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"
"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."
"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."