2005 BMW X3 Repair and Maintenance

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

2005 BMW X3 Problems

a/c not working properly

I noticed the a/c not cooling properly couple of weeks ago. 57k on the car. I charged it up with freon which took a whole can. Worked great after that, week later steam/smoke came out of the vents & since then the a/c is steadily becoming less cool. Read reports about faulty evaporators, hope I don't have to replace that, hoping it's something more simple like split "o" rings. any similar issues out there?

Coolant Leak From Radiator

It is not uncommon for the radiator to develop a coolant leak. A leaking radiator will require replacement. When a leaking radiator is replaced the entire cooling system should be inspected and if any additional leaks are found they should be repaired also.

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.

Water Pump May Develop Coolant Leak

The low coolant light may illuminate and/or the engine may overheat as a result of a coolant leak from the water pump. The leaking pump will require replacement and the entire cooling system should be inspected for leaks as it is not uncommon to find multiple leaks on higher mileage vehicles.

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

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...

I have just pulled into garage, heard a pop from engine and garage flooded with (2 answers)

Coolant. Any ideas if this a serious problem or perhaps a hose?Rad has been losing coolant slowly, also seems a coincidence that I put heat on, unusual as I live FL

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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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