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BMW 3-Series repairs by problem area

Engine (39%)

Transmission and Drivetrain (5%)

Brakes and Traction Control (7%)

Suspension and Steering (11%)

Electrical and Air Conditioning (25%)

Paint, Rust, Leaks, Rattles, and Trim (8%)

Other (6%)

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BMW 3-Series transmission repair cost distribution

$2500+ (7%)

$1000 - $2499 (18%)

$500 - $999 (22%)

$100 - $499 (38%)

< $100 (15%)

Chart based on 499 repair trips. The repair cost chart excludes repairs made under warranty, do-it-yourself repairs, and repair trips that include maintenance.

2015 BMW 3-Series 4dr Sedan

turbocharged 240hp 2.0L I4 8-speed shiftable automatic AWD

Faulty sensor caused warning message to appear on the way home from the dealership on day of purchase. Part was replaced within 24 hours. 

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2014 BMW 3-Series 4dr Wagon

turbocharged 240hp 2.0L I4 8-speed shiftable automatic AWD

10000 mi Transmission shifts clunky at low speeds (1-20 mph) in various conditions and scenarios. Dealer test drove but did not acknowledge crapping shifting. Reset adaptive transmissions settings but did not resolve issues. BMW...shocking! 
11000 mi Oil leak at transfer case seal. 
14000 mi Transmission continued to shift "clunky" under various circumstances. Drove with shop foreman and he acknowledged a problem. BMW replaced transmission valve body. Shifting improved but still not particularly smooth. 

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2013 BMW 3-Series 4dr Sedan

turbocharged 300hp 3.0L I6 6-speed manual AWD

13640 mi 2nd gear was grinding on occasion. Transmission was replaced under warranty. After replacement, the grind is gone, but now there is a vibration in 2nd gear under acceleration which will require another look. 

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2013 BMW 3-Series 4dr Sedan

turbocharged 240hp 2.0L I4 8-speed shiftable automatic AWD

13400 mi Drivetrain malfunction. Changes solenoid 
23000 mi Drive train error, car felt sluggish and light came on. Called service through on board system and they set up a loaner car and took it in for service the next morning. 

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2012 BMW 3-Series 4dr Sedan

turbocharged 300hp 3.0L I6 8-speed shiftable automatic RWD

14000 mi Trans being replaced because of drivability issues. Car runs like it has a high stall converter in it. It has harsh throttle tip in issues. 

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2012 BMW 3-Series 4dr Sedan

turbocharged 240hp 2.0L I4 8-speed shiftable automatic RWD

50000 mi Drive train Malfunction Errors. 

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2012 BMW 3-Series 2dr Coupe

414-horsepower 4.0L V8 6-speed manual RWD

28000 mi Clutch was sticking, dealer replaced the entire clutch. 
13700 mi Replaced throw out bearing under warranty 

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2011 BMW 3-Series 4dr Wagon

230-horsepower 3.0L I6 6-speed shiftable automatic AWD

46000 mi Automatic transmission would not shift between gears properly 
10000 mi Auto trans would not shift correctly about 25 percent of time but only when in manual mode and only when upshifting 2nd to 3rd. Entire transmission replaced. 
10000 mi Entire transmission (auto) replaced. Problem only occurred when in manual mode and only during upshift from 2nd to 3rd gear. Transmission would momentarily (1 to 2 seconds)shift into neutral between 2 to 3 upshift. Fault code found. 

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2011 BMW 3-Series 4dr Sedan

turbocharged 300hp 3.0L I6 6-speed shiftable automatic RWD

54000 mi

US $1100
Transmission seal 

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2011 BMW 3-Series 4dr Sedan

turbocharged 300hp 3.0L I6 6-speed manual AWD

59000 mi Dual mass flywheel has hot spots. Didnt notice tgis in the test drive since it surfaces only on hot days and if I have been driving around quite a bit 
50000 mi Clutch shuddering 

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2011 BMW 3-Series 4dr Sedan

414-horsepower 4.0L V8 7-speed automated manual RWD

8000 mi grinding noise with low speed turns. resolved with changing the differential fluid. Dealer resolved problem quickly. 
23300 mi Grinding noise while turning. Needed to replace fluid 

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2011 BMW 3-Series 4dr Sedan

230-horsepower 3.0L I6 6-speed shiftable automatic RWD

31700 mi Replace differential 
44000 mi Car would not shift out of first gear. Dealer tried to duplicate but could not do so. 
53000 mi Torque converter failed 

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2011 BMW 3-Series 4dr Sedan

230-horsepower 3.0L I6 6-speed shiftable automatic AWD

26040 mi Transmission shifting was hesitating and so they upgraded the software. 

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2011 BMW 3-Series 4dr Sedan

230-horsepower 3.0L I6 6-speed manual AWD

22700 mi

US $175
Leaking rear transmission seal 

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2011 BMW 3-Series 2dr Hardtop conv.

414-horsepower 4.0L V8 7-speed automated manual RWD

106000 mi DCT Transmission overheated, had to be replaced 

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2011 BMW 3-Series 2dr Coupe

turbocharged 320hp 3.0L I6 7-speed automated manual RWD

32000 mi

US $50
Check engine light came on. Dealer read code as transmission problem but then said resulted from being too low on fuel 

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2011 BMW 3-Series 2dr Coupe

turbocharged 300hp 3.0L I6 6-speed shiftable automatic AWD

17000 mi leak at transmission output yoke 

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2011 BMW 3-Series 2dr Coupe

414-horsepower 4.0L V8 7-speed automated manual RWD

15000 mi breakdown of slip differential fluid causing grinding sound on hard turns 

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2011 BMW 3-Series 2dr Coupe

230-horsepower 3.0L I6 6-speed shiftable automatic AWD

7000 mi Leaky transmission. Replaced seal. 

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2010 BMW 3-Series 4dr Wagon

230-horsepower 3.0L I6 6-speed shiftable automatic AWD

67580 mi Replaced front differential 

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2010 BMW 3-Series 4dr Sedan

turbocharged 300hp 3.0L I6 6-speed manual AWD

91000 mi would not shift out of gear, with engine running, symptoms of a failed slave cylinder. turned out to be failing master cylinder which was replaced under warrantee 

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2010 BMW 3-Series 4dr Sedan

230-horsepower 3.0L I6 6-speed shiftable automatic AWD

50000 mi

US $1200
New brakes, resurfaced rotors, new pinion seal, new cabin filter, synthetic oil change. 

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2009.5 BMW 3-Series 4dr Sedan

turbocharged 241hp 3.0L I6 Diesel 6-speed shiftable automatic RWD

60760 mi Leaking transmission. Gasket was replaced but found more leak. 

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2009 BMW 3-Series 4dr Sedan

414-horsepower 4.0L V8 7-speed automated manual RWD

49700 mi

US $440
Leak in one of the transmission lines needed to be repaired before it was sold. It had not caused a problem yet. 

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2009 BMW 3-Series 4dr Sedan

414-horsepower 4.0L V8 6-speed manual RWD

3720 mi Manual Transmission locked into second gear, Replaced under warranty 
55000 mi

US $2000
Clutch failure, pressure plate springs failing, 1st-3rd not held effectively. 

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2009 BMW 3-Series 4dr Sedan

268-horsepower 3.0L I6 6-speed shiftable automatic RWD

62000 mi

US $1300
around 45mph it felt like a vibration coming from the rear suspension,after the dealership look it at, it was the torque converter 

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2009 BMW 3-Series 4dr Sedan

230-horsepower 3.0L I6 6-speed shiftable automatic RWD

5208 mi Differential replaced due to gear whine. 

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2009 BMW 3-Series 4dr Sedan

230-horsepower 3.0L I6 6-speed shiftable automatic AWD

29000 mi

US $66
The shifting of the transmission was "jumpy" and rough. I was told by the dealer that the program/software that manages the transmission had to be updated and reprogrammed. 

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2009 BMW 3-Series 4dr Sedan

230-horsepower 3.0L I6 6-speed manual RWD

59000 mi

US $100
The seal where the manual gear lever enters the transmission was replaced. 

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2009 BMW 3-Series 4dr Sedan

230-horsepower 3.0L I6 6-speed manual AWD

31700 mi It's been in twice because the transmission failed and car wouldn't accelerate. Twice the dealer has been unable to find the problem and is still working on repair. 
33300 mi Had to update software for shifting. This is the fourth update. 
37000 mi For the fifth time since purchase, the transmission got stuck in first or second gear while accelerating and caused a dangerous situation while blending into interstate highway traffic. BMW refuses to replace part only software upgrades 
37700 mi After transmission went into high gear on its own several times, they finally replaced the computer module that operates the shifting mechanism on the transmission.  

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2009 BMW 3-Series 2dr Hardtop conv.

turbocharged 300hp 3.0L I6 6-speed manual RWD

46000 mi

US $1400
Faulty Transmission. Dealer replaced transmission, clutch. I paid for flywheel 

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2009 BMW 3-Series 2dr Hardtop conv.

414-horsepower 4.0L V8 7-speed automated manual RWD

33000 mi

US $700
Defective driveshaft causing rattling and violent shifts. Driveshaft replaced. BMW USA paid parts cost out of warranty. 

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2009 BMW 3-Series 2dr Coupe

turbocharged 300hp 3.0L I6 6-speed shiftable automatic RWD

26660 mi Transmission gasket replaced 

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2009 BMW 3-Series 2dr Coupe

414-horsepower 4.0L V8 7-speed automated manual RWD

25000 mi Transmission oil pan warped and leaking...it's a plastic pan. BMW replaced it under my extended warranty. 

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2009 BMW 3-Series 2dr Coupe

414-horsepower 4.0L V8 6-speed manual RWD

15500 mi 2 and 3rd gear syncrhomeshes were extremely worn, not a driving behavior problem, most likely a defect. transmission (complete) ordered as BMW does not replace transmission internals 

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2008 BMW 3-Series

Engine not specified

120000 mi

US $950
false readings causing shift into "reduced power/take to dealer" mode. 

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2008 BMW 3-Series 4dr Wagon

230-horsepower 3.0L I6 6-speed shiftable automatic AWD

53000 mi

US $600
Noticed a small/slow oil leak from front end of car. Front differential seal was leaking and was fixed. 

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2008 BMW 3-Series 4dr Wagon

230-horsepower 3.0L I6 6-speed manual AWD

50000 mi Failed front axle - replaced under warranty after negotiation with BMW. Warranty had ended 200 miles earlier. 

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2008 BMW 3-Series 4dr Sedan

turbocharged 300hp 3.0L I6 6-speed shiftable automatic RWD

45000 mi

US $1560
Unspecified failure, needs new transmission. 
65000 mi

US $1200
gasket leaking 

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2008 BMW 3-Series 4dr Sedan

turbocharged 300hp 3.0L I6 6-speed shiftable automatic AWD

63000 mi warning lights and message, transfer case failure 

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2008 BMW 3-Series 4dr Sedan

turbocharged 300hp 3.0L I6 6-speed manual AWD

52700 mi

C $565
CV boot was cracked & had to be replaced 

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2008 BMW 3-Series 4dr Sedan

414-horsepower 4.0L V8 6-speed manual RWD

8777 mi Warranty Repair - Replace Differential seals, fluid 
22000 mi Rear axle differential fluid changed to one with less viscosity - groaning noise from rear at low speed while turning. 
47000 mi grinding noise from differential when making turns at slow speed 
80000 mi

US $7200
Leaking differential seal 
104000 mi shifter bushings 

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2008 BMW 3-Series 4dr Sedan

230-horsepower 3.0L I6 6-speed shiftable automatic RWD

1000 mi Delay in throttle response when accelerating from a complete stop; while driving under 30 mph, stepped on the gas but the car didn't accelerate even though the engine revved all the way up. Warning light came on; happened twice within 20 minutes. 
41000 mi

US $50
Car failed to shift to sport mode. Shift assembly and wire harness replaced. 

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2008 BMW 3-Series 4dr Sedan

230-horsepower 3.0L I6 6-speed shiftable automatic AWD

123000 mi

US $250
Transfer Case has a leak 

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2008 BMW 3-Series 2dr Hardtop conv.

turbocharged 300hp 3.0L I6 6-speed shiftable automatic RWD

16000 mi Transmission software update for cold engine "jerk" and engine software update to fix problem with accelerator tip-in lag. 
25000 mi Squeak on when turning. CV Joint issue 

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2008 BMW 3-Series 2dr Hardtop conv.

turbocharged 300hp 3.0L I6 6-speed shiftable automatic AWD

44000 mi

£2500
Clutch slippage worn bushes 

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2008 BMW 3-Series 2dr Hardtop conv.

230-horsepower 3.0L I6 6-speed shiftable automatic RWD

57000 mi

US $50
Transmission would not go into Sport mode. Shifter is electronically connected to the transmission. Dealer replaced shifter. I researched the problem on BMW forums and found the issue was related with wiring to the shifter. No warning light. 

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2008 BMW 3-Series 2dr Hardtop conv.

215-horsepower 3.0L I6 6-speed shiftable automatic RWD

55000 mi

£500
leaking gaskets. replaced 

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2008 BMW 3-Series 2dr Coupe

turbocharged 300hp 3.0L I6 6-speed shiftable automatic RWD

74700 mi

US $50
Transmission mechatronic/valve body sleeves failed, causing leak. Repaired under warranty. 

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2008 BMW 3-Series 2dr Coupe

turbocharged 300hp 3.0L I6 6-speed manual AWD

75700 mi

US $50
Clutch pedal became very loose and mushy. Turned out to be a broken structure in the pedal assembly itself. Difficult to access area where pedals meet firewall. 

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2008 BMW 3-Series 2dr Coupe

414-horsepower 4.0L V8 7-speed automated manual RWD

53000 mi

US $100
Lost use of 1st & 3rd gears. Shop reset computer controlled shift points. 
67000 mi

US $348
differential making noise. Mechanic changed the differential fluids. 
4000 mi Car report transmission not shifting into park when car turned off. Automatic trans. dual clutch. 
5000 mi Warning stated car was not shifting into park when engine turned off. Fix by ordering new shifter from Germany. 
8000 mi Trans shifted into natural,wouldn't shift into driving gear,brought car into dealership,was told they have adjusted the clutch pressure.Day after I got the car,it lost power pulling into parking lot,warning lites turned on,took car back... Same problem as last couple of times! 
33000 mi

US $50
The Dual Clutch Trans has a very very slow leak. The BMW Corp Eng Team had my BMW technician replace the O Ring for the Trans Connector. He told me he didn't think that would fix the problem. I was told to drive the car & recheck in a bit. 
34000 mi

US $229
The DCT Trans had to be replaced with a rebuilt unit. My part was $50. 
106000 mi

US $1100
Clutch started slipping. 

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2008 BMW 3-Series 2dr Coupe

414-horsepower 4.0L V8 6-speed manual RWD

24800 mi -small leak in differential -some emissions warning came on in computer (covered under warranty) 
29140 mi Transmission replaced because of poor shifting 1st to 2nd gear. 

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2008 BMW 3-Series 2dr Coupe

230-horsepower 3.0L I6 6-speed shiftable automatic RWD

29000 mi Flange in rear differential replaced. Drive shaft adjustment. (Repaired per BMW issued SIB.) 
50000 mi

US $1200
Pinion bearing (joining driveshaft to differential) failure. 
64000 mi

US $300
Rear driveshaft joint at differential: Required lubrication and new bracket to repair looseness/movement and metal-on-metal contact. Mechanic discovered this is a known issue, and BMW issued service bulletin. Car out of warranty, so I paid. 
70700 mi

US $1100
Driveshaft and fitting/joints on both ends replaced. Shaft was likely defective for quite some time.rnPrior more minor repairs did not resolve recurring issues. 

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2008 BMW 3-Series 2dr Coupe

230-horsepower 3.0L I6 6-speed shiftable automatic AWD

90000 mi

US $570
Leaking axle seal replaced ($300). This is a common problem with xi models and the leak was small at this time. 
19700 mi

US $700
automatic junction slipping, not shifting smoothy 

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2007 BMW 3-Series 4dr Wagon

230-horsepower 3.0L I6 6-speed shiftable automatic RWD

45783 mi

US $50
input shaft collar resealed 

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2007 BMW 3-Series 4dr Wagon

230-horsepower 3.0L I6 6-speed manual AWD

74000 mi Driveshaft center bearing failed. Wicked noisy. Dealer replaced at no charge under CPO warranty. 
67980 mi

C $2900
totally rebuilt transmission replaced non functioning one. 

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2007 BMW 3-Series 4dr Sedan

turbocharged 300hp 3.0L I6 6-speed shiftable automatic RWD

69000 mi

US $1240
Transmission leaking oil, replaced mechatronic sealing sleeve - $859 
39000 mi Transmission leak: replaced seal around "mechatronic sensor" and trans pan gasket.  
26000 mi Transmission Hose leaking, very minor, repaired quickly without questions, with car pick up and delivery + equivilent loaner vehicle. 
106700 mi

US $4600
Upper bushings have worn out and degraded shift performance to almost unusable state. 
620 mi After driving about 25 km, the transmission went into limp mode and refused to shift. After the car cooled down I took it back to the shop immediately. they said it was a computer malfunction and had the car completed by 11 am the following morning. Pr 
4960 mi transmission shifts are very sluggish when the car is cold. Hard shifts when starting from low speed 
47000 mi Repaired leaking mechatronic sleeve to the connector as well as replacement of transmission pan and gasket. 
50000 mi

US $400
Trace of leak from transmission/repaired no cost under warranty (now expired). Had oil changed, been 6000 miles, and car detailed. 
47000 mi transmission leak 

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2007 BMW 3-Series 4dr Sedan

turbocharged 300hp 3.0L I6 6-speed shiftable automatic AWD

32000 mi

US $540
transmission fluid was leaking from mechatronic sealing sleeve. As part of the repair they also have to replace the transmission pan gasket. 

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2007 BMW 3-Series 4dr Sedan

turbocharged 300hp 3.0L I6 6-speed manual RWD

170000 mi

US $1200
Transmission whining 
3000 mi same as before... rattle from engine/transmission. no fix avail yet. 
80300 mi Both differential seals leaking 

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2007 BMW 3-Series 4dr Sedan

230-horsepower 3.0L I6 6-speed shiftable automatic RWD

65300 mi

US $50
Rear input shaft seal leaking. 
52000 mi

US $472
Pinion seal seeping on front of rear differential. I am trying to get BMWUSA to help with the cost even though it has over 52,000 miles, it's only been in service a little over 2 yr. Time in shop may be a little misleading. I left the car while on vaca. 

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2007 BMW 3-Series 4dr Sedan

230-horsepower 3.0L I6 6-speed shiftable automatic AWD

117000 mi

US $900
Automatic transmission would not switch into forward or reverse gear. Gear Selector Rod was defective and replaced. 
102000 mi

US $420
Replace front driver side CV boot 
82000 mi

US $540
New BMW brake sensor clip allowed sensor wire to rub on CV shield - cutting it through - leading to expensive failure. Indicator light said brakes needed replacement - actually shorted sensor wire called imminent CV failure to light. 
100000 mi

US $400
Drive shaft replaced 

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2007 BMW 3-Series 4dr Sedan

230-horsepower 3.0L I6 6-speed manual RWD

44640 mi leaking transmission seal 

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2007 BMW 3-Series 4-door

6-cylinder automatic 2WD

17360 mi

$20
the transmission oil pan (platic) was leaking transmission oil/ATF;i consulted with shop which is the only certified repair shop by ZF (BMW's transmission supplier) they say it is common for ZF plastic transmission oil plan to leak ATF 
7000 mi  
24000 mi  

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2007 BMW 3-Series 4-door

4-cylinder automatic 2WD

66960 mi

$2500
Bearing in rear drive unit worn out. 

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2007 BMW 3-Series 2dr Hardtop conv.

230-horsepower 3.0L I6 6-speed shiftable automatic RWD

80000 mi

US $300
Shifter assembly failure preventing use of sport mode 

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2007 BMW 3-Series 2dr Coupe

turbocharged 300hp 3.0L I6 6-speed shiftable automatic RWD

41000 mi Substantial transmission fluid leak, seal failed. Car had to be towed. 
63000 mi

US $50
Fluid leakage - seals bad 
20000 mi Transmission fluid leaking, replaced sealing sleeve for gearbox casing. 
90000 mi

US $250
Leak in automatic transmission. Leak fixed under extended warranty, but new fluid paid by customer 

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2007 BMW 3-Series 2dr Coupe

230-horsepower 3.0L I6 6-speed shiftable automatic RWD

15000 mi

US $624
Leaking mechatronics sealing sleeve. 

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2007 BMW 3-Series 2dr Coupe

230-horsepower 3.0L I6 6-speed shiftable automatic AWD

65720 mi

C $923
car would not engage the transmission. Manual rod broken at plastic connector level. 
66960 mi Rear differential making intermittent grounding noise, needs new one estimated at over $3000.Decided to trade it in. 

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2007 BMW 3-Series 2dr Coupe

230-horsepower 3.0L I6 6-speed manual RWD

60000 mi

US $1900
Transmission had leaked most of the fluid out. 
73780 mi

C $1400
clunk from rear diff - removed, rebuild, re-installed - priced included 8 day car rental 

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2006.5 BMW 3-Series 4dr Sedan

230-horsepower 3.0L I6 6-speed shiftable automatic AWD

72000 mi

£500
Transmission jerk when car coming to stop only when car at full temperature, had transmission oil changed at professional transmission garage, problem resolved. 

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2006 BMW 3-Series 4dr Wagon

215-horsepower 3.0L I6 6-speed shiftable automatic AWD

56000 mi

US $450
Transfer case leak, output shaft seal broken. 

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2006 BMW 3-Series 4dr Sedan

255-horsepower 3.0L I6 6-speed shiftable automatic RWD

48000 mi Previous leak re-diagnosed as Transmission leak and fixed. Free under CPO warranty but had to mildly fight to get them to waive the deductible as a redo. 
113000 mi

US $694
replaced transmission oil pan  
115000 mi

US $780
Transmission seal leak 
148000 mi

US $1495
leaking Transmission oil pan. Transmission Flushed, oil pan and filter replaced. 
54000 mi

US $1100
Transmission fluid leak. Pan replaced. 
48500 mi

US $1300
leaking mechatronic sealing sleeve in transmission. replaced 
68000 mi

US $50
Transmission issue, mechatronic sleeve, seal and fluid replaced. Came from factory with slight leak in seal that was replaced. 

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2006 BMW 3-Series 4dr Sedan

255-horsepower 3.0L I6 6-speed shiftable automatic AWD

93000 mi

US $925
Transmission leak. Had the pan and fluid replaced. seems like a common design defect 
49000 mi

US $50
Independent mechanic noticed leaking at rear of transmission at mechatronic interface. Dealer replaced sleeve. 
62000 mi

US $430
Wiring seal leaking, seal replaced along with fluid and pan. 
37000 mi Transmission fluid leaked due to infrequent driving. The vehicle has not been started for over 6 months and the transmission fluid stayed idle and generated pressure to the gasket. The gasket and transmission fluid were both replaced. 
49000 mi

US $2645
Replaced gear box because gear failed to enter "SD" auto-manual mode. Vehicle was drivable with only "D" gear. 
66000 mi trans pan leak trans pan gasket still leaking; renewed 2nd time this time replaced gasket at cables/selector connection; seems to have fixed leaks. 
76000 mi

US $100
Rear wheel bearings were worn out and replaced. 

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2006 BMW 3-Series 4dr Sedan

255-horsepower 3.0L I6 6-speed manual RWD

50000 mi

US $40
Replaced output shaft seal on transmission. Had slight leak. 

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2006 BMW 3-Series 4dr Sedan

255-horsepower 3.0L I6 6-speed manual AWD

30000 mi Transmission replacement due to metal shavings in fluid. 
123000 mi Noise from front differential, metal came out. No repair available, would need new differential. Decided not to keep car. 

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2006 BMW 3-Series 4dr Sedan

215-horsepower 3.0L I6 6-speed shiftable automatic RWD

81000 mi

US $1950
Fluid leak 
58000 mi

US $50
Slow leak of ATF from improperly installed Transmission sleeve, noted in TSB. Covered under terms of Certified Warranty. 
104000 mi

US $450
Replace sensor (don't recall name) 
74700 mi

US $903
Replacement of transmission harness seal housing and flush/refill of transmission fluid. 
12500 mi

US $31000
Jan 2008 - replaced rear end differential @ 16,000 miles 
57000 mi

US $600
Leaking auto trans pan. Was shifting very hard. Replaced pan (made of plastic w/integrated filter) and required a liter of auto trans fluid after reusing what was left in there. 
47120 mi Leak detected in automatic transmission. Identified as a transmission connector sleeve. Opted to go without the repair for now as coordinating timing. 
47120 mi

C $560
Automatic transmission connector sleeve leak 

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2006 BMW 3-Series 4dr Sedan

215-horsepower 3.0L I6 6-speed shiftable automatic AWD

48000 mi Car was leaking transmission fluid. Connector failed. Replaced.  
108500 mi

C $3500
Trans oil pan leaking and replaced Rear bearings and differential 
70000 mi

US $725
Transmission leaking 
14000 mi Other than routine maintenance, they had to replace the automatic shift knob . 
19457 mi Oil leak found, Megatronic Sleave defective, transmission pan & sleave repaired under warranty. 
118420 mi

C $1100
replaced transmission pan, sleeve, valve body adapter when fixing a transmission seal leak 

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2006 BMW 3-Series 4dr Sedan

215-horsepower 3.0L I6 6-speed manual RWD

36580 mi driveshaft hanger bearing needed replacing 
38000 mi Clutch replaced. 
173000 mi

US $775
Replaced drive shaft/U joint 
146000 mi

US $800
shifter seal worn. replacement seal didn't fix problem. rebuilt transmission required after pressurizing transmission to factory specs caused car to pop out of R and 1st gear. 
31000 mi Car (with manual transmission) would not go easily into first gear occasionally. Transmission fluid was checked for debris indicating abnormal wear. Found none, so changed the fluid. Problem seems much reduced or eliminated. 
51300 mi

US $1100
Replaced seals on transmission and differential 
100000 mi

US $2000
Manual transmission shift and output seal leaking. Both seals replaced. "Lifetime" fluid replaced.. 
7000 mi Clunking noise from the rear differential when changing gear (manual transmission). Replaced driveshaft and rear differential. Must have been expensive! Seems to have been a known issue with the previous generation BMW 3-series. 
28000 mi Clunking noise from rear axle. 
30000 mi Clunking in rear axle. 

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2006 BMW 3-Series 2dr Coupe

333-horsepower 3.2L I6 6-speed automated manual RWD

27000 mi

US $20
the yellow cog warning light presented itself. I replaced the salmon relay and topped off the fluid. 
12000 mi SMG accumulator dead- replaced under warranty 

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2006 BMW 3-Series 2dr Coupe

255-horsepower 3.0L I6 6-speed manual RWD

63000 mi

US $500
Sloppy worn shifter. Installed BMW short throw shifter and flushed Radiator/Tranny/Rearend 

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2006 BMW 3-Series 2dr Convertible

333-horsepower 3.2L I6 6-speed automated manual RWD

21000 mi

US $1400
Right rear axle and pinion seal leaking. Replaced all necessary parts. 

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2006 BMW 3-Series 2dr Convertible

184-horsepower 2.5L I6 5-speed manual RWD

72000 mi

US $850
Rear differential seal was cracked and leaking. Replaced seal. 

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2005 BMW 3-Series 4dr Wagon

184-horsepower 2.5L I6 5-speed shiftable automatic AWD

71000 mi

US $250
Driver's side CV boot was torn and leaking. Local indie shop replaced the boot. 
111700 mi

US $300
Passenger-side inner axle failed, causing vibration when accelerating. 
141000 mi

US $300
Replaced driver's side front axle - CV boot was torn and leaking. 
143000 mi

US $225
Leaking axle seal after re-installing passenger side axle. 
60000 mi

US $400
rear hoghead (transaxle) was leaking. Dealer removed, replaced gasket and grease/oil 
66000 mi

US $780
front CV joints replaced on both sides (work completed in Stuttgart, Germany=excessive cost) 

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2005 BMW 3-Series 4dr Sedan

235-horsepower 3.0L I6 6-speed manual RWD

157000 mi

US $600
Replace differential bushings 

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2005 BMW 3-Series 4dr Sedan

225-horsepower 3.0L I6 6-speed manual AWD

108000 mi

US $1996
Also replaced driver side CV joint as it was leaking. 4 wheel alignment done as well. 

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2005 BMW 3-Series 4dr Sedan

184-horsepower 2.5L I6 5-speed shiftable automatic AWD

77000 mi

US $96
Leaky CV boot so dealer replaced both on the front. covered under certified used warrantee except for labor approx $96 

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2005 BMW 3-Series 4-door

4-cylinder diesel manual 2WD

114000 mi

£800
Clutch was OK but the flywheel which is of the dual mass type had disintergrated so both the clutch and the flywheel were replaced. Common problem According to the Bmw breakdown mechanic. Two years ago a pulley shaft snapped.  

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2005 BMW 3-Series 2dr Coupe

333-horsepower 3.2L I6 6-speed manual RWD

58700 mi

US $500
Gear shifter retaining ring broke. Replaced gear shifter. 
44000 mi

US $1650
Flywheel repair. Bolt came loose,  
39000 mi

US $300
Replaced input and output seals for differential. 
59000 mi

US $1000
Leak from differential due to failed pinion seal. 

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2005 BMW 3-Series 2dr Coupe

333-horsepower 3.2L I6 6-speed automated manual RWD

47000 mi Car will "chatter" when taking off from dead stop. Problem is intermittent and the dealer could not reproduce it. 
104000 mi

US $2000
SMG pump went out. Converted to Stickshift 
47000 mi dealer replaced SMG oil pump 

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2005 BMW 3-Series 2dr Coupe

184-horsepower 2.5L I6 5-speed manual RWD

43000 mi

US $2800
Clutch, flywheel replaced. Front reinforcement plate replaced 
113000 mi

US $500
rotors and brakes replaced. Also a guibo. 

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2005 BMW 3-Series 2dr Convertible

333-horsepower 3.2L I6 6-speed automated manual RWD

91000 mi

US $2000
Slight shuddering in 1st. Replaced clutch and fw. Also took care of a very tiny coolant leak. Replaced hose. 
75500 mi

US $25
Diagnosed problem with car not starting or not able to select a gear if start possible, or jumping out of gear during driving. Pulled codes, indicated low hydraulic pressure. Reservoir was full, no leaks indicated. Suspect relay - changed. 

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2004 BMW 3-Series

Engine not specified

88000 mi

US $1000
CV joint boot needed replacing, and boot on rack and pinion. Independent shop changed whole axle for half of what the dealer charged me to replace just the rubber boot. 

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2004 BMW 3-Series 4dr Wagon

184-horsepower 2.5L I6 5-speed shiftable automatic RWD

92000 mi

US $1223
Car was slipping in first gear for the first min in the morning. Trans fluid and filter were changed 

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2004 BMW 3-Series 4dr Wagon

184-horsepower 2.5L I6 5-speed shiftable automatic AWD

21080 mi Rear linkage clunking noise. Improperly lubed joints. Warranty. 
58280 mi

C $2400
Replaced front CV boots, cracked. Cleaned and repacked inner and outer CV joints/bearings.rnrnAlso performed 96km 'Service II' (belts, plugs, fluids, etc) 
91140 mi Real axel seals weeping fluid. Replaced rear axel seals on the differential. Replaced differential fluid and plugs. 
73000 mi Replaced valve cover seal. Replaced front CV joint boots and axles. 

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2004 BMW 3-Series 4dr Sedan

225-horsepower 3.0L I6 6-speed manual AWD

98000 mi

US $100
Thumping noise occurring while turning at speeds of 25mph or greater. As time progressed the thumping occurred at slower speeds with minimal need for steering wheel movement to bring on the thumping. Front axles worn...required replacement. 

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2004 BMW 3-Series 4dr Sedan

225-horsepower 3.0L I6 5-speed shiftable automatic AWD

28000 mi Transmssion delay from reverse to drive when cold started...reflashed with new software like last time...hopefully will work this time, also complimentary oil service. 
94000 mi

US $2000
transmission leak 
97000 mi

US $2000
repaired CV boots,  
66000 mi

US $1100
4 wheel drive front axles worn, one boot was cracked and leaking 
107000 mi

US $1600
Steering wheel/chassis vibration under acceleration increasingly severe; first att. fix replaced engine mounts, failed to fix; successfully fixed with replacement of front axle half-shafts. 

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2004 BMW 3-Series 4dr Sedan

184-horsepower 2.5L I6 5-speed shiftable automatic RWD

218000 mi

US $3300
transmission indicator came on. transmission was slipping and went to default mode. Had to tow to shop. Shop determined that transmission had to be replaced. Replaced with a warrantied used transmission. 

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2004 BMW 3-Series 4dr Sedan

184-horsepower 2.5L I6 5-speed shiftable automatic AWD

182000 mi

US $1200
Broken Axel. Replaced both front axels 
73000 mi

US $800
front outer cv boots 
50500 mi

US $1135
Front CV axle boots failed 
152000 mi

US $1900
Replaced right front axle as boot had been torn for a while 

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2004 BMW 3-Series 4dr Sedan

184-horsepower 2.5L I6 5-speed manual RWD

89280 mi

C $900
Leaking selector shaft seal. Leaking OFHG.  

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2004 BMW 3-Series 4dr Sedan

184-horsepower 2.5L I6 5-speed manual AWD

92000 mi New brakes and rotors and CV joints. All taken care of where purchased at no cost to me. 

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2004 BMW 3-Series 2dr Coupe

333-horsepower 3.2L I6 6-speed manual RWD

125000 mi

US $1400
Rear differential leaking from all seals. Complete refurbishment from dealer. 

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2004 BMW 3-Series 2dr Coupe

333-horsepower 3.2L I6 6-speed automated manual RWD

231300 mi

US $2500
Clutch slave cylinder failed, replaced with new clutch, flex disk, motor & transmission mounts, rear main engine seal, SMG reservoir hose. 
64000 mi

US $70
Salmon relay went out. SMG kept shifting into neutral. Finally drove it to shop and part was replaced. 
78300 mi

US $3200
SMG issue. Heard grinding sounds on downshifts, car felt like it was slipping and unable to catch 1st gear, car would overheat in traffic and shift into neutral. SMG pump replaced. 

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2004 BMW 3-Series 2dr Coupe

225-horsepower 3.0L I6 5-speed shiftable automatic RWD

124000 mi

US $73
Radiator fluid leak. Transmission cooling hose became detached. 

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2004 BMW 3-Series 2dr Coupe

184-horsepower 2.5L I6 5-speed manual RWD

79000 mi

US $1500
Brought my 325Ci into dealership for Inspection I. Mechanic found problem with hardy disc which had to be replaced. 

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2004 BMW 3-Series 2dr Convertible

333-horsepower 3.2L I6 6-speed manual RWD

66030 mi

US $3247
New clutch 
81000 mi

US $1398
Shift Handle Support Rod Snapped Pinion seal leaking 

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2003.5 BMW 3-Series 4dr Sedan

235-horsepower 3.0L I6 6-speed manual RWD

142000 mi

US $30
Differential oil leak. Removed differential leaking gasket and revealed with RTV permatex gear oil gasket maker. 

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2003.5 BMW 3-Series 4dr Sedan

225-horsepower 3.0L I6 6-speed manual RWD

97500 mi

US $300
Master cylinder was replaced due to leak. 

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2003 BMW 3-Series

Engine not specified

46000 mi

US $175
Rear axle seals need to be replaced. I am also getting ready to install a new power steering pump. 
95000 mi

US $700
Guibo joint was disintegrating and made car nearly undrivable. 
128000 mi

US $1100
clutch and clutch master and slave cylinder 
180000 mi Undiagnosed vibration 
55000 mi CV joint in left front failed. 
45000 mi Grinding noise when releasing clutch pedal. Replace transmission and dual mass flywheel. No change in noise. 

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2003 BMW 3-Series 4dr Wagon

225-horsepower 3.0L I6 5-speed shiftable automatic AWD

140500 mi

US $160
New AT cooler pipes. 

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2003 BMW 3-Series 4dr Wagon

184-horsepower 2.5L I6 5-speed shiftable automatic AWD

58000 mi

US $140
Broken clip in right inner CV Boot. 

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2003 BMW 3-Series 4dr Wagon

184-horsepower 2.5L I6 5-speed manual RWD

59920 mi

C $800
Front CV joints replaced 

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2003 BMW 3-Series 4dr Wagon

184-horsepower 2.5L I6 5-speed manual AWD

95000 mi

US $900
Front right CV boot/axle was cracked and replaced.  

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2003 BMW 3-Series 4dr Sedan

225-horsepower 3.0L I6 5-speed shiftable automatic RWD

135300 mi

US $1100
2) real differential axle seal replaced. 3) engine oil changed. 

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2003 BMW 3-Series 4dr Sedan

225-horsepower 3.0L I6 5-speed shiftable automatic AWD

120000 mi

US $962
Replace the CV joint, U joint and boots on the front axle. 
61000 mi

US $620
The CV boots were cracked on both front sides. 

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2003 BMW 3-Series 4dr Sedan

225-horsepower 3.0L I6 5-speed manual RWD

27000 mi 1 day in shop: - Knocking sound at idle in neutral (but not when clutch depressed). Bad throwout bearing, new clutch & bearing under warranty. (two dealers refused, third agreed) - New alcantara steering wheel. 

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2003 BMW 3-Series 4dr Sedan

225-horsepower 3.0L I6 5-speed manual AWD

102000 mi

US $1700
New clutch and cv boot covers 
110000 mi Leaking Rear Differential Seals 
122700 mi

US $250
Center Support Bearing failed and required replacement. 

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2003 BMW 3-Series 4dr Sedan

184-horsepower 2.5L I6 5-speed shiftable automatic RWD

39000 mi Slipping transmission 
43000 mi Slipping transmission on cold start; a commonly reported flaw on web; reflash seems to solve it; first reflash did not hold 
31620 mi delay from Reverse to Drive, took about 30 seconds for transmission to engage after selecting "D". 
52000 mi

US $320
Flushed transmission fluid 

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2003 BMW 3-Series 4dr Sedan

184-horsepower 2.5L I6 5-speed shiftable automatic AWD

128000 mi

US $700
New Axle / CV Joint on Front Passenger Tire 
95000 mi

US $450
Replaced cracked C-V boots on each front wheel 
53200 mi

US $540
Both front axle CV outer-boots need to be replaced. 
61000 mi

US $240
Driver side CV boot was torn 
117300 mi

US $450
CV boots replaced 
71000 mi

US $45
Torn CV boot - the car's front vibrates when accelerating. Cornering while accelerating makes it worse. CV boot replaced but vibration didn't go away, it is less. 
76000 mi

US $231
2 front axles went. Got the parts for $231 in a local shop, going to install soon. 
25000 mi Rear noise 
47000 mi

US $499
Replaced cracked RF inner CV boot. 
61000 mi

US $152
Replaced torn LF CV boot. 
79700 mi

US $2000
- CV boots torn on both sides. Replaced entire axle assemblies. 

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2003 BMW 3-Series 4dr Sedan

184-horsepower 2.5L I6 5-speed manual RWD

79000 mi

US $1200
Transmission seal failure. 

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2003 BMW 3-Series 4dr Sedan

184-horsepower 2.5L I6 5-speed manual AWD

126000 mi

US $125
Replaced right front axle due to a torn CV boot. 
140500 mi Replaced left front axle fie to excessive vibration. 

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2003 BMW 3-Series 4dr Sedan

53320 mi auto trans coolant thermostat 

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2003 BMW 3-Series 2dr Coupe

333-horsepower 3.2L I6 6-speed manual RWD

89000 mi

US $40
Differential input leaking. Differential input seal replaced. 

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2003 BMW 3-Series 2dr Coupe

333-horsepower 3.2L I6 6-speed automated manual RWD

149000 mi

US $200
Gear position sensor replaced. 
74000 mi

US $3500
Transmission SMG pump causing vehicle to go into neutral intermittently and had check transmission light. Replaced hydraulic pump.  

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2003 BMW 3-Series 2dr Coupe

225-horsepower 3.0L I6 5-speed shiftable automatic RWD

64300 mi

US $1500
Needed my torque converter replaced 

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2003 BMW 3-Series 2dr Convertible

225-horsepower 3.0L I6 5-speed shiftable automatic RWD

156000 mi

US $450
Transmission fluid leaking. 

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2002 BMW 3-Series 4dr Wagon

184-horsepower 2.5L I6 5-speed shiftable automatic RWD

65700 mi

US $441
Right side differential seal leak 

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2002 BMW 3-Series 4dr Wagon

184-horsepower 2.5L I6 5-speed shiftable automatic AWD

128000 mi

US $450
Broken Axle Shaft 

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2002 BMW 3-Series 4dr Wagon

184-horsepower 2.5L I6 5-speed manual RWD

98700 mi

US $450
Transmission went into limp mode. Sensor in transmission replaced. 

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2002 BMW 3-Series 4dr Wagon

184-horsepower 2.5L I6 5-speed manual AWD

190100 mi

C $800
Relace front axle and boot 
196100 mi Torn CV Boot - repaired under warranty 

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2002 BMW 3-Series 4dr Sedan

225-horsepower 3.0L I6 5-speed shiftable automatic RWD

58500 mi

US $2000
Transmission seal leak. Lower arm control bushings worn. Need to be replaced. 
97000 mi

US $50
Torque converter failed and needed to be replaced. 

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2002 BMW 3-Series 4dr Sedan

225-horsepower 3.0L I6 5-speed shiftable automatic AWD

84000 mi

US $1085
Replaced front axle driveshaft and universal joints 
100000 mi

US $2557
Replaced front axle boots 

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2002 BMW 3-Series 4dr Sedan

225-horsepower 3.0L I6 5-speed manual AWD

97000 mi

US $600
Replaced drivers side front axle assembly 
98000 mi

US $500
Replace passenger side drive axle assembly 

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2002 BMW 3-Series 4dr Sedan

184-horsepower 2.5L I6 5-speed shiftable automatic AWD

115000 mi Left axle boot is leaking 
86180 mi

C $350
Replace front right axle shaft. vibration noise when turning 

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2002 BMW 3-Series 4dr Sedan

184-horsepower 2.5L I6 5-speed manual RWD

124000 mi

C $800
U joint was cracked - part replaced 

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2002 BMW 3-Series 2dr Coupe

333-horsepower 3.2L I6 6-speed manual RWD

100000 mi

US $800
Differential seal on right side 
133000 mi

US $325
Replaced fluid in Differential. Was making a grinding noise. Replaced with BMW Genuine fluid. 
120000 mi

US $500
Torn front axle boots 

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2002 BMW 3-Series 2dr Coupe

333-horsepower 3.2L I6 6-speed automated manual RWD

93000 mi

US $2200
SMG pump failure 
40002 mi

R 400
Input shaft seal into differential leaking. Seal replaced. Rubber drive shaft coupling replaced. 
63860 mi Input shaft seal on differential leaking. Seal replaced. 

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2002 BMW 3-Series 2dr Coupe

225-horsepower 3.0L I6 5-speed shiftable automatic RWD

145000 mi

US $3000
Torque converter, 

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2002 BMW 3-Series 2dr Coupe

225-horsepower 3.0L I6 5-speed manual RWD

142000 mi

US $106
The shifter was getting sloppy so I bought a short shift kit to fix that. Also changed out the trans fluid - 1.3 quarts. This is a manual transmission. 

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2002 BMW 3-Series 2dr Coupe

184-horsepower 2.5L I6 5-speed manual RWD

168000 mi

US $550
Differential bushing 

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2002 BMW 3-Series 2dr Convertible

333-horsepower 3.2L I6 6-speed manual RWD

62000 mi

US $800
Bad CV joint in driveshaft. Replaced driveshaft assy 

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2002 BMW 3-Series 2dr Convertible

333-horsepower 3.2L I6 6-speed automated manual RWD

70000 mi

US $4000
Transmission needed replacement 

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2002 BMW 3-Series 2dr Convertible

184-horsepower 2.5L I6 5-speed shiftable automatic RWD

141000 mi

US $1200
transmission leak 

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2001 BMW 3-Series

Engine not specified

188000 mi

US $5000
Transfer Case has too much "play" as do the 2 axles on the front of the car, (all-wheel 330xi) told that it will be a catastrophic failure, will get exponentially worse, and then fail, soon. This problem rarely happens per the dealer. 

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2001 BMW 3-Series 4dr Sedan

225-horsepower 3.0L I6 5-speed shiftable automatic RWD

184000 mi

US $1500
axle boot. 

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2001 BMW 3-Series 4dr Sedan

225-horsepower 3.0L I6 5-speed manual RWD

166000 mi

US $2500
Repair excedes worthe daily 
180000 mi

US $375
Failed joint in driveshaft. Replaced driveshaft. 
124000 mi

US $3000
Clutch, shift bushing, guibo, shift selector spring replacement. Transmission fluid service. 

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2001 BMW 3-Series 4dr Sedan

225-horsepower 3.0L I6 5-speed manual AWD

153000 mi

US $185
Right front axle seal had a leak and needed to be repaired. 
223800 mi

C $1000
Replace front drive axle. U joint broken. (4 wheel drive) 

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2001 BMW 3-Series 4dr Sedan

184-horsepower 2.5L I6 5-speed shiftable automatic AWD

68000 mi

US $560
The right outer CV joint boot ripped. 
117000 mi

US $1000
Driver's side outer CV joint boot replaced for the second time. 
122000 mi

US $459
Passenger side outer CV joint boot replaced for the second time. 

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2001 BMW 3-Series 4dr Sedan

184-horsepower 2.5L I6 5-speed manual RWD

155000 mi

US $150
Worn out guibo, CSB 
146000 mi

US $1600
Leaking shifter rod seal Rear differential leaking, pinion seal and both side deals replaced 

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2001 BMW 3-Series 4dr Sedan

184-horsepower 2.5L I6 5-speed manual AWD

150700 mi

US $600
Outer CV joing ripped, need new axle. Only lasted approximately 60,000 mi. 
152000 mi

US $450
Driveshaft U joint was loose. Required driveshaft to be replaced 
160700 mi

US $25
CV boot clamp was loose. Added grease to CV boot and applied new clamp 
84000 mi

US $2300
U-joint boots on on driving axles (AWD) replaced. 
89000 mi

US $1700
Differential seal leaks 

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2001 BMW 3-Series 4-door

turbocharged 4-cylinder diesel manual 2WD

115940 mi

$1300
The car could barely move on 1st gear, and during stopping something was knocking hard. Flywheel broken, as well as the complete clutch set. Replaced both. Problem mostly gone but there is is still minor knocking when stopping the car. 

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2001 BMW 3-Series 4-door

6-cylinder automatic 2WD

71300 mi

$850
Tranny fluid leak. 

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2001 BMW 3-Series 2dr Coupe

333-horsepower 3.2L I6 6-speed manual RWD

87000 mi

US $40
Slow differential seal leak. 
55000 mi

US $1300
differential pinion shaft seal replaced due to small lubricant leak 
67000 mi

US $800
A differential seal developed a minor leak and all seals were replaced preventively. The car could probably have been driven for many months before a real problem developed 

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2001 BMW 3-Series 2dr Coupe

225-horsepower 3.0L I6 5-speed manual RWD

56000 mi

US $450
Shifter detent needed to be resurfaced and polished. Gear shift was sticking in 5th gear in cold weather for several years leading up to repair. 

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2001 BMW 3-Series 2dr Coupe

184-horsepower 2.5L I6 5-speed shiftable automatic RWD

208300 mi

US $3000
Reverse gear failed while rocking the car out of snow. Complete rebuild needed. 
231000 mi Torque converter failure, repaired under warranty. 

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2001 BMW 3-Series 2dr Convertible

333-horsepower 3.2L I6 6-speed manual RWD

78445 mi

US $2500
Replaced Rear differential 

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2001 BMW 3-Series 2-door

6-cylinder automatic 2WD

82000 mi

US $1700
Reverse gear malfunctioned and stopped working. BMW dealer wanted to replace for $6,500, but extended warranty wouldn't pay. Took to AAMCO which quoted $3,600 to repair. Extended warranty initially refused to pay, but in the end paid $1,900. 

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2000 BMW 3-Series 4dr Sedan

193-horsepower 2.8L I6 5-speed shiftable automatic RWD

192000 mi

US $2000
Auto tranny lost reverse. 
107260 mi

C $250
Repaired diff leak. 

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2000 BMW 3-Series 4dr Sedan

193-horsepower 2.8L I6 5-speed manual RWD

111800 mi

US $1300
Clutch and clutch master cylinder replaced. 

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2000 BMW 3-Series 4dr Sedan

170-horsepower 2.5L I6 5-speed shiftable automatic RWD

103000 mi

US $1900
Transmission leaking fluid and torque converter failed. Partially rebuilt, car needs to be warmed before transmission active. Driveshaft coming loose 

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2000 BMW 3-Series 4dr Sedan

170-horsepower 2.5L I6 5-speed manual RWD

158000 mi

US $2095
Clutch suddenly stopped working. Clutch kit, pressure plate bolt set, pilot bearing, fly wheel, exhaust gasket. 
55000 mi Noticeable "thud" sound when putting the car into gear. 
200000 mi clutch fork issues making the car impossible to shift gear while car is running 

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2000 BMW 3-Series 4-door

6-cylinder manual 2WD

100000 mi

US $90
Gear leaver sometimes would not shift into gear. The leaver became loose and would not shift into gear if it was lifted up. 
152700 mi center bearing (propshaft) 

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2000 BMW 3-Series 4-door

6-cylinder automatic 2WD

74000 mi

US $111
No reverse (see noreverse.org). I have that ZF 5HP19 tranny, and my reverse drum has failed. 

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2000 BMW 3-Series 2dr Coupe

170-horsepower 2.5L I6 5-speed manual RWD

141000 mi

US $1400
drive shaft support bearing failure 
161000 mi

US $875
Original Clutch finally failed. Had it replaced and it still had a good deal of material left. Fork broke, pilot bearing OK, but replaced anyway. 
210000 mi guido worn out, 
162700 mi

US $1300
Replace cv joints 
126480 mi

C $1908
Clutch; shift rod replaced. 

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1999.5 BMW 3-Series 4dr Sedan

170-horsepower 2.5L I6 5-speed shiftable automatic RWD

144040 mi

A $80
Transmission stuck in Gear 2. Hard Link error so gears not changing at correct speeds or engine rpm. Mechanic reset engine and transmission computers/sensors and had computer relearn correct program. Car repaired after reset. 

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1999 BMW 3-Series

Engine not specified

139500 mi

¤4000
driveshaft center bearing and flexible disc replacement 
139700 mi

US $150
Replaced the Center Bearing and the Guibo/Flex Disc. 

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1999 BMW 3-Series 4-door

6-cylinder manual 2WD

165000 mi

US $3000
New joints and gaskets needed 
281000 mi

US $780
Differential seals exploded and I had to replace the entire differential with a differential from another 3 Series BMW. I purchased a 3.46 to replace my dead 3.07. 
352500 mi

US $247
Drive-shaft U-joint was wearing out, replaced the entire drive-shaft. 
354000 mi

US $100
The shift ball socket disintegrated. 
171000 mi

US $380
Differential seal leaked. Transmission fluid replaced. 

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1999 BMW 3-Series 2-door

6-cylinder manual 2WD

97000 mi

US $5
Differential mounting bolt broke. Differential needed to be removed to extract broken bolt. 
186000 mi

US $350
Clutch master cylinder went out. 
93000 mi

A $1600
Constant velocity joint worn at end of tailshaft; needed replacement.  

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1998 BMW 3-Series

Engine not specified

77000 mi High vibration in front end at 2000 rpm and 40-60 mph. Over the past 1.5 years there have been multiple parts replaced. 3 of the 4 cv joint boots in 2 occurrences. Then both control arms. no help. both front end drive shafts replaced this time. 
121000 mi

US $1500
Replaced rear axle. 

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1998 BMW 3-Series 4-door

6-cylinder manual 2WD

98000 mi

US $1000
Clutch replaced, mechanical failure. 

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1998 BMW 3-Series 4-door

6-cylinder automatic 2WD

156000 mi

US $2400
Car was doing great, but then the tranny blew up... 

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1998 BMW 3-Series 2-door

6-cylinder manual 2WD

120000 mi

US $800
Clutch job. Throwout bearing had expired and there was little life left in the clutch. Also replaced Flywheel and all wear and tear parts. 
197000 mi rebuilt transmission, new clutch because it was "slipping." 

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1997 BMW 3-Series

Engine not specified

172000 mi

US $430
Rear RH axle boot 

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1996 BMW 3-Series 4-door

6-cylinder manual 2WD

107260 mi

A $800
Clutch Slave cylinder Guibo / Driveshaft flex disc  
109120 mi

A $470
Clutch hose replaced 

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1995 BMW 3-Series 2-door

6-cylinder manual 2WD

146000 mi

US $100
Clutch pedal hard to push down, bushings worn. 
116560 mi

€500
The universal joint of the drive shaft. 

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BMW 3-Series Transmission Problems

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