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Identifying BMW X3 Vehicle Options
 
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Identifying BMW X3 Vehicle Options

Nick Czerula

Time:

1 hour1 hr

Tab:

$1

Talent:

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Tools:

Pen and Paper

Applicable Models:

X3 E83 (2004-06)
X3 E83 facelift (2007-10)

Parts Required:

Pen & paper

Hot Tip:

Take notes on options and store in owner's manual

Performance Gain:

Will help when servicing and purchasing parts for your vehicle

Complementary Modification:

Keep info with your service records

When performing repairs on your BMW X3 it is important to be able to identify standard items and optional features. BMW X3 models were option heavy due to being a higher level model. In this tech article I will do my best to list each available item by model year breaks. I am going to list the standard options and the new options with the year they became available.

Remember your car may have been serviced before and parts replaced with different size fasteners used in the replacement. The sizes of the nuts and bolts we give may be different from what you have so be prepared with different size sockets and wrenches.

Protect your eyes, hands and body from fluids, dust and debris while working on your vehicle. If working with the electrical system, disconnect the battery before beginning. Always catch fluids in appropriate containers and properly dispose of any fluid waste. Recycle parts, packaging and fluids when possible. Never work on your vehicle if you feel the task is beyond your ability.

Our vehicle may vary slightly from yours as models do change and evolve as they grow older. If something seems different, let us know and share your info to help other users. Questions or want to add to the article? Leave a comment below.

BMW X3 Vehicle options

2004, 2005 model year

For 2004 models years, some items were optional on 2.5l engine models, while the 3.0l engine models had the items as standard equipment.

6-cylinder engine 2,494 cc 2.5 liters 184 HP @ 5,900 rpm; 175 ft lb @ 3,500

6-cylinder engine 2,979 cc 3.0 liters 225 HP @ 5,900 rpm; 214 ft lb @ 3,500

6-speed manual w/OD

5-speed manual

X-Drive transfer case

17.7 gallon fuel tank

Alloy wheels

Hill descent control

Auto-dimming rear view mirror (optional)

Power mirrors

Auto temp control (optional, standard on 3.0 liter models)

Power moonroof (optional)

Tire pressure monitoring

Telescoping / tilt steering wheel

Auto climate control (optional)

Power seats (optional, standard on 3.0 liter models)

Heated seats (optional)

Heated steering wheel (optional)

Memory seat (optional, standard on 3.0 liter models)

Cruise control (optional, standard on 3.0 liter models)

Integrated navigation (optional)

Power windows

Remote keyless entry

Immobilizer

Dual front airbags

Four-wheel ABS

AM/FM Radio, CD, MP3 8 speakers (10 speakers optional)

Steering wheel mounted radio controls (optional, standard on 3.0 liter models)

Auto headlights (optional, standard on 3.0 liter models)

Headlight washers (optional)

Rain sensing wipers (optional, standard on 3.0 liter models)

Front fog lights (optional, standard on 3.0 liter models)

Bumper parking sensors (optional)

Sequential sport shift transmission (optional)

Transmission mode select (optional)

Brake assist

Passenger cancellable airbag

Dual front side impact airbags

Knee airbag

Occupant sensing airbag

Rear side curtain airbags (optional)

Leather upholstery (optional)

Interior wood trim (optional)

Front center armrest with storage (optional, standard on 3.0 liter models)

Speed-sensing power steering

Panic alarm

Traction control

Leather steering wheel

Leather shift knob

Tire / wheel size options front: 235/55 r17, 235/50 R18

Tire / wheel size options rear: 255/45 R18, 235/55 R17, 235/50 R18

2006 model year

For 2006 model years, the 2.5l engine is no longer available, you only have 3.0l models now.

6-cylinder engine 2,979 cc 3.0 liters 225 HP @ 5,900 rpm; 214 ft lb @ 3,500

6-speed manual w/OD

5-speed manual

X-Drive transfer case

17.7 gallon fuel tank

Alloy wheels

Hill descent control

Auto-dimming mirrors (optional)

Power mirrors

Integrated navigation (optional)

Auto temp control (optional)

Power moonroof

Tire pressure monitoring

Telescoping / tilt steering wheel

Auto climate control (optional)

Power seats

Heated seats (optional)

Heated steering wheel (optional)

Memory seat

Cruise control

Power windows

Remote keyless entry

Immobilizer

Dual front airbags

Four-wheel ABS

AM/FM Radio, CD, MP3 8 speakers

Steering wheel mounted radio controls

Auto headlights

Headlight washers (optional)

Rain sensing wipers

Front fog lights

Bumper parking sensors (optional)

Compass (optional)

Sequential sport shift transmission (optional)

Transmission mode select (optional)

Brake assist

Passenger cancellable airbag

Dual front side impact airbags

Knee airbag

Occupant sensing airbag

Rear side curtain airbags (optional)

Leather upholstery (optional)

Interior wood trim (optional)

Front center armrest with storage

Speed-sensing power steering

Panic alarm

Traction control

Leather steering wheel

Leather shift knob

Tire / wheel size options front: 235/55 r17, 235/50 R18

Tire / wheel size options rear: 255/45 R18, 235/55 R17, 235/50 R18

2007, 2010 model year

For 2007 models years, the engines are updated with BMW NG6 New Generation 6-cylinder engines. The vehicle gets an exterior facelift. New taillight design and redesigned interior. As well as new panoramic sunroof.

6-cylinder engine 2,979 cc 3.0 liters 260 HP @ 6,600 rpm; 225 ft lb @ 27,50

6-speed manual w/OD

5-speed manual

X-Drive transfer case

17.7 gallon fuel tank

Alloy wheels

Hill descent control

Auto-dimming mirrors (optional)

Power mirrors

Integrated navigation (optional)

Auto temp control (optional)

Power moonroof

Tire pressure monitoring

Telescoping / tilt steering wheel

Auto climate control (optional)

Power seats

Heated seats (optional)

Heated steering wheel (optional)

Memory seat

Cruise control

Power windows

Remote keyless entry

Immobilizer

Dual front airbags

Four-wheel ABS

AM/FM Radio, CD, MP3 8 speakers

Steering wheel mounted radio controls

Auto headlights

Headlight washers (optional)

Rain sensing wipers

Front fog lights

Bumper parking sensors (optional)

Compass (optional)

Sequential sport shift transmission (optional)

Transmission mode select (optional)

Brake assist

Passenger cancellable airbag

Dual front side impact airbags

Knee airbag

Occupant sensing airbag

Rear side curtain airbags (optional)

Leather upholstery (optional)

Interior wood trim (optional)

Front center armrest with storage

Speed-sensing power steering

Panic alarm

Traction control

Leather steering wheel

Leather shift knob

Tire / wheel size options front: 235/50 R18, 235/45 R19, 235/55 R17

Tire / wheel size options rear: 235/55 R17, 235/50 R18, 255/40 R19

Decoding your VIN

You VIN (vehicle identification number) can be used to help purchase parts and identify vehicle options. The last seven numbers are all you need when ordering parts. However, it is important to know how to decode the entire VIN.

The VIN is located in many places.
Figure 1

The VIN is located in many places. Two reliable spots to read it are on left lower corner of dashboard (red arrow), looking through windshield from outside vehicle. Important VIN digit positions: The first 3 digits are the country of origin. Fourth and fifth positions are vehicle model. Position 6 is type of engine. The tenth digit of your VIN is vehicle model year. The last seven are the serial number.

The VIN is also located on the driver door jamb, vehicle identification sticker (red arrow), you can also find your BMW model (red arrow).
Figure 2

The VIN is also located on the driver door jamb, vehicle identification sticker (red arrow), you can also find your BMW model (red arrow).

Using the sticker on your driver door jamb, you can also determine production date (red arrow).
Figure 3

Using the sticker on your driver door jamb, you can also determine production date (red arrow).

Using the sticker on your driver door jamb, and tire pressure specifications as well as compatible tire size options (red arrow).
Figure 4

Using the sticker on your driver door jamb, and tire pressure specifications as well as compatible tire size options (red arrow).

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