous, IL (2013 BMW X3 xDrive28i 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"It concerned the sun roof"

Anonymous, WV (2013 BMW X3 xDrive35i 3.0-L 6 Cyl turbo)

"The sunroof squeaks at temperatures below 45 F"

Anonymous, PA (2013 BMW X3 xDrive28i 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"Panoramic roof rattles in the winter"

Claudio C., CT (2013 BMW X3 xDrive28i 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"dealer explained to me it is the fuel pressure pump and will not repair..also the engine is very noisy and again they will not repair"

Frank M., FL (2013 BMW X3 xDrive28i 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"The rear seat had a squeak or noise and when we took it to the BMW dealer it was some sort of suspension in the seats. They fixed it it took about 3 days to do it"

Anonymous, CT (2013 BMW X3 xDrive28i)

"The sunroof makes a squeaking noise"

Anonymous, NY (2013 BMW X3 xDrive35i 3.0-L 6 Cyl turbo)

"Sunroof squeaks in closed position while driving. More so in cold weather"

Anonymous, WA (2013 BMW X3 xDrive28i 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"Rattle coming from moonroof when driving over minor road imperfections"

Kenneth S., CT (2013 BMW X3 xDrive28i 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"Mild squeaking coming from the cross-bar between the glass roof and the sun roof. With the moon roof closed (the fabric covering) it is not annoying. With it open it can be distracting"

Anonymous, NY (2013 BMW X3 xDrive28i 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)
Wind noise

"it sounds like the rearview mirrors are not particularly aerodynamic"

Anonymous, DC (2013 BMW X3 3.0-L 6 Cyl turbo)

"on highway wind and road noise not repairable"

Frank M., FL (2013 BMW X3 xDrive28i 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

In-car Electronics

CD or DVD players, radio, speakers, GPS, communication system (e.g., OnStar), display screen freezes or goes blank, phone pairing (e.g. Bluetooth), voice control commands, steering wheel controls, portable music device interface (e.g., iPod/MP3 player), backup or other camera/sensors.

What Owners Say

Backup or other camera/sensors

"If a phone call is received by the in car bluetooth during backing up, the camera display is replaced by the call information. Dangerous!"

Robert O., NY (2013 BMW X3 xDrive28i 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)
Display screen freezes up

"Dealer replaced entire system under warranty. GPS and entire information/sound system affected"

Anonymous, CA (2013 BMW X3 xDrive28i 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)
Display screen goes blank

"it froze"

Anonymous, CA (2013 BMW X3 xDrive28i 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)
External music device interface (e.g., smart phone, MP3 player)

"For such an expensive vehicle, I am able to use Lexmark USBs but not SANDISK brand"

Anonymous, WA (2013 BMW X3 xDrive28i 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)
In-dash navigation system (GPS)

"All problems fixed under warranty - replaced all modules"

Robert B., CA (2013 BMW X3 xDrive28i 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"Occasional completely erroneous directions occur"

Robert O., NY (2013 BMW X3 xDrive28i 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"does not respond to voice commands"

W H., NJ (2013 BMW X3 xDrive28i 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)
Phone pairing (e.g., Bluetooth)

"loses iphone paring"

Bonnie M., BC (2013 BMW X3 xDrive28i 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"My 2013 BMW X3 has been in/out of service at BMW Northwest Fife, WA for bluetooth pairing failures 4 times since purchasing this vehicle. Last (March 2015) bluetooth pairing would jump from calls or music to a radio station. The last service require"

Anonymous, WA (2013 BMW X3 xDrive28i 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)
Radio

"sat radio loses signal off and on while driving...like I drive under a bridge many times even though I am not"

Paul M., MA (2013 BMW X3 xDrive28i 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"loses radio station tuned in after turning vehicle off and then re-starting"

Bonnie M., BC (2013 BMW X3 xDrive28i 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"Radio picks up static and electronic interference to the point I often turn the radio off"

Joanne K., CT (2013 BMW X3 xDrive35i 3.0-L 6 Cyl turbo)

Engine Minor

Accessory belts and pulleys, engine computer, engine mounts, engine knock or ping, oil leaks.

What Owners Say

Engine computer

"Replaced valve sensor"

Anonymous, FL (2013 BMW X3 xDrive35i 3.0-L 6 Cyl turbo)

"The oil sensor failed twice. The first failure occurred at about 27400 miles and the second at about 32200 miles. The BMW dealer replaced the sensor both times"

Glenn H., WA (2013 BMW X3 xDrive28i 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"Drivetrain malfunction - valvetronic malfunction - DME replaced subsequent to car becoming disabled on an Interstate Highway requiring a tow. Car continued to experience problems and was returned to the dealer 3 times before all problems corrected"

Anonymous, NY (2013 BMW X3 xDrive28i 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"Car kept saying it needed its oil changed and "emailing" dealer for an oil change, sometimes within hours of being at the dealer to be checked"

Anonymous, ON (2013 BMW X3 xDrive28i 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)
Engine knock or ping

"Engine sounds like an old diesel engine. BMW took the vehicle for two days to do something about the terrible pinging but it still persists"

Anonymous, BC (2013 BMW X3 xDrive28i 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)
Oil leaks

"Oil leak on manifold. Now a recall item"

Anonymous, TX (2013 BMW X3 xDrive28i 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"Received a Drive Train Malfunction warning. Took it to a BMW Dealership and was told I needed a new turbo charger. I took it to another BMW mechanic (non-dealer), and he discovered the PCV valve was plugged, which caused the subsequent pressure to develop an oil leak from the valve cover. The turbo did not require service after all."

Paul S., AB (2013 BMW X3 xDrive28i 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"Oil leaks around the valve cover. Required a new valve cover with gasket."

Anonymous, FL (2013 BMW X3 xDrive35i 3.0-L 6 Cyl turbo)

"oil filter housing seals"

Anonymous, IL (2013 BMW X3 xDrive35i 3.0-L 6 Cyl turbo)

"The BMW dealer said I needed to replace the seal around oil filter, before it starting leaking and causing me a problem"

Harold C., OK (2013 BMW X3)

"Had a leak on the oil filter area.Bmw needed to replace two gaskets that encompass the oil filter housing"

Anonymous, NY (2013 BMW X3 xDrive28i 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"Gasket issue, Resolved with no other issues"

Anonymous, VA (2013 BMW X3 xDrive28i 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

Engine Cooling

Radiator, cooling fan, antifreeze leaks, water pump, thermostat, overheating.

What Owners Say

Antifreeze leaks

"Only 33,000 miles on car. Dealer said leak could be caused by many things, could be serious or not?"

Anonymous, CA (2013 BMW X3 xDrive28i 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"Hose to radiator disconnected with total loss of coolant"

Anonymous, PA (2013 BMW X3 xDrive28i 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)
Overheating

"electric water pump failure"

Anonymous, IL (2013 BMW X3 xDrive35i 3.0-L 6 Cyl turbo)

"Somehow I got a hole in the expansion tank and the car overheated again but this time it did not quit and strand me."

Anonymous, CO (2013 BMW X3 xDrive35i 3.0-L 6 Cyl turbo)

"Actually wasn't quite overheating -- a valve in the cooling system failed and triggered a mechanism that prevented overheating by limiting the engine's power output. It was very expensive to fix"

Anonymous, MI (2013 BMW X3 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)
Radiator

"Same as leak"

Anonymous, PA (2013 BMW X3 xDrive28i 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)
Water pump

"Pump failed at about 30000 miles. BMW service dept. replaced pump for a discounted price and car was out of service about 2 1/2 days."

Anonymous, TX (2013 BMW X3 xDrive35i 3.0-L 6 Cyl turbo)

"Electric water pump was intermittent with occasional minor overheating causing the car to go into limp mode over a 3 week period. Water pump was replaced at a cost of $1400."

Anonymous, CO (2013 BMW X3 xDrive35i 3.0-L 6 Cyl turbo)

"Water pump went out and car completely quit and I was in the middle of I-70. Terrifying!"

Anonymous, CO (2013 BMW X3 xDrive35i 3.0-L 6 Cyl turbo)

"Major warning on dash board on major highway in after work traffic. Car lost all power as I crept off og highway. the needle gauge did not show over heating. I called the dealer. I was 50 miles from home and he advisednit cool down and to bring it in. 2000USD later I got a new water pump. I day before Xmas. I was trying to get to a wake of a friend. I never travel that far on a daily basis. After picking up after repair I got add oil message (there is no dip stick) and the paperwork said they"

Anonymous, MA (2013 BMW X3 3.0-L 6 Cyl turbo)

"Went out had to be replaced. Covered by warranty"

Anonymous, TX (2013 BMW X3 xDrive35i 3.0-L 6 Cyl turbo)

Fuel System

Check engine light, sensors (includes O2 or oxygen sensor), emission control devices (includes EGR), engine computer, engine computer, fuel cap, fuel gauge/sender, fuel injection system, fuel pump, fuel leaks, stalling or hesitation.

What Owners Say

Emission control devices (includes EGR)

"My wife BMW x3 check engine light went on and after she took it to the BMW dealer they diagnosed the issue and said it was going to be 800 dollars to fix. (I checked with other NON BMW repair places who quoted 300 dollars. The kicker is, when i did further research into the issue, I found there was a recall on the exact part causing the issue. When i went back to BMW they fixed it. My wife feels like the dealer talked down to her because she was female."

Charles F., CA (2013 BMW X3 xDrive28i 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"broken turbo exhaust"

Anonymous, PR (2013 BMW X3 xDrive35i 3.0-L 6 Cyl turbo)

"Check Engine Light turns on and off intermittently and dealer cannot/has not resolved. I ignore it now. It comes on and goes off at random times. Car runs fine"

Peter C., CA (2013 BMW X3 xDrive28i 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)
Fuel injection system

"leak in the system. BMW replaced at no cost."

Anonymous, FL (2013 BMW X3 xDrive28i 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)
Fuel pump

"Fuel pump failure at 75000 mile with normal wear was too soon and was very expensive to replace."

Anonymous, NM (2013 BMW X3 xDrive35i 3.0-L 6 Cyl turbo)

"fuel pump module failed bmw repaired low cost to me car not under warranty"

Anonymous, IL (2013 BMW X3 xDrive35i 3.0-L 6 Cyl turbo)

"Check engine light went on, took it to the dealership and they said fuel pump needed replacement"

John P., CA (2013 BMW X3 xDrive28i 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)
Sensors (includes O2 or oxygen sensor)

"Exhaust sensor at muffler was missing and car ran at incorrect fuel mixture until fixed. Car did give electronic warning that something in the system was not correct."

Kenneth D., OR (2013 BMW X3 xDrive28i 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"Only problem is Check Engine Light, but not sure if that is the EGR or an Oxygen issue"

Peter C., CA (2013 BMW X3 xDrive28i 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

Suspension

Shocks or struts, ball joints, tie rods, wheel bearings, alignment, steering linkage (includes rack and pinion), power steering (pumps and hoses, leaks), wheel balance, springs or torsion bars, bushings, electronic or air suspension.

What Owners Say

Ball joints

"Ball joint in rear suspension wore out prematurely. This was the second time in 2 years."

Anonymous, ON (2013 BMW X3 xDrive28i 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)
Bushings

"Bushings wore out prematurely. This was the second time in 2 years."

Anonymous, ON (2013 BMW X3 xDrive28i 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"worn front thrust arm bushings were worn. The vehicle was within extended warranty. the dealership had a lot of difficulty identifying the problem. Problem was eventually found and repaired, now car drives like it was almost new."

George B., TX (2013 BMW X3 xDrive35i 3.0-L 6 Cyl turbo)
Shocks or struts

"This X3 is equipped with the dynamic handling package. One of the front struts started to leak and needed to be replaced. It was very expensive."

Anonymous, MA (2013 BMW X3 xDrive35i 3.0-L 6 Cyl turbo)
Tie rods

"When attempting wheel alignment dealer could not make front adjustment as tie rods had seized. Dealer and BMW paid for the replacement parts and installation"

Anonymous, ON (2013 BMW X3 xDrive28i 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"Front tie rod seems loose and makes a clanking noise whenever the wheel encounters uneven road surface or minor dip"

Anonymous, ON (2013 BMW X3 xDrive28i 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"Three corner tie rods have been replaced under warranty"

Jing J., MB (2013 BMW X3 xDrive28i 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)
Tire wear is uneven

"At 50000KM, need to replace all 4 tires due to the cracks in the tread. Tire pressure kept good for the most part and there were 2 flats in the past but all repaired. I know you are not suppose to repair run flat, but store says it depends on where a"

Jing J., MB (2013 BMW X3 xDrive28i 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

Brakes

Antilock system (ABS), parking brake, master cylinder, calipers, rotors, pulsation or vibration, squeaking, brake failure or wear.

What Owners Say

Calipers

"Normal wear"

Marybeth T., IN (2013 BMW X3 xDrive28i 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)
Normal routine brake wear

"Replace rear end brakes after 115000 km."

Paul T., NB (2013 BMW X3 xDrive28i 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)
Premature brake wear

"Rear brake pads needed replace. BMW garage replaced the pads but did not replace or turn the rotors, said this was standard procedure."

David R., OH (2013 BMW X3 xDrive28i 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)
Regular brake failure

"Brakes needed replacing. Never actually failed"

Anonymous, AK (2013 BMW X3 xDrive28i 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"I think the problem was with the engine and not the brakes but it seemed as if the brakes took a long time to stop. The engine was racing and the brakes took longer to stop"

Anonymous, CT (2013 BMW X3 xDrive28i)
Rotors

"Normal wear for rear brakes"

Marybeth T., IN (2013 BMW X3 xDrive28i 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"Front rotors were pitted/scored and rusted out after first winter resulting in ineffective braking and had to be replaced"

Anonymous, ON (2013 BMW X3 xDrive28i 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

Drive System

Driveshaft or axle, CV joint, differential, transfer case, 4WD/AWD components, driveline vibration, traction control, electronic stability control (ESC), electrical failure.

What Owners Say

Driveline vibration

"Ball joint failure"

Anonymous, NB (2013 BMW X3 xDrive28i 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)
Driveshaft or axle

"car stopped in middle of street and would not even move"

Anonymous, FL (2013 BMW X3 xDrive28i 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"My car just stopped running and had to be towed. I'm not sure what they say was the problem I hope they fixed it as I have driven cars for 64 years and never had anything like it"

Anonymous, OH (2013 BMW X3 xDrive28i 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)
Electrical failure

"Sensor for gas pedal failed due to moisture on the sensor. Vehicle went into limp mode"

Robert B., FL (2013 BMW X3 xDrive35i 3.0-L 6 Cyl turbo)

"When starting in cold weather, engine dies after starting. Later dealer diagnosed battery failure. New battery system installed under warranty"

Anonymous, ON (2013 BMW X3 xDrive28i 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)
Transfer case

"Transfer case failure rendered car off road for 3 weeks, $5,000 bill because warranty did not cover exported used car."

Robert M., FL (2013 BMW X3)

"Rear differential failed at 65000 miles"

Anonymous, NC (2013 BMW X3 xDrive35i 3.0-L 6 Cyl turbo)

Paint/Trim

Paint (fading, chalking, cracking, or peeling), loose interior and exterior trim or moldings, rust.

What Owners Say

Loose exterior trim or moldings

"Reflector on rear of car without any damage just fell off."

Anonymous, FL (2013 BMW X3 xDrive28i 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)
Loose interior trim or moldings

"Glove box trim fell off, interior door hand recess rubber didintegrated, both before 20,000 miles"

Robert M., FL (2013 BMW X3)

"covering on glove compartment pealing off the door portion"

Anonymous, FL (2013 BMW X3 xDrive28i 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)
Paint (fading, chalking, cracking, or peeling)

"Rust Paint fade (especially on black trim areas) Very surprised with deterioration considering vehicle has low km and was well taken care of"

Anonymous, NL (2013 BMW X3 xDrive35i 3.0-L 6 Cyl turbo)

"Paint on bumper bubbled from rock chip"

Anonymous, BC (2013 BMW X3 xDrive28i 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"Clear coat peeling on all 4 wheel rims"

Theriault P., NB (2013 BMW X3 xDrive28i 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

Electric System

Alternator, starter, hybrid battery and related systems, regular battery, battery cables, engine harness, coil, ignition switch, electronic ignition, distributor or rotor failure, spark plugs and wires failure.

What Owners Say

Exterior lights (other than headlights)

"Right rear tail light/stop light failed and needed replacement."

Anonymous, RI (2013 BMW X3 xDrive28i 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"ambiguous warning on display regarding rear brake light"

Donald G., NJ (2013 BMW X3 xDrive28i 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)
Heated or cooled seats

"Steering wheel warmer sometimes do not turn off. Problem disappeared after new battery system installed"

Anonymous, ON (2013 BMW X3 xDrive28i 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)
Tire pressure monitor

"The tire pressure module failed causing several other problems and rendering the car un-driveable. That caused a towing charge and 5 weeks in the BMW dealer's shop. Nasty stuff."

Emily A., NY (2013 BMW X3 xDrive35i 3.0-L 6 Cyl turbo)

"said we had low pressure and had to go to dealer to get it corrected. there was no actual problem, it was an electrical mis-informatiuon. Very inconvenient!"

Anonymous, CA (2013 BMW X3 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)
Wiper motor or washer

"wiper and washer fluid would work buy themselves and not stop. Needed replacement of junction box"

Anonymous, CA (2013 BMW X3 xDrive28i 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

Climate System

Blower (fan) motor, A/C compressor, condenser, evaporator, heater system, automatic climate control, refrigerant leakage, electrical failure.

What Owners Say

Automatic climate control

"Must set temperature very high in order to be comfortable on cold days. The reverse is true for hot days"

Anonymous, OH (2013 BMW X3 xDrive28i 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)
Condenser

"Cracked and leaked coolant. Had to order new one which took a week"

Anonymous, WI (2013 BMW X3 xDrive28i 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"condensor leaked needed replacing"

Anonymous, AB (2013 BMW X3 xDrive35i 3.0-L 6 Cyl turbo)
Refrigerant leaks

"was covered by my extended warranty"

Anonymous, OH (2013 BMW X3 xDrive28i 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"Leaked and had no air conditioning twice"

Anonymous, WI (2013 BMW X3 xDrive28i 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"Air conditioning did not emit cool air, brought to dealer and they said it was refrigerant leak. Repaired under warranty"

Anonymous, ON (2013 BMW X3 xDrive28i 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

Power Equipment

Cruise control, clock, warning lights, body control module, keyless entry, wiper motor or washer, tire pressure monitor, interior or exterior lights, horn, gauges, 12V power plug, remote engine start, alarm or security system

What Owners Say

Battery (not hybrid or electric)

"battery was dead. Battery was replaced"

Richard B., TX (2013 BMW X3 xDrive28i 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"Battery could not hold charge in cold weather, yet BMW claimed battery OK"

Anonymous, MI (2013 BMW X3 xDrive28i 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"Battery had low voltage/difficulty starting in cold temperatures"

Anonymous, ON (2013 BMW X3 xDrive28i 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)
Distributor or rotor failure

"Coil problem with two cylinders"

Tom G., FL (2013 BMW X3 xDrive35i 3.0-L 6 Cyl turbo)
Engine harness

"Engine stalling"

Anonymous, AB (2013 BMW X3 xDrive35i 3.0-L 6 Cyl turbo)
Starter

"The starter failed a few days before the warranty ended, the dealership replaced it for free, but I don't expect a vehicle with 56,000 miles to need a starter replacement, especially a luxury brand"

Raymond B., FL (2013 BMW X3 xDrive35i 3.0-L 6 Cyl turbo)

Body Hardware

Power or manual windows, locks and latches, tailgate, hatch or trunk, doors or sliding doors, mirrors, seat controls, safety belts, sunroof, convertible top.

What Owners Say

Locks and latches

"The rear tailgate closers have been defective twice and replaced under warranty. Also the rear tailgate latch doesn't unlock and open unless you use the remote- this problem hasn't been fixed yet"

Anonymous, CA (2013 BMW X3 xDrive28i 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)
Sunroof

"The sunroof squeaked and rattled when the sunshade was rolled back"

Anonymous, WV (2013 BMW X3 xDrive35i 3.0-L 6 Cyl turbo)

"accenturator failed"

Anonymous, VA (2013 BMW X3 xDrive28i 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"We experienced a cracking noise when the vehicle went over rough pavement"

Anonymous, BC (2013 BMW X3 xDrive28i 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)
Windows

"left rear window goin up & down at will - apparently software problem - easy fix"

Charles P., NY (2013 BMW X3 xDrive28i 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

Exhaust

Muffler, pipes, catalytic converter, exhaust manifold, leaks.

What Owners Say

Other/unsure

"Air bag connector pin was corroded, replaced connector"

Anonymous, NH (2013 BMW X3 xDrive28i 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"The indicator for needing service is not functioning properly"

Anonymous, MA (2013 BMW X3 xDrive28i 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"BMW's iDrive should be renamed iDrive U Crazy because it is so incredibly user unfriendly. If there is one reason I would not buy another BMW it would be the iDrive system"

Anonymous, BC (2013 BMW X3 xDrive28i 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

Transmission Minor

Gear selector or linkage, leaks, transmission computer, transmission sensor or solenoid, clutch adjustment, rough shifting, slipping transmission.

What Owners Say

Coolers and lines

"Thermostat in transmission cooler failed, causing car not to shift normally. Car acted "cold". Replacement fully fixed problem"

Matthew H., MD (2013 BMW X3 xDrive28i 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

Transmission Major

Transmission rebuild or replacement, torque converter, clutch replacement.

What Owners Say

Transmission rebuild or replacement

"transmission noise resulted first in rear differential replacement followed by transmission replacement"

Jeffrey A., NY (2013 BMW X3 xDrive28i 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)
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