Buying a used BMW X3 (E83) - produced from 2003 to 2010

What is the best engine, how good is this car, what are the common problems with these cars? What are the most unreliable engines? Watch the video and you will get answers to all these questions and more!

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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      about 1 year ago
    • Tony Chopper
      Tony Chopper

      You forgot to mention about the oil pan gasket leaks horrible

      about 1 month ago
    • Salvatore Barrile
      Salvatore Barrile

      I'm looking at a 2005 X3 2.0d do I know what engine is in it ? What engine was before the N47? thanks

      about 2 months ago
    • Black Ceasar
      Black Ceasar In reply to Salvatore Barrile

      Call your BMW car dealer. Give them the vin number, they can tell you your engine size.

      about 1 month ago
    • Cem Buyuran
      Cem Buyuran

      thank you for rewiew

      about 2 months ago
    • Zelena Lena
      Zelena Lena

      Pronunciation = 0

      about 2 months ago
    • Alexandru Savu
      Alexandru Savu

      the 2.5l gas engine is a dream on this car

      about 2 months ago
    • Osama Alsayd
      Osama Alsayd

      BMW X3 2010 how much

      about 3 months ago
    • hdidane00

      I own the last version of This Fantastic SUV the 2010 E83 X3 Diesel Version 2.0D and I love it. it's not the most confortable SUV out there but Fuel economy is great and it handles better than any other SUV i drove and i drove pretty much all SUV's. zero issues with it so far. 60,000km on the clock.

      about 3 months ago
    • WERDIO! TheOfficialChannel
      WERDIO! TheOfficialChannel

      My ears, oh God

      about 4 months ago
    • yuji gunev
      yuji gunev

      guys i find x3 from 2006 3.0L automatic with 215hp but there is no such a car with exactly 215hp..anyone can explain to me pls?

      about 5 months ago
    • sport and sport
      sport and sport

      very helpful

      about 5 months ago
    • Uzi Panti
      Uzi Panti

      Engine running rough on 3.5i... Ignition coil?

      about 5 months 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 6 months 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 months 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 6 months 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 7 months 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 7 months 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 7 months ago
    • JC Klinger
      JC Klinger

      Great review

      about 7 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 8 months ago
    • David Lees
      David Lees In reply to Yamaha 4Life

      I had a 2007 68K-80k mile, 2.5 SI, most unreliable car I have ever owned and I have had a lot of rubbish cars. Car had £5k of receipts from the previous owner with drivetrain work and vanos replacement and I only had the service history going back 2 years of previous ownership. In my 2 years of ownership as a second car, I had the following go wrong, split expansion tank, vanos solenoid, oil leak from crankcase, difficult to diagnose issue where the car would stall at a junction when hot identified as oil filler cap seal leaking, starter motor work loose, windscreen wipers not working randomly (lack of position return signal to ECU), lambda sensor, crankcase breather pipe split, tyre wear was awful and finally the crankcase breather valve went, which I think caused the rod bearing to fail, needing a new engine. I have probably missed out a few other issues and there was random noises and vibration from the drivetrain that neither me or the garage could diagnose! For the few months, it didn't have an issue and it was great to drive, for the other 90% of time it was a pain. Most of the faults I had are not specific to the X3 they are common to the E90 and E46, with in depth internet coverage.

      about 2 months ago
    • Billy Padiwa
      Billy Padiwa In reply to Yamaha 4Life

      How reliable has yours been?

      about 6 months 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 8 months ago
    • WaVy GriZzLy
      WaVy GriZzLy

      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 8 months ago
    • CPO Durnell
      CPO Durnell In reply to WaVy GriZzLy

      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 7 months ago
    • Taylor Graham
      Taylor Graham

      These are incredible videos thank you so much!!

      about 8 months ago
    • FCDB PCH
      FCDB PCH

      Buy gasoline engines. Diesels are for high roads.

      about 9 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 9 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 9 months ago
    • D. L.
      D. L.

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

      about 9 months ago
    • grsg05
      grsg05 In reply to D. L.

      Same with my 2005 petrol x3. spot on!

      about 4 months ago
    • teggy

      Excellent video...different...

      about 10 months ago
    • Cristian Zorila
      Cristian Zorila

      You are the best

      about 10 months ago
    • Brain Philips
      Brain Philips

      Is now x3 2006 durable and easy on maintanance

      about 10 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 11 months ago