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1997 BMW 3-Series Problems and Repair Histories

Don't infer 1997 BMW 3-Series problem frequency from what you see on this page. Many lucky owners have had no repairs, and their cars are not shown.

Percentage of 1997 BMW 3-Series repairs by problem area

45% of the 1997 BMW 3-Series repairs were to the engine, 3% to the transmission, 10% to the brakes, 26% to the suspension, 6% to the electrical or air-conditioning systems, 3% to the body and trim, and 6% to other areas of the vehicle.

Chart based on 31 repairs.

1997 BMW 3-Series repair cost distribution

Of the 1997 BMW 3-Series repairs that were not covered by warranty and were not do-it-yourself repairs, 20% cost less than $100, 60% between $100 and $499, and 20% between $500 and $999.

Chart based on 5 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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Repair costs are in local units.

1997 BMW 3-Series

Engine not specified

BMW in Tennessee, United States
Date Odometer
(in miles)
Cost Problem/Repair Description
Apr 2010 90000    
90000 300 Replaced pads and rebuilt caliper 
BMW in Tennessee, United States
Date Odometer
(in miles)
Cost Problem/Repair Description
Sep 2009 159000    
160000 3000 Leaking head gasket. Took the opportunity to change out all related tensioners, hoses, etc 
163000 350 rear shocks replaced 
168000 350 Shocks and struts replaced 
170000 20 Driver side window misaligned. Needed to realign the track and reattach modulator. 
172000 430 Rear RH axle boot 
176000  
BMW in Texas, United States
Date Odometer
(in miles)
Cost Problem/Repair Description
Feb 2010 107000    
108000 500 Took for the oil change and discovered that all the oil had leaked. changed seal but still leaks little bit at pulley. 
129000 1800 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
Date Odometer
(in miles)
Cost Problem/Repair Description
Mar 2011 155000    
158000 150 Replacement of oxygen sensors and rebuilding of secondary air pump to pass emissions. 
172000  

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1997 BMW 3-Series 4-door

6-cylinder automatic 2WD

BMW in Wisconsin, United States
Date Odometer
(in miles)
Cost Problem/Repair Description
Oct 2009 140000    
142000 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
Date Odometer
(in miles)
Cost Problem/Repair Description
May 2010 78000    
79000 0 Side skirt came loose. Had to realign clips and reinstall.  
 
BMW in New Jersey, United States
Date Odometer
(in miles)
Cost Problem/Repair Description
Oct 2009 151000    
155000 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 750 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 85 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 25 Brake switch on brake pedal assembly failed. Replaced switch with new one and problem was resolved. 
167700 250 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. 
169000  
BMW in Kansas, United States
Date Odometer
(in miles)
Cost Problem/Repair Description
Sep 2009 119000    
126000 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
Date Odometer
(in miles)
Cost Problem/Repair Description
Jan 2010 108000    
130700 419 A bad wheel bearing was replaced, as well as replacing a radiator fan which had a cracked blade. 
134000 458 Radiator neck cracked and broke off.. major coolant loss. New radiator installed. 
135000 1020 Cracked, original overflow coolant tank started leaking severely. Tank was replaced and all is fine. 
138000 400 Broken accelerator cable replaced 
145700 550 Multiple vacuum leaks tracked down and repaired; leaking valve cover gasket also repaired. Car would stall and not run until vacuum leaks fixed. 
147000  

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1997 BMW 3-Series 2-door

4-cylinder manual 2WD

BMW in Louisiana, United States
Date Odometer
(in miles)
Cost Problem/Repair Description
Sep 2009 140000    
142000 1100 Overheating because of failure of auxilliary fan.  
 

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