Like all 3 Series, this version of the 325i is fun to drive. It has more room than the previous pre-2005 version. Responsive steering and handling make it as nimble as some sports cars. The engine delivers lively performance and the smooth transmission contributes to a sporty feel. Some controls, however, can be difficult to use.
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Reliability

Reliability indicates how models have performed in the past, providing the basis for predicting how the vehicles will hold up in the year ahead. These charts provide the most comprehensive reliability information available to consumers. Based on information received from our latest subscriber survey, our reliability history charts give you a rundown on how used vehicles are holding up in 17 potential trouble spots, ranging from the engine, transmission, and brakes to power equipment and the electrical system.

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Reliability indicates how models have performed in the past, providing the basis for predicting how the vehicles will hold up in the year ahead. These charts provide the most comprehensive reliability information available to consumers. Based on information received from our latest subscriber survey for about 500,000 vehicles, our reliability history charts give you a rundown on how 2000 through 2018 vehicles are holding up in 17 potential trouble spots, ranging from the engine, transmission, and brakes to power equipment and the electrical system. NA indicates that we did not receive a large enough sample size to provide data for a specific year. An X indicates that the vehicle was not manufactured for a specific year.

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Owner Reported Trouble Spots

The Reliability score is based on our latest subscriber survey of 2006 BMW 3 Series owners. The owner comments describe problems respondents experienced with this vehicle.

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

Cruise control

“stopped working, mechanic needed more time than I had to diagnose so I'm stuck with a non-functioning cruise control until I make another appt”

Anonymous, WA (2006 BMW 3 Series 325xi 3.0-L 6 Cyl)

“had to replace entire headlight module - $1300”

Perry B., FL (2006 BMW 3 Series 330Ci Unsure)

“Modual went out in April, then again in September. Paid for 1st replacement. 2nd covered by repair warrenty”

Ralph W., FL (2006 BMW 3 Series 330Ci 3.2-L 6 Cyl)

“Heat from lamp cracks the mount in the light so it breaks and the lamp drops down - light shines into the ground in front of car. can not be adjusted higher to see what is in front of you”

Steven G., NY (2006 BMW 3 Series 330xi 2.5-L 6 Cyl)

“One Xenon headlight had to be replaced”

Marc B., QC (2006 BMW 3 Series 330xi 3.0-L 6 Cyl)

“Xenon”

Anonymous, ON (2006 BMW 3 Series 330i 3.0-L 6 Cyl)

“Front right headlight went out. Dealer wanted $240 fot a bulb plus labor. i got one on line for $40 and put it in myswelf. Not easy. Decorative light went out on trunk lid. Dealer wants $800 bucks. Light is still out”

R C., CA (2006 BMW 3 Series 330i 3.0-L 6 Cyl)
Exterior lights (other than headlights)

“Replace the incandescent "halo" light and the wire assembly for the rear hatch light. These are simple and inexpensive parts to replace, but the difficulty in access them requires a lot of labor which results in this being a very costly repair for a”

Anonymous, NY (2006 BMW 3 Series 325xi 3.0-L 6 Cyl)

“Angel lights keep burning up”

Anonymous, FL (2006 BMW 3 Series 325i 3.0-L 6 Cyl)

“Turn signal light malfunctioned which required replacing the entire front light assembly”

Dennis D., NY (2006 BMW 3 Series 325xi Unsure)

“Left side parking light bulb holder had to be replaced due to corrosion”

Anonymous, NY (2006 BMW 3 Series 325i 2.5-L 6 Cyl)

“The entire rear light mount & lights had to be replaced due to ?age?. The car was not in an accident”

Anonymous, FL (2006 BMW 3 Series 325xi Unsure)

“The driver's side halo light burned out”

Anonymous, OH (2006 BMW 3 Series 330xi 3.0-L 6 Cyl)
Keyless entry

“key fobs don't work well. too expensive to replace”

Perry B., FL (2006 BMW 3 Series 330Ci Unsure)

“faulty latch would not lock needed replacing”

Justin N., BC (2006 BMW 3 Series 325xi 3.0-L 6 Cyl)

“Passenger door double locked. Unable to open”

Anonymous, NC (2006 BMW 3 Series 330i 3.0-L 6 Cyl)

“Driver's side door lock works at random. I have to manually unlock and lock the door with the key”

Jorge L., CA (2006 BMW 3 Series 330i 3.0-L 6 Cyl)

“The keyless entry system kept blowing fuses until I replaced the fuse with a fuse rated at double the manufacturer recommended value. It has worked perfect for 5 months without a problem, after the dealer said all five locks needed replacement”

Samuel S., CA (2006 BMW 3 Series 330i 3.0-L 6 Cyl)

“I can unlock remotely but not lock”

Monica N., KY (2006 BMW 3 Series 325i Unsure)

“This warning comes on and when the tire pressure is adjusted, the warning dosn't go off,it requires an appointment with the dealership to reset it”

Anonymous, FL (2006 BMW 3 Series 325xi 3.0-L 6 Cyl)

“Kept coming on even after tire pressure was corrected and monitor reset”

Anonymous, ME (2006 BMW 3 Series 330Ci Unsure)

“The Tire Pressure monitor stopped working, with no warning and it wasn't until I noticed that my tires 'looked low,' that I realized I actually has a flat”

Anonymous, CA (2006 BMW 3 Series 330i 3.0-L 6 Cyl)

“A computer failure resulted in all warning lights coming on at once, and the odd failure of making the windshield wipers operate at all times. It was expensive to repair”

Anonymous, AE (2006 BMW 3 Series 325i 2.5-L 6 Cyl)

“warning lights appear and disappear on occasion. Testing finds no faults”

Anonymous, WA (2006 BMW 3 Series 330Ci 3.0-L 6 Cyl)

“Periodic malfunctions with car's computer system”

Anonymous, NY (2006 BMW 3 Series 325xi 2.5-L 6 Cyl)

“Washer quit working. Told needed new motor installed for 600. 3 years later told it could be cleaned for 75. Cleaned and works fine now. Wrote to BMW after first estimate and they turned down request for help in repairing”

Anonymous, GA (2006 BMW 3 Series 325i 2.5-L 6 Cyl)

“washer pump leaks”

Anonymous, TX (2006 BMW 3 Series 330i 3.0-L 6 Cyl)

“Washer pump failed”

Kenneth C., NC (2006 BMW 3 Series 330i 3.0-L 6 Cyl)

“Wipers stopped working consistently. Turned out to be a faulty wiper relay but somewhat difficult to detect. At least my mechanic did not diagnose. Found probably cause on Internet”

Anonymous, ON (2006 BMW 3 Series 325i 2.5-L 6 Cyl)

“Wiper motor stopped working while driving in rainstorm”

Dan L., OR (2006 BMW 3 Series 325xi Unsure)
Heated or cooled seats

“short in wiring, heated seat work 50% of the time seat movement works 80% of the time”

Brenda B., MN (2006 BMW 3 Series 330i 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

Ball joints

“Bad design”

Anonymous, OH (2006 BMW 3 Series 330i 3.0-L 6 Cyl)
Bushings

“FRONT WHEEL WOBBLED”

Don H., CA (2006 BMW 3 Series 330Ci Unsure)

“Wore out”

Ralph W., FL (2006 BMW 3 Series 330Ci 3.2-L 6 Cyl)

“My dealer tells me I need front and rear bushings, which I find strange after only 89000 miles. Have had to replace them on other cars but not for a lot more miles”

Anonymous, MA (2006 BMW 3 Series 330Ci 3.0-L 6 Cyl)

“Bushing on the left front wore out and caused the alignment to go out and wore down that left front tire”

William K., CA (2006 BMW 3 Series 330Ci 3.0-L 6 Cyl)

“Although a modest repair cost, the rear bushings are known to fail early on this model”

Anonymous, FL (2006 BMW 3 Series 330Ci 3.2-L 6 Cyl)

“lower control arm bushing replacement. Both extremely worn”

Anonymous, NC (2006 BMW 3 Series 330Ci 3.0-L 6 Cyl)
Power steering pumps and hoses

“Cost to repair/replace failed power steering pump was outrageously high”

Robert R., CA (2006 BMW 3 Series 330Ci 3.2-L 6 Cyl)

“Rattling noise coming from power steering system”

Jorge L., CA (2006 BMW 3 Series 330i 3.0-L 6 Cyl)

“Power steering pump needed to be replaced”

Anonymous, BC (2006 BMW 3 Series 325xi 3.0-L 6 Cyl)

“Power steering pump wore out and to replace. The hoses were replaced because they were old and it was precautionary”

Anonymous, CA (2006 BMW 3 Series 330Ci 3.2-L 6 Cyl)

“Hose leak”

Anonymous, AB (2006 BMW 3 Series 330xi 3.0-L 6 Cyl)

“Left rear shock upper mount failed while driving. Poor handling immediately ensued”

Anonymous, CT (2006 BMW 3 Series 330xi 3.0-L 6 Cyl)

“Due to pot holes in road caused by sever e weather rear chocks leaked and broke”

Anonymous, IN (2006 BMW 3 Series 325Ci 2.5-L 6 Cyl)

“Driver side front strut had to be replaced after hitting a pothole”

Anonymous, AB (2006 BMW 3 Series 330xi 3.2-L 6 Cyl)

“Major problems with Run Flat Tires resulting in cracked wheels”

Ajit L., CT (2006 BMW 3 Series 330xi 2.5-L 6 Cyl)

“Mostly due to pot holes in north east”

Tom M., MA (2006 BMW 3 Series 325xi 3.0-L 6 Cyl)

“The rear suspension/struts were replaced in the spring 2014”

Stan B., NH (2006 BMW 3 Series 330i 3.0-L 6 Cyl)

“Struts rattle shake at low speeds over road seams, gravel etc”

Anonymous, TX (2006 BMW 3 Series 325Ci 2.5-L 6 Cyl)

“The mount on one of the rear struts had to be replaced. It was very expensive”

Anonymous, FL (2006 BMW 3 Series 325xi Unsure)

“They failed completely while driving over a pot hole. Needed to be replaced immediately”

Anonymous, NY (2006 BMW 3 Series 325xi 2.5-L 6 Cyl)

“Shocks needed changing due to age. They were originals and lasted for almost 110000 miles”

Anonymous, FL (2006 BMW 3 Series 325xi Unsure)

“affected by the vibration and shock from run flat tires on our roads”

Anonymous, CT (2006 BMW 3 Series 330xi 3.0-L 6 Cyl)

“Spring broke at driver side front wheel”

Anonymous, IL (2006 BMW 3 Series 330i 3.0-L 6 Cyl)

“Broken front spring ruined front tire”

Duncan K., AB (2006 BMW 3 Series 325xi 3.0-L 6 Cyl)

“Had to replace the lower left pins in the stabilizer section”

George K., TX (2006 BMW 3 Series 325xi 3.0-L 6 Cyl)

“ABS pressure sensors, brake pads rotors and sensors”

Anonymous, MO (2006 BMW 3 Series 325Ci Unsure)

“The Run flat ties are terrible on the highways in the tri- state area (NY?CT?NJ). I have experienced major and repeated problems with cracks in the rim and resulting tire damage.Each time cost is $800”

Anonymous, CT (2006 BMW 3 Series 330xi 3.0-L 6 Cyl)

“Also related to pot holes and bad diagnostics from dealer”

Tom M., MA (2006 BMW 3 Series 325xi 3.0-L 6 Cyl)

“It had to be replaced it was worn”

George K., TX (2006 BMW 3 Series 325xi 3.0-L 6 Cyl)

“I hand recurrent issues with the U joints. Had to have the hem replaced”

Anonymous, TX (2006 BMW 3 Series 325i 2.5-L 6 Cyl)

Engine Minor

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

What Owners Say

“Suspected to be worn and creating whirring noise. Not yet repaired”

Anonymous, OH (2006 BMW 3 Series 325xi 3.0-L 6 Cyl)
Engine computer

“sensor went out and made the engine stall”

Anonymous, CA (2006 BMW 3 Series 330i 3.0-L 6 Cyl)

“Check engine light came on. Sensor issue. Low water light comes on all the time and the water is not actually low. BMW wants hundreds to replace the stupid sensor”

Tim T., CA (2006 BMW 3 Series 325xi 2.5-L 6 Cyl)

“Solinoid replacements”

Thomas R., VA (2006 BMW 3 Series 325i 2.5-L 6 Cyl)

“Some gasket went the part was only about $50 but the labor to disassemble and reassemble everything was about $700”

Anonymous, NY (2006 BMW 3 Series 325i 3.0-L 6 Cyl)

“Oil pump leak where it mount to engine, with all the parts that need removal to repair, it gets expensive”

Anonymous, CA (2006 BMW 3 Series 325i 3.0-L 6 Cyl)

“Valve cover gasket, oil filter housing gasket, main front gasket”

Anonymous, NJ (2006 BMW 3 Series 330i 3.0-L 6 Cyl)

“aluminum bolts are apparently a bad design”

Anonymous, GA (2006 BMW 3 Series 325i 2.5-L 6 Cyl)

“3 major oil leaks that the dealership wants over 2,700 dollars to fix”

Moyer H., FL (2006 BMW 3 Series 325i 3.0-L 6 Cyl)

“Valve cover gasket is leaking”

Orville L., NY (2006 BMW 3 Series 325xi 3.0-L 6 Cyl)

“A common problem with this this model is the leaking of the valve cover gasket on the top of the engine”

Anonymous, PA (2006 BMW 3 Series 325i 3.0-L 6 Cyl)

“Rear differential oil leak, needed to be resealed, cost was about $800”

Anonymous, CA (2006 BMW 3 Series 325Ci Unsure)

“engine / transmission seal”

Anonymous, TX (2006 BMW 3 Series 330i 3.0-L 6 Cyl)

“Valve cover gaskets become brittle and leak. $1000 repair. Other brands don't have this problem. Many bmws have oil seal problems; very common”

John I., MN (2006 BMW 3 Series 325xi 3.0-L 6 Cyl)

“Oil seeps from the oil pan due to aluminum oil pan bolts not being able to withstand many cycles of temperature changes and becoming loose. The valve covers also leak from the same reason”

Adam J., CA (2006 BMW 3 Series 330i 3.0-L 6 Cyl)

“Leak at oil filter mount cost approx $700 to repair”

Anonymous, WA (2006 BMW 3 Series 325xi Unsure)

“Engine oil pan is leaking. Oil filter housing is leaking. Repair cost for engine oil pan is $2000 and $450 for oil filer housing. If it has a seal, it willl need replacing on a BMW”

John I., MN (2006 BMW 3 Series 325xi 3.0-L 6 Cyl)

“Thousands of dollars to repair multiple oil leaks”

Anonymous, FL (2006 BMW 3 Series 325i 3.2-L 6 Cyl)

“Small engine oil leak the day after I brought it home”

Anonymous, SC (2006 BMW 3 Series 330Ci 3.0-L 6 Cyl)

“I have had problems with oil leaks 3 different times. The pan was replaced once. The last problem caused damage in the engine”

Norma C., CA (2006 BMW 3 Series 325i Unsure)

“Oil pan developed leaks”

Duane B., MN (2006 BMW 3 Series 330xi Unsure)

“Oil leaks around the valve cover gasket and oil filter housing are normal for this engine at this age. Repairs were carried out at a BMW dealer at a reasonable price”

Anonymous, BC (2006 BMW 3 Series 330i 3.0-L 6 Cyl)

“A bit of oil leaks from the head gasket and eventually drips into the manifold so every few days when the drip falls you get a smell of oil burning in the manifold inside the car”

Paulo L., ON (2006 BMW 3 Series 330xi 3.0-L 6 Cyl)

“Engine oil leaks came from valve cover gasket and oil filter housing basket. These were expensive to fix”

Anonymous, OH (2006 BMW 3 Series 330xi 3.0-L 6 Cyl)

“valve gasket leak”

Anonymous, MD (2006 BMW 3 Series 325Ci 3.0-L 6 Cyl)

“It's in the shop as I type. The (independent) mechanic will replace the head gasket to see if that fixes the accumulation in the oil pan. If it doesn't, he'll fix the lower seal”

Roger L., CA (2006 BMW 3 Series 330i Unsure)

“valve cover leak & other oil leaks”

R C., CA (2006 BMW 3 Series 330i 3.0-L 6 Cyl)

“Oil pan leak”

Russell F., CA (2006 BMW 3 Series 325i 3.0-L 6 Cyl)

“replaced/resealed oil filter housing”

Sigo F., PA (2006 BMW 3 Series 325xi Unsure)

Engine Cooling

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

What Owners Say

Antifreeze leaks

“this is my 2nd 325ci, both experienced the coolant reservoir splitting, loosing coolant & subsequently resulting in replacement of other coolant parts such as water pump, radiator hoses. My research has uncovered this as an ongoing issue with the 3 s”

Anonymous, TX (2006 BMW 3 Series 325Ci 2.5-L 6 Cyl)

“Coolant low notification. Inspected under hood, saw evidence of leak. Refilled coolant, have not been able to identify again”

Anonymous, OH (2006 BMW 3 Series 325xi 3.0-L 6 Cyl)

“Plastic coolant holding tank cracked.. had this problem with other model BMWs too”

Anonymous, TX (2006 BMW 3 Series 325Ci 2.5-L 6 Cyl)
Overheating

“I've replaced the thermostat, flushed it, now changing radiator”

Anonymous, UT (2006 BMW 3 Series 325xi 3.0-L 6 Cyl)

“The car overheated 2x - the radiator had a leak which required replacement. It also caused damage to thermostat, reservoir tank, and water pump. Total cost to repair: $2,300.00”

Anonymous, FL (2006 BMW 3 Series 330Ci 3.2-L 6 Cyl)

“Caused by the water pump failure”

Anonymous, CA (2006 BMW 3 Series 325i 3.0-L 6 Cyl)

“The thermostat and water pump failed which caused the engine to overheat while we were travelling on a mountain highway on a hot day at the speed limit”

Anonymous, BC (2006 BMW 3 Series 330i 3.0-L 6 Cyl)

“Constant overheating. Specialized thermostat cost 2-3x what I understand a standard sedan thermostat would cost, (ford, Toyota, Chevy...)”

John C., CA (2006 BMW 3 Series 330i 3.0-L 6 Cyl)

“Thermostat failed causing engine to overheat and fail, causing the need to replace the engine”

Anonymous, OR (2006 BMW 3 Series 330Ci 3.0-L 6 Cyl)

“The engine water temp warning came on for which the dealer replaced the electric water pump and hard to get at thermostat. Since then the engine service light has been coming on. The dealer keeps turning it off, but it comes back on periodically. The engine and cooling system function OK”

Samuel S., CA (2006 BMW 3 Series 330i 3.0-L 6 Cyl)

“The thermostat was replaced after I noticed the air conditioning wasn't cooling properly”

Anonymous, PA (2006 BMW 3 Series 330i 3.2-L 6 Cyl)
Water pump

“removed and replaced electric water pump”

Anonymous, AR (2006 BMW 3 Series 330i 3.0-L 6 Cyl)

“Repair shop insisted the water pump, upper & lower radiator hoses were leaking causing fluid loss, supposedly discovered while replacing the split coolant reservoir. after replacement coolant leak has stopped, but engine temperature has remained unch”

Anonymous, TX (2006 BMW 3 Series 325Ci 2.5-L 6 Cyl)

“Water pump failure”

Anonymous, MA (2006 BMW 3 Series 325xi Unsure)

“Water pump failed and engine overheated, leaving me stranded on the highway at midnight. There was no warning of a water pump failure”

Anonymous, OH (2006 BMW 3 Series 325xi 2.5-L 6 Cyl)

“Electric water pump failed at 60,000 miles. Preemptively replaced thermostat during the same repair due to ease of accessibility”

Anonymous, CA (2006 BMW 3 Series 325i 3.0-L 6 Cyl)

“original water pump had to be replaced at 122,000 miles”

Dave B., NJ (2006 BMW 3 Series 330i 3.0-L 6 Cyl)

“Busted”

Craig N., UT (2006 BMW 3 Series 325i 2.5-L 6 Cyl)

“needed replacement at 90000 km. should last much longer”

Anonymous, BC (2006 BMW 3 Series 325i 3.0-L 6 Cyl)

“Pump die over winter of 2014. Didn't know until spring. Car overheated during an out of town trip. Return time over 5 hrs on a 45 min trip, as car went into "limp home" mode. Very expensive repair. It uses an electric water pump. Just the pump”

Anonymous, ON (2006 BMW 3 Series 325i 3.0-L 6 Cyl)

“Water pump failed leading to severe overheating of the vehicle”

Anonymous, CA (2006 BMW 3 Series 325i 3.0-L 6 Cyl)

“Vehicle overheated at random one night, was stuck at gas station for two hours waiting for a tow. About a $900 fix at dealer”

Rion J., OH (2006 BMW 3 Series 325i 3.0-L 6 Cyl)

“Very expensive part to fail”

Anonymous, NJ (2006 BMW 3 Series 325i 3.0-L 6 Cyl)

“Electric water pump went out and car overheated. $1,600”

Becky N., IL (2006 BMW 3 Series 330xi 3.0-L 6 Cyl)

“The check engine light came on while I was driving home from work. I pulled off the highway and turned the engine off. I walked around the car and popped the hood but there was nothing happening that I could see. After about 15 minutes, I started”

Stan B., NH (2006 BMW 3 Series 330i 3.0-L 6 Cyl)

“replaced coolant pump and thermostat”

Sigo F., PA (2006 BMW 3 Series 325xi Unsure)

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

“Replacement”

Anonymous, AZ (2006 BMW 3 Series 325i 2.5-L 6 Cyl)

“car's air conditioner would not work and the radiator was very hot that we had to put a coolant until we had it repaired”

Anonymous, CA (2006 BMW 3 Series 330xi 3.0-L 6 Cyl)

“The bearings went on the a/c compressor and it had to be replaced”

Anonymous, BC (2006 BMW 3 Series 330i 3.0-L 6 Cyl)

“Stopped working in 90 degree weather”

Anonymous, MB (2006 BMW 3 Series M3 Unsure)
Automatic climate control

“cOMFFORT CAN BE ACHIEVED, BUT NOT BY USING ITS TEMPERATURE READOUT.. ALSO, SUN VS. NO SUN MAKES A BIG CHANGE NECESSARY”

Anonymous, SD (2006 BMW 3 Series 330xi 2.5-L 6 Cyl)
Blower (fan) motor

“Upon picking up car for routine service, the fan motor was not working. No prior indication of failure”

Arthur L., NJ (2006 BMW 3 Series 325xi 2.5-L 6 Cyl)

“Had been noisy for a long time. Completely stopped working one morning following -25c temperatures”

Anonymous, QC (2006 BMW 3 Series 325xi 3.0-L 6 Cyl)

“had to replace the sensor controlling the blower twice since I owned the car”

Anonymous, MA (2006 BMW 3 Series 325i 3.0-L 6 Cyl)

“stopped working. when raining...could not clear the window of humidity”

Anonymous, MB (2006 BMW 3 Series M3 Unsure)

“The blower stopped working. There was corrosion on the fan shaft that seemed to be affecting performance”

David S., MS (2006 BMW 3 Series 330i 3.0-L 6 Cyl)
Condenser

“Replacement”

Anonymous, AZ (2006 BMW 3 Series 325i 2.5-L 6 Cyl)

“Too expensive”

Jerry H., CO (2006 BMW 3 Series 325xi 3.0-L 6 Cyl)
Electrical failure

“short in turning signal recurrent issue”

Anonymous, GA (2006 BMW 3 Series 325i 2.5-L 6 Cyl)

“A/C failed. Turns out it was the evaporator behind the dash board. The labor to replace the part was $800 and the part was $200, so the total bill was $1,000. Ridiculous and inexcUSble”

Anonymous, NC (2006 BMW 3 Series 330Ci 3.0-L 6 Cyl)

“Had to be replaced - was leaking gas”

Marc B., QC (2006 BMW 3 Series 330xi 3.0-L 6 Cyl)

“System wouldn't hold the refrigerant. Leak was found in the evaporator located near the fire wall. Had to dismantle the whole dash to replace and repair. Very costly”

Anonymous, PA (2006 BMW 3 Series 325Ci 2.5-L 6 Cyl)

“Replacement over $2000”

Anonymous, FL (2006 BMW 3 Series 325i 3.2-L 6 Cyl)

“replacement”

Anonymous, AZ (2006 BMW 3 Series 325i Unsure)

“thermostat went bad”

D G., NY (2006 BMW 3 Series 325Ci 3.0-L 6 Cyl)

“Engine was very hot and the radiator we think busted and the guy advise us to put a coolant”

Anonymous, CA (2006 BMW 3 Series 330xi 3.0-L 6 Cyl)

“lost some freon”

Stanley K., AZ (2006 BMW 3 Series 330Ci Unsure)

“Had a leaky radiator hose. Had to replace thermostat”

Anonymous, MA (2006 BMW 3 Series 325Ci 2.5-L 6 Cyl)

“slow leak-1 year before refrigerant had to be renewed”

Anonymous, CA (2006 BMW 3 Series 325i 3.0-L 6 Cyl)

“Went in to my local (non-BMW dealer) mechanic for the oil service and he mentioned that my coolant level was too low. They had to top off a quart of coolant which meant that I likely had a leak in the system. They pressurized the system and found that I had a leak in some hose or another. He didn't have the part handy so he couldn't fix it during my oil service. He ordered the parts and I came back in at a later time to have it fixed. Probably cost about $400 to fix it”

Joseph L., IN (2006 BMW 3 Series 330i 3.0-L 6 Cyl)

Power Equipment

Cruise control, clock, warning lights, body control module, keyless entry, wiper motor or washer, tire pressure monitor, interior or exterior lights, horn, gauges, 12V power plug, remote engine start, alarm or security system

What Owners Say

“When the battery goes out on this car, it cannot be recharged by another car”

Anonymous, TX (2006 BMW 3 Series 325xi Unsure)

“When battery changed, air bag sensor in positive battery terminal failed. Trouble light could not be cleared”

Anonymous, BC (2006 BMW 3 Series 325xi 2.5-L 6 Cyl)

“Battery replacement and registration with car very expensive at dealer!”

Toby K., IN (2006 BMW 3 Series 330i 3.0-L 6 Cyl)

“Battery control module failed over 1k in repairs. Unneeded complexity to make battery more reliable, but it failed”

Peter Y., CA (2006 BMW 3 Series 325i 2.5-L 6 Cyl)

“Car was studdering. Coil needed to be replaced. Dealer suggested that all be replaced”

Michael D., PA (2006 BMW 3 Series 325i 2.5-L 6 Cyl)

“Each cylinder has its own spark plug coil, one failed at 60K mi. and 2 more were faulty at approx. 70K mi, at over $100 each it gets expensive quickly”

Anonymous, CA (2006 BMW 3 Series 325i 3.0-L 6 Cyl)

“I replaced all ignition coils earlier in my ownership of the car due to a non-dealer company installing the wrong sparkplugs, but now I had to replace another ignition coil and is looking like the remaining coils are going to need replaced again too”

Anonymous, OH (2006 BMW 3 Series 325i 2.5-L 6 Cyl)

“Had to replace all 6 coils; apparently 1 per cylinder”

Anonymous, NY (2006 BMW 3 Series 330xi 3.0-L 6 Cyl)

“had to replace 2 coils”

Anonymous, TX (2006 BMW 3 Series 330i 3.0-L 6 Cyl)

“Easy to do myself and saved about $500”

Anonymous, NJ (2006 BMW 3 Series 325i 3.0-L 6 Cyl)

“Oil leaking into injection coils. Had to fix leak and repolace injection coils”

Anonymous, CA (2006 BMW 3 Series 325i 3.0-L 6 Cyl)

“Starter coils are plastic and have had replace”

Anonymous, WA (2006 BMW 3 Series 325i 3.0-L 6 Cyl)
Electronic ignition

“After the starter failed at a cost of $2600 an electronic part also failed at another cost of $1700 in addition to headlight failures where the side of the front end of car has to be removed to get to it”

Anonymous, CA (2006 BMW 3 Series 325i 3.0-L 6 Cyl)

“Car stalled intermittently”

Anonymous, ON (2006 BMW 3 Series Unsure Unsure)

“1 bad plug, all dirty plugs”

Anonymous, MD (2006 BMW 3 Series 325i 2.5-L 6 Cyl)

“rough starting due to ignition issues with spark plugs”

Anonymous, NC (2006 BMW 3 Series 330Ci 3.0-L 6 Cyl)

“Hesitation.engine not running smoothly.not sure whether spark plugs or fuel issue”

Anonymous, NC (2006 BMW 3 Series 330i 3.0-L 6 Cyl)
Starter

“Stater failed. Very difficult to replace or very expensive if you pay to have it done”

Anonymous, OH (2006 BMW 3 Series 330i 3.0-L 6 Cyl)

“Total failure (not cranking) requiring replacement”

John A., IN (2006 BMW 3 Series 325i 3.0-L 6 Cyl)

“Starter ceased to work so replaced”

Anonymous, BC (2006 BMW 3 Series 325i 3.0-L 6 Cyl)

“Starter needed replacement, like everything else in this lemon of a car”

Dan L., OR (2006 BMW 3 Series 325xi Unsure)

Brakes

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

What Owners Say

“Same problem. Also affected all wheel drive”

Anonymous, NY (2006 BMW 3 Series 330xi 3.0-L 6 Cyl)

“Electronic board controlling them had to be replaced. Expensive”

Gary P., VA (2006 BMW 3 Series 330i 3.2-L 6 Cyl)

“Control module defective...this car is an electronic disaster!”

Anonymous, CA (2006 BMW 3 Series 325i 2.5-L 6 Cyl)

“Rear brake pads and rotors were replaced”

Janet S., WI (2006 BMW 3 Series 325i 2.5-L 6 Cyl)

“Could not depress the brake pedal far down enough to start the car in the morning. Not sure what it was they had to replace to correct the issue but the repair caused the brakes to start squeaking and had to have the brakes replaced. Was not happy about that”

Bernard S., NJ (2006 BMW 3 Series 325xi 2.5-L 6 Cyl)
Normal routine brake wear

“Very expensive replacement for rotors, pads etc”

Bill M., GA (2006 BMW 3 Series 330Ci 3.0-L 6 Cyl)

“I just needed new brakes”

Anonymous, NY (2006 BMW 3 Series 325i 3.0-L 6 Cyl)

“normal brake pad wear”

Anonymous, IL (2006 BMW 3 Series 325i 2.5-L 6 Cyl)

“Because of wear, the brake pads and rotors were replaced”

Anonymous, BC (2006 BMW 3 Series 330xi 3.0-L 6 Cyl)

“New pads that had to replaced because of poor quality”

Anonymous, AZ (2006 BMW 3 Series M3 3.2-L 6 Cyl)

“Two expensive brake jobs. The first one after about 35000 miles The last one started rubbing sound and squeaing less than year after previous brake job (eighteen months ago). The repair shop checked and said the pads were in great shape---so why does the car squeal when I brake and give a rubbing sound when I back up and brake, This current problem may be the automotive repair shop's issue. I think I need a third brake job. Three brake jobs seem excessive, especially considering that I am a v”

Anonymous, GA (2006 BMW 3 Series 325Ci Unsure)

“SEAMS TO WEAR OUT FASTER THAN OTHER bmwS”

Anonymous, GA (2006 BMW 3 Series 325i 3.0-L 6 Cyl)
Regular brake failure

“Typical wear prompting pad rotor and sensor replacement”

Jeffrey R., AK (2006 BMW 3 Series 330xi 3.2-L 6 Cyl)

“Brake pads, rotors and sensor all replaced”

Anonymous, MO (2006 BMW 3 Series 325Ci Unsure)

“My mechanic said rear rotors worn prematurely”

Anonymous, NY (2006 BMW 3 Series 325xi 2.5-L 6 Cyl)
Parking brake

“adjustment needed”

Franklin S., NH (2006 BMW 3 Series 325xi 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

Locks and latches

“The automatic door locking system failed and the regulator had to be replaced”

Charles E., AZ (2006 BMW 3 Series 325i Unsure)

“Front passenger door latch would not lock/unlock when the key FOB was used”

Don B., CA (2006 BMW 3 Series 325xi 3.0-L 6 Cyl)

“Driver side door lock actuator doesn't unlock the door on the driver side. Door only unlocks with key. Actuator does work to lock the door, however. Research via google leads me to conclude this is a chronic problem”

Anonymous, FL (2006 BMW 3 Series 325Ci 3.2-L 6 Cyl)

“Outer door handles get stuck and keeps the door from properly latching”

Anonymous, TX (2006 BMW 3 Series 325i 2.5-L 6 Cyl)
Mirrors

“Malfunctioning electronic retraction motor - over extends the mirrors well past the useable position”

David R., NJ (2006 BMW 3 Series 325i 3.0-L 6 Cyl)

“Mirrors are easily broken if hit forcefully”

Anonymous, NC (2006 BMW 3 Series 330i 3.0-L 6 Cyl)

“Passenger mirror never goes back to proper position after utilizing the "curb view" feature. (i.e., when the vehicle is placed in reverse, the passenger mirror automatically tilts down to see the curb, however it does not return to the proper positio”

Rion J., OH (2006 BMW 3 Series 325i 3.0-L 6 Cyl)
Tailgate, hatch or trunk

“hinge broke randomly”

Anonymous, BC (2006 BMW 3 Series 325xi Unsure)
Windows

“Rear power window control has failed”

Anonymous, WV (2006 BMW 3 Series 330xi 3.0-L 6 Cyl)

“Window controller failures (2)”

Kenneth N., IL (2006 BMW 3 Series 325i 3.0-L 6 Cyl)

“Had to replace the window regulators in front passenger and rear driver windows. Performed the repairs myself with OEM parts purchased online”

Marcus P., TX (2006 BMW 3 Series 325i 2.5-L 6 Cyl)

“when the passenger window is down it rattles when door is being shut”

Anonymous, CA (2006 BMW 3 Series 325Ci Unsure)
Convertible top

“Convertible top electric motor under rear seat failed due to cheap plastic motor housing cracking. This definitely should have been made better”

David P., AZ (2006 BMW 3 Series 330Ci 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 is in the trunk. How stupid is that?”

Anonymous, CA (2006 BMW 3 Series Unsure Unsure)

“Our CD Player/radio ceased working suddenly, giving us the message that our phone is in use. We have NEVER used our phone through the car and we have been unable to resolve the issue”

Lilly G., ON (2006 BMW 3 Series 325i 3.0-L 6 Cyl)
Display screen difficult to see

“Radio display has lost many pixels and varies between garbled to completely unreadable. This happened on my previous BMW (1998 5 series) as well”

Michael S., MA (2006 BMW 3 Series 330i 3.0-L 6 Cyl)

“When the temperature raises in the cabin the read out on the radio goes out”

Anonymous, PA (2006 BMW 3 Series 330i 3.2-L 6 Cyl)
Display screen goes blank

“The main computer controlling the display screen, radio, etc. failed and only a dealership could replace it at a cost just under $2K”

Charles E., AZ (2006 BMW 3 Series 325i Unsure)

“Monitor goes black- with a few red horizontal and diagonal lines. As of this week the monitor goes off and to get the radio back on, I need to push the power button twice, every couple of minutes. ??”

Anonymous, CA (2006 BMW 3 Series Unsure Unsure)

“Display screen and controls flash on and off; not USble”

George R., CA (2006 BMW 3 Series 325i 3.0-L 6 Cyl)

“Couldn't read navigation CD”

Jane R., ON (2006 BMW 3 Series 325xi 2.5-L 6 Cyl)

“The system gets access to the satellite only intermittently. This has been a problem since the car was new. But it has gotten worse with time so now the gps system is inop”

Louis F., CA (2006 BMW 3 Series 330Ci 3.2-L 6 Cyl)
Phone pairing (e.g., Bluetooth)

“The bluetooth pairing has completely disappeared from the radio settings. I will be stopping at the dealership today to investigate”

Michael S., MA (2006 BMW 3 Series 330i 3.0-L 6 Cyl)

“The bluetooth module works intermittently...and is one of those items that never gets replaced. Very poor experience after paying so much for this option”

Anonymous, TX (2006 BMW 3 Series 330i 3.0-L 6 Cyl)

“Phone is not pairing correctly got a new radio from factory still not better”

Anonymous, CA (2006 BMW 3 Series 330i 3.2-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

“sensor hard wired into radiator. to replace requires replacing entire radiator. bad engineering on bmw part. sensors should be replaceable without major parts having to be replaced”

Anonymous, HI (2006 BMW 3 Series 325Ci 2.5-L 6 Cyl)

“Sensor indicates problem with fuel system recirculation”

Anonymous, FL (2006 BMW 3 Series 325xi Unsure)
Fuel injection system

“Having repeating issues of fuel injectors not feeding cleanly combined with ignition coil problems”

Anonymous, OH (2006 BMW 3 Series 325i 2.5-L 6 Cyl)

“VANOS needs to be changed”

Anonymous, BC (2006 BMW 3 Series 325xi 2.5-L 6 Cyl)

“cylinder 4”

Anonymous, ON (2006 BMW 3 Series 325i 3.0-L 6 Cyl)
Fuel pump

“Failed right after transmission had to be replaced”

Neal B., CA (2006 BMW 3 Series 330Ci 3.0-L 6 Cyl)

“Problem started as an intermittent issue, was diagnosed as a filter problem and car was returned. Reappeared after a week, took dealer to have problem develop while test driving to complete accurate diagnosis and correctly repair”

Anonymous, IN (2006 BMW 3 Series 325Ci 2.5-L 6 Cyl)

“water pump died”

Anonymous, ME (2006 BMW 3 Series 330xi Unsure)
Sensors (includes O2 or oxygen sensor)

“one O2 sensor went out but I replaced all the rest to avoid future problems”

Philip H., MD (2006 BMW 3 Series 325i Unsure)

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 clips broke”

Anonymous, VA (2006 BMW 3 Series 330Ci 3.0-L 6 Cyl)

“Car is so low that the front rt side of bumper gets dislodged in parking spaces when I go over the curb”

Anonymous, CA (2006 BMW 3 Series 325Ci Unsure)

“Rubber molding around front window begain to crack and break apart (no water leakage) and the paint on the molding that runs along both roof rails started peeling off”

Don B., CA (2006 BMW 3 Series 325xi 3.0-L 6 Cyl)

“Bumper became detached requiring repair”

Anonymous, FL (2006 BMW 3 Series 325Ci 3.2-L 6 Cyl)

“front plastic bumper trim falling out due to cheap plastic brackets”

Anonymous, HI (2006 BMW 3 Series 325Ci 2.5-L 6 Cyl)
Paint (fading, chalking, cracking, or peeling)

“Chipping, chalking and fading, mainly on the top services such as hood, roof and truck lid”

David R., NJ (2006 BMW 3 Series 325i 3.0-L 6 Cyl)

“Paint flaking off luggage rack trim rails”

Kenneth N., IL (2006 BMW 3 Series 325i 3.0-L 6 Cyl)

“There seems to be a clear plastic type coating on the hood of the car that is peeling in several areas. The black paint on the trim inlayed above doors is coming off”

Tim B., OH (2006 BMW 3 Series 325i 3.0-L 6 Cyl)

Body Integrity

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

What Owners Say

“Water leaked into car”

Anonymous, GA (2006 BMW 3 Series 325xi 3.0-L 6 Cyl)

“Windshield weather stripping deteriorated and had to be replaced. Rear window weather stripping came loose and had to be glued back in place”

Anonymous, WV (2006 BMW 3 Series 330xi 3.0-L 6 Cyl)

“9/2013 - Steering column module failure - $1,186. 3/2014 - Transmission pan seal leak - $1,046. 4/2014 - Door lock module failure - $1,129. 6/2014 - Foot well lights module failure - $833. This information was emailed to BMW Customer Relations”

Art H., TX (2006 BMW 3 Series 325i 3.0-L 6 Cyl)

“Even though the car is 9 yrs. old, I expect it to have no squeaks considering the original sticker was over $45,000”

Frank B., OH (2006 BMW 3 Series 330xi 3.0-L 6 Cyl)

“The vehicle has never been in an accident or other 'fender-bender' that would cause it to have squeaks inside. The center console where it meets the transition from radio, fans and etc, to the lower part with chargers, gear shift, etc, there is a constant squeak just above/behind the hidden compartment for coins. I have shoved cardboard, old credit cards to try and stop the squeaking, to no avail”

Anonymous, CA (2006 BMW 3 Series 330i 3.0-L 6 Cyl)

“Wind noise caused by seal around windshield”

Anonymous, FL (2006 BMW 3 Series 325i 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

“Caused by thermostat failure in cooling system”

Anonymous, OR (2006 BMW 3 Series 330Ci 3.0-L 6 Cyl)
Head gasket

“Second Gasket replacement at a cost of over $1,000. Dealer suggested that other problems were related to gasket failure, which may have been related to oil changes that were not frequent enough”

Anonymous, GA (2006 BMW 3 Series 325i Unsure)

“Oil was leaking from engine--apparently from some valve cover. VERY expensive, but I had extended warranty. Too many problems. Poor quality”

Anonymous, TX (2006 BMW 3 Series 330i 3.0-L 6 Cyl)

“the head gasket was leaking, and oil got down into the spark plug cylinders. Head gasket replacement and new spark plugs cost approx. $700”

Anonymous, NC (2006 BMW 3 Series 330Ci 3.0-L 6 Cyl)

“idler pulley bolt broke”

A J., CT (2006 BMW 3 Series 325xi 3.0-L 6 Cyl)

Drive System

Driveshaft or axle, CV joint, differential, transfer case, 4WD/AWD components, driveline vibration, traction control, electronic stability control (ESC), electrical failure.

What Owners Say

“Fuel pump failure”

Anonymous, NJ (2006 BMW 3 Series 325Ci Unsure)

“This car has had electrical and gage issues since it got out of warrantee!! Abs, speedometer module, stability reports....a constant computer reporting problem”

Anonymous, CA (2006 BMW 3 Series 325i 2.5-L 6 Cyl)
Differential

“rear differential needed to be replaced- VERY expensive”

Robyn B., OH (2006 BMW 3 Series 330xi 3.0-L 6 Cyl)
Traction control

“Axle problem caused sensor to fail”

Anonymous, NY (2006 BMW 3 Series 330xi 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

Rough shifting

“Hunts for gears when climbing hills. Will change fluid”

Anonymous, UT (2006 BMW 3 Series 325xi 3.0-L 6 Cyl)

“Gasket needed to be replaced. Also some issue with pan that will need to be addressed at some point”

Anonymous, ON (2006 BMW 3 Series 325i 2.5-L 6 Cyl)

“The transmission pan developed leaks”

Duane B., MN (2006 BMW 3 Series 330xi Unsure)

Transmission Major

Transmission rebuild or replacement, torque converter, clutch replacement.

What Owners Say

Transmission rebuild or replacement

“Transmission failed at 64,648 miles and had to be replaced with a rebuilt transmission”

Neal B., CA (2006 BMW 3 Series 330Ci 3.0-L 6 Cyl)
Clutch replacement

“Clutch & Flywheel were totally gone, had to replace them”

Anonymous, AB (2006 BMW 3 Series 330xi 3.0-L 6 Cyl)

“clutch started slipping. Diagnosis was that a new clutch was needed”

Franklin S., NH (2006 BMW 3 Series 325xi 3.0-L 6 Cyl)

Exhaust

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

What Owners Say

Other/unsure

“I had purchased the renewal for extended warranty and a month later iDrive malfunctioned and could not control almost any of the integrated electronics. Only to find out it was not covered by the extended warranty. It was a 1200.00 repair”

Anonymous, MA (2006 BMW 3 Series 325i 3.0-L 6 Cyl)
Catalytic converter

“This issue was covered by warranty. When we brought it into the dealership from which it was purchased (Maranello in Woodbridge, ON), they charged us $150 for diagnostics which they claimed they would refund if they determined that the problem was actually the catalytic converter issue covered by the warranty. It WAS determined to be a warranty issue and was repaired. WE NEVER RECEIVED A REFUND. We are still furious! We paid for this car IN FULL. We deserve better”

Lilly G., ON (2006 BMW 3 Series 325i 3.0-L 6 Cyl)

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PROVIDED BY
ENGINE AND ENGINE COOLING:EXHAUST SYSTEM:EMISSION CONTROL:CRANKCASE (PCV)
Apr 04 2019
An electrical short can cause the parts within the PCV valve to melt, increasing the risk of a fire, even when the vehicle is not in use.
Summary:
BMW of North America, LLC (BMW) is recalling certain 2006 525i, 525xi, 530i, 530xi, 530xi Sports Wagon, 325i, 325xi, 325xi Sports Wagon, 330i, 330xi, Z4 3.0i and Z4 3.0si vehicles. The heater for the positive crankcase ventilation (PCV) valve may short circuit.
What should you do:
BMW will notify owners, and dealers will replace the PCV valve heater, free of charge. The recall began May 30, 2019. Owners may contact BMW customer service at 1-800-525-7417. Note: This recall is an expansion to recall 17V-683.
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: 19V273000
Potential Number of Units Affected: 184505
ELECTRICAL SYSTEM:WIRING
Oct 25 2017
Wiring that overheats could cause the electrical connectors to melt, and increase the risk of a fire, even when the vehicle is unattended.
Summary:
BMW of North America, LLC (BMW) is recalling certain 2006-2011 323i, 325i, 325xi, 328i, 328xi, 330i, 330xi, 335i, 335xi and M3, 2007-2011 328i xDrive, 335i xDrive and 335is and 2009-2011 335d vehicles. The wiring and electrical connectors for the system that controls air flow for the heating and air conditioning system may overheat.
What should you do:
BMW will notify owners, and dealers will replace the wiring and electrical connectors, free of charge. Interim letters were mailed on November 27, 2017. Owners will receive a second notice when the remedy becomes available. Owners may contact BMW customer service at 1-800-525-7417.
For more information:
Owners may also contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), or go to www.safercar.gov.
NHTSA CAMPAIGN ID Number: 17V676000
Potential Number of Units Affected: 702965
AIR BAGS: OCCUPANT CLASSIFICATION SYSTEM - OCS (FRONT PASSENGER)
Jul 06 2017
Should the system fail, in the event of a crash, the front passenger air bag would be deactivated, increasing the risk of personal injury.
Summary:
BMW of North America, Inc. (BMW) is recalling certain 2006 325i, 325xi, 330i, 330xi, 525i, 525xi, 530i, 530xi, and 550i vehicles equipped with the Sport Seat option and certain 2006 525i, 525xi, 530i, 530xi, 550i vehicles with standard seats. The front passenger seat occupant detection mat that determines if, and how, the passenger frontal air bag should deploy in a crash may fatigue and develop cracks which could lead to a system failure.
What should you do:
BMW will notify owners, and dealers will repair the occupant detection mat to eliminate the possibility that it may crack, replacing it as necessary, free of charge. The recall began September 1, 2017. Owners may contact BMW customer service at 1-800-525-7417.
For more information:
Owners may also contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), or go to www.safercar.gov.
NHTSA CAMPAIGN ID Number: 17V428000
Potential Number of Units Affected: 2158
AIR BAGS:FRONTAL:DRIVER SIDE INFLATOR MODULE
Feb 05 2016
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 2008-2013 128i and 135i coupes and convertibles and 1 Series M coupes, 2006-2011 325i, 325xi, 328i, 328xi, 328i xDrive, 330i, 330xi, 335i, 335xi, 335i xDrive Sedans, 2009-2011 335d sedans, 2006-2012 325xiT, 328i and 328xi sports wagons, 2007-2013 328i, 328xi, 328i xDrive, 335i, 335xi, 335i xDrive, 335is and M3 Coupes and Convertibles, 2013-2015 X1 sDrive28i, X1 xDrive28i and X1 xDrive35i SAVs, 2007-2010 X3 xDrive30i SAVs, 2007-2013 X5 xDrive30i, X5 xDrive35i, X5 xDrive48i, X5 xDrive50i and X5 M SAVs, 2009-2013 BMW X5 xDrive35d SAVs, 2008-2014 X6 xDrive35i, X6 xDrive50i, and X6 M SACs, 2010-2011 BMW X6 xDrive50i SACs and 2008-2011 M3 Sedan vehicles. Upon deployment of the driver's frontal air bag, excessive internal pressure may cause the inflator to rupture.
What should you do:
BMW will notify owners, and dealers will replace the driver's frontal air bag module or inflator depending on the vehicle model, free of charge. The recall began March 9, 2018. Owners may contact BMW customer service at 1-800-525-7417.
For more information:
Owners may also contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), or go to www.safercar.gov.
NHTSA CAMPAIGN ID Number: 16V071000
Potential Number of Units Affected: 840000
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: OCCUPANT CLASSIFICATION SYSTEM - OCS (FRONT PASSENGER)
Nov 12 2013
Should the system fail, in the event of a crash, the front passenger air bag would be deactivated, increasing the risk of personal injury.
Summary:
BMW of North America LLC (BMW) is recalling certain model year 2006 325i, 325xi, 330i, 330xi sedans and 325xi sports wagons, model year 2007 328i, 328xi, 335i, 335xi sedans and 328i and 328xi sports wagons, model year 2006-2007 525i, 525xi, 530i, 530xi, 550i sedans and 530xi sports wagons, model year 2006 760i sedans, model year 2006-2007 750i, 750Li, and 760Li sedans, and model year 2006 X5 sports activity vehicles, equipped with certain seat types. The front passenger seat occupant detection mat that determines if and how the passenger frontal air bag should deploy in a crash may fatigue and develop cracks which could lead to a system failure.
What should you do:
BMW will notify owners with an interim notification letter in January 2014 since parts are not currently available. When parts are available, BMW sent a second letter in August and dealers will repair the occupant detection mat to eliminate the possibility that it may crack, free of charge. Additionally, owners of model year 2006-2007 3 Series with standard seats, 5 Series with comfort seats, and Z4 models, will receive an extended warranty on their front passenger seat occupant detection mat. Owners may contact BMW customer relations 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: 13V564000
Potential Number of Units Affected: 76565
ENGINE AND ENGINE COOLING:COOLING SYSTEM:FAN
Aug 10 2012
This condition could cause the fan motor to become inoperative, or cause the motor circuit board in the assembly to overheat, potentially leading to a fire in the engine compartment.
Summary:
This recall involves aftermarket parts sold by Valeo. Valeo is recalling certain engine cooling fans, part numbers 696121, 696273, and 696275, used as service replacement parts for model year 2008-2011 BMW 1-Series, 2006-2011 BMW 3-Series, 2000-2009 BMW 5-Series, 2004-2005 BMW 6-Series, and 2006-2007 BMW 7-Series vehicles. A metal-oxide semiconductor may overheat due to insufficient screwing of the semiconductor on the aluminum heat sink. This primary failure could cause adjacent components on the fan assembly motor circuit board to overheat and short.
What should you do:
Valeo will notify owners and replace the fans free of charge. The safety recall began on August 22, 2012. This recall is being conducted by Valeo, not by BMW. For further information, owners may contact Valeo at 1-888-718-2536.
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: 12E029000
Potential Number of Units Affected: 585
AIR BAGS:FRONTAL
Aug 05 2008
IN THIS SITUATION THE FRONT PASSENGER AIR BAGS WILL NOT DEPLOY EVEN IF A SUFFICIENTLY SEVERE ACCIDENT WOULD OCCUR AND OCCUPANT PROTECTION PROVIDED BY THE SYSTEM WOULD NOT BE POSSIBLE.
Summary:
BMW IS RECALLING 200,000 MY 2006 3 SERIES SPORT SEAT, MY 2004-2006 5 SERIES STANDARD AND SPORT SEAT, AND MY 2004-2006 X3 PASSENGER VEHICLES. DEPENDING ON THE MANNER AND FREQUENCY OF THE FRONT PASSENGER'S ENTRY AND EXIT, SMALL CRACKS HAVE DEVELOPED IN THE MAT. IF THIS OCCURS, THE FRONT PASSENGER AIR BAGS, WITH THE EXCEPTION OF THE HEAD PROTECTION SYSTEM, WILL BE DEACTIVATED AND THE AIR BAG WARNING LAMP AS WELL AS THE PASSENGER AIR BAG "ON-OFF" LAMP WILL BE ILLUMINATED.
What should you do:
DEALERS WILL REWORK THE FRONT PASSENGER SEAT SENSOR MAT SO THAT EXTERNAL FORCE APPLICATION TO THE SEAT DOES NOT CAUSE A CRACK TO THE MAT. THE RECALL BEGAN ON NOVEMBER 6, 2008. BMW WILL ALSO EXTEND THE WARRANTY ON THESE VEHICLES TO 10 YEARS FROM FIRST REGISTRATION WITHOUT ANY MILEAGE LIMIT. OWNERS MAY CONTACT BMW AT 1-800-525-7417.
For more information:
BMW IS EXTENDING THE WARRANTY TO 10 YEARS FROM FIRST REGISTRATION WITHOUT ANY MILEAGE LIMIT TO THE FOLLOWING VEHICLES:MY 2006 6-SERIES, 3-SERIES (STANDARD SEAT), MY 2004-2005 Z4, MY 2004-2006 7-SERIES, MY 2006 X5, AND MY 2004-2006 5-SERIES (COMFORT SEAT).UNDER THE EXTENDED WARRANTY PROGRAM, THE OCCUPANT DETECTION MAT IN A VEHICLE THAT EXPERIENCES THIS SPECIFIC ISSUE WILL BE REPLACED AT NO CHARGE TO THE CUSTOMER.CUSTOMERS 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 HTTP://WWW.SAFERCAR.GOV.
NHTSA CAMPAIGN ID Number: 08V384000
Potential Number of Units Affected: 200000
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
SUSPENSION:FRONT:CONTROL ARM
Oct 18 2006
THE BOLTED CONNECTION COULD BREAK WHICH COULD IMPAIR VEHICLE HANDLING AND CONTROL, INCREASING THE RISK OF A CRASH.
Summary:
ON CERTAIN VEHICLES, ONE OF THE SUSPENSION CONTROL ARM AND SWIVEL BEARING CONNECTION BOLTS WAS NOT TIGHTENED CORRECTLY. THE BOLTED CONNECTION COULD LOOSEN.
What should you do:
DEALERS WILL INSPECT THE BOLTED CONNECTION AND, IF NECESSARY, ADJUST THE CONNECTION. IN SOME CASES, IT MAY BE NECESSARY TO REPLACE THE SUSPENSION CONTROL ARM AND THE SWIVEL BEARING. THE RECALL BEGAN ON NOVEMBER 21, 2006. OWNERS MAY CONTACT BMW AT 1-800-831-1117.
For more information:
CUSTOMERS 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 HTTP://WWW.SAFERCAR.GOV.
NHTSA CAMPAIGN ID Number: 06V400000
Potential Number of Units Affected: 25
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