BMW X3 (2004 -2006)
The 2004-2006 model was the precursor of the X3 series and was first launched during the 2003 Detroit Auto Show in 2003. Founded on the 3 series platform, the car features the vestigial frame-design; longitudinal rails linked to A-pillars on the both sides of the exterior, convertible and reinforced roof, and have done away with B or C-pillars and brings out a distinctive profile.
The X3 was first launched during the Frankfurt Auto Show (Internationale Automobil-Ausstellung) in September 2003. It shares the same rear suspension with BMW E46 330xi and operates via the automatic four-wheel drive system better-known as xDrive. All X3 models come with all wheel drive (AWD) system that delivers 40% of the torque to the front and 60% to the rear axles, or all torque (100%) to either of the axles. This is made possible by the multiple-plate clutch which is electronically controlled and gives fully variable and infinitely adjustable torque distribution. The crossover version described as the as the X-line series is marketed by BMW as a Sports Activity Vehicle.
The idea behind X3 was to blend the driving pleasure of the X5 with the suppleness of compact models. This led to a high H-point and upright design for seating, popularly known as “command seating”. The styling brings out an interactive convex as well as concave surfacing that is symbolic with BMW’s Hofmeister kink.
The model was upgraded in 2005 and received a facelift in 2007 that affected the engine, body bumpers, suspension, and interior trim.
The X3 3.0i model won Canada’s Car of the Year award for the Best Sports Utility Vehicle (SUV) in 2005. This was despite the earlier criticism of the car having austere interior, harsh ride, high prices, and dismal off-road potential.
In 2004, Bluetooth was to feature as part of premium package for the BMW X3. No dealer intervention was needed since it came straight from the factory. However, none of the cars came with this feature and only a few were able to have fully functional Bluetooth after dealer’s intervention.
Upgraded X3 Interior Parts
The car’s interior received an upgrade that saw the plastic becoming more consistent and featured grey carpeting. The 2005 X3 featured carpeting that matched the leather with exception to the Terracotta interior that came with black carpeting.
Softer X3 Suspension Parts
In contrast to the 2004 model, the 2005 car came with one piece front fender instead of two.
A 2.0d (diesel) engine was launched into the market and joined the 2.5i, 3.0i (gasoline), and3.0d (diesel) engine. Another addition in the 2004 model was the ‘Open-Door’ indicator.
BMW X3 (E83) 2.5si – Australia
In September 2006, the BMW X3 (E83) for the Australian Market got a facelift that altered the grill, headlights, tail lights, front bumper, interior, as well as rear bumper.
The 2007 model meant for the US market saw the X3 being powered by a more powerful N52 6-cylinder inline engine that was fitted in the 2006 E90 3 Series. Globally, the X3 got smaller engines for both diesel and petrol. In Europe, the engines comprised of a 4 cylinder 2.0-litre petrol, a turbocharged 4cylinder diesel and inline 6-cylinder turbo as well as bi-turbo diesels. The strongest diesel power plant was found in the sport version and generated 286 bhp (213 kW; 290 PS).
The 2006 X3 meant for the US market came with ‘M’ technik body kit, wheel arches, and unpainted door sills. The U.S. Sport Package got a full ‘M’ body kit ( painted front, side, and rear plastic) and was available worldwide as an accessory from the factory accessory. The 2.5i stopped being sold in the U.S. while the panoramic sunroof, upgraded dashboard components, adaptive headlamps, and leather seating were introduced in the remaining models.
Beginning September 2008, the Edition Lifestyle and Edition Exclusive became available. In March 2009 the M-Sport Package was substituted with the Sport Limited Edition.