BMW X3/X4 used: prices, strengths/weaknesses, information

The current generation of the BMW X3 (and its coupé variant X4) is on the right track with the first HU. The predecessor series are basically inconspicuous, but have weaknesses. The most important information for used car buyers from the AUTO BILD TÜV report!

BMW X3/X4 (Type G01/G02)

Construction time: Since 2017
150 hp (18d) to 510 hp (M Competition)
Price: from 28,500 euros
Occupant safety (Euro NCAP crash test 2017): 5 Stars

BMW X4 M Competition

The G01/G02 series, which has been built since 2017, is available with up to 510 hp.

That’s him: Bigger and more digital with a freestanding 10.2″ monitor. The third X3-Generation based on the platform of 5ers. Thanks to the approximately five centimeters longer wheelbase, the rear offers more space. Fit into the more usable luggage compartment 550 to 1600 liters.

He can: Good suspension comfort and high processing quality Offer. Many engines: petrol, diesel, a plug-in hybrid, since the beginning of 2021 also electric (iX3).

This is annoying: Lots of callbacks: about because of missing screw connection of the rear spoiler, faulty calipers, trouble with seat belts and airbags as well as electrical problems (xDrive30e and iX3).

BMW X3/X4 (Type F25/F26)

Construction time: 2010 to 2017
Engines: 143 hp (18d) to 313 hp (35d)
Price: from 11,500 euros
Occupant safety (Euro NCAP crash test 2011): 5 Stars


Type F25/F26 was produced from 2010 to 2017. In 2014 there was a facelift.

That’s him: 8.3 centimeters longer with more space. Revised engines, manual six-speed gearbox, great ZF eight-speed automatic is standard with more powerful engines, for the first time also adjustable dampers. The 2014 facelift brought a fresher look and a new diesel.

BMW X3 in the AUTO BILD used car market

He can: Thanks to the improved suspension, you can ride comfortably and nimbly around corners. Also optimized: the noise insulation of the diesel.

This is annoying: DThe timing chain of the 2.0 liter diesel up to model year 2012. Recall due to problems with the vacuum pump of the brake booster. And otherwise? odds and ends like worn door rubbers and crashing navigation systems.

BMW X3 (Type E83)

Construction time: 2003 to 2010
Engines: 150 hp (2.0) to 286 hp (3.0sd)
Price: from 3300 euros
Occupant safety (Euro NCAP crash test 2008): 4 stars

BMW X3 18d

The first BMW X3 (E83) was launched in 2003. The revised version was released in September 2006.

That’s him: Dhe smaller brother of the X5. Trailer load: depending on the engine between 1600 and 2000 kilos. Somewhat thin equipment, basic models looked pretty cheap in the series plastic look until the 2006 facelift.

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He can: Nsprings only conditionally. Up until the 2006 facelift, there was no real comfort. But good engines: The inline six convince with performance and smoothness. But: The three-liter diesel has only been available with a particle filter since the end of 2005.
This is annoying: The panoramic glass roof. What else? The timing chain of the N47 from 9/2007, dead batteries, broken pulleys on the 2.0d, a recall for the common rail pumps (2004/2005).

TÜV verdict

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The G01 does not show any weaknesses in this chapter. On the other hand, the steering joints of the F25 are consistently criticized more frequently. In addition, springs and dampers weaken in the second HU, in the E83 more than twice as often as on average. The axles are stable in all three series and rust never occurs until old age.

MAngels on the headlights exceed the average in the fifth and seventh year. Their setting and the taillights give little cause for complaint. In contrast to the turn signals, which are criticized twice as often in the third HU as on average.

Everything in the green area – except for the parking brake function of the E83. The inspectors could not find any faults in the brake lines, only a few in the foot brake and brake hoses, and the brake discs also perform well.
The F25 in particular has problems here: it spills too much oil during the second HU and After five and seven years – like many BMWs – often rattles through the emissions test. In any case, it cannot be due to the very durable exhaust systems.

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