2004 BMW 3-Series BMW 3-Series 2004

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2004 BMW 3-Series repairs by problem area

Engine (42%)

Transmission and Drivetrain (6%)

Brakes and Traction Control (3%)

Suspension and Steering (16%)

Electrical and Air Conditioning (23%)

Paint, Rust, Leaks, Rattles, and Trim (6%)

Other (5%)

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2004 BMW 3-Series body repair cost distribution

$2500+ (0%)

$1000 - $2499 (6%)

$500 - $999 (17%)

$100 - $499 (26%)

< $100 (51%)

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Chart based on 35 repair trips. The repair cost chart excludes repairs made under warranty, do-it-yourself repairs, and repair trips that include maintenance.

2004 BMW 3-Series 4dr Wagon

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

133300 mi

C $140
Replace gear shift vinyl cover and cracked mount 

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2004 BMW 3-Series 4dr Wagon

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

29140 mi Realign skid plate - vibrating against exhaust parts. Rear linkage clunking - lubed joints 
35340 mi Repair broken console lid. under Warranty. 
41540 mi

C $520
Chrome trim arround windows needs to be replaced due to pitting and discolouration. Parts on back order. Chrome trim around windows replaced due to pitting and discolouration. Chrome trim arround windows needs to be replaced due to pitting and discolouration. Parts on back order. 
44640 mi

C $250
Reinstallation of rear mudflaps. The originals from the factory were not mounted properly. Reinstallation of rear mudflaps. The originals from the factory were not mounted properly. 
68000 mi

US $100
Replaced center console hazard/lock button. 

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2004 BMW 3-Series 4dr Sedan

235-horsepower 3.0L I6 6-speed manual RWD

96000 mi

US $700
Moonroof sunshade off tracks 

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2004 BMW 3-Series 4dr Sedan

225-horsepower 3.0L I6 6-speed manual RWD

79000 mi

US $2
Driver's sun visor bracket. Bracket became loose over time and visor would unclip when rotating up and down. 
139000 mi

US $20
Replaced "shark fin" rubber antenna gasket on roof. Was cracking and deteriorated. 
150000 mi

US $30
Headlight lens was faded and hazed due to age. Sanded and polished lens to restore clarity. 
166000 mi

US $40
Replaced driver's side hood grille. 

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2004 BMW 3-Series 4dr Sedan

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

135000 mi

US $900
Repaired and repainted 6 small areas where rust bubbles had developed. he was able to get to solid metal and prime with an epoxy primer and then repaint.rnI am quite dissapointed in it rusting in just 10 years of use. 

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2004 BMW 3-Series 4dr Sedan

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

167000 mi

US $500
Exterior trim on passenger door coming loose 
144000 mi

US $60
Replace cloudy headlight covers. 
76000 mi Cracked/chipped windshield cowl 
47120 mi

C $50
driver's door exterior window trim 

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2004 BMW 3-Series 4dr Sedan

184-horsepower 2.5L I6 5-speed manual RWD

23465 mi cup holder, front loose. 
28381 mi Replaced leaking rear left shock, Replaced discolored driver side mirror. 

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2004 BMW 3-Series 2dr Coupe

333-horsepower 3.2L I6 6-speed manual RWD

115000 mi

US $1000
Sun roof shade came off its track. Rear hatch exterior open switch was failing and was replaced. 
14000 mi

US $200
Sagging door seals due to defective adhesive. BMW has issued a service bulletin about this 

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2004 BMW 3-Series 2dr Coupe

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

76300 mi

US $140
Interior auto-dimming rear view mirror developed bubble inside it. Sent in to radar-mirror.com for repair. 
46800 mi

US $150
Fixed a broken tab on the moonroof slider 

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2004 BMW 3-Series 2dr Coupe

235-horsepower 3.0L I6 6-speed manual RWD

44000 mi Piece of rubber trim (window seal ?) from driver's side door fell off 

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2004 BMW 3-Series 2dr Coupe

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

9000 mi Door Lining needed replacement under warranty. Both driver and passenger required this replacement. 

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2004 BMW 3-Series 2dr Coupe

225-horsepower 3.0L I6 6-speed manual RWD

58900 mi

US $100
The rear hat shelf was vibrating when driving over bumps or with subwoofer operation. 
164000 mi

£80
Rust bubbling through the paint on the bottom front edge of a rear wheel arch where a weld seam had split on the inside edge. Scraped off some of the lifting paint, Kurust to neutralise the rust, painted with metal primer and paint, and then protected with two coats of Waxoyl underbody seal. 

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2004 BMW 3-Series 2dr Coupe

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

26000 mi Had some "loose trim" replaced - front grille, trunk handle trim, and door seals. 

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2004 BMW 3-Series 2dr Coupe

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

43000 mi

US $75
Interior trim at sides of rear window material is coming loose. Headliner type material. Major labor cost to remove panels and replace material. Will post when repairs are done. 43k miles. No more Beamers for me!! 
50000 mi BMW logo on front of car was chipping and losing paint. Dealer said it happens all the time (all models). Dealer shipped a new one to the house (didnt have any in stock) so I could replace it. No charge. 

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2004 BMW 3-Series 2dr Convertible

333-horsepower 3.2L I6 6-speed manual RWD

Convertible top rattles. 
Convertible rattling. 
45005 mi

US $388
Right ront inner roof liner bracket adjusted. 
77200 mi

US $550
Part of the rubber seal around the convertible top is loose. Told it would cost $1400 to repair. Decided to live with it. 
81200 mi

US $1398
Loose Window Convertible Seal Detached 
53000 mi

US $500
New glovebox latch. 
53000 mi

US $275
Glove box is jammed; cannot open. Dealer replaced latch but problem still not fixed. 

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2004 BMW 3-Series 2dr Convertible

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

41500 mi window rattle fixed, adjusted window travel and tightened power window track/mechanism, covered under CPO warranty 

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2004 BMW 3-Series Body Problems

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