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 329,000 vehicles, our reliability history charts give you a rundown on how 2000 through 2020 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.

Engine Minor

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

What Owners Say

Accessory belts or pulleys

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

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

"belts needed to be replaced...towed to repair shop"

David W., IL (2006 BMW 3 Series)
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)

"Computer malfunction caused engine to cutoff; then another malfunction caused the radio/call assist features to fail"

Anonymous, NC (2006 BMW 3 Series)

"There is a sensor located internal to the engine which senses and adjusts valve timing. The eccentric shaft sensor was bad (all other engine parts were OK) and had to be replaced at a cost of $1400 for parts and labor. Engine would not start or the RPM would cycle between 300 - 1500 RPM."

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

"engine mounts and axle repair so difficult to access that car was totaled due primarily to cost of labor"

Anonymous, MS (2006 BMW 3 Series 330xi 3.0-L 6 Cyl)
Oil leaks

"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)

"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)

"Oil leaked from the oil engine gasket"

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

"Oil pan gasket replacement is $750. (Who engineered this kind of maintenance? It's almost as bad as replacing the headlight!)"

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

"two new oil leaks diagnosed, not repaired yet, cost estimate is $1300. I smell oil burning coming inside the car."

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

"Cant find the leak, minor but hot engine odor always present but temperature gauge says ok.. it appears to be power steering reservoir..."

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

"filter stand gasket $423"

James C., FL (2006 BMW 3 Series 330Ci 3.0-L 6 Cyl)

"leaking gasket between the engine and the oil filter housing"

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

"Leak at oil filter mount cost approx $700 to repair"

Anonymous, WA (2006 BMW 3 Series 325xi)

"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)

"Oil pan developed leaks"

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

"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)

"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)

"We needed replacement of several gaskets (oil pan, oil filter), which is not unexpected for a 13-year old car. Cost was mostly due to labor."

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

"Had to replace valve cover gasket, oil pan gasket and oil filter assembly gasket."

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

"The engine oil pan requires a new gasket at a cost of $1000 for a $20 gasket. The engine valve covers need new gaskets at a cost of $500 for a $20 gasket. I have had Toyotas and a Lexus with more mileage that did not need these gasket replacements. Maybe BMW should start using the same make of gaskets as Toyota."

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

"The oil leak was at the oil filter housing gasket and cost $650 parts and labor to correct. Evidently this is a problem for this car at 60K miles"

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

"Minor oil pan gasket leak. Dealer wants $1250 to repair."

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

"I knew my car leaked engine oil and I was told it had 3 different oil leaks. very expensive repair estimate, I am choosing to not fix them."

Anonymous, WA (2006 BMW 3 Series 325xi 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

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)
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)

"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)

"The driver's side halo light burned out"

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

"had to replace entire headlight module - $1300"

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

"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)

"One headlight seal is allowing water/moisture inside. The headlight cannot be resealed. Replacing it is labor intensive and requires a very expensive housing. The repair will be $1200, possibly more, according to my regular mechanic. Further, the moisture damage might also require replacing a mechanical positioning motor inside."

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

"The adaptive headlights stopped working at about 36K. There is no way to adjust them manually. The left beam points in the direction of oncoming traffic. The only way to fix this is pay a dealer about $3-$400 for new modules. Fixing it yourself requires disassembling the entire fender well."

Emil F., TX (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)

"Headlight wiring gets brittle, light stops working, they are HID Xenon and requires full replacement at $1,800-$2,000 PER HEADLIGHT"

Tammy B., NC (2006 BMW 3 Series 325Ci 2.5-L 6 Cyl)

"Passenger side headlight wiring harness corroded and needed to replace the whole assembly at a significant cost"

Anonymous, FL (2006 BMW 3 Series)
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)
Keyless entry

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

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

"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)
Tire pressure monitor

"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)

"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)
Warning lights

"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)
Wiper motor or washer

"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)

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)

"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)
Shocks or struts

"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)

"Rear shock goes, causing the stability control to work overtime, wear down the rear brakes. I have to replace rear shocks brake pads and discs."

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

"I have had a lot of issues with the suspension on this vehicle and have gone through a lot of broken rims and shock absorbers."

Eric K., NJ (2006 BMW 3 Series)

"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)

"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)

"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)

"The rear struts had to be changed on the BMW. This is reasonable for the mileage on the vehicle of 195000 kms."

Larry A., AB (2006 BMW 3 Series 325xi 3.0-L 6 Cyl)
Springs or torsion bars

"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)
Steering linkage (includes rack and pinion)

"Had to replace the lower left pins in the stabilizer section"

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

"ABS pressure sensors, brake pads rotors and sensors"

Anonymous, MO (2006 BMW 3 Series 325Ci)

"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)
Tie rods

"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)
Wheel bearings

"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 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)

"I replaced radiator in 2015, again just now in April 2019. Replaced radiator plastic reservoir in 2016,"

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)
Radiator

"had coolant changed at dealer - radiator cracked ins hop"

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

"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)

"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)

"Water pump went out at 86,000. Stranded near Las Vegas and took it to Las Vegas BMW, great service and repaired same day."

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

"Pump stopped functioning in middle of heavy traffic.Car had to be towed to shop. Cost was very high to repair."

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

"My son was driving this car about 60 miles from home when the pump failed. He bought some coolant at a local Walmart and was able to limp to the dealer. Several of the car's systems shut down to prevent overheating."

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

"replaced coolant pump and thermostat"

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

"Water pump failure resulted in an overheating warning and initiation of “limp mode” that permitted me to slowly drive 15 miles to a repair station where the pump was replaced uneventfully. No further problem."

Anonymous, MA (2006 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

"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)

"Compressor failed on a 110 degree day. Very expensive repair."

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

"can't set temperature on automatic climate control"

Anonymous, MD (2006 BMW 3 Series 325xi 3.0-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)

"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)

"Fan blower just died a few months ago. Now that summer is approaching, I'm afraid to use A/C without the fan. This is the last straw. I'm shopping for new car."

Anonymous, GA (2006 BMW 3 Series)
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)
Evaporator

"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)

"bought car in May, 2013 with 55,600 miles. In Aug. 2013 a/c quit- replaced Evaporator @ cost of $2875.00 in process was told existing evaporator was not original OEM part. Blower switch medium speed quit working 4months later."

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

"thermostat went bad"

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

"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)

"Had a leaky radiator hose. Had to replace thermostat"

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

"This is probably normal wear and tear. A seal needed to be replaced."

Michael J., GA (2006 BMW 3 Series 330Ci 3.0-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)

"Slow leak, costs less to refill yearly than replace the equipment"

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

"Refrigerant gradually dissipated. No leaks found. had to recharge system."

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

Power Equipment

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

What Owners Say

Battery (not hybrid or electric)

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

Anonymous, TX (2006 BMW 3 Series 325xi)

"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 replaced was a smart battery costing 45% more than a regular 12v 700 CCA type. The installation cost was $105. A smart battery was recommended in order to allow lower usage when computers and other electronics are sleep. Old battery was likely passed its prime."

Anonymous, MD (2006 BMW 3 Series 325i 3.0-L 6 Cyl)
Battery cables

"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)
Coil

"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)

"One of the ignition coils failed. The car was basically running on five cylinders. It had happened already several times. I found particularly worrying that (a) in the ten years that I owned the car BMW had not eliminated the problems (b) The milage between the last two coisl replacement wast about 3,000 miles!!"

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

"the engine coils through out codes one at a time. To change the coils, you have to remove cross over wires, the cabinet filter filter box, engine bay rear trim, the engine cover before you can remove the ignition wire and then replace the coil. After replacing the 1 and 2 one, I replaced the next 4 at once."

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

"misfire"

Anonymous, PA (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)

"Engine did not run smoothly and a misfire was found on coil number 2. All six coils were changed and misfire corrected."

James T., VA (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 would not start with good battery - several people tried over several days. When the tow truck arrived, it started. I was able to drive to repair shop, which duplicated the problem. They said it was in the module validating the key code, and I had to take it the dealer. The dealer found no problem with the key module but said all plugs & coil modules need to be replaced to start ($3.5K). However, it started for them. Considering the mileage, I rejected the work. I drove it home and problem has not reoccurred but I am concerned it will reappear when winter returns."

Anonymous, MD (2006 BMW 3 Series 330i 3.0-L 6 Cyl)
Spark plugs or wires failure

"Car stalled intermittently"

Anonymous, ON (2006 BMW 3 Series)

"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)

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 brake warning light goes on and off frequently and I was told sensors in the braking system need to be replaced. After GOOGLEing it, it appears to be a frequent problem. Replacing them is very expensive and the dealership said the sensors do not effect functionality of the braking system."

Anonymous, MA (2006 BMW 3 Series)

"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)
Calipers

"Rear brake pads and rotors were replaced"

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

"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)
Parking brake

"adjustment needed"

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

"Brakes started squealing within 9 months of new brake job. Took it in and repairman said the pads were great---no problem. I just feel like the brakes are failing now, two years after repair., making it the THIRD failed brakes in 83000 miles. BTW, I coast into stops when I can I am a very gentle braker, never slamming on the brakes."

Anonymous, GA (2006 BMW 3 Series)

"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)

"SEAMS TO WEAR OUT FASTER THAN OTHER bmwS"

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

"Think I need a third brake job. I'm a very gentle braker, allowing the car to slow down and come to stop at light while using the brakes as ,little as possible."

Anonymous, GA (2006 BMW 3 Series)

"normally I get t least 75,000 miles on brakes, this BMW has had the brakes replaced at a little over 25,000 miles. It only needed pads but BMW refused to install just pads and required new rotars as well. very expensive!"

Anonymous, NC (2006 BMW 3 Series 325i 3.2-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)
Rotors

"Brake pads, rotors and sensor all replaced"

Anonymous, MO (2006 BMW 3 Series 325Ci)

"My mechanic said rear rotors worn prematurely"

Anonymous, NY (2006 BMW 3 Series 325xi 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

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)
Locks and latches

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

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

"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)

"They just don't work correctly. Very Difficult to keep in place and adjust. motorized folding does not work"

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

"L electric mirror inop dealer wants 800 to replace."

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

"Has not completely opened for years. Stopped working at 20k."

Emil F., TX (2006 BMW 3 Series 330i 3.0-L 6 Cyl)

"sunroof is stuck in closed position. will not move. have not gotten repair estimate at this time."

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

"hinge broke randomly"

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

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)

"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)

"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)

"Display screen and controls flash on and off; not USble"

George R., CA (2006 BMW 3 Series 325i 3.0-L 6 Cyl)
In-dash navigation system (GPS)

"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)
Software update fixes

"Both airbag and seat belt warning lights age on. Have spent over $1000 on repairs, but lights stay on."

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

"The electronic steering wheel lock sensor failed and disabled the car completely. The dealer had to replace the entire steering column at a cost more than $1600."

Anonymous, CA (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

Air or water leaks

"Water leaked into car"

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

"The hard rubber intake on the radiator burst and the entire radiator had to be replaced."

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

"Every time it rained, the floor of the car had a couple of inches of standing water. Returned to dealer - they dried it out, performed sunroof repair, performed leak test and charged me over $2,000. Next rainstorm - two inches of water in the car again. :( Replaced the panoramic sunroof, repaired drain channels and a bunch of other things - total cost over $5,000. Doesn't leak any more."

Shan A., BC (2006 BMW 3 Series 325xi 2.5-L 6 Cyl)

"coolant is leaking again, replaced plastic coolant reservoir about 11 months, seems it's cracked again...I dont have skills to replace, last time it was $469; now windshield washer reservoir pump quit.... part is about $50 labor cost is ridiculous, and inane... Ill try to fix myself."

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

"Coolant leak caused by failure of small pressure relief screw (plastic) on coolant overflow recovery tank. The part cost $2.50, and I was able to fix myself with help and guidance from local BMW-specialized shop. Vehicle could not be driven since coolant would have leaked out and led to probable overheating."

Anonymous, TX (2006 BMW 3 Series 325i 2.5-L 6 Cyl)
Seals and/or weather-stripping

"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)
Squeaks or rattles

"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

"Wind noise caused by seal around windshield"

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

"Just seemed the noise level was excessive."

Michele G., CA (2006 BMW 3 Series)

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)

"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)

"Front molding is so long w tmtue ground that it gets damaged when parking"

Anonymous, FL (2006 BMW 3 Series)
Loose interior trim or moldings

"Headliner and other fabric covering coming loose everywhere"

Anonymous, FL (2006 BMW 3 Series 330Ci 3.0-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)

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)

"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)
Fuel cap

"Sensor indicates problem with fuel system recirculation"

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

"Had to get emission tested and sensors were not returning reading; very frustrating as there was ultimately no actual problem with emissions. Had to go for tests 4 or 5 times, then got one of the sensors fixed to avoid future problems which was costly."

D S., ON (2006 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

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)

"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)

"blowup the gasket causing oil leak"

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

"I believe the head gasket replacement was as a result of having a valve cover gasket replaced which was a result of an earlier sensor replacement where the valve cover would have been removed. ie sloppy work that ended up costing a total of about $3000. or 1700 more than it should have if the repair replacing the sensor was done right to start with. BMW repair, even minor ones are way overpriced!!"

Anonymous, NC (2006 BMW 3 Series 325i 3.2-L 6 Cyl)
Timing belt or chain

"idler pulley bolt broke"

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

"bearings on the belt pulleys had to be replaced"

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

"rear differential needed to be replaced- VERY expensive"

Robyn B., OH (2006 BMW 3 Series 330xi 3.0-L 6 Cyl)
Driveshaft or axle

"The engine mounting bolts broke causing the engine to slip of its mount, which caused the driveshaft to rub aginst the frame."

Dennis D., NY (2006 BMW 3 Series 330xi 2.5-L 6 Cyl)
Electrical failure

"Fuel pump failure"

Anonymous, NJ (2006 BMW 3 Series 325Ci)

"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)
Traction control

"Axle problem caused sensor to fail"

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

"Every since new, this car has suffered (1) driveline vibration and (2) a grabbing feeling when turning left or right - as though the wheels were not able to freely rotate at different speeds. Dealer has replaced: drive shafts; many of the steering components; rims and tires; and a variety of other components. Some improvement, but problem is not fixed after spending probably around $7-8,000. Dealer returned car with problem (2) unchanged and (1) improved somewhat. The current diagnosis is $9,000 for a new transfer case. This is only one of a myriad problems I have had with this car. It is by far the worst car I've ever owned in my life - and I've owned many. I will never buy another BMW again. BMW should provide bus passes with each car sold - my experience has been that your car will spend more time at the dealership than your home."

Shan A., BC (2006 BMW 3 Series 325xi 2.5-L 6 Cyl)

"Mechanic told me that the one plastic gear wheel failed causing the entire mechanism to self destruct while driving. Car came to a jarring , grinding halt."

Robert L., DC (2006 BMW 3 Series 325xi 2.5-L 6 Cyl)

Exhaust

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

What Owners Say

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)
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