2004 BMW X3 Seats problems & defects.

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BMW X3 Seats problems : 18.

My 2004 bmw x3 Has Heated Seats Which Burned A Hole Through The Seat And Almost Burned A Hole Through My Pants. I Was Driving And Almost Wrecked From The Pain. After I Pulled Over And Jumped Out I Saw A Burn In The Seat That Looked Like A Cigarette Burn. bmw Wants To Make $700 To Replace The Heater And Another $700 To Replace The Leather. Took It To Charleston, Sc Dealership. *tr

Vehicle was on fire. Mileage was 62000 miles. Vehicle Identification Number (VIN):WBXPA93484W. BMW X3 2004 problem was reported in MOUNT PLEASANT, SC. Vehicle was not using ANTI-LOCK BRAKES. Vehicle was not using Cruise Control. Vehicle had 6 CYLINDERS. VEHICLE SPEED: 30 mph.

Nov 18, 2010

Heated Driver Seat Started Burning My Leg/buttock And Smelled Electrical Burning Smell. Turned Off Heated Seat. *tr

Mileage was 74248 miles. Vehicle Identification Number (VIN):WBXPA934X4W. BMW X3 2004 problem was reported in CHESTER, VA. Vehicle was not using ANTI-LOCK BRAKES. Vehicle was not using Cruise Control. Vehicle had 6 CYLINDERS. VEHICLE SPEED: 45 mph.

Nov 26, 2010

bmw x3 Heated Seat Burned Foam & Leather And Caused Minor Burn To Left Leg Of Driver. *tr

Vehicle was on fire. Mileage was 92008 miles. Vehicle Identification Number (VIN):WBXPA93484W. BMW X3 2004 problem was reported in NEWTON, MA. Vehicle was not using ANTI-LOCK BRAKES. Vehicle was not using Cruise Control. Vehicle had 6 CYLINDERS. BMW X3 2004 drive type:AWD. VEHICLE SPEED: 35 mph.

Dec 30, 2010

Left Side Of Heated Drivers Side Seat Got Really Hot While Driving And Burned The Leather On The Seat And Also My Left Leg. Leg Felt Extremely Hot And I Smelt Something Burning So I Immediately Pulled Over And Turned Car Off. When I Got Out Of The Vehicle The Seat Was Smoking In The Area Of The Burn. I Plan To Take This Car Into Fields bmw Of Northbrook, Il (where I Purchased The Vehicle) To Determine How They Plan To Fix This Defect. *tr

Mileage was 68000 miles. Vehicle Identification Number (VIN):WBXPA93454W. BMW X3 2004 problem was reported in EVANSTON, IL. Vehicle was not using ANTI-LOCK BRAKES. Vehicle was not using Cruise Control. Vehicle had 6 CYLINDERS. VEHICLE SPEED: 5 mph.

Dec 25, 2010

bmw 2004 x3 Seat Heater Element Burned Through Leather Causing Burning And Dangerous Driving Condition Or Fire Possibility. *tr

BMW X3 2004 problem was reported in SPRINGFIELD, MO. Vehicle was not using ANTI-LOCK BRAKES. Vehicle was not using Cruise Control.

Nov 01, 2010

While Driving Down The Road In The Morning, I Had The Driver Seat Heater On And Felt It Get Very Hot On One Spot On The Left Side Of The Seat. It Was So Hot That It Hurt And I Turned It Right Off. I Noticed This A Week Before Also. The Next Night We Went Out And I Looked Down At The Driver Seat And There Was An Actual Hole That Was Burned Right Through The Leather! *tr

Vehicle Identification Number (VIN):WBXPA93424W. BMW X3 2004 problem was reported in NEW HARTFORD, CT. Vehicle was not using ANTI-LOCK BRAKES. Vehicle was not using Cruise Control. Vehicle had 6 CYLINDERS. FUEL TYPE: GAS. VEHICLE SPEED: 55 mph.

Dec 01, 2011

I Had Just Started Driving, Had Turned The Driver Front Seat Heater To Low, And Only Went About Half A Mile When I Felt A Burning Sensation Under Left Buttock/thigh Area. Turned Off Seat Heater Quickly And Pulled Over – Leather Was Puckered And Discolored In One Concentrated Spot. It Is Apparent If It Was Left On For Any Length Of Time It Would Have Burned Right Through And Possibly Caused A Fire Or Injury. *tr

Mileage was 70000 miles. Vehicle Identification Number (VIN):WBXPA73494W. BMW X3 2004 problem was reported in GETTYSBURG, PA. Vehicle was not using ANTI-LOCK BRAKES. Vehicle was not using Cruise Control. Vehicle had 6 CYLINDERS. FUEL TYPE: GAS. VEHICLE SPEED: 25 mph.

Dec 05, 2011

I Have A 2004 bmw That Has A Serious Safety Issue. The Driver’s Seat Has A Seat Warmer That Burns Through The Leather And Scorches Through Clothing. This Is A Danger To Anyone Driving This Vehicle With The Seat Heater Activated. It Has Caused Near Misses With Other Vehicles On The Road With Both My Wife And I Driving. Our Vehicle Is Out Of Warranty And I Doubt If The Dealership Will Replace The Seat. There Are Scorch Marks On The Seat Where It Overheats As Well As Burn Marks On Our Clothes. We Have Stopped Using The Seat Heater On The Driver’s Side To Avoid Any Further Incidents. We Have Called bmw Headquarters On Many Other Issues And They Refused Help With Anything Concerning This Vehicle. The Issue List For This Vehicle Is A Long One As You May Know. We Thank You For Any Help That You Can Offer. *tr

Mileage was 75000 miles. Vehicle Identification Number (VIN):WBXPA93474W. BMW X3 2004 problem was reported in SILVER SPRING, MD. Vehicle was not using ANTI-LOCK BRAKES. Vehicle was not using Cruise Control. Vehicle had 6 CYLINDERS. FUEL TYPE: GAS. VEHICLE SPEED: 50 mph.

Mar 03, 2010

The Driver Side Seat Heating Element Is Burning Through The Seat And Burning Leg. *tr

1 person(s) were injured. Mileage was 120000 miles. Vehicle Identification Number (VIN):WBXPA73424W. BMW X3 2004 problem was reported in GAITHERSBURG, MD. Vehicle was not using ANTI-LOCK BRAKES. Vehicle was not using Cruise Control. Vehicle had 6 CYLINDERS. FUEL TYPE: GAS.

Jan 18, 2012

Driver’s Seat Back Heater Grid Shorted Causing Damage To The Insulation And Leather Seat Cover. It Was Hot Enough To Cause Physical Burns. *tr

Vehicle was on fire. 1 person(s) were injured. Mileage was 47598 miles. Vehicle Identification Number (VIN):WBXPA934X4W. BMW X3 2004 problem was reported in NEWPORT BEACH, CA. Vehicle was not using ANTI-LOCK BRAKES. Vehicle was not using Cruise Control. Vehicle had 6 CYLINDERS. FUEL TYPE: GAS.

Jan 27, 2012

Drivers Side Seat Warmer Overheats And Burns Seat And Causes Burns On Legs. Do Not Use Seat Warmers When Driving. Called bmw, Claimed This Wasn’t An Issue – Was Very Disappointed In Customer Service. *js

1 person(s) were injured. Mileage was 65000 miles. Vehicle Identification Number (VIN):WBXTA93484W. BMW X3 2004 problem was reported in MINNEAPOLIS, MN. Vehicle was not using ANTI-LOCK BRAKES. Vehicle was not using Cruise Control. VEHICLE SPEED: 0 mph.

Dec 28, 2011

Drivers Side Seat Over Heats And Burns Your Butt And A Hole In The Leather As Well As Clothes. Very Dangerous. *tr

1 person(s) were injured. Vehicle Identification Number (VIN):WBXPA93494W. BMW X3 2004 problem was reported in STILLWATER, MN. Vehicle was not using ANTI-LOCK BRAKES. Vehicle was not using Cruise Control. Vehicle had 6 CYLINDERS. FUEL TYPE: GAS.

Jan 02, 2012

Felt A Burning Under My Leg And Smelled Burning Plastic. Parked The Car And My Scarf Was Melted To The Seat And Smoke Was Coming From It. Pulled On My Scarf To Get It Off And Noticed A Hole Burnt In The Seat From The Heated Seat Element. Parts Of The Seat Were Stuck To My Scarf And Pants. Made Sure The Seat Stopped Smoking And Wont Use The Heated Seats Anymore. *tr

Vehicle was on fire. 1 person(s) were injured. 0 person(s) died. Mileage was 145000 miles. BMW X3 2004 problem was reported in CHEEKTOWAGA, NY. Vehicle was not using ANTI-LOCK BRAKES. Vehicle was not using Cruise Control. VEHICLE SPEED: 0 mph.

Feb 21, 2013

Short Circuit In Heating Element For Driver’s Side Seat. Shocks Occur Through Leather When Heater Is Active. Turned Off Heat And Discontinued Use Of Heating Element To Avoid Damage/burns. Passenger Side Heating Element Is Still Ok. *tr

0 person(s) were injured. 0 person(s) died. Mileage was 75000 miles. Vehicle Identification Number (VIN):WBXPA73434W. BMW X3 2004 problem was reported in ALOHA, OR. Vehicle was not using ANTI-LOCK BRAKES. Vehicle was not using Cruise Control. Vehicle had 6 CYLINDERS. FUEL TYPE: GAS. VEHICLE SPEED: 0 mph.

June 01, 2010

As I Was Driving On The Freeway With The Driver’s Side Heated Seat On The Low Setting, I Felt A Sudden Burning Sensation On My Back Of My Upper Left Thigh And Shifted Slightly, Putting My Hand Under The Area To See What Was The Matter. The Rear Area Of The Left Side Seat Bolster Had Gotten So Hot I Had To Turn Off The Seat Heater Immediately. I Decided Not To Turn It On Again Until Another Time In Late March When I Again Turned On The Seat Heater. The Same Sudden Feeling Of “overheating” Was Immediately Felt In The Same Area, I Turned Off The Seat Heater, And I Haven’t Used It Since Then. When My Car Was In For Service For Another Issue, I Mentioned It To My Service Advisor And Asked Whether He Knew Of Other Similar Incidents Or Whether There Was A bmw Recall For The Issue. He Said No To Both Questions. *tr

1 person(s) were injured. 0 person(s) died. Mileage was 98621 miles. Vehicle Identification Number (VIN):WBXPA93454W. BMW X3 2004 problem was reported in SAN JOSE, CA. Vehicle was not using ANTI-LOCK BRAKES. Vehicle was not using Cruise Control. Vehicle had 6 CYLINDERS. FUEL TYPE: GAS. VEHICLE SPEED: 60 mph.

Mar 14, 2013

Approximately 1 Year Ago I Purchased For My Daughter A 2004 Used bmw x3 2.5i. The Car Has Run Fine So Far But In The Evening Of The 26th Of January 2014 Something Very Dangerous Happened With The Front Driver Seat Heating System. She Was Driving And She Notice A Smell Of Burnt Material Inside The Car, And Looked Down To See That The Seat Heater Had Burned Through The Left Bottom Side And Had Singed Her Pants. She Of Course Was Very Scared And All Most Went Out Of The Road For This! There Is Burnt A Hole In The Front Driver Seat And For The Moment I Pulled The Fuses Of The Seat Heating System (fuses Was Still Ok And Did Not Shut The System Off!!). I Have Been Calling bmw North America For More Than A Month, They Sent Me To A bmw Local Dealer Where They Inspect And Made Picture Of The Seat. bmw N.a. ([xxx]) Finally Told Me That They Would Pay Only 50% Of The Repair Cost ($800 My Part) And The Offer Is Valid Only For 20 Days After This The Offer Would Not Be Valid Anymore. I Feel That This Is A Very Serious Safety Problem And Saw In Internet That This Is A Common Problem For This Year/model. I Strongly Believe That bmw Not Only Should Repair The Seat For Free But Should Also Initiate A Proper Recall To Avoid This Very Serious Driving Safety Issue. Please Help. Thank You Best Regards Information Redacted Pursuant To The Freedom Of Information Act (foia), 5 U.s.c. 552(b)(6). *tr

Vehicle was on fire. 0 person(s) were injured. 0 person(s) died. Mileage was 148000 miles. Vehicle Identification Number (VIN):WBXPA73404W. BMW X3 2004 problem was reported in ROCKFORD, IL. Vehicle was not using ANTI-LOCK BRAKES. Vehicle was not using Cruise Control. Vehicle had 6 CYLINDERS. FUEL TYPE: GAS. VEHICLE SPEED: 30 mph.

Jan 26, 2014

Driving On Freeway And Driver’s Side Seat Heater Overheated Burning Seat And Creating Abundant Smoke Inside Car’s Cabin. This Was A Very Dangerous Situation On The Freeway And I Have No Doubt That The Seat Would Have Caught Fire If I Hadn’t Felt The Burning Sensation Early Enough. Dealer Stated That They Had Never Heard Of This Happening And Quoted $1200+ Repair. Researched Online And Found Many Similar Occurrences. Decided Not To Repair And Chance The Same Happening Again. Disconnected Wiring To Seat Heater.

0 person(s) were injured. 0 person(s) died. Mileage was 80000 miles. Vehicle Identification Number (VIN):WBXPA73414W. BMW X3 2004 problem was reported in SEATTLE, WA. Vehicle was not using ANTI-LOCK BRAKES. Vehicle was not using Cruise Control. VEHICLE SPEED: 60 mph.

Dec 25, 2012

March 2013 -driver Side Heated Seat Became Extremely Hot. Now, December 2014, Driver Side Heated Seat Become Too Hot To Keep On And A Burning Smell Is Very Noticeable.

0 person(s) were injured. 0 person(s) died. Mileage was 72440 miles. BMW X3 2004 problem was reported in NESCONSET, NY. Vehicle was not using ANTI-LOCK BRAKES. Vehicle was not using Cruise Control. VEHICLE SPEED: 0 mph.

Mar 01, 2013

2004 BMW X3 problems and complaints, and up-to-date recall information. If you are researching a used BMW X3, driving a 2004 BMW X3, or if you are planning to purchase one, review owner-reported Seats problems and defects.

1 Response

  1. Toni Stroup February 20, 2017 / 12:53 am

    2004 BMW 325I, MY PATIENT SIDE SEAT HEATER HAS BURNED THROUGH THE LEATHER AND BURNED MY PASSANGERS RIGHT BUTTOCKS/THIGH. I AM VERY CONCERNED THAT MY CAR CAN CATCH FIRE. IT HAPPENED WHEN I FIRST PURCHASED THE CAR 01/15/2015 AROUND 103,000. NOW MY SOON ACCIDENTLY TURNED IT ON AND HE ALSO GOT BURNED. BMW NEEDS TO DO SOMETHING IN REGARDS TO THIS ISSUE, LIKE THEY DID FOR THE 5 AND 7 SERIES

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