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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. Meanwhile, the quiet cabin, well-contoured front seats and composed ride contribute to a comfortable driving experience.
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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 500,000 vehicles, our reliability history charts give you a rundown on how 2000 through 2018 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 2001 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

“Worn front lower right and left ball joints”

Anonymous, ON (2001 BMW 3 Series 325xi 2.5-L 6 Cyl)

“Front passenger ball joint was separating and required replacement”

Anonymous, NY (2001 BMW 3 Series 330Ci 3.0-L 6 Cyl)

“upper and lower control arms were replaced”

Anonymous, ME (2001 BMW 3 Series 330Ci 3.0-L 6 Cyl)

“Replaced rear trailing arm bushings, which then made 4 wheel alignment necessary. This was due to routine maintenance, not component failure”

Anonymous, AZ (2001 BMW 3 Series 325i 2.5-L 6 Cyl)

“The vehicle is leaking a combination of oil, transmission and power steering fluids. We simply refill these as needed since it will be very expensive to fix all these leaks”

Anonymous, FL (2001 BMW 3 Series 330i 3.0-L 6 Cyl)

“Power steering fluid leak somewhere in the system”

Anonymous, CA (2001 BMW 3 Series 325i 2.5-L 6 Cyl)

“This is the second time I have had to replace power steering lines”

Anonymous, FL (2001 BMW 3 Series 325i 2.5-L 6 Cyl)

“See transmission leak explanation”

Pamela C., NH (2001 BMW 3 Series Unsure Unsure)

“power steering fluid leaked from both ingress and egress hoses to the reservoir”

Anh N., CA (2001 BMW 3 Series 330Ci 3.0-L 6 Cyl)

“IT is very hard to maintain this car. Several issues come up with hoses, valves etc”

Anonymous, WA (2001 BMW 3 Series 330i 3.0-L 6 Cyl)

“Replaced power steering hoses, routine maintenance, no component failure”

Anonymous, AZ (2001 BMW 3 Series 325i 2.5-L 6 Cyl)

“Power steering hoses and filter replaced”

William S., CA (2001 BMW 3 Series 325i 2.5-L 6 Cyl)

“pump wore out; had to replace. Cost $1200.00”

Anonymous, KS (2001 BMW 3 Series 325Ci 2.5-L 6 Cyl)
Shocks or struts

“Struts replaced”

Anonymous, NC (2001 BMW 3 Series 325i 2.5-L 6 Cyl)

“Worn due to age”

Anonymous, WA (2001 BMW 3 Series 325i 3.0-L 6 Cyl)

“struts were worn. replaced with after market high performance items”

Anonymous, CA (2001 BMW 3 Series 330Ci 3.0-L 6 Cyl)
Springs or torsion bars

“Rear springs rusted and broke”

Anonymous, OH (2001 BMW 3 Series 325xi 2.5-L 6 Cyl)

“two broken rear springs were replaced”

Anonymous, ME (2001 BMW 3 Series 330Ci 3.0-L 6 Cyl)

“Replaced steering rack”

Anonymous, NV (2001 BMW 3 Series 330i 3.2-L 6 Cyl)

“Intermittent failure in axle half shaft constant velocity (CV) joint (yes, the rear axle -- independent suspension requires CV joints in axle shafts)”

John G., AL (2001 BMW 3 Series 330i 3.0-L 6 Cyl)

“Bent tie rod. Most likely due to the condition of roads in my former home of Ann Arbor MI or in north Texas where I currently live”

Anonymous, TX (2001 BMW 3 Series 330xi 3.0-L 6 Cyl)
Tire wear is uneven

“suspension issues causing tire uneven ware”

Lou P., CA (2001 BMW 3 Series 330Ci 3.0-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

“just went bad and needed to be replaced”

Thomas H., CA (2001 BMW 3 Series 325i 3.0-L 6 Cyl)

“Engine light keeps coming on. Mass airflow sensor replaced. Light will still come on, but cause cannot be determined”

Elizabeth S., NC (2001 BMW 3 Series 325i 2.5-L 6 Cyl)

“Seals are gradually leaking oil. We simply refill as needed since it will be very expensive to replace the seals”

Anonymous, FL (2001 BMW 3 Series 330i 3.0-L 6 Cyl)

“Slow oil leak from seal on bottom, very difficult to access, costly to repair”

Arnold A., TX (2001 BMW 3 Series 325i 3.0-L 6 Cyl)

“A gasket needed replacing”

J B., AB (2001 BMW 3 Series 330xi 3.0-L 6 Cyl)

“Had to replace a Camshaft Possition Sensor For BMW E46. While replacing this part noticed an oil leak around that area”

Bob I., IN (2001 BMW 3 Series 330Ci 3.2-L 6 Cyl)

“have to replace qt oil every 2 month”

Anonymous, FL (2001 BMW 3 Series 325i 2.5-L 6 Cyl)

“two significant oil leaks in the past five years”

Lou P., CA (2001 BMW 3 Series 330Ci 3.0-L 6 Cyl)

“leaking now second bad leak”

Anonymous, CA (2001 BMW 3 Series 330Ci 3.0-L 6 Cyl)

“I have to put a quart of oil in about every 2 weeks”

Julie W., VA (2001 BMW 3 Series 330i 3.0-L 6 Cyl)

“I noticed some oil in my garage, took the car to my regular German-car specialist (not BMW dealer) and he repaired the leaking seal(s)/hoses. No recurrence”

Anonymous, OR (2001 BMW 3 Series 330i 3.0-L 6 Cyl)

“Had to replace the oil pan gasket and oil filter housing gasket”

Anonymous, CA (2001 BMW 3 Series 325Ci 2.5-L 6 Cyl)

“Needed new valve cover and oil pan gaskets -- very expensive!”

Anonymous, NV (2001 BMW 3 Series 330i 3.2-L 6 Cyl)

“Took the car in multiple times. There were multiple leaks”

Patricia G., VA (2001 BMW 3 Series 325i Unsure)

“Oil is leaking and burning from somewhere in the engine. Mechanics have not been able to find the actual leak. Burns about 1 quart of oil every 3,000 miles”

Anonymous, CA (2001 BMW 3 Series 330Ci 3.0-L 6 Cyl)

“Oil leaks from old gaskets are getting bad. Oil stains starting to appear on the floor. Cost of parts $230. Cost of labor quoted at $ 2100”

Anonymous, TX (2001 BMW 3 Series 330Ci 3.0-L 6 Cyl)

“Oil leaks out near engine under hood, even after repairs. Always carry quart of new oil in trunk”

Anonymous, CA (2001 BMW 3 Series 325i 2.5-L 6 Cyl)

“Oil leaked from a faulty oil housing gasket”

Anh N., CA (2001 BMW 3 Series 330Ci 3.0-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

12V power plug

“I don't know what 12V plug is but there was a short in the cigarette lighter plug and the rear car cigarette lighter”

Gail P., CA (2001 BMW 3 Series 330i Unsure)
Clock

“I can't reset the clock, to reflect the change between regular time and daylight savings time, seasonally. The "stem", which is supposed to facilitate that, doesn't work as it should”

David F., MD (2001 BMW 3 Series 325i Unsure)

“Plastic stalk used to set time broke off. Don't try to change the time on these cars”

Scott D., VA (2001 BMW 3 Series 325i 2.5-L 6 Cyl)
Gauges

“gauge cluster died. had to replace”

Anonymous, NJ (2001 BMW 3 Series 325Ci 2.5-L 6 Cyl)

“Dealer and private mechanic are both unable to figure out why headlights, sometimes right, sometimes left, go off randomly. Turning headlight switch off then on fixes the problem. No shorts or bad connections have been diagnosed”

Greg C., NJ (2001 BMW 3 Series 325i 2.5-L 6 Cyl)

“Headlights flickered, causing two hours of labor to diagnose the problem (corroded electrical parts)”

Anonymous, NY (2001 BMW 3 Series 330i 3.2-L 6 Cyl)

“bad ground on rear taillight modules”

Jack V., NC (2001 BMW 3 Series 330i 3.0-L 6 Cyl)

“Side marker light burns out frequently”

Greg C., NJ (2001 BMW 3 Series 325i 2.5-L 6 Cyl)

“Brake light/turn signal (L) bulb connections corroded. Had to replace unit”

Anonymous, CO (2001 BMW 3 Series 325xi 2.5-L 6 Cyl)

“Indicator on dashboard indicated problems with lights on rear. Replaced one carrier and solved problem”

Phillip G., CT (2001 BMW 3 Series 325xi 2.5-L 6 Cyl)
Keyless entry

“Driver's side door keyless entry module has failed”

Anonymous, OR (2001 BMW 3 Series 325Ci 2.5-L 6 Cyl)

“Keyless entry no longer working on passenger door”

Anonymous, ME (2001 BMW 3 Series Unsure Unsure)

“As soon as the 3-yr warranty ran out, the $300 key fob stopped functioning”

Scott D., VA (2001 BMW 3 Series 325i 2.5-L 6 Cyl)
Warning lights

“Oil sensor remained on even when oil was full”

Anonymous, NJ (2001 BMW 3 Series 325Ci 2.5-L 6 Cyl)

“This car has had an electrical problem with the turn signals and there is also a problem with the power windows. Three of the power windows have been replaced several times which should not happen considering the vehicle was $50k plus price tag”

Gail P., CA (2001 BMW 3 Series 330i Unsure)

“Check engine light stays on”

Anonymous, AE (2001 BMW 3 Series Unsure Unsure)

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

“The radiator reserve tank cracked and leaked out all the fluid”

Bryan L., CA (2001 BMW 3 Series 330Ci 3.0-L 6 Cyl)

“3 windows failed. 1 got stuck in the down position in the middle of winter”

Jessica B., MD (2001 BMW 3 Series 325i 2.5-L 6 Cyl)

“Coolant expansion tank leaked and needed to be replaced with radiator hoses”

Anonymous, NJ (2001 BMW 3 Series 325Ci 3.0-L 6 Cyl)

“Radiator overflow tank was cracked”

Anonymous, CA (2001 BMW 3 Series 325Ci 2.5-L 6 Cyl)

“Radiator leaked and had to be replaced”

Anonymous, CA (2001 BMW 3 Series 325i Unsure)

“Water leaks into lower passenger door area when it rains. No one has ever been able to fix this”

Anonymous, CA (2001 BMW 3 Series 325i 2.5-L 6 Cyl)

“There was some loosening and failure of some rubber weather stripping, however, this could be also due to the cars 14 year age”

Jon C., MO (2001 BMW 3 Series M3 3.2-L 6 Cyl)

“Had to get bottom windshield weather stripping replaced to due increasing breakage. Real driver side window weather strip fell off. Can't replace just failed piece - stripping only sold for entire side. It is becoming brittle all over”

Jessica B., MD (2001 BMW 3 Series 325i 2.5-L 6 Cyl)

“Weather stripping on back passenger side window needs fixing”

Anonymous, ME (2001 BMW 3 Series Unsure Unsure)
Squeaks or rattles

“There is a clicking noise that happens when it is being driven”

Anonymous, PA (2001 BMW 3 Series 330xi 3.0-L 6 Cyl)

“vibration in dash board or under the hood that our mechanic could not isolate; noise only when engine is lugging; no problem on open road or when accelerating rapidly”

Stephen K., WA (2001 BMW 3 Series 325Ci 3.0-L 6 Cyl)

“rear differential / axle grinding noise”

Anonymous, NJ (2001 BMW 3 Series 325Ci 2.5-L 6 Cyl)

“There has been a squeak coming from the mechanism that raises and lowers the convertible top since we have owned the car. The sound is not consistent and only happens when the roof is closed. Several mechanics have looked at it and no one seems to be able to figure out what to do to stop it”

Anonymous, CA (2001 BMW 3 Series 330Ci 3.0-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)

“Fuel evaporator purge valve required replacement”

Anonymous, FL (2001 BMW 3 Series 330i 3.0-L 6 Cyl)

“Twice in last year has check engine light go on due to failing sensors”

K G., GA (2001 BMW 3 Series 330i Unsure)

“something with vacumn hoses leaking”

Anonymous, CA (2001 BMW 3 Series 325xi 2.5-L 6 Cyl)
Fuel pump

“Fuel pump failed stranding me”

Richard R., CO (2001 BMW 3 Series 325xi 2.5-L 6 Cyl)

“Fuel pump failed at 165000 miles”

Anthony B., CA (2001 BMW 3 Series 325i 2.5-L 6 Cyl)

“fuel pump failed on Freeway, a scary experience”

Anonymous, CA (2001 BMW 3 Series 330i 3.0-L 6 Cyl)

“Frozen up fuel pump”

Anonymous, CA (2001 BMW 3 Series 325Ci 2.5-L 6 Cyl)
Sensors (includes O2 or oxygen sensor)

“Had to replace 2 oxy sensors in exhaust system”

Anonymous, VA (2001 BMW 3 Series 325i 2.5-L 6 Cyl)

“The camshaft position sensor failed and had to be replaced”

Anonymous, CA (2001 BMW 3 Series 325i 2.5-L 6 Cyl)

“ABS/BRAKE/DSC lights on and off and on”

Anonymous, CA (2001 BMW 3 Series 325i 2.5-L 6 Cyl)

“Oxygen sensor (check engine) warning light came on. The BMW service rep. told me I need to replace the oxygen sensors and catalytic converter at a cost of $4,000! It is a 2001 and not valued at $4,000! Time for a new car!”

Russell W., GA (2001 BMW 3 Series 330i 3.0-L 6 Cyl)

Paint/Trim

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

What Owners Say

“Plastic used to hold grill panels in place cracked/broke/disintegrated. Emblems hood/trunk lid, de-lamented and exposed bare substrate. Expensive replacement emblems”

Anonymous, CA (2001 BMW 3 Series 330xi 3.0-L 6 Cyl)

“Window molding came party way off and had to be replaced. The part's cost seemed excessive: $202”

Anonymous, CA (2001 BMW 3 Series 325Ci 2.5-L 6 Cyl)

“car is parked outside in my driveway year around, so some road chips have started to rust, and some of the door trim and rubber trim pieces have become loose”

Anonymous, NY (2001 BMW 3 Series 330Ci 3.0-L 6 Cyl)
Loose interior trim or moldings

“Interior weather stripping on inside of doors falling off”

Anonymous, CA (2001 BMW 3 Series 330Ci 3.0-L 6 Cyl)

“Molding trim on inside all along the roof line, this part is glued up and all of it came undone. Costs $700 to have it reglued back up”

Bob I., IN (2001 BMW 3 Series 330Ci 3.2-L 6 Cyl)
Paint (fading, chalking, cracking, or peeling)

“The paint didn't wear well. It faded and chipped easily”

Anonymous, PA (2001 BMW 3 Series 330xi 3.0-L 6 Cyl)

“Hood paint faded and discolored”

Anonymous, FL (2001 BMW 3 Series 330Ci 3.0-L 6 Cyl)

“Due to the salt in upstate NY the car components are rusting badly especially bolts and body panel. Some of the rust is contributes to by the repair to side”

Anonymous, NY (2001 BMW 3 Series 325i 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)

“DSC/ABS hydraulic unit failed; leaked brake fluid. Luckily brakes failed gradually so was able to stop in a safe location. Was told replacement cost would be over $1000. Declined. But then was able to get salvage part (with warranty) for $400 so wen”

Anonymous, MA (2001 BMW 3 Series 325xi 2.5-L 6 Cyl)

“Significant squealing of brakes. Multiple attempts to fix it -new calipers, fluid etc with no relief. Finally replaced master cylinder and it stopped. Told brakes were almost ready to fail”

K G., GA (2001 BMW 3 Series 330i Unsure)
Normal routine brake wear

“None”

Anonymous, CA (2001 BMW 3 Series 330Ci 3.0-L 6 Cyl)
Parking brake

“I have to use serious muscle to utilize the parking brake effectively”

Anonymous, OH (2001 BMW 3 Series 325i Unsure)

“Cables were frozen in the frame due to rust. Lots of labor to drill them out”

Anonymous, NY (2001 BMW 3 Series 325i 2.5-L 6 Cyl)
Regular brake failure

“My brakes lines rusted through - one in 2012 and another in 2014”

Anonymous, OH (2001 BMW 3 Series 325i Unsure)

“My former mechanics fault. I heard squeaking, and asked him, specifically, to check the front brakes. He told me all was "OK". As it turned out, another mechanic had to replace ALL of the components of the front brakes, including the rotors. Expensiv”

David F., MD (2001 BMW 3 Series 325i Unsure)

Engine Cooling

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

What Owners Say

Antifreeze leaks

“slow leak somewhere in system. Not repaired yet. Top off coolant about once in 10 days”

Anonymous, CO (2001 BMW 3 Series 325xi 2.5-L 6 Cyl)

“Since they build the cooling system out of lego plastic it cracks and your engine overheats warping the head YAY”

Lenora A., GA (2001 BMW 3 Series M3 3.2-L 6 Cyl)
Thermostat

“Thermostat housing cracked and had to be replaced around 175000 miles”

Elizabeth S., NC (2001 BMW 3 Series 325i 2.5-L 6 Cyl)

“Thermostat was faulty and needed to be replaced”

Anonymous, VA (2001 BMW 3 Series 330i 3.0-L 6 Cyl)
Water pump

“Water pump has failed twice in the last three years. Initial failed pump was replace with an OEM pump. It recently failed catastrophically, destroying the fan blade assy, the radiator and the belt pulley, and sending shrapnel onto the underside of th”

Mark S., CA (2001 BMW 3 Series 330Ci 3.0-L 6 Cyl)

“Original coolant pump. Worn out”

Anonymous, TX (2001 BMW 3 Series 330xi 3.0-L 6 Cyl)

“water pump failure included losing all accessory drive belts and the idler system. Quite expensive”

J A., HI (2001 BMW 3 Series 330Ci 3.0-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, required replacement as well as new refrigerant and system repair”

R P., CA (2001 BMW 3 Series 325i 2.5-L 6 Cyl)

“A/C Modulator causes a/c to shut down causing hot air to flow from vents. Need to replace a/c modulator”

Arnold A., TX (2001 BMW 3 Series 325i 3.0-L 6 Cyl)

“quit working thought it was a relay switch that was bad per BMW forum thought there was a recall BMW said no cost $995 to repair outreageous!”

Anonymous, MO (2001 BMW 3 Series 325Ci 2.5-L 6 Cyl)
Electrical failure

“AC Blower Resistor part failed for the third time since I own the cars. Repair shop complains the replacement parts are substandard”

Anonymous, TX (2001 BMW 3 Series 330i 3.0-L 6 Cyl)

“Refrigerant needed to be replenished”

Anonymous, CA (2001 BMW 3 Series 325i 2.5-L 6 Cyl)

“System was slightly low on freon and oil”

Anonymous, FL (2001 BMW 3 Series 330i 3.0-L 6 Cyl)

“Crack in coolant tank. Required replacement”

Anonymous, NY (2001 BMW 3 Series 330Ci 3.0-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

Driveshaft or axle

“Universal joint on front driveshaft failed causing excessive vibration. Part cost $1000 CDN. Installed it myself”

T-M M., ON (2001 BMW 3 Series 330xi 3.0-L 6 Cyl)

“Electronic sensor module had intermittent issues. Replacement estimate was so costly, I chose to live with the problem and disable DSC when they occurred”

Anonymous, NJ (2001 BMW 3 Series 330i 3.0-L 6 Cyl)

“The system reports intermittent failures. It can be disabled. The repair has been quoted at $1700. I drive with it disabled now”

Anonymous, TX (2001 BMW 3 Series 330Ci 3.0-L 6 Cyl)

“Close-coupled feedback in AWD system made troubleshooting vibrations and performance issues very difficult and costly. Eventually replaced front half-shafts as last resort and corrected problem. Discovered partially frozen inner wheel bearing compone”

Anonymous, CA (2001 BMW 3 Series 330xi 3.0-L 6 Cyl)
Differential

“BMW's are big holes in the earth that money falls into never to be seen again. lol”

Lenora A., GA (2001 BMW 3 Series M3 3.2-L 6 Cyl)
CV joint

“Inner CV joints on both front axles are worn causing vibration. Picked up parts in US. Canadian parts are too expensive”

T-M M., ON (2001 BMW 3 Series 330xi 3.0-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

“Display screen goes to nonsense. Can not set the clock. Clock fast forwards on its own”

Dwayne T., CA (2001 BMW 3 Series 325i Unsure)
Radio

“Intermittent failure to work; had to be replaced”

Anonymous, IL (2001 BMW 3 Series 325i Unsure)

“Occasionally, for unknown reasons, the radio does not work. It always starts working again after two or three starts and stops (short trips)”

Chuck D., BC (2001 BMW 3 Series 325Ci 2.5-L 6 Cyl)

“A.m. Radio hums in tune with my RPMs”

Steven R., MI (2001 BMW 3 Series 330Ci 3.0-L 6 Cyl)
Speakers

“Harman Kardon bass boost speakers failed. I purchased some used Factory speakers for $35 from eBay. Problem solved”

Steven R., MI (2001 BMW 3 Series 330Ci 3.0-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

Gear selector or linkage

“Bearings failed in the gear shift”

W S., CA (2001 BMW 3 Series M3 3.0-L 6 Cyl)

“lost reverse”

Ralph F., CA (2001 BMW 3 Series 330Ci 3.2-L 6 Cyl)

“The failure of the torque converter lock-up clutch is exhibited by excessive slip of the TC lock-up clutch”

Anonymous, WA (2001 BMW 3 Series 330i 3.0-L 6 Cyl)
Transmission leaks

“Small leak in transmission oil pan, replaced, new VERY expensive transmission fluid”

Pamela C., NH (2001 BMW 3 Series Unsure Unsure)
Transmission sensor or solenoid

“Malfunctioning range sensor put transmission into limp-in mode. Similar part that costs on daughter's 2000 Jeep Cherokee was $400 on the BMW!”

Anonymous, FL (2001 BMW 3 Series 330i 3.0-L 6 Cyl)

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

“needed new alternator”

Anonymous, MO (2001 BMW 3 Series 330Ci 3.0-L 6 Cyl)
Coil

“From service rep: "We ran a fault check and we have a coil in cylinder # 1 that has failed so the car is misfiring. Also the plug in the cylinder is pretty wet and the rest look pretty worn. I would suggest 1 coil $378.00, plus 6 spark plugs.311”

Anonymous, MA (2001 BMW 3 Series 325xi 2.5-L 6 Cyl)
Electronic ignition

“Ignition coil”

Anonymous, IL (2001 BMW 3 Series 330Ci 3.0-L 6 Cyl)
Spark plugs or wires failure

“Spark plugs damaged by oil residue. Engine burns oil, and this seems to be a consequence of that”

Anonymous, BC (2001 BMW 3 Series 325i 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

Mirrors

“Right side mirror motor had to be released”

Anonymous, FL (2001 BMW 3 Series 330Ci 3.0-L 6 Cyl)
Windows

“Motor for power window replaced”

Anonymous, NC (2001 BMW 3 Series 325i 2.5-L 6 Cyl)

“Left driver side window motor straining to close”

Anonymous, VA (2001 BMW 3 Series 325i 2.5-L 6 Cyl)

Transmission Major

Transmission rebuild or replacement, torque converter, clutch replacement.

What Owners Say

Torque converter

“Expensive one even just simply changing the torque converter”

Anonymous, CA (2001 BMW 3 Series 330i 3.0-L 6 Cyl)

“Torque converter lock-up clutch failure causing fault code P0741. This is a common problem with the ZF 5HP19 transmission”

Anonymous, WA (2001 BMW 3 Series 330i 3.0-L 6 Cyl)
Transmission rebuild or replacement

“failure from bad design”

Anonymous, CA (2001 BMW 3 Series 330Ci 3.0-L 6 Cyl)

Engine Major

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

What Owners Say

Timing belt or chain

“Sensor and motor for variable valve timing failed and had to be replaced”

Anonymous, CA (2001 BMW 3 Series M3 3.2-L 6 Cyl)

Exhaust

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

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Recalls
PROVIDED BY
AIR BAGS:FRONTAL:DRIVER SIDE INFLATOR MODULE
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
SERVICE BRAKES, HYDRAULIC:FOUNDATION COMPONENTS:MASTER CYLINDER
Mar 29 2007
LOSS OF BRAKE FLUID CAN RESULT IN POOR BRAKING PERFORMANCE, POSSIBLY RESULTING IN A VEHICLE CRASH.
Summary:
CERTAIN CARDONE MASTER CYLINDERS WITH PART NUMBERS 10-2925, 10-2987, 10-2987MZA, 10-3083, 11-3015, 11-3042, 11-3044, 11-3045, 11-3047, 11-3064, AND 11-3156, AND WITH DATE CODES LOWER THAN DCA7078 SOLD AS REPLACEMENT EQUIPMENT FOR USE ON THE VEHICLES LISTED ABOVE. THE SEAL ON MASTER CYLINDER CAN FAIL AND LEAK BRAKE FLUID.
What should you do:
CARDONE WILL NOTIFY OWNERS AND OFFER TO REPURCHASE ANY DEFECTIVE MASTER CYLINDERS. THE RECALL BEGAN DURING APRIL 2007. OWNERS CAN CONTACT CARDONE AT 1-800-777-4780.
For more information:
THIS RECALL ONLY PERTAINS TO AFTERMARKET CARDONE MASTER CYLINDERS AND HAS NO RELATION TO ANY ORIGINAL EQUIPMENT INSTALLED ON THE VEHICLES LISTED ABOVE.CUSTOMERS MAY CONTACT THE NATIONAL HIGHWAY TRAFFIC SAFETY ADMINISTRATION'S VEHICLE SAFETY HOTLINE AT 1-888-327-4236 (TTY: 1-800-424-9153); OR GO TO HTTP://WWW.SAFERCAR.GOV.
NHTSA CAMPAIGN ID Number: 07E023000
Potential Number of Units Affected: 13128
ENGINE AND ENGINE COOLING:COOLING SYSTEM:FAN
May 16 2002
IF THIS WERE TO OCCUR, ENGINE OVERHEATING AND SUBSEQUENT ENGINE DAMAGE COULD RESULT. IN ADDITION, IT IS POSSIBLE FOR THE FAILURE OF THE ELECTRICAL CIRCUITRY TO CAUSE A FIRE IN THE FAN CONTROL UNIT LOCATED IN THE FRONT OF THE ENGINE COMPARTMENT.
Summary:
ON CERTAIN PASSENGER VEHICLES, THE ENGINE AUXILIARY/COOLING FAN OPERATION, INCLUDING VARIABLE SPEED, IS ELECTRONICALLY CONTROLLED. FAILURE OF THE FAN MOTOR CAN CAUSE THE ELECTRICAL CIRCUITRY OF THE FAN CONTROL UNIT TO OVERLOAD AND FAIL, CAUSING THE FAN TO STOP OPERATING.
What should you do:
DEALERS WILL REPLACE THE FAN. OWNER NOTIFICATION BEGAN SEPTEMBER 28, 2001. THIS IS A SUPPLEMENT TO A RECALL THAT BEGAN DURING SEPTEMBER 2001 (SEE RECALL CAMPAIGN 01V206). 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 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: 02V138000
Potential Number of Units Affected: 1550
ENGINE AND ENGINE COOLING:COOLING SYSTEM:FAN
Jun 21 2001
IF THIS WERE TO OCCUR, ENGINE OVERHEATING AND SUBSEQUENT ENGINE DAMAGE COULD RESULT. IN ADDITION, IT IS POSSIBLE FOR THE FAILURE OF THE ELECTRICAL CIRCUITRY TO CAUSE A FIRE IN THE FAN CONTROL UNIT LOCATED IN THE FRONT OF THE ENGINE COMPARTMENT.
Summary:
VEHICLE DESCRIPTION: PASSENGER VEHICLES. THE ENGINE AUXILIARY/COOLING FAN OPERATION, INCLUDING VARIABLE SPEED, IS ELECTRONICALLY CONTROLLED. FAILURE OF THE FAN MOTOR CAN CAUSE THE ELECTRICAL CIRCUITRY OF THE FAN CONTROL UNIT TO OVERLOAD AND FAIL, CAUSING THE FAN TO STOP OPERATING.
What should you do:
DEALERS WILL REPLACE THE FAN. OWNER NOTIFICATION BEGAN SEPTEMBER 28, 2001. 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 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: 01V206000
Potential Number of Units Affected: 76469
WHEELS:RIM
Nov 20 2000
THIS COULD LEAD TO A SUDDEN LOSS OF AIR FROM THE TIRE AFFECTING HANDLING AND VEHICLE CONTROL.
Summary:
VEHICLE DESCRIPTION: PASSENGER VEHICLES. THE MACHINE USED TO MOUNT AND INFLATE THE TIRES ON THE WHEELS AT THE ASSEMBLY PLANT MAY HAVE DAMAGED THE INNER RIM FLANGE OF THE WHEELS.
What should you do:
DEALERS WILL INSPECT THE FIVE WHEELS FOR POSSIBLE DAMAGE. IF DAMAGE FROM THE MOUNTING MACHINE IS FOUND ON ANY WHEEL, ALL FIVE WHEELS WILL BE REPLACED.
For more information:
OWNER NOTIFICATION BEGAN DECEMBER 22, 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: 00V383000
Potential Number of Units Affected: 1914
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