-2004 BMW X3 3.0i (more powerful than the 2.5i)
-Black Metallic Exterior/Tan Leather Interior
-162K Miles & Runs Great (11K miles/year)
-Reliable Manual 6-Speed Transmission
-Fully automatic All-Wheel-Drive system
-Panoramic Sunroof (slides but won’t tilt)
-No Major Mechanical Problems, but has areas that need attention
-Some Paint Fading on Hood & Roof
-Operating Fluids Replaced Regularly
-Power Front Seats With Memory & Folding Rear Seats
-Aftermarket iPod/Bluetooth Connection and Tire Pressure Monitoring System
-Car cover and custom-fit waterproof floor mats and sun shade
-Asking price $4350 due to how rare it is to find these with reliable manual transmissions.
We purchased this vehicle in May of 2014 with 100K miles. We searched for months for an X3 with a manual transmission. We purchased it from a gentleman who loved the car, and maintained it well at Import Doctors in Seattle. Unfortunately, he did have a dog in the car sometimes. This X3 really hasn’t given us any major problems during our ownership. I’m an engineer and BMW club member, so I’ve been proactive with maintenance and have done most of it myself. The reason for selling the X3 is that we purchased a BMW X5.
-Hood and roof paint is showing signs of age. We got a shop to give us an estimate to repaint it, it came in at $1700. We know a guy that does painting at his small shop, and he wants $600 to repaint the hood and roof, but we have never worked with him before. Since we’re not keeping it, it doesn’t make sense for us to spend that much money on painting it.
-From the previous owner, some dog marks are near the rear windows (not sure if they’re bite marks or paw marks). There is no other remaining evidence of the dog’s presence
-There is an engine oil leak, and I believe it’s from the oil pan gasket, oil has to be replaced at a rate of about 1 quart for every 5000 miles. We have chosen simply to add the quart when the engine requires it and move on. We have always used Mobil1 0W-40, which is $5/quart at Walmart.
-We also have to add a little power steering fluid (probably 1/10th of a quart) every ~6 months or so. Again, it’s a slow leak and I don’t feel it’s worth the trouble to fix it yet.
-When you pressurize the cooling system at max pressure, you can see drops of coolant dripping from the radiator. I believe that there is a very small crack in the radiator, but I don’t think it leaks on a daily basis. It takes ~6 months before the low coolant warning comes on and I have to add coolant to the reservoir (about 1/2 quart). I don’t see the need to spend the time and money to replace the radiator.
-Air conditioner compressor is noisy when running. The A/C cools fine, but the compressor is noisy. The noise level doesn’t impact the cabin if you’re listening to music at moderate volume, you’ll only notice it if you turn down the radio.
-There is a stripped bolt that holds the rear seat backrest in place. I don’t see why you would ever want to remove this bolt. A new one will be included with the car in case you’d like to fix it.
-There is some fading on the manual transmission shifting stick, purely cosmetic.
-Some plastic trim pieces in the cargo bay have cracked or broken off simply due to age and loading/unloading of cargo, nothing big that would deter from the overall appearance of the car.
-Some door seals have tears. We’ve never observed any leaks in the car, which is why we never took the time to fix them.
-The center console was coated with a rubbery thin material at the factory. Unfortunately, this material is peeling off, and there isn’t much we can do about it.
-Some times, the tire pressure sensor light comes on, even though the tire pressures are good. That’s why we purchased an aftermarket tire pressure monitoring system which works great and will tell you the actual pressure of each tire. So, if the light comes on the dash, you can quickly tell whether you actually have a problem or not. Resetting the light is trivial after you’ve determined that your tire pressure is good.
-SRS light is on. The error indicates a problem with the left front side airbag. I purchased a used one and installed it, and the error code remained, so I reinstalled the original airbag and I’m leaving it alone.
-Sunroof got stuck a few years ago when I was tilting it. After getting it “unstuck”, the sunroof will open and close just find, but only in slide mode (I believe making it tilt again will get it stuck again). The only problem it has is that the sunshade will not close all the way with the button, you can get it 95% there, but a tiny ray of light will come in. Because resetting the roof would involve getting it to go to tilt mode, and I’m afraid it will get stuck, I have decided that it’s better to leave it as is. It will open in slide mode reliably, and won’t cost a fortune to fix.
-The center storage compartment will not open. It’s not a big deal in our mind and that’s why we haven’t fixed it.
-There is a dent on the front bumper, it isn’t a big deal to us. There’s also a scratch on paint of the rear right door.
-Brake fluid replacement is overdue. It was supposed to be done in early 2018, and we haven’t yet done it.
THE “NEITHER GOOD NOR BAD”:
-During our ownership, in the summer of 2018, the car was hit by two separate drivers on two separate occasions. One hit was in the passenger door, the other hit was in the rear hatch. Both hits were professionally repaired by Haury’s Lake City Collision, at a cost of $6800.
-Leather was usually conditioned every 6 months during our ownership, but the previous owner did give us the car with the driver’s seat bolster scraped, and it now has a small tear. I would say the condition of the leather is good to very good overall.
-Pirelli Pzero Nero all-season tires are at about 35% thread remaining, all 4 them. FYI, I’ve been told that for these BMW all-wheel-drive vehicles, you should replace all 4 tires at the same time.
-Rear brakes are at 5 % remaining, the light hasn’t come on yet to replace the rear pads, but it will be coming in the next 6 months, if I had to guess.
-Oil has been changed every 5k-6k miles by the previous owner and us. We have always used synthetic Mobil 1 0W-40, $25 for 5 quarts at Walmart. I just did an oil change, so you’re good for another 6K miles.
-It drives straight and smoothly.
-During our ownership of 60k miles, most miles have been highway miles commuting between Everett WA and Mount Vernon WA.
-All other operating fluids and regular maintenance parts have been replaced every 30k-50k miles: brake fluid, coolant, front & rear differential fluids, manual transmission fluid, transfer case fluid, power steering fluid, spark plugs, engine and cabin air filters.
-Front brakes are brand new, rotors and pads were just replaced. This is easily a $500 job at a reputable BMW repair shop.
-Two working remote keys
-To our knowledge, no one has ever smoked in the car.
-No rust. This car has never lived in an area where it might be exposed to salt on the roads.
We’re going to miss this car. My wife and I had a hard time making the decision to sell it. This car has been treated very well its entire life and we think it would make a great car for a teenager or BMW enthusiast. We are open to all offers, but we won’t be giving the car away to the lowest bidder.
I can e-mail you a copy of the maintenance spreadsheet detailing all the records. I can also send you a document with many high-resolution pictures. Lastly, I can provide an old Carfax from 2015, which will cover the history of our car prior to our purchase, and during the first year of our ownership. If you want a newer Carfax, you’ll have to pay for that on your own.
–The car is located in Mount Vernon, but I work in Everett. I would be willing to show it to potential buyers (or take it to a pre-purchase inspection) in Everett, Mount Vernon, or somewhere in between as long as it fits my work schedule. I will have a hard time taking the car to a place further south than Lynnwood.
-I don’t need help selling this car, thank you
-Please don’t e-mail/text/call asking what is the lowest price I’m willing to sell the car for.
-No scammers please, I’m a pretty smart guy and know all the scamming tricks.
-For obvious reasons, I will not let you test drive the car if you don’t know how to use a manual transmission.
I purchased a few maintenance parts because we planned on keeping this X3 forever, but I never had the time to install them. They are: fuel pump, fuel filter, and clutch. They’re all OEM parts, brand new, and I paid over $600 for them. I’m willing to sell them with the car for $300 extra, which is basically a 50% discount compared to buying them new today.