2018 BMW X3 Reviews, Ratings & Specs

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Color:  Dark Graphite Metallic
MSRP
$44,788 - $55,750
Crash Test
Source: NHTSA.gov
MPG (up to)
22 City / 29 HWY
Horsepower
248-355
Seats
5

How 2018 BMW X3 Ranks In Its Class

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Expert Review

By Kelley Blue Book Editorial Staff

4.4 Overall Score
Performance 4.6Comfort 4.5Styling 4.5Value 4.3

Editor's Overview

The 2018 BMW X3 is all-new this year, offering standard all-wheel drive, a newly revamped M40i model, and excellent interior-space management. The M40i will be the enthusiast's choice thanks to its additional power, sharp handling, crisp steering, and strong brakes. However, the standard X3 xDrive30i makes a powerful case for itself with a lower price, well-known powertrain, and plenty of room for people and their things.

BMW X3 Models & Trims

chevronDown icon xDrive30i $44,788 - $48,531
Horsepower: 248 hp
Engine Type: Intercooled Turbo Premium Unleaded I-4
Standard Seating: N/A
Standard Wheels: 18 X 7, 20 X 8 (in.) - Aluminum
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chevronDown icon M40i $51,147 - $55,750
Horsepower: 355 hp
Engine Type: Intercooled Turbo Premium Unleaded I-6
Standard Seating: N/A
Standard Wheels: 19 X 7.5, 21 X 8.5 (in.) - Aluminum
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Owner Reviews

4.62
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Handles well in town and highway.

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It's very reliable. Comfortable in long road trips. Has been smooth driving. Maintenance free. Plenty of room for passengers. Handles well and fun to drive. Handles curves smoothly. Brakes smoothly. Good gas mileage in highway and in town unless you have a lead foot. Very reasonable price.

Brandy M
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This is my favorite car so far!

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No issues so far! I love my BMW x3. It is a very smooth drive and has excellent safety features. The technology is also wonderful and works seamlessly with my smartphone. Gas mileage is also an added bonus. Also just had CarPlay installed which works great with my iPhone!

Robert D
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Great driving experience. Almost feels like a sports car even though it's an SUV.

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Love the feel & performance while driving on the road especially on a highway. Not too big of an SUV but with plenty of interior room. Great dealership sales rep. the only negative is on steep inclines the car could use a bit more peep - it's a V4.

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Overview

Kelley Blue Book Value

Kelley Blue Book Value
$44,788 - $48,531
$51,147 - $55,750

Horsepower

Horsepower
248 (hp)
355 (hp)

Bluetooth

Bluetooth
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Standard
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Standard

BackUp Camera

BackUp Camera
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Standard
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Standard

Engine Type

Engine Type
2.0L TwinPower Turbo In
3.0L TwinPower Turbo In
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Convenience & Comfort

Sun Roof

Sun Roof
Optional
Optional
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Standard

Alarm

Alarm
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Standard
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Standard

BackUp Camera

BackUp Camera
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Standard
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Standard

HeadsUp Display

HeadsUp Display
Optional
Optional
Optional
Optional

Keyless Entry

Keyless Entry
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Standard
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Standard

Universal Garage Door Opener

Universal Garage Door Opener
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Standard
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Standard

Rain Sensing Wipers

Rain Sensing Wipers
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Standard
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Standard

Heated Mirrors

Heated Mirrors
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Standard
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Standard

Heated Steering Wheel

Heated Steering Wheel
Optional
Optional
Optional
Optional

Power Mirrors

Power Mirrors
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Standard
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Standard

Steering Wheel Controls

Steering Wheel Controls
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Standard
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Standard

Cruise Control

Cruise Control
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Standard
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Power Windows

Power Windows
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Standard
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Standard

Rear Defrost

Rear Defrost
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Standard
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Standard

Privacy Glass

Privacy Glass
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Standard
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Standard

Premium Sound System

Premium Sound System
Optional
Optional
Optional
Optional

Driver Restriction Features

Automatic Parking

Automatic Parking
Optional
Optional
Optional
Optional

Power Steering

Power Steering
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Standard
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Standard

Dimensions

Front Leg Room

Front Leg Room
40.3 (in.)
40.3 (in.)

Front Head Room

Front Head Room
40 - 41.1 (in.)
40 (in.)

Rear Leg Room

Rear Leg Room
36.4 (in.)
36.4 (in.)

Second Head Room

Second Head Room
38.5 - 39.1 (in.)
38.5 (in.)

Trunk Volume

Cargo Volume

Entertainment

Bluetooth

Bluetooth
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Standard
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Standard

MP3 Player

MP3 Player
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Standard
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Standard

Entertainment System

Satellite Radio

Satellite Radio
Optional
Optional
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Standard

WiFi Hotspot

WiFi Hotspot
Optional
Optional
Optional
Optional

Smart Device Integration

Smart Device Integration
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Standard
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Standard

AUX Input

AUX Input
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Standard
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CD Player

CD Player
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Standard
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Standard

Heating & Cooling

Climate Control

Climate Control
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Standard
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AC

AC
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Standard
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Dual Zone

Dual Zone
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Standard
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Standard

Navigation & Communication

Navigation System

Navigation System
Optional
Optional
Optional
Optional

Cell PhoneHookup

Seats

Standard Seat

Standard Seat
Premium Synthetic
Premium Synthetic

Passengers

Passengers
5
5

Power Driver Seat

Power Driver Seat
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Standard
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Power Passenger Seat

Power Passenger Seat
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Standard
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Standard

Heated Front Seats

Heated Front Seats
Optional
Optional
Optional
Optional

Heated Rear Seats

Heated Rear Seats
Optional
Optional
Optional
Optional

Cooled Front Seats

Cooled Front Seats
Optional
Optional
Optional
Optional

Cooled Rear Seats

Seat Memory

Seat Memory
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Standard
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Standard

3rd Row Seating

Pass Through Rear Seat

Pass Through Rear Seat
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Standard
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Seat Massage

Driver Lumbar

Driver Lumbar
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Optional
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Accessories

Standard Seat

Standard Seat
Aluminum
Aluminum

Power Liftgate

Power Liftgate
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Standard
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Standard

Hands Free Liftgate

Hands Free Liftgate
Optional
Optional
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Not Available

Power Folding Mirror

Power Folding Mirror
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Standard
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Standard

Bed Liner

Rear Spoiler

Rear Spoiler
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Standard
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Running Boards

Dimensions

Tire Width

Tire Width
P245/50HR19
P245/50HR19

Wheelbase

Wheelbase
112.8 (in.)
112.8 (in.)

Turning Radius

Turning Radius
39.4 (ft.)
39.7 (ft.)

Length

Width

Width
74.4 (in.)
74.7 (in.)
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Engine & Performance

Weight

Weight
4156 (.lbs)
4277 (.lbs)

Horsepower

Horsepower
248 (hp)
355 (hp)

Torque

Torque
258 (ft. lbs.)
369 (ft. lbs.)

Maximum Towing Capacity

Maximum Towing Capacity
4400 (.lbs)
4400 (.lbs)

Maximum Towing Weight

Maximum Towing Weight
440 (.lbs)
440 (.lbs)

Trailer Hitch Receiver

Gas Electric Hybrid

FlexFuel Electric Hybrid

PlugIn Electric Gas

PlugIn Electric FlexFuel

Turbocharged

Turbocharged
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Standard
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Standard

4wheel Disc Brakes

4wheel Disc Brakes
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Standard
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Standard

Limited Slip Differential

Performance Tires

Performance Tires
Optional
Optional
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Engine Cylinders

Engine Cylinders
4 Cylinder
Straight 6 Cylinder

Drivetrain

Drivetrain
All Wheel Drive
All Wheel Drive

Fuel

Fuel Capacity

Fuel Capacity
17.2 (gal.)
17.2 (gal.)

Combined

Combined
26 (mpg)
24 (mpg)

City

City
22 (mpg)
20 (mpg)

Highway

Highway
29 (mpg)
27 (mpg)

Suspension

Active Suspension

Active Suspension
Optional
Optional
Optional
Optional

Air Suspension

Stance Suspension

Transmission

Manual Mode

Manual Mode
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Standard
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Overdrive

CTV Transmission

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Features

Spare Tire

Spare Tire

Tow Hooks

ABS Brakes

ABS Brakes
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Standard
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Standard

Automatic Headlights

Automatic Headlights
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Standard
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Standard

Tire Pressure Monitor System

Tire Pressure Monitor System
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Standard
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Standard

Child Safety Locks

Child Safety Locks
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Standard
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Stability Control

Stability Control
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Standard
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Standard

Traction Control

Traction Control
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Standard
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Standard

HID Headlights

Auto Leveling Headlinghts

Auto Leveling Headlinghts
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Standard
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Standard

Rear Parking Sensors

Rear Parking Sensors
Optional
Optional
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Standard

Adaptive Cruise Control

Adaptive Cruise Control
Optional
Optional
Optional
Optional

Night Vision

Assistance

Automated Emergency Braking

Automated Emergency Braking
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Standard
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Standard

Blind Spot Monitor

Blind Spot Monitor
Optional
Optional
Optional
Optional

Lane Keeping Assist

Lane Keeping Assist
Optional
Optional
Optional
Optional

Lane Departure Warning

Lane Departure Warning
Optional
Optional
Optional
Optional

Cross Traffic Alert

Cross Traffic Alert
Optional
Optional
Optional
Optional

Air Bags

Driver Airbag

Driver Airbag
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Standard
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Standard

Passenger Airbag

Passenger Airbag
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Standard
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Standard

Passenger Airbag OnOff Switch

Front Side Airbag

Front Side Airbag
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Standard
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Rear Side Airbag

Front Head Airbag

Front Head Airbag
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Standard
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Rear Head Airbag

Rear Head Airbag
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Standard
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Passenger Airbag Sensor

Passenger Airbag Sensor
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Standard
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Knee Airbag

Seatbelt Airbag

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
G
Side
G
Roof Strength
G
Driver-side Overlap Front
G
G
Good
A
Acceptable
M
Marginal
P
Poor

Safety Features

  • Electronic Stability Control (ESC) And Roll Stability Control (RSC) *
  • ABS And Driveline Traction Control *
  • Side Impact Beams
  • Dual Stage Driver And Passenger Seat-Mounted Side Airbags
  • BMW Assist eCall Emergency Sos *
  • Active Protection
  • Low Tire Pressure Warning
  • Dual Stage Driver And Passenger Front Airbags
  • Curtain 1st And 2nd Row Airbags
  • Airbag Occupancy Sensor
  • Rear Child Safety Locks
  • Outboard Front Lap And Shoulder Safety Belts -inc: Rear Center 3 Point and Pretensioners
  • Back-Up Camera
  • Park Distance Control Front And Rear Parking Sensors

* 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 (5)

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Exterior Lighting > Turn Signal Jun 20, 2018
Report Receipt Date:
Jun 20, 2018
NHTSA Campaign:
18V431000
Summary:
BMW of North America, LLC (BMW) is recalling certain 2018 BMW X3 xDrive30i and X3 M40i vehicles. The rear turn signals on the outboard side panel will illuminate red, while the inboard turn signals simultaneously illuminate amber. As such, these vehicles fail to comply with the requirements of Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard (FMVSS) number 108, "Lamps, Reflective Devices, and Associated Equipment."
Consequence:
Turn signals that flash multiple colors may confuse other drivers, increasing the risk of a crash.
Remedy:
BMW will notify owners, and dealers will inspect the rear turn signal lights, and replace if necessary, free of charge. The recall began August 20, 2018. Owners may contact BMW customer service at 1-800-525-7417.
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Lane Departure > Lane Keep > Steering Assist Jun 5, 2018
Report Receipt Date:
Jun 5, 2018
NHTSA Campaign:
18V374000
Summary:
BMW of North America, LLC (BMW) is recalling certain 2018-2019 BMW X3 xDrive30i, X3 sDrive30i, and X3 M40i vehicles equipped with the "Active Lane Keeping Assistant" option. The steering wheel may be incompatible with the lane keeping assistant function and may not detect if the driver's hands are off the wheel.
Consequence:
If the sensors do not properly detect the driver's hands are off the wheel, the driver may not be alerted by one or more warning signals, increasing the risk of a crash.
Remedy:
BMW will notify owners, and dealers will inspect the steering wheel, replacing it if necessary, free of charge. The recall began on July 19, 2018. Owners may contact BMW customer service at 1-800-525-7417.
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Structure > Body Mar 6, 2018
Report Receipt Date:
Mar 6, 2018
NHTSA Campaign:
18V154000
Summary:
BMW of North America, LLC (BMW) is recalling certain 2018 BMW X3 xDrive30i and X3 M40i vehicles. The rear spoiler may not have been properly attached during assembly, or may be missing screws, possibly causing the spoiler to detach while driving.
Consequence:
If the spoiler detaches while driving, it can become a road hazard, increasing the risk of a crash.
Remedy:
BMW will notify owners, and dealers will inspect the spoiler, correcting its attachment as necessary, free of charge. The recall is expected to begin May 1, 2018. Owners may contact BMW customer service at 1-800-525-7417.
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Electrical System > Instrument Panel Nov 14, 2017
Report Receipt Date:
Nov 14, 2017
NHTSA Campaign:
17V719000
Summary:
BMW of North America, LLC (BMW) is recalling certain 2018 230i, 230i xDrive, M240i, M240i xDrive, M2, and X3 xDrive 30i SAV vehicles. These vehicles may have an error in the software for the instrument panel, causing the display to not properly illuminate. As such, these vehicles fail to comply with the requirements of Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard (FMVSS) number 101, "Control and Displays."
Consequence:
If the display does not illuminate during start up or does not illuminate various control and warning symbols while driving, it can increase the risk of a crash.
Remedy:
BMW will notify owners, and dealers will update the instrument cluster display software, free of charge. The recall is expected to begin January 8, 2018. Owners may contact BMW customer service at 1-800-525-7417.
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Service Brakes, Hydraulic > Foundation Components > Disc > Caliper Jul 5, 2018
Report Receipt Date:
Jul 5, 2018
NHTSA Campaign:
18V453000
Summary:
BMW of North America, LLC (BMW) is recalling certain 2018-2019 BMW X3 sDrive30i, X3 xDrive30i, X3 M40i and certain 2019 X4 xDrive30i and X4 M40i vehicles. The rear brake caliper pistons on these vehicles may have an insufficient coating, potentially reducing rear brake performance.
Consequence:
A reduction of braking performance can increase the risk of a crash.
Remedy:
BMW will notify owners, and dealers will bleed the rear brake circuit, free of charge. The recall began August 31, 2018. Owners may contact BMW customer service at 1-800-525-7417.

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