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.
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Reliability

Reliability indicates how models have performed in the past, providing the basis for predicting how the vehicles will hold up in the year ahead. These charts provide the most comprehensive reliability information available to consumers. Based on information received from our latest subscriber survey, our reliability history charts give you a rundown on how used vehicles are holding up in 17 potential trouble spots, ranging from the engine, transmission, and brakes to power equipment and the electrical system.

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Reliability indicates how models have performed in the past, providing the basis for predicting how the vehicles will hold up in the year ahead. These charts provide the most comprehensive reliability information available to consumers. Based on information received from our latest subscriber survey for about 500,000 vehicles, our reliability history charts give you a rundown on how 2000 through 2018 vehicles are holding up in 17 potential trouble spots, ranging from the engine, transmission, and brakes to power equipment and the electrical system. NA 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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Owner Reported Trouble Spots

The Reliability score is based on our latest subscriber survey of 2014 BMW X3 owners. The owner comments describe problems respondents experienced with this vehicle.

Body Integrity

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

What Owners Say

“Radiator had a leak and needed to be replaced”

Anonymous, AZ (2014 BMW X3 xDrive28i 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

“The front passenger door seal does not seal. Wind rushes thru the seal causing major discomfort for the passenger especially at highway speeds during the winter. The noise from the air leak is also bad. The dealer Brian Jessel had new seals put in but it did nothing to cure the problem. All together the BMW spent about 3 weeks in the shop. We were given a BMW courtesy car during the repairs. For all the time our car spent in the shop..there was no difference. We were told there was nothing else”

Mike M., BC (2014 BMW X3 xDrive28i 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

“There is a "bird tweet" sound every time I get on a rough road or turn corners. The dealership cannot find it”

Don W., TX (2014 BMW X3 xDrive35i 3.0-L 6 Cyl turbo)

“rattle in the sun roof when open and going over bump in road”

Anonymous, MA (2014 BMW X3 xDrive28i 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

“rattle in dash board fixed by dealer when taken in for routine service”

Anonymous, FL (2014 BMW X3 xDrive28i 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

“Rear liftgate squeaking on rough roads. Dealer has attempted to correct it three times. OK after third try (so far)”

Anonymous, PA (2014 BMW X3 xDrive35i 3.0-L 6 Cyl turbo)

“Crackling noise from panoramic moonroof, especially in cold weather”

Anonymous, TX (2014 BMW X3 xDrive28i 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

“rattling from the moon roof. took to the dealor to get fixed and said it was the design. they replaced the seals but continues to rattle, constantly”

Kimberly M., AZ (2014 BMW X3 Unsure 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

“Squeaky problems with sunroof since beginning. Noise in tire area, needed to replace a ball bearing”

Anonymous, PA (2014 BMW X3 xDrive28i 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

“Interior/cabin rattle”

Anonymous, WA (2014 BMW X3 xDrive35i 3.0-L 6 Cyl turbo)

“lots of them, several trips to the dealer with no improvement very bothersome”

Myron G., MA (2014 BMW X3 xDrive28i 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)
Wind noise

“There is an annoying, high-pitched sound that isn't always there but very prevalent. We believe this to be wind/air but can't pinpoint where it is emanating from. Dealership can't pinpoint either. It is distracting to the point of getting rid of t”

Anonymous, NH (2014 BMW X3 Unsure Unsure)

“The car sounds like it's in a wind tunnel. The radio must be turned very high to even hear it”

Anonymous, NC (2014 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

Glass defects

“stress cracks”

Anonymous, NJ (2014 BMW X3 xDrive28i 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)
Heated or cooled seat controls

“Failure required parts from Germany taking 2 weeks. Wrong parts received several times. Took nearly 3 months to resolve”

Anonymous, KY (2014 BMW X3 xDrive35i 3.0-L 6 Cyl turbo)

“Passenger side seat heater wouldn't heat”

Anonymous, OR (2014 BMW X3 xDrive28i 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)
Seat controls - movement

“The driver seat came loose from the bolts holding it down. Had it fixed. Driver seat is again came loose from the bolts holding it down. Had it fixed again. Seat is AGAIN starting to show signs of loosening”

Edward H., MI (2014 BMW X3 xDrive35i 3.0-L 6 Cyl turbo)
Sunroof

“The sunroof rattles and squeaks horribly. More so in the winter months. It seems to be of very poor quality”

Edward H., MI (2014 BMW X3 xDrive35i 3.0-L 6 Cyl turbo)

“Sunroof creaks and squeaks like an old red wagon. Very annoying”

Anonymous, ON (2014 BMW X3 xDrive35i 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

“When I purchased the car (used) the sunroof rattled when going over bumps large and small. The dealer repaired it under warranty and it has been fine ever since”

Anonymous, NY (2014 BMW X3 xDrive28i 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)
Locks and latches

“Back latched to tailgate does not work”

Anonymous, FL (2014 BMW X3 xDrive28i 3.0-L 6 Cyl turbo)
Tailgate, hatch or trunk

“The rear hatch cylinder went out and the entire door sprung to the right. Had to force open. Could not close without the hatch hitting the side of the vehicle”

Anonymous, TX (2014 BMW X3 xDrive35i 3.0-L 6 Cyl turbo)

“Button is pushed, tailgate almost closes, but doesn't latch”

Barry O., TX (2014 BMW X3 xDrive35i 3.0-L 6 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

“The camera suddenly started showing everything up-side-down and backwards”

Anonymous, WA (2014 BMW X3 xDrive28i 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

“Intermitant electrical connection to hatch takes out camera and rear wiper”

Anonymous, OR (2014 BMW X3 xDrive28i 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)
Display screen goes blank

“On two occasions, I had to take my vehicle in to have software updated because the screen would go blank”

Anonymous, WI (2014 BMW X3 xDrive35i 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

“System had to be replaced”

SUSn D., MA (2014 BMW X3 xDrive28i 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

“User Unfriendly Cannot find my house lack many common features found on a Garmin”

Anonymous, OR (2014 BMW X3 xDrive28i 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

“This is the worse GPS I've ever used. It rarely gets you to the destination. Using BMW's on-line seek does a much better job of getting the GPS to take you to the destination”

Anonymous, KY (2014 BMW X3 xDrive35i 3.0-L 6 Cyl turbo)
Phone pairing (e.g., Bluetooth)

“There are issues from time to time with lost pairing or inability to pair”

Anonymous, WI (2014 BMW X3 xDrive35i 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

“Pairing two iPhones - sometimes one gets ;dropped; and it is cumbersome to re-add the iPhone”

David D., CA (2014 BMW X3 xDrive28i 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

“Bluetooth Doesn't always connect with my phone. Problem was fixed IT at local dealership”

Thomas S., KY (2014 BMW X3 xDrive35i 3.0-L 6 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

Bushings

“Defective bushing .. replaced front strut first thinking it was strut but ended up being bushing”

Anonymous, ON (2014 BMW X3 xDrive28i 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)
Springs or torsion bars

“Car was pulling to the right. There was a service bulletin on it. Was repaired under warranty, and it took one week”

Carolyn C., MI (2014 BMW X3 xDrive28i 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)
Alignment

“Steering feels loose and wanders when going straight”

Anonymous, OR (2014 BMW X3 xDrive28i 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)
Wheel bearings

“Vibration at 69mph that could not easily be replicated or diagnosed”

Kevin C., NY (2014 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

A/C compressor

“A/C went out”

Anonymous, GA (2014 BMW X3 xDrive35i 3.0-L 6 Cyl turbo)
Heated or cooled seat controls

“Passenger seat stopped heating. Computer module had to be replaced”

Anonymous, OR (2014 BMW X3 xDrive28i 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)
Evaporator

“a known problem from what the service manager told me...Smells like sour milk when you first turn on AC/climate system”

James L., OH (2014 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

“Water or snow behind gas pedal affected destabilization system, tire pressure monitor and reduced motor to a slow crawl”

Anonymous, QC (2014 BMW X3 xDrive28i 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)
Accessory belts or pulleys

“Belt tensioner made a loud noise and was replaced”

Barry O., TX (2014 BMW X3 xDrive35i 3.0-L 6 Cyl turbo)
Fuel leaks

“Twice we had cracked fuel injector problems in the engine compartment”

Robert W., VA (2014 BMW X3 xDrive35i 3.0-L 6 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

Alarm or security system (excluding aftermarket systems)

“The alarm sounded while at work and the dealership advised that the battery was drained”

Anonymous, MI (2014 BMW X3 Unsure 3.0-L 6 Cyl turbo)
Keyless entry

“Problem with remote Smart access. Battery kept dying and keyfob had to be replaced. Took 3 visits”

Anonymous, ON (2014 BMW X3 xDrive28i 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)
Heated or cooled seats

“Rear heated seats stopped working. Repaired under warranty”

Anonymous, AB (2014 BMW X3 xDrive28i 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

Exhaust

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

What Owners Say

Muffler

“Within 500 miles the new muffler had to be replaced due to severe rattling”

Anonymous, WA (2014 BMW X3 xDrive28i 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)
Pipes

“exhaust pipe tips extend past bumper. My wife and one other have BURNED bare legs against tips while unloading groceries. It could easily severely burn a child. We brought to BMWs attention and they said they would do nothing to correct issue”

Anonymous, CA (2014 BMW X3 xDrive35i 3.0-L 6 Cyl turbo)
Other/unsure

“The screen does not update properly. Sometimes the screen does not show the info it is supposed to”

Michael R., VA (2014 BMW X3 xDrive28i Unsure)

Brakes

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

What Owners Say

Rotors

“had to replace the brakes and rotors at 45,000km Dealer had the nerve to say it's normal”

Anonymous, ON (2014 BMW X3 xDrive35i 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)
Parking brake

“the parking brake needed to get a new sensor and be reporgrammed”

Anonymous, OH (2014 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

“trim around glove box has come off”

Anonymous, FL (2014 BMW X3 xDrive28i 3.0-L 6 Cyl turbo)
Loose exterior trim or moldings

“turn signal indicator came loose”

Anonymous, NY (2014 BMW X3 xDrive28i 2.0-L 4 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

Fuel injection system

“Recall, replacement”

Anonymous, NY (2014 BMW X3 xDrive28i 3.0-L 6 Cyl turbo)

“The NOX sensor before the SCR catalytic converter had a permanent malfunction and was replaced”

Anonymous, NY (2014 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

Electrical failure

“electronic module failure,created driving problems,had to be re placed Feb 2015.Loud knocking noise prevented car from shifting into drive mode ,would shift into Park repeadedly ,had to shut off engine and restart in April 2015.BMW kept the car for”

John S., NJ (2014 BMW X3 xDrive35i 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

“Rear wheel differential gear was broken on the road and car eventually stopped without moving. The car had to be towed to dealer to replace the gear”

Che-Ming C., CA (2014 BMW X3 xDrive35i 3.0-L 6 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

Spark plugs or wires failure

“Spark plugs needed to be replaced after less than 1 year”

Anonymous, MA (2014 BMW X3 xDrive28i Unsure)

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

“the coolant line "fell out"...sounds like it hit the axle. the transmission warning light said stop the car a and pretty much stopped the car. fixed. warranty. works ok. but creepy”

Anonymous, NY (2014 BMW X3 xDrive28i 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

Engine Cooling

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

Engine Major

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

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Recalls
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CHILD SEAT:VEHICLE LATCH ANCHOR
May 23 2016
Damaged lower anchor bars may increase the child's risk of injury in the event of a crash.
Summary:
BMW of North America, LLC (BMW) is recalling certain model year 2011-2017, X3 sDrive28i, X3 xDrive28i and X3 xDrive35i, vehicles manufactured July 2, 2010 to April 14, 2016, 2015-2017 X3 xDrive28d vehicles manufactured March 10, 2014 to March 31, 2016, and 2015-2017 x4 xDrive28i, X4 xDrive35i and X4 xDriveM40i vehicles manufactured March3, 2014 to April 15, 2016. The affected vehicles have lower anchor bars for securing child restraint seats that may become damaged when using the European-ISOFIX-type, rigid-style connector, child restraint system.
What should you do:
BMW will notify owners, and dealers will weld a reinforcing bracket to the lower anchor bars and the vehicle body, free of charge. The recall began on July 13, 2016. Owners may contact BMW customer service at 1-800-525-7417.
For more information:
Owners may also contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), or go to www.safercar.gov.
NHTSA CAMPAIGN ID Number: 16V333000
Potential Number of Units Affected: 188668
SERVICE BRAKES, HYDRAULIC:POWER ASSIST:VACUUM
Oct 07 2014
A failure of the brake vacuum pump results in a reduction in braking power that could increase the risk of a crash.
Summary:
BMW of North America LLC (BMW) is recalling certain model year 2014 BMW 328i xDrive Sports Wagon, 2012-2014 BMW 320i Sedan, 328i Sedan, 320i xDrive Sedan, 328i xDrive Sedan, 2012-2013 BMW 528i Sedan, 528i xDrive Sedan, 2013-2014 BMW X1 sDrive28i, X1 xDrive28i Sports Activity Vehicle, 2013-2014 BMW X3 xDrive28i Sports Activity Vehicle, 2012-2014 BMW Z4 sDrive28i Roadster, and 2014 BMW 428i Coupe, and 428i xDrive Coupe. Due to insufficient lubrication, the vacuum pump that supplies brake power assistance may fail. Note: This recall is an expansion of recall 13V-454.
What should you do:
BMW will notify owners, and dealers will install a locking ring in the camshaft to retain the camshaft seal disk in the proper location, free of charge. The recall began on December 2, 2014. Owners may contact BMW customer service at 1-800-525-7417.
For more information:
Owners may also contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), or go to www.safercar.gov.
NHTSA CAMPAIGN ID Number: 14V627000
Potential Number of Units Affected: 8988
SERVICE BRAKES, HYDRAULIC:POWER ASSIST:VACUUM
Sep 26 2013
A failure of the brake vacuum pump results in a reduction in braking power that could increase the risk of a crash.
Summary:
BMW of North America LLC (BMW) is recalling certain model year 2012-2014 320i, 328i, 320i xDrive, and 328i xDrive sedans; model year 2014 328i xDrive Sports Wagons; model year 2012-2013 528i and 528i xDrive sedans, model year 2013-2014 X1 sDrive28i and X1 xDrive28i vehicles and model year 2012-2014 Z4 sDrive28i roadsters. Due to insufficient lubrication, the vacuum pump that supplies brake power assistance may fail.
What should you do:
BMW will notify owners, and dealers will modify the vehicles to prevent insufficient vacuum pump lubrication, free of charge. The safety recall began on January 31, 2014. Owners may contact BMW customer relations at 1-800-525-7417 or email BMW at CustomerRelations@bmwusa.com.
For more information:
Owners may also contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), or go to www.safercar.gov.
NHTSA CAMPAIGN ID Number: 13V454000
Potential Number of Units Affected: 76191
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