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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%)

Chart based on 741 repairs.
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2004 BMW 3-Series repair cost distribution

$2500+ (3%)

$1000 - $2499 (12%)

$500 - $999 (17%)

$100 - $499 (34%)

< $100 (33%)

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Chart based on 513 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

Engine not specified

BMW 3-Series in Texas, United States
Jan 2011 - Apr 2011
Feb 2011

88000 mi

US $1000
Previously took to Dealer for oil change. Belts were bad so decided to change water pump as well. Dealer did not replace thermostat. Thermostat failed 1 week after. This repair was to replace thermostat 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. 
BMW 3-Series in Virginia, United States
Feb 2008 - Mar 2010
Jul 2008

78000 mi

US $30
Broken sunroof 
BMW 3-Series in Texas, United States
Sep 2009 - Mar 2010
Oct 2009

55000 mi

US $1100
control arm bushing power steering hoses and pump were replaced. Radiator hose, radiator belt and radiator fan were replaced due to some noise and leaks in radiator hose. 
Dec 2009

58000 mi

US $1200
steering pump fail, power steering hose has leaks. This suck because my 1997 honda accord has about 200k miles and doesn't has any of these problem. 
BMW 3-Series in New York, United States
Jun 2015 - Jul 2016
Jul 2016

215000 mi

US $2400
Both catalytic converters clogged 
BMW 3-Series in California, United States
Aug 2007 - Mar 2010
Sep 2007

45000 mi
Service light came on. Was told it was caused by a loose gas cap. 
BMW 3-Series in Ontario, Canada
Sep 2014 - Dec 2014
Dec 2014

79360 mi
Steering pump leaked and replaced. Very slight knock on steering wheel can be felt when idle before replacement. 

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2004 BMW 3-Series 4dr Wagon

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

BMW 3-Series in Georgia, United States
Nov 2010 - Nov 2011
BMW 3-Series in Ontario, Canada
Feb 2011 - Mar 2018
Jun 2011

83700 mi

C $3500
Starter motor failed and had to be replaced. Repairs were done by a Chrysler dealership - not our normal service shop Air Conditioning condenser leaking - replacement parts and refrigerant required to fix it Fuel pump 
Sep 2011

89900 mi

C $168
Brake calliper replaced on right front  
Oct 2012

101760 mi

C $334
Replacement of idler arm & belt 
Mar 2013

108500 mi

C $10
Power steering pump failed - replaced for third time - under warranty 
Jun 2013

108500 mi

C $1300
seized caliper on one brake was causing problem Oil seal had to be replaced to repair oil leak 
May 2014

124000 mi

C $300
Replace front shocks 
May 2015

133300 mi

C $140
Replace gear shift vinyl cover and cracked mount 
Mar 2016

139500 mi

C $125
Windshield washer fluid leaking 
Dec 2017

147560 mi

C $600
Rod was loose and dangerous - failure could cause wheels to move independently if left 
BMW 3-Series in Missouri, United States
Oct 2014 - Sep 2017
Feb 2015

92000 mi

US $1223
Replaced valve cover and gasket for oil leak 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

BMW 3-Series in Pennsylvania, United States
May 2015 - Jul 2015
Jul 2015

81000 mi

US $800
replaced both rear springs - broken off near bottom and resting directly on supports 
BMW 3-Series in Washington, United States
May 2008 - Jan 2010
Dec 2008

65000 mi
Replaced alternator pulley and the belt tensioner. 
Mar 2009

68000 mi

US $100
Replaced center console hazard/lock button. 
May 2009

73000 mi
Replaced valve cover seal. Replaced front CV joint boots and axles. 
Oct 2009

80000 mi
Checking in. Passenger side rear view mirror needs repair because it doesn't automatically adjust for curb view. There's also a weird squeal in the HVAC system. 
Jan 2010

84000 mi
Check engine light came on and indicated a thermostat problem. Need to have car examined by dealer. 
BMW 3-Series in Ontario, Canada
Aug 2006 - Dec 2014
Jul 2006

20460 mi
Replacement of keys, defective. 
Aug 2006

21080 mi
Rear linkage clunking noise. Improperly lubed joints. Warranty. 
Feb 2007

26660 mi

C $150
Install Homelink control in upper roof console 
Apr 2007

28520 mi

C $400
Replace front rotors and brake pads. Replace exhaust downpipe (defective - warranty) Replace battery (defective - warranty) 
May 2007

29140 mi
Realign skid plate - vibrating against exhaust parts. Rear linkage clunking - lubed joints 
Sep 2007

31620 mi
Replace defective front resonator (exhaust). Warranty repair. 
Oct 2007

32240 mi
Replaced rear sway bar and linkage. Under warranty. 
Nov 2007

32860 mi
Exhaust system expanding and vibrating agains heat shield. Repositioned. Warranty repair. 
Mar 2008

35340 mi
Repair broken console lid. under Warranty. 
Apr 2008

35960 mi

C $250
Repair front control arm. 4 wheel aligment done on car. 
Nov 2008

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. 
Feb 2009

44640 mi

C $500
Failed thermostat. Known BMW design flaw for this part(fails after 4-5 years due to moisture intrusion). Failed thermostat. Known BMW design flaw for this part(fails after 4-5 years due to moisture intrusion). 
Mar 2009

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. 
Jun 2009

50840 mi

C $300
Replacement of rear taillight assembly and bulbs. Replacement of rear taillight assembly and bulbs. 
Sep 2009

54560 mi

C $520
Front brakes pads and rotors replaced 
Jan 2010

58280 mi

C $2400
Replaced front CV boots, cracked. Cleaned and repacked inner and outer CV joints/bearings. Also performed 96km 'Service II' (belts, plugs, fluids, etc) Replaced front CV boots, cracked. Cleaned and repacked inner and outer CV joints/bearings.rnrnAlso performed 96km 'Service II' (belts, plugs, fluids, etc) 
Aug 2012

85440 mi

C $76
Replaced lower control arm bushings on both front wheels. Turned out to be parts set up for track, sent in error. Ordered correct parts. 
Nov 2012

87820 mi

C $230
Replaced worn out front lower control arm bushings, both sides of car, this time with the correct OEM parts. 
Feb 2013

89580 mi

C $60
Leaking gasket. Replaced valve cover gasket and valve cover bolt washers. 
Mar 2013

89900 mi

C $190
Replaced valve cover gasket, replaced oil housing gasket, replaced vanos oil return line, replaced tensioner pulley and idler pulley, replaced accessory belt and AC belt. Parts cost only - work performed by owner. caliper sticking, removed both front calipers, refurbised calipers, replaced front pads and rotors. 
Jul 2013

91140 mi
Real axel seals weeping fluid. Replaced rear axel seals on the differential. Replaced differential fluid and plugs. 
Aug 2013

91540 mi

C $430
Radiator coolant expansion tank failed. Replaced coolant expansion tank, replaced coolant. 
Feb 2014

94440 mi

C $224
Replaced car battery. 
Mar 2014

94240 mi

C $650
lower control arm ball joint failure, drivers side. Replaced both front control arms and ball joints. 

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2004 BMW 3-Series 4dr Wagon

184-horsepower 2.5L I6 5-speed manual RWD

BMW 3-Series in Virginia, United States
Dec 2006 - Jun 2018
Sep 2008

46000 mi
DSC/TCS/ABS activates when not necessary. 
Nov 2008

47000 mi
The ABS operating when not necessary - was resolved by replacing the tires, which were worn (it seems the BMW DSC/TCS/ABS system is picky, as the shop foreman had had the same problem with his E39).  
Dec 2012

87000 mi

US $210
Valve cover gasket replaced 
Jun 2014

101000 mi

US $260
Misfire no. 5 cylinder. Replaced coil and plug. 
Jan 2015

99300 mi

US $700
Oil leak - oil pan gasket replaced 
Jun 2015

106000 mi

US $1050
Oil leak - replace valve cover and gasket Oil leak - reseat oil filter holder 
Jul 2017

114000 mi

US $35
A/C weak, topped up refrigerant 
May 2018

117000 mi

US $300
Replace sticky thermostat 
BMW 3-Series in Pennsylvania, United States
Jun 2012 - May 2017
Dec 2012

73000 mi

US $85
Thermostat was stuck open; engine would not come up to full temperature. 
Jun 2013

78000 mi

US $140
AC was low on pressure. Shop recharged. 
Oct 2013

80700 mi

US $53
Window regulator on right rear passenger door died. Replaced with new unit. Oil leak from valve cover gasket. 
Aug 2014

89100 mi

US $700
Leaking coolant reservoir. Replaced radiator, water pump, hoses, coolant tank as recommended at 90k miles. Clunking at low speeds and wandering on the highway. Replaced front control arms, FCA bushings, and sway bar endlinks as recommended at this mileage. 
Jun 2015

96000 mi

US $800
Car overheating; shop determined low AC charge was responsible. Repair fixed non-functioning AC but did not solve overheating issue. Fixed A/C Overheating while stopped in traffic. Shop determined that auxiliary cooling fan had failed. Replaced fan, but did not resolve issue. 
Jul 2015

96200 mi
Overheating caused by bad temp switch. Replaced switch. 

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2004 BMW 3-Series 4dr Sedan

235-horsepower 3.0L I6 6-speed manual RWD

BMW 3-Series in California, United States
Dec 2008 - Mar 2010
Apr 2008

77000 mi

US $160
Control arm bushings worn, replaced. 
Jul 2008

77000 mi
Car would not start, fuel pump replaced. Work took place in July 2008. 
BMW 3-Series in California, United States
Feb 2008 - Mar 2018
Sep 2010

100000 mi
Sub-frame welds were failing on early issue 3 series (2001-2002). TSB was sent out for all e46 style BMWs. Mine was evaluated and given clean bill of health. 
Dec 2013

129000 mi

US $1000
New shocks, struts, sprongs and both front and rear control arm bushings. 
BMW 3-Series in Georgia, United States
Jun 2010 - Sep 2015
Jul 2010

64000 mi

US $50
rough idle w/ AC on; cleaned MAF, disassembled intake and cleaned dirty/stuck idle control valve, DISA valve and throttle body, checked for vacuum leaks and cracked hoses - found none; rough idle has not returned. 
Nov 2010

64000 mi

US $60
Airbag light (SRS) came on, error code indicated driver's wheel airbag fault, mechanic cleared error and SRS light has not returned - likely spurious sensor electrical fault 
Apr 2011

66200 mi

US $130
Airbag (SRS) light came on again after being cleared twice before - fault code indicated drivers steering wheel firing Stage 1 fault; replaced steering wheel switch module (slip ring) and switch module to steering wheel airbag wiring harness. 
Jun 2011

67000 mi

US $70
Drivers side front window regulator broke - repaired by installing new window regulator. 
Apr 2015

90200 mi

US $95
replaced faulty oil level sensor replaced worn front control arm bushings 
BMW 3-Series in Iowa, United States
May 2011 - Jun 2018
Dec 2011

98000 mi

US $120
1 leaky fuel injector caused poor starting. Replaced and all is well. 
Mar 2013

107000 mi

US $15
Replaced oil filter housing gasket due to small oil leak. 
Nov 2015

131000 mi

US $110
Intake cam position sensor went bad. Replaced to resolve SRC codes. 
Jan 2017

126200 mi

US $30
Code P0302 with engine stumble. Replaced ignition coil on cylinder 2 with cheap one from Advanced Auto. New coil fixed the problem 
Jun 2018

149000 mi

US $75
Final Stage Resistor/Switch failed. HVAC fan would not come on. Replaced resistor and everything back to normal. 
BMW 3-Series in Florida, United States
Feb 2014 - Oct 2015
Sep 2014

105000 mi

US $800
Oil filter housing gasket failure Both passenger side window regulators failed within days of each other. These units are chronic problem areas in the e46 3-series BMW. Leaking Schrader valve on A/C system. Dye injected in system and system recharged. Leak was slight. Replacement parts ordered and will be replaced at next visit. 
Jan 2015

US $100
Rebuilt / overhauled the DISA unit located in the m54b30 engine intake plenum using a kit sold by German Auto Solutions (GAS). The DISA is a common failure item on BMW's I-6 engines in the e39 and e46 chassis. 
BMW 3-Series in Massachusetts, United States
Oct 2014 - Apr 2017
Jun 2015

95000 mi

US $100
Tail light warning light illuminated on dash though all lights fully operational. Wiring inspected, plugs/sockets cleaned, no new parts. Repair initially successful but problem recurred within a couple weeks. 
Sep 2015

96000 mi

US $700
Front passenger window regulator replaced Moonroof sunshade off tracks 
Mar 2017

102000 mi

US $600
Oil filter housing leak - replaced gasket. Vanos supply hose leak - replaced hose. Cleaned connections at right tail light to fix false warning light. 
BMW 3-Series in Virginia, United States
Mar 2013 - Apr 2016
Apr 2015

90000 mi

US $55
Replaced worn front control arm bushings (FCAB). 
BMW 3-Series in California, United States
Jul 2012 - Jun 2018
Aug 2012

96200 mi

US $200
Water pump gasket leaking. Replaced water pump 
Jan 2016

US $700
radiator leaking. replaced radiator, water pump, and hoses. 
May 2016

135000 mi

US $1200
Control arm bushing replacement and shock/strut replacement 
BMW 3-Series in Maryland, United States
Aug 2011 - Jun 2018
Jun 2015

105000 mi

US $1300
Thermostat and water pump were replaced Alternator died and needed to be replaced. Sway bar links needed to be replaced. 
Sep 2017

127000 mi

US $3000
Rear passenger side wheel bearing replaced A/C was leaking from one or maybe both of the service ports. Parts replaced and recharge performed, also dye injected into system to check for future leaks. Lots of cooling components were leaking or about to fail. Replaced a bunch of components. Leak coming from power steering hose. Hose, clamp, and gasket replaced. Rear sway bar end links were completely broken, shop removed what was left of the endlinks and just removed the sway bar completely until I get suspension parts. Was notified that rear shocks totally blown as well as both rear springs both broken (apparently this is a common issue). No repair done yet, ordered parts online and will replace as DIY. 
Nov 2017

128000 mi

US $850
Replaced rear shocks, springs, and all associated hardware (shock mounts, bolts, reinforcement plates, bump stops, etc...) 
Jun 2018

133000 mi

US $2250
A/C Evaporator had to be replaced, entire dashboard had to be disassembled for replacement. Additional electrical problem persists, need to replace instrument cluster. 
BMW 3-Series in Florida, United States
Oct 2011 - Jun 2012
Apr 2012

105800 mi

US $599
replace water pump & coolant hose flush coolant system 
Jun 2012

110000 mi

US $773
replace AC compressor (OEM replacement purchased separately online), dryer, alt belt tensioner pulley 
BMW 3-Series in Texas, United States
Sep 2015 - Jul 2016
Jan 2016

US $150
Oil filter housing was leaking due to degraded seal. Windshield washer pump leaking 
BMW 3-Series in Ontario, Canada
Jul 2010 - Oct 2013
Apr 2011

70260 mi

C $300
Check engine light illuminated, car would not idle and ran roughly. Dealer diagnosed lean lean mixture due to cracked intake boot. Replaced part. 
BMW 3-Series in Washington, United States
Mar 2018 - Jun 2018
May 2018

156000 mi

US $400
The brake pressure sensor had failed, resulting in the ABS and DSC systems being turned off. The sensor was replaced but the new sensor was also faulty. 
BMW 3-Series in Texas, United States
- Jan 2011
Jan 2011

62500 mi

US $54
Window regulator replaced. Rear driver's side door. 
BMW 3-Series in British Columbia, Canada
Aug 2007 - Sep 2011
Sep 2007

29140 mi
The starter was failing. It was replaced. I had to make 2 trips b/c they did not fix the problem in the 1st trip. Second trip to have starter repaired after first trip failed. 
May 2009

55180 mi

C $168
Rear Left indicator/brake light stopped working. The ground connection was burned out. Had to change the connectors & wire a new ground. Known Problem from BMW. 
Aug 2009

58900 mi

C $500
Engine Light was on for 2974; Oxygen sensor. 
Feb 2010

66960 mi

C $250
Service Light ON. 
Dec 2010

80600 mi

C $450
Left front window motor/regulator replaced. 
Sep 2011

94860 mi

C $600
DISA Valve was broken. They had to install a new DISA valve.  

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2004 BMW 3-Series 4dr Sedan

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

BMW 3-Series in Georgia, United States
Mar 2012 - Apr 2018
Apr 2012

102700 mi

US $2100
front control arm bushings worn was told oil filter gasket was in need of replacement car overheated on highway, coolant reservoir cracked and upper radiator hose blew 
Sep 2017

170000 mi

US $1100
Fuel sensors Radiator and hoses replaced 
Apr 2018

174000 mi

US $400
Overflow reservoir bracket and o rings at transmission cooling line were leaking. Replaced 
BMW 3-Series in Nevada, United States
May 2010 - Sep 2013
Sep 2011

102000 mi

US $4200
Passenger airbag warning illuminated. Required replacement of airbag sensor in passenger seat. Oil leak noticed from spotting on driveway. Valve cover gasket leaking and replaced. 
BMW 3-Series in Washington, United States
Mar 2010 - Jun 2011
Apr 2010

61000 mi

US $200
Vacuum tube came loose @ manifold.  
BMW 3-Series in Virginia, United States
Sep 2013 - Jun 2014
Dec 2013

139000 mi

US $65
Valve cover gasket leaking Replaced A/C belt and mechanical tensioner 
Jun 2014

140000 mi
A/C blower had intermittent squeak on low settings. 
BMW 3-Series in Indiana, United States
Oct 2011 - Dec 2013
Nov 2011

88000 mi

US $100
Replaced oil filter housing gasket (leaking). Also did an oil change. Replaced power steering reservoir (dirty filter) and clamps (leaking). 
Dec 2011

89000 mi

US $900
Replaced struts, shocks and springs. Shocks and struts were completely shot. 
Jan 2012

110300 mi

US $225
Replaced rear light wiring harness. 
Apr 2012

92700 mi

US $200
Swaybar links and tierods. Alignment from local shop. 
Jul 2012

96500 mi

US $150
Front wheel bearings were worn and needed to be replaced. 
BMW 3-Series in California, United States
Jan 2013 - Sep 2014
Oct 2013

120500 mi

US $750
Oil filter housing gasket Anti roll bar end links torn 
Mar 2014

126000 mi

US $90
Water heater valve stuck open 

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2004 BMW 3-Series 4dr Sedan

225-horsepower 3.0L I6 6-speed manual RWD

BMW 3-Series in North Carolina, United States
Feb 2009 - Jun 2018
Nov 2010

79000 mi

US $2
Driver's sun visor bracket. Bracket became loose over time and visor would unclip when rotating up and down. 
Feb 2011

84400 mi

US $40
Driver's side tail light bulb carrier. Corroded and melted ground wire contact. 
Sep 2011

101000 mi

US $200
driver's side and passenger's side window regulators are beginning to fail. 
Oct 2011

101000 mi

US $115
Auto-dimming rear view mirror repaired by independent party. Mirror lost auto-dimming function and fluid leaked completely out of the mirror. Auto-dimming rear view mirror repaired by independent party. Mirror lost auto-dimming function and fluid leaked completely out of the mirror. 
Dec 2011

107000 mi
Battery needed to be replaced. 
Feb 2012

112000 mi

US $90
Replaced alternator/water pump tensioner and idler pulleys. Pulleys were squeaking at idle. 
Aug 2012

125700 mi

US $20
Hood switch sensor faulty. Alarm would go off thinking the hood had been opened. 
Apr 2013

133200 mi

US $600
Original shocks and struts were worn out. Replaced with OEM parts. Replacement cost includes all new hardware associated with install - bolts, nuts, washers, etc. 
Jul 2013

139000 mi

US $200
Replaced "shark fin" rubber antenna gasket on roof. Was cracking and deteriorated. Replaced leaky valve cover gasket. Strong odor of burnt oil when stopped at a light. Replaced aging CCV (Crank Case Ventilation / PCV) system. Replaced leaking oil filter housing gasket. 
Feb 2014

146400 mi

US $50
Replaced leaking VANOS oil line 
Jun 2014

150000 mi

US $30
Headlight lens was faded and hazed due to age. Sanded and polished lens to restore clarity. 
Sep 2014

153000 mi

US $75
Replaced thermostat due to failed electrical heating element. Replaced thermostat due to failed electrical heating element. 
Jan 2015

147500 mi

US $300
Replaced low beam xenon headlight bowls. The reflective coating on the original plastic bowls were faded, burnt and cracked. This is a known issue on E46 models with ZKW xenon HID headlights. 
Feb 2015

158400 mi

US $75
OEM Wahler thermostat developed a slow coolant leak where the electrical connector enters the thermostat body. 
May 2015

161700 mi

US $50
Front driver's turn signal corner light failed. Replaced with new turn signal assembly, including new bulb and bulb socket. 
Sep 2015

166000 mi

US $40
Replaced driver's side hood grille. 
BMW 3-Series in Washington, United States
Mar 2010 - Jun 2011
Apr 2010

71000 mi

US $880
Replaced idler pulleys that mechanic noted were squeaking. 

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2004 BMW 3-Series 4dr Sedan

225-horsepower 3.0L I6 6-speed manual AWD

BMW 3-Series in Illinois, United States
Jun 2017 - Jun 2018
Jun 2017

114000 mi

US $1200
Leaking oil pan 
Jul 2017

115000 mi

US $1200
Heavy steering. Steering rack replaced 
Mar 2018

120000 mi

US $900
Water pump 
BMW 3-Series in Minnesota, United States
Sep 2009 - Sep 2011
Apr 2010

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. 
Jun 2010

100000 mi

US $100
Washer fluid pump malfunction (leak) Covered under extended warranty 
Jun 2011

118000 mi

US $100
Valve cover gasket replacement as I was losing small amount of oil over engine block. Tipped-off by burnt smell post-driving. 
BMW 3-Series in New Hampshire, United States
Mar 2017 - Jun 2018
Jul 2017

138000 mi

US $15
Windshield washer pump 
May 2018

145000 mi

US $85
Both rear coil springs - replaced with new Bilstein 

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2004 BMW 3-Series 4dr Sedan

225-horsepower 3.0L I6 6-speed automated manual RWD

BMW 3-Series in Virginia, United States
Jul 2014 - Jun 2018
Mar 2015

187000 mi

US $150
Replaced coil packs (connected to spark plugs) and pre-cat oxygen sensors. 

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2004 BMW 3-Series 4dr Sedan

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

BMW 3-Series in Ontario, Canada
Mar 2016 - Sep 2016
Jun 2016

68820 mi

C $1600
Leaking power steering rack. Replaced. Ball joints worn. Whole assembly replaced on both sides. 
BMW 3-Series in Kansas, United States
Apr 2013 - Sep 2015
Jun 2013

57000 mi

US $230
Performance. Air filter replaced. 
Dec 2013

61000 mi

US $350
New thermostat. Car was not heating. Thermostat fixed the problem. 
Jul 2015

68200 mi

US $2100
Valve cover, brakes and major tune up 

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2004 BMW 3-Series 4dr Sedan

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

BMW 3-Series in Colorado, United States
Jul 2016 - Jun 2018
Feb 2017

141000 mi

US $200
Rough idle due to a leak in the vacuum system. It turned out to be a leaky MAF upper boot and a broken vacuum line from VANO to the CCV unit. Need a smoke machine to find the leak. 
Jul 2017

146000 mi

US $30
Coolant leaks. Replaced upper radiator hose. 
Nov 2017

150000 mi
Secondary Air pump to valve hose replaced 
Jan 2018

152000 mi

US $50
Window regulator 
BMW 3-Series in Connecticut, United States
Nov 2010 - Mar 2018
Apr 2011

90000 mi

US $1900
replace all front suspension components,and full alignment. 
Jul 2013

135000 mi

US $600
new springs,shocks and struts plus alignment. price didnt include parts as i had planned on doing it myself. i had read that the rear springs were prone to breaking on the 330xi and one was broken. 
Mar 2014

150000 mi

US $230
fuel pump stopped working, replace pump & fuel filter 
Jan 2016

167800 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. 
May 2016

188700 mi

US $1000
replace front axles,  engine mounts and transfer case bushing 
Dec 2017

211000 mi

US $570
replace leaking radiator 
Jan 2018

212000 mi

US $450
alternator failed/ then starter then alternator again starter Newly installed alternator failed. I wasn't their fault but as a Bosch dealer they have a warrantee program that covers the shops cost and we paid nothing. 
BMW 3-Series in Louisiana, United States
Feb 2010 - Oct 2011
Apr 2010

95000 mi
A/C evaporator core developed leak 
Aug 2010

102600 mi

US $100
Rattling at idle from valve in muffler/tailpipe Steering wheel/chassis vibration under acceleration; attempted to resolve with wheel balance but not resolved. 
Nov 2010

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. 
Mar 2011

114000 mi

US $350
One side of HID headlamps would not illuminate; problem was failed ballast/xenon control unit on that side. Replaced with OEM part. 
Oct 2011

125000 mi
Service engine soon light illuminated on a cold morning, but no driveability symptoms. Check of code revealed too lean condition. Reset code/light and did not reappear in >500 miles of driving. 
BMW 3-Series in Pennsylvania, United States
Dec 2006 - Mar 2010
Jan 2007

20000 mi
The amp went out. This is the second time they've replaced the amp. 
May 2007

22000 mi
The SES light came on, it ended up being the engine thermometer that went out. Result was a coolant change and a replacement of the part. While there, the car went in for a voluntary oil service which was not covered under maintanence. 
Nov 2007

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. 
BMW 3-Series in Connecticut, United States
Mar 2011 - Mar 2018
Sep 2011

104000 mi

US $1200
Broken rear springs, both sides, rear shocks both sides 
Jan 2012

107500 mi

US $675
Front lower control arms, ball joints and bushings. Sway rod ends. 
Mar 2016

179000 mi

US $1956
Differential failed 
Nov 2016

189000 mi

US $150
rusted and corroded rear brake lines 
Oct 2017

201000 mi

US $390
CCV components replaced due to excessive oil consumption Final Stage resistor replaced 
BMW 3-Series in New Mexico, United States
Dec 2011 - Mar 2015
Feb 2012

72000 mi

US $800
Replaced front & rear glass. Rear defrost partially dead. Windshield pitted from highway driving plus cracked. Replaced headlight lenses due to pitting. valve cover leak, replaced gasket second time, out of warranty 
Jun 2012

74000 mi

US $977
replace valve cover plus oil & filters change and replace power steering hose 
Jun 2013

87000 mi

US $500
replace fuel pump cam sensor code 
Sep 2013

88000 mi
Sub woofer amplifier failed, emitting a loud noise. unplugged it, waiting for replacement part to arrive. 
Mar 2014

94000 mi

US $2000
transmission leak 
Jun 2014

97000 mi

US $2000
repaired CV boots,  replaced thermostat, replaced nav screen, reprogrammed computer 
Jan 2015

76300 mi

US $3000
oil pan leak,  thermostat, coolant tank, power steering hose, intake hose. 
BMW 3-Series in New Jersey, United States
Apr 2012 - Mar 2018
Jun 2012

66000 mi

US $1100
4 wheel drive front axles worn, one boot was cracked and leaking 
Nov 2014

70000 mi

US $10
burning oil, quart every few thousand miles 
Mar 2015

76000 mi

US $300
spark plugs replaced rear drivers side shock broke after pothole. the shock itself sheared clean through, so no other damage. 
Apr 2016

100000 mi
Rear tail light connector burned out - replaced under recall 
BMW 3-Series in Manitoba, Canada
Sep 2008 - Mar 2012
Mar 2010

18600 mi

C $1300
Control system for driver's side headlamp needed to be replaced 
Jul 2011

26140 mi

C $600
Replaced camshaft. 

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2004 BMW 3-Series 4dr Sedan

184-horsepower 2.5L I6 6-speed automated manual RWD

BMW 3-Series in Georgia, United States
Dec 2005 - Nov 2007
Oct 2005

10592 mi
Ignition Coils Replaced Warranty/Recall Annual Oil Service 
Dec 2006

24120 mi
Self-Dimming Rear-View mirror replaced 
BMW 3-Series in Texas, United States
Nov 2011 - Dec 2011
Dec 2011

87000 mi
The rear view mirror's tint was coming off, and needed to be replaced. The front bushings would need to be replaced at some point (they made rattles when you hit bumps in the road). 

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2004 BMW 3-Series 4dr Sedan

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

BMW 3-Series in California, United States
Dec 2014 - Aug 2015
Mar 2015

117000 mi

US $1200
Passenger-side front window regulator again! 
BMW 3-Series in Connecticut, United States
Jul 2012 - Jan 2013
Oct 2012

119000 mi

US $500
Check engine light on, engine starts fine but with a little hesitation. 
Jan 2013

124000 mi

US $3400
Changed A/C Evaporator, fan and belts with tensioners. Labor is billed at a flat 11hrs. @$110 (on average). Wished I could have done it myself!:-( 
BMW 3-Series in California, United States
Aug 2010 - Jul 2017
Jul 2014

159300 mi

US $8600
Fuel Pump Repair (requires replacement of entire fuel tank on M56 ULEV model $7100 parts $1500 labor 
Apr 2016

183500 mi

US $37
Coolant Temperature Sending unit leak 
Jul 2017

208000 mi

US $132
Airbag Fault light on, (Airbag Ignition Circuit Driver Stage 1). Required replacement of Slip Ring Assembly. 
BMW 3-Series in Ontario, Canada
Feb 2013 - Sep 2018
May 2013

91080 mi
Coolant Leak 
BMW 3-Series in California, United States
Apr 2007 - Feb 2014
May 2007

49000 mi
CD Player not working, radio/cd console replaced 
Apr 2009

93000 mi

US $80
CD player replaced in one hour 
Jul 2009

102000 mi

US $2500
Left window regulator replaced  Radiator coolant level sensor replaced 
Oct 2009

109000 mi

US $415
Remote Door Unlock by key memory inoperative. Door lock cylinder on driver side damaged at same time on 9/25; unable to unlock vehicle. Car towed to BMW of Riverside 0n 9/27. Work order authorized and part ordered 9/28. Repair completed 10/01. 
Apr 2010

122000 mi

US $1900
Repair of three unreliable window regulators. Front passenger, left and right rear windows. 
Nov 2012

148300 mi

US $647
Diagnosis of Check Engine Light. MAF sensor replaced. CE Light and trouble codes cleared. 
BMW 3-Series in Kansas, United States
Apr 2011 - May 2015
Jun 2011

88000 mi
First issue was an oil leak. Required two trips to fix.  Air conditioning repaired. Suspect they simply added R-134 to get it going. Out again, regular more skilled mechanic cannot find leak. 
Sep 2011

90000 mi

US $400
Leaking coolant. Replaced thermostat and o-ring on temp sensor. Replaced power steering hose. 
Jun 2012

99000 mi

US $86
Replaced purge control valve after car repeatedly threw codes. 
Dec 2013

115000 mi

US $500
Fuel pump died. 
Oct 2014

122500 mi

US $1385
Intake Manifold Adjuster and associated hoses replaced. Oil separator and attaching parts replaced. Also discovered failing water pump which was replaced. 
BMW 3-Series in Texas, United States
Apr 2015 - Dec 2016
Apr 2015

167000 mi

US $350
Window regulators - replaced rear passenger side for second time in 12 months. replaced driver door regulator, replaced passenger door regulator 
Jul 2015

167000 mi

US $500
Rear passenger door trim fell apart after door was closed somewhat forcefully - not slammed, just harder than necessary. Door interior trim, locking mechanism, and window regulator detached. Nothing worked on door. Exterior trim on passenger door coming loose 
Oct 2015

167000 mi

US $200
Coolant reservoir cracked and failed. Thermostat failed. Replaced both. 
Mar 2016

167000 mi

US $3700
Blower motor failed. Replaced blower motor, etc. 
BMW 3-Series in British Columbia, Canada
Apr 2018 - Mar 2019
Nov 2018

109740 mi

C $706
Brake pads worn Vanos tubes replaced 
BMW 3-Series in Texas, United States
Sep 2012 - Jun 2018
Nov 2012

73200 mi

US $190
Upper belt tensioner making noise - bearing going out. Both tensioners replaced as well as serpentine belt. 
Jun 2013

81000 mi

US $150
Coolant expansion tank cracked and oil cooler thermostat broke during replacement. Both were replaced as well as a coolant system flush and refill. 
Aug 2013

82000 mi

US $22
Camshaft Position Sensor error message - intermittent failure. Found a close-out deal (regularly $120 for BMW part) and installed in 20 minutes. 
Dec 2013

87000 mi
1) Coolant leak - Haven't yet identified the exact location, but looks like at the connection at the top of the radiator. 2) Oil leak - Looks like a leak at one of the sensors at the front near the coolant thermostat housing. 
Feb 2014

87000 mi

US $274
Valve cover gasket leak. Oil Filter Housing gasket replacement. 
Feb 2015

98000 mi

US $60
Check engine light came on. Determined a problem with cylinder 4. Replaced coil pack on #4 and all spark plugs. 
Jun 2015

100000 mi

US $235
AC stopped blowing cold air. Attempted to add myself, but couldn't get good reading on gauge and didn't fix the problem. Shop evacuated, recharged and added dye. So far, it is still blowing cold air. 
Aug 2015

101000 mi
Car began running rough and occasionally would blow a cloud of white smoke from the exhaust indicating the Crank Case Vent valve was getting clogged. It got progressively worse and the Check Engine light came on. Replaced CCV and hoses. $220. Small coolant leak for quite awhile near radiator/hoses/expansion tank. Replaced radiator, expansion tank & auto trans thermostat, upper & lower hose, thermostat & housing, water pump and fan clutch. $480. Identified freon leak at both high and lower pressure valves. Leak if very slow, so will replace valves in the fall after freon leaks down and AC not needed as much. 
Sep 2015

102000 mi

US $60
Driver's window regulator failed. Ordered part and replaced it.  
Oct 2015

102200 mi
The window failed again after 3-4 weeks and was stuck down. I suspect the new Cardone regulator's plastic cable "coupler" failed. A known point of failure and in my opinion a poor design. Redo... 
Nov 2015

102600 mi

US $80
The Cardone window regulator did fail, although it was in the cable take-up mechanism. I ordered a replacement from RockAuto.com, who will reimburse me when the other is returned. The new one is different and seems to be working fine. 
Jun 2016

107000 mi

US $75
Driver's side window regulator failure. Vendor agreed to send a different replacement brand after two Cardone regulators failed. 
Apr 2017

123000 mi

US $30
Known leaks in A/C recharge valves, although very slow. Requires typically one recharge per season. 
May 2017

123000 mi

US $125
Trying to find slow AC leak. Recharged and added dye. 
Aug 2017

128000 mi
Driver's-side window regulator failed (AGAIN). I'm losing track of how many I've had to replace. It hasn't been replaced yet, but will be in the next couple of months. 
Mar 2018

135000 mi

US $595
The valve cover gasket began leaking (again). The same shop repaired it less than 50K miles ago. The oil had damaged the lower radiator hose, so it was also replaced. The driver's window regulator also went out (AGAIN), so they replaced it with a genuine BMW part. I can only hope it lasts. Car died and couldn't be started. Towed to shop and was told there was no fuel pressure. The fuel pump was replaced. 
BMW 3-Series in Georgia, United States
Jan 2007 - Mar 2013
May 2007

54975 mi
Wheel Speed Sensor replaced 
Apr 2009

85000 mi

US $54
Bulb Carrier (part) 
May 2010

103000 mi

US $226
Replace Air Pump Valve Right Headlamp Assembly - bought online and installed myself 
Jul 2011

120074 mi

US $618
Replace Expansion Tank, Thermostat Assembly, Coolant 
Sep 2011

122382 mi

US $110
Replace Crank Case Hose (Valve > Dipstick) 
Mar 2012

127641 mi

US $573
Purchased 3 Ox Sensors online - paid shop to install 2 of them that were hard to access and beyond my skill level. I installed the other one. 
Jan 2013

139362 mi

US $1205
Oil-leak Gasket and Washer replacements, hoses, belts; oil change. 
Feb 2013

139362 mi

US $195
Replaced oil filter housing gasket. 
BMW 3-Series in Ontario, Canada
Dec 2009 - Sep 2012
May 2010

57520 mi

C $100
Replaced front stabilizer links. Warranty paid $139 of $239 total. 
Jan 2011

62620 mi

C $600
Replaced both front lower control arms and left tie rod Covered under 3rd party warranty (EasyCare) We paid $100 deductible on control arms - would have been $1200 Paid $362 parts & labor for left tie rod 
Feb 2012

69520 mi
Burnt smell from under hood. Can't tell if it's burnt oil/fluid or electrical. Has gone away for now but was never fixed. Happed only during cold weather so far. 
BMW 3-Series in Virginia, United States
Mar 2011 - Aug 2015
Oct 2011

65000 mi

US $1000
Valve cover gasket repair Front control arm bushing repairs 
Jan 2012

65200 mi
Tail light defect repair 
Jan 2015

69000 mi
Cracked intake boots Cracked/chipped windshield cowl Pulleys were making terrible squealing noise, bearings were shot Spark plugs worn out 
BMW 3-Series in British Columbia, Canada
Jun 2012 - Sep 2017
Nov 2012

65984 mi

C $265
oil filter housing gasket,2 ccv hoses,valve cover gasket. 
Apr 2014

84700 mi

C $500
Fuel pump 
Nov 2014

92380 mi

C $300
Full CCV replacement. 
BMW 3-Series in North Carolina, United States
Nov 2009 - Sep 2010
Dec 2009

75000 mi

US $167
vacuum leak cracked upper air intake elbow. 
BMW 3-Series in Michigan, United States
Jan 2010 - Jun 2011
Aug 2010

82000 mi
Control arm bushing. 
BMW 3-Series in Ontario, Canada
May 2009 - Dec 2012
Jun 2009

30380 mi
Broken rear spring. 
Aug 2010

47120 mi

C $50
driver's door exterior window trim 
BMW 3-Series in California, United States
Nov 2008 - Oct 2017
Mar 2010

95000 mi

US $80
Thermostat was stuck open. Replaced it. 
Sep 2011

106000 mi

US $110
Wheel bearing started to make some noise. 
Aug 2013

118000 mi

US $500
Evap pump. 
Sep 2013

119000 mi

US $1200
Fuel tank leak a couple weeks later. Sealed stainless steel had crack and leaked. Had to replace entire tank & enclosed fuel pump 
Feb 2015

127000 mi

US $150
Replace three window regulators. Two rears with broken cable guide wheels, passenger front with cable broken. 
Dec 2015

133000 mi

US $40
RF window regulator replaced. 
Feb 2016

133900 mi

US $72
Fuel Evap diagnostic module set check engine light. No drivability issue. Replaced DM-TL. 
May 2017

144000 mi

US $60
Replaced coolant level sensor. Replace cloudy headlight covers. 
BMW 3-Series in California, United States
Feb 2011 - Sep 2011
Apr 2011

218000 mi

US $1640
Check engine light was for Cracked Intake Hoses & Leak Detection Pump. Power Steering Exchange. Replace oil filter housing. Did Oil Filter change.  Replaced Rear window Regulator.  
May 2011

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

BMW 3-Series in Massachusetts, United States
Mar 2016 - Mar 2016
Mar 2016

122000 mi

US $350
Was trying to open rear left window and was hearing a cracking noise. Motor was replaced. 
BMW 3-Series in New Hampshire, United States
Aug 2011 - Dec 2011
Oct 2011

151300 mi

US $1900
Leaking oil as indicated by oil gauge light coming on (no obvious evidence like oil in driveway.) Was diagnosed as an Oil Pan leak. Dealer replaced but it did not fix the problem as light came back on 4 weeks later. Replaced right front axle as boot had been torn for a while 
Dec 2011

153000 mi
Sold car with oil loss problem not fixed. 
BMW 3-Series in Minnesota, United States
Jul 2011 - Oct 2014
Sep 2011

150000 mi

US $780
Fuel pump failed while on a road trip. No dealer in vicinity so repair was done by independent shop. 
Oct 2012

171800 mi

US $300
Lazy thermostat causing engine to run cold in cold weather. Replaced thermostat. Replaced leaking valve gaskets. 
BMW 3-Series in Virginia, United States
Feb 2007 - Jan 2012
Apr 2008

62000 mi

US $560
Control Arm Bushings Worn. Maintenance indicator 700 miles short of service interval. Oil change and 60K to be completed when indicator comes on. 
Jun 2009

80000 mi
Hissing noise when A/C running. Seals replaced and system recharged. 
Jan 2012

102000 mi
Slow AC leak, heater fan squeal. 
BMW 3-Series in New Jersey, United States
Jan 2015 - Mar 2015
Mar 2015

182000 mi

US $1200
Broken Axel. Replaced both front axels 
BMW 3-Series in Massachusetts, United States
Dec 2006 - Mar 2014
Sep 2007

23000 mi
Steering wheel radio controls not working. 
Oct 2007

24000 mi
Repairs completed 
Apr 2009

38000 mi

US $350
SEL code called out bad thermostat sensor. Had thermostat, housing and sensor replaced. 
Aug 2010

43000 mi

US $1000
Rear springs cracked. 
Oct 2011

50300 mi

US $1135
Front CV axle boots failed 
Apr 2012

53200 mi

US $800
Lower control arm bushings 
Apr 2013

57300 mi

US $1200
Replaced leaking valve cover gasket. Replaced right front sway bar link. Replaced transfer case support mount 
BMW 3-Series in Quebec, Canada
Oct 2012 - Aug 2015
Nov 2012

68635 mi

C $975
Rear pads, discs,sensor,calipers, spins, sliders. Rear coil springs 
Jan 2013

69233 mi

C $299
Check coolant loss Pressure test cooling system Repl expansion tank hose 
May 2013

69233 mi

C $300
Evac and fill system, check for leaks, put A/C stop,leak and dye 
May 2014

77005 mi

C $1300
Repair A/C, water pump, coil springs,shocks, belt, stabilizer links, cabin filter, 
Dec 2014

81220 mi

C $701
A plastic cylinder cracked, leaking coolant. Both pieces had to be replaced. 
May 2015

82320 mi
heavy white smoke coming out of the exhaustrnParts: crank vent valve kit, intake boots, valve cover gasket kit, intake manifold gasket kit, ignition coil 
Aug 2015

84940 mi
trunk did not open with remote, 4 wires needed replacing.  driver's side windshield wiper fluid pump failed 
BMW 3-Series in Ohio, United States
Aug 2009 - Jan 2019
Apr 2011

56000 mi

US $300
both rear springs were broke and replaced 
Dec 2011

62000 mi

US $120
bulb works intermittently. Update: Bulb for front headlight (daytime running light) not working it was a bulb retainer part causing the problem not the bulb. I haven't been able to fix it. 
Oct 2012

72200 mi

US $100
front control arm bushing tail lights, faulty ground, BMW should recall the cars for this 
Dec 2012

73000 mi

US $800
one inner and 2 outer tie rods 2 Stabilizer links front outer cv boots 
Jul 2013

78500 mi

US $400
vanos variable valve system. Replaced the valve cover gasket and spark plugs also. 
Dec 2013

83000 mi

US $125
caliper sticking, new caliper installed 
Feb 2014

84000 mi

US $400
lights, and all electrical power drained while driving until it stalled out. Waited an hour and was able to drive to be serviced. Alternator replaced. Lucky I had just installed a battery a month ago. 
Oct 2014

90300 mi

US $60
Caliper on passenger side. (Driver side stuck last yr.) 
Mar 2015

93000 mi

US $200
coolant recovery tank and tranmission sensor 
Oct 2015

98000 mi
new control arms and stabilizers last ones only lasted 2 yrs. 
Dec 2015

98000 mi
window regulator high beam light not working , wire was loose and corroded. 
Apr 2017

106000 mi

US $165
water pump , second time power steering pump filter and housing. 
Nov 2018

120000 mi

US $75
gasket to oil filter mount 
BMW 3-Series in Ontario, Canada
Nov 2008 - Dec 2013
Feb 2009

42780 mi

C $1300
Oil leak from power steering pump. 
Jun 2011

53940 mi

C $5
Tail light assembly ground wire too weak. Wire burnt out at the connector to the harness 
Jun 2013

68200 mi

C $300
AC was not cooling. They said it needed recharge 
BMW 3-Series in Massachusetts, United States
Jul 2014 - Jul 2016
Aug 2014

102700 mi

US $1000
Oil leak 
Dec 2014

106000 mi

US $700
Replace brake rotors pads and one caliper from malfunction. 
Oct 2015

115200 mi

US $200
Exhaust pipe crack 
Nov 2015

115900 mi

US $500
Replaced faulty front caliper, and pads/rotors on front 

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2004 BMW 3-Series 4dr Sedan

184-horsepower 2.5L I6 5-speed manual RWD

BMW 3-Series in Quebec, Canada
Sep 2007 - May 2015
Oct 2007

22610 mi

C $53
Faulty oil level sensor, Faulty steering angle sensor causing DSC and ABS lights to come on. Squeeling from engine compartment on cold start-rpelaced two tensioners and alternator belt. 
May 2008

28381 mi
Replaced leaking rear left shock, Replaced discolored driver side mirror. 
Jul 2008

31057 mi

C $182
Air bag sensor on. positive battery terminal sensor resistance tto high. Cleaned terminals 
Mar 2009

38486 mi

C $1120
Air bag light on again. Replaced sensor(cable assy.) at battery terminal. Squeel when engine cold again. Replaced bothe belts, tensioner, and water pump. Also discovered coolanbt expansion tank leaking-replaced. Rusted heat shield rattli 
Jun 2009

41373 mi

C $56
Noise from front suspension. Replaced stabilizer pins? 
Jun 2010

54375 mi

C $180
No cold air from AC. Initially dealer said prssure was fine. but still no cold. Dealer topped up and OK. 
May 2011

62994 mi

C $995
Blown right front shock (bad roads?). Replaced both front shocks. 
Jul 2012

74280 mi

C $150
Thermostat stuck open. Replaced thermostat 
Sep 2012

76880 mi

C $150
Replaced driver door lock actuator 
Mar 2013

79360 mi

C $125
Replaced leaking valve cover gasket 
Jul 2013

82240 mi

C $350
Reprogrammed ECU to correct stuttering at 2500-3000 RPM 
May 2014

89280 mi

C $900
Leaking selector shaft seal. Leaking OFHG.  Sway bar bushings, CABs 
Jun 2014

89900 mi

C $600
Battery not charging. Alternator failed. 
Feb 2015

94940 mi

C $500
No windshield defrost 
Apr 2015

96720 mi

C $800
Replaced muffler and one tire 
BMW 3-Series in Washington, United States
Apr 2008 - Dec 2016
May 2008

32000 mi
Left exterior mirror would not return to memory position Squeal when started- belt and tensioner replaced. 
Mar 2015

77000 mi

US $60
HID Igniter 
Dec 2015

84000 mi

US $82
HID ballast Battery replaced. 13 years old OEM. 
BMW 3-Series in Tennessee, United States
Nov 2005 - Mar 2010
Jan 2005

13232 mi
ignition coil failed. 
Sep 2005

23465 mi
cup holder, front loose. 
Oct 2006

38548 mi
Front window regulator replaced. Rear pads and rotors replaced. 
Sep 2008

63167 mi

US $172
Replaced rear shock mounts. Worn ones were making "thunking' sound from rear when going over bumps. Covered under BMW CPO program. I paid $50, BMW/dealer paid rest. Changed oil and oil filter. Replaced rear shock mounts. 
Nov 2008

67000 mi

US $55
"Service engine soon" light came on. Problem was engine oil separator. Replaced part and accompanying tubes and hoses. Problem may result due to moisture freezing in the part causing failure. Thermostat failed in the open position. Engine coolant temperature wasn't getting up to normal level. Dealer replaced thermostat with new one, drained old coolant,and added new coolant. 
BMW 3-Series in Colorado, United States
Jun 2017 - Dec 2017
Aug 2017

94000 mi

US $350
Guibo replace 
Nov 2017

99000 mi

US $300
vanos oil reservoir replaced 

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2004 BMW 3-Series 4dr Sedan

184-horsepower 2.5L I6 5-speed manual AWD

BMW 3-Series in Wisconsin, United States
Mar 2017 - Jun 2018
Feb 2018

251000 mi

US $40
Front camshaft potion Sensor 
BMW 3-Series in Pennsylvania, United States
Sep 2013 - Mar 2015
Oct 2014

130000 mi

US $80
The window would not go back up. The window regulator had to be changed 
BMW 3-Series in Pennsylvania, United States
May 2011 - Mar 2015
Jun 2011

92000 mi
New brakes and rotors and CV joints. All taken care of where purchased at no cost to me. 
Sep 2014

140000 mi

US $500
Axle, ball joint, control arm 
BMW 3-Series in New York, United States
Jan 2010 - Oct 2010
Feb 2010

103000 mi

US $5
alternator noisy, bad bearings, purchased rebuilt on-line, replaced myself Repaired faulty ground wires on both taillights, common problem for e46 series BMW, parts cost $4.85 online vs reports of dealers charging over $300, repair took about 45 min. 

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2004 BMW 3-Series 4dr Sedan

168-horsepower 2.2L I6 5-speed shiftable automatic RWD

BMW 3-Series in Korea, South
Jul 2014 - Oct 2014
Aug 2014

122960 mi
AC compressor 

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2004 BMW 3-Series 4-door

turbocharged 6-cylinder diesel automatic AWD

BMW 3-Series in France
Mar 2012 - Aug 2013
Jan 2013 Replace steering rack 

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2004 BMW 3-Series 4-door

4-cylinder automatic 2WD

BMW 3-Series in Victoria, Australia
Feb 2014 - Apr 2016
Apr 2014

59200 mi

A $55
check engine light, only reset it, seems to have fixed the problem 

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2004 BMW 3-Series 2dr Coupe

333-horsepower 3.2L I6 6-speed manual RWD

BMW 3-Series in Kansas, United States
Sep 2010 - Jun 2018
Nov 2011

91000 mi

US $900
Front control arm bushing failed and ball joints had play so entire l & r control arms replaced. 
Oct 2013

105300 mi

US $1600
Clutch progressively would not disengage. Initially replaced hydraulics myself with no improvement. Shop found lining separated from disk and replaced disk, pressure plate, & throw-out bearing. 
Jan 2015

109000 mi

US $150
Oil leak due to Constant Pressure Valve o'ring. Replaced valve and o'ring and leak is fixed. 
Jun 2015

121000 mi

US $50
Replaced lower steering shaft coupler to eliminate excessive play in steering. 
Nov 2015

123900 mi

US $375
Idler bearing failed. Replaced both tensioners and idler as well as the both drive belts. 
Feb 2016

125900 mi

US $20
Stuck bypass valve causing drivability issues. Also replaced fuel cap. Valve cleaned for now - will replace if repeats. (Wasn't sure it was the problem but it was). 
May 2016

127100 mi

US $115
Previous drivablility problem returned. Replaced purge valve with new OEM part (previously had only cleaned it). Throttle position sensor failed causing ECL light and limp mode. Shutdown/restart and occurred again. Read codes, replaced part, OK since. 
Jun 2017

135000 mi

US $200
Driveshaft center support bearing failed and was replaced. Also replaced worn guibo. Also replaced muffler supports. 
Jan 2018

142000 mi

US $180
Ignition coil failed. Replaced all coils since appeared to be original. 
Apr 2018

144300 mi

US $485
Center support bearing failed again and was replaced. 
BMW 3-Series in Hawaii, United States
Dec 2009 - Jun 2018
Apr 2010

31000 mi

US $35
O-ring went back around temperature sensor, replaced sensor. 
Sep 2016

58000 mi

US $479
Service port leak Clutch pedal bushing 
Apr 2017

61000 mi

US $500
Rear trailing arm bushings (RTAB) were shot. Replaced with new and limiters. 
Oct 2017

63000 mi

US $500
Worn diff cover bushing. Required cover replacement. OEM bushings not available separately. 
Nov 2017

63400 mi

US $450
Clockspring. Did not correct non-functioning cruise and radio controls at steering wheel. 
Jun 2018

65000 mi

US $25
apparent slow leak. evacuated, recharged. 
BMW 3-Series in British Columbia, Canada
Aug 2016 - Aug 2016
Aug 2016

187240 mi

C $65
Interior vent fan stopped working when final stage resistor failed. Final stage resistor replaced with a used replacement 
BMW 3-Series in Colorado, United States
Jun 2007 - Dec 2015
Jan 2007

26000 mi

US $400
Front control arm bushing needed replacement. 
Jan 2012

65000 mi

US $600
I track this car so you might consider this a consumable but it happens often. Front Control Arm and Rear Trailing Arm bushings needed replacement. 
Mar 2015

79000 mi

US $400
The sensor developed a slow oil leak. Drove it for almost two years before getting it repaired. 
BMW 3-Series in New Jersey, United States
Apr 2012 - Jul 2015
Apr 2012

50000 mi

US $230
RTABs were replaced. 
BMW 3-Series in Alberta, Canada
Dec 2006 - Jun 2018
Jun 2018

63240 mi
Replacement of various hoses and seals. Replace pads and rotors. 
BMW 3-Series in Ontario, Canada
Jun 2015 - Jun 2018
May 2016

33720 mi

C $220
Fuel pump 
BMW 3-Series in California, United States
Jul 2010 - Jun 2018
Sep 2015

96000 mi

US $900
Leaking coolant. Replaced lower radiator hose and outlet coolant temp sensor. Engine oil leaking from oil pressure release valve under exhaust manifold on the engine block. Replaced constant pressure valve. 
Jul 2016

100300 mi

US $1100
Auto-dimming rear view mirror was leaking. Had it replaced. 
BMW 3-Series in Texas, United States
Apr 2010 - Aug 2015
Nov 2011

73000 mi

US $30
Relay for driver's window died. Relay replaced. 
Jan 2012

85600 mi

US $60
Clunk through steering wheel on braking. Diagnosed as excessively worn rear lower control arm bushing on passenger side. Ordered online and replaced. 
Feb 2012

78000 mi

US $300
AC blowing hot. Added dye to AC system. Diagnosed as AC Evap coil leak. Purchased new part online. Replaced and recharged system. 
Jun 2012

86000 mi

US $400
Water pump impeller failed. Replaced water pump. Replaced thermostat housing seals. Replaced water pump gasket. 
Sep 2012

86000 mi

US $65
CEL came on during morning drive into work. Engine was difficult to keep revs in low RPM range. Pulled engine codes. Codes specified misfire in cyl 3. Replaced coil for cyl 3. Test drove car, checked codes. 
Apr 2014

104000 mi

US $800
Rear Main Seal leaking. Remove and replace. 
Aug 2015

125000 mi

US $1400
Rear differential leaking from all seals. Complete refurbishment from dealer. 
BMW 3-Series in Idaho, United States
Mar 2009 - Jan 2013
May 2009

14000 mi

US $100
Sagging door seals due to defective adhesive. BMW has issued a service bulletin about this Electrochromatic (auto dimming) rear view mirror failed. This has been a common problem with the M3. I sent defective mirror to maker and they replaced it with OEM mirror for $100 with shipping. 
BMW 3-Series in Ohio, United States
Jun 2010 - Jun 2011
Jun 2011

79000 mi

US $550
The alternator stopped re-charging the battery, replaced it. 
BMW 3-Series in Florida, United States
Apr 2012 - May 2012
May 2012

90000 mi

US $250
Door actuator crapped out and needed to be replaced. 
BMW 3-Series in Colorado, United States
Aug 2015 - Mar 2018
Apr 2017

108000 mi

US $1100
Replaced power steering pump, reservoir, and all hoses. Had a minor leak in a hose and metal pieces in power steering fluid reservoir, so replaced entire power steering system. 
BMW 3-Series in New York, United States
Apr 2016 - Sep 2017
May 2017

115000 mi

US $1000
Serpentine belt replaced due to wear Replace SMG O ring which was causing a leak of the fluid Sun roof shade came off its track. Rear hatch exterior open switch was failing and was replaced. 

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2004 BMW 3-Series 2dr Coupe

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

BMW 3-Series in Florida, United States
Jul 2012 - Jul 2013
Jul 2013

99000 mi

US $1645
rear control arm bushings were worn. 4 hours shop labor, only $60 for the part at dealer. Nobody but the dealer would have found this. New rear tires wore out in 5,000 miles. Car handles like new now. 
BMW 3-Series in Colorado, United States
Aug 2012 - Dec 2015
Apr 2015

74300 mi

US $30
check engine light pointing to coolant problem. filled with coolant and will wait to see if it's a thermostat or water pump issue later. 
BMW 3-Series in California, United States
May 2012 - Jul 2018
Aug 2013

64000 mi

US $70
Salmon relay went out. SMG kept shifting into neutral. Finally drove it to shop and part was replaced. 
Oct 2014

76300 mi

US $140
Interior auto-dimming rear view mirror developed bubble inside it. Sent in to radar-mirror.com for repair. 
Jan 2015

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. 
May 2015

80000 mi

US $280
Noticed an oil leak. Constant Pressure Valve (aka Oil Relief Valve) needed to be replaced. 
Mar 2017

90000 mi

US $400
Valve cover gasket, fan belt 
Jun 2017

90000 mi
Water pump 
BMW 3-Series in Texas, United States
Apr 2010 - Sep 2018
Mar 2018

90000 mi

US $600
Ignition coil failure on one cylinder. Replaced all 6. 
Aug 2018

92000 mi

US $410
Cracked expansion tank 
BMW 3-Series in California, United States
Jul 2011 - Jun 2018
Oct 2012

192800 mi

US $1600
Waterpump failing- replaced pump and thermostat Check engine light- diagnosed as failing fuel pump. Replaced fuel pump & filter. 
Jan 2014

201700 mi

US $300
Oil leaks- tighten bolt, replace crush washer, replace crankcase ventilation valve 
Jul 2014

230200 mi

US $125
Clutch slave cylinder failed, replaced with new clutch, flex disk, motor & transmission mounts, rear main engine seal, SMG reservoir hose. Rear subframe mount points cracked, required welding and reinforcement. All rubber parts in rear suspension, diff mounts & shocks also replaced as maintenance items. Replaced cooling fan clutch 
Nov 2015

260000 mi

US $3500
Oil pump chain tensioner bad, rod bearings replaced (bad), VANOS rebuild (noisy) and new cam bolts 
Mar 2016

263000 mi

US $300
Pre-cat oxygen sensor failure bank 2- replaced both. 
May 2016

267000 mi

US $260
Front brakes worn, right front caliper sticking. Replaced rotors/pads, cleaned caliper. 
Sep 2016

276000 mi

US $800
Variable Valve timing (VANOS) electrical problem- replaced solenoid unit 
Mar 2017

287000 mi

US $550
3 ignition coils failed- replaced all 6 
Dec 2017

305000 mi

US $250
Alternator became intermittent, replaced with rebuilt unit 
Jan 2018

306000 mi

US $50
MAF sensor failed, replaced with new one 
Mar 2018

312000 mi

US $750
Single fuel injector became intermittent. Replaced all 6 due to age. 
BMW 3-Series in Virginia, United States
Jun 2012 - Oct 2014
Jul 2012

128000 mi

US $70
Replaced driver's side headlight bulb 
Oct 2012

135000 mi

US $60
Throttle Position Sensor replaced. Took less than a minute to replace. 
Feb 2013

138000 mi

US $42
Bad coil #6 
Mar 2014

155000 mi

US $140
Idler pulley broke and left me stranded. I replaced both belts and thermostat while I was at it. 
Jun 2014

159000 mi

US $70
Throttle Position Sensor 
Sep 2014

164000 mi

US $420
High pressure power steering hose failure. $230 OE replacement + fluid. 
BMW 3-Series in California, United States
Apr 2011 - Jan 2013
Jan 2012

US $150
Fixed a broken tab on the moonroof slider 
Apr 2012

49000 mi

US $250
Replaced the high pressure power steering hose. 
BMW 3-Series in Colorado, United States
Aug 2015 - May 2018
Feb 2017

89000 mi

US $4
Noise from rear end. Changed rear differential oil, which appears to have alleviated the issue. 
Oct 2017

92000 mi

US $40
hydraulic pump for SMG transmission failed, car wouldn't shift to start (must be in neutral). problem turned out to be an electrical relay and a blown fuse. 
Nov 2017

93000 mi

US $480
f&^%ing clip holding a valve cover arm not touched by me during the preceding maintenance randomly came off inside the valve cover and circulated around the cams like a fork in a blender that's turned on, necessitating a g*d&^n tow and big repair bill. so mad. car universe unhappy with me for some reason. 
BMW 3-Series in Florida, United States
Oct 2010 - Apr 2012
Sep 2011

81000 mi

US $2000
Front right wheel hub assembly replaced.  Fuel sender unit replaced. Oil service. 
BMW 3-Series in Texas, United States
May 2011 - Jun 2018
Aug 2011

39800 mi

US $1600
The Vanos on this S54 engine had broken hub tabs and the Vanos Solenoid went bad as well. At just 44,000 miles this is ridiculous. Weak design by BMW engineers. 
Feb 2012

45000 mi

US $1400
Issue with the Double VANOS. Bolts on the exhaust side came loose and the VANOS pistons seized. Has to replace the entire VANOS unit costing $1400 dollars at Dr. Vanos in Austin, TX. 
Jul 2013

46200 mi

US $400
Needed a new tensioner pulley and belts as the A/C was acting weird. 

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2004 BMW 3-Series 2dr Coupe

235-horsepower 3.0L I6 6-speed manual RWD

BMW 3-Series in California, United States
Aug 2013 - Dec 2016
Jun 2013

78000 mi

US $40
Replaced secondary rubber air intake hose due to crack and not able to pass CA smog. 
Oct 2015

87000 mi

US $150
Replaced passenger door lock actuator. Solved the inability to unlock passenger door via console button or remote key. Now another problem - inability to lock passenger door via console & remote key. 
Dec 2016

88000 mi
Last reported that after replacing the passenger door lock actuator, I still could not lock/unlock via the console button (remote works though). Problem was left as was when I sold the car. 
BMW 3-Series in California, United States
May 2007 - Jan 2011
May 2008

44000 mi
Received letter from BMWNA stating Telematics Control Unit (TCU) was possibly faulty. Took to dealer to check function. Also had oil change service performed (under free maintenance). Piece of rubber trim (window seal ?) from driver's side door fell off 
BMW 3-Series in Michigan, United States
Jun 2008 - Aug 2015
Jul 2008

54000 mi
Hesitation at 2700 rpm. completely gone after software update. 
Sep 2009

60000 mi

US $200
Front lower control arm bushings failed and replaced. 
Oct 2010

66300 mi

US $10
Broken bracket for volume control inside radio. Owner repair. 
BMW 3-Series in New Jersey, United States
- Jun 2005
Jun 2005

8000 mi
Faulty door latch sensor caused window to twitch (while car off & locked), triggering alarm in the middle of the night. 1 day in shop, fixed under warranty. 
BMW 3-Series in California, United States
Jun 2016 - Jun 2018
Oct 2016

151000 mi

US $500
Replace left rear wheel bearing to eliminate rumbling noise. 
BMW 3-Series in Washington, United States
Jul 2017 - Jun 2018
Nov 2017

106000 mi

US $600
Replaced leaking oil filter housing gasket 
May 2018

110000 mi

US $800
Fuel pump died, leaving the car unable to start. 

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2004 BMW 3-Series 2dr Coupe

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

BMW 3-Series in North Carolina, United States
Jun 2014 - Jul 2014
Jun 2014

121000 mi

US $300
Temperature sensor needed replacing. 
BMW 3-Series in New Jersey, United States
May 2010 - Jun 2018
Jan 2013

32300 mi

US $313
replaced leaking valve cover gasket 
Feb 2014

50000 mi

US $300
replaced oil filter housing gasket 
Mar 2014

50000 mi
replaced thermostat and housing 
Jul 2017

59000 mi

US $700
Leaking water pump seal 
BMW 3-Series in Texas, United States
- Sep 2006
Sep 2006

9000 mi
Door Lining needed replacement under warranty. Both driver and passenger required this replacement. 
BMW 3-Series in North Carolina, United States
Mar 2010 - Sep 2011
Oct 2010

65000 mi

US $51
Check engine light came on. Scan said O2 sensor bank two sensor 1 was at fault also lean fuel. Turned out to be a hole in intake bellows throttle body to plastic coupling. 

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2004 BMW 3-Series 2dr Coupe

225-horsepower 3.0L I6 6-speed manual RWD

BMW 3-Series in Alabama, United States
Jul 2014 - May 2016
Sep 2014

98000 mi

US $735
main light burned out 
Sep 2015

102000 mi

US $1500
Control arms 
BMW 3-Series in Ohio, United States
Mar 2015 - Mar 2018
Apr 2016

152000 mi

US $60
Fuel tank breather valve replace. Check engine code generated 
Aug 2016

156000 mi

US $100
Vibration when decelerating. Found bad center support bearing on drive shaft. Also broken bolt holding driveshaft together. Replaced a worn shifter bushing while it was apart. Car still shifted fine just sloppy. 
May 2017

159000 mi

US $400
Found plastic water pipe under the intake leaking. Removed intake and replaced, also replaced a few items as preventative measure; rubber hoses, vacuum lines, crankcase vent valve. Price is parts only. Work performed by me. 
BMW 3-Series in Great Britain
Dec 2015 - Apr 2018
May 2016

153400 mi
Car had a metallic rattling noise from the trunk area which was getting worse. Ended up stripping the inside of the trunk and found the nut at the top of the suspension support loose. Tightened it up and the rattle is now gone. 
Sep 2016

157000 mi

£40
Car was pulling to one side when initially applying or releasing the brake, though slowed in a straight line once brakes fully applied. Replaced the front suspension wishbone bush on the passenger side 
Oct 2016

158000 mi

£200
Vacuum leak from the DISA valve O-ring. Engine management light came on and rough idling. Found by spraying carb cleaner on various parts of the intake. DISA valve also broken internally, so replaced with new part from BM dealer Loss of coolant and coolant level light came on. Losing coolant from the bottom of the expansion tank. Replaced expansion tank and upper and lower radiator hose. On closer inspection, appeared that expansion tank had broken apart inside 
Nov 2016

158500 mi

£100
Noticed that right rear of the car was lower than usual and other side. Replaced rear suspension coils, which are known to fail. No clear failure of spring, but new springs resolved the height difference 
Feb 2017

160000 mi

£130
Parking brake was slipping. Needed to replace the brake shoes and also the backing plate, which was worn and no longer holding the shoes properly. Note it's easier to cut off the old plates and weld on the new ones, rather than removing hub 
Jul 2017

162000 mi
Airbag recall for both the front drivers and passenger airbags, as part of the wider Takata scandal. Performed by the BMW main dealer at no cost. 
Sep 2017

164000 mi

£80
Rear bush for the suspension wishbone was damaged. Car was starting to wander a bit on the motorway at higher speeds. Rear bushes were replaced and the problem is resolved - much more stable and better tracking on the motorway, and better feel through the steering. 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. 
Nov 2017

165000 mi

£130
Rear brake lines were corroded, primarily in the bits inside the wheel arch. The garage was able to clean up and Waxoyl one pipe which wasn't too far gone, but the other needed replacing. The workshop manual recommends dropping the fuel tank, but they were able to route the new brake line without removing anything. I then had the brake fluid replaced at the same time, as it was almost due it anyway. 
Jan 2018

165000 mi

£282
Car wouldn't start. Tried to jump start, tried the second key and checked the fuses without any success. Replaced the battery, but didn't fix the problem. Found that car would run if I gave it a bump start (ie pushing it up to speed and then bringing the clutch up when the car was in gear). Therefore determined that it was most likely to be the start motor. Took it to the garage an they confirmed the diagnosis and replaced it with a new one (I think it was actually a refurbished one). 
Mar 2018

167 mi

£100
Rear shocks were found to be significantly degraded - offered no resistance or push back for much of the shocks travel. Replaced the shocks, and also found that the bump stocks had dry rotted and that a number of the washers were rusted and or damaged, so were replaced. Also replaced the shock mounts as a precaution, although the original ones appeared to be fine. Rear trailing arm bushes on rear suspension had been noted as being worn at previous MOT. Driver also noted some movement in the rear, particularly under hard cornering. Upon removal, old bushes were found to have the rubber intact and in okay condition, but the metal casing had corroded to powder. New bushes were installed using a special bushing tool specifically designed for the car. 
Apr 2018

167000 mi

£150
Car developed a significant exhaust leak. Turned out to be rusted out flanges between the downpipe and centre section, as the flanges are cast iron (the rest of the system is stainless steel), so are notorious for rusting through. Managed to find a specialist exhaust shop which was able to weld in new flanges, otherwise the only other option would have been a whole new exhaust system, which would have been £1,000+ 
BMW 3-Series in North Dakota, United States
Jan 2009 - Nov 2011
May 2009

38000 mi
idling problem – required re-programming of ECU, a known problem 
Nov 2010

58900 mi

US $100
The rear hat shelf was vibrating when driving over bumps or with subwoofer operation. 
Nov 2011

73000 mi

US $13
The ratchet closure for the fuel filler door failed. I purchased a new part for $13 from a dealer and installed it myself. Took less than 5 minutes. 
BMW 3-Series in Maine, United States
Jan 2009 - Dec 2013
Jun 2009

54000 mi

US $145
Radio failed and caused multiple systems in the car to stop working (A/C, turn signals, sunroof)- after some troubleshooting, the radio was found to be the source of the problem. 
Oct 2010

67000 mi

US $270
Two problems, the radio buttons only allow one entry. CCV (oil separator) failed causing stuttering acceleration. Also found lower intake boot torn. Front control arm bushings wore out, replaced them with new ones. 
Aug 2012

95300 mi

US $125
Both front brake calipers were sticking which caused rotors to warp. Rebuilt calipers with new seals and had rotors turned. 
Jul 2013

108000 mi

US $2
Car misfired due to dirty air mass sensor. Removed and cleaned. Replaced. Ops check good. 

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2004 BMW 3-Series 2dr Coupe

225-horsepower 3.0L I6 6-speed automated manual RWD

BMW 3-Series in Illinois, United States
Nov 2007 - Dec 2011
Dec 2007

49000 mi
Service Engine soon light, diagnosed as faulty Mass Air Flow sensor. To be replaced when part comes in. 
Jan 2008

50000 mi
Replaced Mass Air Flow sensor under original factory warranty. 
Mar 2008

53000 mi
Engine misfire. Called dealer immediately and set up appt. Towed to dealer. Dealer could not replicate the problem. No charge. 
Aug 2008

62000 mi

US $50
Rear seat fold-down latch replaced. 60000 mile maintenance also done at this time. Also investigated issues with engine software, not resolved because of 5 day lead time to send ecm to BMW. 
May 2009

78000 mi

US $700
Replaced front control arms, control arm bushings, sway bar links, and tie rods. 

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2004 BMW 3-Series 2dr Coupe

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

BMW 3-Series in Pennsylvania, United States
Feb 2013 - Aug 2015
Mar 2013

103000 mi

US $500
SRS Airbag control module failed. Had to have it replaced. 
Aug 2015

124000 mi

US $73
Radiator fluid leak. Transmission cooling hose became detached. 
BMW 3-Series in Tennessee, United States
Nov 2007 - Aug 2010
Mar 2008

26000 mi
Had some "loose trim" replaced - front grille, trunk handle trim, and door seals. 
Sep 2009

33000 mi

US $125
Replaced rearview mirror, leaked auto-dimming material 
Feb 2010

36000 mi

US $300
Replace valve cover gaskets. Very minor. 
Jun 2010

37000 mi

US $75
Side mirror motors malfunctioning. Replaced drivers' side control unit (controls both sides). 

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2004 BMW 3-Series 2dr Coupe

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

BMW 3-Series in Alabama, United States
May 2007 - Jun 2011
Dec 2007

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. 
Mar 2009

69000 mi
Dealer said front sway arm bushings were starting to detererat and recomended replacement. Cost was about $400. Decided not to do its at that time due to no noticable driving diffrence and scheduling conflicts.  
Aug 2009

72000 mi

US $300
Replaced Control Arm Bushings which had deterioated. Replaced lower left rear window trim peice as rubber gasket was cracking. 
Dec 2009

74000 mi

US $200
Valve Cover Gasket was leaking oil onto exhust headers causing burning oil smell. Valve Cover Gasket replaced. Additional maintenance performed included Vanos seals replacement, Serpentine and AC belts replaced. 
BMW 3-Series in New Jersey, United States
Feb 2010 - Oct 2017
Nov 2012

99100 mi

US $300
Thermostat was failing. Replaced 
Oct 2015

127300 mi

US $200
Fan/clutch was sounding bad so the service guy advised it be replaced. 
May 2017

143000 mi

US $2800
o2 sensor, both maf boots. front pads and rotors front end alignment and 2 new tires engine mounts. 
BMW 3-Series in Texas, United States
Nov 2010 - Jun 2011
Dec 2010

43000 mi

US $75
Oil burning smell from car, worse after longer trip. Found oil leaking from valve cover gasket onto exhaust system. Replaced valve cover gasket. Gasket is made of rubber and was hard and brittle at 43k miles! Engine has never been hot. Engine oil leak at oil filter housing base. Replaced o-ring type gasket to repair. O-ring was brittle and hard at 43k miles! Engine has never been overheated. Bearing noise from alternator area of engine. Replaced both idler pulleys in area for very rough inner bearings. Replaced with new pulleys but noise is still there. Will post when car is repaired. Engine service light on with code p2237. Engine has miss at highway speeds under load only. Runs fine at slower speeds and also when wide open. Trying to get appt at bmw dealer. Dealer not so much fun! 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!! 
BMW 3-Series in Florida, United States
Jan 2011 - Mar 2011
Mar 2011

84000 mi

US $1000
Car would not start. I had the car towed to a BMW specialist independent facility where they replaced the starter  and replaced the coolant system thermostat housing. 

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2004 BMW 3-Series 2dr Coupe

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

BMW 3-Series in Michigan, United States
Jan 2011 - Jan 2015
Sep 2013

146000 mi
car wouldn't start - replaced battery 

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2004 BMW 3-Series 2dr Coupe

184-horsepower 2.5L I6 5-speed manual RWD

BMW 3-Series in California, United States
Mar 2011 - May 2014
Mar 2013

77000 mi
Driver side turn light burned out. This is the first time a turn light has burned out so soon. The mechanic pulled the bulb out and put it back in and then the turn light was working again. Seems like the problem is corrosion. 
Jun 2013

79000 mi

US $1500
Brought my 325Ci into dealership for Inspection I. Mechanic found problem with hardy disc which had to be replaced. 
Nov 2013

83400 mi

US $1700
I had to replace the front and rear shock absorbers on my car. The damage was due to road construction by the city. 
BMW 3-Series in Tennessee, United States
Nov 2012 - Aug 2015
Oct 2013

177200 mi

US $150
Pain in the butt it's hard to get to I would suggest taking it to a shop to do the starter 
Dec 2013

178000 mi

US $150
Fuel pump quit super easy install and inexpensive parts on pelican parts.com 
Mar 2014

178000 mi

US $250
I replace the lower control arms subframe bushings among other bushings 
Mar 2015

180000 mi

US $150
Fuel filter, lower intake boot and cabin filter 
BMW 3-Series in Connecticut, United States
Sep 2014 - Feb 2016
Jan 2015

59000 mi

US $60
Control arm bushings were causing a vibration through the steering wheel when braking from highway speeds. 

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2004 BMW 3-Series 2dr Convertible

333-horsepower 3.2L I6 6-speed manual RWD

BMW 3-Series in New York, United States
May 2014 - Sep 2016
Sep 2016

82000 mi
Differential began to whine, over 80mph. 
BMW 3-Series in New York, United States
May 2004 - Apr 2016
Sep 2004 Convertible top rattles. Window would not go up. 
Feb 2005 Tire pressure monitor continually on. In addition, radio does not display all pixels. 
Mar 2005 Convertible rattling. Radio does not display all pixels. Radio replaced 
Apr 2005

US $85
Repair stone chip in windshield. 
Mar 2006 Trunk stopers replaced 
May 2006 Convertible top not working - top drive unit repaired and replaced Gas guage not reading - fuel level sensor replaced. 
Oct 2006

45005 mi

US $388
Right ront inner roof liner bracket adjusted. 
May 2008

55974 mi

US $1514
Rear bumper reattached. replace drive belts, alternator tensioner 
May 2009

60981 mi

US $417
New battery 
Nov 2009

66030 mi

US $3247
New clutch 
Jul 2011

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. 
Oct 2012

81000 mi

US $825
Replaced BST cable 
Nov 2012

81200 mi

US $1398
Shift Handle Support Rod Snapped Loose Window Convertible Seal Detached Pinion seal leaking 
Apr 2013

82000 mi

US $277
Battery replace and check 
BMW 3-Series in California, United States
Sep 2011 - Sep 2012
Aug 2012

56900 mi

US $600
Alternator died. Replaced with OEM part at non-dealer mechanic. 
BMW 3-Series in New Mexico, United States
Jan 2009 - Dec 2010
Jul 2009

53000 mi

US $500
New e-box fan. New bolt that attaches trunk to hinge. New glovebox latch. Tightened swaybar bolt. 
Sep 2009

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

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

BMW 3-Series in Washington, United States
Jan 2011 - Jun 2018
Jun 2011

53000 mi

US $800
ball joint replacement (required new control arm), power steering leak, 
Jun 2017

139000 mi

US $3500
O2 Sensors failed, resulting in low power output ('limp mode' for engine). Replaced all O2 sensors. Also performed preventative maintence, replacing cooling system, water pump, and radiator. 
BMW 3-Series in Florida, United States
Oct 2009 - May 2012
Mar 2010

40000 mi

US $50
LCD gear display for SMG gear was missing number segments, unable to distinguish some gears - gauge cluster was replaced. 

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2004 BMW 3-Series 2dr Convertible

235-horsepower 3.0L I6 6-speed manual RWD

BMW 3-Series in California, United States
Dec 2016 - Dec 2017
Dec 2017

120000 mi

US $1100
Radiator replaced 

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2004 BMW 3-Series 2dr Convertible

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

BMW 3-Series in Massachusetts, United States
Oct 2010 - Jun 2018
Mar 2013

64000 mi

US $25
Tear in a rubber intake hose. Replaced hose. 
Dec 2013

74000 mi

US $170
Replaced both front control arm bushings. 
Jan 2014

57700 mi

US $260
Replaced both front wheel bearings, dust caps & seals. 
Oct 2015

94300 mi

US $30
Oil filter house gasket leak. 
Jan 2016

96300 mi

US $225
Failure of 2 spark plug coil packs. 
Jul 2016

99300 mi

US $75
Replaced worn out front control arm bushings. 
Dec 2016

105000 mi

US $1200
Replaced worn out tie rods. 
May 2017

114000 mi

US $400
Replace leaking Schrader valves in air conditioning system. Recharge system. 
Oct 2017

115000 mi

US $3000
Replace both rear axles due to corrosion causing faults with traction control system. 
Dec 2017

119000 mi

US $400
Replaced front struts and top hats. 
Apr 2018

120000 mi

US $75
Replaced leaking valve cover gasket. Replaced torn intake pipe/boot. 
Jun 2018

121000 mi

US $200
Replace leaking power steering hoses. 
BMW 3-Series in Massachusetts, United States
Jun 2013 - Apr 2014
Apr 2014

129000 mi

US $1075
New control arms needed (both). 
BMW 3-Series in Florida, United States
May 2007 - Mar 2010
Sep 2007

25000 mi
Inside rear view mirror no longer dimmed at night. Emergency flasher switch, and central locking switch failed. 
Nov 2009

29000 mi

US $950
Bad pressure switches in anti-lock brake system caused yellow brake warning lamp on instrument panel. 
BMW 3-Series in Georgia, United States
Jun 2012 - Nov 2014
Aug 2013

47100 mi

US $600
Oil leak 
Dec 2013

50000 mi

US $1200
Oil leak 
BMW 3-Series in New Jersey, United States
Feb 2009 - May 2009
Mar 2009

54000 mi

US $250
Replaced valve cover gaskets. 

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2004 BMW 3-Series 2dr Convertible

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

BMW 3-Series in Florida, United States
Aug 2007 - Dec 2011
Nov 2007

14000 mi
check gas cap light on. gas cap replaced. 
BMW 3-Series in North Carolina, United States
Jun 2008 - Nov 2010
Dec 2008

53000 mi

US $50
Gasket on oil filter housing leaking. 
Mar 2010

59000 mi

US $102
Replacement of faulty DISA Valve also referred to as Adjuster unit, for the intake manifold. Fault occurred exactly one month after end of factory warranty. Dealer paid for part. I paid for labor 
BMW 3-Series in Pennsylvania, United States
Jan 2012 - Feb 2013
Jun 2012

76000 mi

US $925
Fuel pump failure. Even though this is a very easy DIY to replace, the car is my daily driver, so I had it towed to a shop. They gouged me over $1000 to fix a $250 DIY job. 
BMW 3-Series in California, United States
Jun 2013 - Jul 2013
Jul 2013

71000 mi
Gasket valve cover replacement Thermostat replaced 
BMW 3-Series in Maryland, United States
Jun 2017 - Jul 2018
Nov 2017

95000 mi

US $375
Starter would engage, motor wouldn't start. Started replaced. 

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2004 BMW 3-Series 2dr Convertible

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

BMW 3-Series in Indiana, United States
Apr 2009 - Jun 2017
Jun 2009

41500 mi
window rattle fixed, adjusted window travel and tightened power window track/mechanism, covered under CPO warranty 
Apr 2015

55300 mi

US $100
Valve cover gasket had small oil leak, remived & replaced valve cover gasket 
Aug 2015

57000 mi

US $825
The plastic power steering pump pulley broke and shredded the serpentine belt, rendering the vehicle inoperable (no cooling, power steering, or electricity from the alternator with no serpentine belt), $100 

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2004 BMW 3-Series 2dr Convertible

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

BMW 3-Series in Maryland, United States
Dec 2014 - Jan 2016
Sep 2015

133000 mi

US $450
Oil pressure light flickers at low rpm and hit engine. 
BMW 3-Series in Texas, United States
Nov 2017 - Jul 2018
Feb 2018

112000 mi

US $30
Wiring insulation in headlight assembly had deteriorated causing a short. Lights failed to come on causing a dash panel caution light to illuminate 
Mar 2018

112000 mi

US $300
Door latch failed causing door open light to illuminate on dash. Resultant dome light flickering and inability to lock doors due to door open signal to control module 
Jul 2018

112000 mi

US $150
Airbag Recall 
BMW 3-Series in Florida, United States
Apr 2016 - Apr 2017
May 2016

152700 mi

US $1000
AC COmpressor out right at the start of summer. Cost $1000 Expansion Tank crack - leaking fluid - cost $500.00. 2nd time in 4 years had to replace expansion tank lower radiator hose leaking fluid 
BMW 3-Series in Texas, United States
Sep 2013 - Sep 2014
Sep 2014

119000 mi

US $1900
Front stabilizer bar repleaced 
BMW 3-Series in California, United States
Mar 2009 - Jul 2009
May 2009

28000 mi

US $500
Automatic transmission needed to be reprogramed (per factory TSB) so that slippage would be eliminated when engine/transmisssion was cold. 
BMW 3-Series in California, United States
Feb 2009 - Oct 2012
Dec 2010

124000 mi

US $1400
Check engine light, rough running intermittent. First trip replaced valve cover gasket, outside air temp sensor, plugs, gaskets. Reset light. After initial repairs, light came on after 2 days. Catalytic converter was indicated, and was replaced. Repair successful. 
Apr 2011

126000 mi
Catalytic converter died, resulting in check engine light. No pass smog check. 

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2004 BMW 3-Series 2dr Convertible

184-horsepower 2.5L I6 5-speed manual RWD

BMW 3-Series in New York, United States
Feb 2013 - Jun 2018
Apr 2017

102000 mi

US $170
Headlight washer nozzle leaking 
BMW 3-Series in Tennessee, United States
May 2008 - May 2012
Jan 2010

US $300
Replaced thermostat. 
Dec 2010

62000 mi

US $525
Oil level sensor went bad and was successfully replaced. Leaking valve cover gasket successfully replaced. 

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2004 BMW 3-Series 2-door

6-cylinder manual 2WD

BMW 3-Series in Virginia, United States
May 2008 - Mar 2010
Jun 2009

30000 mi

US $525
Oil line failure, resulting in severe oil leak. 

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2004 BMW 3-Series 2-door

6-cylinder automatic 2WD

BMW 3-Series in Georgia, United States
Mar 2007 - Mar 2010
Apr 2007

35000 mi
A ticking was occurring in the engine on hard accelerations - replaced mechanical belt tensioners with hydraulic tensioners. Replaced wood gear shift knob and wood trim on passenger door panel. All of this was covered under the warranty. 

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2003.5 BMW 3-Series

Engine not specified

BMW 3-Series in Pennsylvania, United States
Jul 2009 - Mar 2010
Aug 2009

83000 mi
Check engine light went on, problem was corrected just by resetting the light. No real problem with car. 

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2003.5 BMW 3-Series 4dr Sedan

235-horsepower 3.0L I6 6-speed manual RWD

BMW 3-Series in Illinois, United States
Feb 2007 - Feb 2018
Mar 2007

31000 mi
hesitation on moderate throttle acceleration. check engine light triggered. bmw had sent out a bulletin earlier anticipating a related issue relating to the emissions system not reading o2 codes correctly. DME module software reprogrammed and problem reso 
Apr 2007

32300 mi
Dealer found leak in low pressure hose in April and recharged system. 
Jun 2007

38000 mi
Previous owner tampered with evaporator causing refrigerant leak. Dealer found leak in low pressure hose in April and recharged system. 2 months later AC not functioning because another leak in evaporator. Took 5 days total to find leak, get parts. 
Jul 2007

39000 mi
Leaking evaporator caused refrigerant leak. Present from previous owner. Suspicion of tampering by previous owner or other mechanic. 
Dec 2007

47000 mi

US $40
Replaced leaking valve cover gasket. 
Feb 2008

48000 mi

US $70
Thermostat malfunction, sticking open and not allowing engine to come up to or stay at operating temperature. 
Apr 2008

51000 mi

US $15
Air intake tubing developed crack at elbow causing whistling sound under acceleration, decreased power at low-mid RPM. 
Jul 2008

57000 mi

US $150
Lower control arm bushing replacement and repair of deformed strut tower mount "mushroom" deformity. Lower control arm bushing wear resulted in steering instability, poor handling and tracking. Deformed strut tower mounts resulted in misalignment. 
Aug 2008

58000 mi

US $1
Window regulator malfunction. Repaired broken plastic clip by replacing with cable tie to reinforce clipped area. 
Nov 2008

62000 mi

US $800
Oil filter housing assembly was leaking oil. I initially attempted to repair problem by replacing mating gasket, but turns out entire assembly was warped and necessitated replacement. $350 component. 
Dec 2008

64000 mi

US $95
Previously "budget" window regulator fix on driver's side failed (zip tie fix trick). Replaced window regulator with new one. 
May 2009

70000 mi

US $105
Left fuel sender malfunction causing inaccurate fuel gauge readings. 
Nov 2009

77000 mi

US $50
Expansion tank leak causing coolant to leak. 
Dec 2009

78000 mi

US $170
Fuel gauge giving inaccurate erratic reading as a result of right fuel sender (integrated into fuel pump) faulty. Replaced fuel pump/sender. 
Apr 2010

81500 mi

US $25
Windshield washer fluid leak through pump motor gasket. 
Jun 2010

84000 mi

US $380
Starter motor failed 
Nov 2011

96000 mi

US $100
VANOS seals. Replaced worn out vanos piston ring seals with updated teflon made by Beisan systems. Changed valve cover gasket at same time. 
Jul 2013

110300 mi

US $10
Vacuum leak DISA valvle gasket seal as well as broken hose running from air intake to fuel filter. 
Oct 2013

112300 mi

US $10
Leaking windshield washer fluid grommet 
Dec 2014

127000 mi

US $450
Intermittent misfire. Changed all 4 oxygen sensors. 
May 2015

133000 mi

US $115
Window regulator. 
Dec 2015

142000 mi

US $30
Differential oil leak. Removed differential leaking gasket and revealed with RTV permatex gear oil gasket maker. 
Jan 2016

129800 mi

US $100
Broken window regulator caused malfunctioning window opening mechanism. 
Jun 2017

153000 mi

US $700
Radio button broke making it impossible to turn on it off the radio. Known common issue afflicting these vehicles where plastic mount for radio knob breaks necessitating radio removal, disassembly and replacement. Power steering pump broke. Replaced power steering pump, all 4 hoses, and reservoir. 

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2003.5 BMW 3-Series 4dr Sedan

225-horsepower 3.0L I6 6-speed manual RWD

BMW 3-Series in California, United States
Sep 2015 - Mar 2018
Mar 2016

138000 mi

US $800
Changed struts, bearings, bump stops, and end links 
May 2016

139100 mi

US $600
Shocks, sway bar bushings, control arm bushings, steering coupler, front brake pads. Some wear, but not to the level that most people would have replaced the parts. 
Sep 2017

150879 mi

US $455
Upper an d lower radiator hoses 
BMW 3-Series in Ohio, United States
May 2010 - Aug 2015
Apr 2010

97500 mi

US $300
Master cylinder was replaced due to leak. 
Jun 2010

102000 mi

US $475
Oil filter housing gasket was leaking oil (slow leak). Found earlier during oil change but waited until now to have replaced to not waste oil. Oil was changed as part of repair. CCV (oil separator) was also replaced as preventive maint. 
Jun 2012

128000 mi

US $450
Car was having problems idling. Did not stall but was idling very rough. Suspected DISA valve and was correct. Car also tripped the SES light (error codes indicated all 4 O2 sensors). I ended up replacing DISA and 2 pre-cat O2 sensors. 
Oct 2012

131300 mi

US $400
Starter failed 
Jul 2013

138200 mi

US $350
Front suspension started clunking. Strut tower mounts failed prematurely after 50k miles. Swaybar was also noticed to be rusting around bushings and needs to be replaced. 
Aug 2013

137000 mi

US $300
Control arms failed and needed replacement. Control arms failed and needed replacement. 
Jan 2014

134800 mi

US $50
Rear strut mount failed (rubber tore). Was causing clunking and rubber was squeaking. 

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2003.5 BMW 3-Series 4dr Sedan

225-horsepower 3.0L I6 6-speed manual AWD

BMW 3-Series in New York, United States
Aug 2013 - Apr 2019
Feb 2014

94000 mi

US $300
Expansion Tank developed a hair-line crack. 
Mar 2016

100000 mi

US $300
DISA valve 
Jul 2017

105000 mi

US $600
CV Joints. 
Nov 2017

107000 mi

US $700
Water pump,  pulley, belts 
Mar 2018

108000 mi

US $200
#5 Cylinder Coil 
Jan 2019

110000 mi

US $1100
Radiator replacement Brakes and Rotor replacement 
Feb 2019

111500 mi

US $450
Replace alternator 

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2003.5 BMW 3-Series 2dr Coupe

333-horsepower 3.2L I6 6-speed manual RWD

BMW 3-Series in California, United States
Apr 2012 - Sep 2012
May 2012

76300 mi

US $1500
Both starter and alternator were repaired. Pulleys and belt were replaced while they were in there. 
BMW 3-Series in Georgia, United States
Jul 2011 - Dec 2012
Dec 2012

105000 mi
Replaced a o-ring on the constant pressure valve which leaks oil after some time. 
BMW 3-Series in South Carolina, United States
Sep 2014 - Feb 2016
Oct 2014

86000 mi

US $1500
Bad coil pack, replaced.  Broken LCA, LCAs replaced, all rear bushings replaced, subframe reinforced, all rear ball joints replaced, parking brake cable replaced, all brake lines replaced with stainless steel. 
Feb 2015

91000 mi

US $300
Oil temp gauge was not functioning. Sensor was replaced. 
Oct 2015

94200 mi

US $300
Power Steering was going in and out with audible whine. Pump, reservoir, and fluid was replaced. 

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2003.5 BMW 3-Series 2dr Convertible

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

BMW 3-Series in California, United States
Oct 2007 - Dec 2013
Dec 2010

19000 mi

US $1000
Squeal on cold start up. Replaced tensioner pulley. Noise when raising passenger window. Replaced window regulator. 
Nov 2011

20000 mi

US $900
Replaced driver door actuator. 
BMW 3-Series in Washington, United States
Jul 2009 - Mar 2014
Aug 2009

38400 mi

US $80
EML+DSC+Brake light came on while driving on freeway, causing lowered RPM and power loss. Diagnosed via Peak reader to be throttle position sensor error. Swapped sensor with new one ordered online. Cost is parts only, doesn't include labor. 
Aug 2010

45000 mi

US $110
Yellow SMG light came on, Fault 056, shop suggested replacing SMG relay first. If problem persist, replace SMG Pressure Accumulator. 
Jul 2011

50000 mi

US $33
Factory Bremi ignition coil #5 failed, causing strong engine vibration and loss of power. Replaced with OEM Bosch unit and everything went back to normal. 
Aug 2011

50500 mi

US $200
Replaced TPS #1 again, cleared code, EML & limp mode mitigated for now. 
Oct 2011

53000 mi

US $90
Throttle position sensor #2 broken, car went into limp mode. Replaced sensor and now drives fine. 
Oct 2012

60000 mi
replaced camshaft position sensor 
Dec 2013

67000 mi

US $500
Replaced aging catalytic converter (lack of efficiency) with 2nd hand OEM unit. Wheel bearing was making clicking noise when cornering, replaced both front wheel bearings. 

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2003.5 BMW 3-Series 2-door

Engine not specified

BMW 3-Series in New Mexico, United States
Nov 2008 - Mar 2010
Jan 2009

53000 mi
Replaced entire sunroof mechanism under goodwill. 

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2003.5 BMW 3-Series 2-door

6-cylinder manual 2WD

BMW 3-Series in Pennsylvania, United States
Aug 2007 - Apr 2010
Jan 2010

86000 mi

US $550
PCV valve replacement because the engine is consuming more oil than usual 
BMW in Pennsylvania, United States
Dec 2007 - Dec 2012
Aug 2009

88000 mi

US $900
Cam Position sensor 

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