2004 Bmw X 3
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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 23, 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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Beast

by from Weston, CT on January 22, 2014

I bought a 2004 x3 2.5 for my wife. The car has 120k now, I drove it from Connecticut to Delaware in the middle of a ridiculous snow storm. I've had range rovers, QX56, pathfinders, Cherokees, X5. I w...
I bought a 2004 x3 2.5 for my wife. The car has 120k now, I drove it from Connecticut to Delaware in the middle of a ridiculous snow storm. I've had range rovers, QX56, pathfinders, Cherokees, X5. I was amazed with the performance, I saw land cruisers, explorers, 4runners and many others in the ditch. The X3 gives a real feel of the road, sensing slip for driver correction. If you are an expert driver you will love this car, and if you are not, it will probably correct your mistakes. Thank god for technology.
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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 car I've ever owned

by from Middletown, DE on July 20, 2017

This car was just the right size, plenty of room for five people to ride comfortably. I bought it used with 126k miles on it and I didn't even get to own it for six months. at the end of which it had ...
This car was just the right size, plenty of room for five people to ride comfortably. I bought it used with 126k miles on it and I didn't even get to own it for six months. at the end of which it had 139k miles and was caught in a flood and sadly, totaled. very sporty with the 6-speed gear box plenty of pep and a real joy to drive to and from work or just on a nice sunny day. the giant sun roof was probably my (and many of its passengers) favorite part of this car. it really opened the car up but wasn't as loud as a convertible. The x3 was no stranger to getting a little dirty either, anytime we had to get off and do some light-off-roading she handled it. would buy this car again in a heartbeat.
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A good buy

by from West Des Moines, IA on April 11, 2017

I am impressed with my x3. This is my first BMW bit I got a really solid deal on it. Wish it came with bluetooth, but I understand this was before auxiliary hookups and Bluetooth were factory on car...
I am impressed with my x3. This is my first BMW bit I got a really solid deal on it. Wish it came with bluetooth, but I understand this was before auxiliary hookups and Bluetooth were factory on cars. Looking to change that with a GPS kit later on.
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The best toy for working hard

by from Long Beach, CA on April 16, 2017

I never expected to feel free and good about myself. This car gives me energy and makes me want to work hard in life and enjoys the riches in life!!! I love it!!!!
I never expected to feel free and good about myself. This car gives me energy and makes me want to work hard in life and enjoys the riches in life!!! I love it!!!!
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most comfortable and affordable luxury suv!!

by from winter park, fl on July 21, 2017

this vehicle meets everyones needs whether its daily driving or family friendly drivers car it is reliable fun to drive and pretty quick and for an suv it is really good on gas i highly recommend this...
this vehicle meets everyones needs whether its daily driving or family friendly drivers car it is reliable fun to drive and pretty quick and for an suv it is really good on gas i highly recommend this to anyone who is looking for a cheap luxury suv.
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MY WIFE OWNES ONE

by from FORT WAYNE, INDIANA on January 19, 2015

I RECENTLY BOUGHT A BMW X3 3.0...BECAUSE MY WIFE HAS ONE AND I LOVED IT...SO I HAD TO GET ME ONE AS WELL...I DROVE 2 HOURS ONE WAY TO A DEALER NEAR INDIANAPOLIS INDIANA AND IT WAS WELL WORTH THE TRIP ...
I RECENTLY BOUGHT A BMW X3 3.0...BECAUSE MY WIFE HAS ONE AND I LOVED IT...SO I HAD TO GET ME ONE AS WELL...I DROVE 2 HOURS ONE WAY TO A DEALER NEAR INDIANAPOLIS INDIANA AND IT WAS WELL WORTH THE TRIP AND THE DEALER THERE WAS VERY FRIENDLY AND EASY TO WORK WITH..THANK YOU
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