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1997 BMW 3-Series Repair Histories

67 TrueDelta members own (or used to own) a 1997 BMW 3-Series. 17 of these members (25.4%) have reported repairs for their car. A total of 31 repairs to 1997 BMW 3-Series--an average of 0.5 per vehicle--have been reported.

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Percentage of 1997 BMW 3-Series repairs by problem area

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
May 2010 US $300 Replaced pads and rebuilt caliper 
BMW in Tennessee, United States
Sep 2009 - Apr 2012
Oct 2009 US $3000 Leaking head gasket. Took the opportunity to change out all related tensioners, hoses, etc 
May 2010   rear shocks replaced 
Dec 2010   Shocks and struts replaced 
Feb 2011   Driver side window misaligned. Needed to realign the track and reattach modulator. 
Jul 2011   Rear RH axle boot 
BMW in Texas, United States
Feb 2010 - May 2011
Mar 2010 US $500 Took for the oil change and discovered that all the oil had leaked. changed seal but still leaks little bit at pulley. 
May 2011   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
May 2011 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
Mar 2010 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
Jun 2010   Side skirt came loose. Had to realign clips and reinstall.  
BMW in New Jersey, United States
Oct 2009 - Sep 2012
May 2010 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. 
Sep 2010   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. 
Nov 2011   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. 
Dec 2011   Brake switch on brake pedal assembly failed. Replaced switch with new one and problem was resolved. 
Jul 2012   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
Jan 2010 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
Apr 2011 US $419 A bad wheel bearing was replaced, as well as replacing a radiator fan which had a cracked blade. 
Jun 2011   Radiator neck cracked and broke off.. major coolant loss. New radiator installed. 
Jul 2011   Cracked, original overflow coolant tank started leaking severely. Tank was replaced and all is fine. 
Oct 2011   Broken accelerator cable replaced 
Apr 2012   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
Oct 2009 US $1100 Overheating because of failure of auxilliary fan.  

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