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2005 BMW X3

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Information shown for entry-level SUV.

Fuel Economy:
City 15/Hwy 22/Comb 18 MPG
Max Seating: 5
Engine: 6-Cyl, 2.5 Liter Transmission: Automatic
Country of Origin: Germany Country of Assembly: Germany

2005 BMW X3 Consumer Reviews

Overall Rating
8.0
Out of 10

Based on 265 Ratings for the 2004 - 2010 models.

Review this car
  • Value
    8.1/10
    Quality
    8.3/10
  • Reliability
    8.4/10
    Performance
    8.6/10
  • Comfort
    8.2/10
    Styling
    8.5/10

Worst BMW I ever had and I have had 5 in 30 years

By on Monday, September 28, 2015

I owned and sold this car
Reason: poor reliability

10 1.0
overall rating 1 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
1/10
Value
1/10
Reliability
1/10
Quality
1/10
Performance
4/10
Styling
4/10
Comfort
4/10

Pros: "good brakes and firm ride"

Cons: "terrible reliability on systems and components"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 1

"I have owned 5 BMW's in the last 30 years starting with a 1986 3 series, my last 2008 X3 is the worst one and the last one I will ever own, before 100,000 miles, engine oil leaks, body water leaks, various engine sensor failures, spark plug coil failures, and the Dealer told me I needed to replace the transmission at a cost of 9 grand. BMW are not the Ultimate Driving Machine, they are the Ultimate Maintenance Machine"

10 people out of 13 found this review helpful

Spirited Daily Driver

By on Wednesday, September 02, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 72,250

10 8.0
overall rating 8 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
8/10
Value
8/10
Reliability
9/10
Quality
9/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
7/10
Comfort
8/10

Pros: "Fun to drive, great initial quality"

Cons: "Limited interior storage, somewhat noisy cabin"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 8

"This is a crossover that drives like a sports sedan. For sheer driving fun, no other SUV/SAV and not even many sedans compare to this. Engine is smooth with plenty of power and handling is tack-sharp. Has all the comfort features you'd want and has been super-reliable so far. That said, X3s have some known-issues that come with higher mileage. So far I have had to replace oil and valve gaskets, some pumps, CCV, servomotor and some plastic hoses. Fortunately they are fairly inexpensive repairs and I'd rather spend that money than be in something that drives like a shopping cart."

11 people out of 16 found this review helpful

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By on Tuesday, August 25, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 103,671

10 1.0
overall rating 1 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
1/10
Value
Not Rated
Reliability
Not Rated
Quality
Not Rated
Performance
7/10
Styling
7/10
Comfort
7/10

Pros: "worst car I have ever baugh .I paid to mutch"

Cons: "cup holders are grate."

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 1

"I used to say Bunch of money wasted.now that I have one.I completely I think that's true.My car has Deen in shop 5 times in a year in a half.I,m very displeased."

4 people out of 17 found this review helpful

Solid, powerful, fun to drive.

By on Wednesday, August 12, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 145,000

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
9/10
Value
9/10
Reliability
9/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
8/10
Styling
9/10
Comfort
9/10

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 9

"The X3 3.0 6 speed is fun to drive, powerful, has plenty of cargo space and handles great in adverse conditions. Highly recommended for a sport ute."

7 people out of 8 found this review helpful

This car is gorgeous inside and out.

By on Saturday, May 30, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 67,000

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
10/10
Value
10/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "Very reliable car. Fun car to drive."

Cons: "Can not think of one thing."

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"Drives fantastic even in the rain. The Sunroof is huge. The leather seats are like new. Very good quality all the way around. Lots of room. I am a very proud owner."

10 people out of 16 found this review helpful

Blown head gasket at 70,000 miles

By on Saturday, March 07, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 70,000

10 2.0
overall rating 2 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
2/10
Value
3/10
Reliability
1/10
Quality
2/10
Performance
4/10
Styling
2/10
Comfort
4/10

Pros: "Nice ride and comfort"

Cons: "Reliability stinks"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 1

"For all the hype of German Engineering this car could not even make it to 100K with out major engine problems. All the Fords, Chevy's and Chryslers I have owned have never had any major engine issues. Bodies would not last but powertrains would run forever. I thought I upgraded to reliable, quality vehicle but end up with a lemon. Bought it used at 30K and biggest mistake of my life. Ran great up until head gasket blew without warning. Split the expansion tank from top to bottom and left my wife stranded on interstate. Just need to get it fixed so that I can trade it in on an American car. BMW never again for me."

25 people out of 45 found this review helpful

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