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.
Alerts
There are 5 recalls on this vehicle. Learn More.

Road Test Results

Performance
Acceleration Acceleration Acceleration tests are conducted on a smooth, flat pavement straightaway at the track. Time, speed, and distance measurements are taken with a precise GPS-based device that’s hooked to a data-logging computer.
0 to 60 mph 0 to 60 mph (sec.) The time in seconds that a vehicle takes to reach 60 mph from a standstill with the engine idling.
Transmission Transmission Transmission performance is determined by shifting smoothness, response, shifter action, and clutch actuation for manual transmissions.
Fuel Economy Fuel Economy We perform our own fuel-economy tests, independent of the government's often-quoted EPA figures and the manufacturers' claims. Using a precise fuel-flow measuring device spliced into the fuel line, we run two separate circuits to represent city and highway consumption.
CR's Overall Mileage CR's Overall Mileage CR's overall mileage is a composite of measured fuel usage on a prescribed city course and highway cruising; and CR's 150-mile test trip of mixed driving, if tested. In recent road tests, we've discontinued the 150-mile trip test.
CR's City Mileage CR's City Mileage Measured fuel usage on a prescribed city course.
CR's Highway Mileage CR's Highway Mileage Measured fuel usage on a prescribed highway cruising.
Annual Fuel Cost Annual Fuel Cost The cost and amount of fuel used in 12,000 miles and is calculated from CR's overall mileage.
Braking Braking The braking rating is a composite of wet and dry stopping distances and pedal feel. Braking distance is from 60 mph, with no wheels locked.
Emergency Handling Emergency Handling Several factors go into the rating, including the avoidance maneuver speed and confidence, as well as how the vehicle behaves when pushed to its limit.
Comfort / Convenience
Ride Ride Our expert judgment of how well the suspension isolates and absorbs road imperfections and how steady it keeps the body on various road surfaces.
Noise Noise Our expert judgment of the vehicle's interior noise level in everyday driving.
Front Seat Comfort Front Seat Comfort Our judgment of how comfortable the front seat is for drivers of various heights.
Rear Seat Comfort Rear Seat Comfort Our judgment of how comfortable the rear seat is for two passengers to sit across.
Interior Fit and Finish Interior Fit and Finish An expert evaluation of the interior quality and craftsmanship.
Trunk/Cargo Area Trunk/Cargo Area Our rating is based on the amount of luggage or cargo space that a vehicle has in the trunk or cargo area.

Owner Reports

Worse Better
Reliability History Reliability History The reliability charts are based on responses on hundreds of thousands of vehicles from our latest Annual Auto Survey. Consumer Reports subscribers reported on any serious problems they had with their vehicles during the past 12 months that they considered serious because of cost, failure, safety, or downtime, in any of the trouble spots included in the table below. The results are presented relative to the average model that year. Extra weight is given to the more serious areas such as major engine or transmission problems. Based on this data and further analysis, we predict reliability for the latest year. N/A 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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Engine Major Engine Major Engine rebuild or replacement, cylinder head, head gasket, turbo or supercharger, timing chain or timing belt.
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Engine Minor Engine Minor Accessory belts and pulleys, engine computer, engine mounts, engine knock or ping, oil leaks.
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Engine Cooling Engine Cooling Radiator, cooling fan, antifreeze leaks, water pump, thermostat, overheating.
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Transmission Major Transmission Major Transmission rebuild or replacement, torque converter, clutch replacement.
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Owner Satisfaction Owner Satisfaction To learn about satisfaction, CR has collected survey data from our annual survey on more than half a million vehicles. Our subscribers provide great insights into their satisfaction by answering one simple question: If they had it to do all over again, would they definitely buy or lease the same model? In addition, respondents also rate their cars in six categories: driving experience, comfort, value, styling, audio, and climate systems. N/A 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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Driving Experience Driving Experience Includes acceleration and handling
Comfort Comfort Includes seats, climate control, noise, and ride
Value Value Did you get what you wanted relative to the price you paid?
Styling Styling How it looks inside and out
Safety Equipment
ABS standard. Side air bags standard, available in rear from 2000. Head protection air bags standard from 2000. ESC standard from 2001.
Road Test

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.

Seating
2 front, 3 rear
Drive Wheels
AWD , Rear
Warranty

In most cases, automotive warranties are based on the vehicle identification number (VIN), and the warranty will be valid regardless of ownership. The dealership can tell you exactly how much warranty is left.

Read more about extended warranties
Body Styles
wagon
convertible
coupe
sedan
Transmissions Available
  • 6-speed Sequential
  • 5-speed Manual
  • 5-speed Automatic
  • 6-speed Manual
Engines Available
  • 2.5-liter 6 (184 hp)
  • 3-liter 6 (225 hp)
  • 3-liter 6 (235 hp)
  • 3.2-liter 6 (333 hp)

Owner Reported Trouble Spots

The Reliability score is based on our latest subscriber survey of 2005 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

Accessory belts or pulleys

"cracked belt noticed by mechanic. replaced belt and pullies"

Anonymous, ON (2005 BMW 3 Series 325xi 2.5-L 6 Cyl)
Engine computer

"FALSE CHECK ENGINE LIGHT READINGS - ALSO HAD VACUUM LEAK REPAORED"

Anonymous, NY (2005 BMW 3 Series 325xi 3.0-L 6 Cyl)

"Computer electronics that communicate with the security system failed. Diagnosis was difficult and getting the new parts to synch with the old was also difficult due to mismatched software levels. Car would not turn over or start until this was fixed and it took several days to diagnose (ruling out everything else) and then fix it"

Anonymous, CA (2005 BMW 3 Series 325Ci 2.5-L 6 Cyl)
Oil leaks

"Fluid leaks from seals and radiator. Normal wear and tear."

Anonymous, CA (2005 BMW 3 Series 330Ci 3.0-L 6 Cyl)

"Spent thoUSnds trying to fix, keeps coming back"

Anonymous, CA (2005 BMW 3 Series 325i 2.5-L 6 Cyl)

"Was told replacing some of the engine and oil gaskets was normal. Done during a recent service for a few hundred dollars. Not a big deal"

Steve P., GA (2005 BMW 3 Series 330Ci 3.2-L 6 Cyl)

"Valve cover gasket leaking"

Anonymous, TX (2005 BMW 3 Series 330i 3.0-L 6 Cyl)

"Small oil leak at the valve cover"

Jeff H., OR (2005 BMW 3 Series 330Ci 3.0-L 6 Cyl)

"Original seals dried out and had to be replace for over $1,000"

Anonymous, NY (2005 BMW 3 Series 330xi 3.0-L 6 Cyl)

"Rear engine seal replaced"

Anonymous, BC (2005 BMW 3 Series 330i 3.0-L 6 Cyl)

"reoccuring yellow light warning for oil with a small amt of oil drops in garage"

Justin P., VA (2005 BMW 3 Series 325i 2.5-L 6 Cyl)

"Gasket leaked oil flowing into engine"

Anonymous, TN (2005 BMW 3 Series 325Ci 2.5-L 6 Cyl)

"There was an oil line leak and it flooded my garage."

Anonymous, NC (2005 BMW 3 Series 325i 3.0-L 6 Cyl)

"Replace the valve cover gasket and the bottom gasket on the oil filter"

Anonymous, CA (2005 BMW 3 Series 325i 2.5-L 6 Cyl)

"Oil leaks on this car have been chronic throughout its life. There are two primary areas and when one is fixed, the other seems to start and vice versa (not one causing the other) so there always seems to be a leak somewhere"

Anonymous, CA (2005 BMW 3 Series 325Ci 2.5-L 6 Cyl)

"some of the seals have dried out and needed replacement"

Anonymous, NY (2005 BMW 3 Series 330xi 3.0-L 6 Cyl)

"Came back from shopping and oil smoke came out of engine compartment. Brought back to garage and he had to replace oil seal near oil filter, and at same time change accessory fan belt and coolant reservoir"

Anonymous, ON (2005 BMW 3 Series 325xi 2.5-L 6 Cyl)

"Oil pan and valve cover gaskets"

Anonymous, HI (2005 BMW 3 Series 325i 2.5-L 6 Cyl)

"Valve cover gasket leaked oil, needed to replace at 100,000 miles"

Anonymous, CA (2005 BMW 3 Series 325Ci 2.5-L 6 Cyl)

"Leaky rear engine seal requires frequent typing off oil and bad smell due to oil hitting exhaust system"

Anonymous, PA (2005 BMW 3 Series 330xi 2.5-L 6 Cyl)

"A constant, unpleasant anxiety associated with this car. Most of the leaks are in well known problem areas with this model, and although one can argue that at this age leaks are a fact of life, BMW strikes me as unique for the sheer variety of leaks at this price point"

Anonymous, RI (2005 BMW 3 Series 325xi 2.5-L 6 Cyl)

"I had to have the oil pan gasket replaced for a minor leak"

Marlene H., OR (2005 BMW 3 Series 325i)

Electric System

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

What Owners Say

Body control module

"The ASB/DSC module will come on without a warning"

Anonymous, TX (2005 BMW 3 Series 325Ci 2.5-L 6 Cyl)
Exterior lights (other than headlights)

"The taillight will go on and off without a warning"

Anonymous, TX (2005 BMW 3 Series 325Ci 2.5-L 6 Cyl)

"Dashboard indicates a burnt out bulb, but all the bulbs are good"

Anonymous, NY (2005 BMW 3 Series 325xi 2.5-L 6 Cyl)

"ground wire defect taillight"

Anonymous, MA (2005 BMW 3 Series 330xi 2.5-L 6 Cyl)

"needed to replace wiring for LR tail lights assembly"

Anonymous, NY (2005 BMW 3 Series 330xi 3.0-L 6 Cyl)
Headlights

"Lenses got cloudy. I decided to change them. Supposedly, they, the head light systems, were supposed to be unable to be taken apart. Two new ones cost $3200. plus installation. My local mechanic took them apart and we cleaned them as best we could. God forbid the bulbs ever go bad. Thank goodness for local mechanics. By the way, my other car(2016 Audi Q5) is a diesel. As you asked originally I had a 2012 Touareg diesel that I loved. I went through Hell jumping through Volkswagen's punitive paperwork turning in. My patience(It took everything I had) was rewarded when I found my 2016 Audi 3.0 liter diesel. I had become a real diesel fan and my prayers were answered. Then, last week, I received a letter from Audi about a poorly designed part they discovered on my Q5 engine and how I'm going to have to jump to more hoops if I want them to fix it before their offer expires. Get back to me in six months and I'll bring you up to date about how it is going. Q5 engine turning it in."

Anonymous, VA (2005 BMW 3 Series 330i 3.0-L 6 Cyl)

"The xenon HID headlight have gotten very dim. Replacements are very expensive"

Jonathan P., TX (2005 BMW 3 Series 330i 3.0-L 6 Cyl)

"Driver side headlight failed during warranty"

Anonymous, CA (2005 BMW 3 Series M3 3.2-L 6 Cyl)
Keyless entry

"Keyless entry & window auto-dip module in the driver's door failed"

Rick B., SC (2005 BMW 3 Series 330Ci 3.0-L 6 Cyl)

"remote keys entry does not open or lock doors ,does not roll down windows or moon roof"

Albert H., NY (2005 BMW 3 Series 325xi 2.5-L 6 Cyl)

"Depending on the weather key FOB does not work to lock or unlock doors"

Anonymous, MD (2005 BMW 3 Series 330i 3.0-L 6 Cyl)
Warning lights

"Oil pressure indicator warning"

Anonymous, MD (2005 BMW 3 Series 325Ci 2.5-L 6 Cyl)

"parts of the electronics system are located under the center panel between driver and passenger seat. On top of this delicate electronic component are the coffee/drink cups which inevitably via spills/condensation caused the horn and warning lights"

Edward M., CA (2005 BMW 3 Series 330i)

"We have been back to the dealer several times trying to get a flashing warning light on the dash turned off and they can't seem to reset it - we will have to use black electrical tape to cover it!!"

Kathleen W., FL (2005 BMW 3 Series 325Ci)
Wiper motor or washer

"Windshield washer pump failed"

Anonymous, MD (2005 BMW 3 Series 325Ci 2.5-L 6 Cyl)

"Washer fluid leaks."

Anonymous, MA (2005 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

A/C compressor

"Apparently it is leaking"

Anonymous, MA (2005 BMW 3 Series 325Ci 2.5-L 6 Cyl)

"just wore out and needed to be replaced"

James A., FL (2005 BMW 3 Series 330Ci 3.0-L 6 Cyl)
Blower (fan) motor

"Fan motor required replacment"

William H., VA (2005 BMW 3 Series M3 3.2-L 6 Cyl)
Evaporator

"Needed replacement"

Anonymous, FL (2005 BMW 3 Series 325i 3.0-L 6 Cyl)
Heater system

"replaced the radiator through the heater core."

Michael H., WA (2005 BMW 3 Series 325i 3.0-L 6 Cyl)

"The heater quit heating and a small heating mechanism had to be replaced. The part was cheap...the install was not."

Dana R., TX (2005 BMW 3 Series 330i 3.2-L 6 Cyl)

"Thermostat had to be replaced"

Anonymous, AK (2005 BMW 3 Series 330xi)

"Heating and Cooling not functioning well - required replacement of thermostat"

James M., WA (2005 BMW 3 Series 325xi)
Refrigerant leaks

"Leak, most likely under dash."

Anonymous, TX (2005 BMW 3 Series)

"It's a very slow leak that they couldn't locate. They filled the refrigerant and it worked for about 6 months. The A/C currently does not work. I intend to have them work on it again in the near future"

Anonymous, MA (2005 BMW 3 Series 325xi 2.5-L 6 Cyl)

"Ran low on refrigerant; wouldn't cool properly; added refrigerant; is fine now"

Anonymous, CA (2005 BMW 3 Series 330xi 3.0-L 6 Cyl)

"The AC coolant started leaking a few years ago and I refill it every other year. It costs more to repair the problem then put coolant in for a few years"

Anonymous, MA (2005 BMW 3 Series 330xi 3.0-L 6 Cyl)

"I replaced the car's entire cooling system as preventive maintenance because this vehicle has a reputation for cooling system failure by 100,000 miles. This decision was advised by the BMW service department that I trust to take excellent care of this beautiful sedan."

P M., MD (2005 BMW 3 Series 330i 3.0-L 6 Cyl)

"Cooling system no longer works"

Anonymous, PA (2005 BMW 3 Series 330xi 2.5-L 6 Cyl)

"Needs to be recharged every spring for last four years"

Anonymous, MA (2005 BMW 3 Series 325i)

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

Bushings

"Third time we have to replace engine mounts"

Anonymous, AZ (2005 BMW 3 Series 325Ci 3.0-L 6 Cyl)

"The front control arm bushings need replacement about every 40,000 miles"

Anonymous, CA (2005 BMW 3 Series 325i 2.5-L 6 Cyl)

"The suspension was broken and many expensive parts needed replacinng"

David P., NY (2005 BMW 3 Series 330Ci 3.2-L 6 Cyl)
Power steering leaks

"The car is 14 years old. Hoses get dried out. We had a small leak which was easily fixed"

Anonymous, FL (2005 BMW 3 Series)
Power steering pumps and hoses

"The car has quite a few miles on it, so I'd expect things to start failing, but the sheer number of fluid leaks that this car has / had is pretty impressive. Power steering, coolant, oil, transmission."

Anonymous, IN (2005 BMW 3 Series 330i 3.0-L 6 Cyl)
Shocks or struts

"Shocks had failed, oil leakage could been seen, car rode poorly"

Anonymous, NH (2005 BMW 3 Series 330xi 3.0-L 6 Cyl)
Springs or torsion bars

"One of the rear springs had broken and both rear springs were replaced"

Anonymous, NH (2005 BMW 3 Series 330xi 3.0-L 6 Cyl)

"rear springs replaced. This is very poor to replace rear springs with less than 30,000 miles driven"

Anonymous, WI (2005 BMW 3 Series 325Ci 2.5-L 6 Cyl)

"rear spring broke"

Anonymous, ON (2005 BMW 3 Series 325xi 2.5-L 6 Cyl)
Steering linkage (includes rack and pinion)

"wear of ball joints"

James S., CA (2005 BMW 3 Series 325i 2.5-L 6 Cyl)
Tie rods

"seems to be a constant problem as had the same problem with my 2000 serie 328"

Anonymous, WI (2005 BMW 3 Series 325Ci 2.5-L 6 Cyl)
Tire wear is uneven

"Rear tires wear out on inside"

Jim K., SC (2005 BMW 3 Series 330i 3.0-L 6 Cyl)
Wheel bearings

"Serious"

Dana R., TX (2005 BMW 3 Series 330i 3.2-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

"During heavy rain storms my passenger side front door lets water in from somewhere and my foot well and car mat gets saturated with rain water. It seems to only happen with severe rainfalls. It's a mystery."

Anonymous, FL (2005 BMW 3 Series 325i 2.5-L 6 Cyl)

"water leak from sun roof"

Anonymous, VA (2005 BMW 3 Series 325i 3.0-L 6 Cyl)

"There have been recurrent water leaks from the radiator hoses despite being replaced"

Russell W., CA (2005 BMW 3 Series 325i 2.5-L 6 Cyl)

"Water leak. Took several attempts to finally fix"

Anonymous, FL (2005 BMW 3 Series 325i 3.2-L 6 Cyl)

"O ring needed to be replaced. Cost .79 cents"

Anonymous, OR (2005 BMW 3 Series 330Ci 3.2-L 6 Cyl)
Seals and/or weather-stripping

"The plastic molding around the windshield and the rubber seals around the rear windows are all cracked and broken. The car is in Arizona with more extreme UV than many areas but the similar parts on my previous Honda's and Toyota all held up much better on older cars"

Ray R., AZ (2005 BMW 3 Series 325Ci)

"The drivers window does not always slide up into track and properly seal. This requires multiple raising and lowering of window with physical pushing of window to get it to remain in track and seal properly"

Theodore L., VA (2005 BMW 3 Series 330Ci 3.0-L 6 Cyl)
Squeaks or rattles

"Noise from rear suspension. Clunking sounds and occasional squeak"

Jeff U., WA (2005 BMW 3 Series M3 3.2-L 6 Cyl)

"Windows rattle on both front doors. Had the electric motors replaced on advice of mechanic and they started rattling again within a few months"

Ray R., AZ (2005 BMW 3 Series 325Ci)

"Since the day we bought this car, there has been a rattling noise coming from the rear of the car that the dealer seems completely unable to fix. It is really annoying"

Kathleen W., FL (2005 BMW 3 Series 325Ci)

"Worn rear suspension bushings"

Edward A., SC (2005 BMW 3 Series 330Ci 3.0-L 6 Cyl)

"The car is 13 years old. Minor noises from suspension, particularly rear suspension. Could be fixed, but cost-prohibitive."

Jeff U., WA (2005 BMW 3 Series None 3.2-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

"Moldings around doors have come loose and fallen off. As a result water gets in when the car is washed and there is wind noise while driving"

Russell W., CA (2005 BMW 3 Series 325i 2.5-L 6 Cyl)

"Front bumper is very low and will catch on berms or curbs in parking lots. When the car is reversed the front bumper catches on the impediment and removes it from the frame of the car. Have replaced it once and need to do so again"

William D., CA (2005 BMW 3 Series 325Ci 3.0-L 6 Cyl)

"Came loose and had to be replaced at considerable expense"

Gerard V., QC (2005 BMW 3 Series 325i 2.5-L 6 Cyl)

"Right side rocker panel is partially coming off"

Ernest J., GA (2005 BMW 3 Series 330Ci 3.0-L 6 Cyl)

"The front bumper cover easily becomes detached when you hit a curb"

Timothy C., VA (2005 BMW 3 Series 330Ci 3.0-L 6 Cyl)

"Front bumper cover fell off"

Anonymous, MA (2005 BMW 3 Series 325xi 2.5-L 6 Cyl)

"Front bumper"

A V., CA (2005 BMW 3 Series 330Ci 3.0-L 6 Cyl)
Loose interior trim or moldings

"Front spoiler very low and after many years had to be replaced"

Anonymous, CT (2005 BMW 3 Series 330Ci 3.2-L 6 Cyl)
Rust

"Experienced 2 small rust spots, one on each of the rear fenders just above the bumper trim. BMW has agreed to repair these rust spots under their warranty"

Anonymous, ON (2005 BMW 3 Series 330Ci 3.0-L 6 Cyl)

"There are three locations that the car is rusting: both tire wells and the rear passenger door well. The door well was repaired by BMW but is rusting again in the same spot. the tire wells are on the outside and BMW says it is normal wear and tear"

Anonymous, MA (2005 BMW 3 Series 330xi 3.0-L 6 Cyl)

Fuel System

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

What Owners Say

Emission control devices (includes EGR)

"had to replace all hard vacuum lines in the car"

Craig S., NC (2005 BMW 3 Series 325i 3.0-L 6 Cyl)
Fuel gauge/sender

"Fuel guage sender froze, purchased replacement"

Anonymous, PR (2005 BMW 3 Series None 3.2-L 6 Cyl)
Fuel pump

"Fuel pump failed while driving on freeway. Able to stop safely but towing and pump replacement were very costly"

Anonymous, CA (2005 BMW 3 Series 330i 3.0-L 6 Cyl)

"At 49,000 miles the fuel pump in our VERY low millage Beemer failed. We were WAY beyond warranty and the replacement cover over $550. However this car has been overall superb, despite being nearly 12 years old and it LOOKS new (superb maintenance)"

Berkeley F., OR (2005 BMW 3 Series 325Ci 2.5-L 6 Cyl)

"Another known failure item on these cars - mine failed this year at a particularly inopportune time. Not a fun experience"

Anonymous, RI (2005 BMW 3 Series 325xi 2.5-L 6 Cyl)
Sensors (includes O2 or oxygen sensor)

"mass air flow sensor"

Anonymous, ON (2005 BMW 3 Series 325xi 2.5-L 6 Cyl)

"had to replace all"

Charles S., TX (2005 BMW 3 Series 325i 2.5-L 6 Cyl)

"A crack developed in the dipstick vacuum tube and let air in that caused sensor faults"

Brian X., WA (2005 BMW 3 Series 330i 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

Antilock system (ABS)

"The Anti-lock brake module failed and had to be replaced for $900"

Thomas B., ON (2005 BMW 3 Series 325i 2.5-L 6 Cyl)

"2 wheel sensors failed a month apart which disabled ABS & VSC"

Rick B., SC (2005 BMW 3 Series 330Ci 3.0-L 6 Cyl)
Calipers

"Caliper slide pin froze, holding pad to rotor. Required replacement of calper"

Anonymous, OH (2005 BMW 3 Series 330i 3.0-L 6 Cyl)

"right front wheels would seize up occasionally without warning and I was worried that I would be stranded somewhere."

Leigh T., WA (2005 BMW 3 Series)
Master cylinder

"Check brake warning light comes on intermittently"

Anonymous, CT (2005 BMW 3 Series 330Ci 3.0-L 6 Cyl)
Normal routine brake wear

"fair wear and tear"

Anonymous, VA (2005 BMW 3 Series 325Ci 2.5-L 6 Cyl)

"Surprised to need new brakes at 65,000 mile check"

Anonymous, CA (2005 BMW 3 Series 325i 2.5-L 6 Cyl)
Parking brake

"The parking brake locked and both the parking brake shoes and the calliper had to be replaced."

Thomas B., ON (2005 BMW 3 Series 325i 2.5-L 6 Cyl)

Engine Cooling

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

What Owners Say

Antifreeze leaks

"A ruptured coolant tube caused a complete draining of the coolant"

Brian X., WA (2005 BMW 3 Series 330i 3.0-L 6 Cyl)
Cooling fan

"cooling fan was leaking some sort of fluid from the thermostatic clutch that causes the fan to engage when the engine requires cooling"

Anonymous, ON (2005 BMW 3 Series 325i 2.5-L 6 Cyl)
Overheating

"It's just nuts. The car runs hot randomly. I can drive all day, idle at stop lights a dozen times and most of the time all is well. Then, randomly, the car overheats. From what I've read the plastic fins on the water pump are probably bad. They should have been metal to start with. BMW - enough with cheap plastic!"

Paul G., TN (2005 BMW 3 Series)

"Low coolant lamp came on - engine temp elevated into the red but then went back down upon motion - shop found leaky coolant hose - replaced - three months later - again - cracked coolant tank - bad thermostat and leaky cap -"

Anonymous, IN (2005 BMW 3 Series 325i 2.5-L 6 Cyl)
Radiator

"Radiator hose burst while car parked in garage,likely due to cold"

Anonymous, CA (2005 BMW 3 Series M3 3.2-L 6 Cyl)

"Small crack in the side of the r@diator caused slow coolant loss. Mid priced repair."

Anonymous, CA (2005 BMW 3 Series 325i 3.2-L 6 Cyl)
Thermostat

"Part is $125 for plastic housing cost $300 in labor to replace"

Jim K., SC (2005 BMW 3 Series 330i 3.0-L 6 Cyl)
Water pump

"was replaced"

Anonymous, NJ (2005 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

Differential

"It was refurbished, but then it wasn't set right by the mechanic and then it needed to be replaced."

Anonymous, CA (2005 BMW 3 Series 325i 2.5-L 6 Cyl)
Driveline vibration

"rear wheel bearing failure"

Anonymous, BC (2005 BMW 3 Series 325i 3.0-L 6 Cyl)
Driveshaft or axle

"The main drive axle cost $2,000 to replace, even at an independent repair shop. A ridiculous amount of money for something that should not have gone bad in the first place."

Paul G., TN (2005 BMW 3 Series)

"replaced"

Anonymous, QC (2005 BMW 3 Series 325xi 2.5-L 6 Cyl)

"The motor mounts collapsed leading to misalignment of the driveshaft. Needed to be replaced by a rebuilt unit"

Anonymous, CA (2005 BMW 3 Series 325i 2.5-L 6 Cyl)

"Serious"

Dana R., TX (2005 BMW 3 Series 330i 3.2-L 6 Cyl)
Electrical failure

"I needed a new computer for my engine and coils. Car ran rough"

Anonymous, FL (2005 BMW 3 Series 325Ci)

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

Battery (not hybrid or electric)

"just 5 years old and had to replace BMW battery cost $375 generic relacement $140"

Anonymous, MI (2005 BMW 3 Series 325i)

"see explanation of horn previously as both of these two problems have the same underlying problem"

Edward M., CA (2005 BMW 3 Series 330i)
Distributor or rotor failure

"Caused check engine to come on"

Ken J., MI (2005 BMW 3 Series 330Ci 3.0-L 6 Cyl)
Electronic ignition

"Caused check engine light to on"

Ken J., MI (2005 BMW 3 Series 330Ci 3.0-L 6 Cyl)
Spark plugs or wires failure

"I know that cylinder 6 was misfiring."

Dana R., TX (2005 BMW 3 Series 330i 3.2-L 6 Cyl)

"Routine tune up after 9 years and 65000 miles"

Anonymous, AZ (2005 BMW 3 Series 330Ci 3.2-L 6 Cyl)

Exhaust

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

What Owners Say

Catalytic converter

"failing emissions test and needed to be replaced"

Scott R., TX (2005 BMW 3 Series 325i 3.0-L 6 Cyl)

"Failed emissions test and required replacement"

William H., VA (2005 BMW 3 Series M3 3.2-L 6 Cyl)
Exhaust leaks

"Check engine light evaluation lead to finding leaks in the intake manifold"

Justin P., VA (2005 BMW 3 Series 325i 2.5-L 6 Cyl)
Other/unsure

"Air bags were recalled. Not a malfunction"

Anonymous, CT (2005 BMW 3 Series 330Ci 3.2-L 6 Cyl)

"Recall replacements no other issue for us."

Gary S., BC (2005 BMW 3 Series 325Ci 2.5-L 6 Cyl)

Body Hardware

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

What Owners Say

Doors or sliding doors

"The doors is making a poping noise when the drivers door is opened or closed"

Michael G., MO (2005 BMW 3 Series 325i 3.0-L 6 Cyl)
Mirrors

"mirrors are faded around the edges about 1/2 inch"

Albert H., NY (2005 BMW 3 Series 325xi 2.5-L 6 Cyl)
Seat belts

"Drivers side seatbelt is difficult to get fully engaged. Pops out more often than latches"

Ray R., AZ (2005 BMW 3 Series 325Ci)
Windows

"Have had to replace the regulator and/or motor for the front windows. Twice for the driver's side door and once for the passenger door and the passenger window is rattling again as a precursor to another failure on that side. The most recent repair on the window motor for the driver's side produced an airbag warningand the garage had to go back in and replace a wiring harness for an additional $400"

Ray R., AZ (2005 BMW 3 Series 325Ci)

Transmission Major

Transmission rebuild or replacement, torque converter, clutch replacement.

What Owners Say

Transmission rebuild or replacement

"Transmission had to be replaced at 110,000 mi. Replaced ti with a used trans with similar mileage which also failed. A transmission should last a couple hundred thousand miles."

Charles L., CA (2005 BMW 3 Series 325i 2.5-L 6 Cyl)

"Transmission oil cooler blew causing contamination in the transmission requiring its replacement"

Anonymous, CA (2005 BMW 3 Series 325i 3.0-L 6 Cyl)

In-car Electronics

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

What Owners Say

CD player

"CD player quit working and requires a whole, expensive module replacement. Listen to the radio now"

Steve P., GA (2005 BMW 3 Series 330Ci 3.2-L 6 Cyl)
Phone pairing (e.g., Bluetooth)

"Bluetooth pairing quit functioning"

Anonymous, TN (2005 BMW 3 Series 325i 2.5-L 6 Cyl)

Engine Major

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

What Owners Say

Cylinder head

"valve cover gasket leaked - impossible to repair due to sensitivity of grommets in gasket. Broke bolts and valve cover - hard to find"

Anonymous, IN (2005 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.

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