Advice for buyers
What should I look for in a used BMW X3 4x4?
Make sure you check the alloy wheels for kerb damage, particularly on M Sport cars with larger wheels that are more susceptible to striking something. Parking sensors are standard on the X3, so parking dents and scratches shouldn’t be a major issue.
Even so, make sure there are no poor-quality paint repairs to the bumpers and bodywork because they could void the corrosion warranty if they weren’t carried out to the manufacturer's specification.
A manufacturing flaw with the swivel bearings on the front suspension could lead to fractures in the part over time. It affects vehicles made from 4-7 September 2019, and you can find out if your car is affected by contacting your BMW dealer.
Rear brake calipers
The rear brake calipers on some X3s built between 16 April and 8 June 2018 might not have been made to the correct specification, and this could result in reduced braking performance. You might also notice a soft brake pedal. Check with a local BMW dealer to find out if your car is affected.
A screw in one of the connections at the bottom of the steering column might not have been tightened correctly at the factory on vehicles manufactured from 11 April to 2 August 2018. If your X3 was built between those dates, it will need to be inspected by a technician at a BMW workshop.
Front seat belt buckles
The cable for the electrical connection in the front seat belt buckles has been found to be too short in some examples built between 15 January and 14 February 2020, and this could compromise safety. If this recall applies to your X3, it will need to be inspected at a BMW dealership and be replaced if found to be faulty.
High-voltage battery short circuit
A recall was issued in 2020 regarding potential particles in the cells of the high-voltage battery causing a short circuit. A total of 2665 cars were said to be affected, and by contacting your local BMW dealership the high voltage cells can be tested and replaced if necessary at no cost to owners.