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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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 420,000 vehicles, our reliability history charts give you a rundown on how 2000 through 2019 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 2002 BMW 3 Series owners. The owner comments describe problems respondents experienced with this vehicle.

Climate System

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

What Owners Say

"Wasn't working. Replaced by dealer"

Frederick C., IL (2002 BMW 3 Series 330Ci 3.0-L 6 Cyl)

"Not cooling and as always with BMW, very expensive to repair"

Anonymous, AR (2002 BMW 3 Series 330i Unsure)
Automatic climate control

"The heat can not be regulated and always blows very hot requiring me to open drivers window during the winter to cool off"

Anonymous, NY (2002 BMW 3 Series 330Ci Unsure)

"cannot adjust, temperature"

Miguel C., PR (2002 BMW 3 Series 325i 2.5-L 6 Cyl)

"Paint began to face on front and rear bumpers, and on rear panel"

Miguel C., PR (2002 BMW 3 Series 325i 2.5-L 6 Cyl)

"blower stopped"

Anonymous, CA (2002 BMW 3 Series 325Ci Unsure)

"Blower fan stopped working"

Anonymous, CA (2002 BMW 3 Series 330Ci 3.0-L 6 Cyl)

"burned out"

Mark R., CA (2002 BMW 3 Series 325i 2.5-L 6 Cyl)

"replaced w evaporator"

Karl A., SC (2002 BMW 3 Series 325Ci 2.5-L 6 Cyl)

"A/C stopped working. The resistor was replaced and now the blower motor quit. I have also experienced problems with the A/C control panel"

Miguel C., PR (2002 BMW 3 Series 325i 2.5-L 6 Cyl)

"had noisy fan blower replaced once previously, same problem"

Steven M., CA (2002 BMW 3 Series 325i Unsure)

"All window operators failed, individually. Also the sunroof operator failed. Clearly a design issue"

Anonymous, SC (2002 BMW 3 Series 330i 3.0-L 6 Cyl)

"heating systems get off in winter time (only cold air was blowed out)"

Anonymous, QC (2002 BMW 3 Series 325i 3.0-L 6 Cyl)
Refrigerant leaks

"I have experienced two refrigerant leaks in 2 consecutive years. Each time a separate valve was replaced"

Anonymous, RI (2002 BMW 3 Series 325xi 2.5-L 6 Cyl)

"Have spent literally thousands of dollars on a/c repairs on this car over the years. A/C now slowly leaks refrigerant so that I must get it re-charged ever 3 months. Still leak cannot be found by auto mechanics"

Anonymous, FL (2002 BMW 3 Series 325i 2.5-L 6 Cyl)

"simple fitting was leaking"

Anonymous, SC (2002 BMW 3 Series 325Ci 2.5-L 6 Cyl)

"Not the first time this problem has occurred"

Anonymous, AR (2002 BMW 3 Series 330i Unsure)
Evaporator

"Labor $ was very high $1400"

Karl A., SC (2002 BMW 3 Series 325Ci 2.5-L 6 Cyl)

"The climate system can develop a leak through the evaporator. Only way to get to it is to disassemble the dash -- making an expensive job much more so"

Anonymous, TX (2002 BMW 3 Series 325i 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

"following an auto battery failure and a jump start none of the gauges worked. turned the lights on then gauges worked however, fog/bright light indicator has yet to work. Also, the computer that displays the temp, mpg, mileage remain, and next inspe"

Donald J., FL (2002 BMW 3 Series 325i 2.5-L 6 Cyl)

"Engine Temperature gauge not working, waiting to be diagnosed"

Anonymous, BC (2002 BMW 3 Series M3 3.2-L 6 Cyl)

"Turn signals were the problem. When I went to check bulb the plastic arms that held the turn signal housing snapped (both sides). Cheap plastic didn't last after 13 years and literally fell apart. Problem could have been prevented by using metal rat"

Joesph S., FL (2002 BMW 3 Series 325Ci 2.5-L 6 Cyl)

"simple bulb burnout- replaced myself"

Anonymous, CA (2002 BMW 3 Series 325i 2.5-L 6 Cyl)

"xenon headlamp would not illuminate upon starting. If I turned engine off and restarted the light would illuminate"

Anonymous, WI (2002 BMW 3 Series 330xi 3.2-L 6 Cyl)

"xeon headlight failed, resulting in a trip to the dealer, who replaced the headlight$$$$$ then had to go back several days later and have the "ignighter" replaced$$$$$ resulting in two trips to the dealer due to their incompetence in ordering the cor"

Anonymous, WA (2002 BMW 3 Series 325i 2.5-L 6 Cyl)

"tail and brake lights burn out"

Mark R., CA (2002 BMW 3 Series 325i 2.5-L 6 Cyl)

"rear light intermittantly to out"

Anonymous, IL (2002 BMW 3 Series 325i 2.5-L 6 Cyl)

"Short in rear lights. Repaired after recall notice"

Mary M., MD (2002 BMW 3 Series 325i 2.5-L 6 Cyl)

"Interior warning light indicates exterior right turn lights malfunction; stops spontaneously then starts again"

Anonymous, MD (2002 BMW 3 Series 325xi Unsure)

"The control module for the electronic locking system went out and had to be replaced"

Anonymous, OR (2002 BMW 3 Series 330xi 3.0-L 6 Cyl)

"Technically related to door locks: intermittent locking/unlocking the door that finally broke (even with physical key. This time had to change the electronic board and the drum. BTW had changed window-pane up/down controller a few times"

Anonymous, CA (2002 BMW 3 Series 325i 2.5-L 6 Cyl)

"Auto door locks have been a recurring problem. First repair fixed problem but problem - the door locks would close but not open - recurred a month later. Took car to BMW dealership and they said the electric motors were "old and tired" and should be"

Joesph S., FL (2002 BMW 3 Series 325Ci 2.5-L 6 Cyl)

"Doors fail to unlock when the open button on the keg fob is pushed"

Benjamin G., CA (2002 BMW 3 Series 330i Unsure)

"The only door that could be unlocked was the driver side door. The Passenger front and rear doors could not be unlocked, which could lead to a passenger being trapped and unable to open the doors"

Anonymous, MA (2002 BMW 3 Series 325i 2.5-L 6 Cyl)

"battery went dead in the remote. Had to use the key manually then the door lock fail, resulting in me being locked out.$$$$$ to replace the keys and door lock"

Anonymous, WA (2002 BMW 3 Series 325i 2.5-L 6 Cyl)

"Remote key stopped unlocking/locking doors; I was able to reprogram key (via YouTube video) to open door and trunk but not to lock the door. BMW wanted $300+ for new key"

Anonymous, MD (2002 BMW 3 Series 325xi Unsure)
Body control module

"intermittent operation of keyless entry and master door lock. at one time, could not get out of the car; had to roll driver window down and use the key to unlock the driver door. also, every window regulator on the car has been replaced"

Donald J., FL (2002 BMW 3 Series 325i 2.5-L 6 Cyl)

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

"It was 5% out of alignment. fixed it once, had to go back twice to "fix" it two more times"

Liam S., WA (2002 BMW 3 Series 330i 3.2-L 6 Cyl)

"more play in the steering; thumping noise when going over bumps"

Jay F., TX (2002 BMW 3 Series 325i 2.5-L 6 Cyl)

"Problem discovered during routine maintenance. No driving problem noticed, but did notice more responsive handling after the service"

John M., OR (2002 BMW 3 Series 330i 3.0-L 6 Cyl)

"Had a minor hose connection problem. Dealer replaced item"

Anonymous, CA (2002 BMW 3 Series 325i 2.5-L 6 Cyl)
Power steering pumps and hoses

"The system failed and had to be replaced"

Anonymous, CA (2002 BMW 3 Series 325i Unsure)

"shocks and struts needed replacement due to fact they were the originals"

Anonymous, FL (2002 BMW 3 Series 325xi 3.2-L 6 Cyl)

"replaced front and back struts, front coil springs, and tie rods. i consider this maintenance on a 13 year old car with 185,000 miles"

Jeff W., OH (2002 BMW 3 Series 325i 2.5-L 6 Cyl)

"Suspension really bad - coils are broken"

Dileep K., CT (2002 BMW 3 Series 325xi 2.5-L 6 Cyl)
Springs or torsion bars

"Broken suspension coils on both sides were replaced due to brake pads stucked to rotor several times during first few years of ownership"

Anonymous, ON (2002 BMW 3 Series 325i 2.5-L 6 Cyl)

"Broken left rear spring discovered during routine visit to dealer for oil service"

Anonymous, MD (2002 BMW 3 Series 325i 2.5-L 6 Cyl)

"broken rear coil springs"

Anonymous, NH (2002 BMW 3 Series 325xi 2.5-L 6 Cyl)

"Unfortunately cracking rear springs are a very common issue for this car"

Anonymous, NY (2002 BMW 3 Series M3 3.2-L 6 Cyl)

"Have replaced rear springs twice on this car. Car has never been driven roughly. Always on pavement"

J W., AB (2002 BMW 3 Series 325i 2.5-L 6 Cyl)

"U bolt on steering column worn, causing the steering to grab"

Anonymous, MD (2002 BMW 3 Series 330xi 3.0-L 6 Cyl)

"Vibration diagnosed to bad brake caliper and left control arm - heavy rattling and was told car is unsafe for driving until it was fixed. Cost almost 1000$"

Dileep K., CT (2002 BMW 3 Series 325xi 2.5-L 6 Cyl)

"Worn out left rear xafter 201,500 miles...not bad"

Anonymous, TN (2002 BMW 3 Series 325i 2.5-L 6 Cyl)

Engine Minor

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

What Owners Say

"Valve cover gasket leak. Oil pan gasket leak. Oil filter housing leak. Oil seeps from these gaskets, so replacement was advised, but leaks were not so bad that oil level went down or that oil spots were left on garage floor"

Anonymous, MD (2002 BMW 3 Series 325i 2.5-L 6 Cyl)

"I learned that BMW is known for plastics and gaskets hardening or drying out as they age causing expensive repairs"

Anonymous, NC (2002 BMW 3 Series 325Ci 2.5-L 6 Cyl)

"Oil pan"

Anonymous, BC (2002 BMW 3 Series 330Ci 3.0-L 6 Cyl)

"I guess a 15 year old car will have occasional leaks"

Anonymous, NC (2002 BMW 3 Series 325Ci Unsure)

"Frequent smell of burning oil at occasional intervals"

Anonymous, MA (2002 BMW 3 Series 330Ci 3.0-L 6 Cyl)

"Low oil warning light kept coming on and then going off. It was (finally) found to be defective"

Barbara J., MN (2002 BMW 3 Series 325xi Unsure)

"Started needing oil changes more often, also noticed some burnt oil smell. Mechanic discovered rather major oil leak, needed replacement of many things and clean-up; cost about 800 dollars"

Anonymous, CA (2002 BMW 3 Series 325i 2.5-L 6 Cyl)

"Leaking oil, had to have it fixed more than once. Burn more oil after the car was over 90,000"

Anonymous, CA (2002 BMW 3 Series 325i 2.5-L 6 Cyl)

"My car has been getting oil leaks for a few years. I have had several repairs to correct. My mechanic says an engine gasket should be replaced. Since the labor is significant, he suggests we watch the problem before I have this repair done"

Joan F., NJ (2002 BMW 3 Series 325xi Unsure)

"slow oil leak, required engine teardown and gasket replacement to fix"

Anonymous, MS (2002 BMW 3 Series 325i 2.5-L 6 Cyl)

"repeated repairs needed to fix series of engine leaks"

Steven M., CA (2002 BMW 3 Series 325i Unsure)

"Fixed oild gasket leak, but there is still more leaking"

Paul N., GA (2002 BMW 3 Series 330Ci 3.0-L 6 Cyl)

"Small amount of oil are being consumed somewhere. I can't smell it or see it"

Paul Y., IL (2002 BMW 3 Series 330i 3.0-L 6 Cyl)

"Multiple oil leaks causing various gadgets and drive belts to be replaced resulting in thoUSnds of dollars in repairs"

Lee S., PA (2002 BMW 3 Series 325xi 2.5-L 6 Cyl)

Paint/Trim

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

What Owners Say

Loose exterior trim or moldings

"front bumper/molding dislodged from scrapping on parking curb"

Anonymous, AK (2002 BMW 3 Series 330i 3.2-L 6 Cyl)

"tail light assembly was dislodged at car wash"

Anonymous, AZ (2002 BMW 3 Series 325Ci 2.5-L 6 Cyl)

"exterior plastic and rubber drying out, cracking, and falling off"

Anonymous, NC (2002 BMW 3 Series 325i 2.5-L 6 Cyl)

"Rain channel separated from the body"

Tom C., TN (2002 BMW 3 Series 325i 2.5-L 6 Cyl)

"Many exterior trim/molding pieces are held on with plastic clips, which have become brittle and are starting to break all over the car"

Felicia H., CA (2002 BMW 3 Series 325i 3.0-L 6 Cyl)
Loose interior trim or moldings

"Interior trim covering center dashboard/controls is disintegrating/peeling. Plastic cover for small compartment fell apart. Cloth covering ceiling is wrinkled. Door molding falling off, the plastic pieces holding them in place have just cracked in many pieces"

Anonymous, FL (2002 BMW 3 Series 325i 2.5-L 6 Cyl)

"the paint, especially on the hood is chipping and the underlying steel is beginning to oxidize"

John M., OH (2002 BMW 3 Series 325xi 2.5-L 6 Cyl)

"The car has always been kept in a garage, so the main paint job has held up very well. The rust is on the door thresholds"

Barbara J., MN (2002 BMW 3 Series 325xi Unsure)

"Rear quarter panel"

Anonymous, NC (2002 BMW 3 Series 330i 3.0-L 6 Cyl)

"rust starting at back of rear wheel well where it hits the bumper"

Anonymous, WI (2002 BMW 3 Series 325i 2.5-L 6 Cyl)

"Original materials on car. Did most. Parts replaced when car was hit when it was 3 or 4 yrs old were not treated to prevent rust. These parts rusted and needed to be replaced"

Anonymous, OH (2002 BMW 3 Series 325xi Unsure)

"I drive the car throughout the winter on salty highways, but I wash the car frequently. Was very disappointed when rust started to develop in the rear wheel wells"

Anonymous, WI (2002 BMW 3 Series 330xi 3.2-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

Sunroof

"rail problem prevents opening"

Anonymous, OH (2002 BMW 3 Series 325i 2.5-L 6 Cyl)

"no longer opens - problem with the opening mechanism"

Anonymous, WI (2002 BMW 3 Series 325i 2.5-L 6 Cyl)

"outsidewater could not get out from sunroof pipes along the Windows so it overflowed into the instrument cluster who getout of order and must be replaced"

Anonymous, QC (2002 BMW 3 Series 325i 3.0-L 6 Cyl)
Windows

"Broken actuator"

Anonymous, OR (2002 BMW 3 Series 325xi 2.5-L 6 Cyl)

"window opening gears failed"

Anonymous, OH (2002 BMW 3 Series 325i 2.5-L 6 Cyl)

"Window regulators have a cheap plastic piece that breaks"

Anonymous, NC (2002 BMW 3 Series 330i 3.0-L 6 Cyl)

"left rear window slow to open/close or won't do it at all"

Anonymous, NC (2002 BMW 3 Series 325i 2.5-L 6 Cyl)

"Had to replace electric window mechanism in three windows"

Mary M., MD (2002 BMW 3 Series 325i 2.5-L 6 Cyl)

"window regulator for each window have failed in succession between 70,000 and 105,000 miles"

Anonymous, NY (2002 BMW 3 Series 325xi 2.5-L 6 Cyl)

"The mechanism for both the driver and passenger power windows failed in the last year. Independent dealer verified that this was a common problem"

Felicia H., CA (2002 BMW 3 Series 325i 3.0-L 6 Cyl)

"all four power windows have failed resulting in $250 per window repair"

Lee S., PA (2002 BMW 3 Series 325xi 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

"Had to replace intake runner valve at 234k miles"

Anonymous, UT (2002 BMW 3 Series 330i 3.0-L 6 Cyl)

"needed new catalytic converters"

Anonymous, CA (2002 BMW 3 Series 330Ci 3.0-L 6 Cyl)

"Doing a smog test indicated a fault in the system related to an air leak in a rubber hose"

Harold S., CA (2002 BMW 3 Series 325xi Unsure)

""Check Engine" light. $1600.00 fix"

Peter B., OH (2002 BMW 3 Series 325i 2.5-L 6 Cyl)

"Fuel pump failed and needed to be replaced"

Anonymous, TN (2002 BMW 3 Series 325i 2.5-L 6 Cyl)

"Fuel pump failed. Expernsive as there are two pumps and a saddlebag fuel tank"

Anonymous, MD (2002 BMW 3 Series 330xi 3.0-L 6 Cyl)

"it died and could not get it started"

Carl B., WA (2002 BMW 3 Series 330Ci 3.0-L 6 Cyl)

"Car is very old. Had the following OBD codes: P0171 Fuel system to lean (cylinder bank 1) P0300 and P1350 Random/multi misfire detected P1349 Misfire cylinder 4 with fuel cut-off P1352 Misfire during start cylinder 6 P0174 Fuel system to lean (cylinder bank 2) P0444 Evap Emission system purge control valve circuit open P0128 Coolant thermostat P0300 Random/multi misfire Had master mechanic (not dealer) replace Vent hose, Gasket, Vent Pipe, Connector Line, Elbow Tube, Pressure Regulator, Evap P"

Anonymous, MD (2002 BMW 3 Series 330xi 3.2-L 6 Cyl)

"Air intake system had a hole in the rubber boot intake which caused a fault indication on a smog test"

Harold S., CA (2002 BMW 3 Series 325xi Unsure)

"Check engine light keeps coming on after adjustments"

Anonymous, VA (2002 BMW 3 Series 325i 2.5-L 6 Cyl)

Engine Cooling

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

What Owners Say

"We bought the car used and the coolant tank had been replaced with a new genuine BMW part just before purchase. It cracked after a year or about 18,000 miles and had to be replaced"

Anonymous, TX (2002 BMW 3 Series 325i 2.5-L 6 Cyl)

"Radiator source of leak- had to replace"

Anonymous, CA (2002 BMW 3 Series 325i 2.5-L 6 Cyl)

"Replaced due to cracking/leaks of plastic components"

Ellyn R., CA (2002 BMW 3 Series 325i 2.5-L 6 Cyl)

"Coolant reservoir replaced along with hoses"

Anonymous, CA (2002 BMW 3 Series 325i 2.5-L 6 Cyl)

"The radiator split. It was made of metal and plastic and split where the two materials meet. My mechanic found a all metal replacement"

Bob R., IL (2002 BMW 3 Series 325i 2.5-L 6 Cyl)

"Overheating again...after replacing thermostat and water pump. Did this a second time and additionally replaced a cracked overflow container which was leaking water. Time to trade this vehicle as too many little things popping up. Ridiculous costs"

Anonymous, OR (2002 BMW 3 Series 330i 3.0-L 6 Cyl)

"mechanic said it was due to an air bubble in system that had to be flushed out. it worked and they didn't charge me for THAT repair"

Michael S., NC (2002 BMW 3 Series 330i 3.0-L 6 Cyl)

Body Integrity

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

What Owners Say

"water leaked into trunk after rain or going through car wash. After one storm I had 6"of water in the trunk"

Anonymous, NY (2002 BMW 3 Series 330Ci Unsure)

"Coolant leaking, replaced coolant tank and upper hose"

Jun L., MD (2002 BMW 3 Series 325i 2.5-L 6 Cyl)

"Water leaks from sun roof right and left front. Release hose on right side was disconnected. left side tube was clogged"

Anonymous, PA (2002 BMW 3 Series 325i 3.0-L 6 Cyl)

"Water came into my car through the doors because the plastic sheet inside the door panels came unglued. Multiple doors not just one"

Anonymous, SC (2002 BMW 3 Series 330i 3.0-L 6 Cyl)

"Exhaust system rattle, chronic"

Anonymous, ON (2002 BMW 3 Series 330Ci 3.0-L 6 Cyl)

"Had to replace bushings for the 2nd time on 3 years. I was not surprised the first time but was surprised they went bad 3 years later"

Anonymous, NC (2002 BMW 3 Series 325Ci Unsure)

Brakes

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

What Owners Say

Calipers

"Warm front wheel fixed by rebuilding both front calipers"

Anonymous, IL (2002 BMW 3 Series 325xi 2.5-L 6 Cyl)

"one front caliper failed and replaced due to seized brake pads on the rotor when there is excessive moisture between the pads and rotor such as after washing car and parked car immediately without driving for a small distance to warm up the rotor to"

Anonymous, ON (2002 BMW 3 Series 325i 2.5-L 6 Cyl)
Parking brake

"Brake lever needs to be pulled all the way to the stop to be effective"

Anonymous, MA (2002 BMW 3 Series 330Ci 3.0-L 6 Cyl)
Rotors

"rotors worn down and needed newones"

Anonymous, FL (2002 BMW 3 Series 325xi 3.2-L 6 Cyl)

"Comments on braking and suspension already noted"

J W., AB (2002 BMW 3 Series 325i 2.5-L 6 Cyl)

Transmission Major

Transmission rebuild or replacement, torque converter, clutch replacement.

What Owners Say

"Dealer says new clutch needed"

Anonymous, TX (2002 BMW 3 Series 330Ci 3.0-L 6 Cyl)
Transmission rebuild or replacement

"Slipping transmission,needs new one"

Jeanne T., GA (2002 BMW 3 Series 325i Unsure)

"Transmission rebuild cost $5000, including minor maintenance items. Car needed more care than I was able to give it, due to my health problems. I;m very satisfied w;/ the work, not done by BMW"

Anonymous, CA (2002 BMW 3 Series 325i 2.5-L 6 Cyl)

"Most significant issue was the manual Getrag 250 transmission kicking out of 3rd into neutral. The design and BMW's claim of "lifetime" MTF are to blame. If new fluid doesn't resolve this issue you're looking at $3k to put a rebuilt transmission in"

Anonymous, TX (2002 BMW 3 Series 325i 2.5-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

"Front axle became unattached, left me stranded on the hwy. Driving home on multi lane hwy all of a sudden There was a complete disingagement of motor and wheels"

Anonymous, CO (2002 BMW 3 Series 325xi 2.5-L 6 Cyl)
Stability control (ESC)

"master conrol unit for ESC, ABS, and traction control needed to be replaced with a used unit"

Anonymous, CA (2002 BMW 3 Series 330Ci 3.0-L 6 Cyl)

"The blower motor resistor has failed twice and is expensive to replace"

Anonymous, MI (2002 BMW 3 Series 325i 2.5-L 6 Cyl)
Differential

"Loud noises that were traced to loose nuts (required retorque'ing)"

Anonymous, CA (2002 BMW 3 Series 325i 2.5-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

"This is the 2nd alternator I've had to replace on this car. First one was after 5 years. I expect better from a premium car brand"

Cheryl M., ON (2002 BMW 3 Series 325i 2.5-L 6 Cyl)

"Replaced badly misfiring spark plug"

Margaret M., CA (2002 BMW 3 Series 325i 2.5-L 6 Cyl)
Battery (not hybrid or electric)

"Would not start and would not hold charge"

Anonymous, MD (2002 BMW 3 Series 330i 3.0-L 6 Cyl)
Engine harness

"wiring harness shorted out and started a fire with the hood closed. The fire melted the latch mechanism and we had to pry up a corner of the hood with a crow bar to spray the engine compartment with a fire extinguisher. The car was a total loss"

Anonymous, TX (2002 BMW 3 Series 325i 2.5-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

Radio

"On/off control no longer works. Dealer says it can't be fixed but instead a new radio is the only option at a ridiculous price. Therefore, we simply turn the volume down when wanting to turn it off"

Anonymous, OR (2002 BMW 3 Series 330i 3.0-L 6 Cyl)

"Volume control on radio does not work.Only the volume control on the steering wheel works"

Bob R., IL (2002 BMW 3 Series 325i 2.5-L 6 Cyl)
Speakers

"speaker cones failed, required replacement"

Anonymous, CA (2002 BMW 3 Series 330i 3.2-L 6 Cyl)

Engine Major

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

What Owners Say

"Head gasket failed. This was a $4,000 repair at the dealer"

Anonymous, MA (2002 BMW 3 Series 330Ci Unsure)
Cylinder head

"Excessive oil consumption source of which evaded multiple attempts to diagnose but more recently appearing to be resulting from wearing of piston rings or valve stem guides and or seals now resulting in misfiring and engine damage"

Anonymous, NY (2002 BMW 3 Series 325Ci 2.5-L 6 Cyl)

"bad oil leak that required close to $1k of labor work with gasket replacement to fix"

Michael S., NC (2002 BMW 3 Series 330i 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

Slipping transmission

"Transmission will sometimes slip in the mornings. The slippage is not consistent"

Anonymous, FL (2002 BMW 3 Series 325xi 2.5-L 6 Cyl)

"It gas a Hydramatic transmisi¿hat Would not shift, into, reverse"

Miguel C., PR (2002 BMW 3 Series 325i 2.5-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
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: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:FRONTAL:DRIVER SIDE INFLATOR MODULE
May 28 2015
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 model year 2002-2005 325i, 325xi, 330i, and 330xi Sedans, and 325xi and 325i Sportswagons, 2002-2006 330Ci, 325Ci, and M3 Convertibles and 325i, 330i, and M3 Coupes, 2002-2003 M5, 540i, 525i Sedan, and 530i Sedans, and 540i and 525i Sportswagons, and 2003 X5 3.0i and 4.4i Sports Activity Vehicles. Please note that the 5-series and X5 vehicles are only included if they are equipped with the optional sports steering wheel. The affected vehicles are equipped with a dual-stage driver frontal air bag that may be susceptible to moisture intrusion which, over time, could cause the inflator to rupture.
What should you do:
BMW will notify owners, and dealers will replace the front driver air bag module, free of charge. The recall began Aug 2016. Owners may contact BMW customer service at 1-800-525-7417. Note: This recall supersedes recall 14V-348 in its entirety. Additionally, vehicles that have had their driver side frontal air bag replaced previously as part of a recall remedy need to have their air bag replaced under this recall as well. Note: On December 17, 2015 BMW removed the model year 2004 X5 3.0i and 4.4i Sports Activity vehicle from this recall. Those vehicles were mistakenly identified as including the air bags that are subject to this recall.
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: 15V318000
Potential Number of Units Affected: 419235
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
May 03 2013
In the event of a crash necessitating deployment of the passenger's frontal air bag, the inflator could rupture with metal fragments striking and potentially seriously injuring the passenger seat occupant or other occupants.
Summary:
BMW is recalling certain model year 2002-2003 325i, 325xi, 330i, 330xi sedans; 325Ci and 330Ci coupes and convertibles; 325iT and 325xiT Sports Wagons; and M3 coupes and convertibles to address a safety defect in the passenger side frontal air bag which may produce excessive internal pressure causing the inflator to rupture upon deployment of the air bag.
What should you do:
BMW intends to issue initial notifications to owners informing them of the safety defect in June 2013. Once replacement parts are available, estimated for July, BMW will notify owners again to contact their dealers and schedule a replacement of the passenger air bag, free of charge. 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.
NHTSA CAMPAIGN ID Number: 13V172000
Potential Number of Units Affected: 43204
EXTERIOR LIGHTING:TAIL LIGHTS
Aug 26 2011
INTERMITTENT LIGHT OPERATION REDUCES THE ABILITY TO WARN OTHER MOTORISTS OF THE DRIVER'S INTENTIONS. THIS COULD CAUSE A VEHICLE CRASH WITHOUT WARNING.
Summary:
BMW IS RECALLING CERTAIN MODEL YEAR 2002-2005 325I, 325XI, 330I, AND 330XI VEHICLES MANUFACTURED FROM SEPTEMBER 1, 2001, THROUGH MARCH 1, 2005. OVER TIME, RESISTANCE IN THE ELECTRICAL CONTACTS MAY CAUSE ONE OR MORE REAR LAMP FUNCTIONS (TAIL LIGHT, BRAKE LIGHT, AND/OR TURN-SIGNAL), WITHIN THE VEHICLE'S BODY PANEL, TO STOP WORKING.
What should you do:
BMW WILL NOTIFY OWNERS, AND DEALERS WILL REPAIR THE VEHICLES FREE OF CHARGE. THE SAFETY RECALL BEGAN ON FEBRUARY 15, 2012. OWNERS MAY CONTACT BMW CUSTOMER RELATIONS AND SERVICES AT 1-800-525-7417.
For more information:
OWNERS MAY ALSO CONTACT THE NATIONAL HIGHWAY TRAFFIC SAFETY ADMINISTRATION'S VEHICLE SAFETY HOTLINE AT 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), OR GO TO <A HREF=HTTP://WWW.SAFERCAR.GOV>HTTP://WWW.SAFERCAR.GOV</A> .
NHTSA CAMPAIGN ID Number: 11V438000
Potential Number of Units Affected: 241000
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
SERVICE BRAKES, AIR:DISC:ROTOR
Mar 18 2002
IF THIS HAPPENED, THE WHEEL WOULD CONTINUE TO TURN, BUT THE DISC WOULD STOP, AND THERE WOULD BE NO BRAKING CAPACITY AT THAT WHEEL, INCREASING THE RISK OF A CRASH.
Summary:
ON CERTAIN PASSENGER VEHICLES, A PROBLEM IN THE MANUFACTURING PROCESS OF THE REAR BRAKE ROTORS MAY HAVE RESULTED IN THE CREATION OF A CRACK WHERE THE BRAKE DISC AND THE PARKING BRAKE DRUM MEET. FURTHER CRACKING OF THE ROTOR COULD OCCUR DUE TO BRAKING TORQUE WHEN THE VEHICLE IS DRIVEN AND THE BRAKES ARE APPLIED. THE BRAKE DRUM, CONNECTED TO THE WHEEL HUB, WOULD COMPLETELY SEPARATE FROM THE DISC.
What should you do:
DEALERS WILL REPLACE BOTH REAR BRAKE ROTORS. OWNER NOTIFICATION BEGAN MARCH 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:
CUSTOMERS CAN 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: 02V088000
Potential Number of Units Affected: 799
SUSPENSION
Feb 19 2002
THIS COULD AFFECT VEHICLE HANDLING AND CONTROL, INCREASING THE RISK OF A CRASH.
Summary:
ON CERTAIN PASSENGER VEHICLES, DURING THE STRUT MOUNT MANUFACTURING PROCESS, THE THRUST BEARING WAS NOT PROPERLY POSITIONS AND SECURED. IF THE SUSPENSION IS FULLY UNLOADED, THE FRONT STRUT COULD SEPARATE FROM THE UPPER MOUNT.
What should you do:
DEALERS WILL REPLACE BOTH FRONT SPRING STRUT UPPER MOUNTS. OWNER NOTIFICATION BEGAN MARCH 15, 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:
CUSTOMERS CAN 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: 02V057000
Potential Number of Units Affected: 4672
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