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1997 BMW 3-Series Repair Histories

Chart based on 31 repairs.

1997 BMW 3-Series repair cost distribution

Chart based on 19 repair trips. The repair cost chart excludes repairs made under warranty, do-it-yourself repairs, and repair trips that include maintenance.
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1997 BMW 3-Series

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BMW in Tennessee, United States
Apr 2010 - May 2010
90000 mi US $300 Replaced pads and rebuilt caliper 
BMW in Tennessee, United States
Sep 2009 - Apr 2012
160000 mi US $3000 Leaking head gasket. Took the opportunity to change out all related tensioners, hoses, etc 
163000   rear shocks replaced 
168000   Shocks and struts replaced 
170000   Driver side window misaligned. Needed to realign the track and reattach modulator. 
172000   Rear RH axle boot 
BMW in Texas, United States
Feb 2010 - May 2011
108000 mi US $500 Took for the oil change and discovered that all the oil had leaked. changed seal but still leaks little bit at pulley. 
129000   The coolant leaked, car overheated and blew the head gasket and jammed the piston. Repair was too expensive. Had to sell really cheap for parts to the mechanic 

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1997 BMW 3-Series 4-door

6-cylinder manual 2WD

BMW in Pennsylvania, United States
Mar 2011 - Jun 2012
158000 mi US $150 Replacement of oxygen sensors and rebuilding of secondary air pump to pass emissions. 

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1997 BMW 3-Series 4-door

6-cylinder automatic 2WD

BMW in Wisconsin, United States
Oct 2009 - Jun 2011
142000 mi US $700 check engine light going for camshaft sensor and crankshaft sensors. Sensors replaced. Still light. Also car stalling. 

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1997 BMW 3-Series 2-door

6-cylinder manual 2WD

BMW in Iowa, United States
May 2010 - Jun 2011
79000 mi   Side skirt came loose. Had to realign clips and reinstall.  
BMW in New Jersey, United States
Oct 2009 - Sep 2012
155000 mi US $300 A/C selector valve seized up and only heat was available. Replacement of valve resolved the problem and A/C is working again. 
155000   Check engine light came on. Fault code indicated reduced catalytic converter efficiency. Tried replacing 02 sensors first but fault code returned. Replaced cayalytic converter and fault did not return. 
163000   Wandering rear end on crowned roads and clicking noise when going around turns that progressed into a loud clunk when accelerating and turning. Right rear trailing arm bushing had failed. Left also failing. Replaced on both sides with Rogue Engg parts. 
164000   Brake switch on brake pedal assembly failed. Replaced switch with new one and problem was resolved. 
167700   Rear subframe that attaches differential and suspension to the car chassis has 4 large rubber bushings that failed due to age. Symptom was loose feeling in rear end and noticeable clicking sound going around low speed turns. 
BMW in Kansas, United States
Sep 2009 - Feb 2010
126000 mi US $280 Front driver-side caliper locked up. 

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1997 BMW 3-Series 2-door

6-cylinder automatic 2WD

BMW in Washington, United States
Jan 2010 - Jun 2012
130700 mi US $419 A bad wheel bearing was replaced, as well as replacing a radiator fan which had a cracked blade. 
134000   Radiator neck cracked and broke off.. major coolant loss. New radiator installed. 
135000   Cracked, original overflow coolant tank started leaking severely. Tank was replaced and all is fine. 
138000   Broken accelerator cable replaced 
145700   Multiple vacuum leaks tracked down and repaired; leaking valve cover gasket also repaired. Car would stall and not run until vacuum leaks fixed. 

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1997 BMW 3-Series 2-door

4-cylinder manual 2WD

BMW in Louisiana, United States
Sep 2009 - Mar 2010
142000 mi US $1100 Overheating because of failure of auxilliary fan.  

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