2008 BMW X3 Repair and Maintenance

A guide to problems, costs, maintenance and repair for your 2008 BMW X3

2008 BMW X3 Problems

Oil Leaks From Engine Area

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.

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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2008 BMW X3 Questions

Noise when coasting from 40 to 30 mph. (1 answer)

X3 has 81000 miles on it. When I coast from 40 to 30 mph there is a whirring noise from the rear of the car. Has the differential fluid changed and still there. Could it be a wheel bearing or differential bearing?

Frequency of oil change? (2 answers)

My 2008 X3 transmission clunks when cold from stationary. (1 answer)

Problem only occurs for the first few stops in the mornings then OK when warmed up.
BMW say the solution is a new transmission.

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2008 BMW X3 Recalls

Driver's Frontal Air Bag Inflator Ruptures And Sprays Metal Fragments

The driver's frontal air bag inflator may deploy the air bag with excessive pressure, resulting in the inflator rupturing and causing metal debris to be sprayed onto vehicle occupants. Dealers will replace the driver's frontal air bag free of charge to resolve the concern.

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