2008 BMW X3 Reviews, Ratings & Specs

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Color:  Crimson Red
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Kelley Blue Book Value®
$7,191 - $8,812
Used Fair Purchase Price Range
Crash Test
Source: NHTSA.gov
MPG (up to)
18 City / 26 HWY
Horsepower
260
Seats
5

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Expert Review

By Kelley Blue Book Editorial Staff

You'll Like The 2008 BMW X3 If...

If you would be driving a German compact sport sedan, such as a BMW 3 Series, but want or need more utility and all-wheel-drive security, the 2008 BMW X3 is the logical choice.

BMW X3 Models & Trims

chevronDown icon 3.0si $7,191 - $8,812
Horsepower: 260 hp
Engine Type: Gas I6
Standard Seating: N/A
Standard Wheels: 17 x 8.0, 19 x 9.0 (in.) - Alloy
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Owner Reviews

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2008 Black BMW X3 3.0....

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Seats are pretty comfortable, really big sunroof, not a lot of issues until past 100k miles. Rough idle and rough shifting with automatic transmission. Each minor fix or maintenance expensive due to European vehicle.

Isaac W
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Most important thing about my car is that it is mine.

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I like the color and structure of the car it looks very nice. However, I dislike that it does not have any air vents in the second row of seats. As well as the fact that when you turn or reverse it throws itself.

A P
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Luxuriously made, spacious and economical. Adventure is limitless.

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My luxurious, smooth easy handling, spacious BMW x3 performs just as well at 10 years old 100k miles as it did new. Has power everything, leather interior, and a small amount of cosmetic damage to the outside.

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Compare Models & Key Features

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Overview

Kelley Blue Book Value

Kelley Blue Book Value
$7,191 - $8,812

Horsepower

Horsepower
260 (hp)

Bluetooth

Bluetooth
Optional
Optional

BackUp Camera

BackUp Camera
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Engine Type

Engine Type
3.0L DOHC 24
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Convenience & Comfort

Sun Roof

Sun Roof
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Alarm

Alarm
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BackUp Camera

BackUp Camera
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HeadsUp Display

HeadsUp Display
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Not Available

Keyless Entry

Keyless Entry
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Standard

Universal Garage Door Opener

Universal Garage Door Opener
Optional
Optional

Rain Sensing Wipers

Rain Sensing Wipers
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Standard

Heated Mirrors

Heated Mirrors
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Standard

Heated Steering Wheel

Heated Steering Wheel
Optional
Optional

Power Mirrors

Power Mirrors
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Standard

Steering Wheel Controls

Steering Wheel Controls
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Standard

Cruise Control

Cruise Control
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Standard

Power Windows

Power Windows
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Standard

Rear Defrost

Rear Defrost
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Standard

Privacy Glass

Privacy Glass
Optional
Optional

Premium Sound System

Premium Sound System
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Standard

Driver Restriction Features

Driver Restriction Features
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Automatic Parking

Automatic Parking
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Not Available

Power Steering

Power Steering
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Standard

Dimensions

Front Leg Room

Front Leg Room
40.2 (in.)

Front Head Room

Front Head Room
39.3 (in.)

Rear Leg Room

Rear Leg Room
35.8 (in.)

Second Head Room

Second Head Room
39.4 (in.)

Trunk Volume

Trunk Volume
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Cargo Volume

Cargo Volume
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Not Available

Entertainment

Bluetooth

Bluetooth
Optional
Optional

MP3 Player

MP3 Player
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Standard

Entertainment System

Entertainment System
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Satellite Radio

Satellite Radio
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Not Available

WiFi Hotspot

WiFi Hotspot
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Not Available

Smart Device Integration

Smart Device Integration
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AUX Input

AUX Input
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Standard

CD Player

CD Player
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Standard

Heating & Cooling

Climate Control

Climate Control
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Standard

AC

AC
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Dual Zone

Dual Zone
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Navigation & Communication

Navigation System

Navigation System
Optional
Optional

Cell PhoneHookup

Cell PhoneHookup
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Seats

Standard Seat

Standard Seat
Premium Synthetic

Passengers

Passengers
5

Power Driver Seat

Power Driver Seat
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Standard

Power Passenger Seat

Power Passenger Seat
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Standard

Heated Front Seats

Heated Front Seats
Optional
Optional

Heated Rear Seats

Heated Rear Seats
Optional
Optional

Cooled Front Seats

Cooled Front Seats
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Cooled Rear Seats

Cooled Rear Seats
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Seat Memory

Seat Memory
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Standard

3rd Row Seating

3rd Row Seating
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Pass Through Rear Seat

Pass Through Rear Seat
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Standard

Seat Massage

Seat Massage
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Driver Lumbar

Driver Lumbar
Optional
Optional
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Accessories

Standard Seat

Standard Seat
Aluminum

Power Liftgate

Power Liftgate
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Hands Free Liftgate

Hands Free Liftgate
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Power Folding Mirror

Power Folding Mirror
Optional
Optional

Bed Liner

Bed Liner
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Rear Spoiler

Rear Spoiler
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Standard

Running Boards

Running Boards
Optional
Optional

Dimensions

Tire Width

Tire Width
P235/45VR19

Wheelbase

Wheelbase
110.1 (in.)

Turning Radius

Turning Radius
38.4 (ft.)

Length

Length
179.9 (in.)

Width

Width
73 (in.)
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Engine & Performance

Weight

Weight
4012 - 4067 (.lbs)

Horsepower

Horsepower
260 (hp)

Torque

Torque
225 (ft. lbs.)

Maximum Towing Capacity

Maximum Towing Capacity
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Maximum Towing Weight

Maximum Towing Weight
350 (.lbs)

Trailer Hitch Receiver

Trailer Hitch Receiver
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Gas Electric Hybrid

Gas Electric Hybrid
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FlexFuel Electric Hybrid

FlexFuel Electric Hybrid
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PlugIn Electric Gas

PlugIn Electric Gas
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PlugIn Electric FlexFuel

PlugIn Electric FlexFuel
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Turbocharged

Turbocharged
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4wheel Disc Brakes

4wheel Disc Brakes
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Limited Slip Differential

Limited Slip Differential
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Performance Tires

Performance Tires
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Engine Cylinders

Engine Cylinders
Straight 6 Cylinder

Drivetrain

Drivetrain
All Wheel Drive

Fuel

Fuel Capacity

Fuel Capacity
17.7 (gal.)

Combined

Combined
22 (mpg)

City

City
18 (mpg)

Highway

Highway
26 (mpg)

Suspension

Active Suspension

Active Suspension
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Air Suspension

Air Suspension
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Stance Suspension

Stance Suspension
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Transmission

Manual Mode

Manual Mode
Optional
Optional

Overdrive

Overdrive
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CTV Transmission

CTV Transmission
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Features

Spare Tire

Spare Tire
Temporary Spare Tire

Tow Hooks

Tow Hooks
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ABS Brakes

ABS Brakes
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Standard

Automatic Headlights

Automatic Headlights
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Standard

Tire Pressure Monitor System

Tire Pressure Monitor System
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Standard

Child Safety Locks

Child Safety Locks
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Standard

Stability Control

Stability Control
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Standard

Traction Control

Traction Control
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Standard

HID Headlights

HID Headlights
Optional
Optional

Auto Leveling Headlinghts

Auto Leveling Headlinghts
Optional
Optional

Rear Parking Sensors

Rear Parking Sensors
Optional
Optional

Adaptive Cruise Control

Adaptive Cruise Control
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Night Vision

Night Vision
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Assistance

Automated Emergency Braking

Automated Emergency Braking
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Standard

Blind Spot Monitor

Blind Spot Monitor
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Lane Keeping Assist

Lane Keeping Assist
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Lane Departure Warning

Lane Departure Warning
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Cross Traffic Alert

Cross Traffic Alert
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Air Bags

Driver Airbag

Driver Airbag
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Standard

Passenger Airbag

Passenger Airbag
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Standard

Passenger Airbag OnOff Switch

Passenger Airbag OnOff Switch
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Front Side Airbag

Front Side Airbag
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Standard

Rear Side Airbag

Rear Side Airbag
Optional
Optional

Front Head Airbag

Front Head Airbag
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Standard

Rear Head Airbag

Rear Head Airbag
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Standard

Passenger Airbag Sensor

Passenger Airbag Sensor
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Knee Airbag

Knee Airbag
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Seatbelt Airbag

Seatbelt Airbag
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Crash Test Results: Front, Side & Rollover

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety is a non-profit group which conducts safety testing beyond federal regulations. "Good" is the highest rating.

Moderate Overlap Front
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Roof Strength
N/A
Driver-side Overlap Front
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Good
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Acceptable
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Marginal
P
Poor

Safety Features

  • 4-wheel anti-lock braking system (ABS) *
  • Dual front 2-stage Smart airbags w/occupant sensor
  • Front side-impact airbags
  • Front/rear head protection system (HPS) curtain airbags
  • Front safety belts w/pretensioners & force limiters
  • Latch for child-restraint safety seat installation
  • Child safety rear door locks
  • All-passenger automatic locking retractor (ALR)
  • Intelligent Safety & Info System (ISIS) for deployment of safety systems
  • Dynamic stability control (DSC)-inc: electronic brake proportioning, dynamic brake control, cornering & braking stability enhancement, hill descent control, brake fade compensation, brake standby, brake drying, start-off assistant, automatic differential brake (ADB-X), traction control *
  • Daytime running lights *
  • Interlocking door anchoring system
  • Crash sensor (automatically turns on hazard/interior lights, unlocks doors)
  • Battery Safety Terminal

* Optional Safety Feature

Long-Term Reliability

J.D. Power Ratings

JD Power's Initial Quality Study measures issues with a vehicle the first 90 days after purchase.

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Safety Recalls (3)

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Engine And Engine Cooling Oct 30, 2017
Report Receipt Date:
Oct 30, 2017
NHTSA Campaign:
17V683000
Summary:
BMW of North America, LLC (BMW) is recalling certain 2008-2011 128i and 2007-2011 328i, 328xi, 328i xDrive, 525i, 525xi, 528i, 528xi, 530i, 530xi, X3 3.0si, X3 xDrive30i, X5 xDrive30i, Z4 3.0i, Z4 3.0si and Z4 sDrive30i vehicles. The heater for the positive crankcase ventilation (PCV) valve may short circuit.
Consequence:
An electrical short can cause the parts within the PCV valve to melt, increasing the risk of a fire, even when the vehicle is not in use.
Remedy:
BMW will notify owners, and dealers will replace the PCV valve heater, free of charge. The recall is expected to begin December 18, 2017. Owners may contact BMW customer service at 1-800-525-7417.
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Air Bags Feb 5, 2016
Report Receipt Date:
Feb 5, 2016
NHTSA Campaign:
16V071000
Summary:
BMW of North America, LLC (BMW) is recalling certain model year 2008-2013 128i and 135i coupes and convertibles and 1 Series M coupes, 2006-2011 325i, 325xi, 328i, 328xi, 328i xDrive, 330i, 330xi, 335i, 335xi, 335i xDrive Sedans, 2009-2011 335d sedans, 2006-2012 325xiT, 328i and 328xi sports wagons, 2007-2013 328i, 328xi, 328i xDrive, 335i, 335xi, 335i xDrive, 335is and M3 Coupes and Convertibles, 2013-2015 X1 sDrive28i, X1 xDrive28i and X1 xDrive35i SAVs, 2007-2010 X3 xDrive30i SAVs, 2007-2013 X5 xDrive30i, X5 xDrive35i, X5 xDrive48i, X5 xDrive50i and X5 M SAVs, 2009-2013 BMW X5 xDrive35d SAVs, 2008-2014 X6 xDrive35i, X6 xDrive50i, and X6 M SACs, 2010-2011 BMW X6 xDrive50i SACs and 2008-2011 M3 Sedan vehicles. Upon deployment of the driver's frontal air bag, excessive internal pressure may cause the inflator to rupture.
Consequence:
In the event of a crash necessitating deployment of the driver's frontal air bag, the inflator could rupture with metal fragments striking the driver or other occupants resulting in serious injury or death.
Remedy:
BMW will notify owners, and dealers will replace the driver's frontal air bag module or inflator depending on the vehicle model, free of charge. Parts are not currently available. Owners will be mailed an interim notification beginning March 31, 2016. A second notice will be mailed when remedy parts are available. Owners may contact BMW customer service at 1-800-525-7417.
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Air Bags Sep 28, 2017
Report Receipt Date:
Sep 28, 2017
NHTSA Campaign:
17V605000
Summary:
BMW of North America, LLC (BMW) is recalling certain 2006-2010 BMW X3 2.5i, X3 3.0i and X3 xDrive30i Sports Activity Vehicles. The front passenger seat occupant detection mat that determines if, and how, the passenger frontal air bag should deploy in a crash may fatigue and develop cracks which could lead to a system failure.
Consequence:
Should the system fail, in the event of a crash, the front passenger air bag would be deactivated, increasing the risk of personal injury.
Remedy:
BMW will notify owners, and dealers will replace the front passenger seat occupant detection mat, free of charge. The recall is expected to begin November 20, 2017. Owners may contact BMW customer service at 1-800-525-7417.

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