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Resources for the Repair and Maintenance of your 2005 BMW X3

2005 BMW X3

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2005 BMW X3 Problems

Engine -- Verified

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.

Engine -- Verified

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.

Heating & Air Conditioning -- texasx3driver and 10 others

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?

Miscellaneous -- Verified

A creak or squeak can be heard from the top of the front or rear doors. This noise is most noticeable when the windows are fully up. The noise is caused by the decay of the flocking material on the door seals. New door seals, Teflon tape, special lube, or a combination of all of these may be needed to eliminate the noise.

Engine -- Verified

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.

2005 BMW X3 Recalls (Recent)

Body, Interior & Misc.

Summary: 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 AIR BAGS, WITH THE EXCEPTION OF THE HEAD PROTECTION SYSTEM, WILL BE DEACTIVATED AND THE AIR BAG WARNING LAMP AS WELL AS THE PASSENGER AIR BAG "ON-OFF" LAMP WILL BE ILLUMINATED.

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Body, Interior & Misc., September 13, 2007

RepairPal Expert Overview:

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

 

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2005 BMW X3 Questions and Answers

fixmyown, 2005 BMW X3, Chicago, IL

How do I replace the tail lights on my X3.  The user manual says return to the dealer.

paintman72, 2005 BMW X3, Dothan, AL

already changed oil and filter
how do i reset service indicator

Visitor, 2005 BMW X3, East Brunswick, NJ

HOOD WILL NOT COMPLETELY CLOSE.ABLE TO LOCK BUT THERE IS A GAP.

Tresa Kelmeckis, 2005 BMW X3, Pittsburgh, PA

my 2005 bmw x3 passenger side airbag is on, how do i turn it off? please, please help!

Mslexx01, 2005 BMW X3, Stone Mountain, GA

my radio is stuck on phone and i dont know how to switch to radio?

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