2008 BMW 3-Series BMW 3-Series 2008

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2008 BMW 3-Series repairs by problem area

Engine (48%)

Transmission and Drivetrain (5%)

Brakes and Traction Control (3%)

Suspension and Steering (7%)

Electrical and Air Conditioning (25%)

Paint, Rust, Leaks, Rattles, and Trim (7%)

Other (4%)

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2008 BMW 3-Series brake repair cost distribution

$2500+ (4%)

$1000 - $2499 (11%)

$500 - $999 (7%)

$100 - $499 (22%)

< $100 (56%)

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2008 BMW 3-Series 4dr Sedan

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

36000 mi Traction control sensor replaced 
9000 mi The brake pedal check valve was no longer holding vacuum. After the car would sit (turned off) for several hours, the brake pedal would become very firm. Check valve replaced under warranty. TSB exists for this problem (335's manufactured before 9/07). 

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2008 BMW 3-Series 4dr Sedan

turbocharged 300hp 3.0L I6 6-speed manual RWD

50000 mi ABS comes on randomly 
15000 mi Master cylinder replaced under warranty 
138196 mi

US $345
Brake warning lights were coming on routinely. ABS and traction control stopped working. Error codes were 5DF0 and 5DF1. Replaced ABS Module with rebuilt unit from Module Masters. 

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2008 BMW 3-Series 4dr Sedan

turbocharged 300hp 3.0L I6 6-speed manual AWD

27900 mi 4x4 ABS sensor warning lights came on and could feel the traction slipping. 

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2008 BMW 3-Series 4dr Sedan

414-horsepower 4.0L V8 6-speed manual RWD

49200 mi

US $330
right rear sensor failure 

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2008 BMW 3-Series 4dr Sedan

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

101000 mi

US $400
Combination Brake, ABS, and DTC lights come on & car drives poorly until I manually disable system. 
127000 mi

US $700
ABS module failed. Cost to replace is 3500. Instead, removed unit and sent to Module Masters. Then I replaced, towed to a shop, and had them flush the system and reprogram. Car was out of commission for a while while module got repaired. 
54000 mi

US $200
Shift interlock solenoid failed. 
122000 mi Front rotors (warranty). 
132000 mi

US $325
front rotors replaced under warranty for the 3nd time (Brembo, Zimmerman). This finally fixed the front rotors from warping. We replaced front left caliper along with the front rotors (at 154K km we had changed the front right caliper). 

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2008 BMW 3-Series 4dr Sedan

230-horsepower 3.0L I6 6-speed manual RWD

56000 mi

US $1700
Complete failure of DSC (ABS pump and electronic control module) assembly. Dash lights were on (brake, dsc, abs - all yellow) 

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2008 BMW 3-Series 2dr Hardtop conv.

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

2000 mi Hard brake pedal on starting the car. Replaced booster control valve and pipe. Hard brake pedal before starting. Dealer replaced entire brake booster & master cylinder; bled the brakes. No other instances of hard brake pedal before starting after this repair. 
60660 mi

US $1200
Replace front brake pads and wear items 

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2008 BMW 3-Series 2dr Coupe

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

112000 mi

US $487
replaced pads 

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2008 BMW 3-Series 2dr Coupe

turbocharged 300hp 3.0L I6 6-speed manual RWD

39700 mi

US $25
Service engine soon light 
47300 mi Master cylinder lacking brake fluid. Possibly bad brake sensor. 
49000 mi New ABS pump 
62000 mi Replace abs module, additional parts 
27000 mi Chirp from right rear brake when pulling away from stop. Shop could not replicate. Told it's standard because of brake assist holding brakes for a couple seconds when I let off the pedal. 
32000 mi Squeal from right rear brake when pulling away from a stop slowly. Only when car was thoroughly warmed up. Dealer cleaned and lubed brake caliper and realigned sensor on caliper. Problem is fixed. 
37000 mi Squeak coming from right rear brake when accelerating away from stop. Fixed in past visit with lube. ABS sensor replaced on this trip. 

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2008 BMW 3-Series 2dr Coupe

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

8000 mi Traction control problem 
36000 mi

US $8155
Rotors, Calipers, Pads, TPMS Sensors replaced 
50000 mi

US $996
Replace front & rear pads 
52000 mi

US $1013
Replaced custom front brake pads (actually a sensor change due to a BMW quirk) 

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2008 BMW 3-Series 2-door

turbocharged 6-cylinder manual AWD

abs brake sensor problem. driver assist not functioning.drive traction control not functioning. all are controled by the same sensor 

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2008 BMW 3-Series Brake Problems

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