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2006 BMW X3 #4976307
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kenwin30 Offline OP
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My wife came across this car, it has 120k on it !! She wants me to buy it ! Where do these cars stand as far as reliability goes ? I usually stick with Toyota or Honda, how well does this BMW stack up against these two. Need some feedback before i pull the trigger. Thanks

Re: 2006 BMW X3 [Re: kenwin30] #4976309
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I did 60k in 3 years on my '06 X3, taking it to around 150k miles when I traded it.

I did a valve cover gasket and oil filter housing gasket. I had full records for it and it got a new transfer case early in its life under warranty.

It is one of the best BMWs ever made, especially from a reliability standpoint.

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Re: 2006 BMW X3 [Re: kenwin30] #4976338
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You're asking to be turned off euro cars completely if you buy a high mileage one coming from Japanese cars especially if they are older. I respect Roofless' opinion but this situation is just asking for trouble, and I would hate for you to have a bad experience and become a euro car hater for life.


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Re: 2006 BMW X3 [Re: kenwin30] #4976383
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Just plan on it being a more maintenance-heavy vehicle. Go into it with low expectations and you won't be disappointed.

That said, six cylinder BMWs are pretty good. Automatics transmissions are GM-sourced, which means the fluid is standard Dexron fare rather than expensive ZF fluid.

Generally, with BMWs of this vintage, cooling components will need to be replaced, as everything is plastic. Sunroof leaks are common across several models as well- usually the drains get clogged or overwhelmed.

For a DIY, the average BMW isn't that much more costly to own than a Japanese vehicle, and you're usually getting a vehicle that performs better and has better features. If you prefer to just perform general maintenance, stick to Asian makes. If you're comfortable with a little diagnosis and repair, feel free to pick up a Euro car.


2012 Kia Forte EX 2.0 I4 6AT 41k- Magnatec 5w20
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Re: 2006 BMW X3 [Re: kenwin30] #4976402
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Originally Posted by kenwin30
how well does this BMW stack up against these two.


A [censored] of a lot depends on how experienced you are with wrenching and how willing you are to do the repairs. There is a reason why these can be bought for only $4 or $5K. You could end up spending that much again on repairs and service the first year if you have to take it in to a shop.

Re: 2006 BMW X3 [Re: kenwin30] #4976410
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It seems like doubling the maintenance budget between an asian vs european vehicle is a good rule of thumb. Things break more often and when they do the part and labor will cost more.


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Re: 2006 BMW X3 [Re: kenwin30] #4976427
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What's your budget like and how badly would an expensive repair hurt you?
OTOH, costly repairs can happen at random with any Toyota or Honda, so this little Beemer might not be any worse.
Does this little guy come with service history?
Who is the seller?
If a BMW dealer or the original owner or a guy who's had it titled for at least a couple of years I'd be more comfortable.
If a flip artist, find another X3.
They are pretty common and are pretty cheap used cars.


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Re: 2006 BMW X3 [Re: benhen77] #4976433
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Originally Posted by benhen77
For a DIY, the average BMW isn't that much more costly to own than a Japanese vehicle, and you're usually getting a vehicle that performs better and has better features. If you prefer to just perform general maintenance, stick to Asian makes. If you're comfortable with a little diagnosis and repair, feel free to pick up a Euro car.
If you don't wrench you are going to get hosed on a euro car, it's only a matter of time. With BMW it seems to be a little worse because I would not want to risk those notorious cooling system components.


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Re: 2006 BMW X3 [Re: kenwin30] #4976436
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These cars hold up but they do have issues. We loved our X3 untl we outgrew it, Im actually learning how hard these guys are to sell!! Valve cover gasket and oil filter housing leaks, sometimes the PCVs fail and youll need the valve cover, usually about 1000 job. Ive done more transfer cases on these models only with the N52K than any other, we usually source a used unit with low miles. Im guessing the additional power opposed to the m54 is whats killing them. Water pumps are electronic, also a 1000 repair, but oddly I see them fail on these cars much much less than the 3 or 5s from the same year. Shocks and lower arms are also common replacement items.


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2005 BMW M3 BMW Twin Power 10/60
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Re: 2006 BMW X3 [Re: maxdustington] #4976477
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Originally Posted by maxdustington
If you don't wrench you are going to get hosed on a euro car, it's only a matter of time. With BMW it seems to be a little worse because I would not want to risk those notorious cooling system components.


+1. I own an '06 BMW 330ci. If I did not do all my own repairs I'd get rid of it. BMWs are not the least bit reliable after they get some years on them. Mine always has something going wrong. If I had to take it to the dealer or a mechanic I'd be hosed. Having to buy parts all the time is bad enough.

Re: 2006 BMW X3 [Re: kenwin30] #4976524
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My wife and I put 198k on a 2004 BMW X3. Only one real big ticket expense- a transfer case. I did R&R the cooling system at 130k along with the oil separator and oil filter housing gasket. My wife and I both loved it, but she found a Mini that she liked. I sold the X3 to a friend and he just hit 215k miles and so far has only had to R&R the front brakes.


Mine:
2014 M235i
2009 Cooper Clubman
1999 Wrangler Sahara
1995 318ti Club Sport

Wife's:
2015 X1 xDrive28i M Sport


Son's
2009 328i

Buy what makes you smile...
Re: 2006 BMW X3 [Re: kenwin30] #4976585
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BMW = Break My Wallet.

There is a reason used BMW's are cheap. They cost a lot to fix... and (in my experience) they need a lot of fixing.


... using Mobil 1 since 1976.
Re: 2006 BMW X3 [Re: twoheeldrive] #4976591
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Originally Posted by twoheeldrive
BMW = Break My Wallet.

There is a reason used BMW's are cheap. They cost a lot to fix... and (in my experience) they need a lot of fixing.


If only I had known!!!
crackmeup


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2014 M235i
2009 Cooper Clubman
1999 Wrangler Sahara
1995 318ti Club Sport

Wife's:
2015 X1 xDrive28i M Sport


Son's
2009 328i

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Re: 2006 BMW X3 [Re: kenwin30] #4976914
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We had a 2008 X3. My recomendation is if you are not an experienced DIY'er AND cant afford a 1 or 2k repair bill dont do it. We had xfer case fail 3k, pano roof fail another 3k (didnt do) various oil leaks and sensors. I paid an indy as I coildn't/wouldnt do some jobs.Oil leaks and sensors are cheap enough if you can do it. Xfer case is going to cost some money no matter who does it. With 120k miles I would want to see some maintanence. 10k-15kOCI if they used conventional oil would be troublesome.

Re: 2006 BMW X3 [Re: kenwin30] #4977062
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Originally Posted by kenwin30
My wife came across this car, it has 120k on it !! She wants me to buy it ! Where do these cars stand as far as reliability goes ? I usually stick with Toyota or Honda, how well does this BMW stack up against these two. Need some feedback before i pull the trigger. Thanks

All Euro cars require preventive maintenance. That is also how Germans think, it is cultural thing.
On X3 transfer case seems weak point, as any BMW cooling system is an issue (I personally would change all hoses and radiator on such old car, Euro or Asian, does not matter. Pump is electric and pricy). Oil filter housing gasket and valve cover gasket. However, there is no six cyl that is that smooth and that develops power in that fashion.
See if records are available, how it drives, any jerking at parking lot speeds (indication of failed transfer case).
If all that checks out and you get car, here is thing:
1. Change TC fluid, use ONLY BMW TC fluid.
2. Change tranny fluid and filter. As mentioned it is GM sourced, you can use I guess Maxlife etc.
3. Differentials. Change fluid.
4. Get used on buying oils with specific approvals and not generic synthetic oil (they are though not any more expensive and readily available in Wal Mart).

They do require more attention, but no Asian SUV and majority cars will drive like that senior citizen smile

Last edited by edyvw; 01/12/19 02:33 PM.

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