BMW X3 Owner’s Guide

The BMW X3 is one of the most versatile and luxurious compact crossover vehicles available today. Now in its 12th production year, the X3 is still a favorite among premium crossover owners. Over the years its had several updates, but from the first run the BMW X3 has stood out as a reliable, comfortable option for a wide range of drivers.

The BMW X3 Essentials

The X3 is BMW’s mid-range crossover, but it’s definitely not short on style, size and handling even when compared to its big brother the X5. Here’s what you need to know about this high-performance compact SUV if you are in the market for a new vehicle.

Performance
The design and interior may be luxe, but BMW has always put performance at the forefront of every vehicle they create. Depending on the engine selected, owners can expect:

• 240-300 horsepower
• 26-34 MPG (highway)
• Top speed of 121-152 MPH
• All-wheel drive
• Choice of four engines
• Adjustable drive settings through the Driving Dynamics Control
• Adaptive headlights
• Choice of 6-speed manual, 6-speed automatic or 8-speed automatic

Interior
From the outside the X3 is a showstopper. Once inside you’ll be just as impressed. BMW has perfectly blended sportiness and class with the leather seats, wood trim and simple, yet attractive gauges. The interior provides ample room for both passengers and cargo without feeling overly big.

The newer models offer a more luxurious interior than the earliest X3s, but they all provide significant comfort and style. There are currently three trim options to choose from, each one as equally well crafted and luxurious as the next.

Tech Components
In today’s tech-driven world our vehicles are increasingly being synced with all of our electronic devices. It’s not an exaggeration to say that the BMW X3 could be an office or entertainment center on wheels.

• Bluetooth capable with Bluetooth Mobile Office
• iDrive infotainment system with touchpad screen
• Navigation system that syncs with Google points of interest
• iPod and USB connectivity
• 12-speaker audio system

Upgrades and Options
The X3 comes standard with a laundry list of features you won’t find in other vehicles. But true to form, BMW offers a wide array of upgrades and options that allow owners to customize the vehicle to their liking. Upgrades you’ll find on new and used BMW X3s include:

• Rear-wheel drive
• Sport seats in front
• Smartphone integration
• Larger iDrive screen
• Dynamic handling package
• xLine trim package
• M Sport trim package
• Premium package
• Panoramic sunroof
• Heated seats and steering wheel

Common Problems, Service and Maintenance on the BMW X3

The X3 is undoubtedly one of the best performing crossover vehicles, and when it comes to handling this BMW is hard to beat. However, over the years a few chinks have been found in its otherwise pristine armor. The most common problems and maintenance issues that have been reported include:

• Leaks in the expansion tank which leads to coolant loss
• Leaks in the valve cover gasket after 60,000 miles
• A/C malfunctions
• Engine overheating – often due to the expansion tank coolant leak
• Door seals decaying prematurely
• Thermostat failure
• Leaks in the power steering hose
• Coolant leaks in the radiator

German Auto Center is an Austin BMW maintenance and service shop that specializes in the BMW X3. When you need BMW repair in Austin, TX you can trust the experts at our Bosch-authorized service center. We have been helping BMW owners keep their vehicles in perfect working condition for more than 35 years. Come by today or call to schedule an appointment with one of our certified Austin BMW technicians.