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2004 BMW X3 Consumer Reviews

4.3
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Good driving esp. on rains, hugs the road

by from Honolulu on May 15, 2010

We love our X3 2.5i, contrary to other owners, this car has power. Can race with other big SUVs. Hugs the road even on bad weather condition like rainy days. The pull is superb. The moonroof never had...
We love our X3 2.5i, contrary to other owners, this car has power. Can race with other big SUVs. Hugs the road even on bad weather condition like rainy days. The pull is superb. The moonroof never had a problem even the CD player never broke down even once. Excellent during summer driving, wide moonroof, sunroof--longer than vans. Can't ask for more. I don't know about others, but my X3 has had good performance. Excellent handling too!
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SUV with sports car handling!

by from Baton Rouge on February 9, 2008

I would rec'd the 3.0 liter with the 6 speed manual for optimal performance. I got mine as CPO and nothing I have driven has been so much fun to drive with the cargo room. You can fly past most cars a...
I would rec'd the 3.0 liter with the 6 speed manual for optimal performance. I got mine as CPO and nothing I have driven has been so much fun to drive with the cargo room. You can fly past most cars and still have AWD to handle the corners. Only drawback is that the pedal room is a little tight for a man. I have 12 shoe and I would like a little better room. Dealership has been great.
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A fantastic ride even beyond 100K Miles

by from Denver, Colorado on November 5, 2013

I purchased my 2004 X3 3.0 two years ago with 150Kmi and aside from a couple of issues it has been an excellent car. The biggest issue I had was the expansion tank. Apparently its a common problem wit...
I purchased my 2004 X3 3.0 two years ago with 150Kmi and aside from a couple of issues it has been an excellent car. The biggest issue I had was the expansion tank. Apparently its a common problem with all BMWs of this era. They're made from plastic and will eventually fail purging the cooling system leaving you stranded. Thankfully the tanks seem to crack around 80-90K, mine went at 160K, the trouble is there's no predictor. Aside from the expansion tank, just normal wear and tear items, gaskets, hoses, accessory belts etc... I've put about $2500 in but I found the car well below Blue Book and everything I've replaced was apart of the 100K service. Performance is top-notch, handles much like my previous 3series. My X3 came with many options and included the Sport and Cold Weather packs. The Cold weather pack is a must-have in snow country. I was a bit concerned about the Sport pack as I know the early X3s were already stiff. My doubts were put aside as the ride was not harsh and the sport seats are some of the most comfortable I've sat in -don't think I can go back. Road noise is also minimal even at interstate speeds, which was a huge selling point for me. X-Drive is outstanding in snow, the variable torque-splits really improve acceleration on slippery surfaces. I've even done a bit of off-roading in it. Although the ground clearance isn't ideal it was able to navigate a jeep trail near Breckenridge where I also got to use the Hill Descent function. Fuel economy is in the extremes, I see 30mpg cruising the highway at 65mph. Wasn't sure if it was just me but, reading about other drivers highway MPGs, I'm not alone. Sadly the city mileage is less impressive at a respectable18.5mpg. It's a lot of car for the money when compared with the Rav4, Forester, & CRV especially when you only get a 4 cylinder and BMW offers a 6 for similar mileage. Although the repair bills can sometimes be high, the service intervals are so great that it still ends up costing the same or less to own per mile driven.
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Great but not for everyone

by from Louisville Kentucky on January 28, 2010

We love our 2004 BMW X3 3.0, we recommend you don't buy a 2.5 as it is underpowered so we heard. Cold weather package is wonderful with heated seats & steering wheel. Extra large sunroof is awesome un...
We love our 2004 BMW X3 3.0, we recommend you don't buy a 2.5 as it is underpowered so we heard. Cold weather package is wonderful with heated seats & steering wheel. Extra large sunroof is awesome until it malfunctions and the cassette has to be replaced ($3800)repair for parts/labor-good thing ours was certified with a warranty. X-drive (AWD with a brain) is excellent in all weather conditions, seats are reasonably comfortable but ride is harsh & bumpy at times when you want comfort/luxury but great when you want a sporty drive. All in all a good value but if i had it to do over again I'd probably break the extra bread to obtain the X5 just to have a more luxurious AWD ride.
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my first BMW

by from OP, KS on June 24, 2007

This is my first BMW but definately wont be the last. I fell in love while shopping for a Lexus rx330. The X3 offered sexy styling and lots of punch. I test drove the X5 but didnt like how it handled....
This is my first BMW but definately wont be the last. I fell in love while shopping for a Lexus rx330. The X3 offered sexy styling and lots of punch. I test drove the X5 but didnt like how it handled. The X3 hugs curves without feeling as if it might tip at any second. It excellerates nicely. Before I know it I am at 60mph and beyond! The only flaw that I have found is with the engine noise at high rpm. However, its nice to know that your little kitten has plenty of tiger like prowess. The sunroof, sexy, the interior, sexy, the exterior, sexy. How does it feel to drive, SEXY!
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A very fast and smooth medium size SAV/SUV!

by from Kingston, PA on November 2, 2007

After owninig a 325Xi, two 330Xi's and driving 04' X5 for two days, I am very impress with the 04' X3 2.5i! It's not as quick as the 3.0i X3, it certainly has efficient amount of power for the weight ...
After owninig a 325Xi, two 330Xi's and driving 04' X5 for two days, I am very impress with the 04' X3 2.5i! It's not as quick as the 3.0i X3, it certainly has efficient amount of power for the weight of the vehicle. The X3 has a confortable ride and surprisingly very smooth for a SUV. I enjoy my X3 more each day I drive it and I would recommend it to anyone!
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by from VERMONT on June 19, 2006

THE VEHICLE HANDLES LIKE A bmw SHOULD. HAVE HAD TROUBLE WITH THE MOONROOF SINCE I BOUGHT IT. AND BMW CAN'T SEEM TO CORRECT IT. THE RIDE AND INTERIOR ARE NOT UP TO WHAT YOU WOULD EXSPECT IN A CAR in T...
THE VEHICLE HANDLES LIKE A bmw SHOULD. HAVE HAD TROUBLE WITH THE MOONROOF SINCE I BOUGHT IT. AND BMW CAN'T SEEM TO CORRECT IT. THE RIDE AND INTERIOR ARE NOT UP TO WHAT YOU WOULD EXSPECT IN A CAR in THIS PRICE RANGE.
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Great vehicle

by from Allentown, PA on October 5, 2006

My wife and I recentley purchased an X3 and it's everything we thought a BMW should be. Handles great, runs smooth and I would recommend it to anybody looking for a mis-sized SAV.
My wife and I recentley purchased an X3 and it's everything we thought a BMW should be. Handles great, runs smooth and I would recommend it to anybody looking for a mis-sized SAV.
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I'm going to miss it.

by from NY NY on October 22, 2006

I've just returned this vehicle after a two year lease and I will certainly miss it. In the final weeks we took it on a 1,200 round trip NY to Tampa and although it must be the most boring drive in th...
I've just returned this vehicle after a two year lease and I will certainly miss it. In the final weeks we took it on a 1,200 round trip NY to Tampa and although it must be the most boring drive in the country, the vehicle's performance was exemplary. It smoothly performed at whatever speed was necessary at the time (65-85mph) and we got 400 miles from a full tank. This was a 2.5 engine which I was warned about not having enough punch but it was perfectly adequate and I don't think it's necessary to spend the extra for 3l plus to sit in NY's traffic anyway. It navigates NY's third world standard of road conditions admirably and is skinny enough to nip through gaps other SUV's just sit and gawp at. The interior is excellent in fit quality and comfort. My only niggles are that the diagnostic coughed at around 3,000 miles which led to a dud engine and a visit to the dealers. The audio system is anaemic with not enough bass, and the a/c could be cooler at it's coolest level, but Austrians/Germans don't really "get" how brutal our summers are. The trunk space is limited - you can't fit a full set of golf clubs lengthways which is pitiful for an SUV. However, it's an ugly duckling of a vehicle. It's pretty ugly to look at but is beautiful to drive.
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Best SUV I've ever driven

by from Monterrey, Mexico on August 22, 2006

I own a BMW X3 myself, and I can tell you that it has a great performance, I love it?s exterior design. Perfect for long trips.
I own a BMW X3 myself, and I can tell you that it has a great performance, I love it?s exterior design. Perfect for long trips.
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