The 330i is a harmonious blend of sportiness and luxury, one of the best all-around packages available. Power, agility, and excellent dynamic control make it fun to drive, while a quiet cabin, well-contoured front seats, and a composed ride contribute to a comfortable driving experience.
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There are 9 recalls on this vehicle. Learn More.

Reliability

Reliability indicates how models have performed in the past, providing the basis for predicting how the vehicles will hold up in the year ahead. These charts provide the most comprehensive reliability information available to consumers. Based on information received from our latest subscriber survey, our reliability history charts give you a rundown on how used vehicles are holding up in 17 potential trouble spots, ranging from the engine, transmission, and brakes to power equipment and the electrical system.

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Reliability indicates how models have performed in the past, providing the basis for predicting how the vehicles will hold up in the year ahead. These charts provide the most comprehensive reliability information available to consumers. Based on information received from our latest subscriber survey for about 329,000 vehicles, our reliability history charts give you a rundown on how 2000 through 2020 vehicles are holding up in 17 potential trouble spots, ranging from the engine, transmission, and brakes to power equipment and the electrical system. NA indicates that we did not receive a large enough sample size to provide data for a specific year. An X indicates that the vehicle was not manufactured for a specific year.

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Owner Reported Trouble Spots

The Reliability score is based on our latest subscriber survey of 2000 BMW 3 Series owners. The owner comments describe problems respondents experienced with this vehicle.

Suspension

Shocks or struts, ball joints, tie rods, wheel bearings, alignment, steering linkage (includes rack and pinion), power steering (pumps and hoses, leaks), wheel balance, springs or torsion bars, bushings, electronic or air suspension.

What Owners Say

Ball joints

"Front end ball joints were worn and had to replace. Could not do an alignment with it and was tearing up the front tires"

Kent W., NC (2000 BMW 3 Series 323Ci 2.5-L 6 Cyl)

"they went bad. both sides in a couple months"

Larry C., OR (2000 BMW 3 Series 323i)
Bushings

"needed new bushings"

Anonymous, CA (2000 BMW 3 Series 323i 2.5-L 6 Cyl)

"Lower control arms needed to be replaced. Bushings needed to be replaced along with them"

Anonymous, WA (2000 BMW 3 Series 323i)

"The control arm bushings failed. We replaced them ourselves - it was not very difficult"

Anonymous, HI (2000 BMW 3 Series 323Ci)

"After 20 years and 170000 miles they needed replacement"

Anonymous, GA (2000 BMW 3 Series 2.8-L 6 Cyl)
Power steering leaks

"Power steering pump failed and had to be replaced"

Patrick N., WI (2000 BMW 3 Series 323i 2.8-L 6 Cyl)

"High pressure hoses (3) leak"

Anonymous, FL (2000 BMW 3 Series 323Ci 2.5-L 6 Cyl)

"Slow leaks from seals, pump noise increasing. Repair last year by independent shop needs adjusting. Pump noise can be eliminated by new unit, but is not deemed problem to safe operation of the vehicle. This 328 has stood the test of time and distance, even at18 yrs old."

Anonymous, AB (2000 BMW 3 Series 328i 2.8-L 6 Cyl)

"High pressure hydraulic line parts leak at seals. Seals not replaceable. Entire part (s) must be replaced. Expensive and complex repair."

Anonymous, FL (2000 BMW 3 Series 2.5-L 6 Cyl)
Shocks or struts

"Had to replace rear shocks"

Anonymous, FL (2000 BMW 3 Series 323i 2.5-L 6 Cyl)

"Had to replace rear struts at only 50K miles, though car was 14 years old and garaged"

Anonymous, NC (2000 BMW 3 Series 323Ci 2.5-L 6 Cyl)

"shocks worn and damage from pothole."

Anonymous, CT (2000 BMW 3 Series)

"Rear passenger side shock was worn after only 50K miles, was very disappointing for such a car"

Kent W., NC (2000 BMW 3 Series 323Ci 2.5-L 6 Cyl)

"The 328 was bottoming out on bumps...mostly due to age"

Anonymous, TX (2000 BMW 3 Series 328i 2.8-L 6 Cyl)

"Replaced all shocks, struts. Rear springs fractured, required replacement"

Anonymous, OH (2000 BMW 3 Series 323i 2.5-L 6 Cyl)
Springs or torsion bars

"I replaced all the springs , because of alignment problems"

Anonymous, VT (2000 BMW 3 Series 323i 2.5-L 6 Cyl)

"Rear springs broke no apparent reason. Wife's car, used in town only and no heavy hauling. also top quit working broken line"

Sharon E., IL (2000 BMW 3 Series 323i)
Steering linkage (includes rack and pinion)

"Replaced control arm bracket & bushing"

J O., CA (2000 BMW 3 Series 323i 2.5-L 6 Cyl)

Electric System

Alternator, starter, hybrid battery and related systems, regular battery, battery cables, engine harness, coil, ignition switch, electronic ignition, distributor or rotor failure, spark plugs and wires failure.

What Owners Say

Body control module

"The body control module has intermittenly failed over the last 10 years or so. Lights that are controlled by this module only work when they feel like it and I never felt strong enough about fixing the problem to pay the $1,000 or more demanded by the BMW dealer to resolve it."

Anonymous, FL (2000 BMW 3 Series 2.8-L 6 Cyl)
Clock

"Because of a short in the system, we were unable to reset the clock"

Anonymous, FL (2000 BMW 3 Series 323Ci 2.5-L 6 Cyl)
Exterior lights (other than headlights)

"Due to the age and mileage of the car, I think many of the electrical contacts have corroded within wire harnesses for the brake lights, back up lights and interior lighting. Brake lights will often give a false dash-indicator reading showing that they've failed when they actually have not. Conversely, they have failed without the dashboard indication. They are quite difficult to trouble-shoot and remedy"

Pete O., CA (2000 BMW 3 Series 323i 2.5-L 6 Cyl)

"the tail light goes on and off due to a glitch somewhere in the wiring that we can not find! have replaced socket, bulbs, etc.... checked wiring"

Anonymous, NY (2000 BMW 3 Series 328i)
Gauges

"oil engine light"

Henri S., CA (2000 BMW 3 Series 323i 2.5-L 6 Cyl)

"Because of a short in the wiring, the oil warning light kept coming on although there was no problem with the oil"

Anonymous, FL (2000 BMW 3 Series 323Ci 2.5-L 6 Cyl)
Headlights

"LED light has burned out on the passenger side has burned out which cost #1,300 to repair on the the drivers side last year"

Garrett R., DC (2000 BMW 3 Series 328i)

"Car has xenon headlights. I've had to replace them both twice"

Anonymous, CO (2000 BMW 3 Series 2.8-L 6 Cyl)
Interior lights

"Certain lights, for example in the front passenger footwell, and warning lights in the dash do not work part of the time. The BMW dealer estimate to repair (replace) an electronic module to cure this was $1,000, so I have elected to not make this re"

Anonymous, FL (2000 BMW 3 Series 328i 2.8-L 6 Cyl)
Keyless entry

"Intermittently does not recognize unlock/lock signal"

Pete O., CA (2000 BMW 3 Series 323i 2.5-L 6 Cyl)

"After a couple of weeks away, I returned and keyless entry would not work. I tried to unlock the door with the manual key and that did not work either. So I had to take a different car. Next day, I tried keyless entry and it worked"

Anonymous, NC (2000 BMW 3 Series 323i 2.5-L 6 Cyl)

"Often doors do not open on first try. Infrequently all the windows rolled down on their own"

Jack S., CA (2000 BMW 3 Series 328i 2.8-L 6 Cyl)
Warning lights

"Check engine light came on - appropriate parts changed - light came on again - unable to find reason - no damage to motor - driving with light on - told we will know if there is a problem and stop driving"

Barry S., FL (2000 BMW 3 Series 328Ci 2.5-L 6 Cyl)

"Various warning lights come on intermittently"

Greg O., TN (2000 BMW 3 Series 323i 2.5-L 6 Cyl)

"Major Engine problem, resulting in overheating. Transmission light coming on. DSC light always on"

Anonymous, FL (2000 BMW 3 Series 328i 2.8-L 6 Cyl)

Climate System

Blower (fan) motor, A/C compressor, condenser, evaporator, heater system, automatic climate control, refrigerant leakage, electrical failure.

What Owners Say

A/C compressor

"compressor failed"

Anonymous, TX (2000 BMW 3 Series 323i)

"A/C stopped cooling and I only mention it because the cost to fix was high"

Anonymous, CA (2000 BMW 3 Series 328i)
Automatic climate control

"The climate control system has been experiencing progressive failure. The fault is electronic in nature rather than mechanical. This complaint is made despite the age / miles b/c several known defects are reported in this generation of 3 series"

Carole Z., MI (2000 BMW 3 Series 328Ci 2.8-L 6 Cyl)
Blower (fan) motor

"Final stage resistor failure and burning of adjacent wiring"

Pete O., CA (2000 BMW 3 Series 323i 2.5-L 6 Cyl)

"there are TWO fans that cool the engine and provide heat/AC. One went last summer, one this winter. Both are expensive to replace. But the car IS 14 years old.. stuff wears out"

Anonymous, NY (2000 BMW 3 Series 328i)
Condenser

"Condenser has a leak and it has not been repaired. Dealer quoted $2500 to repair a few years ago. Too expensive to replace."

Anonymous, TN (2000 BMW 3 Series 2.5-L 6 Cyl)
Evaporator

"Evaporator developed a leak. BMW dealer wants $2500 to replace, I did not get it repaired"

Anonymous, TN (2000 BMW 3 Series 323Ci 2.5-L 6 Cyl)
Refrigerant leaks

"Had to remove the entire dash to gain access"

David B., OH (2000 BMW 3 Series 323i 2.5-L 6 Cyl)

"There is a very slow coolant leak that will cost $2,200 to fix"

Garrett R., DC (2000 BMW 3 Series 328i)

"The refrigerant leaked again this year. Leaked Last year but I didn't get it fixed after the refill emptied. Last fixed leak about five years ago"

Anonymous, NJ (2000 BMW 3 Series 323i)

"Due to living in the deep south, we use our a/c almost 10 months of the year so the coolant is used up. This was the 2nd time in 2 yrs it needed refreshed"

Anonymous, TX (2000 BMW 3 Series 328i 2.8-L 6 Cyl)

"My understanding is that there is a leak. But I was told that fixing the leak would require newer parts that would likely tax the rest of the cooling system and require additional repairs. The work -around is to just recharge the freon but the leak"

Anonymous, DE (2000 BMW 3 Series 323i)

Paint/Trim

Paint (fading, chalking, cracking, or peeling), loose interior and exterior trim or moldings, rust.

What Owners Say

Loose exterior trim or moldings

"Issues with trimming around windows deteriorating and to replace they have to take doors off and apart"

Anonymous, CA (2000 BMW 3 Series 323i 2.8-L 6 Cyl)

"Many of both the interior, and the exterior plastic and rubber moldings have become detached. The clips, or molded pins, which are supposed to hold them to the metal have failed"

David F., MD (2000 BMW 3 Series 328Ci)
Loose interior trim or moldings

"Continue issues with the roof lining coming down, trimming around windows deteriorating"

Anonymous, CA (2000 BMW 3 Series 323i 2.8-L 6 Cyl)

"Since day one in the Florida climate the interior trim around windows.doors has been off."

Audrey O., VA (2000 BMW 3 Series 323Ci 2.8-L 6 Cyl)

"significant fraction of interior trim have fallen off"

Anonymous, TX (2000 BMW 3 Series)
Paint (fading, chalking, cracking, or peeling)

"Despite regular washing and polishing, the clear coat has cracked and is fading badly"

Peter T., FL (2000 BMW 3 Series 323i 2.5-L 6 Cyl)

"The car is now 20 years old and considering that, the paint has held up very well. Unfortunately it is starting to have issues with any droppings that hit the car, and a handful of small spots are beginning to rust."

Anonymous, WI (2000 BMW 3 Series 2.5-L 6 Cyl)
Rust

"Rust around the windshield upper left corner and rust on lower body panels by door edges. Advancing quickly, will require work"

Anonymous, AB (2000 BMW 3 Series 328i 2.8-L 6 Cyl)

Body Integrity

Squeaks, rattles, wind noises, loose or cracked seals and/or weather-stripping, air and water leaks.

What Owners Say

Air or water leaks

"Radiator blown out - radiator, all hoses and thermostats, expansion tank replaced. Cost $1341"

Ed F., TN (2000 BMW 3 Series 323i 2.5-L 6 Cyl)

"Water getting into trunk of vehicle when parked at a slight incline. The dealership claimed they knew nothing about an issue with this. However, I found plenty about it on the internet. I am not a car person, buy I knew more about the problem and how to fix it than the local dealership! Per the internet, water collecting in the trunk during storms was and still is an issue with year and model of the BMW I got from my mom."

Anonymous, TN (2000 BMW 3 Series)

"Car leaks water from front passenger area and drains to rear passenger footwell. Two attempts were made to fix the problem, but neither was succesful"

Anonymous, FL (2000 BMW 3 Series 328i 2.8-L 6 Cyl)

"Back door weather stripping failed on bottom of door and allowed water to enter on to the floor"

Patrick N., WI (2000 BMW 3 Series 323i 2.8-L 6 Cyl)

"my car was "certified" to have never been in an accident- I found out later- it WAS in an accident and I have had problems because of that ever since- the windshield is crooked, leaks, the whole car is crooked, leaky, the struts, rear end alignment"

Anonymous, NY (2000 BMW 3 Series 323i 2.5-L 6 Cyl)

"In 2014 the car began leaking when there were rainstorms, and the right rear footwell and the front passenger floor got various amounts of water in them. I paid several times for diagnostics and repairs (including drain cleanouts in right doors and sunroof; however the problem remains on an intermittent basis."

Anonymous, FL (2000 BMW 3 Series 2.8-L 6 Cyl)
Seals and/or weather-stripping

"In warmer climate of the South the weatherstripping has constantly fallen off"

Audrey O., VA (2000 BMW 3 Series 323Ci)
Squeaks or rattles

"There is a rattle in the steering wheel at certain speeds"

Kevin Z., VA (2000 BMW 3 Series 323i 2.5-L 6 Cyl)

Body Hardware

Power or manual windows, locks and latches, tailgate, hatch or trunk, doors or sliding doors, mirrors, seat controls, safety belts, sunroof, convertible top.

What Owners Say

Convertible top

"The roof, which was replaced, does not correctly line up, when automatically retracting, hitting the framework, as it finishes retracting. Thus, it is NEVER used"

David F., MD (2000 BMW 3 Series 328Ci)

"I had the soft top replaced two years ago and it has never been as tight and noise free as the original."

Anonymous, WI (2000 BMW 3 Series 2.5-L 6 Cyl)

"Plastic flap that secures headliner when top is up came loose and was broken when top was being raised."

Anonymous, FL (2000 BMW 3 Series 2.5-L 6 Cyl)
Locks and latches

"The driver side front door lock failed late at night in a parking lot and the key could not be removed from the lock when the remote failed. The car had to be towed to a repair shop where the next day a new lock was installed"

Peter T., FL (2000 BMW 3 Series 323i 2.5-L 6 Cyl)
Windows

"Window not going up/down has happened before on at least four other occasions"

Anonymous, TX (2000 BMW 3 Series 328i 2.8-L 6 Cyl)

"window motors failed on two of four windows"

Anonymous, TX (2000 BMW 3 Series)

"Passenger window failed to open. Had to replace operator."

Anonymous, GA (2000 BMW 3 Series 2.5-L 6 Cyl)

Brakes

Antilock system (ABS), parking brake, master cylinder, calipers, rotors, pulsation or vibration, squeaking, brake failure or wear.

What Owners Say

Antilock system (ABS)

"ABS sensor replacement. ABS warning light keeps coming on periodically"

Anonymous, NC (2000 BMW 3 Series 323Ci 2.5-L 6 Cyl)

"continuing check engine - orange triangle - appeared; months of trial and error and over $1500 in expenses including using a refurb ABS control system and replacing a sensor under the driver's seat - and the light still occasionally comes on. at its worst, i'd hear the ABS controller try to actuate when there was no brake being appiled...."

Anonymous, CA (2000 BMW 3 Series 323Ci 2.5-L 6 Cyl)

"Experiencing failure of the actual modules that control ABS and or traction control and or the main module. There are no mechanical faults. This vehicle and this generation of 3's has a history of weird electrical problems do to bad ground faults"

Carole Z., MI (2000 BMW 3 Series 328Ci 2.8-L 6 Cyl)

"First year of this modelABS with ESC and failed. Replace parts specially imported from Germany - very expensive. This was found when rear of vehicle removed to replace broken/frozen bearings"

Anonymous, GA (2000 BMW 3 Series 328Ci 2.8-L 6 Cyl)
Pulsation or vibration

"Steering Wheel Vibration due to improerly designed and built brake rotors which preventer the wheel to precisely fit on the hub and therefore wobbled at speed"

Richard R., SC (2000 BMW 3 Series 328Ci 2.8-L 6 Cyl)
Rotors

"The rotors were the problem causing steering wheel to oscillatorlate at speed"

Richard R., SC (2000 BMW 3 Series 328Ci 2.8-L 6 Cyl)

In-car Electronics

CD or DVD players, radio, speakers, GPS, communication system (e.g., OnStar), display screen freezes or goes blank, phone pairing (e.g. Bluetooth), voice control commands, steering wheel controls, portable music device interface (e.g., iPod/MP3 player), backup or other camera/sensors.

What Owners Say

Display screen difficult to see

"LCD Display screen back light replacement for stereo, Climate control, and computer"

Anonymous, CA (2000 BMW 3 Series 328i 2.8-L 6 Cyl)
Display screen freezes up

"Service dep't cannot find reason for electrical fault. However, actual vehicle operation is not compromised. Radio and cruise control do not operate when problem occurs"

Anonymous, AR (2000 BMW 3 Series 323i)
Radio

"The radio started acting up by not working (as if no power) for short periods. Then it would work again for awhile. Eventually, it quit working all together and had to be replaces."

Anonymous, BC (2000 BMW 3 Series 2.5-L 6 Cyl)

"FM stations could not be received"

Anonymous, WA (2000 BMW 3 Series 328i 2.8-L 6 Cyl)
Speakers

"The speakers performance has diminished with age"

Greg O., TN (2000 BMW 3 Series 323i 2.5-L 6 Cyl)

"Needed replacing"

Anonymous, CA (2000 BMW 3 Series 328i 2.8-L 6 Cyl)

Engine Cooling

Radiator, cooling fan, antifreeze leaks, water pump, thermostat, overheating.

What Owners Say

Antifreeze leaks

"Water pump has a slow leak and I have to top off the coolant once every few weeks"

Kevin Z., VA (2000 BMW 3 Series 323i 2.5-L 6 Cyl)
Radiator

"radiator expansion tank failed"

Anonymous, GA (2000 BMW 3 Series 323i 2.5-L 6 Cyl)

"Replaced battery. upper coolant expansion tank, thermostat & housing"

J O., CA (2000 BMW 3 Series 323i 2.5-L 6 Cyl)
Thermostat

"Air intake system problems Sensors fail"

Anonymous, TX (2000 BMW 3 Series 328Ci 2.8-L 6 Cyl)

"Engine overheating"

Anonymous, FL (2000 BMW 3 Series 328i 2.8-L 6 Cyl)

Transmission Major

Transmission rebuild or replacement, torque converter, clutch replacement.

What Owners Say

Transmission rebuild or replacement

"First gear has failed making it difficult and unsafe to drive."

Anonymous, DE (2000 BMW 3 Series 323i 2.5-L 6 Cyl)

"At 70000 miles transmission would not go into reverse. Found broken parts in transmission during replacement. Similar problem found on many with this transmission model. BMW knows of problem but has not had a recall"

Charles P., NC (2000 BMW 3 Series 323Ci 2.5-L 6 Cyl)

"supposedly this is a common problem for BMW 3 series this age and mileage"

Anonymous, TX (2000 BMW 3 Series 328i 2.8-L 6 Cyl)

"Second transmission in 5 years"

Anonymous, NC (2000 BMW 3 Series 323Ci)

"Problem was resolve"

Anonymous, (2000 BMW 3 Series 2.5-L 6 Cyl)

Engine Minor

Accessory belts and pulleys, engine computer, engine mounts, engine knock or ping, oil leaks.

What Owners Say

Accessory belts or pulleys

"repeated repairs on accessory belt; told they may need to replace with more expensive solution if it fails again"

Adam S., CA (2000 BMW 3 Series 323Ci 2.5-L 6 Cyl)
Engine computer

"secondary water pump failed twice in the past year"

Anonymous, CA (2000 BMW 3 Series 323i 2.5-L 6 Cyl)
Oil leaks

"worn gaskets and cap"

Anonymous, VA (2000 BMW 3 Series 323Ci 2.8-L 6 Cyl)

"Oil filter housing mounts to top of engine and o-ring failed where the housing connects to engine"

Anonymous, FL (2000 BMW 3 Series 323i 2.5-L 6 Cyl)

"Nothing unexpected, gaskets are just getting old and need to be replaced"

Thomas T., CA (2000 BMW 3 Series 328i 2.8-L 6 Cyl)

Drive System

Driveshaft or axle, CV joint, differential, transfer case, 4WD/AWD components, driveline vibration, traction control, electronic stability control (ESC), electrical failure.

What Owners Say

Driveline vibration

"Car front vibrated excessively from side to side"

Anonymous, DE (2000 BMW 3 Series 323i 2.5-L 6 Cyl)
Driveshaft or axle

"Broke apart from the body rear passenger side"

Anonymous, CA (2000 BMW 3 Series 323Ci 2.8-L 6 Cyl)

"Front axle broke."

Anonymous, VA (2000 BMW 3 Series 323i 2.5-L 6 Cyl)
Stability control (ESC)

"After driving car for 30 minutes, light turns on for stability control"

Anonymous, CA (2000 BMW 3 Series 323i)

Power Equipment

Cruise control, clock, warning lights, body control module, keyless entry, wiper motor or washer, tire pressure monitor, interior or exterior lights, horn, gauges, 12V power plug, remote engine start, alarm or security system

What Owners Say

Alternator

"Alternator failed"

Anonymous, DE (2000 BMW 3 Series 323i 2.5-L 6 Cyl)
Battery (not hybrid or electric)

"If you don't drive the vehicle for a few weeks it will drain the battery. Disconnect the battery before going on vacation"

Peter L., WA (2000 BMW 3 Series 323i)

"Alternator failed and that lead to premature battery failure"

Anonymous, DE (2000 BMW 3 Series 323i 2.5-L 6 Cyl)
Coil

"We had to replace all the coils for each cylinder. That's all I know about it"

James W., CA (2000 BMW 3 Series 323i 2.5-L 6 Cyl)

Fuel System

Check engine light, sensors (includes O2 or oxygen sensor), emission control devices (includes EGR), engine computer, engine computer, fuel cap, fuel gauge/sender, fuel injection system, fuel pump, fuel leaks, stalling or hesitation.

What Owners Say

Emission control devices (includes EGR)

"emission air pump failed resulting in a "Service engine soon" light"

Anonymous, GA (2000 BMW 3 Series 323i 2.5-L 6 Cyl)
Fuel pump

"Vehicle has 2 fuel pumps. 1 failed, causing the 2nd pump to fail"

Anonymous, MO (2000 BMW 3 Series 323i 2.5-L 6 Cyl)
Sensors (includes O2 or oxygen sensor)

"O2 sensor failed, minor inconvenience"

Anonymous, MO (2000 BMW 3 Series 323i 2.5-L 6 Cyl)

Transmission Minor

Gear selector or linkage, leaks, transmission computer, transmission sensor or solenoid, clutch adjustment, rough shifting, slipping transmission.

What Owners Say

Rough shifting

"tune up"

Anonymous, IL (2000 BMW 3 Series 328Ci 2.8-L 6 Cyl)
Transmission leaks

"Pump seal failed and transmission had to be pulled to fix"

Anonymous, FL (2000 BMW 3 Series 323i 2.5-L 6 Cyl)

Exhaust

Muffler, pipes, catalytic converter, exhaust manifold, leaks.

What Owners Say

Other/unsure

"Airbag warning light kept coming on. Mechanic found contact beneath driver's seat which malfunctioning. Finally replaced contact unit. Happened again. Got it replaced free under part warranty"

Anonymous, CA (2000 BMW 3 Series)

"Recalled"

Audrey O., VA (2000 BMW 3 Series 323Ci 2.8-L 6 Cyl)

Engine Major

Engine rebuild or replacement, cylinder head, head gasket, turbo or supercharger, timing chain or timing belt.

What Owners Say

Cylinder head

"Fuel injection electronics failed and had to be replaced"

Anonymous, DE (2000 BMW 3 Series 323i 2.5-L 6 Cyl)
Head gasket

"It blew yesterday. I'm replacing it this weekend"

Stuart Y., CA (2000 BMW 3 Series 328i 2.8-L 6 Cyl)

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Recalls
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AIR BAGS
May 27, 2021
The inflator could explode during air bag deployment, resulting in metal fragments striking the driver or other occupants. An underinflated air bag may not properly protect the occupant. These scenarios increase the risk of serious injury or death.
Summary:
BMW of North America, LLC (BMW) is recalling certain 2000-2001 BMW 3 Series (323Ci, 325Ci, 328Ci and 330Ci), 1999-2001 323i, 328i, 330i, 330xi, and 2000 323i, 328i stationwagon vehicles equipped with Non-Azide Driver air bag Inflators (NADI) manufactured by Takata. These vehicles are equipped with driver-side air bag inflators that were previously inspected, but not replaced under recall numbers 19V-851, 19V852, or 19V-853. Due to a manufacturing issue, the NADI inflator may absorb moisture, causing the inflator to explode or the air bag cushion to underinflate.
What should you do:
Dealers will replace the driver-side air bag inflator with a newly designed inflator, free of charge. Owner notification letters are expected to be mailed July 19, 2021. Owners may contact BMW customer service at 1-800-525-7417.
For more information:
Owners may also contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), or go to www.nhtsa.gov.
NHTSA CAMPAIGN ID Number: 21V401000
Potential Number of Units Affected: 4511
AIR BAGS
Jan 15, 2020
An inflator explosion may result in sharp metal fragments striking the driver or other occupants resulting in serious injury or death.
Summary:
BMW of North America, LLC (BMW) is recalling certain 2000-2005 323iT, 325iT, 325xiT, 320i, 323i, 325i, 325xi, 328i, 330i and 330xi and 2000-2006 323Ci, 325Ci, 328Ci, 330Ci, M3 Coupe, 323Cic, 325Cic, 330Cic, and M3 Convertible vehicles equipped with non-desiccated frontal Takata PSAN inflators and PSPI passenger frontal air bag inflators containing phase stabilized ammonium nitrate (PSAN) propellant that were used as interim remedy parts for previous Takata recalls. These inflators may explode due to propellant degradation occurring after long-term exposure to high absolute humidity, high temperatures, and high temperature cycling.
What should you do:
BMW will notify owners, and dealers will replace the passenger's front air bag, free of charge. The recall began February 13, 2020. Owners may contact BMW customer service at 1-800-525-7417.
For more information:
Owners may also contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), or go to www.safercar.gov.
NHTSA CAMPAIGN ID Number: 20V018000
Potential Number of Units Affected: 292948
AIR BAGS
Nov 26, 2019
In the event of a crash necessitating air bag deployment, an inflator rupture may result in metal fragments striking the driver or other occupants. An underinflated air bag may not properly protect the occupant. These scenarios increase the risk of serious injury or death.
Summary:
BMW of North America, LLC (BMW) is recalling certain 1999-2000 323i and 328i and 2000 323Ci and 328Ci vehicles equipped with Non-Azide Driver air bag Inflators (NADI) manufactured by Takata. These inflators do not contain phase stabilized ammonium nitrate (PSAN) propellant. Due to a manufacturing issue, the NADI inflators may absorb moisture, causing the inflators to rupture or the air bag cushion to underinflate.
What should you do:
BMW will mail interim notices informing owners of the safety risk on January 17, 2020. Owners will receive a second notice when the remedy becomes available. Dealers will inspect the driver air bag inflators and replace them, as necessary, free of charge. BMW mailed interim notices informing owners of the safety risk on January 17, 2020. The recall began July 27, 2020. Owners may contact BMW customer service at 1-800-525-7417.
For more information:
Owners may also contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), or go to www.safercar.gov.
NHTSA CAMPAIGN ID Number: 19V852000
Potential Number of Units Affected: 34396
AIR BAGS
Nov 26, 2019
In the event of a crash necessitating air bag deployment, an inflator rupture may result in metal fragments striking the driver or other occupants. An underinflated air bag may not properly protect the occupant. These scenarios increase the risk of serious injury or death.
Summary:
BMW of North America, LLC (BMW) is recalling certain 1999-2001 323i, 325i, 328i and 330i and 2000-2001 323Ci, 325Ci, 328Ci, 330Ci, 323iT, and 325iT vehicles equipped with Non-Azide Driver air bag Inflators (NADI) manufactured by Takata. These vehicles may have received a replacement driver air bag as part of a vehicle repair. Due to a manufacturing issue, the replacement NADI inflator may absorb moisture, causing the inflator to rupture or the air bag cushion to underinflate.
What should you do:
BMW notified owners, and Dealers will replace the driver air bag inflators, free of charge. The recall began November 10, 2020. Owners may contact BMW customer service at 1-800-525-7417.
For more information:
Owners may also contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), or go to www.safercar.gov.
NHTSA CAMPAIGN ID Number: 19V853000
Potential Number of Units Affected: 74185
AIR BAGS
Oct 02, 2019
An inflator explosion may result in sharp metal fragments striking the driver or other occupants resulting in serious injury or death.
Summary:
BMW of North America, LLC (BMW) is recalling certain 2000-2002 325i and 325xi Sedan, and 323Ci, 325Ci, and 330Ci Convertible vehicles. This recall affects certain vehicles that may have had a driver-side air bag module installed as replacement equipment such as after a vehicle crash necessitating replacement of the original air bag, or as a remedy part for a prior recall. The frontal air bag inflator may explode due to propellant degradation occurring after long-term exposure to high absolute humidity, temperature and temperature cycling.
What should you do:
BMW will notify owners, and dealers will inspect and, as necessary, replace the driver's air bag module, free of charge. The recall began November 7, 2019. Owners may contact BMW customer service at 1-800-525-7417. Note: This recall is an expansion of previous recalls, numbers 17V-047 and 19V-015.
For more information:
Owners may also contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), or go to www.safercar.gov.
NHTSA CAMPAIGN ID Number: 19V698000
Potential Number of Units Affected: 3924
AIR BAGS
Jan 20, 2017
In the event of a crash necessitating deployment of the driver's frontal air bag, the inflator could rupture with metal fragments striking the driver or other occupants resulting in serious injury or death.
Summary:
BMW of North America, LLC (BMW) is recalling certain 2000-2002 BMW 320i, 323i, 325i, 325xi, 330i, 330xi, 323Ci, 325Ci, 330Ci, M3, 323iT, 325iT and 325xiT vehicles, 2001-2002 525i, 530i, 540i, M5, 525iT and 540iT vehicles, and 2001-2003 X5 3.0i, X5 4.4i, and X5 4.6is vehicles. These vehicles may have had a driver-side air bag module installed as replacement equipment such as after a vehicle crash necessitating replacement of the original air bag, or as a remedy part for a prior recall. These replacement modules contain an air bag inflator that may rupture due to propellant degradation occurring after long-term exposure to lower absolute humidity, temperature and temperature cycling.
What should you do:
BMW will notify owners, and dealers will inspect the driver side air bag module, replacing it as necessary, free of charge. The recall began March 15, 2017. Owners may contact BMW customer service at 1-800-525-7417.
For more information:
Owners may also contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), or go to www.safercar.gov.
NHTSA CAMPAIGN ID Number: 17V047000
Potential Number of Units Affected: 230117
AIR BAGS
Jul 16, 2014
In the event of a crash necessitating deployment of the passenger's frontal air bag, excessive internal pressure could cause rupturing of the inflator resulting in metal fragments striking and potentially seriously injuring the passenger seat occupant or other occupants.
Summary:
BMW of North America, LLC (BMW) is recalling certain model year 2000 323i sedans, coupes, convertibles, and Sports Wagons; 2000 328i sedans and coupes; 2001-2005 325i sedans, coupes, convertibles, and Sport Wagons; 2001-2005 325xi sedans and Sports Wagons; 2006 325i coupes and convertibles; 2001-2006 330i sedans, coupes, and convertibles; 2001-2005 330xi sedans; and 2001-2006 M3 coupes and convertibles to address a safety defect in the passenger side frontal air bag which may produce excessive internal pressure that could cause the air bag inflator to rupture upon deployment of the air bag.
What should you do:
BMW will notify owners, and dealers will replace the passenger side frontal air bag, free of charge. An interim notice was mailed to owners in September 2014. A second notice was mailed when an adequate supply of parts became available, on December 1, 2014. Owners may contact BMW customer service at 1-800-525-7417 or email BMW at CustomerRelations@bmwusa.com.
For more information:
Owners may also contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), or go to www.safercar.gov.This is an expansion of NHTSA Recall 13V-172.
NHTSA CAMPAIGN ID Number: 14V428000
Potential Number of Units Affected: 574007
AIR BAGS
Aug 09, 2002
THIS COULD CAUSE THE SIDE AIR BAG AND HEAD PROTECTION SYSTEM TO DEPLOY WITHOUT AN ACTUAL SIDE CRASH OR IMPACT SEVERE ENOUGH TO CAUSE SIGNIFICANT VISIBLE DAMAGE TO THE VEHICLE. UNEXPECTED DEPLOYMENT OF THE SIDE AIR BAG COULD CAUSE SERIOUS INJURY IF THE OCCUPANT'S HEAD IS RESTING NEAR THE SIDE AIR BAG.
Summary:
ON CERTAIN 4-DOOR PASSENGER VEHICLES, THE SIDE AIR BAG SYSTEM COULD DEPLOY IN CERTAIN NON-CRASH IMPACTS, SUCH AS WHEN CONTACTING LARGE POTHOLES OR CURBS AT SUBSTANTIAL SPEEDS.
What should you do:
DEALERS WILL RECALIBRATE THE CENTRAL AIR BAG CONTROL MODULE TO REDUCE THE POSSIBILITY OF SUCH A NON-CRASH DEPLOYMENT. OWNER NOTIFICATION BEGAN OCTOBER 25, 2002. OWNERS WHO TAKE THEIR VEHICLES TO AN AUTHORIZED DEALER ON AN AGREED UPON SERVICE DATE AND DO NOT RECEIVE THE FREE REMEDY WITHIN A REASONABLE TIME SHOULD CONTACT BMW AT 1-800-831-1117.
For more information:
ALSO, CUSTOMERS CAN CONTACT THE NATIONAL HIGHWAY TRAFFIC SAFETY ADMINISTRATION'S AUTO SAFETY HOTLINE AT 1-888-DASH-2-DOT (1-888-327-4236).
NHTSA CAMPAIGN ID Number: 02V223000
Potential Number of Units Affected: 20500
EXTERIOR LIGHTING
Feb 17, 2000
IF THIS HAPPENS, THE BRAKE LAMPS EITHER WILL NOT OPERATE OR WILL BE CONTINUOUSLY ILLUMINATED, REGARDLESS OF BRAKE PEDAL POSITION.
Summary:
VEHICLE DESCRIPTION: PASSENGER VEHICLES. THE BRAKE LAMPS IN THESE VEHICLES ARE CONTROLLED BY A SWITCH ACTIVATED BY THE MOVEMENT OF THE BRAKE PEDAL. THIS SWITCH COULD FAIL INTERNALLY, CAUSING IT TO REMAIN EITHER IN THE "BRAKE LAMPS OFF" POSITION OR IN THE "BRAKE LAMPS ON" POSITION.
What should you do:
DEALERS WILL INSPECT AND, IF NECESSARY, REPLACE THE EXISTING BRAKE LAMP SWITCH WITH AN IMPROVED SWITCH.
For more information:
OWNER NOTIFICATION BEGAN MAY 15, 2000.OWNERS WHO TAKE THEIR VEHICLES TO AN AUTHORIZED DEALER ON AN AGREED UPON SERVICE DATE AND DO NOT RECEIVE THE FREE REMEDY WITHIN A REASONABLE TIME SHOULD CONTACT BMW AT 1-800-831-1117.ALSO CONTACT THE NATIONAL HIGHWAY TRAFFIC SAFETY ADMINISTRATION'S AUTO SAFETY HOTLINE AT 1-888-DASH-2-DOT (1-888-327-4236).
NHTSA CAMPAIGN ID Number: 00V048000
Potential Number of Units Affected: 17700
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