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.
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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
X-Drive transfer case
17.7 gallon fuel tank
Hill descent control
Auto-dimming rear view mirror (optional)
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)
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
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. 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.