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 2004 BMW 3 Series owners. The owner comments describe problems respondents experienced with this vehicle.

Engine Minor

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

What Owners Say

"Noise coming from the belt was caused by a failing pulley"

Anonymous, FL (2004 BMW 3 Series 330Ci Unsure)
Oil leaks

"Not oil leaks but burning oil. Requires a quart of oil every 500 miles. Also had multiple ignition coils and sparkplugs replaced because, I was told, the car burned oil so hot that these other components were damaged"

Anonymous, MA (2004 BMW 3 Series 325xi 2.5-L 6 Cyl)

"Hose needed to be replaced, as did the oil filter mount. Problem is I had it done at an independent shop, and the oil is still leaking"

Anonymous, CA (2004 BMW 3 Series 325Ci 2.5-L 6 Cyl)

"oil leak caused by old worn out rubber connections"

Anonymous, VA (2004 BMW 3 Series 325i 2.5-L 6 Cyl)

"Repair was expensive because the valve cover had to be replaced to stop the leak"

Anonymous, IL (2004 BMW 3 Series 330i 3.0-L 6 Cyl)

"2 leaks. One at the top of the oil system, one at the bottom. Simple gasket issues... maybe $2.84 parts... but over a $1,250 to repair, etc. Fixable, doable... but I remember fixing the oil pan gasket on my first car for next-to-nothing"

Larry C., SC (2004 BMW 3 Series 325i 2.5-L 6 Cyl)

"Oil separator cost $900 to replace"

Karen R., ON (2004 BMW 3 Series 330Ci 3.0-L 6 Cyl)

"Had several oil leaks from various areas"

Anonymous, CA (2004 BMW 3 Series 325Ci 2.5-L 6 Cyl)

"The oil was leaking around the seal of the oil pan and it has been fixed"

Noland H., TX (2004 BMW 3 Series 325i 2.5-L 6 Cyl)

"valve cover gasket plus another leak"

Anonymous, NC (2004 BMW 3 Series 325i 3.0-L 6 Cyl)

"Unanticipated oil leakfrom head gasket & faulty oil sensors. Expensive repair.$1300"

Anonymous, WA (2004 BMW 3 Series 330Ci 3.0-L 6 Cyl)

"Oil seal on bottom of engine leaks"

Anonymous, CA (2004 BMW 3 Series 325Ci 3.0-L 6 Cyl)

"differential oil leak, probably caused from lack of use"

Anonymous, BC (2004 BMW 3 Series M3 3.2-L 6 Cyl)

"Oil leaks occurs in multiple areas evidenced on the garage floor. 2 hoses needed to be replaced because of coolant leaks"

Anonymous, AL (2004 BMW 3 Series 325Ci Unsure)

"Valve cover gasket, Oil Pan gasket, Oil filter housing gasket"

Lloyd S., DC (2004 BMW 3 Series 325i 2.5-L 6 Cyl)

"Huge increase in oil consumption"

Anonymous, DC (2004 BMW 3 Series 325Ci 2.5-L 6 Cyl)

"Minor leak at engine valve cover gasket - nothing of importance"

Peter H., MN (2004 BMW 3 Series 325xi 2.5-L 6 Cyl)

"Minor leaks at engine gaskets - nothing of importance"

Peter H., MN (2004 BMW 3 Series 325xi 2.5-L 6 Cyl)

"Several leaks. Don't remember the details - none made the car inoperable. But cost a lot of money, at least partly because it is a BMW"

Anonymous, WA (2004 BMW 3 Series 330xi Unsure)

"Rough running, reduced performance, in 2,500 - 3,000 rpm range caused by faulty oxygen sensor"

Richard S., CA (2004 BMW 3 Series 330Ci 3.0-L 6 Cyl)

"Entire Fuel Tank had to be replaced. In-warranty under BMW SULEV warranty. Warranty replacement cost at approximately $7,000.00!"

Anonymous, CA (2004 BMW 3 Series 325i 2.5-L 6 Cyl)

Fuel System

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

What Owners Say

Emission control devices (includes EGR)

"Things wore out -- had to replace multiple parts in the emissions system. The car is old"

Anonymous, CA (2004 BMW 3 Series 325i Unsure)

"During fall months, when temperatures drop, OBDII throws codes indicating possible vacuum leak, O2 sensor...reset codes and they never appear again until next fall"

Anonymous, TX (2004 BMW 3 Series 330i 3.0-L 6 Cyl)

"So some valve got water in and rusted leading to air pump failing. $$$$ This was just after $2200 for oil leaks, pan, valve cover, and something on front of engine. Combined is about $8000 in last 12 months"

William L., IL (2004 BMW 3 Series 330i 3.0-L 6 Cyl)

"Sensor replacement required in order to get the "check engine soon" light to go off"

Melinda P., VA (2004 BMW 3 Series 330i 3.0-L 6 Cyl)
Fuel pump

"The fuel pump went out around 130000 miles"

Anonymous, TN (2004 BMW 3 Series 325Ci 2.5-L 6 Cyl)

"error on installation of pump causing fuel gauge error running out of petrol"

Kenneth F., CA (2004 BMW 3 Series 325i 2.5-L 6 Cyl)

"It stopped working and was replaced"

Spencer L., TX (2004 BMW 3 Series 325Ci 2.5-L 6 Cyl)

"Fuel pump failed, but at 135000 miles that is not horrible"

Melinda P., VA (2004 BMW 3 Series 330i 3.0-L 6 Cyl)

"car stopped running"

F W., PA (2004 BMW 3 Series 325Ci 2.5-L 6 Cyl)

"Car started acting strangely while driving and died at red light. Would not start. Had to wait in traffic with police car behind me until tow truck came. Needed new PVC valve and starter"

Philip B., FL (2004 BMW 3 Series 330Ci 3.0-L 6 Cyl)

"Fuel filter needed replacing and fuel pump was fused to the filter. This involved dropping the fuel tank--very expensive"

Anonymous, MN (2004 BMW 3 Series 325xi 2.5-L 6 Cyl)
Sensors (includes O2 or oxygen sensor)

"Check engine light. Continued issues with smog related equipment"

Anonymous, CA (2004 BMW 3 Series 325Ci 2.5-L 6 Cyl)

"O2 sensor has been defective for years. Extremely expensive to replace. Giant ripoff for a tiny part"

Anonymous, FL (2004 BMW 3 Series 325Ci 2.5-L 6 Cyl)

"Car failed emissions testing and replaced most parts of emissions system, including sensors"

Anonymous, CA (2004 BMW 3 Series 325i Unsure)

"Had to replace all 4 Oxygen sensors"

Anonymous, CA (2004 BMW 3 Series 325Ci 2.5-L 6 Cyl)

"Oxygen sensors (2) needed replaced. I did not think this was unusual for a car this old with the amount of miles on it"

Timothy N., CA (2004 BMW 3 Series 325Ci 2.5-L 6 Cyl)

"corroding of the parts giving off an ordor and requiring placement"

James P., MA (2004 BMW 3 Series 325i Unsure)

"A difficult and expensive problem to diagnose and repair"

Anonymous, ME (2004 BMW 3 Series 330xi 3.0-L 6 Cyl)

"O2 bank 1 precat sensor failure"

Anonymous, NV (2004 BMW 3 Series 325i 2.5-L 6 Cyl)

"Check engine light keeps coming on. The code says both banks 1 and 2 are running lean. A couple of vacuum leaks were addressed and now the light is back on and the repair shop cannot figure out why"

Anonymous, CT (2004 BMW 3 Series 325Ci 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

"Rear suspension members bent causing rear tires to wear unevenly"

D W., MN (2004 BMW 3 Series 325i 2.5-L 6 Cyl)

"Needs alignment t every 6 months"

Mark J., NY (2004 BMW 3 Series 325Ci 2.5-L 6 Cyl)

"A pinon seal was leaking and had to be replaced"

Anonymous, MI (2004 BMW 3 Series 330xi 3.2-L 6 Cyl)

"Front suspension bushings needed replacement because they had worn and were not functioning properly"

Anonymous, FL (2004 BMW 3 Series 330Ci Unsure)

"Wore out had to be replaced"

Anonymous, MO (2004 BMW 3 Series 325i Unsure)

"Replaced a control arm recommended by several repair shops. Did so to prevent tire wear and to achieve a good alignment"

Don D., AZ (2004 BMW 3 Series 325Ci 2.5-L 6 Cyl)

"I was told that my alignment preoblems were caused by worn bushings. I have not had it fixed due to the expense"

S S., NJ (2004 BMW 3 Series 325Ci 2.5-L 6 Cyl)

"Bushings torn. It is the performance model so it has a delicate suspension. Par for the course"

Anonymous, TX (2004 BMW 3 Series 330i 3.0-L 6 Cyl)

"Power steering hoses were leaking fluid. Hoses had to be replaced"

Anonymous, MI (2004 BMW 3 Series 330xi 3.2-L 6 Cyl)

"hose was replace"

Anonymous, MD (2004 BMW 3 Series 330xi 3.0-L 6 Cyl)

"At 131,000 miles, one of the front struts failed. I decided to rebuild the entire suspension, including BMW sport shocks & struts, H&R sway bars, Dinan fixed camber plates, M3 rear trailing arm bushings, front control arm bushings, steering rack boots & a 4 wheel alignment. Feels like a new car"

Lloyd S., DC (2004 BMW 3 Series 325i 2.5-L 6 Cyl)

"Shock failed and made rear unstable"

Edward M., PA (2004 BMW 3 Series 325xi 2.5-L 6 Cyl)

"wear of struts lead to alignment problems and poor wear of tires. But it is a ten year old car"

Anonymous, MA (2004 BMW 3 Series 325Ci 3.0-L 6 Cyl)

"The parts and labor for the repair was too expensive"

Anonymous, VA (2004 BMW 3 Series 325i 2.5-L 6 Cyl)

"Squeak, rattles and binding of the front suspension system. Bushings were replaced, but the rotating system on the shock is still binding and rattling. Entire system needs to be rebuilt"

Anonymous, TX (2004 BMW 3 Series 325i 3.2-L 6 Cyl)

"Need replacing every two years"

Mark J., NY (2004 BMW 3 Series 325Ci 2.5-L 6 Cyl)

"Should have recall for axel seal leakage"

James P., TN (2004 BMW 3 Series 330xi 3.0-L 6 Cyl)
Steering linkage (includes rack and pinion)

"Car still has loose on center steering after replacing the tie rods, control arms ,and steering rack"

Anonymous, CA (2004 BMW 3 Series 325i 2.5-L 6 Cyl)

"Unexpected expense. $1200.00"

Anonymous, CA (2004 BMW 3 Series 330Ci Unsure)

Engine Cooling

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

What Owners Say

"The radiator failed and cost $600 to fix"

Karen R., ON (2004 BMW 3 Series 330Ci 3.0-L 6 Cyl)

"Several anitfreeze leaks in the past 6 months"

Anonymous, CA (2004 BMW 3 Series 325Ci 2.5-L 6 Cyl)

"Cracked coolant reservoir"

Anonymous, OR (2004 BMW 3 Series 330Ci 3.0-L 6 Cyl)

"More and more leaks as the car approaches 100,000 miles. Coolant leak is ongoing from hose connector and will only be fixed when all hoses are replaced along with water pump, thermostat & housing as preventative maintenance. Oil leaks have also bee"

Anonymous, TX (2004 BMW 3 Series 325i 2.5-L 6 Cyl)

"Cooling tubes needed replacing that were known to go out around 100,000 miles. Radiator leaks and hose replacement also very expensive"

Anonymous, FL (2004 BMW 3 Series 325i 3.0-L 6 Cyl)

"DESIGN OF COOLANT EXPANSION TANK POOR. HAD 2 OF THEM CRACK AND LEAK"

Paul R., VA (2004 BMW 3 Series 330Ci 3.0-L 6 Cyl)

"Routine but expensive replacement of cooling system at 11 yrs of age of rubber/plastic components to avoid likely failure in future of such parts"

Anonymous, WA (2004 BMW 3 Series 330Ci 3.0-L 6 Cyl)

"Thermostat replacement required complete draining and flushing of cooling system because it is located at the bottom of the engine"

Anonymous, IL (2004 BMW 3 Series 330i 3.0-L 6 Cyl)

"Had to be replaced. Independent service overcharged me for the part"

Anonymous, CA (2004 BMW 3 Series 325i 2.5-L 6 Cyl)

"Had to have thermostat replaced. It was the source of a water leak"

Anonymous, VA (2004 BMW 3 Series 325Ci 2.5-L 6 Cyl)

"leaky seal"

Anonymous, CO (2004 BMW 3 Series 325i 2.5-L 6 Cyl)

"cause the check engine light to come on. Had to replace housing as well as thermostat an hoses"

Anonymous, MD (2004 BMW 3 Series 330xi 3.0-L 6 Cyl)
Water pump

"Water pump jammed. this broke the serpentine belt, which knocked out a radiator hose"

Anonymous, PA (2004 BMW 3 Series 325xi 2.5-L 6 Cyl)

"Installed EMP Stewart water pump at 60,000 miles and had to replace it at 135,000 miles. The belt idler pulley was frozen and it damaged the bearings in the water pump. The pump was replaced free of charge for the part, but not the labor"

Lloyd S., DC (2004 BMW 3 Series 325i 2.5-L 6 Cyl)

"Noises, had it replaced"

Anonymous, WA (2004 BMW 3 Series 330Ci 3.0-L 6 Cyl)

"HAD TO REPLACE RECENTLY"

Paul R., VA (2004 BMW 3 Series 330Ci 3.0-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 too close to ground resulting in parking blocks being too high . Keeps breaking plastic bumper retaining clips"

Jack D., FL (2004 BMW 3 Series 330Ci 3.0-L 6 Cyl)

"Front bumper has come off due to being low, going over a parking concrete stopper. When then backing out the bumper is pulled off"

George F., CA (2004 BMW 3 Series 325Ci 2.5-L 6 Cyl)

"A piece of trim around the rear driver side window simply fell off. The dealer wanted $400 to put it back on. I had the piece, so that cost did not even include the trim"

Anonymous, NY (2004 BMW 3 Series 330xi Unsure)

"Front plastic bumper cover dislodged from bracket"

Robert S., IL (2004 BMW 3 Series 330Ci 3.2-L 6 Cyl)

"The front bumper was so poorly designed that it pulls off of the car when you roll over a curb. As you backup, the plastic clips that hold the bumper break off and the bumper sags down. It cost a $1,000 to repair"

Michael G., CA (2004 BMW 3 Series 325Ci 3.0-L 6 Cyl)

"Bmw paint would not hold clear coat. Even repaired and replaced clear coat peeled. Dealer fixed in his shop and it still peeled. red paint"

Anonymous, TX (2004 BMW 3 Series 325i 3.2-L 6 Cyl)

"Paint fading dramatically on roof top. Requires refinishing"

Victor B., NY (2004 BMW 3 Series 325i 2.5-L 6 Cyl)
Rust

"Bottoms of all doors have rust"

Anonymous, MA (2004 BMW 3 Series 325xi 2.5-L 6 Cyl)

"Small rust spot developed this winter"

Anonymous, NY (2004 BMW 3 Series 330xi 3.0-L 6 Cyl)

"left front fender developed rust through which BMW will not cover uder their 12 year perforation rust warranty this will be my last BMW"

Kenneth R., MB (2004 BMW 3 Series 330i 3.0-L 6 Cyl)

"Rust on rear fender"

Anonymous, NY (2004 BMW 3 Series 325xi 2.5-L 6 Cyl)

"Rust on right rear fender"

Robert H., MN (2004 BMW 3 Series 325i 2.5-L 6 Cyl)

"Paint is bubbling from rust at both back corners of the body above the bumper. Rust is forming all along the back of the body panel above the bumper"

Anonymous, AB (2004 BMW 3 Series M3 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

"Replaced rusted/corroded headlight socket"

Anonymous, ON (2004 BMW 3 Series 325i 2.5-L 6 Cyl)

"One of the headlights stopped working. The car has bi-xenon headlights. All components had to be replaced. Included the xenon bulb and both "transformers." Total cost for parts and labor was around $900 dollars. A bit annoying since conventional"

Anonymous, VA (2004 BMW 3 Series M3 3.2-L 6 Cyl)

"headlight replaced"

Anonymous, CO (2004 BMW 3 Series 325xi 2.5-L 6 Cyl)

"the right xenon control unit failed ($784 fix)"

Leonard R., PA (2004 BMW 3 Series 330xi 3.0-L 6 Cyl)
Exterior lights (other than headlights)

"I have a side marked light and struck light I am unable to replace"

Michael G., CA (2004 BMW 3 Series 325Ci 3.0-L 6 Cyl)

"Fog light burned out and cannot be changed by owner but requires mechanic to change"

Anonymous, CA (2004 BMW 3 Series 330Ci 3.0-L 6 Cyl)
Remote engine starter

"Need to replace"

Anonymous, OR (2004 BMW 3 Series 330Ci 3.0-L 6 Cyl)
Warning lights

"The brake pad warning light is on and the brakes are fine"

Michael G., CA (2004 BMW 3 Series 325Ci 3.0-L 6 Cyl)

""check engine light" appears randomly, and the code indicates to replace pre-cat O2 sensors. Changed them TWICE, and warning light still comes on & off randomly. Convinced that it is a software issue, but BMW will not update my software"

Anonymous, CA (2004 BMW 3 Series 325i 2.5-L 6 Cyl)

"Windows and convertible top issues"

Anonymous, FL (2004 BMW 3 Series 330Ci 3.0-L 6 Cyl)

"the tire pressure monitor for the run flat tires came on even when there was not a problem with the tire pressure. the dealer said they fixed the problem on several occasions but the problem persisted. until we took the car in to an independent car r"

Anonymous, LA (2004 BMW 3 Series M3 Unsure)

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

Locks and latches

"Door lock actuator on passenger side has stopped working. Passenger door must be unlocked from inside"

Jack D., FL (2004 BMW 3 Series 330Ci 3.0-L 6 Cyl)

"Carrier arm in driver's door came loose---couldn't open from outside---had to have assembly replaced"

James C., FL (2004 BMW 3 Series 330Ci 3.0-L 6 Cyl)

"The electronic key which controls alarm arming and disarming stopped working. Dealer tried to reprogram it but could not. Also, the drivers side front door lock no longer functions. This two combined are a great inconvenience as I can no longer lock"

Anonymous, NY (2004 BMW 3 Series 330xi Unsure)

"Failed. Driver side could always be opened but all three other doors would freeze and not open. Seemed to vary allot with temperature. Would always freeze if left in sun. Mechanic sometimes able to fix but always temporary. To repair estimate ="

Anonymous, CA (2004 BMW 3 Series 325i Unsure)

"Power window, driver's, catches. Not yet repaired"

G L., UT (2004 BMW 3 Series 330xi 3.0-L 6 Cyl)

"Both front electric window make noise. Same on my previous 3 series bmw 2002 model year"

Anonymous, CA (2004 BMW 3 Series 330i 3.2-L 6 Cyl)
Convertible top

"It cost me $3500 to fix the top. First I had to order a module. After that, they had to order two latches that had failed. One week in the shop and $3500!"

Robert S., IL (2004 BMW 3 Series 330Ci 3.2-L 6 Cyl)

"The hydraulic system to raise and lower the top failed. Cost me $4,000. I appealed to BMW US. No response"

Anonymous, VA (2004 BMW 3 Series 330Ci 3.0-L 6 Cyl)
Mirrors

"drivers mirror requires new motor motor has memory electronics very Expensive?$650.00 and pass mirror will not adjust as it is tied into electronics of drivers mirror stupid design!!"

Kenneth R., MB (2004 BMW 3 Series 330i 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

"Failure of AC system and a $2200 repair and loss of car for 3 days. Independent shop could not provide a loaner...was forced to rent a car on my own"

Anonymous, CA (2004 BMW 3 Series 325i 2.5-L 6 Cyl)

"Evaporation device requires replacement. Estimates run $1850 to $2500"

Victor B., NY (2004 BMW 3 Series 325i 2.5-L 6 Cyl)
Refrigerant leaks

"coolant leaking"

Anonymous, CA (2004 BMW 3 Series 330i 3.0-L 6 Cyl)

"Cooling did not operate"

Anonymous, SC (2004 BMW 3 Series 330Ci 3.2-L 6 Cyl)

"Air conditioner stopped cooling and when I took it to the shop was told that there was a refrigerant leak. Got it refilled and has been working since"

Anonymous, ON (2004 BMW 3 Series 325i 2.5-L 6 Cyl)

"Evaporator leaks refrigerant and dealer indicates it takes 12 hours to replace the part and it is a very common problem for this car"

Ben D., FL (2004 BMW 3 Series 325i 2.5-L 6 Cyl)

"A/C just recently stopped blowing cold air. The car is too "young" for this to happen"

Anonymous, TX (2004 BMW 3 Series 325i 2.5-L 6 Cyl)

"coolant tank cracked"

Anonymous, TX (2004 BMW 3 Series 325i Unsure)

"Leak in coolant expansion tank. Need to be replaced"

Anonymous, CA (2004 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

Premature brake wear

"Brakes wore very quickly"

Anonymous, CA (2004 BMW 3 Series 325Ci 2.5-L 6 Cyl)

"Have had to replace the rotors on the front twice last year, including brake pads"

Anonymous, OR (2004 BMW 3 Series 325xi 2.5-L 6 Cyl)
Antilock system (ABS)

"brake sensor failed after being replaced as part of replacing worn brakes"

Dennis B., WA (2004 BMW 3 Series 325i 2.5-L 6 Cyl)
Normal routine brake wear

"Just replaced rear pads and discs. Pricey (around $600)!"

Anonymous, NH (2004 BMW 3 Series 330Ci 3.0-L 6 Cyl)

"I had to replace the brake pads"

Maurice M., FL (2004 BMW 3 Series 325Ci 2.5-L 6 Cyl)

"When brake pads needed replacing the discs are required to be replaced also, that adds to the cost"

Anonymous, IL (2004 BMW 3 Series 330i 3.0-L 6 Cyl)
Regular brake failure

"also have problems with electrical windows"

Anonymous, CA (2004 BMW 3 Series 325xi 3.0-L 6 Cyl)

"Brakes have squeaked and squealed ever since the dealer replaced the brakes about 4 years ago"

Anonymous, AZ (2004 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

Hydraulics (clutch master or slave cylinder)

"Entire clutch including slave cylinder had to be replaced"

Philip B., FL (2004 BMW 3 Series 330Ci 3.0-L 6 Cyl)
Slipping transmission

"The transmission slips when the car is cold when you put it drive. This car has the ZF transmission"

Anonymous, CT (2004 BMW 3 Series 325xi 3.0-L 6 Cyl)
Transmission leaks

"Gasket needed replaced"

Anonymous, FL (2004 BMW 3 Series 325Ci 3.2-L 6 Cyl)

"Transmission seal started leaking and had to be replaced"

Anonymous, IA (2004 BMW 3 Series 330xi 3.2-L 6 Cyl)

"leaky seal"

Anonymous, CO (2004 BMW 3 Series 325i 2.5-L 6 Cyl)
Transmission computer

"Needed reprogramming"

Anonymous, IN (2004 BMW 3 Series 325Ci Unsure)

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

"Needed new driveshafts"

Anonymous, CA (2004 BMW 3 Series 330xi 3.2-L 6 Cyl)

"Need to replace rear driveshaft. Vibration experienced"

Anonymous, PA (2004 BMW 3 Series 325xi 3.0-L 6 Cyl)
Transfer case

"Front Differential"

Galen C., CO (2004 BMW 3 Series 325xi 2.5-L 6 Cyl)
CV joint

"all four cv boots were replaced - after three had been replaced a few years ago"

Leonard R., PA (2004 BMW 3 Series 330xi 3.0-L 6 Cyl)

"Not sure just they are always doing something the the CV joint"

Galen C., CO (2004 BMW 3 Series 325xi 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

Coil

"bad ignition coil replaced at 83k"

Anonymous, PA (2004 BMW 3 Series 325xi 2.5-L 6 Cyl)

"Ignition coils stopped working on 2 of 6 spark plugs requiring replacement"

Anonymous, VA (2004 BMW 3 Series M3 3.2-L 6 Cyl)

"Failed, needed to be replaced"

Anonymous, NC (2004 BMW 3 Series 325i Unsure)

"Remote feature stopped working on key 3 years ago. So used door lock. That broke last June and replaced. Then key stopped starting car. Transponder died. Had to order new key through dealer. Started process at local shop so had no car for 8 days"

Philip B., FL (2004 BMW 3 Series 330Ci 3.0-L 6 Cyl)

"Electronic Throttle Broken, actually was plastic butterfly value on intake manifold"

Anonymous, CA (2004 BMW 3 Series 330Ci 3.2-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

In-dash navigation system (GPS)

"DVR inoperative in trunk"

Anonymous, OR (2004 BMW 3 Series 325xi 2.5-L 6 Cyl)

"Location is not calibrated"

Anonymous, CT (2004 BMW 3 Series 330xi 3.0-L 6 Cyl)
Phone pairing (e.g., Bluetooth)

"Phone pairing was limited to one company which never worked with my phone"

Anonymous, CA (2004 BMW 3 Series 325i Unsure)
Radio

"Radio stopped working right away. It was replaced, under warranty, with an inferior part, making reception almost non-existent"

Anonymous, CA (2004 BMW 3 Series 325i Unsure)

"On/Off doesn't work"

Anonymous, DC (2004 BMW 3 Series 325Ci 2.5-L 6 Cyl)

Body Integrity

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

What Owners Say

Air or water leaks

"I had a leaky radiator hose"

Anonymous, NY (2004 BMW 3 Series 325i 2.5-L 6 Cyl)

"Radiator needed to be replaced"

Anonymous, MA (2004 BMW 3 Series 325i 2.5-L 6 Cyl)

"Major coolant leaks evidenced by water/coolant on garage floor"

Anonymous, AL (2004 BMW 3 Series 325Ci Unsure)

"Interior rattles"

James P., TN (2004 BMW 3 Series 330xi 3.0-L 6 Cyl)

"After having the car's exterior detailed, rattles and squeaks suddenly appeared. Never had this issue before the car was detailed. The dealer said they did not know what caused the noises and did nothing to correct the problem"

Anonymous, NY (2004 BMW 3 Series 325xi Unsure)

Engine Major

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

What Owners Say

"Intake manifold replaced"

Anonymous, CO (2004 BMW 3 Series 325xi 2.5-L 6 Cyl)

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Anonymous, MO (2004 BMW 3 Series 330Ci 3.0-L 6 Cyl)
Scheduled timing belt replacement

"Scheduled service was costly"

Anonymous, CA (2004 BMW 3 Series 330Ci 3.2-L 6 Cyl)

Transmission Major

Transmission rebuild or replacement, torque converter, clutch replacement.

What Owners Say

Clutch replacement

"Clutch was worn out and had to replaced. Car was 12 years old"

Philip B., FL (2004 BMW 3 Series 330Ci 3.0-L 6 Cyl)

"175,000 miles on a manual transmission clutch. That's normal or better than, I would think"

Anonymous, MO (2004 BMW 3 Series 330Ci 3.0-L 6 Cyl)

"Never had a transmission failure with my previous car, a Honda Accord; very disappointed this happened to a BMW!"

Harry B., CA (2004 BMW 3 Series 325i 3.0-L 6 Cyl)

Exhaust

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

What Owners Say

Catalytic converter

"Replaced two non-functioning catalytic converters in the exhaust system for $850. My mileage increased by 5 mpg - the highest it's ever been since I bought this car new"

Jeffrey C., CA (2004 BMW 3 Series 330i 3.0-L 6 Cyl)

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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
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
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