The BMW 3 Series is an excellent car that boasts high quality, attention to detail and a long list of high-tech features. Sure, it's a bit less engaging to drive than it used to be, with less tactile steering. But the car is agile, steady and well balanced, even when pushed hard. It also still delivers a very satisfying and balanced overall driving experience.
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Reliability

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

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Reliability indicates how models have performed in the past, providing the basis for predicting how the vehicles will hold up in the year ahead. These charts provide the most comprehensive reliability information available to consumers. Based on information received from our latest subscriber survey for about 329,000 vehicles, our reliability history charts give you a rundown on how 2000 through 2020 vehicles are holding up in 17 potential trouble spots, ranging from the engine, transmission, and brakes to power equipment and the electrical system. NA indicates that we did not receive a large enough sample size to provide data for a specific year. An X indicates that the vehicle was not manufactured for a specific year.

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Owner Reported Trouble Spots

The Reliability score is based on our latest subscriber survey of 2012 BMW 3 Series owners. The owner comments describe problems respondents experienced with this vehicle.

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

"The bearings in the alternator broke down, causing a loud noise"

William M., FL (2012 BMW 3 Series 328i 3.0-L 6 Cyl)
Battery (not hybrid or electric)

"Low battery warning was replaced"

Kenneth W., FL (2012 BMW 3 Series 335is 3.0-L 6 Cyl)

"The battery was failing much earlier than is expected"

Anonymous, NJ (2012 BMW 3 Series 328i xDrive 3.0-L 6 Cyl)

"For some odd reason, the battery dies a lot. I have to charge it with an electric charger plugged in at home at least once a month."

Anonymous, HI (2012 BMW 3 Series None 4.0-L V8)

"battery 6 years old replaced"

Christine C., FL (2012 BMW 3 Series 328i 3.0-L 6 Cyl)

"-Battery: Normal replacement,BUT 2 problems not listed: 1. Replaced valve cover due to failed PCV valve $1000 independent shop 2. Replaced intake charge pipe, worn and broken at manifold $600 dealer"

Anonymous, GA (2012 BMW 3 Series 335i 3.0-L 6 Cyl turbo)
Coil

"The engine is missing when accelerating. The electronic diagnostic tool said one of the coils was not functioning, so it was replaced. The problem persisted, so a second coil was replaced, but it has not solved the problem either. I'm taking the car in for a third time tomorrow"

Anonymous, CT (2012 BMW 3 Series 328i xDrive 3.0-L 6 Cyl)

"One or more of the coil packs were failing, causing engine misfiring at random times"

William M., FL (2012 BMW 3 Series 328i 3.0-L 6 Cyl)

"Th car started running very rough suddenly at 85k miles. The coils and plugs all had to be replaced."

Paul M., CA (2012 BMW 3 Series 328i 3.0-L 6 Cyl)

"the car started misfiring around 57k miles and it needed new spark plugs and coils"

Anonymous, NJ (2012 BMW 3 Series 328i xDrive 3.0-L 6 Cyl)

"3 of my ignition coils had to be replaced. My dealer ended up replacing all 6 so I didn't have to keep bringing the car back. No problems since then"

Teri M., NJ (2012 BMW 3 Series 328i 3.0-L 6 Cyl)

"Engine would have trouble starting and would stall out multiple times during a cold start"

Anonymous, GA (2012 BMW 3 Series 328i 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"One coil failed, part was easy to find and replace."

Dennis B., TX (2012 BMW 3 Series 328i 3.0-L 6 Cyl)

"1 spark cable failed BMW replaced all 6 under warranty"

Christine C., FL (2012 BMW 3 Series 328i 3.0-L 6 Cyl)
Electronic ignition

"Did not want to start on first try"

Steven W., MO (2012 BMW 3 Series 328i 3.0-L 6 Cyl turbo)
Spark plugs or wires failure

"ignition coil failure--they changed the plugs at the same time"

Anonymous, OK (2012 BMW 3 Series 328i 3.0-L 6 Cyl)

"Spark plugs wear very quickly. Accessibly to replace was easy for the weekend mechanic."

Dennis B., TX (2012 BMW 3 Series 328i 3.0-L 6 Cyl)

"Check engine light came on, car was running rough. BMW first replaced all 4 spark plugs, due to a misfire of the cylinders. Problem was not resolved. Check engine light came on again. Again they said misfiring cylinders. Car still running rough. BMW replaced all 4 fuel injectors. This was done in December 2017, since then the check engine light has not come back on and car is running great! Knock on wood. All repairs were covered under the extended warranty through BMW, I'm glad I extended it!!"

Scott P., NJ (2012 BMW 3 Series 328i 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)
Starter

"Car stalled while at stop sign and would not restart. had o have it towed to dealership where diagnosis was starter motor failure"

Chris L., ON (2012 BMW 3 Series 328i 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

CD player

"As of early this year, the CD player stopped working. The CD will load into the unit - but it will not play."

Mark K., CA (2012 BMW 3 Series 328i 3.0-L 6 Cyl)

"the cd player skipped"

Doug P., FL (2012 BMW 3 Series 328i 3.0-L 6 Cyl)
Display screen freezes up

"Just as note screen freezes"

Anonymous, PA (2012 BMW 3 Series 328i xDrive 3.0-L 6 Cyl)
Display screen goes blank

"The entire iDrive system went down. Turns out to be an AC adapter that blows the fuse. Parts had to be back ordered from Germany that took almost a month"

Anonymous, ON (2012 BMW 3 Series 328i 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)
External music device interface (e.g., smart phone, MP3 player)

"I had to replace the cradle connecting my phone to the car twice"

Anonymous, MA (2012 BMW 3 Series 328i 3.0-L 6 Cyl)
Phone pairing (e.g., Bluetooth)

"Occasionally phone book would not load"

Anonymous, PA (2012 BMW 3 Series 328i xDrive 3.0-L 6 Cyl)

"loses connection while driving"

Anonymous, CA (2012 BMW 3 Series 328i 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"Unable to pair a nokia phone to this car but was able to pair same phone to Honda Odyssey"

Anonymous, CA (2012 BMW 3 Series 328i 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"BMW told us that the Bluetooth pairing was an issue due to software update. The software was updated and the problem was resolved. Covered under the BMW extended warranty. Also the drivers side mirror motor had to be replaced, the gears were stripped making a grinding noise when the mirrors were folded in. The repair was covered under the BMW extended warranty."

Scott P., NJ (2012 BMW 3 Series 328i 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)
Radio

"Radio wiring to speakers short circuited with loud noises coming from speaker until wiring was pulled"

Stuart R., CA (2012 BMW 3 Series 328i 3.0-L 6 Cyl)

"logic7 sound system made loud static sound which stopped after a few minutes. From that point on the sound system became badly distorted. Sounds horrible though it still works. Includes radio, satellite and cd"

Anonymous, FL (2012 BMW 3 Series 328i 3.0-L 6 Cyl)

"Loud intermittent buzzing from rear speakers that came and went without interaction"

Anonymous, MD (2012 BMW 3 Series 335is 3.0-L 6 Cyl turbo)

"The power knob will not turn off the radio. Also we lose the radio for a couple of seconds while listening To be replaced under warranty"

Anonymous, FL (2012 BMW 3 Series 328i 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"Audio system occasionally shuts off unexpectedly while driving when engine idle shut off engages (i.e., engine shuts off when car stopped at traffic light)"

Anonymous, CA (2012 BMW 3 Series 328i 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)
Steering wheel controls

"Wiper electronics work intermittently, specifically intermittent wipe"

Brian M., KY (2012 BMW 3 Series 328i 2.0-L 4 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

"water leak in front passenger door. I took several trips to the dealer and months to diagnose and fix"

Anonymous, MA (2012 BMW 3 Series 328i 3.0-L 6 Cyl)
Squeaks or rattles

"The dash has suffered from numerous squeaks and rattles. The car was taken into the dealership but the fix was only temporary"

Michael M., MI (2012 BMW 3 Series 328i 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"A slight squeak / rattle has developed in the panel on the front driver door. It is not obvious most of the time but when you go over bumps it does become evident"

Anonymous, MN (2012 BMW 3 Series 328i 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"Needed to replace entire dashboard due to attachment bracket breaking"

Stephen F., CA (2012 BMW 3 Series 335i 3.0-L 6 Cyl turbo)

"Loose Head-up display system - replaced under warenty"

Anonymous, OR (2012 BMW 3 Series 328i 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"the two front door rattle on road bumps. Turned out to be broken plastic fasteners inside the door panels. Had dealer replaced and fixed"

Anonymous, ON (2012 BMW 3 Series 328i 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"dashboard rattle that the dealership has failed to resolve after 3 attempts"

Anonymous, TX (2012 BMW 3 Series None 4.0-L V8)

"In-dash"

Anonymous, OR (2012 BMW 3 Series 328i 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)
Wind noise

"wind noise from drivers side window"

Scott P., NJ (2012 BMW 3 Series 328i 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"The vehicle consistently makes noise on the driver side window grommet/weather stripping"

Paul C., VA (2012 BMW 3 Series 335i 3.0-L 6 Cyl turbo)

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

Exterior lights (other than headlights)

"light cover was loose"

Anonymous, FL (2012 BMW 3 Series 328i 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"0ne driving light held moisture"

Anonymous, TX (2012 BMW 3 Series 335i 3.0-L 6 Cyl turbo)

"On both sides of the vehicle, the rear light housing came loos of the body. Thery were being held in place with a kcouple of plastic tabs"

Anonymous, FL (2012 BMW 3 Series 328i 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"left rear tail light - brake and turn indicator appears to have a short."

Anonymous, VA (2012 BMW 3 Series)
Headlights

"Headlight burned out"

Adam J., MD (2012 BMW 3 Series 328i 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"Glow light (the light that surrounds the headlight} needed to be replaced. Very expensive."

Anonymous, MA (2012 BMW 3 Series)

"The vehicle was sold with a malfunctioning fog light. Quickly fixed by the dealer"

Paul C., VA (2012 BMW 3 Series 335i 3.0-L 6 Cyl turbo)
Tire pressure monitor

"faulty readings"

Anonymous, CA (2012 BMW 3 Series 328i 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"Problem during cold weather"

Anonymous, MA (2012 BMW 3 Series)
Warning lights

"The brake failure light comes on intermittently when turning on the engine. The brakes have been serviced and are fine. BMW diagnosed a failed main wiring harness to the battery. The rear window defroster does not work. The CD player does not work."

Mark K., CA (2012 BMW 3 Series 328i 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 had to be replaced. Not blowing cold air"

Anonymous, AZ (2012 BMW 3 Series 328i 3.0-L 6 Cyl)

"Compressor seized up while driving when the car had about 56,000 mils on it. THis should not have happened in a car this new! This was not covered under warranty as the warranty expired at 50,000 miles"

Anonymous, NJ (2012 BMW 3 Series 328i 3.0-L 6 Cyl)
Automatic climate control

"After running the A/C system for approximately 45 minutes, the airflow into the cabin diminishes. The blower is still running, and putting the system into MAX A/C increases blower output, but only slightly increases air from the vents. Running hot air through the system for a time corrects the problem. After two visits to the dealership, they can still not find a problem"

Stuart B., NC (2012 BMW 3 Series 335i 3.0-L 6 Cyl turbo)
Blower (fan) motor

"Cannot get air from passenger side AC or heat vents"

Anonymous, FL (2012 BMW 3 Series 335i 3.0-L 6 Cyl turbo)
Evaporator

"Replaced by dealer,extended warenty."

Anonymous, TX (2012 BMW 3 Series 335i 3.0-L 6 Cyl turbo)
Refrigerant leaks

"slow to cool. dealer fixed under extended certified pre-owned warranty. very satisfied with service"

Anonymous, TX (2012 BMW 3 Series 328i)

"The air conditioner was working less and less for a few months during the summer, and the repair shop said it would continue to leak."

Anonymous, KS (2012 BMW 3 Series 328i 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"Leak likely caused by technician damage during a routine oil change, damaging the water pump housing."

Paul M., CA (2012 BMW 3 Series 328i 3.0-L 6 Cyl)

"Dealer replaced evaporator,cover under extended warenty"

Anonymous, TX (2012 BMW 3 Series 335i 3.0-L 6 Cyl turbo)

Paint/Trim

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

What Owners Say

Loose exterior trim or moldings

"The trim surrounding the passenger window broke off and stabbed me in the hand. Took 2 days to repare at least under warranty"

Mark C., TX (2012 BMW 3 Series 328i 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"Left front wheel well molding tore and had to be replaced. Car was drivable."

Anonymous, OH (2012 BMW 3 Series 328i 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)
Loose interior trim or moldings

"seat stiching missing"

Mike G., AZ (2012 BMW 3 Series 335i 3.0-L 6 Cyl turbo)

"Rattling sound from rear dome light. Four attempted repairs without success"

John H., CA (2012 BMW 3 Series 328i 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)
Paint (fading, chalking, cracking, or peeling)

"The paint strips that are in the rain gutter area has bubbled up in several spots. The paint on the front bumper and hood is heavily chipped and is starting to peel"

Michael M., MI (2012 BMW 3 Series 328i 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"front hood had to be repainted because of black dots that couldn,t be removed"

Mike G., AZ (2012 BMW 3 Series 335i 3.0-L 6 Cyl turbo)

"The ends of the rain gutters on roof (front and rear) bubbled up and started to peel. Also the paint in general has a lot of stone chips and damages very easily. Over time the paint on fiberglass components (primarily front and rear clip) have changed color slightly and no longer match the car correctly."

Michael M., MI (2012 BMW 3 Series 328i 2.0-L 4 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

Fuel pump

"Three visits to the dealership isolated the fuel pressure sensor as the culprit in a problem that caused rough running and complete immobilization on three occasions"

Stuart B., NC (2012 BMW 3 Series 335i 3.0-L 6 Cyl turbo)

"Car ran very rough and would accelerate intermittently. Very dangerous and second time it happened. Dealer replaced fuel system under warranty."

Anonymous, CA (2012 BMW 3 Series 335i 3.0-L 6 Cyl turbo)
Sensors (includes O2 or oxygen sensor)

"Check engine light came on. Dealer said 2 O2 sensors bad. Replaced"

Leonard C., FL (2012 BMW 3 Series 328i 3.0-L 6 Cyl)

"Replaced O2 sensor (both front left and right). Expensive repair even at an independent garage. Then there was an air leak causing a lean condition. This repair was not expensive"

Charles K., CA (2012 BMW 3 Series 328i 3.0-L 6 Cyl)

"Car lacked power, I diagnosed the problem as faulty o2 sensor. Took to the dearer for service. They were unable to diagnose which o2 sensor or a bad catalytic converter. They guesses it was the o2 sensor. Which resolved the problem. Dealer was uncooperative. They informed the brakes needed to be bleed, after bleeding brakes been having allot of brake issues. Dealer continues to be uncooperative."

Bob M., NC (2012 BMW 3 Series 328i xDrive 3.0-L 6 Cyl)

"Needed replacing"

Leonard C., FL (2012 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

Engine computer

"Engine showed problems when there was not a problem. Didn't show muffler problem"

Anonymous, GA (2012 BMW 3 Series 328i 4.0-L V8)
Oil leaks

"I believe it was the seal around the cylinders that had to be replaced because of leaks. It was an expensive job"

Anonymous, CT (2012 BMW 3 Series 328i xDrive 3.0-L 6 Cyl)

"Oil was leaking on garage floor-dealer replaced oil pan gasket and another oil seal under purchased warrenty"

Anonymous, OK (2012 BMW 3 Series 328i 3.0-L 6 Cyl)

"Leaks oil from valve cover and oil pan. Gasket material used in construction is poor."

Duwane S., AZ (2012 BMW 3 Series 328i 3.0-L 6 Cyl)

"Slow leak from oil filter housing gasket, which was already replaced under warranty before 50,000 miles."

George M., GA (2012 BMW 3 Series 335i 3.0-L 6 Cyl turbo)

"valve cover gasket and oil pan gasket"

Anonymous, FL (2012 BMW 3 Series 335i 3.0-L 6 Cyl turbo)

Exhaust

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

What Owners Say

Exhaust leaks

"making noise. repaired under warranty at dealership. No further issues"

Anonymous, MA (2012 BMW 3 Series 328i 3.0-L 6 Cyl turbo)
Muffler

"Noise increased. Engine is loud. The engine shut off is not smooth, it actually jolts the car at traffic light. At first I thought someone bumped me from behind. Not a good feature. I am not sure how much the fuel saving actually is in a year. Nois"

Anonymous, GA (2012 BMW 3 Series 328i 4.0-L V8)
Other/unsure

"STOPPED WORKING; I HAD TO HAVE IT TOTALLY REPLACED"

Anonymous, PA (2012 BMW 3 Series 328i xDrive 3.0-L 6 Cyl)

"Takata Airbag recall - had to await remedy, which was fixed in Sept, 2017"

Anonymous, PA (2012 BMW 3 Series None 4.0-L V8)

"Takata airbag recall"

Anonymous, FL (2012 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

Calipers

"Dealership claimed that I needed new calipers for $4,000; but an independent mechanic flushed the brake fluid for $120 and fixed the problem with the pedal going all the way down"

Anonymous, FL (2012 BMW 3 Series M3 4.0-L V8)
Premature brake wear

"Brakes wore down after only 4 years, and had to be completely replaced."

Anonymous, WI (2012 BMW 3 Series 328i 3.0-L 6 Cyl)
Pulsation or vibration

"Vibration wehn braking. The RH brake disc was wry and the bearing worn. Due to required symmetry, these and the corresponding LH assembly were replaced."

Anonymous, FL (2012 BMW 3 Series 328i 3.0-L 6 Cyl)
Rotors

"rotors front and rear were warped and pitted, respectfully. both sets were replaced under warranty"

Scott P., NJ (2012 BMW 3 Series 328i 2.0-L 4 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

"Vacuum leak caused a screeching sound."

Tom K., WA (2012 BMW 3 Series 328i 3.0-L 6 Cyl)
Engine rebuild or replacement

"Engine had recall to replace plastic part. They never send notice. Excessive smoke came from engine and stop working. Dealer did not fix right car stop working again. Went two more times. Dealer and BMW did not help because it has pass warranty period and we says problem was the recall part. We replace engine still problem with rebuild engine."

Anonymous, NY (2012 BMW 3 Series 328i 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)
Turbo or supercharger

"Plastic charge pipe came off from heat and age."

George M., GA (2012 BMW 3 Series 335i 3.0-L 6 Cyl turbo)

"Broken hose"

Kenneth W., FL (2012 BMW 3 Series 335is 3.0-L 6 Cyl)

Engine Cooling

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

What Owners Say

Antifreeze leaks

"Failure of expansion tank. Replaced without issues"

Anonymous, GA (2012 BMW 3 Series 335i 3.0-L 6 Cyl turbo)
Water pump

"Warning light activated properly, engine went into limp mode as designed, was able to drive home, then to dealer next day for service."

Anonymous, KY (2012 BMW 3 Series 335i 3.0-L 6 Cyl turbo)

"Electric water pump only lasts approximately 70,000 miles"

Duwane S., AZ (2012 BMW 3 Series 328i 3.0-L 6 Cyl)

Suspension

Shocks or struts, ball joints, tie rods, wheel bearings, alignment, steering linkage (includes rack and pinion), power steering (pumps and hoses, leaks), wheel balance, springs or torsion bars, bushings, electronic or air suspension.

What Owners Say

Steering linkage (includes rack and pinion)

"Due to road damage from hitting large pothole"

Anonymous, VA (2012 BMW 3 Series 328i xDrive 3.0-L 6 Cyl)
Steering wheel vibration

"Vibration at around45-50 mph"

David H., MA (2012 BMW 3 Series 328i 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)
Tire wear is uneven

"No clue as to why"

David H., MA (2012 BMW 3 Series 328i 2.0-L 4 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

Locks and latches

"The hood latch system failed. They say the cable stretched"

Jim B., FL (2012 BMW 3 Series 335i 3.0-L 6 Cyl turbo)

"The knob fell off the passenger door lock. The entire door locking mechanism had to be replaced to repair the missing knob. Took 2 days and probably would have cost ~$1000 if not under warranty"

Mark C., TX (2012 BMW 3 Series 328i 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"Hood latch failed. Wouldn't open hood. Had only been used less than 25 times in 5 years"

Anonymous, FL (2012 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

Slipping transmission

"Low on transmission fluid. 4 ounces corrected the issue"

Deborah E., TX (2012 BMW 3 Series 328i 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.

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Recalls
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AIR BAGS:FRONTAL:DRIVER SIDE:INFLATOR MODULE
Jan 15 2020
An inflator explosion may result in sharp metal fragments striking the driver or other occupants resulting in serious injury or death.
Summary:
BMW of North America, LLC (BMW) is recalling certain 2008-2013 128i and 135i Convertibles, 128i, 135i, and M Coupes, 2007-2010 X3 30si and X3 xDrive30i, 2013-2015 X1 sDrive28i, X1 xDrive28i and X1 xDrive35i, 2007-2013 328i, 328i xDrive, 335i, 335is, 335i xDrive and M3 Coupes, 2006-2011 328i, 328xi, 328i xDrive, 325i, 325xi, 330i, 330xi, 335i, 335xi, 335i xDrive and M3, 2009-2011 335D, 2006-2012 325xi, 328i, 328xi and 328i xDrive, 2010-2011 X6 ActiveHybrid, 2007-2013 328i, 335i, 335is, M3 Coupes, X5 30si, X5 xDrive30i, X5 xDrive35i, X5 48i, X5 xDrive48i, X5 xDrive50i and X5 M, 2009-2013 X5 xDrive35d and 2008-2014 X6 xDrive35i, X6 xDrive50i and X6M vehicles equipped with non-desiccated driver frontal air bag inflators containing phase stabilized ammonium nitrate (PSAN) that were used as interim remedy parts for previous Takata recalls. These inflators may explode due to propellant degradation occurring after long-term exposure to high absolute humidity, high temperatures, and high temperature cycling.
What should you do:
BMW will notify owners, and dealers will replace the driver air bag. On X5 and X6 vehicles, only the inflator will be replaced. All repairs will be performed free of charge. The recall began March 11, 2020. 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: 20V017000
Potential Number of Units Affected: 59965
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
EXTERIOR LIGHTING
Aug 17 2015
If the side marker lights do not illuminate, the vehicle may be less visible at night, increasing the risk of a crash.
Summary:
BMW North America, LLC (BMW) is recalling certain model year 2012-2015 320i, 320xi, 328i, 328xi, 335i, 335xi, and ActiveHybrid3 vehicles manufactured October 20, 2011, to June 22, 2015, 2014-2015 328xi Sports Wagon vehicles manufactured March 21, 2013, to March 17, 2015, 2014-2015 328d, 328xd vehicles manufactured June 28, 2013, to April 21, 2015, and 2014-2015 328xd Sports Wagon vehicles manufactured July 5, 2013, to April 21, 2015. The affected vehicles may have been programmed with new software that inadvertently makes the front side marker lights inoperative in conjunction with the parking lights or the headlights. As such, these vehicles fail to comply with the requirements of Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard (FMVSS) number 108, "Lamps, Reflective Devices, and Associated Equipment."
What should you do:
BMW will notify owners, and dealers will upload revised software to correct the issue, free of charge. The recall began on October 7, 2015. Owners may contact BMW customer service at 1-800-525-7417 or by email 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: 15V520000
Potential Number of Units Affected: 7727
SERVICE BRAKES, HYDRAULIC:POWER ASSIST:VACUUM
Oct 07 2014
A failure of the brake vacuum pump results in a reduction in braking power that could increase the risk of a crash.
Summary:
BMW of North America LLC (BMW) is recalling certain model year 2014 BMW 328i xDrive Sports Wagon, 2012-2014 BMW 320i Sedan, 328i Sedan, 320i xDrive Sedan, 328i xDrive Sedan, 2012-2013 BMW 528i Sedan, 528i xDrive Sedan, 2013-2014 BMW X1 sDrive28i, X1 xDrive28i Sports Activity Vehicle, 2013-2014 BMW X3 xDrive28i Sports Activity Vehicle, 2012-2014 BMW Z4 sDrive28i Roadster, and 2014 BMW 428i Coupe, and 428i xDrive Coupe. Due to insufficient lubrication, the vacuum pump that supplies brake power assistance may fail. Note: This recall is an expansion of recall 13V-454.
What should you do:
BMW will notify owners, and dealers will install a locking ring in the camshaft to retain the camshaft seal disk in the proper location, free of charge. The recall began on December 2, 2014. 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: 14V627000
Potential Number of Units Affected: 8988
ENGINE AND ENGINE COOLING:ENGINE
Apr 10 2014
If the bolts loosen or break the engine may have reduced power or stall. An engine stall increases the risk of a crash.
Summary:
BMW of North America, LLC (BMW) is recalling certain model year 2010-2011 128i Coupe, 128i Convertible, 328i Sedan, 328i xDrive Sedan, 328i Coupe, 328i Convertible, 328i Sports Wagon and Z4 sDrive 30i, 2011-2012 135i Coupe, 135i Convertible, 335i Sedan, X5 xDrive 35i, and X6 xDrive 35i, 2011 335i xDrive Sedan, 335i Coupe, 335i Convertible, 528i Sedan, 535i Sedan, 535i xDrive Sedan, X3 xDrive 28i, and X3 xDrive 35i, 2010 X3 xDrive 30i, and X5 xDrive 30i, 2012 640i Coupe, and 640i Convertible and 2010-2012 535i Gran Turismo vehicles. In the affected vehicles, the bolts that secure the housing for the variable camshaft timing adjustment (VANOS) unit can loosen over time and may possibly break.
What should you do:
BMW will notify owners, and dealers will replace the four VANOS housing bolts for both VANOS units (intake and exhaust), free of charge. In addition, owners of approximately 170,172 model year 2010-2012 BMW vehicles equipped with inline 6 cylinder engines not covered by this recall, will receive an extended warranty to address this condition. The recall began on September 24, 2014. Owners may contact BMW 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: 14V176000
Potential Number of Units Affected: 156137
SERVICE BRAKES, HYDRAULIC:POWER ASSIST:VACUUM
Sep 26 2013
A failure of the brake vacuum pump results in a reduction in braking power that could increase the risk of a crash.
Summary:
BMW of North America LLC (BMW) is recalling certain model year 2012-2014 320i, 328i, 320i xDrive, and 328i xDrive sedans; model year 2014 328i xDrive Sports Wagons; model year 2012-2013 528i and 528i xDrive sedans, model year 2013-2014 X1 sDrive28i and X1 xDrive28i vehicles and model year 2012-2014 Z4 sDrive28i roadsters. Due to insufficient lubrication, the vacuum pump that supplies brake power assistance may fail.
What should you do:
BMW will notify owners, and dealers will modify the vehicles to prevent insufficient vacuum pump lubrication, free of charge. The safety recall began on January 31, 2014. Owners may contact BMW customer relations at 1-800-525-7417 or email BMW at CustomerRelations@bmwusa.com.
For more information:
Owners may also contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), or go to www.safercar.gov.
NHTSA CAMPAIGN ID Number: 13V454000
Potential Number of Units Affected: 76191
SEATS:FRONT ASSEMBLY:HEAD RESTRAINT
Apr 20 2012
IN THE EVENT OF A VEHICLE CRASH, THE HEAD RESTRAINT MAY UNEXPECTEDLY MOVE DOWN SLIGHTLY IF IT WAS ADJUSTED TO THE FULLY EXTENDED POSITION, INCREASING THE RISK OF PERSONAL INJURY.
Summary:
BMW IS RECALLING CERTAIN MODEL YEAR 2012 BMW 3-SERIES VEHICLES MANUFACTURED FROM OCTOBER 19, 2011, THROUGH MARCH 18, 2012, THAT HAVE FRONT SEAT HEAD RESTRAINTS THAT EXCEED THE DOWNWARD MOVEMENT LIMIT OF 25MM IN THE HIGHEST POSITION. THUS, THESE VEHICLES FAIL TO COMPLY WITH THE REQUIREMENTS OF FEDERAL MOTOR VEHICLE SAFETY STANDARD NO. 202A,"HEAD RESTRAINTS."
What should you do:
BMW WILL NOTIFY OWNERS, AND DEALERS WILL ATTACH A CLAMP TO THE FRONT SEAT HEAD RESTRAINT POSTS, FREE OF CHARGE. THE SAFETY RECALL BEGAN ON MAY 30, 2012. OWNERS MAY CONTACT BMW CUSTOMER RELATIONS AND SERVICES AT 1-800-525-7417.
For more information:
CUSTOMERS MAY CONTACT THE NATIONAL HIGHWAY TRAFFIC SAFETY ADMINISTRATION'S VEHICLE SAFETY HOTLINE AT 1-888-327-4236 (TTY: 1-800-424-9153); OR GO TO HTTP://WWW.SAFERCAR.GOV.
NHTSA CAMPAIGN ID Number: 12V176000
Potential Number of Units Affected: 7600
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