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 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 2003 BMW 3 Series owners. The owner comments describe problems respondents experienced with this vehicle.

Paint/Trim

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

What Owners Say

Loose exterior trim or moldings

"Several molding items came loose and required replacement"

Anonymous, CA (2003 BMW 3 Series 325i 2.5-L 6 Cyl)

"several moldings have come loose"

Anonymous, VT (2003 BMW 3 Series 325i Unsure)

"Right 'kidney' nose grill fell off. Rain channel over door came off"

Anonymous, BC (2003 BMW 3 Series Unsure 2.5-L 6 Cyl)

"Bad design-have replaced chrome moulding around drivers side rear door 3x and it's loose again so will use gorilla glue"

Diana C., CO (2003 BMW 3 Series 330xi 3.0-L 6 Cyl)

"headliner is coming off in various places"

Anonymous, CA (2003 BMW 3 Series 330i 3.2-L 6 Cyl)

"The clear coat on the hood, roof, bumpers and trunk is failing and will require the entire car to be repainted. This car only has 56,000 miles on it. My Infiniti with 340,000 still looks great after a wash"

Kirk S., CO (2003 BMW 3 Series 325xi 2.5-L 6 Cyl)

"Some fading and cracking of paint. required touch up in some areas and repainting of front end"

Anonymous, CA (2003 BMW 3 Series 325i 2.5-L 6 Cyl)

"Panel directly above rear tires has blistering paint"

Anonymous, OH (2003 BMW 3 Series 325i 3.0-L 6 Cyl)

"Paint on the hood is chalking"

William B., TX (2003 BMW 3 Series 325i Unsure)

"rust both rear 1/4 panels where upper and lower sections meet"

Anonymous, ON (2003 BMW 3 Series 325i 3.2-L 6 Cyl)

"the rear wheel hubs are starting to rust"

Joann S., NY (2003 BMW 3 Series 325i 3.0-L 6 Cyl)

"Surface rust that appears not to be structural, along the passenger side sill and near the gas fill-up. Having said that, it is (a) the most expensive car I have ever owned, and (b) the only car I have ever owned that has rusted"

A A., MA (2003 BMW 3 Series 325xi 2.5-L 6 Cyl)

"Would not pass inspection due to rust areas. We had to bring it to a body shop for correction"

Anonymous, NH (2003 BMW 3 Series 325i Unsure)

"rust on body and on door"

Anonymous, VT (2003 BMW 3 Series 325i Unsure)

"Paint bubbling below rear tail lights on both sides of car. At exactly same place. Appears to be be weld defect in exact same place below each tail light"

Katherine B., IN (2003 BMW 3 Series 325xi 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

Fuel pump

"fuel pump had to be replaced twice in the last year"

Anonymous, NM (2003 BMW 3 Series 325i 2.5-L 6 Cyl)

"Fuel pump failed and was replaced in June 2012, and again in January 2015"

Anonymous, HI (2003 BMW 3 Series 330i 3.0-L 6 Cyl)

"intermittent fuel pump failure. Had to replace"

Michael P., OR (2003 BMW 3 Series 330i 3.0-L 6 Cyl)

"the fuel pump failed near my house and also knocked out the electrical relay so car would not run. The next day I had AAA wrecker tow it to my dealer where it was repaired the same day by replacing the fuel pump and the relay. The car is running grea"

Anonymous, SC (2003 BMW 3 Series 325i 2.5-L 6 Cyl)

"car died due to fuel pump failure in the middle of rush hour on a high speed beltway. no warning. very scary"

Anonymous, MD (2003 BMW 3 Series 325i Unsure)

"Failed fuel pump. Replaced by local shop"

Anonymous, WA (2003 BMW 3 Series 325xi 2.5-L 6 Cyl)

"The second fuel pump they put on went out within days. (The second fuel pump was a warranty fix for one replaced about a year and 10 months earlier.) There was also a wiring issue that it took them months to find"

Anonymous, AL (2003 BMW 3 Series 325i Unsure)

"Driving along and cars fuel pump dies? But Im not sure why or what happened"

Barbara M., IL (2003 BMW 3 Series 325Ci Unsure)

"Pump failed while driving"

John M., SC (2003 BMW 3 Series M3 3.2-L 6 Cyl)
Sensors (includes O2 or oxygen sensor)

"Bad sensor"

Rusty H., CA (2003 BMW 3 Series 330i 3.2-L 6 Cyl)

"Check engine light came on, initially diagnosed as fuel cap issue, but subsequently thought to be caused by vapour leakage elsewhere. Problem eventually disappeared, but original cause unascertained"

I M., BC (2003 BMW 3 Series 325xi 2.5-L 6 Cyl)
Emission control devices (includes EGR)

"torque converter needed to be replaced to pass emission test"

Anonymous, WA (2003 BMW 3 Series 330Ci 3.0-L 6 Cyl)

"air pump failure"

Philip Z., IA (2003 BMW 3 Series 325i 2.5-L 6 Cyl)
Fuel cap

"See previous remarks"

I M., BC (2003 BMW 3 Series 325xi 2.5-L 6 Cyl)
Fuel injection system

"Igniters went haywire and had to be replaced"

Anonymous, FL (2003 BMW 3 Series 325i 3.0-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

"Top kept malfunctioning after many fixes"

Anonymous, FL (2003 BMW 3 Series 325Ci 2.5-L 6 Cyl)

"Part of the top was wearing out so I replaced the top"

Richard W., LA (2003 BMW 3 Series M3 3.2-L 6 Cyl)

"an interior ceiling panel is falling. The plastic support snapped"

G C., FL (2003 BMW 3 Series 330Ci 3.2-L 6 Cyl)

"Door lock cylinder assembly on the driver's side completely fell out of the lock when I was unlocking the door one day. Cost $364.73 total to fix and was unable to lock the car for about a week while the part (that had to come from BMW) was on order"

William B., TX (2003 BMW 3 Series 325i Unsure)
Mirrors

"mirror had to be replaced because silver backing coming off"

Anonymous, ON (2003 BMW 3 Series 325i 3.2-L 6 Cyl)

"The regulators are under engineered, fail quickly and are expensive - $500 per window - to replace. I have replaced every regulator at least once and the drivers side 2 times. My mechanic now offers a redesigned regulator with a 2 year warranty so we'll see how that one holds up"

Kirk S., CO (2003 BMW 3 Series 325xi 2.5-L 6 Cyl)

"The passenger side rear window regulator failed with the window in the open position"

Michael W., MD (2003 BMW 3 Series 325i 2.5-L 6 Cyl)

"Replaced power window control on the driver's door"

Anonymous, OR (2003 BMW 3 Series 325xi 2.5-L 6 Cyl)

"2 of my 4 window regulators have failed and required expensive replacement"

Anonymous, NH (2003 BMW 3 Series 325xi 2.5-L 6 Cyl)

"We've had 3 of 4 electric window mechanisms fail on this vehicle...so far"

Anonymous, CA (2003 BMW 3 Series 325xi 2.5-L 6 Cyl)

"The window regulators only last a few years. I have to replace them often"

Anonymous, VA (2003 BMW 3 Series 325i 2.5-L 6 Cyl)

"window regulator failed 3x on drivers and 1x on passenger. drivers part under warranty so didn't have to pay again to repair"

Diana C., CO (2003 BMW 3 Series 330xi 3.0-L 6 Cyl)

"the clips were changed 2 times and the roof would not close after repair, had to manually close it"

Joann S., NY (2003 BMW 3 Series 325i 3.0-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

"Worn out at 90,000"

Den O., IL (2003 BMW 3 Series 325xi 2.5-L 6 Cyl)

"Failed rear trailing arm bushings. The dealer wanted $1400 for parts and labor to replace them. I managed to do it at home for around $150 for the special tool and parts, but I am also a trained aircraft mechanic"

Anonymous, NC (2003 BMW 3 Series M3 3.2-L 6 Cyl)

"The cradle that holds the differential...the bushings wore out. $2000"

Eric K., FL (2003 BMW 3 Series M3 3.0-L 6 Cyl)

"REPLACED FRONT CONTROL ARM BUSHINGS"

Anonymous, IN (2003 BMW 3 Series 325i 2.5-L 6 Cyl)

"Needed to be replaced"

Anonymous, WA (2003 BMW 3 Series 325i 3.0-L 6 Cyl)

"At 103K miles, it may be OK that the power steering pump finally gave out. The problem is the replacement pump requires a new set of hoses as well - and since the filter is in the reservoir, that needs to be replaced as well. The power steering shaft"

Richard C., CA (2003 BMW 3 Series 325i Unsure)

"There is a known issue with the e46 M3 for failed rear strut mounts. Because I am mechanically inclined, have a garage and tools, and I keep up with forums it was a cheap and easy fix for me. At the dealer it would probably have been pricey"

Anonymous, NC (2003 BMW 3 Series M3 3.2-L 6 Cyl)

"One rear shock failed and required replacement. Simple DIY job for $120 in parts saved me ~$200 in labor"

Anonymous, VA (2003 BMW 3 Series 325xi 2.5-L 6 Cyl)

"broken rear spring"

Anonymous, NJ (2003 BMW 3 Series 325xi Unsure)

"Just replaced the rear coil springs again (2nd time)"

Den O., IL (2003 BMW 3 Series 325xi 2.5-L 6 Cyl)

"Both rear springs are broken. Many great videos on youtube on how to easily fix. Apparently this is a very common problem on this model"

Jim V., MI (2003 BMW 3 Series 330xi 3.0-L 6 Cyl)

"Lower control arm ball joints worn (causing wheel vibrations and failed inspection) and required replacement. Simple DIY job for under $600 saving me ~$400 in labor"

Anonymous, VA (2003 BMW 3 Series 325xi 2.5-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

Evaporator

"The evaporator fail after 10 years. It seems this is a common problem on this car according to the dealer. The most concerning issue is that to change it you need to remove all the console which costs abou half of the price of the car. The thing is they have not made a re-call on this"

Anonymous, FL (2003 BMW 3 Series 325xi 2.5-L 6 Cyl)

"When you turn on the defrost the windshield fogs up and a nasty smell is present"

Anonymous, CA (2003 BMW 3 Series 330i 3.0-L 6 Cyl)
Refrigerant leaks

"There is a slow leak in the system that is hard to find. May be in the evaporator"

Anonymous, FL (2003 BMW 3 Series 330Ci 3.0-L 6 Cyl)

"Thermostat and water pump need replacing. This will be the 3rd thermostat replacement for this vehicle"

Todd-Annette W., CA (2003 BMW 3 Series 325xi 2.5-L 6 Cyl)

"Car overheated module at bottom of coolant system had to be replaced"

Anonymous, NJ (2003 BMW 3 Series 330Ci 3.0-L 6 Cyl)

"This is the second time there was a leak in the evaporator coils in 12 years. It's a flaw in the design, but BMW won't admit or pay for it. $2500 each time"

Eric K., FL (2003 BMW 3 Series M3 3.0-L 6 Cyl)

"The car overheated on the highway the first warm day we had this year (81 F). It had to be towed. The mechanic said it was caused by a crack in the plastic container used to hold the refrigerant"

A A., MA (2003 BMW 3 Series 325xi 2.5-L 6 Cyl)

"The radiator cracked and they had to replace the radiator & thermostat with water pump"

Judy F., SC (2003 BMW 3 Series 325i 2.5-L 6 Cyl)
Automatic climate control

"lost charge"

Anonymous, GA (2003 BMW 3 Series 325Ci 3.0-L 6 Cyl)

"blower fan stopped working, had it replaced"

Les E., FL (2003 BMW 3 Series 325Ci 2.5-L 6 Cyl)
Heater system

"Replaced thermostat"

Anonymous, OR (2003 BMW 3 Series 325xi 2.5-L 6 Cyl)

Engine Minor

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

What Owners Say

"The drive belts, drive belt tensioner, and tension rollers were replaced because the engine was making a squeal when cold"

Richard W., LA (2003 BMW 3 Series M3 3.2-L 6 Cyl)

"One of two idler pulleys squeeks at cold start up and for a short time thereafter"

Anonymous, MN (2003 BMW 3 Series 330i 3.0-L 6 Cyl)

"engine oil seals seals dried out and needed replacement"

Anonymous, NY (2003 BMW 3 Series 330i 3.0-L 6 Cyl)

"valve cover gaskets leak"

Gary W., IN (2003 BMW 3 Series 325xi 2.5-L 6 Cyl)

"GASKET"

Anonymous, FL (2003 BMW 3 Series 330Ci 3.0-L 6 Cyl)

"Rubber and plastic hoses, seals wear out"

Anonymous, CA (2003 BMW 3 Series 330Ci 3.0-L 6 Cyl)

"Intermittent oil leak from oil pan gasket. Repair shop quoted $1,200 to repair"

Anonymous, NE (2003 BMW 3 Series 325xi 2.5-L 6 Cyl)

"Oil leaked from an area above the alternator ONTO the alternator and ruined the alternator. The mechanic said this is a common problem"

Anonymous, CA (2003 BMW 3 Series 325xi 2.5-L 6 Cyl)

"Oil pan gasket has minor seepage. A drop or two a day"

Anonymous, AZ (2003 BMW 3 Series 325i 2.5-L 6 Cyl)

"Bad seal but don't know exactly where"

Barbara M., IL (2003 BMW 3 Series 325Ci Unsure)
Engine computer

"BMW seems to be using computer parts with limited lifetimes. When they fail (and really, how often does a non-BMW solid state computer chip fail) one has to visit a BMW mechanic to have it replaced at outrageous cost"

Anonymous, CA (2003 BMW 3 Series Unsure Unsure)

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

"Headlights are dull, have polished the lenses and changed the bulbs but still dull, drive with high beams on most of time"

Anonymous, VT (2003 BMW 3 Series 325i 3.0-L 6 Cyl)

"My car has Xenon headlights. One of them would start only intermittently, especially in cold weather. I had to replace the 'ignitor.' This is a VERY complicated repair requiring complete disassembly of a headlight"

David S., OH (2003 BMW 3 Series 325xi 2.5-L 6 Cyl)

"The headlights (and signal lights) failing has been an ongoing problem since I owned the car. I have to start the car and then flick the lights on and off over and over again for minutes to get them to turn on. The signal lights also burn out quickl"

Richard C., CA (2003 BMW 3 Series 325i Unsure)

"turning on, on or off both of them randomly"

Evren S., FL (2003 BMW 3 Series 330Ci 3.0-L 6 Cyl)
Body control module

"Door locks would not work with key fob"

Anonymous, GA (2003 BMW 3 Series 325i 2.5-L 6 Cyl)

"Unable to unlock passenger door with remote control caused by problem in the GM-5 control module"

Anonymous, FL (2003 BMW 3 Series 330Ci 3.0-L 6 Cyl)
Gauges

"all the gauges went out..and paid a big bill"

Anonymous, FL (2003 BMW 3 Series 325i 3.0-L 6 Cyl)
Exterior lights (other than headlights)

"rear tail light electrical board shorting and melting"

Anonymous, NJ (2003 BMW 3 Series 325i 3.0-L 6 Cyl)

"Right front turn signal light was failing intermittently. Replacing the once did not solve the problem. Replacing the bulb a second time solved the problem"

Anonymous, MN (2003 BMW 3 Series 330i 3.0-L 6 Cyl)
Tire pressure monitor

"On light stayed on - BMW dealer took 4 months to figure it out"

Anonymous, NM (2003 BMW 3 Series 330Ci 3.2-L 6 Cyl)

Engine Cooling

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

What Owners Say

"coolant tank leaked, thermostat housing leaked"

Donald S., UT (2003 BMW 3 Series 325i 2.5-L 6 Cyl)

"The reservoir for the antifreeze in the BMW is plastic, and it aged. It needs to be replaced every few years, to avoid a major cracking and leaking. Our shop had failed to do this"

Anonymous, CA (2003 BMW 3 Series 325i 2.5-L 6 Cyl)

"For the SEOCND time, I replaced the thermostat. It was last replaced 3 years ago (it was stuck). This time, the thermostat housing cracked and was leaking. The part was defective, but out of warranty. $500 for dealer to replace"

David S., OH (2003 BMW 3 Series 325xi 2.5-L 6 Cyl)

"Thermostat failed"

Anonymous, UT (2003 BMW 3 Series 330i 3.0-L 6 Cyl)
Overheating

"BMW has been using plastic parts in the engine's cooling system e.g. hose couplers and expansion tanks. I'd NEVER buy another BMW (this is my second) given use of poor quality parts"

Anonymous, CA (2003 BMW 3 Series Unsure Unsure)

"smoke from engine, radiator ,coolant hose and coolant reservoir had to be replaced"

Anonymous, FL (2003 BMW 3 Series Unsure 3.0-L 6 Cyl)

"Radiator reserve tank is plastic and breaks. Had overheating problem that was allegedly fixed. Left on side of road because of some catastrophe"

Maria W., TX (2003 BMW 3 Series 330Ci Unsure)

"had to be replaced, debris disabled it"

Anonymous, FL (2003 BMW 3 Series Unsure 3.0-L 6 Cyl)

"Water pump seized"

Anonymous, UT (2003 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

"sensor on lower radiator hose breaking"

Anonymous, NJ (2003 BMW 3 Series 325i 3.0-L 6 Cyl)

"There was a crack in the air intake assembly"

Armand T., NC (2003 BMW 3 Series 330Ci 3.0-L 6 Cyl)

"leak of coolant X3"

Ratan-Pamela S., PA (2003 BMW 3 Series 325xi 2.5-L 6 Cyl)

"Top off coolant with a 50/50 solution...about a cup every 500 miles"

Anonymous, NY (2003 BMW 3 Series 330i 3.0-L 6 Cyl)

"Too many squeaks and rattles for a car with such low miles"

Kirk S., CO (2003 BMW 3 Series 325xi 2.5-L 6 Cyl)

"high way, too much noise"

Evren S., FL (2003 BMW 3 Series 330Ci 3.0-L 6 Cyl)

Brakes

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

What Owners Say

Calipers

"caliper froze up. 2nd one since owning car. with all the miles I have on car and being in snow belt I am not very upset about problem"

Joseph P., NY (2003 BMW 3 Series 325Ci 2.5-L 6 Cyl)

"Calipers were sticking causing vibrations. Parts were difficult to get and caused delays"

Pierre B., ON (2003 BMW 3 Series 325xi 2.5-L 6 Cyl)

"none, it was time to get new brakes"

Anonymous, CA (2003 BMW 3 Series 325i 3.0-L 6 Cyl)

"normal brake pad replacement"

Mark S., CO (2003 BMW 3 Series 330xi 3.0-L 6 Cyl)

"the brake pads were worn down, but had not touched the sensor yet. Replaced the pads just in time to save paying for new sensors"

Anonymous, VT (2003 BMW 3 Series 325i 2.5-L 6 Cyl)

"normal wear"

Mark S., CO (2003 BMW 3 Series 330xi 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

Engine rebuild or replacement

"cylinders 5 and 6 developed blow-by"

Shem G., NY (2003 BMW 3 Series 325xi 2.5-L 6 Cyl)

"Had a leaky valve cover gasket. The BMW dealer misdiagnosed the problem and tried to gouge me for a fix. A trusted local mechanic fixed it for a small fraction of the cost. Dealer service in general is a problem from everyone I talk to"

Jim V., MI (2003 BMW 3 Series 330xi 3.0-L 6 Cyl)

"Needed replacement"

Anonymous, HI (2003 BMW 3 Series 325i Unsure)

"interior oil leakage into cylinders required new head gasket"

Anonymous, CT (2003 BMW 3 Series 325i 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

Coil

"The major problem was dealer related. Terrible interaction with the dealer. I had to bring the car back twice for the same problem and was chrged twice for their incompetance. BMW US was of no use. I am aBMW owner for over 40 years and will never bu"

Steven B., NY (2003 BMW 3 Series 325xi 3.0-L 6 Cyl)

"replaced ignition coil on # 1 cylinder"

Anonymous, ON (2003 BMW 3 Series M3 3.2-L 6 Cyl)
Starter

"The starter failed. I came out of a meeting and couldn't start the car. This is a random event. The car is 12 years old, and the starter probably should have been changed to avoid this problem"

Anonymous, CA (2003 BMW 3 Series 325i 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

"Sometimes the car won't sense that it is in Park and will not start. No one seems to be able to identify what's broken and it only happens intermittently"

Maria W., TX (2003 BMW 3 Series 330Ci Unsure)
Rough shifting

"SMG transmission slow and sluggish - not BMW quality"

Norm S., VA (2003 BMW 3 Series M3 3.2-L 6 Cyl)
Slipping transmission

"needed software upgrade"

Ratan-Pamela S., PA (2003 BMW 3 Series 325xi 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

"Alternator failure"

Anonymous, WA (2003 BMW 3 Series 325xi 2.5-L 6 Cyl)
Driveshaft or axle

"Axle was bent and had to be replaced"

Anonymous, NJ (2003 BMW 3 Series 330xi 3.0-L 6 Cyl)

"I have had to replace both front driveshafts for a second time"

Anonymous, NH (2003 BMW 3 Series 325xi 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

"Power switch stuck on open position. Cannot turn off radio. Push button on-off switch broken. Many other owners had this same problem"

Anonymous, CA (2003 BMW 3 Series 325i 2.5-L 6 Cyl)

"volume control works 'counter intuitively'"

Anonymous, BC (2003 BMW 3 Series Unsure 2.5-L 6 Cyl)

Transmission Major

Transmission rebuild or replacement, torque converter, clutch replacement.

What Owners Say

Transmission rebuild or replacement

"Began slipping only when cold. Replaced the transmission with one with 44,000 miles on it. After one year, the newer transmission began to have the same problems"

Anonymous, VA (2003 BMW 3 Series 325i 2.5-L 6 Cyl)

Exhaust

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

What Owners Say

Exhaust manifold

"There was a crack"

Rusty H., CA (2003 BMW 3 Series 330i 3.2-L 6 Cyl)

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Recalls
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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
VISIBILITY:POWER WINDOW DEVICES AND CONTROLS
Apr 29 2003
OCCUPANTS COULD BE PINCHED BY A WINDOW THAT IS BEING CLOSED.
Summary:
ON CERTAIN PASSENGER VEHICLES, THE WINDOW LIFTING ANTI-PINCHING DEVICE MIGHT NOT FUNCTION PROPERLY.
What should you do:
DEALERS WILL INSPECT, AND IF NECESSARY, REPLACE THE ELECTRONIC CONTROL UNIT FOR THE WINDOW LIFTING ANTI-PINCHING DEVICE. OWNER NOTIFICATION BEGAN MAY 27, 2003. 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: 03V160000
Potential Number of Units Affected: 13100
VEHICLE SPEED CONTROL
Mar 31 2003
IF A GEAR IS SELECTED, THE DRIVER MAY FEEL AS IF THE VEHICLE IS BEING PUSHED.
Summary:
ON CERTAIN PASSENGER AND SPORT WAGON VEHICLES WITH AUTOMATIC TRANSMISSIONS, WITH THE ENGINE RUNNING, AND THE VEHICLE AT REST, AN INCREASE OF ENGINE IDLE SPEED (UP TO 1,300 RPM) MAY OCCUR.
What should you do:
DEALERS WILL REPROGRAM THE DIGITAL ENGINE MANAGEMENT CONTROL UNIT. OWNER NOTIFICATION BEGAN MAY 5, 2003. 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: 03V124000
Potential Number of Units Affected: 1056
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