2005 BMW X3 Repair and Maintenance

A guide to problems, costs, maintenance and repair for your 2005 BMW X3

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2005 BMW X3 Problems

Burning Smell or Oil Drips on the Ground Due to Engine Oil Leak

Valve cover gasket leaks are common after 60,000 miles. Symptoms will include oil drips under the vehicle and burning oil smell from the engine compartment.

Coolant Loss Due to Leak from Expansion Tank

An engine coolant leak may develop from the expansion tank resulting in engine overheating. When a cooling system component fails the entire cooling system should be inspected. It is not uncommon to find additional component have failed or are leaking.

Overheating can cause severe engine damage. If the engine begins to overheat it is recommended to stop at the first available location and have your vehicle towed to a repair shop.

Check Engine Light and/or Engine Overheating

The thermostat may fail resulting in engine overheating and/or illumination of the Check Engine Light. Replacement of the thermostat along with a complete inspection of the cooling system will be necessary to correct this concern.

Overheating can cause severe engine damage. If the engine begins to overheat it is recommended to stop at the first available location and have your vehicle towed to a repair shop.

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2005 BMW X3 Questions

ABS, Brake warning and DSC 4X4 warning Lts come on and stay on. (2 answers)

I have a BMW X3 2005, lately after driving on a bumpy road a warning sound and the ABS, Brake warning and DSC 4X4 warning Lts come on and stay on.
After switching off and restarting, the lights go off until I hit a bumpy road again.

car starts, idles erraticly then stalls. (1 answer)

car starts but idles rough. takes 3or4 seconds for tach and gauges to come on, then engine shuts off.

is the 205 x3 known for the forward part of the driveshaft breaking w/o a hit? (1 answer)

I hit something in the rd lost the shaft differential , transfer case . my ins will not pay said car is known for that! it is bs. this is with safeco/liberty mutual they will not total it or pay to fix. you can't break a driveshaft without hitting something it will cost a little o/ 4k to f...

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2005 BMW X3 Recalls

Aftermarket Hitch Style Bicycle Rack May Cause Injury

Certain aftermarket BMW bike carriers, P/N 82110393954, sold for use on 2005 BMW X3 and X5 vehicles. A pinch bolt exists between the bike arm bracket and the upright assembly of the hitch style bicycle rack. When moving the bike arm bracket to its down position, the pinch point has the potential of causing severe injury to the users finger or hand. BMW will provide a repair kit and instructions on repair.  The campaign # is 07E069000

 

Recall 08V384000
BMW IS RECALLING 200,000 MY 2006 3 SERIES SPORT SEAT, MY 2004-2006 5 SERIES STANDARD AND SPORT SEAT, AND MY 2004-2006 X3 PASSENGER VEHICLES. DEPENDING ON THE MANNER AND FREQUENCY OF THE FRONT PASSENGER'S ENTRY AND EXIT, SMALL CRACKS HAVE DEVELOPED IN THE MAT. IF THIS OCCURS, THE FRONT PASSENGER...

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