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Old 09-14-2013, 05:24 PM   #1
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2010 X3...Should I get it?

I'm looking at an 2010 X3 3.0i with 90,000km for $27k. Is the X3 a reliable vehicle? Are there any issues with it?

Any type of advice is appreciated. Thanks

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Old 09-14-2013, 07:00 PM   #2
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Personally I would stay away from the X series, from what I've heard there's many issues. Plus for 27K there's many other BMW's that you'd be able to get more for your money.

Why the X3 specifically?
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Old 11-28-2013, 01:44 PM   #3
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I have a '07 X3 3.0si and I have not had significant problems after 110,000 kms. O2 sensor went recently and had to be swapped. That's about it.

Great driving vehicle. I drive a VW Golf daily and the X3 is my wife's car. It's such a big difference in handling and just driving experience.
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Old 08-10-2014, 11:15 PM   #4
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I love X3, too. You should get it
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Old 08-31-2014, 07:28 AM   #5
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X3 has the same reliability as the 3 series for the most part...however, the E53 and E70 are different animals, especially the V8s...log into for more info...I signed up when I was looking for an E70
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Old 09-21-2014, 09:20 PM   #6
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By 2010, which was the last year of the e83 x3's, most if not all of the previous issues with the x3 were ironed out. The earlier models (07/08) had some issues with the auto tranny that caused harsh up/down shifting on inclines and declines but I haven't heard any complaints from the 2010 crowd about this issue as I believe something was replaced in the later years to remedy the problem.

Other than that they have similar issues as the three series which aren't too bad. I'd think about doing a complete driveline fluid change if you do end up picking it up and ensure you go with the BMW fluid in the transfer case. The drivelines aren't known to be that robust on the x3 but with servicing they should be fine.

X3's also have a common fault that is pretty rare as far as I know which is the rear springs break and need replacement. They aren't too expensive and are relatively easy to fix.

The 3.0i got the n52 engine which i what mine has as well. I find it a really nice drive and fairly reliable with the exception of some common oil leak areas which aren't anything to worry about (typically valve cover gasket and oil cooler gaskets).

Most people online tend to hate the x3 but those who actually own them tend to love them or at the very least have a love/hate relationship with them. They are undoubtedly one of the best handling "SAV's" on the market and I've really enjoyed mine despite the tranny problems I encountered that I outlined earlier.

Also, from my experience, is the most active e83 forum around and has a wealth of info and knowledgable members to help answer questions.
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