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I love my BMW X3 3.0D E83 - best car I have ever owned!
I purchased my BMW X3 3.0D in April, 2017 from a Gold Coast used car dealer. It had 101,000k on the clock. The car was a bit untidy in a couple of places and hadn't been detailed by the car yard. The rear window washer didn't work and after some trial and error tracked it down to the washer motor. I purchased a brand new one on eBay for about $32 (I avoided the cheap Chinese knockoffs like the plague). I found the BMW dealerships far too expensive so I found good local mechanics to service the car. One in particular specializes in BMW's. I have...the car serviced every 6months or every 10,000k whichever is sooner. One of the first things I had done to the engine was to have the swirl flaps removed and replaced with blanks. The car now has nearly 150,000k on it and the only mechanical failure has been the harmonic balance wheel. The rubber damper in it disintegrated. The drivers seat bottom half was well worn, so I had the leather replaced with good quality leather by an upholsterer ($450). I have used the car on several long trips 1. Brisbane to Canberra and return 2. Brisbane to Winton (via Charleville) and return. I have also taken some shorter 500k trips and return. On all my travels the car has never missed a beat - no problems at all. The secret to these vehicles is to address any small issue as soon as it occurs and turns into a major one. I recently had the transmission fluid and transfer case oil changed. I found the gear changes to be much smoother. With these cars its important to keep a close eye on even tyre wear and pressure. I love my X3 and it a great car to drive around town and the highway. I am amazed at the little problem it has caused me for a car which is now over 13 years old (first registered October, 2007). If you own one of these vehicles be prepared to carry out some of the maintenance yourself and keep away from dealerships unless you have deep pockets. I am gradually going over the car, particularly the interior, and restoring it to pristine condition.
Purchased in April 2017.
Disappointed for the quality
After only two weeks. Started to have problems. 1, The cargo cover can't be retracted. 2, Squeaky noise when turning the steering wheel. All these problems did not happen to my 4 years Subaru.
Purchased in November 2020.
Good, Versatile SUV.
Bought our '08 E83 X3 2.0 Diesel 2 years ago. First, the good: It's comfortable, handles beautifully, the full leather interior & panoramic sunroof are really nice. As it's an "M-Sport" it has the sports seats which are very, very comfortable & supportive. We've now done 2 fully-loaded Canberra - Queensland trips with non-stop drives on the way home. Performance from the 2.0 Turbo-Diesel is surprisingly good with a small amount of lag. Fuel Economy is excellent. Also surprising is the level of off-road ability. The combination of excellent sus...pension, very effective traction-control, the automatic transmission & bags of diesel torque make it a very capable climber & a good beach-runner. I've owned 9 "real" 4WD's & I'd put it's abilities about on a par with my LWB Suzuki Sierra. It's no Landcruiser, but it is a lot of fun & a LOT more comfortable. Now the bad: BMW's Parts & Service support is not just bad - it's atrocious ranging to daylight robbery. Parts supply (& this was PRE-Covid) is non-existent. We've now had 3 instances of a genuine part just not being available in the country & having to come from Germany - 5 weeks wait. Problem 1: in the EGR system there's a small, flexible joint off the exhaust manifold. This broke in the Snowy Mountains on a Sunday leaving us with almost no turbo-boost. A long, slowish drive home. Part not available. Our Repairer was fortunately able to weld it up. (Small ongoing issue - the EGR flow is now disturbed which results in the Check Engine Light activating every couple of days.) Problem 2: the Power-Steering Pump became noisy. The day before the car went in, the high-pressure hose blew at it's union with the pump. Part not available. No after-market version, no Hydraulic Hose-Maker prepared to make one. 5 weeks wait from Germany. When it did arrive, as expected we also needed a new p/s pump. 5 weeks wait... never mind - use the non-genuine pump please, Mr Mechanic. Problem 3: happening now. Temp Gauge flicks around, jumps to "full hot", light & beeper going mental, engine goes to Limp Mode. Luckily near home. Engine is NOT hot - barely warm. Self & NRMA suspect a faulty Temperature Sensor. It goes in tomorrow to be checked - NOT by BMW. This part does seem to be available here - it's certainly on Ebay & in online Parts Shops. A common fault maybe? Synopsis: beautiful car around town, highway or bush. Just be prepared for some big repair bills if anything fails.
Purchased in March 2018 at Sadek Motor Group for $13,500.00.
- X3 G01 xDrive30i (2017-2021)
Very nice but...
I purchased my first (and last) BMW, an X3 30i m-Sport GO1 in May 2020.
The 30i x-Line model initially attracted my interest but BMW stopped importing them here due to poor sales and substituted the m-Sport supposedly with more features.
It is a beautiful, very comfortable, well built SUV with an exceptional paint finish, carpets and upholstery, but outrageously over-rated and over-priced in Australia for what you get.
The ride quality on the run-flat tyres is very harsh
I'm extremely disappointed it is missing iDrive features in overseas Yo...
Purchased in May 2020 at BMW Dealers for $76,000.00.
2015 BMW X3 F25 LCI 3.0d Msport
I've owned a 2011 Audi Q5 3.0d Sline for a number of years and absolutely love the practicality, size, power, torque and economy of the V6 diesel. Recently sold my Audi S3 and wanted another SUV as our 2nd vehicle. I drive a current '18 BMW 530d for work and previously never had the BMW experience before. I really fell in love with the performance and build quality of this car. The BMW service centre where I live are the best I have ever experienced as well.
So 5 months ago I grabbed a 2nd hand 2015 BMW X3 F25 LCI 3.0d Msport (Alpine white...) with 48,000km on the clock. Was in really fantastic condition, always garaged, full service history and still under BMW extended service plan. Read a lot of reviews on the F25 LCI X3 prior to the purchase pointing out all the pros' and con's of this model so I was sort of aware what I was getting into. Well after 5 months I'll give my opinion....., absolutely love my X3. I'll list a few options that my X3 has; heated front seats, Panoramic sunroof, 20" alloys, premium HiFi 205W 9 speaker Audio, idrive Nav' professional, HUD, burled walnut timber accents. Having a slightly older Q5 3.0d I can compare them a little side by side. The Q5 has slightly better fuel economy, is a little smoother in ride quality due to non run-flats (both having 20" alloys) and a more damper forgiving suspension than what the Msport dials up for you. The rear seat on the Q5 can be folded from release mechanisms on the rear internal sidewalls and also have fore and aft slide adjustment as well as tilt. However where the X3 excels is with a fantastic far more sophisticated DAB idrive system. Love how emails and text messages can be read on the 8.8" screen. The HUD is brilliant and I find it hard to live without it now. You can scroll through and dial contacts from the HUD as well having the Nav' maps displayed in full colour to a reasonably good detail in front of you on the glass. The HID Xenons are fantastic for driving at night and a fair bit better than the Xenons on my Q5. Also a big plus at night for the anti-glare external folding mirrors. I've had no problems with any rattles on my X3 like others have mentioned. If you park on a steep hill with the nose facing downhill the low oil light sometimes comes on the electronic vehicle information display. This initially freaked me out and I looked everywhere for oil leaks but it was like brand new underneath. I found the dipstick and it looked all okay. Researched this online and it appears as a known problem with the sensor location which feels the oil level is low when you turn it on. After leveling out and restarting it is all okay. Technology working against you here. I grabbed a small professional air compressor and puncture repair kit that I can pack in if I go away on any long trips for piece of mind and the ability to repair the run-flats on the go in an emergency.
Purchased in October 2019 at Private for $44,700.00.
Poor quality, Poor service
I bought x3 in Jun 2017, and I had very first service last year Nov at BMW service in Sydney.
From service they found the air conditioner was not working well. and they said that the part needed to be ordered and it would take for ten days.
But no update for 3 weeks and I called them and they said take another 10 more day .
Now I am waiting for it 2 months, still no update , no calls no email nothing.
I don’t know how long do I have to drive this car with not working aircon in such a hot Summer. Not happy with such a lower standard service from BMW.
Purchased in June 2017 at BMW Dealers for $73,000.00.
- X3 G01 xDrive30d (2017-2021)
I have had this car brand new since 05/18 and could share a bit of my experiences here.
This is the first BMW car I ever own, so I optioned it with M Sport Package, Comfort Package, panorama glass roof, wireless phone charging and fine wood trim.
It is an enjoyable car to drive for my daily travel of an hour between home and work. It has many safety gadgets that is mostly helpful and did get me out of troubles a few times. However, the "Adaptive Cruise Control" needs a much longer time to react when one switches from one lane into another la...ne. It is even more frightening if one is travelling at 60km/hr & moves into a right turn lane that has a big gap between your car and the car waiting in front, since it does not detect the stationary car fast enough and only reduces the speed abruptly when it gets too close for comfort. The engine noise is so subdued for a 3L diesel, so the cabinet feels much quieter than my original 2016 Benz 350d. It does feel more lively and punchier as well. The consumption stays at 9L/100K, for most city driving. The change from a car with normal tyres to one with run-flat tyres will need time to get used to. Even with this adaptive suspension fitted, it took me a while to get accustomed to the stiffer & harsher feel of the ride. It is highly recommended to have this adaptive suspension, as it does help improve the ride on all surfaces.
Purchased in May 2018 for $97,000.00.
Luxury, efficiency and style.
I share this car with my dad, but I have to pleasure of driving the beauty throughout the week.
First things first, the price tag is hefty. For a sport SUV, the massive price was partially split between my dad and myself, and it did hurt my bank account a fair bit. Other complaints I have are to do with the lane departure warning, which is a bit too sensitive at times. I also have a hilly driveway, meaning that the ABS activates when it detects the flat road after the hill and it locks the brakes. Even though you can override it, the sensors fa...
Purchased in July 2019 at BMW Dealers for $72,000.00.
Constant quality issues
I purchased this car from Essendon BMW less than 3 months ago. It has been back at least 3 times for various issues including;
1. A critical warning saying I had too much oil in the engine. The engine had to be drained and refilled (less than 10,000kms)
2. Safety systems not functioning properly (such as lane departure system - twice for this)
3. Boot lid not closing properly
I have had other major issues such as
1. I recently received a warning saying park brake wasn't working properly. The error eventually went away
2. I have several instances when I come back to my car and the back door (boot) is wide open...
Purchased in July 2019 at Essendon BMW for $74,000.00.
WORST CAR EVER BUILT!
There is something SERIOUSLY wrong with this brand.
Here is a quick snapshot of my experience with my beautiful X3.
Rather than rave about this and that, I'll just tell you in point form what happened, with this normally driven, and serviced like clockwork each and very time it was due, serviced by BMW.
Bought X3 brand new, fitted out with the best accessories. 2013. Within 12mths and since then:
Cruise control flick switch rubber worn smooth from normal use, had to replace.
Hatch release button illuminated symbol broken off the switch, had to replace.
Timing chain stretched, had to be replaced, involving removal of engine....
Purchased in January 2013 at BMW Dealers for $100,000.00.
Best 4WD I owned
We haven’t owned a BMW car previously and after did some research & test drive, my husband bought this car almost 5 years ago and I have been using it until now for work and family weekend. This is such a great family 4WD! Spacious, smooth drive, nice modern look, even after 5 years people still commenting how it looks new and nice!
The machine never gives us trouble, reliable, no rattling sound, A/C temperature always great, cold/ hot like we wanted, all buttons functions properly and signs inside car are easy to read or use. This car is als...
Purchased in September 2014 for $65,000.00.
It drives like a dream. It handles well & rides well. High fuel efficiency. Diesel engine perform well & plenty of torque. BMW has improved a lot in the past 10 yrs.
Purchased in March 2019.
Excellent SUV - Just brilliant
Purchased as a well priced demo (4,000 kms) in 2016 from Brisbane BMW I was delighted with my 2.0D X3 after a tragic experience with a possessed by the devil Volvo XC60.
The X3 is perfect in many ways - not too big and not too small. The 2.0L Diesel is powerful enough, yet does have a small amount of turbo large.
Inside the X3 is not as plush as the Volvo XC60 was - but it was still a nice place to be and in true BMW form, it was a delight to drive.
Over the 2 years I owned the BMW, I did 50,000 KM's - all trouble free. The servicing was a ...tad expensive, but no more then my Mazda 6 I owned some years back. Brisbane BMW where also a delight to deal with - a noticeable step above everybody else - nothing was too much trouble. Having recently traded the X3 in on a new BMW - I still had original tyres on the car. It was near perfect in many ways and I only have praise for the BMW X3.
Purchased in August 2016 for $62,000.00.
Money Pit - Stay away from BMW's
Couldn't disagree with some on the comments. My only advise is to stay away from BMW X3 or infant overall BMW range.
They may be good under warranty as soon as you are out of warranty BMW or Dealership dont cares any more.
Incident 1 - For me around 160K kms mark it all started with 3 light death combination, Airbag + 4x4 + Cant remember.
Inspection by BMW Dealership was advised to change entire Transmission, Motor etc with an estimate of over $18K
They charged premium to just diagnose the fault as local mechanics don't have fault desc...
I own this car just over a year and I am in love with it--I use it mostly over the weekends as a family car--Love driving it--though it is SUV but feels like a sedan-I am simply in love with car and highly recommend everyone--Love the panoramic sunroof--SUV but compact !!
BMW X3 30d an unassuming rocket!
I have now owned my BMW X3 30d for 6 months
Performance is 5 star, absolutely fantastic, super quick for a diesel.
The fuel efficiency is excellent when driven sedately.
Finish and ergonomics are perfect
Road noise is present but I believe my tyres may be the culprit.
I have given the BMW X3 4 stars, it deserves 5 stars but price is the only negative.
I forgot to mention the fun factor when pulling away from the lights leaving many fancy pants vehicles in your rear view mirror!!
2018 BMW X3 30i - A very well rounded SUV
We recently purchased a BMW 30i (including, M package, Comfort package and the panoramic roof).
I spent a bit of time researching the options and felt that the familiar BMW dynamic was right for us. Certainly a very crowded segment and the BMW fully equipped was a bit of a stretch. I really felt that while the BMW wasn’t necessarily the best in all categories it was excellent when looking at each of my criteria. If there was a weakness it was that I was sitting taller in this vehicle than I was accustomed, but that was more a reflection of ...the move from a small sedan to an SUV. Certainly some of the vehicles I considered were better in some of the criteria but were let down in other aspects. The BMW was, I thought, the most rounded choice. This was to some extent subjective. I have owned BMWs before and the cabin and driving dynamic is familiar. I was also looking for something which felt substantial and well planted for both urban and country longer distance driving. Some of the direct competitors were other BMWs. The X1 or X2 options were appealing as they was cheaper and more car like, but I didn’t find their cabins as comfortable or as well equipped. I also considered the X3 30d which was really excellent, but I couldn’t justify stumping up the extra money and diesel was a bit of an unknown quantity. Similarly the extra for the X3 M40 was hard to justify as an everyday driver. So I opted for a very well equipped 30i. This is a petrol option. I like a car that has a little bit of a sporty edge - something which is nimble, solid and has a bit of grunt when I need it. I haven’t been disappointed. The 30i is more than adequate in a performance sense. I like that I can change the personality of the car via BMWs profiles I can jump from comfort (which is great for most driving needs) to sport (which tightens up suspension and changes the steering and automatic gear box). Part of the M package brings crucial improvements such as sports brakes and adaptive dampers - well worth having. I also like the changes that the M package brings to the external styling - especially in Alpine White. There seemed to be different impressions of the ride quality by various reviewers. My own impression has been of a very quiet, comfortable ride and I found this was the case even in X3s not equipped with adaptive dampers. The ride quality was in my view a real strength of the driving experience. Interior space is also excellent especially for the front seats, but really the rear seats and cargo space are very substantial too. Fuel consumption has also been good running at about 8.3 per 100km combined.
Sporty Firm Ride mid-sized entry-level luxury X model SAV/SUV
Owned a MY2015 X3 F25 LCI 20d xDrive with M Sport package (panoramic sunroof, 20" M light alloy wheels Double-spoke 310 M wheels) for 2.5 years, traded it in for a F87 M2 in early 2018.
Overall it's a good mid-sized family SUV, fuel consumption is consistently below 10L/100km for Sydney urban driving. Outside of Sydney metropolitan area, it can go well below 7L/100km on the highway.
Chassis / Suspension / Ride quality / Ride Comfort
The chassis/suspension is on the firm side, especially paired with 20" wheels and Run-flat ty...
Purchased in July 2015.
Great car. Drives very well with good control. Loads of features and Diesel engine gives great mileage. I tried Merc GLC but I found it a bit delicate ( not my type). The sporty version looks a bit sturdy. I am happy with this car. I might go for a bigger engine next time.
Terrible Quality Seat Covers
We purchased a new BPW X3 in July 2012. We wanted to buy leather seats but we were advised by sales staff that manmade leather the default was equally good and hard wearing. Seat cover started cracking in June 2015 (just before warranty expired). Seat cover was replaced by BMW under warranty.
Now in 2018 February Seat cover again has same problems. The standard seat covers supplied with a premier car does not even last three years. It is shocking to see such poor quality material being used by a leading luxury brand car in Australia.
Questions & Answers
cost to replace timing chain n47 20.d july o8. or new engine?
Just purchased a 2008 BMW X3 Turbo Diesel 2.0d on start up it makes a loud tick tick noise goes away when warmed up. Any ideas
|Category||Midsize / Medium SUVs||Midsize / Medium SUVs||Midsize / Medium SUVs||Midsize / Medium SUVs|
|Drive Type||Rear Wheel Drive (RWD)||Four Wheel Drive (4WD)||Four Wheel Drive (4WD)|
|Wheels||19" Alloy||20" Alloy||20" Alloy|
|ANCAP Safety Rating||5 Stars|
|Fuel Consumption||7.4 L/100km||7.6 L/100km||6 L/100km|
|Fuel Tank Capacity||67 L||65 L||68 L|
|Engine||4 Cylinder 2.0L||4 Cylinder 2.0L||4 Cylinder 2.0L||6 Cylinder 3.0L|
|Max Power||135kW @ 5000rpm||185kW @ 6500rpm||195kW @ 4000rpm|
|Max Torque||290Nm @ 1350-4600rpm||350Nm @ 1450-4800rpm||620Nm @ 2000-2500rpm|
|Country of Manufacture||United States||United States||United States||United States|
|Maximum Towing Capacity (braked)||2,000 kg||2,000 kg||2,000 kg||2,000 kg|
|Maximum Towing Capacity (unbraked)||750 kg||750 kg||750 kg||750 kg|
|Release date||Dec 2017||Feb 2018||Nov 2017||Nov 2017|
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