Used Vehicle Review: BMW X3, 2004-2010 –

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December 2, 2010

The BMW X3 was introduced for the model year as a smaller to the brand’s original crossover, the X5. it went on sale, the X3 shared its luxury crossover status just one other vehicle, the Rover Freelander, and it wasn’t 2007 that it would another competitor in the Acura The only other vehicles might be seen as true were fully-loaded versions of affordable crossovers like the Escape or Subaru Outback, for a couple of examples.

By 2009, Audi had joined the with its Q5, and the 2010 Mercedes-Benz was available in calendar-year 2009

The original X3 was available with two six-cylinders, one being a 2.5-litre hp; 2.5i model) and the other a (225 hp; 3.0i model), borrowed from the 3 Series line. In 2007, the engine was revised: the 2.5-litre was dropped, and a version of the original 3.0-litre the base engine, while a motor was the upgrade.

The model designations were to reflect this, with the model now known as the 3.0i, and the powerful version called the For 2009, the base 3.0i was dropped, and the remaining model as the xDrive30i, and in 2010, an xDrive28i was using a less-powerful version of the engine.

2010 BMW X3 xDrive28i; by Jil McIntosh. Click image to

Initial transmission choices a six-speed manual that be optioned to a five-speed automatic either engine. In 2007, the auto was dropped in favour of a unit, and the manual transmission was cut the option sheet in 2009.

Performance at the pumps has more to do transmission choice than what engine you prefer. A X3 3.0i was rated at 13.8/8.8 km (city/highway) with the manual Those figures were higher than a manual-equipped model, but choosing the automatic the larger engine means a per cent bump in the city consumption rating.

The penalty is smaller with the engine, and the difference in highway is much less severe.


For models, with their engine line-up and new six-speed fuel consumption is lower, ratings for all models coming in 12.2/8.2 and 12.5/8.4 L/100 km regardless of engine or transmission

Consumer Reports gives the X3 a vehicle reliability rating of to above-average, depending on model

2010 BMW X3 xDrive28i; photo by Jil Click image to enlarge

X3 posting on a couple of different BMW mention incidences where the brake and four-wheel drive warning lights all come on at while the car is being driven. causes range from a bad speed sensor (these with the anti-lock braking and control systems) to a bad sensor in the drive transfer case Check these threads at and (one and two ) for more

An engine cooling system noted by Consumer Reports is best as I can determine, to many in BMW forums of drivers being to a low coolant level by the car#8217;s on computer. What#8217;s not clear is the X3 is more prone to coolant or faulty coolant level

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