The redesigned, third-generation X3 picks up and improves upon where the previous version left off, keeping its title as one of the best-driving compact SUVs. The X3 proves itself to be impressively talented, thanks to its desirable blend of driving enjoyment, comfort, luxury, utility, and high-tech features.
Alerts
There are 6 recalls on this vehicle. Learn More.

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.

Overall Reliability
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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 329,000 vehicles, our reliability history charts give you a rundown on how 2000 through 2020 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 2019 BMW X3 owners. The owner comments describe problems respondents experienced with this vehicle.

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

Apple CarPlay

"Apple Care Play does not sync with other vehicle electronic systems and impedes them. Vehicle would be much better without"

Anonymous, MD (2019 BMW X3 xDrive30i 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"iPhone Xs only connects half of the time. Other half "function is not available". But if I try to connect manually via in-car system, it eventually succeeds."

Anonymous, WA (2019 BMW X3 xDrive30i 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"often cannot connect to apple car play. Have to go into setting and reconnect"

Anonymous, CT (2019 BMW X3 M40i 3.0-L 6 Cyl turbo)

"getting the car into apple car play mode is very confusing and most of the time I cant do it and the dealer is no help"

Anonymous, NJ (2019 BMW X3 xDrive30i 3.0-L 6 Cyl turbo)
Backup or other camera/sensors

"There have been times after first starting my car and backing out of my driveway that the backup camera didn't function."

Anonymous, (2019 BMW X3 xDrive30i 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"I would be driving and it would suddenly beep and the screen would show the back of the vehicle."

Anonymous, ON (2019 BMW X3 xDrive30i 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)
Display screen goes blank

"I had to take it in three (3) times and the dealership finally put in a new dash."

Anonymous, ON (2019 BMW X3 xDrive30i 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"Sat radio and GPS lost its signal. Battery died after 8,000 miles."

Anonymous, (2019 BMW X3 xDrive30i 3.0-L 6 Cyl turbo)
In-dash navigation system (GPS)

"Lost signal and sat radio lost its signal as well. Battery also failed as well after 8,000 miles."

Anonymous, (2019 BMW X3 xDrive30i 3.0-L 6 Cyl turbo)
Radio

"Lost of memorized channels 2 or 3 times"

Anonymous, QC (2019 BMW X3 xDrive30i 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)
Routine software updates

"Minor issue resolved with subsequent update"

Anonymous, MD (2019 BMW X3 xDrive30i 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)
Software update fixes

"did not fix the problem with cross traffic alert when backing."

Anonymous, AL (2019 BMW X3 xDrive30i 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"Engine light went on but it was a software malfunction"

Anonymous, (2019 BMW X3 xDrive30i 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"I did not experience a problem but BMW said there was a bug in camera software."

Anonymous, NC (2019 BMW X3 xDrive30i 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"Software update should of been done before I took possession."

Anonymous, TN (2019 BMW X3 xDrive30i 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

12V power plug

"12V ports and USB ports keep on failing. Normal BMW bad electronics."

Anonymous, MI (2019 BMW X3 xDrive30i 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)
Body control module

"Rear wireless compter operation would open hatch when walking close and hitting us. Fixed now,"

Anonymous, (2019 BMW X3 xDrive30i 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"Car went completely dead. Battery discharged since control module did not properly turn off some electronics. Car had to be towed to the dealer and spent a week there."

Anonymous, WA (2019 BMW X3 xDrive30i 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"remote operated lift gate was too sensitive in opening and opened when the garage door opened because of the movement of the door opening.. Dealer deactivated inferred opening mechanism."

Anonymous, PA (2019 BMW X3 xDrive30i 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)
Exterior lights (other than headlights)

"Exterior lights stayed on after turning off car"

Anonymous, (2019 BMW X3 sDrive30i Unsure)

"They didn't shut off for hours."

Anonymous, NJ (2019 BMW X3 xDrive30i 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)
Headlights

"Driver's side adaptive headlight malfunctioned and was replaced under warranty."

Anonymous, FL (2019 BMW X3 sDrive30i 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)
Keyless entry

"THE REAR HAYCH DOOR WOULD OPEN INADVERTANTLY"

Anonymous, TX (2019 BMW X3 M40i Unsure)

"key fobs (both of them) do not function all the time. Starting the car is also an issue."

Anonymous, UT (2019 BMW X3 xDrive30i 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"car remote control would cause rear hatch to open when garage door was opening."

Anonymous, (2019 BMW X3 xDrive30i 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"too often the system does not recognize my FOB. I must reintroduce the FOB. Various systems are not consistent enough to rely on. Blind spot, retracting mirrors etc."

Anonymous, NM (2019 BMW X3 sDrive30i 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"Sometimes we could not lock the door with the fob in a purse or pocket. Sometimes we could not UNlock the door with the fob in a purse or pocket. Sometimes we could not start the car with the fob in a purse or pocket."

Anonymous, NJ (2019 BMW X3 xDrive30i 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)
Remote engine starter

"Starting car with key fob is only way to start. Sometimes it works with the key in my pocket. Sometimes the key must be physically touched to a specific spot on the steering column because the car does not recognize the key."

Anonymous, UT (2019 BMW X3 xDrive30i 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)
Tire pressure monitor

"Tire monitor comes on whenever the weather gets cold and goes away once it warms up. This is the first car that this has happened on."

Anonymous, MI (2019 BMW X3 xDrive30i 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

"The problem first presented in July 2019 and required servicing of over a week. The problem has recently returned and BMW will not diagnose and repair under the current lockdown -- and refuse to discuss a loaner or compensation at this time."

Anonymous, CA (2019 BMW X3 M40i 3.0-L 6 Cyl turbo)
Automatic climate control

"My HVAC never can keep the appropriate, set temperature in the vehicle. It's been checked many times with no solution. I have to use the MAX setting to cool down the vehicle then switch to the AUTO. After switching to AUTO, the air heats up. Very frustrating. Also blows cold air when entering the vehicle at night."

Anonymous, (2019 BMW X3 M40i 3.0-L 6 Cyl turbo)

"Required several car software updates to get A/C system to work correctly."

Anonymous, FL (2019 BMW X3 M40i 3.0-L 6 Cyl turbo)

"The vehicle does not maintain the set temperature. Dealer found that the refrigerant was low and recharged the system. Temperature still varies and at times the fan speed slows for no reason along with warm air output. Worse BMW A/C system in all that I've owned."

Russell O., CA (2019 BMW X3 M40i 3.0-L 6 Cyl turbo)

"In addition to driver assistance features not working, my AC does not work. Apparently, the radiator freezes so must be replaced. My new car has spent most of the last month in the dealer service department."

Anonymous, CA (2019 BMW X3 sDrive30i 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)
Refrigerant leaks

"System should not leak since it's brand new."

Russell O., CA (2019 BMW X3 M40i 3.0-L 6 Cyl turbo)

"Small leak apparently which took 2 weeks to fix. Another time A/C was blowing hot air on passenger side only. It was in shop for another 2 weeks."

Julia J., FL (2019 BMW X3 sDrive30i 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

Exhaust

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

What Owners Say

Exhaust leaks

"Few months ago check engine light came on. There was a slight leak in the exhaust circulation system"

Anonymous, (2019 BMW X3 xDrive30i Unsure)
Other/unsure

"Seat bell warning sound does not work properly, you have to be going over 20 mph for the sound to ding"

Anonymous, NJ (2019 BMW X3 xDrive30i 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"All driver assistance features do not work, which is a safety hazard for me. My car is brand new and spends most of the time at dealer. For my lease payment of $825/mo I get to drive a dealer loaner car, not mine."

Anonymous, CA (2019 BMW X3 sDrive30i 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"The vibrating steering wheel feature did not work, had to have the device replaced. Even now the vibrating wheel is active but is extremely subtle"

Wayne H., CA (2019 BMW X3 sDrive30i 3.0-L 6 Cyl turbo)

"The warning is supposed to be vibration through the steering wheel, but even when turned up high the vibration is hardly noticeable. Therefore it is not a warning at all. The same is true for the blind spot warning. According to BMW this is as designed and they don't have a fix."

Anonymous, FL (2019 BMW X3 xDrive30i 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

Emission control devices (includes EGR)

"Warning light appeared on the dashboard, but car still ran. Took it to the dealer under warranty and it was fixed the same day."

Anonymous, CA (2019 BMW X3 sDrive30i 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)
Sensors (includes O2 or oxygen sensor)

"One time only. Quickly repaired by the dealer."

Anonymous, (2019 BMW X3 M40i 3.0-L 6 Cyl turbo)

"Engine problem light came on. Discovered I had not closed cap tight enough. Next time light came on I was told a pump was defective. It was replaced at no cost while I waited an hour or so."

Anonymous, MS (2019 BMW X3 Unsure Unsure)

Brakes

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

What Owners Say

Pulsation or vibration

"Rotors warped needed to be changed."

Anonymous, PR (2019 BMW X3 sDrive30i 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)
Rotors

"Rotors were warped and needed to be changed. Needed to go to dealer 4 times before they identified and changed the rotors."

Anonymous, PR (2019 BMW X3 sDrive30i 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

Slipping transmission

"When going up hills the transmission doesn't shift. The car revs high, even at low speeds. I took it into BMW twice, and they said that it works, as designed."

Anonymous, CA (2019 BMW X3 M40i 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

Shocks or struts

"Driver side strut failed. I have the active suspension with my X3."

Anonymous, (2019 BMW X3 M40i 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

Starter

"gear selector is inoperable when the car won't start. fortunately it was winter with snow on the ground so the tow truck could drag the vehicle up its ramp without damaging the transmission. if it had happened in summer the vehicle would have needed a tow vehicle that could lift all four wheels off the ground without dragging it. There is no consumer accessible way of moving the gear selector to neutral. Hi tech but big trouble as a result"

Anonymous, ON (2019 BMW X3 xDrive30i 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

Engine Cooling

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

What Owners Say

Thermostat

"dash engine light kept coming on. Problem was bafflers were not opening and closing properly and engine could overheat. It took dealer a month to get the right part from Germany"

Anonymous, MN (2019 BMW X3 xDrive30i 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

Paint/Trim

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

What Owners Say

Paint (fading, chalking, cracking, or peeling)

"Several blisters"

Anonymous, MO (2019 BMW X3 xDrive30i 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

Engine Major

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

Body Integrity

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

Engine Minor

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

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.

Drive System

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

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Recalls
PROVIDED BY
ELECTRICAL SYSTEM: INSTRUMENT CLUSTER/PANEL
Mar 18 2020
In the event of a crash necessitating air bag deployment, the air bag could damage the instrument panel and cause small pieces of the panel to strike the driver or other occupants, increasing the risk of injury.
Summary:
BMW of North America, LLC (BMW) is recalling certain 2019-2020 X4 xDrive30i and X4 M40i, and 2018-2020 X3 sDrive30i, X3 xDrive30i, X3 M40i, and X3M vehicles. The instrument panel casing may not have been tightened properly to the passenger air bag.
What should you do:
BMW will notify owners, and dealers will replace the instrument panel casing, free of charge. The recall began May 15, 2020. 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: 20V152000
Potential Number of Units Affected: 15
BACK OVER PREVENTION: SENSING SYSTEM: CAMERA
Sep 27 2019
The lack of an image in the back-up camera display increases the risk of a crash.
Summary:
BMW of North America, LLC (BMW) is recalling certain 2018 540d, 2018-2020 530i, 530i xDrive, 540i, 540i xDrive, M550i xDrive, M5, 530e, 530e xDrive, X3 sDrive, X3 xDrive, X3 M40i, X3 M, and 2019-2020 X4 xDrive, X4 M40i, X4 M, X7 xDrive, X7 M50i, 740Li, 740Li xDrive, 750Li, 750Li xDrive, 8 Series Convertible and Coupe 840i, 840i xDrive, M850i xDrive, X5 sDrive, X5 xDrive, X5 M50i, X6 xDrive, X6 M50i, 330i, 330i xDrive, M340i, M340i xDrive, Z4 sDrive, Z4 M40i, 740Le xDrive and 745Le xDrive, 2018-2019 640i xDrive Gran Turismo and Rolls-Royce Phantom, 2019 M850i xDrive Gran Coupe and Rolls-Royce Cullinan and 2020 Toyota Supra vehicles. The back-up camera and display settings can be adjusted such that the rear view image is no longer visible and the system will retain that setting the next time the vehicle is placed in reverse. As such, these vehicles fail to comply with the requirements of Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard (FMVSS) number 111, "Rearview Mirrors."
What should you do:
BMW will notify owners, and dealers will update the back-up camera software, free of charge. The recall began November 8, 2019. Owners may contact BMW customer service at 1-800-525-7417 or Rolls-Royce at 1-877-877-3735. Toyota owners may contact Toyota customer service at 1-888-270-9371.
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: 19V684000
Potential Number of Units Affected: 257473
SEATS
Jul 31 2019
In the event of a crash, there is an increased risk of injury if the seatback folds forward or rearward.
Summary:
BMW of North America, LLC (BMW) is recalling certain 2018-2019 X3 sDrive30i, xDrive30i and M40i and 2019 X4 xDrive30i and M40i vehicles. The front seatback frames may have been improperly welded, allowing the seatback to unexpectedly fold forward or rearward.
What should you do:
BMW will notify owners, and dealers will replace the front seats, free of charge. The recall began September 27, 2019. Owners may contact BMW customer service 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: 19V563000
Potential Number of Units Affected: 20
ELECTRICAL SYSTEM: INSTRUMENT CLUSTER/PANEL
Apr 10 2019
If the front passenger air bag does not deploy properly in the event of a crash, the occupant has an increased risk of injury.
Summary:
BMW of North America, LLC (BMW) is recalling certain 2019 X3 sDrive30i, X3 xDrive30i, X3 M40i, and X4 M40i vehicles. The instrument panel assembly may have been improperly manufactured, possibly affecting the deployment of the passenger's frontal air bag.
What should you do:
BMW will notify owners, and dealers will replace the instrument panel assembly, free of charge. The recall began June 3, 2019. 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: 19V291000
Potential Number of Units Affected: 50
SERVICE BRAKES, HYDRAULIC:FOUNDATION COMPONENTS:DISC:CALIPER
Jul 06 2018
A reduction of braking performance can increase the risk of a crash.
Summary:
BMW of North America, LLC (BMW) is recalling certain 2018-2019 BMW X3 sDrive30i, X3 xDrive30i, X3 M40i and certain 2019 X4 xDrive30i and X4 M40i vehicles. The rear brake caliper pistons on these vehicles may have an insufficient coating, potentially reducing rear brake performance.
What should you do:
BMW will notify owners, and dealers will bleed the rear brake circuit, free of charge. The recall began August 31, 2018. 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: 18V453000
Potential Number of Units Affected: 5594
LANE DEPARTURE: LANE KEEP: STEERING ASSIST
Jun 06 2018
If the sensors do not properly detect the driver's hands are off the wheel, the driver may not be alerted by one or more warning signals, increasing the risk of a crash.
Summary:
BMW of North America, LLC (BMW) is recalling certain 2018-2019 BMW X3 xDrive30i, X3 sDrive30i, and X3 M40i vehicles equipped with the "Active Lane Keeping Assistant" option. The steering wheel may be incompatible with the lane keeping assistant function and may not detect if the driver's hands are off the wheel.
What should you do:
BMW will notify owners, and dealers will inspect the steering wheel, replacing it if necessary, free of charge. The recall began on July 19, 2018. 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: 18V374000
Potential Number of Units Affected: 51
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