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#4175 of 4185 2011 x3 battery issues
May 21, 2012 (4:57 pm)
For anyone looking to buy an x3 (2011 and newer) make sure your driving habits call for 20 plus miles a day or you will have a dead battery. You can also buy a trickler charger from BMW for about $73 and charge it up once per week (must be bmw's version of a hybrid!) Seems that while they were developing all of the electrical add ons, they did not design a battery that could support it
#4176 of 4185 Re: 2011 x3 battery issues [paul2379]
May 27, 2012 (2:04 pm)
Paul is completely RIGHT!
I bought a new 2011 six months ago and put on about 300miles.
The battery went dead on me 3X in the six months and the dealer (Motorwers)suggestion is to keep the car plugged in to the charger!
This is a $48K car and I have to keep it plugged in to start?
What if I go on vacation and leave the car at the airport 2-3 weeks? Shall I take a VERY long extension cord with me to be sure that it starts?
I contacted BMW customer service but they are totally useless useless and incompetent.
They sent several emails saying to contact the dealer but never addressed the design flaw, that is the battery runs down because of all the electronics are not properly interlocked.
Now what are all electronics and gadgets good for if THE CAR Will NOT START?
#4177 of 4185 Re: 2011 x3 battery issues [nobmw3]
May 30, 2012 (7:49 am)
I agree. BMWUSA was completely useless. All they said is that the owners manual refers to the problem if the owner of the car is not driving it enough and "it is not a design flaw".
I have had good success with the dealer in my area (Asheville BMW) in working on it but they can't fix a design flaw after the fact.
Hopefully if enough people complain about it to BMW they can either develop a recall fix or at the very least redesign the battery for the 2013 models.
#4178 of 4185 Re: BMW X3 - start issues [cbf263]
Jul 17, 2012 (3:26 pm)
Did you get an answer to your problem? My issues with BMW's I've owned (6 total) but not the X3 model have all centered on electrical issues. Anti-theft system is one of the biggest culprits to an off key drain of the battery causing difficulty with starting. If the vehicle is left for several days 3-7 without starting you may come back to a dead battery.
BMW refuses to admit any issues with their electrical components because Germans don't make mistakes!! Bottomline Upfront:
- issues could be from the fuel pump or fuel filter a indicator that the pump is going bad is difficulty in starting and extremely poor gas milage
- offkey drain of battery due to electrical problems culprits car alarm, radio, onboard computer, door locks to name a few.
- bad turbo charge / fuel injector / starter / alternator
My recommendation is to find a good Mechanic that is certified (BMW) and ideally doesn't work at a dealership. I live in Germany but there use to be a mechanic in Roseville and another in Libertyville that owned their shop. Sorry, I don't remember their names; but, the guy in Roseville shop was attached to a NAPA Autoparts store. I can tell you that if you maintain your vehicle with a good mechanic you'll never have to buy another vehicle.
#4180 of 4185 Hardwire V1 radar detector
Jan 27, 2013 (4:00 pm)
Has anyone tried to hard wire power to V1 on 2013 X3 yet? I've been searching posts on forums and see posts for earlier years...just haven't come across anyone who has hard wired 2013 model yet. I've hard wired my '03 330Xi and '08 335Xi via the overhead console, which worked out very well. The console on the X3 is fitted differently (unit is more compact and seems tighter to roof lining) and doing research prior to diving in. Any helpful hints or links appreciated. Thanks.
#4181 of 4185 Re: BMW 2008 Motor Mount Bolt problems [mthompson2]
Feb 17, 2013 (9:59 am)
I have the same problem with my 2008 325i 51K miles. Two broken motor mount bolts that caused additional damage to other parts of the car since the engine dropped on the passenger side. Service tech said car was unsafe to drive and could have caused serious accident/injury. I just filed a complaint with the National Hwy Traffic and Safety Admin. It only takes 5 min. to do so online at nhtsa.gov. If you haven't filed a complaint I would urge you to do so. I will also be contacting BMW of NA to see if they will cover some of these costly repairs. There are many BMW owners with the same problems due to these aluminum rather than steel motor mount bolts. This should be a recall issue.
#4183 of 4185 2014 BMW X3 Diesel?
Apr 10, 2013 (4:43 pm)
Europe has a Diesel version of the BMW X3 which gets 54 mpg on the lenient European cycle, which means it might get something like 36 mpg on the American cycle. I've searched the Web to see if there is any information on getting the Diesel here, but to no avail. Does anyone know?
#4184 of 4185 Re: BMW 2008 Motor Mount Bolt problems [janetd4]
Apr 15, 2013 (1:30 pm)
My 2008 BMW X3 with 59,000 miles sheared all 4 motor mount bolts in normal street driving. BMW said “tough luck”. A quick internet search indicated this was not an isolated incident, many other relatively low mileage BMW’s have had sheared motor mount bolts.
I believe this problem to be a serious safety issue and filed a complaint with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. I encourage others that have had similar problems to file NHTSA complaints at the following website:
Click the “REPORT A VEHICLE OR CHILD SEAT DEFECT” Tab and submit your complaint. If there are enough complaints, BMW will, hopefully, be forced to acknowledge this problem and issue a safety recall.