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.
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Reliability

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

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Reliability indicates how models have performed in the past, providing the basis for predicting how the vehicles will hold up in the year ahead. These charts provide the most comprehensive reliability information available to consumers. Based on information received from our latest subscriber survey for about 420,000 vehicles, our reliability history charts give you a rundown on how 2000 through 2019 vehicles are holding up in 17 potential trouble spots, ranging from the engine, transmission, and brakes to power equipment and the electrical system. NA indicates that we did not receive a large enough sample size to provide data for a specific year. An X indicates that the vehicle was not manufactured for a specific year.

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Owner Reported Trouble Spots

The Reliability score is based on our latest subscriber survey of 2009 BMW 3 Series owners. The owner comments describe problems respondents experienced with this vehicle.

Electric System

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

What Owners Say

Headlights

"Replaced failing Xenon headlights for the first time"

Peter F., MA (2009 BMW 3 Series 328i xDrive 3.0-L 6 Cyl)

"High intensity discharge bulb needed to be replaced"

Anonymous, VA (2009 BMW 3 Series 335i xDrive 3.0-L 6 Cyl turbo)

"Adaptive headlight motor does not work"

Rahim D., ON (2009 BMW 3 Series 335i xDrive 3.0-L 6 Cyl turbo)

"bulb burned out"

Richard H., CT (2009 BMW 3 Series 328i xDrive 3.0-L 6 Cyl)

"Headlights are auto-leveling and cannot be adjusted. One side's low beams intermittently aim too low, giving poor nighttime visibility"

Anonymous, MD (2009 BMW 3 Series 335d 3.0-L 6 Cyl diesel)

"Headlight stopped working and was replaced"

Anonymous, CA (2009 BMW 3 Series 335i 3.0-L 6 Cyl turbo)

"Adaptive headlight needs replacement. Second time in 5 years"

Anonymous, ON (2009 BMW 3 Series 335i xDrive 3.0-L 6 Cyl turbo)

"Headlights went bad within the first year. Had to replace both of the headlights since you cannot replace only one"

Anonymous, AZ (2009 BMW 3 Series 328i xDrive 3.0-L 6 Cyl)

"One of the daytime running lamps went out. It costs $200 to replace. The bulb was a few dollars, but it was over an hour in labor to gain access to the area where the light is located"

David K., CA (2009 BMW 3 Series 328i 3.0-L 6 Cyl)

"One of the HID lights burned out after 3 years. BMW replaced it under warranty"

Anonymous, NC (2009 BMW 3 Series 328i 3.0-L 6 Cyl)
Exterior lights (other than headlights)

"A known issue with the 3 series is the rear taillight assembly malfunction. The cost of the product is $450 at the dealer. The install and tax came to $750 (quote). I was able to find a direct replacement for $135. It took only two bolts and a clip to removed and all of 15 minutes to replace. The cost and labour for this repair by BMW was unacceptable. Considering it was a simple fix and this is a known problem (the same 2009 5 series had a manufacture recall) but not the 3 series it shoul"

Anonymous, ON (2009 BMW 3 Series 335d 3.0-L 6 Cyl diesel)

"A brake light that has shorted a number of times"

Anonymous, CA (2009 BMW 3 Series 328i 3.0-L 6 Cyl)

"Replaced all 4 tail lights"

Peter F., MA (2009 BMW 3 Series 328i xDrive 3.0-L 6 Cyl)

"The rear led is no working, but I have to replace the whole rear light unit which is $450+tax. Way too expensive"

Anonymous, ON (2009 BMW 3 Series 328i xDrive 3.0-L 6 Cyl)

"Right rear turn signal circuit went bad. Big bucks to repair it"

Anonymous, MO (2009 BMW 3 Series 328i xDrive 3.0-L 6 Cyl)

"Actually, it was a turning signal light"

Anonymous, HI (2009 BMW 3 Series 328i Unsure)

"RIght rear LED turn lights failed - needed to replace entire unit"

David S., NY (2009 BMW 3 Series 328i xDrive 3.0-L 6 Cyl)

"Right turn signal circuit went nuts...Cost $250 clams to get it fixed"

Anonymous, MO (2009 BMW 3 Series 328i xDrive 3.0-L 6 Cyl)

"tail light circuit board failure"

Anonymous, CA (2009 BMW 3 Series 328i 3.0-L 6 Cyl)

"The rear brake lights failed. They are LED and cost $500 to replace"

Jeffrey G., FL (2009 BMW 3 Series 328i xDrive 3.0-L 6 Cyl)

"Rear turn signal failed, the whole lamp had to be replaced"

Anonymous, ON (2009 BMW 3 Series 335i xDrive 3.0-L 6 Cyl turbo)

"Rear LED taillight failure. Complete taillight replacement"

Anonymous, CA (2009 BMW 3 Series 328i 3.0-L 6 Cyl)

"The rear left led tail lights had to be replaced"

Danny L., SC (2009 BMW 3 Series 328i 3.0-L 6 Cyl)
Keyless entry

"keyless entry doesn't always recognize the key. Car has to be opened manually"

Anonymous, GA (2009 BMW 3 Series 328i 3.0-L 6 Cyl)
Warning lights

"Engine status lights never go out, check engine never goes off, tpms light stays on. Dealer can't fix"

Benjamin L., NH (2009 BMW 3 Series 335i xDrive 3.0-L 6 Cyl)

"Flat tire warning light comes on and off at random - nothing wrong with tires"

David S., NY (2009 BMW 3 Series 328i xDrive 3.0-L 6 Cyl)

"warning lights came up indicating the rear light bulbs were not working on the left. turned off the car and the problem went to the right hand side. the next day the problem went away. This only happen once"

Anonymous, NY (2009 BMW 3 Series M3 4.0-L V8)
Tire pressure monitor

"There is a very sensitive low tire monitor"

Kathleen K., MN (2009 BMW 3 Series 328i xDrive 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)

"From early on my car had a yellow check engine light (32K) and stayed on without fixing until after the warranty period. I had brought it up to the dealer on every service. They would reset and tell me there were no codes and the light would come right back on. I had to request good will warranty to have the engine light diagnosed and repaired. This resulted in BMW keeping my car for almost 2 months (2015) to repair various components including the turbo. The approximate cost was $10K. I"

Anonymous, ON (2009 BMW 3 Series 335d 3.0-L 6 Cyl diesel)

"PCV valve (and housing) had to be replaced at cost of $1200"

Anonymous, TN (2009 BMW 3 Series 328i 3.0-L 6 Cyl)

"Car has had one recall and I was billed $3000 on another occasion, which BMW eventually paid"

Anonymous, FL (2009 BMW 3 Series 335d 3.0-L 6 Cyl diesel)

"Check engine light on. Costs $2150 to fix. Dealer failed to tell me it was on a recall. Took four months of calling to get a refund. This had something to do with the urea system"

Harry H., AL (2009 BMW 3 Series 335d 3.0-L 6 Cyl diesel)
Sensors (includes O2 or oxygen sensor)

"replaced sensor"

Anonymous, GA (2009 BMW 3 Series 328i 3.0-L 6 Cyl)

"Bad O2 sensor needed replacing"

David G., CA (2009 BMW 3 Series 328i 3.0-L 6 Cyl)

"Sometimes it says it is operating at reduced power...but it is not"

Anonymous, MO (2009 BMW 3 Series 335i 3.0-L 6 Cyl turbo)
Fuel injection system

"ignitors"

Daniel P., FL (2009 BMW 3 Series 328i 3.0-L 6 Cyl)

"Failed injector"

Gerardo S., FL (2009 BMW 3 Series 335d 3.0-L 6 Cyl diesel)

"one injector experienced leakage which caused emissions issued required replacement"

Anonymous, MI (2009 BMW 3 Series 335i xDrive 3.0-L 6 Cyl turbo)

"Already described. High pressure fuel pump failed twice and replaced twice. Five of the six fuel injectors replaced and just about 6 months ago all six injectors replaced again and I had to pay half of the cost. Various related sensors replaced"

Peter B., GA (2009 BMW 3 Series 335i 3.0-L 6 Cyl turbo)

"Failure/Leakage of 6 Fuel Injectors"

Anonymous, CA (2009 BMW 3 Series 335i 3.0-L 6 Cyl turbo)

"Fuel injectors had to be replaced when car was stuttering, it was in fact already a recall for the 335"

Anonymous, NJ (2009 BMW 3 Series 335i 3.0-L 6 Cyl turbo)
Fuel pump

"Fuel pump was defective and had to be replaced with new fuel pump"

Anonymous, AZ (2009 BMW 3 Series 328i 3.0-L 6 Cyl)

"this is also a common problem with this auto"

Steve G., NJ (2009 BMW 3 Series 328i xDrive 3.0-L 6 Cyl)

"This is the second time I have had to have the fuel pump replaced"

Anonymous, MA (2009 BMW 3 Series 335i 3.0-L 6 Cyl)

"High pressure fuel pump replaced twice. Fuel injectors replaced twice. Various related sensors replaced"

Peter B., GA (2009 BMW 3 Series 335i 3.0-L 6 Cyl turbo)

Climate System

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

What Owners Say

"Compressor still works, but loses freeon with increasing frequency. I have to recharge 2-3 times a season"

Anonymous, PA (2009 BMW 3 Series 328i xDrive 3.0-L 6 Cyl)

"Coils oxidized and coolant leak to zero available"

Anonymous, FL (2009 BMW 3 Series 328i 3.0-L 6 Cyl)

"My AC blows hot air"

Kathleen K., MN (2009 BMW 3 Series 328i xDrive 3.0-L 6 Cyl)

"AC does not work"

Kathleen K., MN (2009 BMW 3 Series 328i xDrive 3.0-L 6 Cyl)

"Taking it to the shop for the second time in 3 years. AC Doesn't work. Filter needs to be changed again. Car smells like a barn"

Anonymous, ON (2009 BMW 3 Series 328i 3.0-L 6 Cyl)
Evaporator

"Evaporator started leaking and had to be replaced"

Howard W., WA (2009 BMW 3 Series 328i 3.0-L 6 Cyl)

"requires disassembly of dashboard"

Anonymous, OH (2009 BMW 3 Series 328i 3.0-L 6 Cyl)

"Developed a leak and had to be replaced. Was inside the cabin, behind the dash, and was very expensive to fix"

Warren M., MN (2009 BMW 3 Series 328i xDrive 3.0-L 6 Cyl)

"began to not put out cold air. Was under extended warranty so BMW repaired it without any issues. Required extensive repair"

James L., CA (2009 BMW 3 Series 328i 3.0-L 6 Cyl)

"I was told that this is an inherant problem with the 6 cyl. engine in the 3 series BMW"

Steve G., NJ (2009 BMW 3 Series 328i xDrive 3.0-L 6 Cyl)

"AC wasn't getting cold enough"

Anonymous, FL (2009 BMW 3 Series 328i Unsure)

"Seems to require refrigerants every year"

Anonymous, AZ (2009 BMW 3 Series 328i 3.0-L 6 Cyl)

"Slowly leeks freon. Currently using an electronic trace to identify where the leak is. Not at a BMW dealership"

Anonymous, UT (2009 BMW 3 Series 328i xDrive 3.0-L 6 Cyl)
Automatic climate control

"See previous answer. Automatic climate control module was changed unnecessarily because dealer mis-diagnosed problem with heating system"

William H., TX (2009 BMW 3 Series 328i 3.0-L 6 Cyl)

"The condenser failed. It's behind the dash. The cost to repair was $2,500"

Jeffrey G., FL (2009 BMW 3 Series 328i xDrive 3.0-L 6 Cyl)
Heater system

"Completely inadequate heat provided - even for Houston TX. Dealer tried changing engine thermostat - no improvement. Next tried changing control module - no improvement. Finally changed heater core - PROBLEM SOLVED. Lousy diagnostic skills"

William H., TX (2009 BMW 3 Series 328i 3.0-L 6 Cyl)

Engine Minor

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

What Owners Say

Accessory belts or pulleys

"Belt tensioner had to be replaced"

Anonymous, GA (2009 BMW 3 Series 328i 3.0-L 6 Cyl)
Oil leaks

"Oil pan gasket leak"

Anonymous, CA (2009 BMW 3 Series 328i 3.0-L 6 Cyl)

"The valve gasket needs to be replaced"

Anonymous, FL (2009 BMW 3 Series 335i xDrive 3.0-L 6 Cyl turbo)

"Oil leak around oil filter housing and turbo"

Rahim D., ON (2009 BMW 3 Series 335i xDrive 3.0-L 6 Cyl turbo)

"Replaced valve cover gasket (5 hours labour, outrageous). Replaced a camshaft solenoid in the process. CAD$700 total"

Abdelhalim B., QC (2009 BMW 3 Series 328i xDrive 3.0-L 6 Cyl)

"Oil filter housing gasket started leaking about 1 year ago. Moderate expense to replace"

Anonymous, AZ (2009 BMW 3 Series 335i 3.0-L 6 Cyl turbo)

"Oil pan gasket replacement - very expensive!"

Robert L., MA (2009 BMW 3 Series 328i 3.0-L 6 Cyl)

"Gasket allowed oil leak. Needed to be replaced"

Stuart R., MA (2009 BMW 3 Series 335i xDrive 3.0-L 6 Cyl turbo)

"valve cover gasket failed prematurely"

Stan B., CT (2009 BMW 3 Series 328i xDrive 3.0-L 6 Cyl)

"Very slight oil leak has shown up recently"

Noreen H., CA (2009 BMW 3 Series 328i 3.0-L 6 Cyl)

"Small leak on the oil gasket- covered by CPR warranty"

David K., CA (2009 BMW 3 Series 328i 3.0-L 6 Cyl)

"the oil was leaking on the exhaust pipe. the repair involved putting brand new head gaskets. dealer said this was a common issue"

Anonymous, FL (2009 BMW 3 Series 328i 3.0-L 6 Cyl)
Difficult to fill up gas tank

"Have to keep the pump at Costco on low"

Steven S., CA (2009 BMW 3 Series 328i 3.0-L 6 Cyl)

"Build up of carbon causing misfiring"

Anonymous, WA (2009 BMW 3 Series 335d 3.0-L 6 Cyl diesel)

"The engine worked in an uneven way. All fuel injectors and park plugs had to be replaced"

Anonymous, ON (2009 BMW 3 Series 335i xDrive 3.0-L 6 Cyl turbo)

"Sometimes it idles a little rough. I fix with a chevron glass treatment"

Anonymous, MO (2009 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

"Car had alignment issue and needed to be fixed after 6 years"

Anonymous, CA (2009 BMW 3 Series 328i 3.0-L 6 Cyl)

"thrust rod bushing replaced"

Anonymous, GA (2009 BMW 3 Series 328i 3.0-L 6 Cyl)

"mechanic said some bushings needed replacements. that is all that I understand"

Aaron E., CA (2009 BMW 3 Series 328i xDrive 3.0-L 6 Cyl)

"Worn and leaking. Had to be replaced"

Anonymous, LA (2009 BMW 3 Series 335i 3.0-L 6 Cyl turbo)

"(maybe this category): entire chassis separated from engine mounts, body of car was loose from chassis, and shocks could not serve their purpose (repair was $5,800)"

Anonymous, NY (2009 BMW 3 Series 328i 3.0-L 6 Cyl)

"control arm bushing wore out prematurely causing uneven tire wear"

Stan B., CT (2009 BMW 3 Series 328i xDrive 3.0-L 6 Cyl)

"Had to replace the bushings after 6 years due to wear and tear"

Anonymous, CA (2009 BMW 3 Series 328i 3.0-L 6 Cyl)

"Worn bushings on control arms"

Anonymous, TX (2009 BMW 3 Series 335i 3.0-L 6 Cyl turbo)

"Struts needed to be replaced to bring the car into alignment, probably resulting from pothole impact"

Anonymous, WV (2009 BMW 3 Series 328i xDrive 3.0-L 6 Cyl)
Steering linkage (includes rack and pinion)

"Need to replace entire steering rack!"

Abdelhalim B., QC (2009 BMW 3 Series 328i xDrive 3.0-L 6 Cyl)
Wheel bearings

"Replaced wheel bearings on two separate occasions. In each instance, they triggered DTC, which made the car dangerous to drive. Worse, dealer spent weeks just trying to diagnose the DTC problem - finally found it was a wheel bearing. And expensive!"

Robert L., MA (2009 BMW 3 Series 328i 3.0-L 6 Cyl)

Engine Cooling

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

What Owners Say

Cooling fan

"Electric cooling fan failed at approximately 66000 miles. Apparently this is a known BMW defect; electric cooling fan fails between 60000 and 70000 miles"

Charles F., NJ (2009 BMW 3 Series 328i 3.0-L 6 Cyl)
Water pump

"Pump and water circulation system seals failed, BMW certified mechanics whom I trust, said pump was wearing and should be replaced at the same time"

L H., CA (2009 BMW 3 Series 328i 3.0-L 6 Cyl)

"Had to replace the water pump"

Anonymous, FL (2009 BMW 3 Series 335i xDrive 3.0-L 6 Cyl turbo)

"Water pump died"

Anonymous, MO (2009 BMW 3 Series 335i xDrive 3.0-L 6 Cyl turbo)

"Water pump is electric. Seized and engine warning lights indicated don't drive the vehicle. No warning except lost heat in the cabin a few hours earlier"

David Z., ON (2009 BMW 3 Series 335i xDrive 3.0-L 6 Cyl turbo)

"Suddenly failed driving home on a Sunday. $1500 fix at the dealer"

Anonymous, AZ (2009 BMW 3 Series 335i 3.0-L 6 Cyl turbo)

"Failed on a 4 lane highway - I had to pull over and be towed"

Anonymous, ON (2009 BMW 3 Series 328i xDrive Unsure)

"Electric water pump failed 9 days before warranty expired"

Anonymous, MI (2009 BMW 3 Series 335i xDrive 3.0-L 6 Cyl turbo)

"Failure leading to overheating and needed replacement"

Anonymous, CT (2009 BMW 3 Series 335i xDrive 3.0-L 6 Cyl turbo)

"Car suddenly lost power in traffic. Fortunately I was able to roll over to a safe location. There is no water temperature gauge on the car, only oil temperature, so there was no way to know car was overheating till engine power cut out. Seems dang"

Anonymous, MA (2009 BMW 3 Series 335i 3.0-L 6 Cyl)

"IT FAILED"

Joseph G., NY (2009 BMW 3 Series 328i 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

Premature brake wear

"rear brakes wore out quickly and wear sensors did not function correctly. Factory warranty covered fixes and no problem with wear since then"

D G., CA (2009 BMW 3 Series 328i 3.0-L 6 Cyl)

"Surprised that I had to get discs replaced at 32,000 miles, expected about 10.000 more miles"

L H., CA (2009 BMW 3 Series 328i 3.0-L 6 Cyl)

"needed frequent changing"

Dennis S., CA (2009 BMW 3 Series 335d 3.0-L 6 Cyl diesel)

"Rotors very expensive to replace"

Anonymous, IL (2009 BMW 3 Series 328i xDrive 3.0-L 6 Cyl)
Squeaking

"car brakes squealed at low speed. Fixed by dealer"

Anonymous, MO (2009 BMW 3 Series 328i xDrive 3.0-L 6 Cyl)

"This may have been a wheel bearing. Costs around $1,000 to fix"

Harry H., AL (2009 BMW 3 Series 335d 3.0-L 6 Cyl diesel)
Antilock system (ABS)

"Both rear brake sensors failed within 4 months"

Anonymous, CA (2009 BMW 3 Series 328i 3.0-L 6 Cyl)

"Brake wear was discovered at annual routine maintenance. They did not cause a problem while driving"

Anonymous, MA (2009 BMW 3 Series 328i xDrive 3.0-L 6 Cyl)

"Happen 800 miles after 100K warranty expired. Cost 2800"

Anonymous, CT (2009 BMW 3 Series 335d 3.0-L 6 Cyl diesel)

"during safety inspection it was determined that the brakes were worn and needed replacement by the local bmw dealer"

Paul D., NB (2009 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

"Battery wore out at typical lifecyle- but it was expensive"

Anonymous, WA (2009 BMW 3 Series 335i 3.0-L 6 Cyl turbo)

"Rough running, rough idling"

Anonymous, VA (2009 BMW 3 Series 328i 3.0-L 6 Cyl)

"Cylinder coils - all replaced"

Anonymous, CT (2009 BMW 3 Series 328i xDrive 3.0-L 6 Cyl)

"2 coils blew at 65000 miles. Repaired under warranty"

Steven S., CA (2009 BMW 3 Series 328i 3.0-L 6 Cyl)

"one coil fail on cylinder 5"

Anonymous, ON (2009 BMW 3 Series 328i xDrive 3.0-L 6 Cyl)

"Two of the six Injectors failed"

Anonymous, SC (2009 BMW 3 Series 335i xDrive 3.0-L 6 Cyl turbo)

"Problems with starting stared in fall as it became colder. Took it in for service with the dealer's service center. They said there was no problem. Problems persisted over the winter and I took it in again and then they found sensor malfunction"

Anonymous, MN (2009 BMW 3 Series 328i xDrive 3.0-L 6 Cyl)
Spark plugs or wires failure

"An ignition coil failed, and needed to be replaced. Spark plugs were also changed"

Jeffrey M., TX (2009 BMW 3 Series 328i 3.0-L 6 Cyl)

"Ignition coil broken two times in two years"

Anonymous, ON (2009 BMW 3 Series 328i xDrive 3.0-L 6 Cyl)
Alternator

"The alternator bearing starting making noise after only 30000 miles so the alternator had to be replaced"

R F., TX (2009 BMW 3 Series 328i 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

"recurrent problem with door seals squeaking, apparently not fixable as seals have been replaced once"

Anonymous, CA (2009 BMW 3 Series 335d 3.0-L 6 Cyl diesel)

"Windshield surround seal required replacement, was disintegrating"

Jeffrey D., CA (2009 BMW 3 Series 328i 3.0-L 6 Cyl)

"A rattle in the right hand passenger back seat area. If there is a manufactures recommended repair bulletin, could you please tell me how to obtain it to have it fixed. It is such an annoying noise for a such a beautiful automobile. Note: It is an automobile, NOT a car"

Patricia T., AZ (2009 BMW 3 Series 335i 3.0-L 6 Cyl turbo)

"Hardtop convertible needed adjustment...$500"

Tom B., TX (2009 BMW 3 Series 335i 3.0-L 6 Cyl turbo)

"The car makes a soft squeaking sound at very low speeds"

Anonymous, CA (2009 BMW 3 Series 328i 3.0-L 6 Cyl)

"Wind noise that makes it sound like the window isn't all the way up. Was told by BMW that the size and design of the side view mirrors has caused this problem. They couldn't fix it"

Anonymous, TX (2009 BMW 3 Series 328i 3.0-L 6 Cyl)

"Loud road noise"

Anonymous, FL (2009 BMW 3 Series 328i 3.0-L 6 Cyl)
Air or water leaks

"Water at driver's window interface with convertible roof"

Daniel P., FL (2009 BMW 3 Series 328i 3.0-L 6 Cyl)

"Water leak at left front (post car washing). Had to replace windshield sealer. Leak caused the A/C fan to squeak"

Anonymous, MI (2009 BMW 3 Series 335i 3.0-L 6 Cyl turbo)

Engine Major

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

What Owners Say

Cylinder head

"Misfiring"

Anonymous, NY (2009 BMW 3 Series 335i 3.0-L 6 Cyl turbo)

"The dealer replaced the valve lifters in the engine. This quieted a clattering noise that could be heard at idle"

Anonymous, NJ (2009 BMW 3 Series 328i xDrive 3.0-L 6 Cyl)

"Needed to be removed and cleaned due to carbon build up"

Anonymous, ON (2009 BMW 3 Series M3 3.0-L 6 Cyl turbo)
Head gasket

"Oil leaks due to head gasket deterioration"

Mitchell T., FL (2009 BMW 3 Series 328i 3.0-L 6 Cyl)

"The head gasket problem was noticed incidentally while the car was in for the turbo replacement"

Holly M., NC (2009 BMW 3 Series 335i 3.0-L 6 Cyl turbo)

"head gasket leaking everywhere"

Anonymous, NY (2009 BMW 3 Series 328i 3.0-L 6 Cyl)

"The turbos had to be replaced because of waste gate problem. It was under warranty, and they lent me a *great* car for the 7 day repair"

Holly M., NC (2009 BMW 3 Series 335i 3.0-L 6 Cyl turbo)

"bmw replaced both turbos under extended warranty"

Anonymous, WA (2009 BMW 3 Series 335i xDrive 3.0-L 6 Cyl turbo)

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

External music device interface (e.g., smart phone, MP3 player)

"Doesn't play mp3s"

Benjamin L., NH (2009 BMW 3 Series 335i xDrive 3.0-L 6 Cyl)
Backup or other camera/sensors

"The backup sensors seem to be problematic, first one in the back went bad, now one in the front"

Erik W., MN (2009 BMW 3 Series 328i xDrive 3.0-L 6 Cyl)
Display screen goes blank

"The display screen went blank and BMW fixed it I had an extended warranty"

L H., PA (2009 BMW 3 Series 335i 3.0-L 6 Cyl)

"The whole computer display went blank and nothing including bluetooth phone, radio or GPs would work, The computer had to be replaced and reprogrammed"

Anonymous, MN (2009 BMW 3 Series 328i xDrive 3.0-L 6 Cyl)
Phone pairing (e.g., Bluetooth)

"The bluetooth module had to be replaced. This was a must fix due to the new "hands-free" law in VT"

Anonymous, VT (2009 BMW 3 Series 328i xDrive 3.0-L 6 Cyl)

"Phone pairing has not worked for years. Nothing they can do to fix it"

Anonymous, ON (2009 BMW 3 Series 328i 3.0-L 6 Cyl)

"Satellite Radio had failed and required replacement. Cost was ~$1000 for part alone"

Anonymous, MD (2009 BMW 3 Series 328i xDrive 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

"Molding on various parts of the vehicle are starting to come loose"

Anonymous, IL (2009 BMW 3 Series 328i Unsure)
Paint (fading, chalking, cracking, or peeling)

"Paint beginning to peel on roof channel"

Jay G., GA (2009 BMW 3 Series 328i 3.0-L 6 Cyl)

"Due to rough winters, we had lots of dings on the car and had a body shop work on the outside paint in 2013 repairing the front hood (major spot) and side panels"

Anonymous, IN (2009 BMW 3 Series 328i xDrive 3.0-L 6 Cyl)

"trip worn off in weird places where there is no wear and tear (roof trim)"

Anonymous, TX (2009 BMW 3 Series 328i 3.0-L 6 Cyl)

"Driver's side roof trim peeling -- passenger side fine. I don't even understand how/why"

Anonymous, TX (2009 BMW 3 Series 328i 3.0-L 6 Cyl)

"Black trim on roof has flaked off"

Anonymous, FL (2009 BMW 3 Series 328i 3.0-L 6 Cyl)

"passanger footwell molding came loose and had to have the dealer reinstall"

Anonymous, WA (2009 BMW 3 Series 335i xDrive 3.0-L 6 Cyl turbo)

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

"Differential was replaced"

Anonymous, MN (2009 BMW 3 Series 328i xDrive 3.0-L 6 Cyl)

"Failed. Had to be replaced"

Anonymous, LA (2009 BMW 3 Series 335i 3.0-L 6 Cyl turbo)
Driveshaft or axle

"A wheel bearing went bad, impacted DTC gear on one wheel, which engaged DTC at highway speed (braked the car) causing serious drivability problems. Dealer took four visits to find the DTC problem and identified as a wheel bearing failure and not a s"

Robert L., MA (2009 BMW 3 Series 328i 3.0-L 6 Cyl)

"Rear Differential had to be replaced because of constant whine at 40-50 mph"

Nicola R., WA (2009 BMW 3 Series)
Driveline vibration

"VANOS Solenioids and eccentric valve sensor were replaced for serious driveline vibration, had to be towed to dealership"

Nicola R., WA (2009 BMW 3 Series)
Electrical failure

"erratic failures"

Anonymous, BC (2009 BMW 3 Series 335i 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

"top folds into trunk...it was a worrisome rattle issue when top was up and rattled over bumps"

Tom B., TX (2009 BMW 3 Series 335i 3.0-L 6 Cyl turbo)
Glass defects

"Molding that holds windshield came loose and had to be replaced"

Anonymous, IL (2009 BMW 3 Series 328i Unsure)
Sunroof

"The panoramic sunroof got out of alignment and would not close. A new roof was ordered fro Germany and was covered under our Secure-Drive extended warranty"

Anonymous, NS (2009 BMW 3 Series 328i xDrive 3.0-L 6 Cyl)

"The sunroof "mechanism" (not the motor) failed on the rear glass (there are two pieces of glass for the sunroof). $2500+ to fix. Or $100 to disable the rear glass, but keep the rest operational"

Nathan H., AB (2009 BMW 3 Series 328i xDrive 3.0-L 6 Cyl)

Exhaust

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

What Owners Say

Muffler

"I had the driver side muffler replaced under warranty and then a year later, the same problem happened again"

Anonymous, MO (2009 BMW 3 Series 335i 3.0-L 6 Cyl turbo)

"engine would drop down to less power"

Anonymous, CA (2009 BMW 3 Series 335i 3.0-L 6 Cyl)

"erratic issues with electronics"

Anonymous, BC (2009 BMW 3 Series 335i 3.0-L 6 Cyl turbo)

Transmission Minor

Gear selector or linkage, leaks, transmission computer, transmission sensor or solenoid, clutch adjustment, rough shifting, slipping transmission.

What Owners Say

"discovered leaks twice. Both times the solution required a minimal fix"

Anonymous, FL (2009 BMW 3 Series 335i xDrive 3.0-L 6 Cyl)

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Recalls
PROVIDED BY
ELECTRICAL SYSTEM
Jun 19 2019
A loss of electrical power can cause the vehicle to stall, increasing the risk of a crash.
Summary:
BMW of North America, LLC (BMW) is recalling certain 2009 328i and 328xi, 2009-2011 335d, 2008-2012 M3 Coupe and M3 Convertible, and 2008-2011 M3 Sedan vehicles. The connection of the positive battery cable at the fuse box terminal may degrade, resulting in an intermittent loss of electrical power.
What should you do:
BMW will notify owners, and dealers will replace and secure the positive battery cable connector, free of charge. The recall began August 14, 2019. Owners may contact BMW customer service at 1-800-525-7417. Note: This recall is an expansion of a previous recall, number 18V-314.
For more information:
Owners may also contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), or go to www.safercar.gov.
NHTSA CAMPAIGN ID Number: 19V472000
Potential Number of Units Affected: 16641
ENGINE AND ENGINE COOLING:EXHAUST SYSTEM:EMISSION CONTROL:CRANKCASE (PCV)
Oct 30 2017
An electrical short can cause the parts within the PCV valve to melt, increasing the risk of a fire, even when the vehicle is not in use.
Summary:
BMW of North America, LLC (BMW) is recalling certain 2008-2011 128i and 2007-2011 328i, 328xi, 328i xDrive, 525i, 525xi, 528i, 528xi, 530i, 530xi, X3 3.0si, X3 xDrive30i, X5 xDrive30i, Z4 3.0i, Z4 3.0si and Z4 sDrive30i vehicles. The heater for the positive crankcase ventilation (PCV) valve may short circuit.
What should you do:
BMW will notify owners, and dealers will replace the PCV valve heater, free of charge. Interim letters were mailed on November 27, 2017. Owners will receive a second notification by the end of October 2018. Owners may contact BMW customer service at 1-800-525-7417.
For more information:
Owners may also contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), or go to www.safercar.gov.
NHTSA CAMPAIGN ID Number: 17V683000
Potential Number of Units Affected: 740561
ELECTRICAL SYSTEM:WIRING
Oct 25 2017
Wiring that overheats could cause the electrical connectors to melt, and increase the risk of a fire, even when the vehicle is unattended.
Summary:
BMW of North America, LLC (BMW) is recalling certain 2006-2011 323i, 325i, 325xi, 328i, 328xi, 330i, 330xi, 335i, 335xi and M3, 2007-2011 328i xDrive, 335i xDrive and 335is and 2009-2011 335d vehicles. The wiring and electrical connectors for the system that controls air flow for the heating and air conditioning system may overheat.
What should you do:
BMW will notify owners, and dealers will replace the wiring and electrical connectors, free of charge. Interim letters were mailed on November 27, 2017. Owners will receive a second notice when the remedy becomes available. Owners may contact BMW customer service at 1-800-525-7417.
For more information:
Owners may also contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), or go to www.safercar.gov.
NHTSA CAMPAIGN ID Number: 17V676000
Potential Number of Units Affected: 702965
AIR BAGS:FRONTAL:DRIVER SIDE INFLATOR MODULE
Feb 05 2016
In the event of a crash necessitating deployment of the driver's frontal air bag, the inflator could rupture with metal fragments striking the driver or other occupants resulting in serious injury or death.
Summary:
BMW of North America, LLC (BMW) is recalling certain model year 2008-2013 128i and 135i coupes and convertibles and 1 Series M coupes, 2006-2011 325i, 325xi, 328i, 328xi, 328i xDrive, 330i, 330xi, 335i, 335xi, 335i xDrive Sedans, 2009-2011 335d sedans, 2006-2012 325xiT, 328i and 328xi sports wagons, 2007-2013 328i, 328xi, 328i xDrive, 335i, 335xi, 335i xDrive, 335is and M3 Coupes and Convertibles, 2013-2015 X1 sDrive28i, X1 xDrive28i and X1 xDrive35i SAVs, 2007-2010 X3 xDrive30i SAVs, 2007-2013 X5 xDrive30i, X5 xDrive35i, X5 xDrive48i, X5 xDrive50i and X5 M SAVs, 2009-2013 BMW X5 xDrive35d SAVs, 2008-2014 X6 xDrive35i, X6 xDrive50i, and X6 M SACs, 2010-2011 BMW X6 xDrive50i SACs and 2008-2011 M3 Sedan vehicles. Upon deployment of the driver's frontal air bag, excessive internal pressure may cause the inflator to rupture.
What should you do:
BMW will notify owners, and dealers will replace the driver's frontal air bag module or inflator depending on the vehicle model, free of charge. The recall began March 9, 2018. Owners may contact BMW customer service at 1-800-525-7417.
For more information:
Owners may also contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), or go to www.safercar.gov.
NHTSA CAMPAIGN ID Number: 16V071000
Potential Number of Units Affected: 840000
ELECTRICAL SYSTEM
Feb 07 2013
If there is a loss of electrical power to the vehicle, the vehicle may unexpectedly stall, increasing the risk of a crash.
Summary:
BMW is recalling certain model year 2008-2012 1-Series coupes and convertibles manufactured December 2007 through September 2011; and 2007-2011 3-Series coupes and convertibles manufactured March 2007 through October 2011; 2007-2011 3-Series sedans manufactured March 2007 through October 2011; 2007-2011 3-Series sports wagons manufactured March 2007 through June 2011; and 2009-2011 Z4 vehicles manufactured March 2009 through June 2011. In February 2013, BMW recalled 504,545 vehicles. In July 2013, BMW informed the agency that it was adding 1-Series, 3-Series, and Z4 vehicles, representing an additional 12,094 vehicles. The total number of vehicles being recalled is now 516,791. The connector for the positive battery cable connector and the corresponding terminal on the fuse box may degrade over time. Over time, the high current flow and heat from electrical resistance may lead to a breakage of the connection, and a loss of electrical power to the vehicle.
What should you do:
BMW will notify owners, and dealers will replace the positive battery cable connector and secure it with an improved method, free of charge. The recall began on March 13, 2013. Owners may call BMW at 1-800-525-7417 or email BMW at CustomerRelations@bmwusa.com.
For more information:
Owners may also contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), or go to www.safercar.gov.
NHTSA CAMPAIGN ID Number: 13V044000
Potential Number of Units Affected: 516791
ENGINE AND ENGINE COOLING:COOLING SYSTEM:FAN
Aug 10 2012
This condition could cause the fan motor to become inoperative, or cause the motor circuit board in the assembly to overheat, potentially leading to a fire in the engine compartment.
Summary:
This recall involves aftermarket parts sold by Valeo. Valeo is recalling certain engine cooling fans, part numbers 696121, 696273, and 696275, used as service replacement parts for model year 2008-2011 BMW 1-Series, 2006-2011 BMW 3-Series, 2000-2009 BMW 5-Series, 2004-2005 BMW 6-Series, and 2006-2007 BMW 7-Series vehicles. A metal-oxide semiconductor may overheat due to insufficient screwing of the semiconductor on the aluminum heat sink. This primary failure could cause adjacent components on the fan assembly motor circuit board to overheat and short.
What should you do:
Valeo will notify owners and replace the fans free of charge. The safety recall began on August 22, 2012. This recall is being conducted by Valeo, not by BMW. For further information, owners may contact Valeo at 1-888-718-2536.
For more information:
Owners may also contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), or go to www.safercar.gov.
NHTSA CAMPAIGN ID Number: 12E029000
Potential Number of Units Affected: 585
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