BMW X3 xDrive Repair and Maintenance

A guide to problems, costs, maintenance and repair for your BMW X3 xDrive

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BMW X3 xDrive Problems

Check Engine Light with Code P30FF and Rattle from Engine

The BMW X3 xDrive35i turbo engine suffers from waste gate issues which become progressively worse with normal driving and especially with harsh driving conditions.

The turbocharger uses exhaust gas to create air pressure which is then forced into the engine. When there is no demand for power, the exhaust gases are released into the exhaust through a waste gate to prevent the turbo from speeding up.

“Waste gate rattle” or “Turbo rattle” is a result of excessive movement between the waste gate and the waste gate seat. This is a progressive issue with the following symptoms:

  • Rattling at cold start
  • Rattling upon deceleration
  • Loss of power
  • Check Engine Light Illumination
  • Manufacturer Specific OBD trouble code P30FF
  • Very poor engine performance and MPG

Adjustment of the waste gate actuator can solve the issue, but the issue will return. If adjustment does not correct the issue, the turbocharger waste gate must be rebuilt with new bushings, or the turbocharger must be replaced. BMW has replaced many turbocharger assemblies under warranty to correct this issue.

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BMW X3 xDrive Questions

where is the hood sensor located cause it says hood is open (1 answer)

The hood is closed but the dash message says hood open and i have looked at the manual but doesnt show where even a sensor is located. A ding sound indicates

Signal error torque from engine management (1 answer)

I changed the front hood decal but need help with trunk, sticks out?? (1 answer)

Trunk decal has a metal casing making it hard to take off??

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BMW X3 xDrive Recalls

Electronic Power Steering Control Unit Fire Hazard

The electronic power steering (EPS) control unit may have improperly welded electrical contacts. This could cause excessive resistance and a fire hazard. Dealers will replace the EPS unit free of charge to resolve the concern.

Driver's Frontal Air Bag Inflator Separates Causing Metal To Strike Occupants

The driver's frontal air bag inflator may not be welded properly and may separate upon air bag deployment. This would cause metal fragments to strike occupants, causing injury or death. Dealers will replace the driver's frontal air bag assembly free of charge to resolve the concern.

Child Restraint Lower Anchor Bars Become Damaged

The child restraint lower anchor bars used to secure child restraint seats may become damaged during use. Dealers will weld a reinforcing bracket to the lower anchor bars and vehicle body free of charge to resolve the concern.

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BMW X3 xDrive Reviews

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