Many people think of the 3 Series as the quintessential sport sedan. The smooth and quick 328i is a delight to drive, with a refined powertrain, agile handling and a firm, yet supple and controlled ride. Fit and finish are excellent, but the cabin is snug. A stronger engine improves acceleration and still manages good fuel economy, but seat revisions reduced comfort.
Alerts
There are 7 recalls on this vehicle. Learn More.

Road Test Results

Performance
Acceleration Acceleration Acceleration tests are conducted on a smooth, flat pavement straightaway at the track. Time, speed, and distance measurements are taken with a precise GPS-based device that’s hooked to a data-logging computer.
0 to 60 mph 0 to 60 mph (sec.) The time in seconds that a vehicle takes to reach 60 mph from a standstill with the engine idling.
Transmission Transmission Transmission performance is determined by shifting smoothness, response, shifter action, and clutch actuation for manual transmissions.
Braking Braking The braking rating is a composite of wet and dry stopping distances and pedal feel. Braking distance is from 60 mph, with no wheels locked.
Emergency Handling Emergency Handling Several factors go into the rating, including the avoidance maneuver speed and confidence, as well as how the vehicle behaves when pushed to its limit.
Comfort / Convenience
Ride Ride Our expert judgment of how well the suspension isolates and absorbs road imperfections and how steady it keeps the body on various road surfaces.
Noise Noise Our expert judgment of the vehicle's interior noise level in everyday driving.
Front Seat Comfort Front Seat Comfort Our judgment of how comfortable the front seat is for drivers of various heights.
Rear Seat Comfort Rear Seat Comfort Our judgment of how comfortable the rear seat is for two passengers to sit across.
Interior Fit and Finish Interior Fit and Finish An expert evaluation of the interior quality and craftsmanship.
Trunk/Cargo Area Trunk/Cargo Area Our rating is based on the amount of luggage or cargo space that a vehicle has in the trunk or cargo area.
Fuel Economy & Emissions
Fuel Economy Fuel Economy We perform our own fuel-economy tests, independent of the government's often-quoted EPA figures and the manufacturers' claims. Using a precise fuel-flow measuring device spliced into the fuel line, we run two separate circuits to represent city and highway consumption.
CR's Overall Mileage CR's Overall Mileage CR's overall mileage is a composite of measured fuel usage on a prescribed city course and highway cruising; and CR's 150-mile test trip of mixed driving, if tested. In recent road tests, we've discontinued the 150-mile trip test.
CR's City Mileage CR's City Mileage Measured fuel usage on a prescribed city course.
CR's Highway Mileage CR's Highway Mileage Measured fuel usage on a prescribed highway cruising.
Annual Fuel Cost Annual Fuel Cost The cost and amount of fuel used in 12,000 miles and is calculated from CR's overall mileage.
Greenhouse Gas Greenhouse Gas The Greenhouse Gas Rating represents the amount of carbon dioxide the vehicle emits compared to other vehicles of the same model year. This score from the EPA ranges from 1 (worst) to 10 (best).
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Smog Rating Smog Rating The Smog Rating represents the amount of health-damaging and smog-forming airborne pollutants the vehicle emits compared to other vehicles of the same model year. This score from the EPA ranges from 1 (worst) to 10 (best).
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Owner Reports

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Reliability History Reliability History The reliability charts are based on responses on hundreds of thousands of vehicles from our latest Annual Auto Survey. Consumer Reports subscribers reported on any serious problems they had with their vehicles during the past 12 months that they considered serious because of cost, failure, safety, or downtime, in any of the trouble spots included in the table below. The results are presented relative to the average model that year. Extra weight is given to the more serious areas such as major engine or transmission problems. Based on this data and further analysis, we predict reliability for the latest year. N/A indicates that we did not receive a large enough sample size to provide data for a specific year. An X indicates that the vehicle was not manufactured for a specific year.
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Reliability Trouble Spots
Engine Major Engine Major Engine rebuild or replacement, cylinder head, head gasket, turbo or supercharger, timing chain or timing belt.
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Engine Minor Engine Minor Accessory belts and pulleys, engine computer, engine mounts, engine knock or ping, oil leaks.
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Engine Cooling Engine Cooling Radiator, cooling fan, antifreeze leaks, water pump, thermostat, overheating.
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Transmission Major Transmission Major Transmission rebuild or replacement, torque converter, clutch replacement.
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Transmission Minor Transmission Minor Gear selector or linkage, leaks, transmission computer, transmission sensor or solenoid, clutch adjustment, rough shifting, slipping transmission.
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Drive System Drive System Driveshaft or axle, CV joint, differential, transfer case, 4WD/AWD components, driveline vibration, traction control, electronic stability control (ESC), electrical failure.
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Owner Satisfaction Owner Satisfaction To learn about satisfaction, CR has collected survey data from our annual survey on more than half a million vehicles. Our subscribers provide great insights into their satisfaction by answering one simple question: If they had it to do all over again, would they definitely buy or lease the same model? In addition, respondents also rate their cars in six categories: driving experience, comfort, value, styling, audio, and climate systems. N/A indicates that we did not receive a large enough sample size to provide data for a specific year. An X indicates that the vehicle was not manufactured for a specific year.
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Driving Experience Driving Experience Includes acceleration and handling
Comfort Comfort Includes seats, climate control, noise, and ride
Value Value Did you get what you wanted relative to the price you paid?
Styling Styling How it looks inside and out
Safety Equipment
ABS standard. Side air bags standard. Head protection air bags standard from 2000. ESC standard from 2001. FCW and AEB standard from 2019.
Road Test

Many people think of the 3 Series as the quintessential sport sedan. The smooth and quick 328i is a delight to drive, with a refined powertrain, agile handling and a firm, yet supple and controlled ride. Fit and finish are excellent, but the cabin is snug. A stronger engine improves acceleration and still manages good fuel economy, but seat revisions reduced comfort. Agility, steering, acceleration, fuel economy, powertrain, fit and finish. Rear seat, some controls, cup holders.

Seating
2 front, 3 rear
Drive Wheels
AWD , Rear
Warranty
Coverage varies among versions of this vehicle

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

Read more about extended warranties
Body Styles
wagon
convertible
coupe
sedan
Transmissions Available
  • 6-speed Automatic
  • 6-speed Manual
Engines Available
  • 3-liter 6 (230 hp)
  • 3-liter 6 twin-turbo (300 hp)
  • 4-liter V8 (414 hp)

Owner Reported Trouble Spots

The Reliability score is based on our latest subscriber survey of 2008 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

"serpentine belt broke. repair included belt pully(s) sold as "kit" repair from bmw dealership. belt also wedged between pully and engine block damaging seal that had to be replaced. $1,100 repair for $20 belt in another car"

Joseph R., CT (2008 BMW 3 Series 335xi 3.0-L 6 Cyl turbo)

"Car just stopped on highway. it was an engine gasket"

Rita M., CA (2008 BMW 3 Series 328i 3.0-L 6 Cyl)
Engine computer

"Vanos solenoids failed"

Anonymous, OR (2008 BMW 3 Series 335i 3.0-L 6 Cyl)

"computer needed to be reset due to driving changes"

Rita M., CA (2008 BMW 3 Series 328i 3.0-L 6 Cyl)

"I'm convinced the 'miss' is somehow caused by the computer--the fuel control and valve timing system are so complex the computer has to be the problem not controlling it correctly AND not recording engine misses on the analytics"

Anonymous, KS (2008 BMW 3 Series 328i 3.0-L 6 Cyl)

"periodically the check engine light will come on and there is a corresponding loss of power. Shut the engine off and light goes out and does not come back on. Diagnosed as needing replacement of spark plugs and spark plug wires at a cost of $1939. First occurred at under 35K. These should not wear our that soon."

Anonymous, OR (2008 BMW 3 Series 335i 3.0-L 6 Cyl)

"Crankshaft sensor failed. Engine has cold start problems - sometimes severe hesitation"

Anonymous, NC (2008 BMW 3 Series 335i 3.0-L 6 Cyl turbo)

"Engine warning light comes on followed by loss of power to engine due to computer problem"

Anonymous, OR (2008 BMW 3 Series 335i 3.0-L 6 Cyl)
Engine knock or ping

"Engine runs rough when first started after sitting overnight."

Bob J., AZ (2008 BMW 3 Series 335i 3.0-L 6 Cyl turbo)

"Engine randomly MISSES (rather than knock or ping) and dealer/aftermarket mechanic can not find cause-not registering on the analytics computer"

Anonymous, KS (2008 BMW 3 Series 328i 3.0-L 6 Cyl)

"Ticking noise - hasn't been able to be fixed"

Larry W., CA (2008 BMW 3 Series 335i 3.0-L 6 Cyl turbo)

"Strange knocking sound. Dealer told us it had to replace,, and it replaced, all fuel injectors. Did not fix the problem; then dealer told us one axle bolt had loosened and another had come off. Then dealer fixed that and knocking ceased"

Anonymous, AL (2008 BMW 3 Series)

"Two ignition coils failed within a year. Both during cold weather (25F)"

Anonymous, TX (2008 BMW 3 Series 328i 3.0-L 6 Cyl)
Engine mounts

"They all broke badly"

Anonymous, CA (2008 BMW 3 Series 328i 3.0-L 6 Cyl)
Oil leaks

"Leaks in valve cover requiring replacement."

Anonymous, CA (2008 BMW 3 Series 328i 3.0-L 6 Cyl)

"Oil leak was an expensive repair $2200"

Catherine L., TN (2008 BMW 3 Series 328i 3.0-L 6 Cyl)

"Three major gaskets began leaking. BMW says it’s a common problem. They call it the “Big Three.” Total cost was $3,000."

Anonymous, MO (2008 BMW 3 Series 328i 3.0-L 6 Cyl turbo)

"valve cover gasket"

Ed H., WA (2008 BMW 3 Series 328xi 3.0-L 6 Cyl)

"There were gasket and oil filter housing leaks. It was expensive to repair."

Anonymous, NC (2008 BMW 3 Series 328i 3.0-L 6 Cyl)

"valve cover leak"

Anonymous, (2008 BMW 3 Series 3.0-L 6 Cyl)

"May 2018 dealer informed us of a known issue with this model BMW. Cam shaft sensor gasket in the cover was allowing oil to get to the sensor electrical connecter. Replaced sensor assembly with gasket."

Anonymous, AZ (2008 BMW 3 Series 3.0-L 6 Cyl)

"Valve cover gasket and air filter housing leaks"

Anonymous, (2008 BMW 3 Series 3.0-L 6 Cyl)

"have had oil leaks for past few years. Very expensive to repair."

Anonymous, FL (2008 BMW 3 Series 3.0-L 6 Cyl turbo)

"The oil filter / oil cooler housing on the N54 engine leaks (and can eventually cause damage to the serpentine belt, which - shockingly - can be sucked into the engine behind the main seal / harmonic balancer)."

Anonymous, TX (2008 BMW 3 Series 3.0-L 6 Cyl turbo)

"The engine leaked oil from the valve cover. Gasket replaced at a cost of about $850."

Anonymous, (2008 BMW 3 Series 3.0-L 6 Cyl turbo)

"all the seals on the engine had to be replaced around 90,000 miles, and the oil pan. Cost was ~$5000"

Krysta D., OH (2008 BMW 3 Series 328xi 4.0-L V8)

"engine seal leak discovered during routine oil change. no oil was actually noticed leaking from the engine"

Valerie H., AB (2008 BMW 3 Series 335xi 3.0-L 6 Cyl turbo)

"Oil leaking from valve cover gasket. Somewhat expensive to repair (6 hour labor)"

David T., MA (2008 BMW 3 Series 328i 3.0-L 6 Cyl)

"engine gasket leak"

Anonymous, MA (2008 BMW 3 Series 328xi)

"oil filter housing developed leak"

Chris S., WA (2008 BMW 3 Series 335i 3.0-L 6 Cyl turbo)

"Oil leak after head gasket replacement"

Bill H., ON (2008 BMW 3 Series 328xi 3.0-L 6 Cyl)

"While I had the car service for a sensor replacement, the tech noticed a slight oil leak at the valve cover."

Storla C., GA (2008 BMW 3 Series 328i 3.0-L 6 Cyl)

"Messes up my driveway"

Harald S., CA (2008 BMW 3 Series 328i 3.0-L 6 Cyl)

"oil pan gasket. Also, valve cover gasket is leaking."

Anonymous, WI (2008 BMW 3 Series 328i 3.0-L 6 Cyl)

"Valve cover gasket leaking oil, had to replace the gasket and complete valve cover which is made of plastic."

Carl T., NJ (2008 BMW 3 Series 328i 3.0-L 6 Cyl)

"Engine was leaking oil"

Anonymous, CA (2008 BMW 3 Series 328i 3.0-L 6 Cyl)

"Valve cover gasket sprung a leak. Service estimate over $2000. Leaking on catalytic converter causing fire hazard"

Anonymous, CT (2008 BMW 3 Series 328xi 3.0-L 6 Cyl)

"Had to replace the oil pan gasket and valve cover gaskets at around 100K... had a major oil leak coming from those gaskets Not unusual for a 10 year old car with over 100k miles on it."

Anonymous, CA (2008 BMW 3 Series 328i 3.0-L 6 Cyl turbo)

"Oil pump Gasket replaced"

Anonymous, TX (2008 BMW 3 Series 335i 3.0-L 6 Cyl turbo)

"Slow leak which did not require repair at this time. Gasket issue"

Anonymous, IL (2008 BMW 3 Series 335i 3.0-L 6 Cyl turbo)

"Service tech pointed out oil leaks on engine block - recommends valve cover replacement. Not done yet"

Anonymous, HI (2008 BMW 3 Series 328i 3.0-L 6 Cyl)

"The oil filter housing gasket started leaking, a very common problem with the N54 motor"

Kenneth H., VA (2008 BMW 3 Series 335i 3.0-L 6 Cyl turbo)

"Valve cover and oil pan gasket replaced because they were leaking"

Anonymous, FL (2008 BMW 3 Series 335i 3.0-L 6 Cyl turbo)

"Valve cover, oil filter housing, oil pan"

Anonymous, AZ (2008 BMW 3 Series 335i 3.0-L 6 Cyl turbo)

"multiple issues with oil leaks"

Anonymous, CA (2008 BMW 3 Series 328i 3.0-L 6 Cyl)

"Several oil leaks. Gaskets replaced"

Anonymous, NY (2008 BMW 3 Series 328xi 3.0-L 6 Cyl)

"this is the first car in many that I've had that is constantly developing minor leaks"

Anonymous, CA (2008 BMW 3 Series 335i 3.0-L 6 Cyl turbo)

"Significant fluid leak from engine area on garage floor. BMW said there was no leak, Independent repair facility said they found plug improperly screwed in. Leak continued. Independent found a leaking seal. Currently being repaired"

Anonymous, OR (2008 BMW 3 Series 335i 3.0-L 6 Cyl)

"BMW uses plastic valve covers and other cheap components in its engines. Plastic valve covers and the cheap gaskets for the valve covers cause oil leaks. This requires you to change the cover and the gasket"

Anonymous, VA (2008 BMW 3 Series 328xi 3.0-L 6 Cyl)

"Valve cover gasket leak and eccentric shaft sensor oil leak"

Jeffrey D., OH (2008 BMW 3 Series 328xi 3.0-L 6 Cyl)

"Valve cover, oil filter housing and oil pan gaskets all leaked and needed replacement between 90k and 110k mi"

Nathan D., NY (2008 BMW 3 Series 328xi 3.0-L 6 Cyl)

"Oil pan gasket leak"

Anonymous, GA (2008 BMW 3 Series 328i 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

12V power plug

"Battery failure was sudden without warning lights. Only BMW dealership had the appropriate batter. Replacement via dealership was exorbitant an eye poppin $550"

Andrew F., CA (2008 BMW 3 Series 328i 3.0-L 6 Cyl)
Body control module

"The convertible roll bar sensor went bad causing warning lights"

C T., NJ (2008 BMW 3 Series 328i 3.0-L 6 Cyl)
Exterior lights (other than headlights)

"rear passenger side moduler shorted out and had to be replaced."

Anonymous, CA (2008 BMW 3 Series 328i 3.0-L 6 Cyl)

"Exterior lights fail very often, and they are expensive to replace."

Marianne H., CA (2008 BMW 3 Series 335i 3.0-L 6 Cyl turbo)

"directional lights fail"

Anonymous, GA (2008 BMW 3 Series 328i 4.0-L V8)

"LED running light would turn off and on intermittently."

Anonymous, (2008 BMW 3 Series 3.0-L 6 Cyl)

"The starter failed after 65,000 miles"

Anonymous, CA (2008 BMW 3 Series 328xi 3.0-L 6 Cyl)

"Repeated premature burn out of tail lights"

Michael B., CA (2008 BMW 3 Series 335i 3.0-L 6 Cyl turbo)

"Halo lights both burnt out and were costly to replace"

Grant W., CO (2008 BMW 3 Series 335xi 3.0-L 6 Cyl turbo)

"Light control module died. $650 to fix"

Dwayne P., NC (2008 BMW 3 Series 328i 3.0-L 6 Cyl)

"brake light mount melted slightly because of heat from light bulb and had to be replaced"

Anonymous, LA (2008 BMW 3 Series M3 4.0-L V8)

"parking light blew out"

Anonymous, CA (2008 BMW 3 Series 328i 3.0-L 6 Cyl)

"Simple replacement of left front blinker bulb, and left rear taillight bulb."

Mike M., CA (2008 BMW 3 Series 328i 3.0-L 6 Cyl)
Gauges

"Inaccurate lights go on and dealer says they are malfunctioning"

Anonymous, CA (2008 BMW 3 Series 328i 3.0-L 6 Cyl)
Headlights

"high beam headlight went out. dealership wanted $350 to replace. I purchased for $80 and installed (wheel removed and inner fender cover remover to gain access) still did not work. Diagnosed as control module at dealership - for $150 diagnose fee. Co"

Joseph R., CT (2008 BMW 3 Series 335xi 3.0-L 6 Cyl turbo)

"cost of light repalcement is high through dealer due to effort needed to replace them"

Anonymous, CA (2008 BMW 3 Series 335i 3.0-L 6 Cyl turbo)

"The running light function seems to burn out the bulbs"

Daniel B., AK (2008 BMW 3 Series 328xi 3.0-L 6 Cyl)

"Adaptive headlights don't function"

Anonymous, CA (2008 BMW 3 Series 335xi 3.0-L 6 Cyl turbo)

"Problems with the halo lights. Second time in one year. Costs over $800 for repair"

Anonymous, PA (2008 BMW 3 Series 335i 3.0-L 6 Cyl turbo)

"The front left turn signal went out and the bulb could not be changed. I had to change the entire headlight, which cost me over $1000"

Anonymous, WA (2008 BMW 3 Series 328xi 3.0-L 6 Cyl)

"one headlight bulb failed. 6 months later,the OTHER failed. 3 more months pass, and the first one, now only 9 months old, FAILED again. At $100 for part and labor, absurd"

Matthew G., MA (2008 BMW 3 Series 328xi 3.0-L 6 Cyl)

"Run Flat tire is so weak, Electrical problem Auxiliary light short circuit continuously. Rr. Defogger interfare with Radio"

Anonymous, NJ (2008 BMW 3 Series 328xi 3.0-L 6 Cyl)

"Repetitive outage in same light after replacing bulb. Socket burned out and had to be replaced as well"

Rachael W., MD (2008 BMW 3 Series 328i 3.0-L 6 Cyl)

"The ring light fixture around the left headlight failed, needing replacement"

Anonymous, CA (2008 BMW 3 Series 335i 3.0-L 6 Cyl turbo)

"The daytime running light burned out on one side!"

Larry M., ON (2008 BMW 3 Series 328i 3.0-L 6 Cyl)

"Way to expensive to change a headlight. Over $500.00"

Anonymous, NV (2008 BMW 3 Series 335i 3.0-L 6 Cyl turbo)

"seems to be a short. one of the lights keeps burning out"

Anonymous, SC (2008 BMW 3 Series 328i 3.0-L 6 Cyl)

"Adaptive headlight failed and had to be replaced"

Larry W., CA (2008 BMW 3 Series 335i 3.0-L 6 Cyl turbo)

"Water from heavy rain shorted out the computers controlling the active turning headlights. Cost $1000 to repair"

Charles W., CA (2008 BMW 3 Series 335i 3.0-L 6 Cyl turbo)
Heated or cooled seats

"Front passenger seat must have seat belt buckled if there is no passenger in it or else the warning light stays on"

Anonymous, NY (2008 BMW 3 Series 328xi 3.0-L 6 Cyl)
Keyless entry

"Doors failed to unlock in driver and passenger side"

Anonymous, FL (2008 BMW 3 Series 328i 3.0-L 6 Cyl)

"All four keyless door actuators failed at the same time"

Philip O., FL (2008 BMW 3 Series 335i 3.0-L 6 Cyl turbo)

"Quit working"

Anonymous, WA (2008 BMW 3 Series 328xi 3.0-L 6 Cyl)
Remote engine starter

"simply didn't start; I had to pay a dealer $500+ for "diagnostics" when I went in for recall service relating to a bad wiring harness"

Anonymous, MA (2008 BMW 3 Series 328xi 3.0-L 6 Cyl)
Tire pressure monitor

"TPM gives false readouts often"

Anonymous, GA (2008 BMW 3 Series 328i 4.0-L V8)

"Annoying light, fixed once reoccurred."

Anonymous, DE (2008 BMW 3 Series 335i 3.0-L 6 Cyl turbo)

"Occasionally comes on. Check pressure and it's gine"

Anonymous, (2008 BMW 3 Series Unsure)

"TPM light is always going on, even when tires are inflated properly"

Anonymous, TX (2008 BMW 3 Series 335i 3.0-L 6 Cyl turbo)

"Unreliable indications... frequently indicate low pressure when that is not the case and conversely fails to indicate low pressure when it does occur. System could also be improved by providing separate indicators for each tire"

Anonymous, TX (2008 BMW 3 Series 335xi 3.0-L 6 Cyl turbo)

"Warning light says the tire pressure monitor is malfunctioning. I asked what it would take to have it checked and fixed and was told by the BMW dealership that it would cost between $1,000 and $1,250. I said I would not proceed with the check - too"

Bill T., TX (2008 BMW 3 Series 335i 3.0-L 6 Cyl turbo)

"in cold weather, low pressure light goes on unnecessarily. not a big problem, i just ignore it until i can get to my mechanic to reset it"

Anonymous, MA (2008 BMW 3 Series 328xi 3.0-L 6 Cyl)

"Indicated a non existing problem"

Anonymous, WA (2008 BMW 3 Series 328xi 3.0-L 6 Cyl)
Warning lights

"Both tire pressure warnings and brake warning come up. When checked out there was not a problem but something wrong with the sensors or electronics"

Anonymous, (2008 BMW 3 Series Unsure)

"erroneous passenger seat belt sensor warning when inside car temp reaches 80 degrees"

Jeffrey D., OH (2008 BMW 3 Series 328xi 3.0-L 6 Cyl)
Wiper motor or washer

"Wiper came on while car was parked. Since I was away at the time it burned out the control module and battery before I got home. Cost of repair was $2,000"

Gregory K., NY (2008 BMW 3 Series 328i 3.0-L 6 Cyl)

"Window washer container is broken"

Aurel E., CA (2008 BMW 3 Series 328i 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

Alternator

"failed"

Anonymous, CA (2008 BMW 3 Series 328i 3.0-L 6 Cyl)

"it was noisy"

Anonymous, NC (2008 BMW 3 Series 328i 3.0-L 6 Cyl turbo)
Battery (not hybrid or electric)

"Required replacement"

Anonymous, FL (2008 BMW 3 Series 328i 3.0-L 6 Cyl)

"Second battery wore out"

Anonymous, FL (2008 BMW 3 Series 328i 3.0-L 6 Cyl)

"The battery needed replacement due to age which is to be expected. What I did not realize at first is that you need to have a BMW specialist input the right codes into the small computer that manages charging."

Storla C., GA (2008 BMW 3 Series 328i 3.0-L 6 Cyl)

"Battery needed replacing it was 8 years old. Very expensive on BMW as you must register the battery with the car computer, an hour of labor"

Anonymous, FL (2008 BMW 3 Series 328i 3.0-L 6 Cyl)

"The battery died. Not too severe but I now have my third battery in 9 years"

Anonymous, CA (2008 BMW 3 Series 335i 3.0-L 6 Cyl turbo)

"The clock was resetting along with the Radio. BMW said power was at 59%. We had replaced battery 2 years prior from AAA paid to replace at BMW to avoid having a prorated battery from AAA and then paying BMW to reset the computer"

Thomas P., NC (2008 BMW 3 Series 328i 3.0-L 6 Cyl)

"Battery and battery cable cost $1300 to replace"

Anonymous, NC (2008 BMW 3 Series 335i 3.0-L 6 Cyl turbo)

"Battery was an '08...it was time!!!"

Anonymous, NC (2008 BMW 3 Series 328i 3.0-L 6 Cyl turbo)

"2nd battery in 2 years"

Anonymous, ME (2008 BMW 3 Series 335xi 3.0-L 6 Cyl turbo)
Battery cables

"Car would not start and needed to be towed. Turned out that the ground cable broke."

Anonymous, ON (2008 BMW 3 Series 3.0-L 6 Cyl turbo)

"replaced battery cable connector as result of a company recall"

J L., IL (2008 BMW 3 Series 335xi 3.0-L 6 Cyl turbo)

"Covered by recall"

Robert P., FL (2008 BMW 3 Series 328i 3.0-L 6 Cyl)

"ground cable (to the engine) failed - car would not start. Cable replaced."

Marek D., ON (2008 BMW 3 Series 335i 3.0-L 6 Cyl turbo)

"Ground strap corroded and did not provide connection. car could not be started"

Marek D., ON (2008 BMW 3 Series 335i 3.0-L 6 Cyl turbo)

"As stated under the battery section, it cost $1300 to replace the battery and the battery cable. Kept getting a message saying "increased battery discharge""

Anonymous, NC (2008 BMW 3 Series 335i 3.0-L 6 Cyl turbo)
Coil

"one of the coils went bad"

Anonymous, IN (2008 BMW 3 Series 328xi 3.0-L 6 Cyl)

"All fuel injectors had to be replaced. Had three fule pukmps replaced New water pump Engine Cam shafe seals replaced Strange electronic ghost appearing in windows and top opening unannounced"

Anonymous, VA (2008 BMW 3 Series 335xi 3.0-L 6 Cyl turbo)

"One failed ignition coil, two more tested marginal, therefore replaced all six"

Anonymous, FL (2008 BMW 3 Series 328i 3.0-L 6 Cyl)

"Ignition Coils and Spark Plugs.. One Bad coil.. Replaced all coils and plugs"

Anonymous, ON (2008 BMW 3 Series 3.0-L 6 Cyl)

"All coils needed replacement"

Chris B., WI (2008 BMW 3 Series 335xi 3.0-L 6 Cyl turbo)

"I had two coils fail in the last 12 months. This caused a check engine light and an intense shaking when driving. The dealership overcharged for the replacement of one coil ($450 for 5 minutes of work), and they informed that the other 4 are likely t"

Justin C., CT (2008 BMW 3 Series 328xi 3.0-L 6 Cyl)

"coil/sparkplug issue one of the coils failed which caused many problems. The plugs should have been replaced before i purchased and were not. This cause the coil failure per an independent mechanic"

Thomas P., NC (2008 BMW 3 Series 328i 3.0-L 6 Cyl)

"Ignition coil cylinder 1 failed causing severe missfire. Service cost was $1,600 at dealer"

Anonymous, CT (2008 BMW 3 Series 328xi 3.0-L 6 Cyl)

"Car was missing, computer showed two coils were shot, each cylinder has a separate coil"

Anonymous, FL (2008 BMW 3 Series 328i 3.0-L 6 Cyl)

"Two ignition coils failed so all 6 were replaced for $975"

Philip S., OR (2008 BMW 3 Series 328xi 3.0-L 6 Cyl)

"Had loss of power and engine missing sensation and check engine light came on"

Anonymous, SD (2008 BMW 3 Series 335i 3.0-L 6 Cyl turbo)

"over the last year, I have had to replace individual coils due to rough driving and erratic acceleration"

Anonymous, CA (2008 BMW 3 Series 335i 3.0-L 6 Cyl turbo)

"coils failed had to replace them for a second time"

Anonymous, ME (2008 BMW 3 Series 335xi 3.0-L 6 Cyl turbo)
Electronic ignition

"injectors going bad one at a time"

Anonymous, CA (2008 BMW 3 Series 335i 3.0-L 6 Cyl turbo)
Spark plugs or wires failure

"An ignition coil failed on a long trip. The BMW dealer where I took the car recommended replacing all 6 at a cost of $1100. This problem was common for the N54 engine installed in the 2007-2010 BMW E90 3Series."

Anonymous, (2008 BMW 3 Series 3.0-L 6 Cyl turbo)

"The 335 turbo requires replacement at 44k miles. This is too short when most cars only require 100k replacement,"

K H., VA (2008 BMW 3 Series 335i 3.0-L 6 Cyl turbo)

"Replaced plugs and coils after motor hesitated when idling and at times under full throttle"

J L., IL (2008 BMW 3 Series 335xi 3.0-L 6 Cyl turbo)

"replaced plugs because they close needing replacement on routine maintenance"

Anonymous, SD (2008 BMW 3 Series 335i 3.0-L 6 Cyl turbo)

"Ignition coils were causing problems with start-up/engine idle. The problem was not fixed by replacing the ignition coils and intake air sensor, although that did lessen the severity of the startup engine idle problem"

Anonymous, TX (2008 BMW 3 Series 328i 3.0-L 6 Cyl)
Starter

"Starter died, had to replace"

Anonymous, NM (2008 BMW 3 Series 328xi 3.0-L 6 Cyl)

"Starter failed and needed to replace it"

Raymond R., HI (2008 BMW 3 Series 328i 3.0-L 6 Cyl)

"Starter failed without warning. Car was at home, had to be transported to repair shop."

Anonymous, CT (2008 BMW 3 Series 328xi 3.0-L 6 Cyl)

"Car would not start in mall lot. Had to have towed and new starter instlled."

Anonymous, PA (2008 BMW 3 Series 328xi 3.0-L 6 Cyl)

Brakes

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

What Owners Say

Antilock system (ABS)

"ABS Driving Stability control DSC and Brake (trifecta lights) all function from a central control into which 6 brake lines feed. BMW has a running problem with the circuit boards going out after 90000 miles. My local BMW garage wants +$5000 to replace the DSC control. This is robbery! And it seems to only way to get one is from them or the junk yard if lucky to find one for the very same model since they all require specific programming to the year and model of production. BOOOOOO"

Anonymous, KY (2008 BMW 3 Series 328i 3.0-L 6 Cyl)

"dsc unit failed and dsc hydraulic pump faults"

Anonymous, OR (2008 BMW 3 Series 335i 3.0-L 6 Cyl)

"The abs system failed Needed new computer. Dealer wanted $5000.00 to repair. Settled for $3000.00 to repair. Headlight failed. Replaced both headlights for $180.00"

Anonymous, (2008 BMW 3 Series Unsure)

"ABS,DSC and brake are all managed by a single control module that has a long history of failure due to poor connections on sonic bonding of control board to plug terminal leads. Failures seem to start around 90,000 miles as intermittent ABS failures and loss of cruise control function and then progress to include DSC and Brake in what is termed the Trifecta control. Replacement is very expensive and needs to be done and programmed by a BMW dealer. Aftermarket rebuilds are possible on some models but not all but must use the same module removed from your car for the rebuild as the computer software in the module is specific to your VIN and not always universal or generic for the production year for each model."

Anonymous, KY (2008 BMW 3 Series 3.0-L 6 Cyl)

"Had to replace all 4 rotors and pads"

Anonymous, FL (2008 BMW 3 Series 335i 3.0-L 6 Cyl)

"Trouble with pump that activated the antilock brake system"

Frank B., FL (2008 BMW 3 Series 328i 3.0-L 6 Cyl)

"DSC UNIT FAULTY APPROXIMATE COST TO REPLACE DSC UNIT WAS $2400.00"

Anonymous, KY (2008 BMW 3 Series 335i 3.0-L 6 Cyl)

"ABS light keeps coming on"

Anonymous, LA (2008 BMW 3 Series 335i 3.0-L 6 Cyl)

"intermittent ABS, brake, and DCS light at same time and individually. Difficult to trace problem unless it is displaying at time of visit to service center."

Anonymous, KY (2008 BMW 3 Series 328i 3.0-L 6 Cyl)

"The ABS pump stopped working, leading to loss of stability control, ABS, and cruise control. It is an electrical short problem, temporarily "fixed" by water from rain or a car wash. Estimates for repair are around $4000"

Alan H., FL (2008 BMW 3 Series 335i 3.0-L 6 Cyl turbo)

"ABS ECU failed"

Anonymous, MA (2008 BMW 3 Series 328i 3.0-L 6 Cyl)

"The computer module that controls the ABS brakes failed. Dealer told me the cost of replacing that module would be over $5000. I was able to negotiate the price to $3500. I found the module available on the Internet for $250 with the dealer said that they would not install any of module I obtained the through the Internet. I was getting ready to leave for Florida for the winter and let them fix it but I made a mistake I should've gone to another dealer or mechanic. Purchased a new battery from S"

Ronald W., MD (2008 BMW 3 Series 335i)
Calipers

"Service bulletin issued requiring rear caliper replacement to quieten squeaks. Dealer originally diagnosed faulty wheel bearing and replaced for $1500; squeak persisted"

Anonymous, TX (2008 BMW 3 Series 335i 3.0-L 6 Cyl turbo)
Master cylinder

"I was told by local BMW dealer that the ABS hydro unit needed replacement at a cost of $3800"

Anonymous, FL (2008 BMW 3 Series M3 4.0-L V8)
Normal routine brake wear

"BMW dealership wanted about $800 per axle to repair. Found locally owned independent that a friend and his family used for past 30-40 years. They did repair work for about $380 for both axles and said i did not need new brake rotors. I will need rotars the next time brake pads are needed which will add about 150+- to the cost. Significant difference in total cost."

Thomas P., NC (2008 BMW 3 Series 328i 3.0-L 6 Cyl)

"I responded when the BMW diagnostic system displayed an alert that my brakes needed attention."

Anonymous, IL (2008 BMW 3 Series 328i 3.0-L 6 Cyl)

"need brake pad and disk"

Anonymous, CA (2008 BMW 3 Series 328i 3.0-L 6 Cyl)

"The brake wear was noted while getting routine service I could understand the early wear due to the inner city atop and go driving. But the repair was expensive due to rotor replacements which is normal for the cer."

Anonymous, (2008 BMW 3 Series 3.0-L 6 Cyl)

"I had to replace my rear brake pads and rotors at about 40 k miles. Most cars rear brakes last 80k miles"

K H., VA (2008 BMW 3 Series 335i 3.0-L 6 Cyl turbo)

"Just needed both back and front rotors and pads at 90K miles...pretty good, actually"

Anonymous, NY (2008 BMW 3 Series 328xi 3.0-L 6 Cyl)

"Braking system simply wearing down so that it took longer to come to stop"

Anonymous, SC (2008 BMW 3 Series 328i)

"Replaced brakes for first time at 72,000"

Anonymous, NY (2008 BMW 3 Series 328xi 3.0-L 6 Cyl)

"needed a complete brake job, discs, pads, etc"

Anonymous, IL (2008 BMW 3 Series 328xi 3.0-L 6 Cyl)

"Brake rotors and pads had be replaced at all four wheels"

Anonymous, WI (2008 BMW 3 Series 328xi 3.0-L 6 Cyl)

"BMW brakes are designed to be sacrificial. They stop the car, in exchange for pad and rotor wear"

Karl T., TX (2008 BMW 3 Series 335i 3.0-L 6 Cyl turbo)
Premature brake wear

"Have had to replace Brake pads with every oil change since purchasing in November 2010. Had to replace rotors at 80m miles. And I am one that does not "ride my brakes""

Midge M., GA (2008 BMW 3 Series 328i 3.0-L 6 Cyl)

"Very expensive and contradicting opinions about break wear and required work to be performed"

Jim C., CA (2008 BMW 3 Series 335i 3.0-L 6 Cyl turbo)

"Had to replace brake pads prematurely"

Anonymous, TX (2008 BMW 3 Series 328i 3.0-L 6 Cyl)
Rotors

"wearing out"

Anonymous, OH (2008 BMW 3 Series 328i 3.0-L 6 Cyl)

"Wear - needed replacement"

Larry W., CA (2008 BMW 3 Series 335i 3.0-L 6 Cyl turbo)

"Rotors were corroded/rusted leading to vibration during braking"

Anonymous, ON (2008 BMW 3 Series 328i 3.0-L 6 Cyl)
Squeaking

"The brakes squeal when I apply them"

Anonymous, FL (2008 BMW 3 Series 335i 3.0-L 6 Cyl turbo)

"After many visits to determine problem, finally BMW decided it was due to a disc caliper and that was replaced"

Anonymous, AB (2008 BMW 3 Series 335i 3.0-L 6 Cyl turbo)

"squeaking due to worn/defective rear brake calipers. Cost to Fix is $1500"

Anonymous, TX (2008 BMW 3 Series 335i 3.0-L 6 Cyl turbo)

Engine Cooling

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

What Owners Say

Antifreeze leaks

"water pump hose blew the plastic insert. car over heated, had to be towed in for repair"

Anonymous, CA (2008 BMW 3 Series 328i 3.0-L 6 Cyl)
Cooling fan

"Cooling Fan failure required replacement"

Anonymous, FL (2008 BMW 3 Series 328i 3.0-L 6 Cyl)
Overheating

"Bad waterpump"

Greg T., TN (2008 BMW 3 Series 335i 3.0-L 6 Cyl turbo)

"I have to carry a quart of oil with me at all times"

Anonymous, CA (2008 BMW 3 Series 335i 3.0-L 6 Cyl turbo)

"Just happened yesterday so do not know what caused overheating. Will have to have it towed to garage."

Anonymous, PA (2008 BMW 3 Series 328xi 3.0-L 6 Cyl)
Radiator

"radiator fitting failed"

Robert S., NC (2008 BMW 3 Series 328i 3.0-L 6 Cyl)

"Dealer broke the radiator connector hose during a safety check and paid for the $800 repair"

Anonymous, PA (2008 BMW 3 Series 335xi 3.0-L 6 Cyl turbo)
Thermostat

"sensor warned it needed to be replaces. Unit and installation cost $375"

Anonymous, CA (2008 BMW 3 Series 328i 3.0-L 6 Cyl)

"Thermostat and water pump failed catestrophically"

Anonymous, NC (2008 BMW 3 Series 335i 3.0-L 6 Cyl turbo)
Water pump

"At 61,000 easy miles, the water pump failed while I was on the freeway. I had to pull over immediately and call for a tow truck."

Marianne H., CA (2008 BMW 3 Series 335i 3.0-L 6 Cyl turbo)

"Water pump failed and overheated car/engine"

Anonymous, CA (2008 BMW 3 Series 328i 3.0-L 6 Cyl)

"Water pump failed. Car was overheating and had to be stopped (and towed)."

Anonymous, ON (2008 BMW 3 Series 3.0-L 6 Cyl turbo)

"Cracked water pump, replaced that and reservoirs at the same timr"

Anonymous, (2008 BMW 3 Series 3.0-L 6 Cyl)

"Water pump failed. Car went into a "protect mode" and slowed engine to low speed. Had to be towed to the dealer"

Anonymous, NC (2008 BMW 3 Series 335i 3.0-L 6 Cyl turbo)

"Water pump failure. Poor plastic-metal design failed,"

Anonymous, CA (2008 BMW 3 Series 335i 3.0-L 6 Cyl turbo)

"Failed while driving in town, flatbed to dealer - fixed next day"

James P., GA (2008 BMW 3 Series 335i 3.0-L 6 Cyl turbo)

"I had the water pump and associated parts replaced covered under the extended warranty at 43721 and again at my expense at63059. Approximately 500 miles later discovered that system had not been air-purged by dealer. m Probable cause of sedond failu"

Anonymous, CO (2008 BMW 3 Series 335i 3.0-L 6 Cyl turbo)

"Water pump failed- had it replaced. 3 days later the same water pump/overheating issue occurred again"

Ross B., CA (2008 BMW 3 Series 335i 3.0-L 6 Cyl turbo)

"Replacing the water pump on this car cost $2500. Ouch!"

Jamie D., NV (2008 BMW 3 Series 335xi 3.0-L 6 Cyl turbo)

"Water pump went out at 40 k. had to replace thermostat and oil level indicator at same time. all toll. about 1700 dollars"

Jim S., CA (2008 BMW 3 Series 335i 3.0-L 6 Cyl turbo)

"This model BMW has an electric water pump, not belt driven. The pump failed and had to be replaced. The repair shop told me this was a common failure"

John L., CA (2008 BMW 3 Series 335i 3.0-L 6 Cyl turbo)

"Big bill for the water pump. In the area of almost $4,000"

Anonymous, AB (2008 BMW 3 Series 335i 3.0-L 6 Cyl turbo)

"Water Pump went out-had to replace along with thermostat"

Anonymous, NV (2008 BMW 3 Series 335i 3.0-L 6 Cyl turbo)

"Had to be replaced.(common problem with 335i BMW) & steering wheel electric lock falure"

Greg T., TN (2008 BMW 3 Series 335i 3.0-L 6 Cyl turbo)

"Failed while driving, engine temperature went to 310 degrees, engine shut off in traffic"

Anonymous, CA (2008 BMW 3 Series 335i 3.0-L 6 Cyl turbo)

"Water pump stopped working while driving on the interstate. Car went into limp mode and had to be towed to a dealer. Water pump was replaced."

Anonymous, IL (2008 BMW 3 Series 335xi 3.0-L 6 Cyl turbo)

"Water pump replacement is expensive. $1500.00"

L- P S., IL (2008 BMW 3 Series 328i 3.0-L 6 Cyl)

"water pump failed and caused overheating. Pump replaced."

Marek D., ON (2008 BMW 3 Series 335i 3.0-L 6 Cyl turbo)

"I have had to replace the water heater TWICE in this car already. In 2016 and 2018."

Anonymous, CA (2008 BMW 3 Series 335i 3.0-L 6 Cyl turbo)

"electric water pump failed, limped home. $1500 repair."

Anonymous, NY (2008 BMW 3 Series 328i 3.0-L 6 Cyl)

"The car had recently been serviced for coolant leaks. Hoses and plastic water passages were replaced. Within a month, the water pump failed. For a couple of days, the coolant reservoir went low so I added fluid. Then all of the coolant leaked out. New pump."

Anonymous, CA (2008 BMW 3 Series 335i 3.0-L 6 Cyl turbo)

"shortly after 50k miles I noticed the temperature ight come on .I immediately stopped the car let it cool for an hour drove it 2 miles to my home and had it towed to a auto repair center. They replaced the water pump, thermostat and coolant"

Howard E., OH (2008 BMW 3 Series 335xi 3.0-L 6 Cyl turbo)

"The water pump completely failed. The computer alerted me to the problem, went into limp home mode and then warned me to shut down the engine because it was overheating. There was no damage to the engine. This is a very common problem and occurs without warning. At least the computer should alert the driver to prevent damage to the block or head"

Kenneth H., VA (2008 BMW 3 Series 335i 3.0-L 6 Cyl turbo)

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

Alignment

"Rear wheels badly out of alignment. Initial tires worn out on inside edge, with eventual blowout, at 14000 miles"

John N., CA (2008 BMW 3 Series 328i 3.0-L 6 Cyl)
Ball joints

"they were cracked and needed replacing"

Daniel D., WI (2008 BMW 3 Series 335xi 3.0-L 6 Cyl turbo)
Bushings

"Control arm bushings are fluid-filled and eventually leak a purplish liquid."

Anonymous, TX (2008 BMW 3 Series 3.0-L 6 Cyl turbo)

"The passenger-side rear bushings creaked loudly with any movement and were more than $1,000 to fix. This was probably due to road conditions (e.g., potholes) rather than an engineering failure by BMW"

David B., DC (2008 BMW 3 Series 328xi 3.0-L 6 Cyl)

"The bushings had become worn, making the front end feel very loose"

Anonymous, MA (2008 BMW 3 Series 328i 3.0-L 6 Cyl)

"Thrust arm bushings were leaking. Replaced thrust arms"

Anonymous, GA (2008 BMW 3 Series 328i 3.0-L 6 Cyl)
Power steering leaks

"Seal broke on steering pump"

Melvin A., AZ (2008 BMW 3 Series 335i 3.0-L 6 Cyl turbo)
Power steering pumps and hoses

"The power steering was lost. The original owner or repair shop put the wrong fluid in. The power streering pump went and had to be replaced"

Anonymous, NY (2008 BMW 3 Series 328xi 3.0-L 6 Cyl)

"Power steering pump died"

Anonymous, AZ (2008 BMW 3 Series M3 4.0-L V8)
Shocks or struts

"Struts and other front end parts had to be replaced too soon in my opinion. Same for the water pump"

Bob J., AZ (2008 BMW 3 Series 335i 3.0-L 6 Cyl turbo)

"Shock towers front and rear have exploded most likely due to pothole damage on the roads."

Anonymous, PA (2008 BMW 3 Series 3.0-L 6 Cyl)

"Needed to be replaced because of wear"

James H., PA (2008 BMW 3 Series 328xi 3.0-L 6 Cyl)

"Front struts replaced at 71708"

Anonymous, CO (2008 BMW 3 Series 335i 3.0-L 6 Cyl turbo)

"Broken rear strut...leaking oil. Broken engine mounts"

Dennis B., FL (2008 BMW 3 Series 328xi 3.0-L 6 Cyl turbo)

"so worn that the front tires were wearing on the inside tread."

Anonymous, AZ (2008 BMW 3 Series 335i 3.0-L 6 Cyl turbo)

"Rear shocks needed replacing as they were blown."

Michael L., NY (2008 BMW 3 Series 328xi 3.0-L 6 Cyl)

"Wear and tear so replaced"

Patricia D., OH (2008 BMW 3 Series 328i 3.0-L 6 Cyl)

"One of the struts lost its fluid"

Anonymous, MA (2008 BMW 3 Series 328i 3.0-L 6 Cyl)

"All suspension needed replacement. This is the first time that any work on the suspension has been done on this area"

Anonymous, BC (2008 BMW 3 Series 335i 3.0-L 6 Cyl turbo)
Steering linkage (includes rack and pinion)

"Replaced worn out rack and pinion"

Anonymous, WA (2008 BMW 3 Series 335i 3.0-L 6 Cyl turbo)

"Steering rack stiff at 105,000 miles, replaced for $500"

Anonymous, GA (2008 BMW 3 Series 328xi 3.0-L 6 Cyl)
Tire wear is uneven

"Beware if you purchase any BMW product with Sport Suspension this means the chamber on the tires (particularly the back tires) will cause excessive wear on the interior tread. There is no fixing this but to keep buying and replacing tires every 30000 miles."

Anonymous, KY (2008 BMW 3 Series 328i 3.0-L 6 Cyl)

"Came with run flat tires which had to be replaced multiple times. Eventually replaced with conventional tires which have still required replacement."

Anonymous, VA (2008 BMW 3 Series Unsure)

"Michelin run flat tires have horrible longevity....12000 miles"

Anonymous, OR (2008 BMW 3 Series 335i 3.0-L 6 Cyl turbo)
Wheel bearings

"Warning light came on. Wheel bearing problem-cost about $1,000 to fix. Covered under extended warranty I purchased"

Anonymous, NC (2008 BMW 3 Series 335i 3.0-L 6 Cyl turbo)

"Rear wheel bearings required replacement at 40000 miles"

Kurt P., CT (2008 BMW 3 Series 328xi 3.0-L 6 Cyl)

Climate System

Blower (fan) motor, A/C compressor, condenser, evaporator, heater system, automatic climate control, refrigerant leakage, electrical failure.

What Owners Say

A/C compressor

"Compressor leak, need to totally remove dashboard - cost over $3000, not resolved yet."

Anonymous, CO (2008 BMW 3 Series 3.0-L 6 Cyl)

"Stopped cooling. Needed to be replaced"

Anonymous, CA (2008 BMW 3 Series 328i 3.0-L 6 Cyl)

"A/C not blowing cold"

Anonymous, CA (2008 BMW 3 Series 328i 3.0-L 6 Cyl)
Blower (fan) motor

"fan stopped working if cold start-up"

Anonymous, NY (2008 BMW 3 Series 328xi 3.0-L 6 Cyl)

"fan motor quit and fan motor had to be replaced."

Anonymous, NH (2008 BMW 3 Series 328i 3.0-L 6 Cyl)

"Had a windshield leak and it dropped into the blower rusting it. And blowing a capacitor. Replaced it and fixed the gasket that caused the problem initially"

Mark S., MD (2008 BMW 3 Series 328i 3.0-L 6 Cyl)
Evaporator

"A/C power decreased. Evaporator deemed the issue. Cost to fix 2250 dollars"

Anonymous, FL (2008 BMW 3 Series 328i 3.0-L 6 Cyl)

"BMW could not diagnose warm airconditioner so quoted a $3000 repair to replace the evaporator"

Anonymous, PA (2008 BMW 3 Series 335xi 3.0-L 6 Cyl turbo)

"BMWs and Minis have AC evaporators that often fail after several years (8 in our case). These evaporators cannot be replaced without disassembling and removing the dashboard and center console, and removing the steering wheel. This is two full-time days of labor for an experienced mechanic; there are Youtube videos showing this process. The repair cost is about $3500 (labor alone is $2500). This evaporator leak causes AC coolant to leak out, making the car's AC inoperative. The problem is widely known to BMW mechanics and dealers--I checked with the local BMW dealer and four independent BMW shops to get advice and estimates. The dealer and company, BMW NA, will not offer to cover part of the repair cost. This is all the result of a poor design that placed the AC evaporator in a location that cannot be repaired without extreme difficulty."

Brian L., CA (2008 BMW 3 Series 328i 3.0-L 6 Cyl)

"Major cost, over $2500, for a car not over 120K miles"

Victor V., NC (2008 BMW 3 Series 328i 3.0-L 6 Cyl)

"Suspected evaporator leak - not yet confirmed"

Bill H., ON (2008 BMW 3 Series 335xi 3.0-L 6 Cyl turbo)
Heater system

"Central console below the dash gets very hot when the heat is on and on longer trips. We believe this contributed to the failure of the navigation system and ongoing problems with the radioi"

Anonymous, DE (2008 BMW 3 Series 328i 3.0-L 6 Cyl)

"Heater stopped working at below 20 celcius and clock keep resetting"

Anonymous, QC (2008 BMW 3 Series 335xi 3.0-L 6 Cyl turbo)
Refrigerant leaks

"Problem became magnified because the complete lock of knowledge of an auto shop in Palm Springs , California , ,highly recommended by AAA. Probably 2 charlatans getting together... Every year I had to change the refrigerant because ,intentionally he didn't tie a screw to stop the leak ... Never mind after I gave bad reviews to AAA , the owner called me begging to change the previous grade...I have no idea what is the criteria of picking the auto repair shops by AAA.Idiots..."

Anonymous, CA (2008 BMW 3 Series 328i 3.0-L 6 Cyl)

"My BMW was suddenly out of freon last June 2018. My mechanic said it should never run out, but was unable to find a leak, and it has been fine since then."

Anonymous, WA (2008 BMW 3 Series 328xi 3.0-L 6 Cyl)

"Unable to locate leak. Small leak in system???"

Jeffrey H., SC (2008 BMW 3 Series 328i 3.0-L 6 Cyl)

"Several trips and refills now looks like a refrigerant line needs replacing"

Anonymous, ON (2008 BMW 3 Series 3.0-L 6 Cyl)

"After five years of having no problems, I've had poor cold air performance when turning on AC in the springtime. No obvious leaks have been found, but needs to be recharged for the past two years"

Ed S., CO (2008 BMW 3 Series 328i 3.0-L 6 Cyl)

"This was detected by the BMW dealership service department. It was fixed for $2500 which was covered by the extended warranty I purchased at the dealership at the time I bought the car in Jan. 2014"

Chuck K., AZ (2008 BMW 3 Series 328i 3.0-L 6 Cyl)

"Air conditioner needed to be recharged and we are not sure if it is leak or not"

Grant W., CO (2008 BMW 3 Series 335xi 3.0-L 6 Cyl turbo)

"water pump failed, replaced"

Chris S., WA (2008 BMW 3 Series 335i 3.0-L 6 Cyl turbo)

"not sure if leak but probably needs refrigerant recharged"

Virginia B., MN (2008 BMW 3 Series 328i 3.0-L 6 Cyl)

"Leak in the cabin coil system, $2000 to repair. Entire dash and passenger seats need to be removed"

Anonymous, ON (2008 BMW 3 Series 335i 3.0-L 6 Cyl turbo)

"Section of coolant line corroded, necessitating replacement."

Anonymous, CT (2008 BMW 3 Series 328xi 3.0-L 6 Cyl)

"Leak inside car under the dash. repaired at a cost of about $3800"

Jerry M., KY (2008 BMW 3 Series 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

Display screen difficult to see

"does dark if the car/radio gets warm"

Anonymous, NC (2008 BMW 3 Series 328i 3.0-L 6 Cyl)

"Have non i drive BMW. Issue with LCD screen being illegible when it was hot out. Pixels would drop out and then come back on after the car cooled down during the summer"

Mark S., MD (2008 BMW 3 Series 328i 3.0-L 6 Cyl)
Display screen freezes up

"The navigation DVD read head causes a freeze up requiring reboot..."

Anonymous, CA (2008 BMW 3 Series 328i 3.0-L 6 Cyl turbo)
Display screen goes blank

"Screen displays incomplete or no information. I cannot determine which band the radio is on, etc."

Anonymous, TN (2008 BMW 3 Series 335i 3.0-L 6 Cyl turbo)
External music device interface (e.g., smart phone, MP3 player)

"No Bluetooth, display fades out, crackling noise even when car is turned off."

Anonymous, NC (2008 BMW 3 Series 328i 3.0-L 6 Cyl)
In-dash navigation system (GPS)

"The DVD based navigation system needed to removed and the laser head readjusted to be able to read the navigation info from the DVD to interface with the GPS SYSTEM."

Anonymous, CA (2008 BMW 3 Series 328i 3.0-L 6 Cyl turbo)

"The in dash navigation system does not work. cost to update the system is not practical. I now use my smart phone for navigation."

Anonymous, FL (2008 BMW 3 Series 3.0-L 6 Cyl turbo)

"simply not accurate, says there are traffic problems when there are none, does not have up to date maps or correct directions"

Anonymous, CA (2008 BMW 3 Series 328i 3.0-L 6 Cyl)

"Shuts down ioccasionally and asks to put discback in. However disc was never ejected"

Steve M., MA (2008 BMW 3 Series 328xi 3.0-L 6 Cyl)

"Just quit working properly"

Sam V., TX (2008 BMW 3 Series M3 4.0-L V8)

"GPS DVD player stopped working at about 12000 miles"

Anonymous, CA (2008 BMW 3 Series 335i 3.0-L 6 Cyl)

"The navigation system turns off and asks for the DVD to be re-inserted to get it back working you have to reboot the whole system. This problem comes and goes and no one seems to have a solution for it."

Ernani D., CA (2008 BMW 3 Series 328i 3.0-L 6 Cyl turbo)

"The DVD reading system for navigation goes intermittent quite often and you have to re-boot it to get it to work. Also sometimes ejecting and re-inserting the DVD sometimes helps"

Anonymous, CA (2008 BMW 3 Series 328i 3.0-L 6 Cyl turbo)
Phone pairing (e.g., Bluetooth)

"System won't pair with iPhone or iPod touch"

Anonymous, CA (2008 BMW 3 Series 328i 3.0-L 6 Cyl)

"Intermittent problem that became constant, required $1200 module replacement."

Anonymous, DE (2008 BMW 3 Series 3.0-L 6 Cyl turbo)

"Phone will not pair. Requires upgrade to all vehicle software at a cost of $500"

Anonymous, CA (2008 BMW 3 Series 335xi 3.0-L 6 Cyl turbo)

"Difficulty with bluetooth"

Anonymous, QC (2008 BMW 3 Series 335xi 3.0-L 6 Cyl turbo)

"quit working"

Anonymous, NC (2008 BMW 3 Series 328i 3.0-L 6 Cyl)
Radio

"Last 2 of 6 station selector buttons are frozen in place and no longer work."

Anonymous, NJ (2008 BMW 3 Series 3.0-L 6 Cyl)

"Sirius XM radio is broken. The BMW installed item that enables the satellite radio to work does not work any more. It costs $1200 to fix so I am not fixing it."

Anonymous, CA (2008 BMW 3 Series 335i 3.0-L 6 Cyl turbo)
Software update fixes

"this pertains to the navigation system. BMW does not support or provide the updates to this year model. So essentially one has to get an aftermarket product at exorbitant cost (over $2500) if navigation is a requirement."

Anonymous, FL (2008 BMW 3 Series 3.0-L 6 Cyl turbo)
Speakers

"Two of the speakers were blown and had to be replaced. Cause was probably the amplifier which had water damage and occasionally caused extremely loud noise problems. Amplifier had to be replaced as well"

Anonymous, NC (2008 BMW 3 Series 328i 3.0-L 6 Cyl)

"Speakers shorted out"

Sam V., TX (2008 BMW 3 Series M3 4.0-L V8)

"Rear speakers occasionally have a loud hum like there is a short, even after turning off the car"

Anonymous, IL (2008 BMW 3 Series 328i 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

Cylinder head

"Had to replace a failing camshaft position sensor which caused the motor to run erratically - $2000 cost of replacement"

Anonymous, FL (2008 BMW 3 Series 3.0-L 6 Cyl turbo)

"Valve Cover cracked and was leaking oil. I've never seen another car where the valve cover cracked. This was a $1300 repair"

Anonymous, MA (2008 BMW 3 Series 328i 3.0-L 6 Cyl)

"Rough starting. Checked compression and found a problem. Result was a complete head rebuild with new cam bearings"

Anonymous, CA (2008 BMW 3 Series 335i 3.0-L 6 Cyl turbo)

"The car lost a bit of power. Then it was rough idling. ended up being coil that fires the cylinders"

Anonymous, NY (2008 BMW 3 Series 328xi 3.0-L 6 Cyl)

"Intake Valves built up with carbon"

Chris B., WI (2008 BMW 3 Series 335xi 3.0-L 6 Cyl turbo)

"it was actually a valve cover that had to be replaced due to some kind of crackcases ventalation value that cause some kind of VANOS sensor and a harness to go bad"

Thomas P., NC (2008 BMW 3 Series 328i 3.0-L 6 Cyl)
Engine rebuild or replacement

"The engine was losing pressure that caused stalling and engine light warning"

Anonymous, FL (2008 BMW 3 Series 335i 3.0-L 6 Cyl turbo)
Head gasket

"Fluid leaked on garage floor. Dealer said needed new head gasket. You can see mileage, don't drive it hard, either"

Anonymous, CA (2008 BMW 3 Series 328i 3.0-L 6 Cyl)

"Valve cover gasket leak after less than 38K miles (6 years). No coverage from manufacturer. $1000 repair, which took two days because the dealer discovered during the repair that they didn't have screws in stock to replace valve cover"

Robert P., FL (2008 BMW 3 Series 328i 3.0-L 6 Cyl)

"Leaking fixed under extended warantee"

Anonymous, FL (2008 BMW 3 Series 328i 3.0-L 6 Cyl)

"Our head gasket was leaking and required replacement at 60,000 miles and after 10 years of use. The leaking gasket also caused the coils to fill with oil, which meant they had to be replaced too. The total cost at an independent BMW shop was over $1000."

Brian L., CA (2008 BMW 3 Series 328i 3.0-L 6 Cyl)

"Engine ran very rough and head gasket was part of the problem."

William H., OH (2008 BMW 3 Series 328xi 3.0-L 6 Cyl)

"had to replace the entire valve cover assembly due to faulty EGR valve. Still had a warranty purchased from dealer that covered part of the 2,400 cost"

Thomas P., NC (2008 BMW 3 Series 328i 3.0-L 6 Cyl)
Timing belt or chain

"pulley on main engine belt wore out and was allowing the belt to move on the pulley. Replaced pulley and belt prior to recommended interval"

Anonymous, WA (2008 BMW 3 Series 328xi 3.0-L 6 Cyl)
Turbo or supercharger

"Turbos had to be replaced on recall when I got car then went bad again at 85,000 miles"

Anonymous, FL (2008 BMW 3 Series 3.0-L 6 Cyl turbo)

"Car became noisy. Turbocharger replaced under recall warranty"

Anonymous, IL (2008 BMW 3 Series 335xi 3.0-L 6 Cyl turbo)

"Needed to replace heads"

Larry W., CA (2008 BMW 3 Series 335i 3.0-L 6 Cyl turbo)

"Turbo went leaked all of the oil out of car. $3500 fix"

Anonymous, ME (2008 BMW 3 Series 335xi 3.0-L 6 Cyl turbo)

"Pop off valve failed causing low pressure and check engine light. Failure in the pivot bearing. required replacement of the whole integrated turbo/exhaust header assembly (>$7000 at the dealer). As much as I like this car, this repair is too expensive. The pop-off valve should be a separate part."

Anonymous, CA (2008 BMW 3 Series 335i 3.0-L 6 Cyl turbo)

"Something in the system failed resulting in a loss of power"

Anonymous, IL (2008 BMW 3 Series 335i 3.0-L 6 Cyl turbo)

"Turbochargers had to be replaced"

Philip O., FL (2008 BMW 3 Series 335i 3.0-L 6 Cyl turbo)

"had to have the high pressure pump was faulty, done under 10yr, 120,000. warranty however also discovered the low pressure fuel line sensor/line had to be replaced....my cost of $611.98"

Anonymous, NH (2008 BMW 3 Series 335i 3.0-L 6 Cyl turbo)

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)

"pcv as part of the valve cover"

Anonymous, (2008 BMW 3 Series 3.0-L 6 Cyl)
Fuel injection system

"Had to replace all of the fuel injectors. $3,800 bill, out of warranty"

William C., WA (2008 BMW 3 Series 335xi 3.0-L 6 Cyl turbo)

"Had to replace the fuel regulator and the throttle senors and acuator, about $5000 in repairs"

Anonymous, DC (2008 BMW 3 Series M3 4.0-L V8)

"The car was past the warrenty period; however, BMW did cover the cost of parts. Labor was $800"

Anonymous, NM (2008 BMW 3 Series)

"Replace fuel injectors cost 2000"

Anonymous, FL (2008 BMW 3 Series 335i 3.0-L 6 Cyl turbo)

"Throttle body actuators failed"

William H., CO (2008 BMW 3 Series None 4.0-L V8)
Fuel pump

"fuel pump leak oil"

Anonymous, CA (2008 BMW 3 Series 328i 3.0-L 6 Cyl)

"Multiple fuel pump failures"

Anonymous, CA (2008 BMW 3 Series 335i 3.0-L 6 Cyl turbo)

"Leak - had to be replaced. Expensive!!"

Anonymous, GA (2008 BMW 3 Series 328i 3.0-L 6 Cyl)

"Fuel pump failed for second time. Stranded me"

Anonymous, TX (2008 BMW 3 Series 335i 3.0-L 6 Cyl turbo)

"Fuel pump failed at 56000 miles"

Anonymous, PA (2008 BMW 3 Series 335i 3.0-L 6 Cyl turbo)

"This problem cost me over 1000.00 dollars"

Todd M., NY (2008 BMW 3 Series 328i 3.0-L 6 Cyl)

"Failed. Every 55000 miles it fails"

Anonymous, MO (2008 BMW 3 Series 335xi 3.0-L 6 Cyl turbo)

"Failed after 74,000 miles and had to be replaced. Very costly, about $1,000"

Paul E., IL (2008 BMW 3 Series 335xi 3.0-L 6 Cyl turbo)

"The car stopped in the middle of the freeway. I could have been killed. Or someone else could have been. I had to be towed. At the time, the issue was considered an "extended warranty" issue. It may be on recall now. Very dangerous"

Marianne H., CA (2008 BMW 3 Series 335i 3.0-L 6 Cyl turbo)
Sensors (includes O2 or oxygen sensor)

"Don't recall the details; got an engine warning light signal that allowed me to keep driving. Service told me I had to have sensors replaced. It didn't appear to affect drivability at all"

Anonymous, ON (2008 BMW 3 Series 335i 3.0-L 6 Cyl turbo)

"Continuous failure"

Anonymous, NJ (2008 BMW 3 Series 328xi 3.0-L 6 Cyl)

"Fuel pressure sensor failed causing a Fuel Pump Fail error"

Anonymous, AP (2008 BMW 3 Series M3 4.0-L V8)

"When I sent my car in for this item, when I got it back they tell me it's fixed when in fact it isn't. This is the engine codes that keep coming up"

Norman F., AB (2008 BMW 3 Series 335i 3.0-L 6 Cyl turbo)

"Some kind of vacuum device that failed due to a corroded connection, $1200 repair. Lasted two weeks and dealer had to replace again under warranty... this time they found the corroded connection"

Anonymous, ON (2008 BMW 3 Series 335i 3.0-L 6 Cyl turbo)

"Sensor had to be replaced"

Anonymous, NY (2008 BMW 3 Series 335xi 3.0-L 6 Cyl turbo)

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

"plugged drain from moon roof causes water to leak into front passenger side carpet."

Anonymous, IN (2008 BMW 3 Series 3.0-L 6 Cyl)

"Water leaks in both passenger side doors that flooded passenger side footwells. Both required repair"

Anonymous, CA (2008 BMW 3 Series 328i 3.0-L 6 Cyl)

"water pump went out"

Anonymous, OR (2008 BMW 3 Series 335i 3.0-L 6 Cyl)

"During heavy downpours, water pools on floor of passenger side floor"

Anonymous, VA (2008 BMW 3 Series 328i 3.0-L 6 Cyl)

"3 inches of water in the rear passenger footwell. Repair to the rr door seal, but at the next storm the water was back. I covered the car off and on for 2 months to prevent another leak. Still needs to be located and repaired."

Mike M., CA (2008 BMW 3 Series 328i 3.0-L 6 Cyl)

"I had a cooling system hose or clamp break which caused a cooling fluid leak while driving. I ended up getting towed for repair by the dealer"

Anonymous, CA (2008 BMW 3 Series 335i 3.0-L 6 Cyl turbo)
Seals and/or weather-stripping

"Annoying. I expected better fit and finish from BMW"

Anonymous, PA (2008 BMW 3 Series 335i 3.0-L 6 Cyl turbo)

"The drains in the sunroof and other parts of the car get clogged - causing water to get into the interior of the car and soak the carpet. Requires annual cleaning"

Anonymous, GA (2008 BMW 3 Series 328i 3.0-L 6 Cyl)

"water leaks when driving in rain. water infiltrates into battery compartment"

Anonymous, QC (2008 BMW 3 Series 335i 3.0-L 6 Cyl turbo)

"Leak in weather-stripping around windshield causes wind noise"

Anonymous, NV (2008 BMW 3 Series 335i 3.0-L 6 Cyl turbo)
Squeaks or rattles

"I believe the cables for the folding metal roof are loose or have been dislodged from their channel. I have had this problem for over three years. When the roof is down, there is no rattle. BMW has not been able to fix the problem to my satisfacti"

Bill T., TX (2008 BMW 3 Series 335i 3.0-L 6 Cyl turbo)

"The car has made an intermittent noise since it was new. Finally, after the warranty expired, they diagnosed the problem as being the brakes. It was a very expensive repair, not covered by warranty"

Anonymous, CA (2008 BMW 3 Series 335i)

"the convertible hardtop causes a lot of noise when it is not deployed"

Jeff D., TX (2008 BMW 3 Series 335i 3.0-L 6 Cyl turbo)

"Not sure if it is the power steering motor. Fluid has been flushed but noise is still there especially when turning the wheel in cold weather. No difficulty steering"

Anonymous, PA (2008 BMW 3 Series 328xi 3.0-L 6 Cyl)

"loud brake squeaking sound, I had brakes checked multiple times and I was told that the brake pads are still good"

Anonymous, WI (2008 BMW 3 Series 335xi 3.0-L 6 Cyl turbo)
Wind noise

"Over the last few months wind noise has become louder to the point it is difficult to have a hands free conversation"

Anonymous, (2008 BMW 3 Series 3.0-L 6 Cyl)

"Have asked the dealer several times to locate and identify an annoying whistle but they have not found or solved the problem"

Ross B., CA (2008 BMW 3 Series 335i 3.0-L 6 Cyl turbo)

"Wind noise above ~70 mph, especially bad with crosswind"

Anonymous, GA (2008 BMW 3 Series 328xi 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

4WD/AWD components

"AWD internal parts virtually disintegrated in the case"

Anonymous, NY (2008 BMW 3 Series 328xi 3.0-L 6 Cyl)
Differential

"Differential failure at 80000 miles"

Anonymous, NY (2008 BMW 3 Series 328i 3.0-L 6 Cyl)

"Diff failed after 70000 miles. Extremely noisy and feels rough when turned by hand"

Anonymous, NY (2008 BMW 3 Series 328i 3.0-L 6 Cyl)
Driveline vibration

"There is a serious driveline vibration at speeds above 50 mph. The dealership has been unable to find the source of the problem, telling me it is the tires, but the issue has been present over two different sets of tires. I have decided to stop tryin"

Justin C., CT (2008 BMW 3 Series 328xi 3.0-L 6 Cyl)
Driveshaft or axle

"Rear wheel bearing failure/vibration. Both sides needed replaced at a cost in excess of $3,500"

Anonymous, KY (2008 BMW 3 Series 328i 3.0-L 6 Cyl)
Electrical failure

"Two throttle actuators. The fools at BMW use plastic gears in the units"

Anonymous, (2008 BMW 3 Series None 4.0-L V8)

"Module that controls AWD, TPM, anti lock brakes intermittent and failed"

Anonymous, NY (2008 BMW 3 Series 328xi 3.0-L 6 Cyl)

"While driving on the freeway the car cut power to 15%. Very dangerous"

Anonymous, CA (2008 BMW 3 Series 335i 3.0-L 6 Cyl turbo)

"Recall b y the manufacturer and was repaired without cost to me"

Anonymous, NJ (2008 BMW 3 Series 328xi 3.0-L 6 Cyl)

"Rear window left side engine briken. You can open or close the window"

Aurel E., CA (2008 BMW 3 Series 328i 3.0-L 6 Cyl)
Stability control (ESC)

"ABS ECU failed"

Anonymous, MA (2008 BMW 3 Series 328i 3.0-L 6 Cyl)
Transfer case

"Actuator failed"

Anonymous, NV (2008 BMW 3 Series 328xi 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

Gear selector or linkage

"Transmission valve failure. $1800 repair. Took a week. Shifts are less fluid than before"

Matthew G., MA (2008 BMW 3 Series 328xi 3.0-L 6 Cyl)

"Car wouldn't reverse until a broken gear selector valve (?) was identified and replaced"

Nathan D., NY (2008 BMW 3 Series 328xi 3.0-L 6 Cyl)

"Manual-shift mode failed. Repair approx $1,000"

John N., CA (2008 BMW 3 Series 328i 3.0-L 6 Cyl)

"Won't go into sport mode. Haven't resolved yet"

Anonymous, ON (2008 BMW 3 Series 328i 3.0-L 6 Cyl)
Slipping transmission

"Was driving on hilly, busy 4 lane surface street and heard very loud noise as though something had fallen out of the back-end. Then car stopped accelerating. Luckily was right in front of a BMW dealership and 3 young gentlemen pushed it up a hill an"

Midge M., GA (2008 BMW 3 Series 328i 3.0-L 6 Cyl)
Transmission leaks

"I have been told the oil pan is leaking and should be fixed. Investigating, this is a common problem that will be very costly because the front end must be disassembled to remove the oil pan"

Anonymous, MA (2008 BMW 3 Series 328i 3.0-L 6 Cyl)

"The transmission was defined as leaking minor during the last service appointment"

Anonymous, FL (2008 BMW 3 Series 335i 3.0-L 6 Cyl turbo)

"I think it's called the metronics device. it's an electronics device that knows what gear you are in? Anyway, it was leaking"

Jim S., CA (2008 BMW 3 Series 335i 3.0-L 6 Cyl turbo)

"Kept having fluid leak on garage floor. Found rear of transmission, electrical connection sealing sleeve seeping fluid. Installed new sealing sleeve."

Anonymous, OR (2008 BMW 3 Series 335i 3.0-L 6 Cyl)

Paint/Trim

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

What Owners Say

Loose exterior trim or moldings

"Panel under front bumper"

Anonymous, PA (2008 BMW 3 Series 3.0-L 6 Cyl)

"Molding on front window started to pull away from the window and set up a howling noise until it was replaced"

William J., FL (2008 BMW 3 Series 328i 3.0-L 6 Cyl)
Loose interior trim or moldings

"Rear seat upholstery stitching has come apart, although rear seat is rarely if ever used. Dealership had not solution, except to offer replacement of entire back seat--really? Not what I would expect from even the entry vehicle in a "luxury" auto l"

Andrew F., CA (2008 BMW 3 Series 328i 3.0-L 6 Cyl)
Paint (fading, chalking, cracking, or peeling)

"Chrome covering of one of the paddle shifters is peeling off"

Anonymous, CA (2008 BMW 3 Series 328i 3.0-L 6 Cyl)

"Paint did not deteriorate. There were scratches on the back bumper from loading trunk and also had the wheels repainted due to curb scuffing. The paint on the car is Superb"

Carl T., NJ (2008 BMW 3 Series 328i 3.0-L 6 Cyl)
Rust

"Rust started on the hood, at the front, near a headlight... seems it rusted from the inside out, beginning under the seam. By the time the rust started to show up as a bubble under the paint, ot was too late to stop it without a re-paint of the enti"

Dennis M., OH (2008 BMW 3 Series 335xi 3.0-L 6 Cyl turbo)

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

"Cable supporting the interior trim for the convertible roof broke. Only way to repair is the replace the entire top for $2000."

Anonymous, TX (2008 BMW 3 Series 335i 3.0-L 6 Cyl turbo)

"Fit is no longer tight; Now it leaks and has ocassional popping sounds"

Anonymous, AL (2008 BMW 3 Series)
Mirrors

"Drivers side mirror moves to a different random position upon starting the car. Dealer said they couldn't replicate the issue, so I have to adjust this mirror almost every time I drive"

Anonymous, IL (2008 BMW 3 Series 328i 3.0-L 6 Cyl)
Windows

"The weather stripping around the windshield has become hard and is chipping away. The same weather stripping was replaced about two years ago for the same reason"

Anonymous, CA (2008 BMW 3 Series 328i 3.0-L 6 Cyl)

"When closing windows, as the window reaches close to the top (90% closed), it suddenly changes direction and fully reopens"

Anonymous, QC (2008 BMW 3 Series 335i 3.0-L 6 Cyl turbo)

"The electric motors that operate the windows continually malfunction. We can no longer use the passenger side rear window because you never know if it will go up again. We have had it repaired twice"

Deborah R., NY (2008 BMW 3 Series 328xi 3.0-L 6 Cyl turbo)

Transmission Major

Transmission rebuild or replacement, torque converter, clutch replacement.

What Owners Say

Clutch replacement

"clutch burned out-needed full replacement"

Laurie T., CA (2008 BMW 3 Series 328i 3.0-L 6 Cyl)
Torque converter

"Torque converter had to be replaced. Even using non-BMW original parts, this cost ~$3k including parts and labor"

Anonymous, TX (2008 BMW 3 Series 328i 3.0-L 6 Cyl)
Transmission rebuild or replacement

"At lower gear around 1200 rpm you can feel the kick when accelerating. Might caused by weather condition (this car was mostly used at NYS with a lot of snow and salt.) Tried fluid oil to fix the transmission but didn't work. Rebuilding it now."

Fangyuan H., NY (2008 BMW 3 Series 335xi 3.0-L 6 Cyl turbo)

"The shifter rod in the transmission broke inside trans. Dealer quoted $9,000.00 for new transmission. We took to an independent shop and they replaced rod and serviced transmission for less than $1000.00. Dealer did not want to fit trans they only"

Anonymous, WA (2008 BMW 3 Series 328xi 3.0-L 6 Cyl)

"TransmIssion wouldn't shift gears. Two clutches burned out. Replaced transmission"

Anonymous, CA (2008 BMW 3 Series 335i 3.0-L 6 Cyl turbo)

Exhaust

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

What Owners Say

Catalytic converter

"They need to be replaced. BMW has no extended warranty on them like other manufacturers do"

Steve L., AB (2008 BMW 3 Series 335xi 3.0-L 6 Cyl turbo)
Muffler

"Muffler developed leaks and was replaced with an after-market cat-back system."

Anonymous, IL (2008 BMW 3 Series 335xi 3.0-L 6 Cyl turbo)

"Leaks have started"

Anonymous, NY (2008 BMW 3 Series 328i 3.0-L 6 Cyl)
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