Buying a used BMW X3 (E83) - produced from 2003 to 2010
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What to look for when buying a used BMW X3 SUV-SAV advice / guide

used first generation BMW X3 SUV-SAV

used BMW X3 E83 SUV review

BMW X3 2.0i, xDrive 20i, 2.5i, 2.5si, xDrive 25i, 3.0i, xDrive 30i, xDrive 18d, 2.0d, xDrive 20d, 3.0d, xDrive 30d, 3.0sd, xDrive 35d

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    • different car review
      different car review

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      about 1 year ago
    • Roger Quinones
      Roger Quinones

      I'm about to buy a 2004 X3 2.5 engine automatic transmission M-Package with 81,000 miles. Do you guys think is a good buy?

      about 8 days ago
    • zeroceiling
      zeroceiling In reply to Roger Quinones

      Check the sunroof to see if it is working....and then NEVER use it again. It is a weak spot and about $2000 to replace.
      You can still use the front portion as a regular sliding sun roof...but do not roll it all the way back...thats asking for trouble.

      about 6 days ago
    • Teddy 5K
      Teddy 5K

      Do you guys recommend buying a 2008 used BMW X3 2.0 4x4 120 KW that has around 165 000 Km on it, with Automatic gear and front and back parking sensors?

      about 1 month ago
    • Jojo Baggins
      Jojo Baggins

      Also the front and rear drive shafts for the xdrive system after 160k kilometers. BMW U-joints are non-serviceable so you have to replace the whole shaft. And air vacuum leaks from disa valve, intake boot, CCV System, service engine light will always be on basically

      about 1 month ago
    • CPO Durnell
      CPO Durnell

      Don't get the X3 with 19" rims, takes two different tire sizes and if they wear unevenly to the point it damages the transfer case.

      about 1 month ago
    • Samer Zabadneh
      Samer Zabadneh

      Everything you mentioned is exactly right, correct pricing on parts and exactly right on how many miles till something's start to break

      about 1 month ago
    • JC Klinger
      JC Klinger

      Great review

      about 2 months ago
    • Yamaha 4Life
      Yamaha 4Life

      I love my x3 2008 people who have it will say that it's a very good car and people who dont have this car will say that it's not good

      about 2 months ago
    • billy padiwa
      billy padiwa In reply to Yamaha 4Life

      How reliable has yours been?

      about 24 days ago
    • Peter Vitello
      Peter Vitello

      Holy crap, I've owed a 2004 x3 for 11 years and everything they mention is 100% correct! It's been a great car overall though. I have a 6-speed manual.

      about 2 months ago
    • Terrence Carter
      Terrence Carter

      Before I sold my 04 X3 3.0i 3 months ago she had well over 265000 miles and she was still good to go 3 oil changes a year sold her and now I’m in the market for a 2008-10 X3 3.0Si M-sport package my only issue is finding one in black hence my reason for watching this video for a 5th time

      about 2 months ago
    • CPO Durnell
      CPO Durnell In reply to Terrence Carter

      Be prepared to spend money on tires. The fronts are different from the back and are not cheap. My M version eats tires. And if they get worn or uneven, damages the transfer case. I unplugged the transfer case and been running it in rear wheel drive. Refuse to pay thousands for a 11 year old vehicle. Then it's always something past 100,000 K. It's a non stop Service Engine Soon lightshow and a unfortunate chain of repairs that are never cheap. I cannot go three months without a light.

      about 1 month ago
    • Taylor Graham
      Taylor Graham

      These are incredible videos thank you so much!!

      about 2 months ago
    • FCDB PCH
      FCDB PCH

      Buy gasoline engines. Diesels are for high roads.

      about 3 months ago
    • D bandz
      D bandz

      I saw a 05 3.0i got to 244000 miles with no oil change for months and dogged out had peeling but no running problems

      about 3 months ago
    • Alexandros P
      Alexandros P

      I am looking at a 2.0 litre diesel with 150 bhp. Any years I should avoid in particular? The one I am looking at os at 9000€ with 150.000 km but I think I can bargain it a little bit.

      about 3 months ago
    • Edward P
      Edward P

      So pretty much your buying a POS. Great job BMW.

      about 4 months ago
    • Andrew Lee
      Andrew Lee

      Wow all of those issues I've experienced with my 2004 bmw x3 lol

      about 4 months ago
    • teggy
      teggy

      Excellent video...different...

      about 4 months ago
    • Cristian Zorila
      Cristian Zorila

      You are the best

      about 4 months ago
    • Brain Philips
      Brain Philips

      Is now x3 2006 durable and easy on maintanance

      about 4 months ago
    • Stanley Plock
      Stanley Plock

      You can replace the Transfer Case Motor Assembly Plastic Gear with an aluminum gear from Ebay. It's $50 plus $70 installation.
      The garage will cost you $1,800. More at a dealer.

      My X5 has a rattling sunroof on the rear passenger side.
      You can pound the roof and hear it rattle.
      It's not the door.
      I am trying to stuff a rag through the sunroof opening to try to dampen the noise.
      I'm not sure if it's working yet.
      You need a long stick or something to push the rag all the way back to where the noise is.
      Try not to block the sunroof sliding cover.

      The X5 front axle spline wears out because the spline is too short.
      I'm not sure the X3 has this problem.
      I bought an axle with a 1" extension on Ebay foe $200 and $170 to install at a garage.
      (Not the dealer) You likely have to replace the Transfer Case.

      about 5 months ago
    • V.C.
      V.C.

      My experience:

      Bought a X3 2.0d (M47 150 ps) at 50.000 km at the BMW Dealer, at german market prices (not a discounted trashcan).
      70.000 km - clutch plate was gone - entire clutch kit replaced80.000 km - turbo failure - replaced turbo100.000 km - transfer case failure - replaced transfer case120.000 km - guess what - timing chain failure
      will never ever touch bmw again.

      about 5 months ago
    • Trung Vo
      Trung Vo

      I like your Count Dracula voice

      about 6 months ago
    • Edward P
      Edward P In reply to Trung Vo

      Trung Vo still laughing at your comment. Lol

      about 4 months ago
    • Badda Bingg
      Badda Bingg

      Not as rugged as a true offroad SUV but very applicable to my situation. Interior room is great as is seating position and ease of entry/exit. I've just found a 2008 X3 3.0si with 34k miles and the only item not listed in the video that needed checking was the idler belt pulley. Mine was fine but I will watch for failure. Useful review and I like this SAV for what is. If you want full offroad capabilities or more of a car like ride, you should look for other vehicles.

      about 6 months ago
    • Badda Bingg
      Badda Bingg In reply to Badda Bingg

      Mine is listed at 264 hp according to the VIN decoder. No problem at highway speeds here: 80 mph on our Interstate system.

      about 6 months ago
    • Chudi Frank
      Chudi Frank In reply to Badda Bingg

      Badda Bingg yea I’ve the 2008 3.0 si with the sports package. How many horsepower do yours have

      about 6 months ago
    • James Garci
      James Garci

      Good information. Thank you!!!

      about 7 months ago
    • zevling
      zevling

      Great video!

      about 7 months ago
    • CPO Durnell
      CPO Durnell

      It's always something with my 2008 X3, I can't literally go more than 3 months without putting money into it. It's nice inside, fun to drive, but the reliability is horrible and BMW should be ashamed. Ultimate driving machine my ass.

      about 8 months ago
    • bethells86
      bethells86

      Image Trump reviewing the German made product :) He surely will want money back for ALL failures on ALL BMWs ever sold in US :)

      about 8 months ago
    • Miro Stepanov
      Miro Stepanov

      Which one is the cheapest for maintenance? E91 330d or X3e83 3.0d? Or if I want cheap to maintain car I should choose one of the petrol engines?

      about 9 months ago
    • Seve Lampley
      Seve Lampley

      Some also come with out cruise control so look out for that

      about 9 months ago
    • aenima smith
      aenima smith

      I had an 05 worst suv ever unreliable like no other, it ended up in the junkyard dont buy it seriously, it leaked in the sunroof it was awful.

      about 10 months ago