Used BMW X3 2004 - 2011 review

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(2004 - 2011)
Used BMW X3 2004 - 2011
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What used BMW X3 4x4 will I get for my budget?

Prices start at £2500 for a BMW X3, but for this sort of figure, it will be a 2004-2005 2.5i petrol model with over 100,000 miles, or a 2.0d with close to 200,000 miles. It’s better to up your budget, therefore. The 2.0d is by far the most popular engine, and £7000 will buy an SE model with 70,000 miles while £8000 will buy a facelifted example. Last-of-the-line 2.0ds can still be bought from BMW main dealers with a 12-month warranty for £10,000-£12,000, depending on specification.

The larger-engined diesels, the 3.0d and the range-topping 3.0sd, cost upwards of £5000, although for that figure they will be tired and worn out. Up the budget to £7000 and an M Sport 3.0d with 60,000 miles will be available, while the range-topping 30sd with 40,000 miles will cost £10,500.

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How much does it cost to run a BMW X3 4x4?

With several different petrol and diesel engines on offer there is a sizeable range of running costs for an X3, so it pays to do your research before buying. VED ranges from £185 for an xDrive18d to £500 for a 3.0i petrol model, with the best-selling 2.0d costing £270 for an early car (2004-2007) and £210 for a post 2007 example. The 3.0d and 3.0sd (latterly badged as an xDrive35d) both cost £295 a year to tax.

The permanent four-wheel drive of the X3 does blunt its economy somewhat, but the xDrive18d will return over 40mpg and the 2.0d isn’t far behind. However, note that choosing a car with an automatic gearbox will see that figure drop to closer to 35mpg.

Despite their more powerful six-cylinder diesel engines the 3.0d and 3.0sd will both average 30mpg, but the 2.5i and 3.0i petrol models are best avoided unless your annual mileage is low as both struggle to better 20mpg on a regular basis.

In terms of servicing BMW dealers have a fixed-price menu for the X3 2.0-litre diesel with an oil service costing £159, a major Inspection 1 service at £257 and the even more comprehensive Inspection 2 service at £443. For a petrol-engined 3.0i, those figures will be £199, £267 and £537 respectively.


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