2013 BMW X3 Consumer Reviews

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2013 Bmw X 3
3.8
Average based on 24 reviews
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Reliability .... Look elsewhere.

by from Ottawa, On. on February 6, 2014

Although there were lots of things I initially liked about this vehicle, it's all overshadowed by the fact that our 2013 X3 has left us stranded 3 times in a month. Huge battery discharge problems. It...
Although there were lots of things I initially liked about this vehicle, it's all overshadowed by the fact that our 2013 X3 has left us stranded 3 times in a month. Huge battery discharge problems. It's been to the dealer many times. They charge the battery and send us on our way. Lots of senseless excuses and suggestions - you don't drive enough,( we live in the country - everything is a drive.) Don't use the electric components ... like the radio. Really !! They even installed a trickler. Kept it constantly plugged in, and still left us stranded after driving 56 km. Every company can be great until you have a problem and you see how they deal with it, and you. BMW - not so great. Really disappointing.
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Purchased a used car

Uses car for Commuting

Does not recommend this car

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Extremely Refined

by from Amelia Island, FL on January 22, 2013

We have owned BMWs going back to the 2002. Have owned usually the 3 and 5 series and most recently a 2006 X3. This new 2013 X3 is extremely refined compared to the 2006. The differences are very notic...
We have owned BMWs going back to the 2002. Have owned usually the 3 and 5 series and most recently a 2006 X3. This new 2013 X3 is extremely refined compared to the 2006. The differences are very noticeable. It's still a BMW in terms of handling & performance, but the ride is extremely smooth and the wind noise (particularly with the sunscreen open and the sunroof closed) is radically reduced. The around town mileage has been 25-26 and highway runs 27-28. All in all, a big step ahead from the original X3. An outstanding vehicle in every way so far!
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Honestly Amazing Car From an Incredible Brand

by from West Virginia on October 2, 2013

The X3 xdrive 35i is the best vehicle I have ever owned. It's performance is incredible. It feels like far more than 300 lb. ft. of torque. it gets up and goes. With bliztech winter tires on this vehi...
The X3 xdrive 35i is the best vehicle I have ever owned. It's performance is incredible. It feels like far more than 300 lb. ft. of torque. it gets up and goes. With bliztech winter tires on this vehicle will quite literally go anywhere in the winter. My ex has an extremely long steep driveway that is nearly solid ice in the winter and my X3 never once had a problem going up it. If you are looking for a smaller or mid size luxurious suv this should be at the top if your list. Prior to my X3 I owned an Acura TSX, then an Audi Q5, and a Mercedes-Benz GLK 350 in that order. The TSX was a good car but it diminished quickly and had quite a few problems. By the time I traded it in I had to hold the pedal to the floor to get up most hills and inclines. The Q5 did very poorly in rain or snow and had multiple mechanical issues. The navigation would freeze, I had several problems with the engine, the power steering went out on the interstate, the passenger headlight malfunctioned. Needless to say I traded it in after 6 short months. The GLK was a great car but the interior was extremely cheap even in the top trim model with AMG package I had. Amongst other problems the back vents broke twice, the glovebox wouldn't close and had to be left open until I had time to get it replaced. The interior was also dated with very little luxurious amenities. All in all once you test drive the X3 I can pretty much guarantee that you will be driving it off the lot
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German engineering at its best!!

by from Woodstock VA on January 23, 2013

Have read a lot of reviews on BMWs but never drove one. Took the X3 35i for a drive and knew I needed this vehicle . It's a sports car with a "backpack" is a good way to sum up what BMWs latest design...
Have read a lot of reviews on BMWs but never drove one. Took the X3 35i for a drive and knew I needed this vehicle . It's a sports car with a "backpack" is a good way to sum up what BMWs latest design is on the X3. Excelleration is smooth and handling corners is a breeze. Push the Sport Mode and it doubles the fun. So if you are looking for an AWD sports car that has the ability to haul things, this is the one for you.
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Love this car so far!

by from New Bedford, MA on July 5, 2016

I have owned this car for about a month now and I love it. I'm only on my 2nd car (had my first one 16 years) and had been looking for an SUV and this was definitely the one for me. It has all the f...
I have owned this car for about a month now and I love it. I'm only on my 2nd car (had my first one 16 years) and had been looking for an SUV and this was definitely the one for me. It has all the features I wanted including navigation, bluetooth, cruise control, heated seats, a heated steering wheel, panoramic moonroof, and a love that I can open and close the trunk electronically. The moonroof even has a little net that pops up at the front when you open it which seems to minimize the wind noise. It drives really nicely, and I'm looking forward to taking it on road trips. The design is nice too and even though I bought one that is 3 years old it doesn't look outdated. I am very happy with this car and hope to keep it for a long time.
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Excellent Car

by from Chicago, IL on October 17, 2012

Drives great! Handles well in all weather conditions. The rear seats are very comfortable and spacious, and have ample leg room. This car drives very smoothly, with great pickup when on the highway.
Drives great! Handles well in all weather conditions. The rear seats are very comfortable and spacious, and have ample leg room. This car drives very smoothly, with great pickup when on the highway.
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Uses car for Outdoor sports (hiking, cycling, etc.)

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Excellent Vehicle

by from Minneapolis, MN on August 18, 2013

Overall, this is a very nice vehicle with much to like about it. It is roomier than it appears, and the engineers did a nice job taking advantage of usable space. My wife and I can haul all of our cam...
Overall, this is a very nice vehicle with much to like about it. It is roomier than it appears, and the engineers did a nice job taking advantage of usable space. My wife and I can haul all of our camping gear with plenty of room to spare. My golf bag fits nicely, without having to fold down any seats. The performance is what one would expect from BMW, quick acceleration, and responsive handling. The seating is comfortable, but the wind noise is just a bit above some of the others, but that could be due to the large panoramic roof. Don't get me wrong, this is not a noisy vehicle at all. The overhead park assist feature/option is nice. The numerous sub menus on the iDrive take a bit of getting used to, and that system seems to be a bit more complicated than it needs to be. Yes the options add up, but they do on just about every other car out there. Personally, I do not care for 'red' instrument lighting, but I can live with it. Mercedes instrument clusters are much nicer and easier to read IMO. About the only thing negative I can say (and this is really nit picky) is the cup holders. They work fine, however, from an ergonomic standpoint, I would have placed them behind the shifter versus in front. The current location could cause the shifter to be bumped when reaching, or make easy access to the pre-programmed audio control buttons a bit awkward. I have owned several Mercedes, a Lincoln, and an Audi. This vehicle is as good as any that it competes with. My overall combined MPG is 27.4, which I consider quite respectable. I would recommend this vehicle, but it all comes down to personal preferences.
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Completely Enjoyable Ownership Experience

by from Des Moines, Iowa on August 23, 2015

I leased my 2013 BMW X3 in December of 2012 and it has been a wonderful ownership experience. The car drives and handles like a dream and the cold weather package is second to none. We take my car on ...
I leased my 2013 BMW X3 in December of 2012 and it has been a wonderful ownership experience. The car drives and handles like a dream and the cold weather package is second to none. We take my car on all of our road trips because it is so comfortable to drive and ride in. The only issues I have had are the rear lift gate mechanism needed to be replaced, and I had a loose wire in my right rear door that needed to be tightened up so the window would lower/raise. I consider these to be minor issues. Otherwise the vehicle has been perfect! I have serious considered purchasing this vehicle off lease but due to concerns over high long term cost of ownership I will be returning the vehicle.
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My Second X3 Great Vehicle

by from Oakland, CA on March 4, 2014

Had the first generation X3 bought in 2004, a 3.0, loved driving it, the power, good handling, great package of right size with carrying capacity. Enjoyed it for nine years then got a 2013 X3 xDrive35...
Had the first generation X3 bought in 2004, a 3.0, loved driving it, the power, good handling, great package of right size with carrying capacity. Enjoyed it for nine years then got a 2013 X3 xDrive35i last year. Have 24,000 miles on it in 15 months of driving, the only problem was one run flat tire that had a sidewall puncture and was replaced for free under warranty - I have the tire and wheel warranty. Other than that, no problems whatsoever, and really enjoy the car over my 2004 X3. The engine is smooth and really whooshes along before and after the turbos kick in. And I thought my 2004 was quick, the 2013 flies. The nav and electronics take time to get used to, but right off the bat the navigation, electronic shifter, iDrive knob controller, Satellite radio, Bluetooth calling, all worked well. The voice control still needs work, or I need to work on it, but don't need it much really. Like how I can do most everything while driving through the iDrive controller. My mileage with the 2004 X3 3.0 was around 16 MPG, not great of course. Slightly better with the 2013 version at 19.4, I'm happy. Like the auto start/stop feature, makes me happy to have it shut off at long stop lights, and that I can turn it off in stop and go traffic. Ride is really good, greatly improved over the first version, much more compliant, feels more like the other five BMWs we've had before. We just sold our 2001 325i and got a 2014 328i xDrive GT and love it. Again a great package of seating space, feels like a 5-series especially the back seat, carrying capacity with the big hatch trunk, and driving dynamics with better fuel economy and plenty of performance from the 2.0 turbo four. Excellent reliability, decent gas mileage for a performance vehicle, really great ergonomics for passengers and objects, very good handling and driving dynamics with a super smooth powerful engine. Some of the computer things are difficult to work through admittedly. Searching for stuff through the navigation system can be hit or miss. Voice control is a work in progress. Finding everything in the phone book can be fiddly at times. But otherwise the interior driving experience is very smooth, easy and seamless. Everything easily accessed through the steering wheel controls, or console, or iDrive controller. My wife's GT even has a handwriting recognition touch pad on her iDrive knob! Great cars.
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Purchased a used car

Uses car for Work

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BMW GREAT CAR

by from Warwick, RI on October 24, 2013

Took for a test ride love the car easy stirring and driving. No problem with anything and it also is beautiful
Took for a test ride love the car easy stirring and driving. No problem with anything and it also is beautiful
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