BMW e83 X3 Transfer Case Problems

Does your e83 X3 have transfer case problems? We can help! Book an appointment online with our BMW mechanics in Jacksonville, FL. We have the best labor rates in town.

Available in the United States from 2004-2010, the BMW X3 is also known as the e83. This was the first generation of the BMW X3, and it has been cleverly called a Sport “Activity” vehicle. Because it has all-wheel-drive, the X3 is built with a transfer case, which assists in moving power from the transmission to the rear and front axles. Like all new things, the X3 has been known to have transfer case problems, especially in the ones released in the first two years, 2004 and 2005.

Many X3 owners have reported a “whining” noise that appears after the vehicle reaches around 10,000 miles. Usually, this is caused by old belts or deteriorating front bearings. An old serpentine belt can make a whining noise too. Since this issue was first discovered in the ‘04 and ‘05 models while they still had low miles, it’s a good chance this is a common problem for the X3.

In order for all-wheel-drive vehicles to work properly, the transfer case is vital, and if you don’t repair it, it can lead to transmission issues. Both the transmission and the transfer case are expensive and they take time to repair. Some owners try to prolong the life of their X3’s transfer case by changing the fluid every 10,000 miles. Changing the fluid can become expensive too, and this is a workaround that does not prevent the problem.

Our BMW mechanics in Jacksonville, FL are aware of the X3’s transfer case problems and we have the experience to fix it. Instead of waiting, or trying to fix it yourself, we recommend that you visit our local independent BMW service garage and have it repaired by our experts.

Bavarian RennSport is a local, independent BMW repair shop with BMW mechanics that have dealer-level expertise at a fraction of the expense. Book your diagnostic appointment online today!

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