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1996 BMW 3-Series repairs by problem area

Engine (55%)

Transmission and Drivetrain (0%)

Brakes and Traction Control (3%)

Suspension and Steering (15%)

Electrical and Air Conditioning (18%)

Paint, Rust, Leaks, Rattles, and Trim (0%)

Other (9%)

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2016 BMW 3-Series 4dr Wagon

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

Heated steering wheel stopped working. Faulty heating module. Steering wheel replaced. 
5580 mi M Sport steering wheel leather faded prematurely and badly. Suspect defect. Warranty approved replacement but replacement wheel was damaged (pock marks on leather) during shipping so another had to be ordered. 
5580 mi Replacement of M Sport steering wheel with brand new unit. 

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2016 BMW 3-Series 4dr Sedan

turbocharged 134hp 1.6L I4 8-speed shiftable automatic RWD

1840 mi Noisy aircon blower 

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2016 BMW 3-Series 4dr Sedan

414-horsepower 4.0L V8 6-speed automated manual RWD

1700 mi FEM Failed and required computer replacement. A/C Blower motor stopped blowing air. 

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2016 BMW 3-Series 4dr Sedan

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

6300 mi rear camera not working 

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2016 BMW 3-Series 4dr Sedan

215-horsepower 3.0L I6 6-speed manual RWD

10700 mi Rattles from left window. Only slightly improved after multiple visits. 
12000 mi Passenger front tweeter not working. Maybe related to previous repair where door seals were replaced. 

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2016 BMW 3-Series 4dr Sedan

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

Rattle coming from center stack, repaired through reinforcing plastic in center stack. 
Pearl chrome trim on dash creeks when going over road imperfections. Dealer found that not all the clips were installed. Properly installed trim piece and fixed the problem. Stereo crackles intermittently. Software reset. 
17000 mi Stereo crackling, continued repeated attempts by dealer to fix Continued rattle issues, some rattles repaired but others persist 
19000 mi Steering column rattle, parts ordered 
21700 mi Rattle from driver's door lock pin, fixed in a couple hours 

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2015 BMW 3-Series 4dr Sedan

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

4000 mi Instrument cluster odometer light went out. 
9000 mi Musty odor from AC occassionally 
19000 mi Some rattles observed inside cabin at times and at certain outside temps. 
Bluetooth module failed. Dealer replaced. 
10000 mi Engine went into limp mode after spirited driving. Dealer said turbo waste gate out of spec. Replaced. Alarm goes off under specific, non-alarm situations. Alarm sensor replaced but problem recurred two days later. Dealer has been notified and I'm trying to schedule a return. 
10000 mi Alarm system still not working correctly. BMW gave me a new sunshield to try. They think my aftermarket sunscreen was the problem. Unclear if issue is resolved. 
22000 mi Back-up camera inop. Replaced camera, trunk locking mechanism, and reprogrammed computer. 
2000 mi The backup camera showed an error message when in use. I brought it in the first week of June. Unfortunately, the dealership didn't fix the problem on the first visit. I took it back a second time and it was finally fixed. 

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2015 BMW 3-Series 4dr Sedan

260-horsepower 3.0L I6 5-speed manual AWD

20300 mi Hesitation during acceleration, not turbo lag. Service bulletin for problem found and car software updated. Two of the preset buttons were cracked. 
37700 mi Panel under HVAC controls kept falling off. Replaced the panel with new part. 

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2015 BMW 3-Series 4dr Sedan

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

Faulty sensor caused warning message to appear on the way home from the dealership on day of purchase. Part was replaced within 24 hours. 
4700 mi Continuation of previous issue with random warning lights coming on but no actual symptoms. A loose grounding wire was located under the driver's seat and secured. 
16000 mi One of the parking lights stopped working. The cars computer notified me of the problem - "Parking lamp malfunction". The dealer said there was a TSB. It was fixed under warranty. 
38000 mi Bad sensor. 
34500 mi There was a fault in the driver's front side camera module 
1000 mi iDrive harddrive locked and failed intermittently. 
10500 mi Car indicated a dead battery, and acted as though the battery was dead, but it was the on-board computer control systems. This problem is intermittent. Dealer could not duplicate nor diagnose. It happened again a month later. 
11000 mi Car indicated a dead battery, and acted as though the battery was dead, but it was the computer control systems. Dealer could not duplicate nor diagnose. One more time and it will be returned for refund under the lemon law. 
14000 mi Exact same problem as previous two reports. This time, the dealer put in a new battery. So far, it is working fine, but it usually takes about 6 weeks to manifest itself, so it's too early to say it's fixed. If it repeats, it's a lemon. 
9000 mi TPMS failed to communicate with any of the tires. Needed new central module. Ordered, installed a week later. 
9000 mi TPMS system: BMW sent wrong part. Required second trip to dealer. 
14000 mi My horn sounded like a clown car. As it turns out, one of the two horns was bad, so they replaced both of them. 
21000 mi Engine misfire on two cylinders. They actually couldn't reproduce it after testing all coils and plugs separately, hot and cold, so they chalked it up to a bad batch of gas. Which, frankly, I'm not buying. I think it'll be back for those problems.  
23000 mi The horns went out again. The service advisor stated that it was the other horn set this time. 
30000 mi The navigation and radio would make a popping noise and restart itself from time to time. My auto stop/start would occasionally stop but not start the car. The gear shift selector has a computer and the suspicion is that this was causing the problem. 

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2015 BMW 3-Series 4dr Sedan

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

17360 mi Clock won't keep time...goes slow after a single day 

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2014 BMW 3-Series 4dr Wagon

turbocharged 180hp 2.0L I4 Diesel 8-speed shiftable automatic AWD

3000 mi Rear hatch won't auto raise 
3000 mi Rear door hatch auto open 
35000 mi weatherstripping on drivers door 
7500 mi At about 7,500 miles idrive screen display stopped working. Diagnosed as "radio head unit" defective and replaced. I was told retail cost of repair if not on warranty would be about $2,000. 
8000 mi In for a second replacement radio. Vehicle wouldn't play satellite radio or some book-on-CD recorded books. Replacement radio seems to fix all but CD issue.  Rear hatch opens when the vehicle is in the driveway. Check engine light on. 
28000 mi This car's CD player can't play more than half of the commercially produced books on CD that I have used with no problem in numerous other non-BMW vehicles. The dealer can't resolve it and a call to BMW's "genius" group went nowher 
36700 mi Continuation of same problem described previously -- many CDs do not play on CD player. Dealer consulted with manufacturer for several days. Not resolved. Supposedly awaiting BMW engineer further input. Dealer tells me a BMW engineer has now told them my CD player, unlike any vehicle CD player I have ever used, cannot play standard recorded book CDs for some format incompatibility reason. Why don't they advise of this limitation before sale 
49000 mi Side view Camera Module 

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2014 BMW 3-Series 4dr Wagon

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

28000 mi Computer system required re-instalation 
3000 mi iPhone would not stay connected/synced to iDrive. Weather stripping on rear doors was shrinking dramatically. 
5300 mi iPhone would not stay connected/synced to iDrive. Rear door weather stripping shrinking. Ordered parts previously and now needed to be installed. 
9000 mi iPhone will not stay connected/synced to iDrive 
10000 mi Transmission shifts clunky at low speeds (1-20 mph) in various conditions and scenarios. Dealer test drove but did not acknowledge crapping shifting. Reset adaptive transmissions settings but did not resolve issues. BMW...shocking! 
11000 mi Oil leak at transfer case seal. 
14000 mi Transmission continued to shift "clunky" under various circumstances. Drove with shop foreman and he acknowledged a problem. BMW replaced transmission valve body. Shifting improved but still not particularly smooth. iPhone will not stay connected/synced to iDrive. Dealer acknowledges problem. Replaced audio head-unit with re-manufactured one. DID NOT FIX PROBLEM. Looking into lemon law... Passenger side rear window (door) has rubber trim piece that has shrunk over an inch. This was a problem at delivery for the drivers side. 

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2014 BMW 3-Series 4dr Sedan

turbocharged 180hp 2.0L I4 Diesel 8-speed shiftable automatic RWD

21000 mi A/C wasn't blowing cold air when using temperature controls but it did when set to max A/C option on the dashboard. 
24000 mi Faulty Fuel Injector 
24700 mi Air bag sensor fault displayed 
11000 mi Replaced Horns 
28000 mi Comfort access stopped working and the car was not detecting the remote when i sit in it. It has already gone in twice and is in for the third time. BMW tech from out of town. Replaced sensors.  
43000 mi Speakers for front passengers broke down. 

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2014 BMW 3-Series 4dr Sedan

turbocharged 180hp 2.0L I4 8-speed shiftable automatic AWD

1000 mi The navigation system glitched out and stopped working for about an hour. 
10000 mi Banging in the rear of the car and buzz in the steering column Right rear door lock actuator failed 
10500 mi Banging in rear right repaired.  Steering column cover replaced. 
14000 mi

US $96
Rattle in front passengers door 

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2014 BMW 3-Series 4dr Sedan

turbocharged 134hp 1.6L I4 8-speed shiftable automatic RWD

14880 mi warning lights on due to all 4 tyres air pressure inadequate eventhough last tyre pressure check only 3 weeks ago. 
13640 mi left brake lights out, however, bulb is still working, reset the system. Repair was not successful, to revisit. 

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2014 BMW 3-Series 4dr Sedan

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

6200 mi AC failure during long trip. Car brought in for service and there was a pressure problem that was found and repaired. 
18880 mi

C $25
Both remotes battery failed after trip to garage on a car with 29K. Very strange as they both worked before. 
18000 mi Radio controls stopped functioning properly. 
27000 mi Passanger restraint system warning. 
620 mi Car failed to start after only 3 days (battery discharged). Rear seat belts not functioning. Minor adjustments to trim were needed Car failed to start again ( Battery discharged ). I ask them to replace the car, and they agree to. Steering reported limited power. Finally found a defective module which was located inside of Rack and Pinion steering.  
620 mi Car replaced due to no-start issue they did not fix. Had issues with driver side window fogging up, where you could not see out. This was reported each time car was in and they found no way to correct it (Tech told me they had a couple like this). 

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2014 BMW 3-Series 4dr Sedan

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

6000 mi Problem with side view camera. Water was in the cable connectors. (Hopefully) fixed with a new cable. 
14500 mi Right trunk lid tail light was falling off. Known problem with cars of this vintage. Dynamic suspension acceleration sensor failed on the right front. 
18000 mi Horns stopped working. (BMW SIB 61-26-14 "Horns fail to work") 
23300 mi Loose moonroof sunshade. Passenger side trunk taillight falling out again. 
37000 mi Moonroof internal rain gutter broke preventing the opening of the sunshade. 
30000 mi Fan blower replaced 
31300 mi Thermostat replaced under warranty 
17000 mi Replaced thermostat 
19500 mi iDrive started to reboot after I've upgraded my iPhone to 10.1.2. They have fixed it by reflashing the iDrive firmware with the latest version. 

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2014 BMW 3-Series 4dr Sedan

215-horsepower 3.0L I6 6-speed manual RWD

Notification kept going off that the vehicle hood was open when it was actually closed. Dealer had to adjust hood sensor contacts to make notification go away. 
4700 mi Low Window washer Fluid kept showing even with washer fluiud in the tank. Washer Tank was replaced since sensor was inside the tank. 
6000 mi Drive seat adjustment electric switch plate was loose. Replaced whole seat adjustment module located on driver's seat. 
10000 mi Fuel sensor failure to correctly show fuel remaining. 
11000 mi Exhaust started making weird noise. Found to be a loose exhaust clamp. Tightened clamp and noise went away. 

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2014 BMW 3-Series 4dr Sedan

-horsepower 5-speed shiftable automatic RWD

loss of power assisted steering. Dealer update the firmware 
3000 mi

US $650
replaced defect spring lock. engine first made knocking noise and 8 hours later, it suddenly stopped running while driving. Initial diagnosis from dealer is that engine needs to be replaced. Dealer is waiting for direction from manufacture. 
5000 mi whole engine needed to be replaced. 
8700 mi rattles come from front passenger door. 
10700 mi low coolant light on. test found no leaks. added coolant and reset light. 
25000 mi driver side door fails to open the door from inside using the door lever. Intermittent problem. *d failure to open driver door side using lever handle due to malfunction lever 
28000 mi Cruise Control fault 

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2014 BMW 3-Series 4dr Sedan

-horsepower 5-speed manual RWD

6000 mi Tail lamp housing and C-pillar trim loose. Shop noticed former, for which there is a TSB. I noticed the latter. 
9700 mi Rear knocking sound, diagnosed by dealer as noise from rear seat seat back 
13500 mi

US $40
TPMS triggered by very cold temp, tires have nitrogen fill, so needed to have nitrogen service /top off and had tires rotated 
21000 mi Drive train malfunction, required software update 

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2013 BMW 3-Series 4dr Sedan

turbocharged 180hp 2.0L I4 6-speed manual AWD

16740 mi Adaptive headlights on low beam not adjusting 
30380 mi Weather stripping on driers door was torn and replaced under warrenty 

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2013 BMW 3-Series 4dr Sedan

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

16000 mi Blower motor made extremely loud noise when turned on. Blower replaced Trunk taillight fell off Taillight that was replaced caused fault on computer diognistic in car 
19000 mi Car got wet on rear driver side passenger floor from rain, puddles, or car wash. Entire "vapor seal" had to be replaced, car kept for water testing after allowing new seals to dry. 
21300 mi The trunk taillight on the opposite side of previous repair fell out. Has to do with weak clips that break over time when the trunk is closed. So now both sides have been replaced and time will tell if it is a design flaw that repeats. 
41700 mi Car started driving poorly and computer said to drive moderately that drivetrain unstable. Scary. I was on a long trip so he drove it for another four hours. Dealer had to replace something with the ignition. No issues beyond that 
42000 mi Charge pipe blew off and fell apart. The car went into limp mode suddenly on the highway. The part was replaced under warranty. 
48000 mi The exhaust valve on the muffler would open and close randomly while driving making a loud screeching sound. I had to take it back to the dealer several times before they would believe me. I had several videos too. Replaced entire exhaust. Front and backup cameras stopped working. iDrive still not working right. It has difficulty switching between Nav and Bluetooth. Screen will occasionally blank out. Randomly will not pull bluetooth song information from phone. All phones have problem, obviously a car issue. Dealer could not keep car started after they had it for 2 weeks. Took them another week to replace injectors, plugs, and coils. Ended up draining the gas tank. Runs now but not as well as before. Idle is rough at cold when it wasn't b4. 
4000 mi Rattle/vibration noise emitting from engine compartment or inside of dashboard. Goes away after 15-20 minutes so dealer often gives me a "can not replicate" and sends my car home 
10000 mi Had to add 3qts oil in 10k miles, requested to look into further Having continual rattle problems, referred to service bulletin but again shop could not replicate 
11000 mi Not sure 
18000 mi Door lock actuator on passenger side failed resulting in slow unlocking (or not unlocking at all) 
22700 mi Turbo chargepipe cracked, causing stalling and rough driving (and no boost). Replaced it and works fine. Also had error light come on on dash and notification on the display saying stop immediately 
1860 mi Blower motor sucked in a leaf and was making a "piece of paper in a fan blade" sound when using recirculating air. Dealer took it apart and took out the leaf. 
2480 mi Another leaf was sucked into the blower motor. The dealer wouldn't tell me why it happened again, but I looked it up and it's because the microfilter is located AFTER the blower motor. They took the leaf out again. The aluminum trim on the dashboard made squeaking and rattling sounds while driving. The dealer took it apart and put felt or something under it to try to silence the sounds. The navigation display screen housing also made rattling sounds. Left rear brake light was missing a bolt that attached it to the trunk lid. It had finally came loose, being attached with only one of the bolts, after a couple months of opening and closing the trunk. Dealer installed the bolt. 
2480 mi Many parts of the interior began making plastic-like squeaks and rattles, including the drivers door panel, navigation screen, audio control panel, center console, and all the plastic vents during driving or hitting bumps. 
21080 mi Vibration through dashboard when AC turned on. Dealer refused to fix and BMW refused to fix, stating that it is normal. A loud droning vibration from a luxury car is not normal. They probably didn't want to pay for taking the dash apart. 
29740 mi Car makes clunking sound from front left wheel when going over rough surfaces. Feels like something is loose. Replaced power steering rack and problem came back in 2 weeks. Dealer says its "normal" and nothing they can do about it. 
30380 mi Engine makes flapping sound that can be heard in the interior when fully warmed up. Technician says it doesn't sound right but can't figure out what it is. Today the car started very rough as if there was a misfire, but no warning light. 
7700 mi An A/C hose was not connected properly at the factory. 
41000 mi The door locks were intermittently not functioning, causing the doors not to unlock from inside the vehicle. The actuators were replaced under warranty. 

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2013 BMW 3-Series 4dr Sedan

260-horsepower 3.0L I6 5-speed manual RWD

21000 mi Both horns (low frequency and high frequency) froze and ruptured. Needed replacing. 
1000 mi Oil pressure lights came on 10 minutes after getting the car brand new Faulty oil pressure regulator valve 
15000 mi The gas door assembly was faulty and would not close 
23300 mi faulty 12v outlet 
30000 mi Engine would rev slightly on it's own and then die at idle. 
37000 mi Turbo was shutting down, dealer replaced faulty cooling fan 

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2013 BMW 3-Series 4dr Sedan

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

23000 mi Drive train error, car felt sluggish and light came on. Called service through on board system and they set up a loaner car and took it in for service the next morning. 
25300 mi Parking lamp malfunction error on dash. Car didn't run any differently. Scheduled service 
42700 mi squeeking sound from dash area, they said something was in the small dash storage compartment. After a few days the sound came back, will return to have it fixed. It happens when driving on uneven road surfaces. 
44300 mi squeeking near dash 
10700 mi Powered seats not functioning 
15000 mi Seat Motor Ceased to function 
37000 mi Failed sensor caused air conditioner to malfunction. 
28000 mi Warning of service due for brakes was incorrect. Software update required. 
7000 mi Left with accessories on..battery died. Discovered battery defective...replaced. 
12000 mi Dashboard completely blacked out. No turn signals, no wipers, etc. 
43300 mi Fan causing engine hesitation when engine idling. Rattle from panel near obd port. Lunges forward when put into park. Squeak noise when entering car with parking brake engaged. 
44000 mi Passenger door lock slow to open on first attempt when cold. 
7000 mi Horn did not work 
13000 mi Passenger seat power controls stopped working 
47300 mi Parking light malfunction Turbo waste gate failure 
31000 mi Blower fan was replaced for second time. 
46500 mi Door locks were not working correctly, and would not always unlock. TSB for blower motor to add screen to prevent debris from entering the motor. 
58000 mi

US $50
Issue with reverse during cold weather, systems were re-coded with updated software. 
32000 mi Numerous camera malfunctions, collision warning malfunction, blind spot warning malfunctions 
35000 mi Camera malfunctions, side and rear. Steering wheel heat intermittent, it has not worked several times after turning it on, in the last 3 months. 
41000 mi automatic service request for rear brake pads not working apparently, car sent request for service and so did I 10+ times. Dealer never responded, I then called after waiting 2 weeks. Vibration continues at 55-65 MPH, this is a continuing problem. 
41000 mi Service request malfunctioned, did not contact dealer when service was required, dealer did not know why and did not peruse a cause for the failure. I traded the vehicle at another dealer. 
41000 mi combox replacement 
42300 mi Driver door trim ripped, assumed from rubbing when getting in and out. Dealer would not replace. Terrible smell from AC after sitting overnight. Will eventually go away, but city driving means I'm exposed to it most of the time (assume whatever it is burns off) Software needed update 
30000 mi Left parking light needed to be replaced after 6 months. 
26040 mi Crack in leatherette on driver's seat When repairing the cracked seat, the dealer's sub-contractor forgot to reset the airbag sensor. 

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2013 BMW 3-Series 4dr Sedan

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

25000 mi Windshield fluid motor burned out. Replaced with new unit at BMW dealer. 
4000 mi seat airbag sensor replaced under warranty. 
5000 mi The rear license plate frame attach point plastic insert didn't grip the screw as it should. Had them replace the insert with a new one. While in for that had the software flashed to the newest version. 
6000 mi The tire warning light was coming on when the OAT was 35f and lower. I had checked the tire pressures and all were at 32 psi. Found out that this is a common problem and it was corrected by inflating the tires to 36 psi. No more warnings. 
22000 mi Drivers door mid-range or tweeter had a slight resonance with frequencies of female voices. Dealer ran audio test, could not duplicate. Disassembled door panel and tightened everything. Have not seen problem since. 
12400 mi Strange sound on the A/C they change the turbines. 
13640 mi

$1320
The left door melt near the door lock. They do not honor the fender2fender warranty. And didn't care about their material quality. 
26000 mi Rear passenger window would only go up/down in centimeter increments. Door pins/locks would rattle around on passenger and driver doors (used the most of the 4 doors). 
37700 mi Rattling door lock pins. Dealer installed sound deadening. Peeling trim on several pieces - dealer replaced parts. 
39000 mi Non-functional BMW Telematics module for BMW Assist. 
42000 mi Engine randomly stalling. Replaced MAF. Symptoms came back within ten miles. Replaced intake housing. Fixed. 
88000 mi

US $750
passenger side door lock motor switch had to be replaced. 
22000 mi Service bulletin was followed. A/C had frozen up on a 160 mile road trip in 90 degree weather. This is the first issue we have experienced in the car since new. 
27000 mi A/c odor issue. Rattles by front left and right rear speakers 
41700 mi Rattle due to trim on door lock 
6000 mi passive resistant system passive restraint system 

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2013 BMW 3-Series 4dr Sedan

230-horsepower 3.0L I6 5-speed manual AWD

38300 mi The blower sounded like something was stuck in it. Dealer cleaned it out. I noticed on my wheels the clear coat is starting to flake off. BMW said I would have had to had the Tire and Wheel protection. 
42700 mi #3 cylinder fuel injector went bad, leaked fuel into cylinder, cause misfires and ultimately car would not run. Fuel injector replaced. 
44000 mi Check engine light came on - code for catalytic converter. Leaking fuel injector also fouled the catalytic converter. Converter replaced under warranty. 
46700 mi The Velcro pads on the bottom of the drivers floor mat had peeled off. Found out they were covered under warranty, so both front floor mats were replaced. 
40000 mi Ac line hose not working 

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2013 BMW 3-Series 4dr Sedan

215-horsepower 3.0L I6 6-speed manual RWD

32000 mi

US $180
Battery cell failure causing error codes and messages to be displayed ("Moveable Top Fixation") 
12700 mi Odd noise from exhaust when starting and as the transmission shifts at low speeds. 
24000 mi

US $45
The air conditioning smelled foul once again. Somewhat like vinegar. This is the second time. Both times they simply cleaned the system and this time replace the micro-filter. First time, no charge. This time $45. 
30000 mi Drivetrain warning appeared on the navigation display and went off within 10 seconds. Did not reappear. Service center could not find the problem. While diagnosing other issue, service center determined there was a problem with the high pressure fuel rail and replaced same. 
36000 mi Horn began to change it's sound/pitch while in use. Dealer found both horns faulty and replaced same. Drivetrain malfunction warning light on yet AGAIN! Car would jerk and hesitate. Replaced high pressure fuel rail sensor. Second time they replaced it. You will see in my next report it recurred again! Drivetrain malfunction light came on again and the car would jerk and hesitate. 3rd time this car has been in for the same issue. This time they replaced the harness to the fuel rail pressure sensor. Also did a "puma" case with BMW HQ. 
53000 mi Door lock failed. 
55000 mi Passenger seat intermittently fails to move forward or aft when the switch is moved. Could not be replicated by dealer. Door lock fails to unlock when handle is pulled twice from inside. This happened to both front doors eventually and I had two separate trips to get them replaced. 
7000 mi

US $90
My fuel was on "Reserve" and the range showed that I still had 41 miles. My car stopped and a message showed up on iDrive - "Drive train malfunction". Dealership said the car was out of gas. So the message was confusing to say the least. 
17000 mi My car stopped right in the middle of the street and I got a message on the console that said Drive Train Malfunction. I turned off the ignition and turned it back on and my car functioned normally and I drove it to the dealer. 

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2013 BMW 3-Series 4dr Sedan

-horsepower 5-speed manual RWD

16000 mi Faulty factory coding caused cessation of electrical power to a front parking light. Resolved by re-coding programming. 
17000 mi parking lot warning light on, bulb changed 
18500 mi Taillight popped out partly. 
21000 mi Front parking light warning on, bulb ok, bulb changed and warning corrected. Took more than ten minutes. 

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2013 BMW 3-Series 2dr Hardtop conv.

414-horsepower 4.0L V8 6-speed automated manual RWD

20000 mi bad battery - excess discharge warning 

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2013 BMW 3-Series 2dr Hardtop conv.

230-horsepower 3.0L I6 5-speed manual RWD

3680 mi Significant amounts of condensed water from A/C coming into both drivers and passengers footwell 
13020 mi A moaning noise would occur when turning to the right. 
17360 mi A moaning noise, previously repaired, would occur when turning to the right. Minor roof leak in heavy rain. 
18900 mi Roof rattled and weather stripping was coming off The convenience access system failed 
19220 mi

C $1299
Leaking on the top of both passenger and drivers door. This is an ongoing problem and is still not repaired. Roof is misaligned due to previous repair attempt for roof rattle and weatherstripping. 

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2013 BMW 3-Series 2dr Coupe

turbocharged 320hp 3.0L I6 6-speed manual RWD

32700 mi AC not cold 
18000 mi Warning message "Increased Battery Discharge" 
28700 mi received increased battery discharge warning. battery replaced under warranty/ squeak in steering wheel when turning. 

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2013 BMW 3-Series 2dr Coupe

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

16000 mi One of the rear speakers had a noise distortion. After not getting a satisfactory result at West Gerrman BMW in Fort Washington, PA, I took my car to Thompson BMW in Doylestown, PA, and the speaker was replaced. 
42000 mi Comfort access was not working, Could not open doors, unless I pressed the button on the key fob. 
46300 mi

US $926
Water pump failure 

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2012.5 BMW 3-Series 4dr Sedan

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

3900 mi Air conditioner was loud at higher fan speed The metal base of the driver and front passenger seats have oxidized (rust) 
34380 mi The Air conditioner would intermittently not work in the first 15-20 seconds after starting up the car 
39060 mi Squeaking sound from the steering wheel. Sent to the dealer for repair but after collecting the car, the sound is still there. 

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2012 BMW 3-Series 4dr Wagon

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

9000 mi dead battery 
15000 mi wear on drivers side seat bolster and drivers side door arm rest 
30500 mi

US $525
Driver door lock actuator failed 
2500 mi Noisy heater fan. Replaced. 

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2012 BMW 3-Series 4dr Sedan

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

13000 mi The parking sensor would activate even when nothing would be near. Bumper proximity warning malfunctioned. Showing very close to an object that was not there. 
21000 mi Parking sensors not working properly 
22300 mi *d Parking sensor warning going on incorrectly 

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2012 BMW 3-Series 4dr Sedan

260-horsepower 3.0L I6 5-speed manual RWD

3000 mi Distortion from speaker -replaced 
9000 mi "No Signal" on information display 
10000 mi Window memory needed to be reset because the windows in the front would open after being closed. 
11000 mi Radio was rebooting while driving and sometimes not playing audio. 
23000 mi The horn stopped working 
35000 mi intermittent rattle from enter console 
43000 mi USB port stopped working for audio. Dealer had to replace module. 

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2012 BMW 3-Series 4dr Sedan

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

18000 mi Air bag module 
32000 mi Cooling system thermostat was replaced 
11540 mi Car drifts to the left and clunking sound on right shock over speed bump 
30220 mi Car had hard start in the morning. Noisy during starting 
34100 mi noise on driving over speed bumps from right steering rack side 
61380 mi

C $300
Passenger led mirror light not functioning 
6700 mi Bluetooth sync was intermittent and after they tried to sell me on the phone as the problem, I proved them wrong and they replaced it. 
18000 mi Bluetooth again, they replaced the CPU, and it was fine. Still have problems with moisture entering the electrical system and preventing the car from going into ECO mode on rare occasions. 
13000 mi Rust on door hinge bolt. Replaced by dealership. 
16700 mi Noise from fan blower. 
24000 mi Passenger-side mirror signal light stopped working. Not a light bulb issue. Repaired by dealer. Driver-side horn stopped working resulting in a high-pitched sound. Bluetooth stops playing requiring a reboot of the iDrive system. The shop upgraded the Bluetooth firmware. Problem persisted but could not be recreated in the shop. 
3000 mi Squeaking noise from steering *d Steering noise, second attempt 
4700 mi Squeaking noise from steering 
7700 mi BLUETOOTH WAS NOT CONNECTING THE IPHONE 
12000 mi

US $700
Battery replacement 
48500 mi Turbo went out. 
54700 mi

US $200
Headlight bulb replacement 
26000 mi Blower motor was making a noise. Cleaned it out and changed the screen Driver door trim had a rough edge and was replaced. 
13020 mi False low coolant level warnings, conector at coolant level sensor was not plugged correctly geting a false contact. Cleaned and plugged correctly. No problems since the repair. 
21480 mi The coolant level sensor conector was a litle bit corroded, giving some false low level messages, cleaned, aded some terminal protector and the problem was solved. This car model have a known isue with the coolant level sensor. 

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2012 BMW 3-Series 4dr Sedan

230-horsepower 3.0L I6 5-speed manual AWD

46000 mi CPO car: Had the following replaced: CIC computer, all key fobs, doors seals, windshield, gas door, full service performed 
50000 mi Rattling in dash. Whole dash was disassembled and certain parts replaced. Whole dash had sound deadening replaced. 
58000 mi 3rd time that the airbag system failed. 

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2012 BMW 3-Series 2dr Hardtop conv.

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

3000 mi Defective ping detector 
3000 mi replace batery 

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2012 BMW 3-Series 2dr Hardtop conv.

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

37000 mi Oil leak, fixed Cracked coolant recovery tank, replaced TPMS went screwy, fixed 

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2012 BMW 3-Series 2dr Hardtop conv.

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

5000 mi I purchased an iPhone 4S cradle to use my phone's apps through the iDrive system. When it was installed, it worked intermittently. 
45500 mi I had my electrical system randomly go haywire while driving. Gauges droppe to zero and then back up to speed (care performance was not affected). Then passive restraint error was displayed. Replaced CANBUS. 
48000 mi The was a light thumping noise when the engine was idle, as if there was an issue with the serpentine belt. The dealer did a software update and replaced the HVAC blower motor.. 
48000 mi Engine starting making a loud tapping noise while driving. I called the dealer immediately and headed to bring it in. While driving, there was a loud bang, metal sound, smoke and engine stopped. It threw a rod. Engine needs to be replaced. 
24700 mi

US $160
Car would not start. Interior lights and other electrical items would work intermittently. Car was towed to dealership. Dealer claimed that one of the battery cables was loose. 
26000 mi Engine running very rough and had low power. Dealer diagnosed two bad ignition coils. Replaced all six coils and sparkplugs. Covered under warranty. 

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2012 BMW 3-Series 2dr Coupe

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

43000 mi battery was sub performing and so was replaced. 
43000 mi

US $125
Intake charge pipe failed. 
44700 mi Drip Rails 

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2012 BMW 3-Series 2dr Coupe

414-horsepower 4.0L V8 6-speed manual RWD

19000 mi Back screen Front USB 
20000 mi Sunroof is ajar and does not align when closed 
25300 mi The Rear Sun Screen continues to get stuck 
28000 mi Clutch was sticking, dealer replaced the entire clutch. A fuel injector gave out 

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2011 BMW 3-Series 4dr Wagon

turbocharged 240hp 2.3L I4 5-speed shiftable automatic RWD

4000 mi I always use the auto trans in manual mode. When shifting from 2nd it would go into neutral momentarily before going into 3rd about 10 percent of the time. Dealer said transmission firmware couldn't learn when manual mode always used. Dealer reproduced problem and contacted BMW who said I needed to drive more miles with transmission in D instead of manual mode in order for transmission to "learn." But could not tell me how many miles I needed to drive this way.  
10000 mi Auto trans would not shift correctly about 25 percent of time but only when in manual mode and only when upshifting 2nd to 3rd. Entire transmission replaced. Steering wheel shaft knuckle gear was binding to create high steering effort. 
11000 mi *d Entire transmission (auto) replaced. Problem only occurred when in manual mode and only during upshift from 2nd to 3rd gear. Transmission would momentarily (1 to 2 seconds)shift into neutral between 2 to 3 upshift. Fault code found. Steering column knuckle gear was binding since the car was brand new so was replaced.  
12000 mi *d Steering knuckle that connects steering column to power steering/rack unit replaced because was it binding since car was new. 
46500 mi Left front speaker drops out for a few seconds then comes back on if you raise volume or open/close drivers door. Despite playing a recording to the shop foreman the dealer could not repair because they did not hear it themselves. Headlight washing nozzles are leaking and they were replaced. My reservoir was losing washer fluid. 
47700 mi Idler pully replaced left speaker cuts out randomly Driver door switch module replaced due to sticking rear window lockout switch 
56000 mi

US $1200
Battery not holding charge and seemed reasonable after 4 bad winters. The charging module showed a fault and told it needed to be replaced. "registerable" BMW Battery $500, charging module $400.  
40000 mi left rear bearing was noisy and replaced under warrantee 
53700 mi

US $300
Battery test revealed battery needed to be replaced. 

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2011 BMW 3-Series 4dr Sedan

turbocharged 265hp 3.0L I6 Diesel 6-speed shiftable automatic RWD

29000 mi System checked. Found OK. Routine scheduled maintenance performed one month ahead of schedule. 
18000 mi Drivers door control panel for windows and side mirrors failed and was non-responsive. Prior to delivery, dealer replaced control panel (no charge to owner). 
20000 mi Wind noise from drivers door (door appeared not to be latching tight against seal). Rattle from instrument cover glass. 
21000 mi Creaking from doors going over off-camber ground. Dealer lubricated door seals, which corrected problem. 
29000 mi

US $50
DEF tank temperature sensor read out of limits. DEF tank replaced under warranty. 
30300 mi DEF valve clogged, leading to check engine light. Appears to have been related to DEF tank replacement earlier. 
59000 mi

US $50
EGR cooler malfunction with CE light on. Part replaced under extended warranty 
62000 mi

US $10
Rear taillight bulb out. Required substantial disassembly to replace. 
5000 mi Missing front clamps for rocker panels on both sides of the car. 
15000 mi Stop pad with ejector for fuel filler not working properly. 
28500 mi Indicator light in FZD module failed. Replaced indicator light. 
3000 mi Leather replaced on driver seat cushion. Small fold was present in leather when car was delivered, creating uncomfortable hard spot. 
11700 mi Urea injection required refill for second time. Should last 15,000 miles. Dealer diagnosed and replaced urea pump. 
24000 mi Belt squeal when starting car with compressor on. From reading forums on-line, apparently this is an issue with the 335ds only (not X5 diesel). 
35000 mi Check engine light on. Defective swirl flaps in intake manifold. Steering column is squeaking. 
32000 mi sensor in fuel tank failed. replaced under warranty 
35700 mi Car would not start. Problem was with intake manifold. Replaced under BMW warranty 
41000 mi Fuel pump replaced 
65300 mi

US $3000
SES light on. Carbon buildup in cylinders and intake manifold. Manifold removed, cylinders cleaned as well as manifold. 
46000 mi iDrive system control knob completely non-functional. Exhaust leak at front of engine. 
1000 mi Service Engine Soon light came on. Problem was a stuck DEF valve. Dealer cleaned valve and all is well. 
4300 mi Low Diesel Exhaust Fluid (DEF) warning stating car wouldn't be startable after driving 1000 miles from time of initial warning. DEF fill is supposed to last until first scheduled maintenance at around 12k miles. Warning came at 4600mi. 
26000 mi Brief but loud screeching noise coming from engine compartment, after car sits for several hours on hot days. Dealer was unable to duplicate. No repair made so far. 
34300 mi Noisy blower motor. Noisy AC compressor clutch. The problem is, the noise only occurs on hot days, and we haven't had any yet. this year. Weatherstripping at bottom of rear window keeps falling off. This is 4th attempt by dealer to fix. This time they removed the entire window and replaced all of the trim surrounding it. 
43300 mi

US $500
I drive error message. Excessive battery drain. Solved by replacing battery. 
48000 mi

US $250
Check engine light came on. Dealer changed EGR valve. Did not solve the problem. 
48000 mi

US $550
Dealer now believes check engine light was caused by carbon buildup in the intake system. Dismantled intake system for walnut-shell blasting to remove carbon buildup. Light still on. 
20300 mi Radio loses set stations. 
22000 mi Diesel fuel tank "tick" when taking slow 90 degree turns 
18000 mi Vent deflector broke off 
22000 mi Squeak from engine area. Was result of previous service campaign work. 
29300 mi Fan blower unit was failing. Replaced. 
64000 mi

US $3000
Car wouldn't start when warm. High pressure fuel pump and fuel filter replaced 

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2011 BMW 3-Series 4dr Sedan

turbocharged 240hp 2.3L I4 6-speed manual RWD

25000 mi Rear power sunshade was not retracting. Dealer replaced sunshade assembly. 
45000 mi The rear power sunshade quit working for the second time. I did not get it repaired before I sold the car to the dealer still under warranty. 
47000 mi Wheel bearing was replaced Radio - no sound 
72000 mi

US $1300
Engine was missing. Dealer replaced spark plugs and ignition coil 

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2011 BMW 3-Series 4dr Sedan

turbocharged 240hp 2.3L I4 5-speed shiftable automatic RWD

51000 mi

US $500
rear LED light replaced 
60000 mi

US $500
door lock mechanism 
61500 mi vibration on highway 
62000 mi vibration 
62000 mi Vibration at speed 
73000 mi

US $180
New spark plugs 
76000 mi

US $140
AC freon charge and diagnosis 
15700 mi Radio/sound system repaired Battery cable terminal end(s) replaced 
37700 mi TPMS module malfunctioned 
2300 mi Passenger rear bumper uneven. Inside connector popped lose. Fixed by the dealer to original shape. 
11000 mi Very loud static from rear speaker. Multiple engine on off didn't correct. Only when car was locked and left for about 5min, noise stopped spontaneously. Unclear why. Has not recurred past 300 miles. Running normally now. 
49000 mi Drive door lock stuck. Actuator replaced. 
63500 mi

US $225
Piston coil replaced 
68000 mi

US $650
Engine piston coil x 5 and spark plug x6 replaced. 
Headlights not aligned properly from factory. passenger mirror sometimes does not work or gets stuck in down position after car is in reverse 
20700 mi trunk lid does not close properly. replaced striker and spacer car would buck and idle rev at stop 
34000 mi have to look it up 
12700 mi Radio was acting erratically including occasional loud vibration-like sound coming from rear speakers & randomly changing audio sources. Dealer replaced radio under warranty, but not without an argument. Had to show them a TSB for the issue. 
20000 mi Rubber strip along bottom of rear window (where it meets top of trunk lid) kept coming loose and had to be replaced. Was not yet actually leaking water though. Was not blowing real cold. 
25000 mi

US $637
Replaced thrust rod bushings. Dealer said they were starting to fail. 
37200 mi

C $1500
59,100km Rough Idle and check engine came on. Loss of power noticed, rpm were bouncing 900-1200 at idle, normal is around 800. New coil, eccentric shaft sensor, gasket. Cost 1500$ CAD covered in CPO warranty Driver Cup Holder malfunction (spring broken) New Cupholder installed Covered under warranty 
43400 mi Coilpack failed again second time this year. New coilpack installedrnNew ignition coils Steering was grunting Dealer found faulty steering wheel pump Replaced steering wheel pump + fluid Caliper seized Required new rotors and pads in the front computer was acting up, Maintaince section was frozen( km remaining not changing) Computer was restored to factory settings and updated 
14260 mi The evaporator had to be replaced 
21700 mi Warranty repair of last summer, one of the connections was not hooked up. 
33480 mi

C $375
Warning light showed battery problems several times,replaced 7 year ol battery. 
37500 mi Passenger side headlight was tilting downwards (halogen). Clip broke inside. Replaced under warranty. Driver side door lock failed upon delivery. Replaced under warranty. 
39000 mi Front bushings gone bad - squeaking sound when turning far to the right or left. Power steering pump went bad. Groaning sound when turning. 
48000 mi Driver side (rear) door lock gets stuck. Door lock actuator replacement. 
51440 mi about 2 weeks of ownership the check engine light up. it was a valve selenoid regarding valvetronic, well documented on the internet. they replaced the valve/selenoid comfort access stopped working from driver door, exterior handled was warm (it is winter). dealer replaced the handle and everything is ok. 
27000 mi Passenger airbag sensor (seatbelt indicator) mat has gone bad, seatbelt indicator always triggering even when no passenger in the seat. 
33300 mi Cracked gasket cover, which was replaced 
47000 mi

US $65
Engine stumbling when cold and throwing CEL 
46300 mi Idrive replaced through warranty. Idrive knob was peeling off the plating. Fuel splashes everytime the fuel tank is filled at any gas station. Dealer said they could not replicate the issue. Going back to the dealer with evidence (took s video of the spill last time I filled up gas). 
48000 mi Fuel splashes out everytime car is fueled. First trip (under warranty), dealer said could not reproduce the problem. Second trip outside of warranty: took some videos as evidence. Dealer mechanic came and verified. Attemped but couldn't repair. 
48500 mi

US $200
Fixed the fuel tank issue. Replaced the whole fuel tank. Dealer/Manufacturer paid for 95% of the cost. Owner paid for 5%. 
37200 mi The iDrive failed and had to be reprogrammed. The std repair is to reprogram and monitor. If it fails again, they will have to replace the head unit. Thankful it was under warranty, I dread finding out how much this repair cost. The rear window weather stripping fell off for the second time. Appears to be a known issue a horrible design. This is the second time in 6 months that this part has been replaced. It is falling off again after a month. 
38440 mi Rear window weather stripping repaired. Required automotive glass subcontractor to remove rear window and use epoxy to attach the rear window stripping. Why on earth BMW uses tension clips for weather stripping we may never know. 
38440 mi Replace brake fluid 
79000 mi Battery not charging. Alternator replaced under CPO warranty. 
81000 mi Communication problem between two electrical modules causing various dashboard lights to illuminate. 

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2011 BMW 3-Series 4dr Sedan

414-horsepower 4.0L V8 6-speed manual RWD

45300 mi "Increased Emissions" message, needed a fuel system vent valve. 
54000 mi

US $150
Front wheel speed sensor failed, disabled abs & stability 
74300 mi

US $1000
Replaced thermostat. 
75000 mi

US $3500
Replaced clutch Replaced wheel sensor Replaced battery 

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2011 BMW 3-Series 4dr Sedan

414-horsepower 4.0L V8 6-speed automated manual RWD

58700 mi Tire pressure monitoring system 
63700 mi Thermostat for emission control system 

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2011 BMW 3-Series 4dr Sedan

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

54000 mi

US $1100
Transmission seal hard starting, replaced battery. Installed new battery. One of few items not covered by CPO or paid maintenance policy. $600 with install. That and some other BS turned me off on BMW of Dallas. turn light 
59000 mi

US $54
On freeway when got a backfire. Lost boost and transmission acting odd. Upon inspection the intake from air cleaner to MAF had blown off and bracket ruptured. Had car towed to dealer.  Also had bad vibration on AC blower. Replaced. CPO fixed. 
61000 mi Car goes into overheat warning them limp mode but analog temp says no problem. Suspect car came with after market flash of prom. Overheat warning again on the way home. Took it back and kept for 3 more days. Seems had a hair line crack in the water reservoir tank. Then to add insult to injury tried to hit me for another deductible on the CPO for a new service. 
63000 mi

US $1297
The main CPO was the unknown of valve cover oil leak. The TPM (tire pressure) was a CPO item but they laid it off on both rear senders being bad so got to charge me for those and a fat fee for diagnostics. 
73000 mi

US $326
Slow starting, replaced battery. Oil filter housing gasket was leaking and gasket was replaced. 
12500 mi Both left and right adaptive headlight module replaced; ECU reflashed to sync the modules. 
35000 mi Exhaust rattle. surging idle. 
42000 mi broken hid headlight mounting bracket. 
50000 mi Electric Water pump failure, heater core was replaced at same time. Oil leak notied during water pump repair. Pan was resealed. 
53000 mi

US $120
Sensor related battery needed replacing slight leak in coolant overflow tank 
59000 mi

US $50
Replaced evaporator. 

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2011 BMW 3-Series 4dr Sedan

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

10000 mi Electrical system malfunction noted, said car could not be driven but there were no problems with driving it. Took it to dealer on no notice. 
46000 mi The fuel pump sensor needed repairing. 
50000 mi Park distance control malfunction 
13000 mi Battery failed load test at 9.2V (charge status at 51%). Alternator output at 110amps. Replaced battery under warranty. 
10000 mi Evaporator core replaced 
55300 mi

US $50
AC Blower motor replacement Sunroof motor replacement 
56000 mi

US $500
Blue tooth not working with new Android update 
61000 mi

US $2000
belt tensioner pulley bearings were noisy,  replaced leaking oil pump gasket, *d replaced cracked coolant reservoir tank. 
62000 mi cooling overflow tank cracked 3 days after tensioner pulley and water pump gasket were replaced. dealer says not related. not happy. 

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2011 BMW 3-Series 4dr Sedan

260-horsepower 3.0L I6 5-speed manual RWD

4000 mi Evacuate and recharge AC system; no real improvement. 
22000 mi Inability to latch trunk; repeated "trunk open" warnings despite trunk being closed. 
24000 mi Repeat visit: trunk fails to latch in freezing weather. This is now the 5th repair attempt. 
25000 mi Passenger front seat replaced due to "screeching" sound when using power seat adjustment. 
1000 mi Radio "acquiring signal" on every start after car sits for more than a day or two. This is now this car's THIRD radio; would have cost well over $1k if out of warranty. 

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2011 BMW 3-Series 4dr Sedan

260-horsepower 3.0L I6 5-speed manual AWD

15000 mi Adaptive light module malfunction. 
44000 mi Coolant pump failed 
47300 mi Headlight replaced Sticker around start button delaminating 
50000 mi Sticking parking brake - springs and pad replaced Windshield washer pump replaced Water leak around passenger-side front door - gaskets replaced Seat lumbar support replaced Clutch shuddering 
67700 mi

US $800
Thrust rod bushings replaced. 
70000 mi

US $500
Engine hard to start when weather is cold, often runs rough and dies. ECU reprogrammed, which appears to have worked around the problem. 

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2011 BMW 3-Series 4dr Sedan

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

14000 mi Radio Screen washing out (fading).Bmw replaced with new radio. rubber seal on outside lower back window detached 
15000 mi Lower Right Corner Trim piece on the rear of Driver's Seat fell off. 
32000 mi Driver's side mirror making grinding noise when folding Back window trim came loose again Passenger side seatbelt would not fasten 
33500 mi IBS Battery cable failed 
35000 mi DMTL Pump(Emissions) replaced 
37000 mi Cylinder 5 misfiring, spark plug chipped.Replaced spark plug and ignition coil. Heat not working on passenger side.Heater core stopped up.Replaced heater core unit and topped off with coolant and bled system. Driver's side door lock malfunctioning. Driver's door lock actuator drive unit replaced Rear sunshade not operating. Replaced rear sunshade assembly. 
43300 mi AC blowing roughly. Blower Motor replaced Rear glass molding detaching from glass. Replaced rubber molding of rear windscreen. 
44000 mi Car would not shift out of first gear. Dealer tried to duplicate but could not do so. Passenger door lock opening extremely slowly. Suspect problem with actuator with driver's side having already been replaced. Dealer would not replace. 
46000 mi Rear window molding detached from window again. 
51000 mi Back window trim came loose for fourth time Torque converter failed 
10000 mi Adaptive headlights malfunction. 
37200 mi In at least six attempts to fix squeaky noise while going around the bumps entire suspension replaced. Noise reduced but still there, sounds like an old car. Now living with it.  
38640 mi This time Squeeky rear suspension. 
46480 mi One of the angle eyes failed. 
48640 mi Day time running light replaced. 
41000 mi

US $150
Battery replacement 
7000 mi Car in for 1st scheduled maintenance: Oil change. Also wiper blades replaced (BMW noticed blades cracked). Both free as part of BMW warranty. BMW noticed AC noise. Leaking evaporator replaced. DIAG code D6450 00000000 19 01. Also Free. 
7000 mi Air conditioner not working. Air blowing but is not cold. Leaking evaporator replaced. This is the second time BMW has replaced the part. Service representative said they have been seeing issues with evaporators. Covered under BMW warranty. 
60000 mi

US $4000
oil measurement function stopped. oil sensor still doesn't function with replacement and new system with computer controller will cost ~$1700. Main computer on car is dead and replacement will cost ~$2300. 
60300 mi Main computer replaced. Water pump died and replaced 
28000 mi

US $331
battery died and we were stranded until BMW roadside service came along. Dealer said we had ruined battery by leaving radio on. Utter nonsense. Battery should have been covered by warranty - I was charged $332. 
11700 mi The sensor that senses engine problems was faulty and was replaced. 
18300 mi Lumbar support on driver's side malfunctioned. 
20000 mi Lumbar support on driver's side malfunctioned. Wasn't fixed properly in April. 
24000 mi Car wouldn't start. After jumping it the electrical system flickered off and on, then the next morning, the car wouldn't jump. Had to tow it to dealer 
27300 mi A/C controller 
30700 mi Sensor malfunction caused one cylinder to not fire. All 6 sensors were replaced. 
32000 mi Lumbar in drivers seat does not stay fixed for 24 hours. Could not be fixed. Second attempt to fix it. 

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2011 BMW 3-Series 4dr Sedan

230-horsepower 3.0L I6 5-speed manual RWD

23000 mi electrical wiring issue caused gas gauge to malfunction 
37200 mi Failed to start on a very cold day. Dealer service found Battery not holding full charge, replaced under warranty. 
32000 mi Failed Battery 
39000 mi Rear drivers window would not auto close. Dealer had to re-calibrate the anti-trap feature on window. 
49000 mi Computer was reporting rear brakes needed service, was faulty error, had to have computer reprogrammed with new software. squeaking and squealing from ac blower motor fan on low speeds 
56500 mi

US $950
Two coil packs failed. Replaced remaining coil packs and all spark plugs were replaced. No freon in system, evaporator was the source of leak. Replaced evaporator. 
59500 mi

US $400
DMTL (Diagnostic Module Tank Leakage) Pump had failed and needed to be replaced 
80000 mi Car would not start, pressing the start button resulted in radio turning off, and all the dash lights going off then on again. Was able to jump start the car and drive to dealer for battery replacement. 
16700 mi The Heat/AC temperature control nob was broken. The controls were replaced. Window switches were broken on the drivers side. Lock button stuck. 
19000 mi Car had a sweet chemical like smell when the heat is on. The car was leaking on the driveway. Dealer replaced thermostat due to a coolant leak. Leak stopped but smell still occurs. 
20000 mi

US $600
Return visit due to sweet smell from vents when the heat is on. Couldn't find any leaks, but found a piece of cookie in one of the vents. Fished it out. Didn't fix the problem. Suggested heater core leak, but was dismissed by mechanic. 
25000 mi Car continues to have irritating odor coming from the vents when the AC or heat is on. Dealer can't figure it out. They treated AC with chemical based on the idea that it might be mold but it didn't work. 
29000 mi Dealer replaced leaking AC evaporator. Didn't solve problem. 

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2011 BMW 3-Series 2dr Hardtop conv.

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

11000 mi instrument panel reported discharge issue. multiple trips to dealer before battery was replaced. no further problem 

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2011 BMW 3-Series 2dr Hardtop conv.

414-horsepower 4.0L V8 6-speed automated manual RWD

30700 mi TPMS Failure, Dealer replaced RDC Wheel Electronic Module With top up, metal clunking sound from roof 
52000 mi Convertible top sticks when opening Side marker light malfunction 
106000 mi DCT Transmission overheated, had to be replaced 
120000 mi

US $2000
Brake sensor failed causing brake booster pump to fail 
125300 mi

US $400
Replaced right rear tire pressure sensor 
128000 mi

US $300
Replace battery 

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2011 BMW 3-Series 2dr Hardtop conv.

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

13000 mi Replaced battery under recall 
15000 mi Battery not holding charge - replaced under warranty 
40000 mi Recall and no fix for air bags recall 

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2011 BMW 3-Series 2dr Hardtop conv.

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

8000 mi Glove box door wouldn't open. Fixed door. 
24000 mi Multiple system error messages shown on dashboard 
50000 mi

US $868
Valve cover gasket windshield washer motor 
63000 mi

US $3488
BMW developed an intermittent miss. All coils and plugs were replaced. Water pump and thermostat showed fault codes, both were replaced 

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2011 BMW 3-Series 2dr Coupe

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

36000 mi Replacement of failed rear-view mirror (with garage door opener & auto dim function). Recharge of low battery. 
45000 mi Radio head was emitting a high pitch hum at all times through speakers. Factory reset was performed on radio and problem was resolved. 
51300 mi

US $1300
Water pump. Known issue on BMW N54 Engine. No assistance from BMW. replaced thermostat since system was apart anyway. 
54000 mi

US $300
Battery Replacement and coding (BMW requires battery to be coded to the computer, preventing owners from doing this ourselves.) 
66000 mi

US $800
AC Supply hose developed a leak at the connector. 

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2011 BMW 3-Series 2dr Coupe

turbocharged 240hp 2.3L I4 6-speed manual RWD

45000 mi The seat sensor would detect a person falsely when it was warm outside causing the seatbelt warning. 
55000 mi

US $100
Ignition coil in #4 cylinder malfunctioned. Dealer replaced all 6. Oil changed at the same time. 
57000 mi

US $282
Battery needed to be repalced 
67000 mi

US $50
Needed thermostat (CEL came on) 

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2011 BMW 3-Series 2dr Coupe

turbocharged 240hp 2.3L I4 5-speed shiftable automatic RWD

7000 mi Leaky transmission. Replaced seal. 
38000 mi Tire pressure monitor failed. Replaced control unit under warranty. 
30300 mi Fuel door would not lock when vehicle was locked via central locking system. Locking pin was not engaging fully and appeared as though it was sheared off. Filler Flap Actuator was replaced and costs covered under warranty. 
46000 mi

US $400
battery replaced 
42000 mi All 6 coils on each cylinder had to be replaced. A/C evaporator had to be replaced. 
42000 mi Car vibrates when idling. Increased idle speed. Problem solved. 
46300 mi Had to have the vehicle programmed per BMW bulletin #12 21 12. Also replace combox 1 84-10-9-257-164. Took so long because part was shipped to the wrong place 2 times. Also replaced brake fluid and micro filter. 
47500 mi

US $376
Installed new battery. Combox recall. 

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2011 BMW 3-Series 2dr Coupe

414-horsepower 4.0L V8 6-speed manual RWD

3000 mi Noise in front end. Loose air dam bolt. 
13000 mi leak in evap unit under dashboard 
41700 mi fuel tank replaced due to vapor lock up 

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2011 BMW 3-Series 2dr Coupe

414-horsepower 4.0L V8 6-speed automated manual RWD

23000 mi Needed to add oil. 
29300 mi Valve gasket replacement Evaporator replacement 
38300 mi

US $100
HVAC Blower motor/Blower regulator/wiring replacement. 
49000 mi

US $200
Oil pan plug stripped. 
1240 mi I had the first service done and the check engine light kept coming on after the oil change. The car went back twice to the dealer to get the light to stay off. Still not sure if they overfilled the oil or if the sensor was wrong... 
15000 mi Freon leak -- removed, cleaned and reassembled expansion valve; replaced inlet and outlet seals, recharged system breakdown of slip differential fluid causing grinding sound on hard turns 

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2011 BMW 3-Series 2dr Coupe

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

44000 mi AC evaporation unit. Plus rear window shade replaced 
1000 mi Electrical failure for control switch for driver side window and mirror adjustments.  

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2011 BMW 3-Series 2dr Coupe

260-horsepower 3.0L I6 5-speed manual RWD

45300 mi

US $200
TPMS sensors were not transmitting. All 4 needed replacement. 
55000 mi

US $2300
Had a check engine light with misfires in all 6 cyl. Ultimately needed to replace all 6 fuel injectors, all 6 spark plugs and the lambda sensor. 
55000 mi

US $450
Speaker was blown. 

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2011 BMW 3-Series 2dr Coupe

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

17000 mi There was a slight noise coming from steering column. Grease was applied to a bearing. 
35000 mi Car wouldn't start, cranked briefly and then power flickered on/off for a minute. Jump start worked. Dealer diagnosed as bad battery. No prior warnings, although with original battery, car used to fast idle after start. 
9000 mi Warning light of extra discharge from battery 
11000 mi Replaced battery due too bad cell. 

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2011 BMW 3-Series 2dr Coupe

230-horsepower 3.0L I6 5-speed manual RWD

40000 mi

US $180
Battery died suddenly 
55000 mi

US $2100
Engine was roughly accelerating. Suspected bad VANOS solenoids and had the solenoids replaced. This did not fix the issue. Front Control Arms had to be replaced as they were bad. 

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2010 BMW 3-Series

Engine not specified

2000 mi SOS system not locating. steel fuel filler opening jammed (the small gate in the tube seized-up). 
13000 mi Service light came on. Flash update run. Then nav/radio not functioning. Could not fix so new uint replaced at no cost to me. 

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2010 BMW 3-Series 4dr Wagon

turbocharged 240hp 2.3L I4 5-speed shiftable automatic RWD

20000 mi Left Turn Signal Malfunction. Replaced Housing Vent tabs were broken. Replaced entire vents. 
4740 mi Electrical glitch - Tire Pressure Sensor illuminated but no fault found. 
13020 mi Not blowing cold, leaking seal replaced under warranty 
62580 mi Two leaking power steering hoses. AC Evaporator failed. 
67580 mi Replaced front control arms Replaced front differential Replaced two bad coils 

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2010 BMW 3-Series 4dr Sedan

turbocharged 265hp 3.0L I6 Diesel 6-speed shiftable automatic RWD

44000 mi SES (yellow) for 1 time fault involving SCR. Tech cleared fault drove car 45 min. Fault did not reappear. 
52000 mi Replaced lower exterior gasket of rear window because it was sagging in the middle and sliding off the rear window. The new part is sliding off as well. I suspect the technician just reused the original part.  
54500 mi Replaced the active tank (Urea) due to a faulty sensor. 
58000 mi

US $50
Supply module replaced (SCR System) Blower motor replaced 
60000 mi

US $50
Problem: SES light and DEF fluid was being pumped out of the tank through vent tubes. NOX sensors replaced SCR catalyst replaced Urea Tank replaced. 
61000 mi I bought my own lower rear window gasket and attempted to repair myself this past spring. My repair was better, just sagged a little as the adhesive set. 
65000 mi

US $350
Urea tank would pump DEF out of the vents onto the ground. Serpentine belts replaced. 
34700 mi Check engine light came on. Code indicated a sensor in the SCR tank was incorrect. Dealer replaced the tank containing DEF fluid. 
47000 mi

US $300
5 yr old battery needed replacement 
53000 mi

US $230
Service Engine Soon light came on indicating problem with MAF sensor. Couldn't reset. 
70000 mi Dead battery, 4 1/2 years old. Consider routine maintenance item. 
88000 mi

US $1150
SES light, one bad glow plug, bad glow plug controller. replaced all six glow plugs and controller. Defective MAF (Mass Air Flow Meter) 
94000 mi

US $1200
Leaking Charge Air Pipe/Hose. 
26000 mi Check engine light went on intermittently 
40300 mi Door chimes going on erroneously when interior was cold. 
43000 mi Headlight washer nozzle leaking washer fluid. 
44000 mi Leaky fuel injector causing rough running. 
45500 mi Faulty DME controller found to be repeatedly causing injector faults. Replaced the unit. 
53000 mi Service engine soon light came back on and engine ran rough. 

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2010 BMW 3-Series 4dr Sedan

turbocharged 240hp 2.3L I4 6-speed manual RWD

42000 mi gas gauge erroneously reporting 
54560 mi

C $350
Condenser failed, had to bring to the shop twice to finally get repaired. 

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2010 BMW 3-Series 4dr Sedan

turbocharged 240hp 2.3L I4 5-speed shiftable automatic RWD

80000 mi

US $600
Computer module had to be replaced 
54000 mi

US $415
The driver side headlight washer jet failed causing leaking wiper fluid. Part was ~$90 but repair required bumper removal and was labor intensive. 
61000 mi

US $10
Passenger low beam bulb burned out. Ordered replacement bulb on line and replaced bulb. 
50000 mi

US $600
bushings were shot. seemed premature for the mileage. Tensioner is failing. Causing premature wear on fan belt. Is a recall item. 
50000 mi

US $1200
New brakes, resurfaced rotors, new pinion seal, new cabin filter, synthetic oil change. 
57000 mi

US $300
The serpentine belt guide had loosened, creating excessive wear on the belt itself. 
68000 mi Rear light signal carriage. 
44000 mi

US $700
Brake light right went out. Light replaced out of warranty. right and left rear door trims (plastic surround molding on window) broke off. fixed at dealer. 
55500 mi

US $360
AC system leak in one of the valves. Dealer fixed leak and refilled freon. Interior rear right door trim was loose. Clips had to be installed new. 
58000 mi

US $11
Car is starting to burn oil. Had to top up a quart after a 300 mile trip when Oil indicator was in the middle level before starting. Hasn't done so for the last 58000 miles. Need to monitor in future. 
61000 mi

US $600
Serpentine belt and tensioner wore out.replaced. 
127000 mi

US $760
parts needed to be replaced because over 100,000 miles 
130300 mi

US $860
left rear light stopped working, entire rear light connection needed to be replaced! 
29000 mi

US $22
plastic cover over carpet near passenger's side door. It separated from the door assembly and was reattached. Battery needed to be recharged 
32700 mi

US $22
Rear tow flap replaced. Fell off during a car wash. 
55700 mi

US $100
Replaced parking lights 

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2010 BMW 3-Series 4dr Sedan

414-horsepower 4.0L V8 6-speed automated manual RWD

41700 mi Replace CIC computer because navigation was not working properly. 

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2010 BMW 3-Series 4dr Sedan

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

53320 mi Owner repaired driver air vent. Plastic part needed to be glued back together. 
55180 mi Repaired adjustable headlight mechanism on right side 
58280 mi Klunk heard around corners which was due to bushings on front sway bar. Replaced bushings. Problem solved. 
60140 mi Leaking coolant from engine compartment. 
68200 mi

C $350
Right rear outer tail light. Replaced entire unit after the light stopped working. 
55700 mi Engine miss-fired in cyl #4 from time to time in 1500-2500 rpm rangernI replaced all all coils and replaced the spark plug in cyl #4. Engine runs smooth and no longer has the issue. Not sure if it was the coil or the sp. 
59000 mi

US $70
Boost pressure converter started making strange noise. I found and installed a replacement. 
60300 mi

US $425
Carbon clean intake valves. 
66000 mi Electrical system malfunction. Light control module (failed when I disconnected the battery) and tire pressure control module failed (on its own after heavy rain). $600 to replace and another $200 to code the car. Always something. 
66700 mi Got engine malfunction message - reduced power mode when I was 200 miles from home. Car was sluggish but kept driving. I traced the problem to a stick wastegate. Pulled vacuum and the gate did not move. Used some WD40 to lubricate. 
70000 mi

US $450
Oil Filter Housing gasket was leaking and needed replacement. 
67000 mi

US $418
LED in the tail light went out. The entire tail light assembly had to be replaced 

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2010 BMW 3-Series 4dr Sedan

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

60000 mi

US $500
Replace headlight 

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2010 BMW 3-Series 4dr Sedan

230-horsepower 3.0L I6 5-speed manual RWD

11000 mi Creaking at door seals. Dealer said they would replace, they simply wiped them done with a cloth and noise returned next day. Replaced on second visit, but they damaged headliner, so I had to bring the car in a 3rd time to repair that. Loud, high pitched whining/whirring noise from alternator, very distinct from 0 - 3,000 rpms. Dealer did not attempt to fix at 3 separate visits, currently waiting for regional bmw engineer to o.k. replacement. 
12000 mi Scheduled a visit with service manager knowing alternator needed to be replaced. Car in shop for 2 days before dealer reports they need to order part. 
13000 mi Replaced alternator 

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2010 BMW 3-Series 4dr Sedan

-horsepower 5-speed manual RWD

6200 mi Erratic warning lights for brakes and low oil. Turned out that the battery was low and this caused all the problems. 

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2010 BMW 3-Series 2dr Hardtop conv.

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

47000 mi

US $1500
BiXenon auto-adjusting lights lost one of the settings. the retail price for the headlight assembly was $1,346. I got a discount. the headlights would not adjust up and down properly. 

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2010 BMW 3-Series 2dr Hardtop conv.

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

14300 mi

US $400
IDrive software required updating before new map updates could be installed. 

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2010 BMW 3-Series 2dr Coupe

414-horsepower 4.0L V8 6-speed automated manual RWD

70000 mi

US $380
Alternator overvoltage issue 
78000 mi

US $750
AC Fan motor died 

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2010 BMW 3-Series 2dr Coupe

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

29500 mi Bad cell in battery. Battery replaced. 
10000 mi Drivers side brake light socket was bad 

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2010 BMW 3-Series 2dr Coupe

260-horsepower 3.0L I6 5-speed manual RWD

6000 mi A fuel injector went bad, causing the "Service engine" light to come on. iPod adapter working intermittently. 
10000 mi replaced high pressure fuel pump replaced iPod adapter replaced light bulb in the rear. no idea how long it took. 
30160 mi TPMS sensors (under warranty) were replaced 
45880 mi

C $500
Oil sending unit failure - required replacement. TPMS sensor was reset, and oil & filter change were performed. 

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2010 BMW 3-Series 2dr Coupe

260-horsepower 3.0L I6 5-speed manual AWD

4000 mi a/c quit cooling after 1+ hrs - issue with evaporator sensor freezing.  

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2010 BMW 3-Series 2dr Coupe

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

21000 mi Sensor unit that monitors battery replaced. 
23000 mi When the new sensor was put in, and a week passed, the sensor indicated a bad battery. 
25000 mi Rear brake light malfunction 
30000 mi Front tires reported chopped, resulting in roaring noise when breaking Passenger door repaired due to slight misalignment 
42000 mi

US $100
Leaking head gasket, replaced Pump for windshield washer inoperative 
48000 mi

US $50
ABS Failure indicated due to failed sensor in rear brake area. 
49000 mi

US $115
Right rear brake lights out 

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2010 BMW 3-Series 2dr Coupe

230-horsepower 3.0L I6 5-speed manual RWD

36000 mi Tire Pressure Warning Light came on. Adjusted pressure in all tires. Was not able to turn off the Tire Pressure Monitoring Light. 

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2009.5 BMW 3-Series 4dr Sedan

200-horsepower 3.8L V6 5-speed manual RWD

14880 mi numerous fault, mostly small electronic faults 
17980 mi Very rough idle when car in gear at lights. Dealership did software update to try and fix problem however, problem still persist. Rough idle still occurs at start up when car cold. Problem last for 20-30 seconds.  
32420 mi Car randomly vibrate on cold start for 20-40sec. Dealership still not sure what problem is. Re-booked with dealership to leave over for a few days to diagnose. 
33320 mi Been to dealership more than three times. After changing fuel pressure sensor, problem still there. Then found air flow meter faulty. 
43580 mi Engine chugging at cold start when in gear. This issue have been looked at more than 3 times in the past but still can not resolve. Air flow sensor changed but problem still there. Found oil leak in oil sump. Repair seal and other parts. DSC module failed. This is 2nd time that it failed in the 4 year ownership of this car. 
45260 mi Chugging problem finally fix after software update. 
49600 mi Peeling around stop/start button Cup holder jam Exterior driver door handle sticking Driver side rear indicator faulty. Replace both sets of rear indicator light 
52700 mi Chugging Problem came back. Has a particular bad day where it chugged all day on Saturday. 
57660 mi Peeling steering wheel Driver side storage compartment door cant close Boost sensor tie with cable tie since last service. Boost sensor clip broken. 
60760 mi Leaking transmission. Gasket was replaced but found more leak. Intercooler hose was ordered from Germany and took 2 weeks. Car return with vibration sound/rattling near the gearbox. Had to rebook again. 

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2009 BMW 3-Series

Engine not specified

32000 mi Defective turn signal. Rapid flash only when hot and sitting for hours. acted fine first thing in the morning. 

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2009 BMW 3-Series 4dr Wagon

turbocharged 240hp 2.3L I4 5-speed shiftable automatic RWD

15000 mi The left turn signal had an intermittent malfunction. The glue used to seal the rear tail light caused the LED blinker to malfunction. A new tail light kit with new sealant was installed. No problems since. 
16000 mi Left rear turn signal malfunction 
17000 mi Electrical fault in turn signal assembly. Entire assembly replaced 
40700 mi adaptive headlight malfunction. first they recalibrated it. problem returned; 2nd trip (3 days in shop) replaced right headlight unit 
36000 mi Replaced pump related to vapor emission system 
46700 mi Dealer replaced steering lower joint assembly. 
92000 mi

US $300
Replace rear shock absorbers. 
93000 mi

US $300
Front struts and links 
95000 mi

US $350
Replace control arms. 
104000 mi

US $760
Replace battery. 

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2009 BMW 3-Series 4dr Sedan

turbocharged 265hp 3.0L I6 Diesel 6-speed shiftable automatic RWD

46000 mi Daytime running light out. Quick fix. 
61000 mi

US $650
temperature sensor on DEF tank recall, dealer replaced tank free of charge;  also found some issues with alignement, needed new alignement and some otehr front suspension parts? 
99000 mi

US $4150
Oil leak, seals, oil change Rear pinion seal leak Low/ end of life original battery Booster pump hose 
27300 mi Right rear turn signal led taillights failed 
32300 mi Check Engine light on for bad glow plug. Code was cleared with no problems and light stayed off. 
33000 mi Check Engine light on again. Sold car. 
14700 mi Rear parcel shelf squeaks over bumps. Attempted to fix (2nd try, 1st time at this dealer). 
22000 mi Seat lumber control Exhaust system replacement 
43300 mi

US $500
Replaced vapor barrier on drivers door. Replace light powering "angel eyes" DRL on drivers side. 
46000 mi

US $2500
Carbon build up required cleaning. Replacement of defective glow plug. 
118700 mi Aluminum tube from turbo to lower charge pipe leaking. O-rings replaced on pipe. Parts under warranty; part of head gasket set installed 12-22-11 @ 70856 miles during EGR SCR warranty service. 
135300 mi CEL and DEF warning lights on. Service bulletin for SCR system update--new parts and programming--resulted in warning lights as a result of DEF build-up. Service tech may have made error during TSB update procedure. Parts cleaned, fine since. 
140300 mi

US $2700
Pulled intake manifold for carbon check. About 70k since previous engine rebuild because of carbon. While build up not as bad as before decided to have walnut shell cleaning done on intake manifold, etc. Should be good for another 70K miles 
163300 mi

US $630
HVAC blower motor failure. 

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2009 BMW 3-Series 4dr Sedan

turbocharged 240hp 2.3L I4 6-speed manual RWD

71700 mi

US $50
Replaced a failed cable, triggered the drive off assist failed light 
77000 mi

US $50
Replaced leaking shreader valve 
9920 mi Heated steering wheel worked intermittently 
14260 mi Heated steering wheel would not work and nav system provided erratic destinations 
21700 mi Comfort access 
58700 mi

US $250
The right rear directional signal stopped working. Since the lights are LED it was not cheap to fix. Apparently problem is with a controller that connects to the rear directional and not the actual bulb or lights. 

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2009 BMW 3-Series 4dr Sedan

turbocharged 240hp 2.3L I4 5-speed shiftable automatic RWD

27000 mi External Light Warning, tail light bulb replaced 
31000 mi Replaced both tail light assemblies. Fixed AC leak. Replaced lower steering spindle. 
40000 mi

US $79
Clunk noise while steering returned after two weeks. Replaced lower spindle again. 
34500 mi Steering wheel heater was not functioning correctly. BMW replaced the entire steering wheel under warranty. No charge and loaner car provided. 
44300 mi Emissions light - false warning and reset during oil service 
55800 mi

C $150
A/C would not blow cold air. 
69440 mi

C $330
Car sat for 5 months. Battery was dead. Recharged battery but some data would not stay as input. ie clock, calendar etc. replaced and initialized battery. Cooling fan running at extremely high speed and very loud. Intermittent problem. Diagnosis showed faulty temp. sensor. Replaced sensor. 
75820 mi

C $140
Ac continues to lose coolant. Recharged 
36300 mi replaced both rear tail-lights for burnt out LED's 
37200 mi Left rear tail light replaced. 2 days later right tail lights had to be replaced 
62000 mi

C $50
Front sway bar bushings worn. 
63900 mi

C $50
Coil pack failure 
78520 mi

C $50
Passenger side power seat motor failed 
99780 mi

C $175
Needed to replace original OEM battery. 
46000 mi Intermittent issue with radio. Got new one under warentee 
51500 mi

US $100
AC damaged by stone. covered by insurance. replaced condenser 
24800 mi Suspension brackets worn out 
33480 mi Suspension bushings, bad quality part replaced 6 months ago. 
71300 mi

C $250
Tail light, 400 dollars because LED technology, and whole unit to replace. However, after insisting, dealer found a service note from manufacturer and sold right and left units for around 250 dollars 
78740 mi

C $1800
Shock absobers leaking front both sides 
86800 mi

C $18
Broken, needed replacement of wire 
53000 mi

US $70
Smaller rear taillight bulb needed replacement 

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2009 BMW 3-Series 4dr Sedan

414-horsepower 4.0L V8 6-speed manual RWD

3720 mi Manual Transmission locked into second gear, Replaced under warranty 
8680 mi Turn signal not operating properly  
12600 mi Idle control valve. Defective Rear turn signal failed 
24000 mi Problem still persist took it in again in July. 
33000 mi daytime running lights out 
30000 mi Anti-rattle pin was sheared. Shards of metal caused rattle. Parts of front brakes (calipers, pads) replaced. Took three trips to the dealer and a total of 5 days in the shop to diagnose and fix.  
36000 mi Failed idle valve. Appears to be a known problem with E9X M3. Dealer replaced $500 worth of parts. 
45000 mi

US $135
1. Faulty sensor of burned out headlight bulb. 2. Faulty Halo light. 3. Moldy smell from HVAC. 
50000 mi

US $280
Electronic Dmaper Control (EDC) fault. EDC randomly becomes non-functional. Electronic Damper Control system (EDC) fault. EDC randomly becomes non-functional. 
50000 mi Electronic Damper Control (EDC) fault 
53000 mi Secondary air pump failure. Took the dealer two attempts to diagnoze. 
55000 mi

US $2000
Clutch failure, pressure plate springs failing, 1st-3rd not held effectively. 
57000 mi

US $1100
Engine coller thermostat failure Oxygen sensor failure 
57000 mi A different oxygen sensor failure 
12000 mi Rear driver side blinker light broken/replaced. Only 3/4 of pattern worked & at less intensity/illumination for the LED signal. Dealer replaced. Took 2 trips before complete. 1 to "actually" belive my diagnosis, & order part. 2 to do wrk 
34000 mi

US $120
Car not start, replace battery 
30000 mi Driving light bulb change, took about 20 minutes. 
33000 mi Leak in washer system 

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2009 BMW 3-Series 4dr Sedan

414-horsepower 4.0L V8 6-speed automated manual RWD

25000 mi Replaced battery under warranty 
37000 mi

US $100
Fuel pressure sensor died, code P0191 
40000 mi

US $175
Oxygen sensor replaced. Apparently damaged with prior installation 
40700 mi Passenger rear turn signal intermittently not functioning. Both rear turn signal assemblies replaced under warranty. 
49000 mi

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

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2009 BMW 3-Series 4dr Sedan

330-horsepower 3.2L I6 5-speed manual FWD

50840 mi

C $470
Left signal light burnt out. This is an LED light so whole unit had to be replaced at cost of $470. This price includes 20% discount. 

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2009 BMW 3-Series 4dr Sedan

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

9000 mi HPFP Failure - Engine went into Limp Mode 
22000 mi Left rear led's went out and dealer replaced both left and right rear tail lamps per BMW TSB 
5000 mi Long cranks (>5 seconds) in cold morning. 
6000 mi High Pressure Fuel Pump (HPFP) was defective and replaced. 
18000 mi Engine idle speed was too low causing droning sound when turning steering wheel at low speed. Corrected by raising the idle speed. 
29000 mi Window was making rubbing noise when car going over a speed bump. Lubed the rubber seals and noise was gone. 
33700 mi One door lock was going out. Dealer replaced the door actuator. 
40500 mi Rough idle in the morning, but runs fine after engine fully warms up. Replace low pressure fuel sensor and the problem persists. Replace three fuel injectors and the problem goes away. 
57000 mi Loss of windshield washer fluid. Dealer stated the whole washer fluid reservoir was replaced. 
60000 mi

US $150
Low voltage warning. Replaced with a new battery. 
70000 mi Replaced both turbochargers due to sticky waste gate. Replaced AC condenser. 
27000 mi I had forgotten to report this previously. The adaptive Xeon lights fall off their fixture and they don't illuminate properly. Dealer has tried to repair and even replace the parts on one side, without too much success. Blame the road here. 
35000 mi Movable headlight module broke, dealer claimed it was owner caused, manufacturer finally agreed to replace unit.  
68000 mi

US $2100
Evaporator was replaced. 
14000 mi

US $900
Took car in for half engine light, and radiator fan running full blast. Half engine light caused by failed HIGH PRESSURE FUEL PUMP. This was an HPFP that was replaced during the recall too! Took car in for half engine light and radiator fan running full blast. The full blast radiator fan was caused by a failed WATER PUMP. 
16300 mi

US $200
Right rear LED turn signal. Bulb burned out causing warning indicator to come on. Required entire lens unit to be replace. LED bulbs not replaceable. 
26000 mi

US $480
Another failed High pressur fuel pump. That makes the fifth one for this car. They also replaced the fuel pressure regulator. HPFP was under warranty, but not fuel pressure regulator. 
12000 mi replace steering wheel heating module. at times, the heater would turn off immediately after you turn it on. 
25000 mi "Engine Malfunction. Reduced power" Turns out to be something in the injection system mechanically stuck. 
25000 mi Right corner light malfunction alert but right corner light is not malfunctioning. 

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2009 BMW 3-Series 4dr Sedan

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

33480 mi warning light for right headlight. 
55360 mi

C $150
Window Washer pump failed 
58900 mi

C $1500
The cooling fan was running continuously and I had no heat. Water pump failed at 95000km. also replaced thermostat at same time. 
60760 mi Car running rough, engine warning light flashing on and off. On restart, still rough but light off. Fault localized to spark plugs which were changed. Car smooth and running fine (so far). 
62300 mi

C $250
Engine light on. Diagnosed as faulty high pressure fuel pump. Fuel pump replaced in June. Car still running rough at startup and then engine warning light came on. Took back to non dealer specialist shop. Diagnosed as ignition coil malfunction. Repaired for about $250 on top of almost 2k for fuel pump 
62620 mi

C $975
Engine warning light again. This time low pressure fuel pump changed after replacing high pressure fuel pump in July 16 and water pump in February 2016 m 
62620 mi

C $500
Engine warning light came on with car running rough in safe mode. Diagnosed software issue where components not communicating. Reloaded software cleared error codes Running rough again. Persisted despite software update in same repair visit. Did injector flush. Much improved. 
66000 mi

US $150
Both turbochargers were replaced under extended warranty. 
75000 mi

US $100
Replaced spark plugs 
88000 mi

US $300
Battery died, replaced at dealer. Water pump failed 

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2009 BMW 3-Series 4dr Sedan

260-horsepower 3.0L I6 5-speed manual RWD

55000 mi

US $75
Oil change plus Dealer fixed battery cable from BMW recall. Battery warning still shows in dash 
63300 mi

US $15
Bulb failed from a brand new headlight installed in July 
75000 mi

US $350
Car lost power on highway due to one cylinder head being blocked from carbon buildup in intake. Intake cleaned and walnut blasted to remove buildup. 
77000 mi

US $375
One Cylinder blocked, needed intake cleaning with walnut blasting 
79000 mi

US $475
Serpentine belt broke. Replaced belt and tensioner. Oil changed. Car leaked oil the next day and had to return to shop. 
79000 mi

US $1750
Broken serpentine belt wrapped around engine components and caused failure of crank seal and oil pan gasket seal causing major oil leaks. Oil change redone and battery also replaced. 
6000 mi ABS and traction control malfunction caused by dirty sensor in rear wheel. 
7000 mi windshield washer fluid leak. replaced right front headlight washer assembly. 
44700 mi

US $600
Battery was replaced 
48300 mi The radio did not stay on the last station listened to when the car was restarted. 
50700 mi

US $200
Leak in windshield washer tank. Pump replaced 
64000 mi

US $504
low pressure fuel sensor replaced due to error message 'engine malfunction reduced power' 
80000 mi

US $2600
oil leaks at filter housing and oil pan 
8000 mi iPod adapter not playing sound. Bumper scratch, requested quote for repair, none received. electronic control module ordered after initial ordered part failed to fix system. 

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2009 BMW 3-Series 4dr Sedan

260-horsepower 3.0L I6 5-speed manual AWD

62000 mi Halo or "angel eye" daylight running lights. Replaced lamp, miserable job for something so simple. 
87000 mi

US $1100
Difficult to diagnose (off and on) coolant leak. Would not leak under pressure test. 

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2009 BMW 3-Series 4dr Sedan

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

4000 mi There was a slight squeak coming from the steering column when the wheel was turned to the left quickly in a parking lot. The boot in the column was lubricated and the sound went away. 
10000 mi The DTML Pump failed and was replaced. 
23000 mi A squeak coming from the right rear wheel upon acceleration. The dealer did not fix the problem. They claimed they couldn't hear it. I heard it on the way home from the dealer. 
63000 mi

US $50
The condenser was replaced under extended warranty 
66300 mi

US $40
The drive belt and tensioner were replaced. 
90700 mi ABS sensor replaced Belt tensioner pulley needed to be replaced. 
92000 mi

US $140
Starter replaced, had a long crank Passenger door handle replaced due to melting. 
100000 mi Mechatronic sleeve was leaking. 
40000 mi Rear sunshade motor needed to be replaced. 
16000 mi Rear right turn signal not working. Replaced lamp assembly. 
26000 mi Damaged part due to a previous accident and incomplete repair. 
30000 mi serpentine belt tensioner loose; tightened 
39300 mi

US $20
The ride height sensor that controls adaptive headlight aim came detached from rear camber arm. 
19840 mi

€90
rear brake light replaced 
41000 mi A/C was not blowing cold enough. It was easily fixed by recharging the system. They checked for leaks and did not find any. It has been working well since then. 
60000 mi

US $50
Navigation system goes black and pops up unnecessary malfunction warning lights. 
29000 mi Low tire pressure light wouldn't go off. Found out it needed to be reset. 
19300 mi Evaporator leaking - replaced under Goodwill warranty 
36000 mi replacement headlight, replacement taillight 
53000 mi

US $400
Replace ignition coil. Replaced led brake light. 
58000 mi

US $3000
Timing belt tensioner bent, replaced along with belt. Oil filter housing leaking, replaced. Cam cover gasket leaking, replaced both gasket & housing. 
21080 mi Evaporator leakage, crayon like smell for first minute when car started. AC did not work well. 
33480 mi

C $700
Steering wheel was off to drive straight. 
14000 mi Rear passenger turn LED turn signal was working, but very dim. The turn indicator in car was blinking quickly. Dealer replaced the LED array. 
23500 mi Intermittent buzzing from rear drivers speaker. When it happens it stays on for 5-10 minutes. 
24700 mi Intermittent buzzing from rear drivers speaker. When it happens it stays on for 5-10 minutes 
55000 mi

US $30
Windshield trim came loose, had to be replaced. 
30560 mi Loud buzz in the rear speakers that goes on for 5 minutes. The noise gets louder and louder and stays on even when the car is off. After 5 minutes the radio restarts and it is ok. It happens once every 6 months 
21000 mi CEL Replace O2 Sesor pre-heater 
25000 mi rear directional signals were going out intermittingly, both rear tail light assy's were replaced under TSB?warranty 

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2009 BMW 3-Series 4dr Sedan

230-horsepower 3.0L I6 5-speed manual RWD

7000 mi I noticed the voice activated phone system was working eratically, so I used the onboard Assist to request an appointment. Never heard from BMW or local dealer - maybe both are faulty. Will try again and report back.  
31500 mi Car was idling roughly and giving poor mileage. Dealer tested and found faulty MAF, replaced the unit, and problem was resolved.  
36300 mi At the same time a defective exterior light warning came on, Bluetooth stopped functioning. Re-pairing my cell phone brought Bluetooth back. Dealer checked the system and found no fault. 
51000 mi

US $265
Replaced failed windshield washer pump. 
55300 mi

US $700
Wheel speed sensors replaced due to failure in one wheel - I was advised they tend to fail one after the other, so it's cheaper and more convenient to replace them all at once, 
56000 mi

US $250
Battery failed and had to be replaced. 
57000 mi After sitting overnight (only), the a/c doesn't begin to cool until the car has been driven. If the car is started and at idle, the a/c doesn't engage - the fan works and air is circulated in the system, but no cool air is produced. 
57700 mi

US $200
My June report turned out to be a low a/c system - recharge by the shop fixed it. 
60300 mi

US $200
Right rear turn signal failed. Replaced both right and left LED turn signals - TSB said to replace both if either failed. Low cost OEM parts found at oembimmerparts.com 
61000 mi

US $180
"Angel" lights replaced. 
46700 mi Adaptive headlight arm failed. Fixed under warranty. 
59000 mi

US $100
The seal where the manual gear lever enters the transmission was replaced. 
85000 mi

US $145
Battery replaced. DIY. 
89000 mi

US $70
Cylinder two ignition coil failed. Self maintained the vehicle. 70 dollar cost for coil and shipping. 
129000 mi Kept on hearing rattling noise from the belt area. The issue was diagnosed as a pulley and a harmonic balancer. Both got replaced under warranty. 
41000 mi Blower motor not working. Replaced under warranty. 
50000 mi

US $50
Multiple warning lights were illuminated in the dashboard; dashboard illumination not working; power windows not working; turn signals not working 
61300 mi

US $1600
Brake light assembly including LED lights 
84000 mi

US $1300
Oxygen sensor Drive belt tensioner 

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2009 BMW 3-Series 4dr Sedan

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

19220 mi Actuator of door look needed to be replaced. *duplicate Actuator of front passenger door lock needed to be replaced. Would not lock automatically. 
41540 mi Sway bar bushings replaced 

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2009 BMW 3-Series 4dr Sedan

215-horsepower 3.0L I6 6-speed manual AWD

22940 mi Heated seat indicators lighting up without seats being turned on. Diagnosed as wiring problem. Parts ordered but wrong harness delivered. Parts ordered again with correct harness finaly arriving. 

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2009 BMW 3-Series 4-door

turbocharged 4-cylinder diesel manual 2WD

60100 mi

$80
Self-levelling xenon sensor failed, replaced with OEM item in at and indy shop. 
71920 mi N47D20 timing chain preventative repair Started making a lot of noise in the last few months and the engine was vibrating more than ever at 1,500-2,000 rpm Seat heating (driver's seat) stopped working last year Replacement parts had to be ordered The shocks were not as good as they used to so changed them to Bilstein B8 and Eibach springs. 

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2009 BMW 3-Series 4-door

6-cylinder manual 2WD

9920 mi Bluetooth on radio not functioning correctly. Radio would be silent after end of call. 

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2009 BMW 3-Series 2dr Hardtop conv.

414-horsepower 4.0L V8 6-speed manual RWD

Rollover bar deployment system fault--warning went off as I drove off the lot. Eventually the entire mechanism was changed and problem solved. 
4000 mi Convertible top not working and out of alignment. Took a few days to diagnose problem then repair. Got car back after a week of work. 
11000 mi motor controlling head rest and seatbelt pulley broken and replaced. Had car back the next afternoon. 
14000 mi all windows up and roof close button don't always work on front windows and results in one of the front windows going back down. 
26000 mi

US $500
Needed new battery (car is 2009 model) 

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2009 BMW 3-Series 2dr Hardtop conv.

414-horsepower 4.0L V8 6-speed automated manual RWD

16300 mi The buttons on the center console for Power/EDC/DSC were loose. The individual features still worked but occasionally the physical button popped off while driving. This is primarily cosmetic in nature. 
33000 mi

US $700
Defective driveshaft causing rattling and violent shifts. Driveshaft replaced. BMW USA paid parts cost out of warranty. 
39000 mi

US $110
Daytime (Halo) LED running lights burnt out on driver's side. Replaced light assembly. 
55000 mi

US $600
Engine threw fuel pump failure warning. Replaced all fuel pressure sensors 

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2009 BMW 3-Series 2dr Hardtop conv.

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

53000 mi power supply system 
19000 mi Four light bulbs replaced. All were accessory bulbs. Three in the headlight assemblies and one backup bulb. Repair took 3 hours. All of these bulbs seemed to fail at the same time, within one week of each other. 
27060 mi Sudden onset of rough running and stalling engine. Three injectors (#4,5,6) prematurely failed and ports and valves were dirty. Replaced all 6 fuel injectors. Ports and intake valves cleaned. Apparently a common issue on N54 BMW engines. 
32860 mi

C $440
Driver's seatbelt retractor replaced. Would not allow the belt to be extracted. At first just difficult, then not at all. 
Convertible top water leak on both door & top seals. Oil light came on once. Passenger window intermittently goes back down when convertible top is raised into position. Dealer drilled license plate holes during new car prep despite notations on original factory order not to 
US $19 Headlight washer cover fell off. Owner ordered & paid for part; Dealer painted upon arrival; Owner installed. 
4000 mi "Service Engine Soon" light with rough starts. Replaced sensor, then High Pressure Fuel Pump (HPFP) Navigation and iPod miscellaneous problems 
7500 mi Fuel/Emissions Update 
39500 mi Trim peeling from various places in vehicle Convertible top leaking Engine stalls under heavy accelleration 
40000 mi Recall on battery cable issue that could cause anything from stalling to an engine compartment fire. 
2000 mi Software bug in Nav system displayed POI's when option not selected. a.k.a. "Shopping cart bug" CIC software updated, problem solved. 
6000 mi Engine malfunction light activated at freeway speed, followed by engine unable to rev greater than 2000 rpm. Car fairly crippled. Enroute dealer service for 5 hrs. Problem believed to be cyl. coil loose, however not conclusive. No further problems  
39000 mi

US $100
Brake fluid flush per warning light 

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2009 BMW 3-Series 2dr Hardtop conv.

260-horsepower 3.0L I6 5-speed manual RWD

37000 mi *before joined Tires and day time running headlight 
32500 mi Convertible top needing lube and adjusting 
39300 mi Misfire code hidden in computer & rough idle on cold start. Dealer diagnosed & replaced 2 faulty injectors. 
46000 mi

US $1400
Faulty Transmission. Dealer replaced transmission, clutch. I paid for flywheel 
47000 mi Battery worn. Dealer to replace after 2 trips. 
58000 mi

US $250
Leaking oil from valve cover, oil filter housing, and oil pan gaskets Bushings on front tension strut were bad and leaking Bad engine mounts. Passenger mount collapsed, driver's side bad. 
59000 mi Leaky injectors. Two injectors bad causing two fouled plugs. Dealer replaced all injectors, plugs. 
74000 mi Wastegate Rattle. BMW Dealer replaced turbos at no charge 
83000 mi

US $450
Waterpump failure. Had to pay out of pocket to replace thermostat (not covered by 3rd party warranty) as preventative maintenance. 
86000 mi

US $400
Rear main seal leak Radiator overflow hose and upper hose replaced 

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2009 BMW 3-Series 2dr Hardtop conv.

230-horsepower 3.0L I6 5-speed manual RWD

8500 mi Fuel tank valve, CEL Radio head unit, intermittent no radio 
11000 mi Intermittent 
13000 mi Hardtop convertible leak at windshield Radio works intermittently 
16000 mi Battery symbol, sluggish crank 
22000 mi Adaptive cruise control sensor at front of car needed to be re-aligned 

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2009 BMW 3-Series 2dr Coupe

turbocharged 240hp 2.3L I4 6-speed manual RWD

16000 mi Fixed rear brake lamp and seat belt extensioner.  
32000 mi Heated steering wheel malfunctioned and replaced by dealer. If not under warranty this wound have cost $1200!!! 

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2009 BMW 3-Series 2dr Coupe

turbocharged 240hp 2.3L I4 5-speed shiftable automatic RWD

48000 mi

US $3760
AC evap? had to be replaced. It is located behind the dash so it took a lot of labor hours to fix. Total cost for this was about $2800. Replace belt tensioner 
53000 mi

US $300
Variable valve timing unit had an oil leak. 
36300 mi headlamp burnout 

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2009 BMW 3-Series 2dr Coupe

414-horsepower 4.0L V8 6-speed manual RWD

20000 mi Lose screw in the dashboard. Twisted seat belt. 
27000 mi Break pad sensor broken Broken brake pad sensor 
31000 mi

US $1300
A valve needed replacement due to failure. A special tool was needed by the dealer, so they had to order which caused them to need the car three different times. 
39000 mi

US $150
Battery wasn't charged enough. 
48300 mi

US $400
Battery died, mechanic said alternator was "overcharging" to compensate. 

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2009 BMW 3-Series 2dr Coupe

414-horsepower 4.0L V8 6-speed automated manual RWD

23000 mi DCT LAG ISSUE. When under hard acceleration, the car would not engage the gear for up to 3 seconds. DCT LAG ISSUE 2. When turning into a corner, and letting off, when you press the gas, nothing happens. On last visit, they reprogrammed my ecu, and the sat radio disappeared. Reprogrammed and it is back now. 

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2009 BMW 3-Series 2dr Coupe

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

3000 mi Stereo would not turn on intermittently due to software error. Fixed with simple software reflash.  

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2009 BMW 3-Series 2dr Coupe

260-horsepower 3.0L I6 5-speed manual RWD

1000 mi I feel the window seal isn't tight as I can hear cars that I pass or pass by my driver side window. They said this is standard as compared to other BMW coupes. My RDS radio information is delayed by several minutes. It will not tell me the title and artist until about 2-3 mins into the song. However if I change stations and come back then the artist and title updates. Told "they all do that..." 
4000 mi Drove about 120 miles and car overheated. Warning light came on although OIL temp only at 250. Car went into limp mode then stopped. Waited 10 mins & restarted car. Brought to dealer, possible water pump failure. Replaced pump (although remanuf. pump) 
50000 mi Heated steering wheel intermittent; did not stay on 100% of the time. 
16000 mi replace and reprogramming for high-pressure fuel pump 
26000 mi DRL and inner brake light out. Manual recommends dealer fix both problems. 

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2009 BMW 3-Series 2dr Coupe

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

23000 mi Rear passenger brake light bulb replaced 
39700 mi Replaced starter 
59000 mi

US $50
Valve cover gasket leaking, replaced under extended warranty Windshield washer pump leaking, still worked, but slowly leaked all the fluid out. 
68000 mi

US $450
Car began to start weak Valve cover gasket leaks 
49700 mi Battery would not hold charge and was replaced. 
50700 mi Reverse light burned out & was replaced. Not accessible to the owner, no instructions in the manual. 
40300 mi This was a recall for a bad connection to the battery. Water was leaking around one of the rear turn signal lights and collecting in the area where the amplifier is housed. This was shorting out the amp, causing many issues with the audio system. 
40700 mi Water was leaking around one of the rear turn signal lights and collecting in the area where the amplifier is housed. This was shorting out the amp, causing many issues with the audio system. 
47000 mi

US $45
Pinch sensor on the sunroof needed to be reset. 
47000 mi The tire pressure monitor system lost connection with all four tires, reporting them all as low. 

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2008 BMW 3-Series

Engine not specified

18000 mi Experienced airbag failure light. Turns out the upper and lower driver side seatbelts had failed. They replaced both upper and lower belts and reset the indicator light. 

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2008 BMW 3-Series 4dr Wagon

turbocharged 240hp 2.3L I4 5-speed shiftable automatic RWD

56000 mi

US $50
Bad O2 emission control sensor, covered and repaired under warranty 
62000 mi

US $50
HVAC fan making noise, test revealed failed fan assembly. Replaced under CPO warranty 
70700 mi

US $600
Sunroof seal leaking, excessive wind noise. Replaced seal and adjusted sunroof 
76000 mi

US $400
Car would not start, dealer diagnosed failed battery. Replaced battery and coded to car, problem fully resolved. 
93000 mi

US $2400
Replaced both rear shocks and mounting hardware Automatic tensioner for serpentine belt was failing, leaking oil onto belt. 
36000 mi Replaced driver's seat motor; replaced rear seat back to resolve issue with cut seat belt; sealed/filled chip and crack in windshield 
53000 mi Replaced front right head light assembly due to turn signal malfunctioning and melting 
53000 mi

US $277
Service engine soon light, and sputtering at low RPMs. Coil pack above cylinder 5 failed and was replaced. 
53000 mi

US $600
Noticed a small/slow oil leak from front end of car. Front differential seal was leaking and was fixed. 
53000 mi

US $1700
Issues starting car and stalling out as soon as it started, engine revving inconsistently, surging. Code for eccentric shaft sensor thrown. Rough idle, significant drop in mpg, sluggishness. Remaining coil packs were replaced as well as spark plugs to try to fix this issue, but it did not. 
53000 mi Rough idle, significant drop in mpg, sluggishness never fixed. 
30000 mi Dealer ordered part; wrong part shipped. Waiting on correct part to come. 
31000 mi New nav discs couldn't be read; DVD drive replaced. Apparently not an uncommon problem, per dealer. 
57000 mi

US $500
Tire Pressure Monitoring system failed Leaking gasket around oil filter Accessory belt tensioner not adjusted correctly 
72000 mi

US $1120
Battery replacement in Nov 2013 done by AAA did not reset car computer to coordinate with new battery; so Nov '13 battery was failing. Needed new battery and reset of car to this fact. Windshield washer fluid leaking onto garage floor. 

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2008 BMW 3-Series 4dr Sedan

turbocharged 240hp 2.3L I4 6-speed manual RWD

84940 mi

C $350
starter motor 

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2008 BMW 3-Series 4dr Sedan

turbocharged 240hp 2.3L I4 5-speed shiftable automatic RWD

62000 mi Bulb failure warning light 
69000 mi Valve cover leaking oil 
76000 mi leaking valve cover gasket and eccentric shaft sensor 
111000 mi

US $200
Leaking oil filter housing gasket 
46700 mi Thought it was just a front blinker bulb, but turned out to be a short circuit that required replacement of entire headlamp 
60300 mi

US $400
Comfort access key fob does not lock or unlock doors. Need a replacement and then must program it for comfort featture (unlock doors by just touching handle and no need to put key into ignition). 
61000 mi

US $872
Right front blinker went out. Swapped bulb, but that did not fix problem. Socket was smokey. Took car to dealer, who said that entire headlamp assembly had to be replaced. Shocking! 
62300 mi

US $600
Windshield washer Pump failed 
72000 mi

US $730
Tire pressure sensor replacement 
11000 mi Fog light bulb replaced. Leaky tire valve was fixed. 
123000 mi

US $250
Transfer Case has a leak 
123000 mi

US $50
Right rear window regulator failed Window Regulator needed to be replaced. 

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2008 BMW 3-Series 4dr Sedan

414-horsepower 4.0L V8 6-speed manual RWD

9000 mi Rear side window sunshade replaced after disappearing into door. 
10000 mi Electric door lock system failed. Drivers door operated manually - all others locked shut and inoperable from inside or outside. Relays, actuators, etc. replaced under warranty. 
12000 mi Intermittent chattering relay in locking system reappeared. Locking system failed once before after intermittent chattering for a while. 
18000 mi

US $400
Brought in for routine maintenance. Diagnosed weak battery from such low mileage - replaced at owner expense. Oil change and other maintenance at no charge. 
22700 mi Passenger side "halo light" burned out. Replaced under warranty. 
33700 mi

US $900
Service engine light led to increased emissions info. Throttle actuator and switch on bank one defective. BMWNA helped subsidize (50%) the repair. 
36300 mi Check engine light and increased emissions lights again. This time it was a loose wire on a sensor. Dealer repaired at no charge. 
56000 mi Got error messages - two separate times - saying battery discharge while parked - and had to reset clock and date. Dealer ran tests and kept overnight and could not recreate the problem. 
37000 mi Angel eyes bulb burned out. 
66000 mi

US $1400
Alternator died and took battery with it. new alternator hand carried to US from the fatherland. took forever. 
28080 mi

C $160
Dash rattle, was not solved. 
37180 mi Blown door lock fuse, fixed with supplied spare fuse. 
41940 mi

C $150
Emissions air pump hose and sensor faulty, OBDII codes 2430 and 2432. Hose replaced. 
34000 mi Passenger side headlight out. 
36000 mi

US $50
Engine throttle valve sensor. Christmastree of warning lights on startup; DSC, DTC, DBC, CEL, engine in limp mode. Replaced under CPO, 
31000 mi Central locking stopped working. Cause was a bad door lock actuator, which caused the fuse for central locking to blow. The bad actuator and the fuse was replaced.  
63300 mi

US $50
Bad thermostat. 
63000 mi

US $150
Driver side passenger window regulator failed 
70000 mi Throttle valve controller - considered part of emissions equipment. 
74000 mi

US $90
fuel pressure regulator needed replacement 
78000 mi

US $115
Right rear window regulator 
79000 mi

US $3500
Thermostat replaced Idle control valve replaced 
28000 mi Battery wasn't fully charging due to faulty ground cable. Cable and battery were replaced under factory warranty Two interior trim pieces were broken/deteriorating and were replaced under factory warranty 
24800 mi Rack and pinion unit replaced. 
29760 mi

C $60
Heat shield on left exhaust was loose. Welds were broken. Heatshield was clamped. Left front suspension metallic noise over low speed bumps. Problem replicated with mechanic, no source of problem detected. 
35960 mi Both front bearings needed replacement. 
39680 mi

C $800
Front door locking actuators replaced. 
22000 mi Rear axle differential fluid changed to one with less viscosity - groaning noise from rear at low speed while turning. Navigation system stopped functioning 
49000 mi

US $330
right rear sensor failure 
64700 mi

US $650
Oxygen sensor replaced, front left and right 
65000 mi

US $600
Windshield washer fluid leaking to garage floor. Windshield washer and headlamp washer pump was replaced. 
79000 mi

US $1800
Throttle body failure. Car went into limp mode. Max 1500 rpm & 20 mph. 
94000 mi

US $1300
thermostat failed, replaced water pump as a preventive measure 
30000 mi Rear side window shade tore Differential made grinding noise when making slow speed turns after the dealer replaced the differential fluid as part of regular maintenance. Problem solved when dealer changed differential fluid again. 
47000 mi Right front headlight was not working iDrive knob fell off. 
47000 mi molding on driver's door worn all the way through (repaired under warranty) grinding noise from differential when making turns at slow speed left front speaker on pillar making intermittent crackly sounds  
58000 mi Engine started making loud whining noises at low RPMS, between 1000-2000. The noise was based on engine speed and not vehicle speed. Dealer couldn't reproduce the problem, nothing was done. 
59500 mi

US $75
Cracked ignition coils on #1 and 2 cylinders. 
65500 mi

US $8
Low pressure fuel sensor Loud squealing noise when engine started cold. 
74000 mi

US $350
Leaking valve cover gasket Drive belt pulley 
80000 mi

US $7200
Idle actuator Thermostat Leaking differential seal Leaking timing cover gasket Wheel bearing 
83000 mi

US $425
Dead battery 

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2008 BMW 3-Series 4dr Sedan

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

55000 mi

US $550
Motor for blower heat and AC was busted 
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). 
22000 mi The high pressure fuel pump failed, putting the car in limp mode. Towed to dealer and pump was replaced with new model. A recall was just issued on the HPFP.  
39700 mi The A/C bearing seized causing the accessory belt to shred. Dealer replaced A/C and all cranks/pulleys, along with accessory belt. 
41000 mi Instrument cluster - oil temp gauge needle sticking and not displaying accurate temperature. Entire cluster was replaced under warranty. 
41300 mi Intermittent misfires, poor gas mileage, engine code P2A87. Dealer replaced intake and exhaust Vanos solenoids. 
43700 mi Cigarette lighter/12v ports inoperable. Replaced junction box. Oil leak at filter housing. Replaced filter housing and gasket. Rear door lock actuators failed intermittently. Replaced both. Occasional coolant smell in cabin. Dealer checked cooling system and performed pressure test, could not replicate. 
45000 mi

US $250
Occasional misfires. Cleaned intake valves via walnut shell blasting. 
49000 mi

US $850
Water pump failed. Replaced water pump and thermostat. 
54000 mi

US $150
High pressure fuel pump replaced under extended manufacturer warranty. Also replaced low pressure fuel sensor as a recommended precaution. 
54000 mi

US $250
Leaking fuel injector cyl 5, misfires, SES light. Replaced injector 
62000 mi Catalytic converters below efficiency 
62000 mi

US $150
Low battery charge dash light, despite battery holding a charge. Replaced battery anyway. Problem fixed. 
63000 mi Lean fuel conditions, misfire under load. R&R fuel injectors, cleaned injectors and replaced injector o rings, ran Techron fuel cleaner. Resolved. (Fixed myself) 
45000 mi Sunroof was making a noise when being put into the vent position. They replaced the "cassette", necessitating taking the headliner out. 
87000 mi

US $1600
Cooling system: replaced thermostat, water pump and a couple of hoses. 
97500 mi

US $820
Right headlamp went out. Had to be diagnosed (is it the bulb or the ignitor or the ballast). And you can't reach it easily, the wheel needs to be removed etc. The service engine soon light came on. Repair shop said there was an injection problem in cylinder 5. The spark plug was indeed fouled. But when they ran their test, the injector seemed ok. 
103700 mi Adaptive headlight malfunction. And Mass Airflow sensor. Adaptive headlights failed again, repair shop fixed it (more) permanently this time. They took it out removed condensation and coated it with some spray that won't let moisture in. 
24000 mi *duplicate Car stalled after a few starts and I felt as if power was fading. BMW said they could not duplicate the problem and the car drives fine now. 
24000 mi "Car stalled after a few starts and I felt as if power was fading. BMW said they could not duplicate the problem and the car drives fine now." 
33000 mi Car would sputter for a few minutes on cold mornings; on first trip BMW accredited to the infamous high pressure fuel pump without verifying and replaced that; second trip they found it was the fuel injection and spark plug wires + 1 plug 
36000 mi The engine would stutter in idle on cold starts. BMW said there were two recalls on the car: to update the software on the ECU and clean/adjust the fuel injectors to fix stutter. 
41300 mi Car was idling rough sometimes on start up but the local BMW dealer said they could not replicate the problem so no fix was provided. 
54000 mi Car has been back for rough idle two times before this trip. This time they cleaned the injectors. BMW NA paid for it. Car is running fine now. Also replaced side mirror motors due to faulty memory. Sideview mirrors were losing memory setting and were replaced. Trunk opens by itself but dealer could not duplicate problem. 
54000 mi Paint was peeling from the front bumper. Very noticeable when up close. Because the car was silver, it was less noticeable from the distance but the splotches of missing paint were peeling from the right front lower side of the bumper. 
92700 mi

US $5354
Repaired both leaking front struts. Repaired leaking oil pan; replaced spark plugs, air filter; serviced oil, brake fluid, microfilter; and adjust tires. Replaced headlight halo bulb. 
100700 mi

US $2900
Valve cover gasket leaking. Removed and resealed valve cover with new updated oil filter cap. Oil level was very low when brought to the shop. Oil filter housing is leaking oil. Removed and resealed oil filter housing housing. Parts replaced: oil filter stand gas, oil cooler seal. Front thrust arm bushings were leaking. Removed and replaced both thrust arm bushings. Parts replaced: control arm bushings. 
43000 mi AC evaporator was replaced. 

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2008 BMW 3-Series 4dr Sedan

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

40000 mi Failed high pressure fuel pump. 
61500 mi

US $1000
Driver headlight would not illuminate. Required replacement of light control module. 
28000 mi High Pressure Fuel Pump partial failure - car entered limp mode under hard acceleration. Dealer found three campaigns were open, including the HPFP, injectors, and software remap. HPFP replaced, 3 injectors replaced, software was remapped. 
32000 mi Intake manifold was fouled due to oil mist from turbo pumps. Problem resulted in mis-firing of cylinder 5 under hard acceleration. Solution was walnut shell blast. The dealer could not (or would not) diagnose this without repeated prompting 
41000 mi Door locks spontaneously unlock during left hand turns. Dealer didn't find any codes and didn't look any further. No help. 
84000 mi

US $1100
Water pump failed. Water pump and thermostat replacement. 
82000 mi issues with overall electrical system- occasional problems starting, lights intermittently not working. 
71000 mi Removed and lubricated ventilation blower motor 
72500 mi

US $190
Recharged A/C 
74000 mi

US $200
Replaced daytime running light 

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2008 BMW 3-Series 4dr Sedan

260-horsepower 3.0L I6 5-speed manual RWD

47000 mi Coolant seals had a very slow leak. Covered under warranty during a recall repair. 
60000 mi

US $50
Automatic door locks stopped working. Repair covered under extended warranty. 
72000 mi

US $60
Burned out parking light required removal of front tires and wheel well panels. I did the repair myself, but it was a bit involved. 
35960 mi Door actuators replaced under warranty. Could not open ANY doors, except the drivers door using the manual key, including the fuel filler door. Fixed under warranty. 
36580 mi dealership disconnected aftermarket heated rear seats, without consent or informing me, during prior repair. Dealer had to contact aftermarket supplier to reconnect. free of charge. 
17000 mi Faulty passenger air bag sensor. Replaced under warranty. TSB for new software for the High Pressure Fuel Pump. TSB for new software for airbag controller. 
18000 mi Passenger air bag detection sensor was replaced due to intermittent problem.  
29000 mi

US $105
Intake Vanos solenoid was sticking intermittently. Common problem. Purchased OEM part and repaired it myself. Problem solved. 
32700 mi

US $150
Replaced fuel injector (older part number) with brand new injector. Recoded ECU with new injector parameters. All repairs performed by owner at owner garage. 
36000 mi

US $51
Ignition coil went bad. Self replaced with new part. 
36700 mi

US $180
Fuel injector replacement. BMW released generation 2 injectors and I needed to swap one out. 
40000 mi

US $75
Oil cooler gasket needed replacement due to a minor leak. 
46000 mi

US $700
Fuel injector bolt snapped during racing on track damaging 2 injectors. Replaced two fuel injectors 
53000 mi I noticed rough running at start up and the dealer replaced the fuel pump under recall. 
101500 mi

US $1680
High pressure hose failure 
26000 mi Rough/long starts in morning, occasional mis-fires while driving, 1 yellow check-engine light with reduced power (fine after re-start). Dealer reflashed and tested following morning. No problems since (30 days). 
29000 mi After dealership reflashed ECU in June 2010, Rough/long starts returned, occasional mis-fires while driving, then Service Engine Soon light stayed on continuously with reduced power. Dealer replaced 6 fuel injectors/spark plugs per BMW NA. After dealership reflashed ECU and later replaced 6 fuel injectors/spark plugs, rough/long starts returned with occasional misfires while driving, no warning lights but reduced power. Dealer replaced HP Fuel Pump with BMW NA approval. 
42000 mi Had 5 yellow check engine lights with reduced power at highway speeds/6th gear/low RPM. Car hesitated when accelerating in 5th or 6th. Dealer replaced 2 defective/collapsed vacuum hoses connected to turbo waste gates based on thrown code. 
46000 mi Experienced hesitation while accerating in 4-6th gear (6MT) between 2,000-3,000 RPM. No codes thrown. Dealer got permission from BMW NA to "walnut blast" the intake valves to remove carbron build-up -- fixed! Repair covered by warranty. 
59500 mi

US $1274
Water pump failed at 58k, threw yellow temp code and then red temp code. Pulled over, turned off car, noticed fluid leaking. Flatbed to indie shop. Replaced water pump & thermostat. 
61000 mi

US $1200
Slight engine hesitation past 6 months at 2,500 RPM under load, no codes, dealer & indie unable to diagose. Early Sept 2013, Service Engine Soon light at start up w/misfires. Dealer replaced all 6 fuel injectors w/new design. Resolved. 
65000 mi Experiencing yellow check engine light/low power. Dealer found fault for boost pressure and diagnosed high crankcase pressure. Recommend replacing valve cover to fix boost issue. Did not authorize repair due to high cost. 
66000 mi

US $429
Dealer replaced valve cover due to boost issue caused by high crankcase pressure. Owner paid 50% of cost at warranty rate and BMW NA covered the other 50%.  Dealer then replaced both turbos under 8 year/82,000 mile turbo warranty. 
70500 mi

US $100
Replaced leaking oil filter seals (2 total) and 6 related bolts/screws. Also, drained coolant and refilled with new. Drained engine oil and refilled with new oil and filter. Replaced cabin/HEPA micro filter. 
78000 mi

US $240
Received yellow check engine light and reduced power. Scan showed fault code 002A87 (Exhaust Vanos variable cam control test, mechanical) and 003100 (Boost pressure control 2). Purchased/installed new intake & exhaust Vanos solenoids. 
78700 mi

US $69
Started car and numerous warning lights appeared, windshield wipers turned on by themselves and engine temp light turned on after about 5 minutes. Dealer diagnosed bad battery and replaced. Then diagnosed bad alternator but declined work. After dealer installed new battery, they diagnosed bad alternator & quoted $1,200 to repair. Owner installed new IBS cable but didn't resolve 002E98 fault code. Installed new voltage regulator and problem resolved. Driver's side door would not unlock with key fob - had to use manual key to unlock door. Replaced 15amp fuse with 20amp and briefly resolved problem. Installed new lock actuator and problem resolved. 
22000 mi Intake and all injectors had to be replaced. 
27000 mi stereo sounded horrible all of sudden 
48000 mi comfort access and bluetooth work intermittently 
54000 mi

US $50
Failed water pump 
67000 mi

US $50
bearing was replaced 

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2008 BMW 3-Series 4dr Sedan

260-horsepower 3.0L I6 5-speed manual AWD

46000 mi Replace steering wheel plastic trim (was peeling) 
61000 mi

US $50
Misfiring and rough running. All 6 fuel injectors were replaced under (CPO) warranty. 
68000 mi

US $50
Service engine light was on. Dealer replaced gas tank vent valve. Cost $50 deductible (was a warranty repair) Oil filter housing gasket leak and oil pan leak. 
70500 mi

US $60
Passenger side xenon headlight needed adjustment. Leveling motor appears to not be working. Still needs to go back for more work on that light (either a repair or possible complete light assembly replacement) 
71000 mi Xenon headlight leveling system didn't work. Entire headlight assembly was replaced. 
83000 mi

US $1220
Electric water pump failed suddenly while on the highway. Car couldn't be driven, so was flat bedded to closest dealer. Water pump was ordered, installed, & I picked the car up 3 days later. Dealer provided me a loaner. 
26660 mi Drivers mirror would move to random positions when started car. Speedometer off by 6% (too low) - told BMW designed that way. 
37820 mi HPFP Died. Did complete reflash but ran only 20 minutes before stalling and long starts 
9000 mi High Pressure Fuel Pump went out on me and the car was undriveable. Had to have it towed to Motorwerks BMW in MSP 5 hours away, where they took 4 days to complete the repair before it was returned to me.  
17000 mi Speaker on driver side rear door was rattling. Took it in, they replaced it, noticed the noise 2 days later that came up again. (Later went away on its own. Always in and out, possibly just type of music being listened to.) 
26000 mi Check Engine Light came on twice, but after an engine restart, it went away. Then, cold starts started taking longer and longer to turn over. High Pressure Fuel Pump was replaced for a second time. 
35000 mi High Pressure Fuel Sensor had to be replaced in late July and after getting the car back and not being driven for a week, the car takes longer than normal start ups and white smoke is pouring out of the mufflers. Cause still to be determined 
36500 mi Entire Fuel system was replaced. Fuel injectors, low pressure fuel sensor, high pressure fuel pump and valves were cleaned. 
38000 mi all lights came up 
42000 mi maintenance replacement of one spark plug 
62000 mi

US $1300
modulator unit 

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2008 BMW 3-Series 4dr Sedan

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

36000 mi Noisy lifters. Replaced. 
46000 mi continued to have ticking noise. Dealer replaced HEAD. Subsequently, check engine light came on, and they replaced some injector. 
64700 mi

US $200
Ac not blowing very cold. Recharged. 
68000 mi

US $1500
Check engine light came on repeatedly. Some pulley needed replacement as well as belt. Sensor replaced. Battery replaced. 
42000 mi Power door lock failed 
92300 mi Problem w/ wiring caused failure of car. Quit running and would not restart. Was covered under recall. 
121000 mi

US $400
leaky gasket 
84300 mi

US $4250
rattle new battery 
95000 mi

US $600
heater blower motor no start, replace battery 
71000 mi

US $400
Main battery replacement. A recall item was taken care of during this visit. 
71500 mi

US $75
Left rear window regulator failure . . . guess the Jeep Liberty regulator problem followed me to the 328! 
72000 mi

US $300
Idler pulley replaced 
88000 mi

US $50
Low on freon 
40700 mi Power Mirror memory module failed. Motor and controller replaced; computer reprogrammed.  
41000 mi

US $50
Car failed to shift to sport mode. Shift assembly and wire harness replaced. Bent sliders broken. Known issue. Cup holders jammed 
54000 mi

US $200
Shift interlock solenoid failed. 
56800 mi

US $100
Rear window regulators failed on both LHS and RHS. 
60000 mi

US $2000
Automatic chuffed assembly needed to be replaced 
40000 mi Stereo made buzzing sound, and intermittently did not work. Dealer replaced a connector and did something to the software. 
45000 mi Steering vector electronic device went bad. They replaced the device under warranty. 
55000 mi AC condensor developed mildew. They applied some treatment they said would work. The smell went away for a while, but has since come back a little. 
79000 mi

US $450
Tensioner and pulley broke; replaced, and also replaced belt. 
81000 mi

US $650
Front control arm bushings were bad. Replaced them. Now car rides like new again. 
106000 mi

US $135
Airbag and seatbelt warning lights were active. 
122000 mi

US $125
Head gasket replacement. $1000 at the shop, but I did it in a day at home. 
125000 mi

US $150
Rough idle, funky radio readout, then failure to start. Turns out battery and alternator were toast. Shop changed battery. When problem reappeared, I changed alternator. Will report as two repairs. Rough idle, funky radio readout, then failure to start. Turns out battery and alternator were toast. Shop changed battery. When problem reappeared, I changed alternator w/ salvage part. Will report as two repairs. 
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. 
20000 mi Replaced dim radio display Replaced noisy lifters Seat Belt sticky - replaced 
29700 mi

US $300
TPMS replaced 
16000 mi *routine oil change Window sun shade replaced. 
28000 mi Replaced rear side window sun screen. 
33000 mi Replaced driver door mid-range speaker. 
71000 mi

US $1200
New TCU module installed. New battery installed. 
30000 mi Had the ticking noise coming from the lifters that many people with the N52 have. Dealer replaced lifters and sound hasn't returned. 
46000 mi Air Conditioner wasn't blowing out cold air. Dealer found leaky hose and replaced air conditioner components. Full functionality restored. Trunk release actuator stopped working and trunk would not open. Dealer replaced trunk release pad and functionality restored. 
70500 mi

US $2800
AC evaporator developed a leak. Dash needed to be removed in order to replace. 

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2008 BMW 3-Series 4dr Sedan

230-horsepower 3.0L I6 5-speed manual RWD

27000 mi Both mirror motors replaced under original warranty. Both mirrors would not retain memory. 
37000 mi

US $114
Thermostat was bad. Radiator fan kept coming on and stayin on. BMW usa agreed to pay 1/3, dealer paid 1/3 and I paid remaining balance. I argued this was a defective part for this positive outcome. (part failed at only 36,500 miles). 
54000 mi shock absorber spacers left in and damage to the dust boots resulted. 
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 4dr Sedan

197-horsepower 3.5L V6 4-speed automatic 4WD w/low range

99200 mi

€2750
Power Steering motor failed. Private garage could not repair, because computer codes are only available to BMW dealer 
100180 mi

€400
Rear windshield wiper motor failed.  Screen covering cargo area broke. 
101680 mi

€350
The BMW "I Drive", this multi-position knob on the center console would not react when I pushed down on it.Pushing on the knob is the "enter" button, so without this function you cannot change dozens of functions. 

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2008 BMW 3-Series 2dr Hardtop conv.

414-horsepower 4.0L V8 6-speed manual RWD

27000 mi

US $100
glove box lock actuator replaced 
29300 mi

US $100
lower latch for glovebox jammed again. fixed this time. 
4000 mi Dead battery. Kept maintained on a battery tender. Normally get 7-10 years service from batteries (my existing 2006 X5 being a perfect example...still have original oem battery maintaining the same way). 

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2008 BMW 3-Series 2dr Hardtop conv.

414-horsepower 4.0L V8 6-speed automated manual RWD

97960 mi

C $4263
Throttle actuators replaced for bank 1 & 2 Thermostat replaced with new O rings Left Turn signal bulb 

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2008 BMW 3-Series 2dr Hardtop conv.

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

7000 mi Gaskets between each of two turbos and catalytic converters required replacement as they allowed exhaust gasses to escape (made a lot of noise). When engine is cold and outside temperature is 50 deg F or below; automatic transmission will engage at rest with a pronounced jerk while foot is still moving from brake to accelerator.  
10000 mi Two trunk sensors became damaged through normal use and required replacement (sense when trunk is almost closed and allow trunk to self lock). Alarm did not chirp when locked and nav did not have required screen available to change setting so alarm software was reflashed/reinstalled. 
11000 mi High pressure fuel pump failed - car would not operate. 
16000 mi Transmission software update for cold engine "jerk" and engine software update to fix problem with accelerator tip-in lag. Replacement of left side DRL/side marker bulbs and housing due to failure. 
17000 mi Replacement of right side DRL/side marker bulbs and housing due to failure. RHS muffler rattles during turns, loose structure inside muffler and will be replaced under warranty - part ordered. 
19000 mi One of two mufflers was replaced under mfg warranty 
19000 mi *duplicate Replaced one of the mufflers due to internal baffels being loose. 
31000 mi Replaced high pressure fuel pump; second replacement under warranty. Warranty from Mfg for 10 years. 
35500 mi Replacement of steering rack on car. During diagonsis of steering problem dealer dropped one wheel off the alignment machine damaging fan shroud and coolant hoses - everything replaced and car detailed for free with appology. 
37000 mi Nylon cable which holds headliner in place when hard top stows or is closed was wearing through outer sheathing. Replacement kit ordered. 
38000 mi Repaired - no other problems 
9920 mi Convertible top would occasionally stick at passenger corner of windshield when opening. Problem not in evidence at dealer. 
10540 mi Convertible top does not always open smoothly. 
10940 mi Problem 1, top would stick when opening. "corona" light surrounding right headlamp replaced.  
13020 mi Rattling roof Right corona light replaced (2nd time) 
37200 mi

C $1500
Water pump and thermostat replacement. Thermostat was not failing prior to water pump issue but afterwards the old part would not pass a hot water test. 
39520 mi

C $35
Halo lightbulb replacement 
31000 mi brought car in for Left front daytime running lights to be replaced. 
29000 mi

US $150
The slider for 3 of the 4 dashboard vents fell off. Minor, but still needs to be replaced. 
34000 mi Battery has been prompting some warning lights. It was original, so due to be replaced. 

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2008 BMW 3-Series 2dr Hardtop conv.

260-horsepower 3.0L I6 5-speed manual RWD

2480 mi Compass showed wrong direction. Adaptive lighting on Driver's side did not move with Steering. Rear seat did not latch back properly/easily after dropping down. 
13020 mi

C $100
Seat Heating leaving marks on inside sides of seat. Resting points of Hardtop creating marks on plastic trim at the back of the car, above the trunk. 
19840 mi Seat Heating leaving marks on inside sides of leather seat. 
44640 mi Check engine light on. Car running jerky. Engine was cold. The problem took 20-25 of warming up for the engine to run smooth. Keyfob reported mis-firing injectors to the dealer. 
45840 mi Engine jerky and misfiring again. 
47300 mi Engine still misfiring ocassionally. Check engine light would go on and and then later would be off, especially after engine warmed up. USB Audio stopped working 
47940 mi Buffeting sound at 60-65 km/h & 90-95 km/hr 
48360 mi

C $500
Wheels balanced and aligned to fix buffeting sound. Sound still there, and now the dealer says its because of feathering and uneven wear on tires. Had to pay for the above USB Audio highlighted for repair again 
62000 mi

C $5000
Turbo Actuators were acting up. 
81240 mi

C $1000
Ignition coil replaced Injector replaced 
86180 mi

C $4000
Turbocharger replaced. Injectors replaced. Engine still misses occasionally. 
91760 mi

C $3500
Coolant Pump & Thermostat failed. Both were replaced. Wheel bushings were leaking. Replaced. Required to get wheel alignment correct. Wheel Bearing noisy. 
94660 mi

C $1200
Wheel bearing was replaced. 
100200 mi

C $2500
Engine became erratic on a long trip, and went into extra slow "Limp" mode. Had to be towed. Being in an unknown area far from major cities, the nearest dealer was 100 km away. Faulty throttle body was the diagnosis, and was replaced. Check Engine and warning lights. Vacuum leaks and loud whining sound from engine while accelarating. Turbo defective. Leaks were repaired. Turbos were changed. 
104160 mi Something wrong with the blow valve. 

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2008 BMW 3-Series 2dr Hardtop conv.

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

46000 mi Ticking noise: Replaced exhaust camshaft hydraulic valve lifters and rockers. Convertible C-pillar trim contacting interior quarter panel trim when top is closed: Replaced required components from repair kit 54.37.7.175.575 
48000 mi Noise from rear when driving over bumps in the rain: replaced perimeter seal for convertible rear roof section. 
63000 mi Rough idle and rough running. Programmed and encoded entire car per bulletin 122112. 
66000 mi

US $1280
Replaced leaking front thrust bushings and replaced rear shocks because the driver side shock was leaking. 
68700 mi

US $50
Replaced electronic junction box and re-programmed. Also replaced front brakes and pads under extended maintenance warranty.  
46300 mi

US $750
Starter failure 
52000 mi

US $50
Clicking hydraulic lifters. Lifters and rockers replaced under CPO. Known problem on engines built pre Nov 2008 according to independent BMW online forums and SIB. 
55300 mi

US $300
Front control arm bushings. I replaced both front control arms. The control arm had both the bushing and ball joint. Problem was detected prior to wheel alignment after purchase and mounting of new tires. 
57000 mi

US $50
Transmission would not go into Sport mode. Shifter is electronically connected to the transmission. Dealer replaced shifter. I researched the problem on BMW forums and found the issue was related with wiring to the shifter. No warning light. Convt hard top made knocking noises behind driver seat area when traveling over rough road or somewhat shallow potholes. Turning up radio didn't block noise. Dealer adjusted top, charged 3 hours of service. Car interior sounds like new. 
58000 mi

US $50
Car ran like it was a 4 cyldr, bad idle, Autozone OBC Scan detected Camshaft Pos Snsr & misfire on Cyl 1. The inlet Cmshft Pos Snsr was replaced. Cyl 1 coil was bad, dealer replaced all under CPO. Dlr claimed all coils were older version. 
61000 mi

US $50
Valve cover gasket leak, dealer repaired once before under CPO. Driver's seat belt would not recoil. Covered under CPO. Belt Tensioner was making intermittent loud noise. Dealer tested batter and suggested it be replaced. 
64000 mi

US $50
Oil pan gasket leak. 
66000 mi

US $50
Oil Filter Housing Gasket 
73000 mi

US $75
CEL P0301 - Misfire in Cyl 1. Pulled the spark plug in Cyl 1. Spark plug was worn, central electrode was warn (no point) Original BMW Marked NKG Plugs. Replaced all spark plugs. Reset CEL. 

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2008 BMW 3-Series 2dr Hardtop conv.

-horsepower 5-speed manual FWD

30000 mi Headlamp washer stuck. Attempted repair. Needed new unit 
31000 mi Headlamp washer eventually replaced. 
41300 mi Coolant leak. Tracked to cracked expansion tank. Replaced 
45000 mi NOX sensor failed Switch for convertible roof failed 
55000 mi

£500
leaking gaskets. replaced 
57000 mi

£1000
burst coolant pipes 

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2008 BMW 3-Series 2dr Coupe

turbocharged 240hp 2.3L I4 5-speed shiftable automatic RWD

45000 mi System crashes, and dealer has been unable to find issue. 
51000 mi iDrive died. No radio, no Nav, no blue tooth for phone. Main module replace. Still has occasional issues. Very frustration. Now no longer covered by BMW extended warranty. 
63000 mi

US $125
iDrive system froze. 3rd time DVD drive failed Constantly dealing with brake and parking lights burning out. Front parking lamp replacement requires tire to be removed. Tire has slow leak. Determined that BMW rim has very small crack in hub area that was causing leak 
16000 mi Skibag was replaced after clips securing it in place broke. Replaced by dealer under warranty at the time of regularly scheduled maintenance.  
20000 mi Replaced right daytime running light which had burned out. Also replaced wiper blades.  
26000 mi Had transmission reprogrammed to address sluggish cold performance from rolling start.  Brake light housing faulty.  
37000 mi

US $1200
Replaced burned out right rear brake light.  
8000 mi Door open warning light came on while driving, car could not be locked when at destination. 
37000 mi Warning light for brake light failure came on, but brake light was working fine. 
59000 mi

US $400
Battery died, was replaced 
66700 mi

US $1500
don't know 
70000 mi

US $365
Windows and mirrors would not operate 
16000 mi Electric seat failed 
19700 mi

US $700
automatic junction slipping, not shifting smoothy 

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2008 BMW 3-Series 2dr Coupe

414-horsepower 4.0L V8 6-speed manual RWD

24000 mi Battery failed to charge completely. They charged it. Battery did not hold charge. Finally replaced the battery 
26000 mi oxygen sensor went out. replaced 
40700 mi

US $350
Idle control unit failure under warranty, also fuel pressure sensor not covered 
50000 mi

US $3400
Idle Control Actuator went bad (common problem @ 40-50k miles). Replaced both to make sure I didn't have problem for another 50k miles 
10540 mi The driver's seat handle. No could get in to the back seat as the handle to get in the back seat was not working for some odd reason. 
14220 mi I had problems with my seatbelt butler. However, I didn't get it fixed. I Simply asked the guys at the BMW garage to get rid of the fuse that operates the seatbelt. The fuse is number 30. 
20460 mi

$500
the steering column had to be changed. 
29760 mi

$300
The Air con on the driver side broke. ESD button broke, just fell for no reason. The auxiliary fell off too. 
16000 mi IDLE AIR CONTROL VALVE FAILURE KNOWN ISSUE WITH M3 iDRIVE CONTROLLER BROKEN 
57000 mi

US $1700
Throttle actuator motor - bank 1 
8000 mi The HD radio sometimes quits delivering sound after five seconds.  
8000 mi HD radio quit playing after five seconds on selected stations. Dealer claims to have repaired the problem. 
10000 mi Digital radio goes silent on certain presets. Dealer said the fault is weak transmitter at radio station. 
17000 mi Left front headlight burned out 
20500 mi Cooling system leak 
26000 mi

US $375
Replace windshield washer fluid pump 
37000 mi

US $1000
oxygen sensor failure 
28000 mi Found AC leak: Replaced evaporator and recharged the system. 

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2008 BMW 3-Series 2dr Coupe

414-horsepower 4.0L V8 6-speed automated manual RWD

17500 mi idle actuator(and associated components) replaced as well as alternator belt 
22500 mi The evaporator was leaking, so the entire dash had to be removed and the entire evaporator and related compenents were replaced under warranty. Apparrently, this is a common problem on the e92 M3s. 
8000 mi Traction control problem 
15000 mi Broken tire pressure management sensor 
41000 mi

US $40
Brake light fixture partially melted causing poor contact. Repaired fixture. 
49000 mi

US $100
Engine Service Needed light. Computer diagnosed problem with thermostat. Reset computer. No problems since. 
49700 mi

US $650
Replace radiator thermostat 
53000 mi

US $100
Lost use of 1st & 3rd gears. Shop reset computer controlled shift points. 
59000 mi

US $48
Brake light fixture replaced 
67000 mi

US $348
differential making noise. Mechanic changed the differential fluids. 
24500 mi The car reports the engine oil level is low when it is not. Oil level sensor needs to be replaced and corresponding system software needs to be updated. 
33000 mi

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

US $229
The DCT Trans had to be replaced with a rebuilt unit. My part was $50. The oil level display is still wrong and BMW can't seem to be able to fix it. They have changed the sensor. The car is still at the dealer for an indeterminate time. I am getting very concerned. Update: got it back after four weeks, $179. 
36000 mi

US $8155
Rotors, Calipers, Pads, TPMS Sensors replaced 
44000 mi

US $561
Thermostat Leaking 
46000 mi

US $235
Secondary Air Emission Hose. $460 to replace when part arrives. 
46500 mi

US $435
Secondary emission suction hose 
4000 mi DCT (Dual-clutch transmission) malfunction, could not engage 2nd, 4th & 6th gear. Problem gone after restarting the car to drop the car off at the dealership. Was told that it could just be a one-off event... 
5000 mi Defective fuel/idling sensor causing check engine light on, parts were replaced & has been running fine. Replaced discolored exterior window trims on both sides. 
6000 mi Service light came on, computer calls for brake flush.Brought up trans issue of locking out 2nd, 4th, and 6th gear on 3 occasions.New service adviser & mechanic took car out for 'extensive test drive'& cause other damages...4 days later.. 
8000 mi Trans shifted into natural,wouldn't shift into driving gear,brought car into dealership,was told they have adjusted the clutch pressure.Day after I got the car,it lost power pulling into parking lot,warning lites turned on,took car back... Same problem as last couple of times! 
10000 mi Car shifted itself into N & stalled while sitting at stop light, also having problem taking off from stop. Later was told that it was the engine idling sensor, was replaced under warranty but took 2 days. 
11500 mi Fuel system (inc. pump, vent & module) malfunction, causes excessive amount of fuel sent to canister repeatedly (3rd repair). Dealer still have the car at this time & working with BMW NA to fix problem! 
12000 mi

US $42
Left window trim discolored, BMWNA covered the cost of that part, I have to pay for the labor cost, even though the car is still under warranty. 
23000 mi

US $50
Rear Sunshade had stopped functioning 
50000 mi

US $160
Mold growing on heat exchanger, making a bad stink when car and AC starts 
51700 mi

US $50
AC leaking after cleaning, loosing ability to cool after a while. 
54300 mi

US $128
SES light intermittent with error indicating problem with cooling system. Replaced thermostat and error appears to have gone away. 
65000 mi

US $18500
Spun a rod bearing. engine seized. 

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2008 BMW 3-Series 2dr Coupe

330-horsepower 3.2L I6 5-speed manual FWD

9300 mi Minimum oil warning, dealer added a litre 
16120 mi Right brake light failure lead them to replace tail light housing due to burn marks 
24180 mi Comfort access wasn't working all the time. 
31000 mi

$1000
Rocker Cover Gasket Leaking 

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2008 BMW 3-Series 2dr Coupe

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

8000 mi Sensor for passenger seat airbag and seat belt malfunctioned. 
9000 mi When a seatbelt/airbag sensor was replaced at an earlier repair, the wire connector was not properly crimped and had to be recrimped. 
12000 mi Seat belt sensor replaced. 
12000 mi seat belt sensor failed again, 
17000 mi Fuel pump replaced at 17K miles. Car did not start immediately when cold, 3 hours labor.  
20300 mi Left muffler replaced. Butterfly vibrated making significant rattling noise. Two hours labor. 
28000 mi second fuel pump 
29000 mi another fuel pump 
33000 mi Navigation hard drive failed 
47000 mi Navigation gives disk error message, when navigation system is working or has address or location has been requested. 
54500 mi Turbos were replaced. Comfort access failed. Right door handle malfunction, could not open car unless I used the key. 
56700 mi Oil sensor was bad. Car was experiencing a small leak. 
25000 mi replaced trim panel set around rear-view mirror to eliminate a rattle reprogrammed control modules (Bulletin #24 05 09 Defect code #00 24 39 01 00) to remedy hard shifting caused by erratic torque converter lock-up 
26000 mi Replaced Driver-side seatbelt assembly. It was so sensitive that it would lock when pulling the belt out. Changed out the Passenger-side Foglamp bulb 
40000 mi Air conditioner not blowing cool air. Test at dealer. Needed a new evaporator. 
23000 mi Loud/noisy radiator fan, radiator fan blade(s) broken. Fan and shroud replaced under warranty. 
30000 mi Air conditioner needed to be repaired, was not blowing cold. Air conditioner replaced by the dealer at no cost. 
33700 mi

US $500
Original battery died, replacement cost including "registration" c $480 ($425 with BMWCCA discount). 
35000 mi

US $570
Emissions system problem. 
36000 mi

US $50
Replacement of screen wash motor, covered under SGI extended warranty with $50 deductible. Recall item covered re: battery terminal. Maintenance program covered: Oil Change, Wiper Blades, Spark Plug replacement. 

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2008 BMW 3-Series 2dr Coupe

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

19000 mi *redundant Rough transmission shift in sport mode. 
22000 mi Rough shift in sport mode with moderate acceleration. More noticeable third to fourth and fourth to fifth gears. 
40000 mi reflash Wind noise not appreciated by shop mechanic Two, isolated incidents where radio/CD player not functional. 
43000 mi Had windshield wipers replaced at last visit. One of these wipers was too long and overhung windshield. That wiper blade was replaced at this visit. 
58000 mi

US $750
Faulty spark plug and coil 
61000 mi Transmission would not manually upshift with shifter in SPORT MODE. 
17000 mi angel eye (headlight) burned out 
24000 mi the other angle eye burned out 
41000 mi I noticed the engine ran rough for a minute on cold, wet mornings at the same time I learned of the recall. Recall fixed the problem by replacing five of six injectors. 
53000 mi

US $50
replaced burned out head light 
58300 mi

US $650
replaced angel eye 
65300 mi

US $75
blown fuse in cigarette ac adapter circuit 
78000 mi

US $1200
fuel injectors replaced 
14300 mi replaced corona ring headlight bulb 
76500 mi

US $1600
oil leak found in seal near oil filter driver side headlight intermittently goes out brake light in trunk lid failed seat belt valets failed to catch seat belt for hand over 
84000 mi

US $2000
Replaced belly pan under front right side/wheelwell 
85000 mi

US $1100
Water pump and thermostat failed 
55000 mi

US $120
Replaced battery 
77700 mi

US $1300
Replaced low pressure fuel pump 

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2008 BMW 3-Series 2dr Coupe

260-horsepower 3.0L I6 5-speed manual RWD

22000 mi "engine malfunction - reduced power" warning from car resulted in both VANOS (variable valve timing) solenoids being replaced. 
30700 mi Replaced left rear brake light holder/housing after brake light fault reported by the car's computer. 
31300 mi Car would crank but not start, & check engine light was on. After many attempts, car started. Taken to dealer. Computer stored a single error, "2F49 EWS Manipulation Protection". Dealer could not replicate problem & reset code. OK since. 
32000 mi Sunroof auto-reverse engaging intermittently when sunroof closing despite no obstruction in its path. 
105000 mi

US $55
The tire pressure monitor sensor indicated low tire pressure on the front passenger side tire even after the tire was inflated to the correct pressure. The dealer reset the computer, and the sensor alert went away. 
111000 mi

US $800
One of the low-beam headlights needed to be replaced. Battery failed to hold a charge. 
112000 mi Tilt-forward of the passenger seat broke, making it unable to stay upright. Required a simple fix. 
7000 mi Passenger door airbag warning light came on. Airbag checked out fine. Attempt was made to reprogram computer. Attempt failed halfway through. Had to order another computer, install and reprogram. HD radio would lose volume after ~5 seconds of listening after vehicle was started. Could change to another radio station, volume would be there and then fade. Only happened with HD. Didn't happen on every startup. Could turn radio off and on to fix.  
11000 mi Airbag warning light on dash. Airbag in passenger seat was giving a resistance reading out of spec. Dealer replaced entire airbag. 
12000 mi Airbag warning lights on dash. Replaced airbag control module successfully. Racheting sound from steering column when turning the wheel. Replaced clock spring in steering column. Successful repair 
15000 mi Passenger airbag warning light came on. Dealer inspected wiring harness and found a bent pin in connector under passenger seat. Harness and connector replaced. 
21000 mi Lightbulbs loose in taillight causing intermittent outages. Replaced under TSB. 
27000 mi Front control arm bushings started making a clunking noise. They were replaced, noise still there. 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. 
27500 mi Car made same clunking groaning noise from front suspension. Dealer found it came from grime on bushing where springs rest. Cleaned and problem went away. 
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. Car starting to exhibit long cranks when started cold. Dealer could not replicate. 
34000 mi Car exhibited long cranks resulting in Service Engine Soon light. Dealer found code related to high pressure fuel pump. New software to fix problem. 
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. Metallic rattle coming from flap in driver's side muffler. Driver's side muffler replaced. Car exhibited long crank at start, rough idle on start. Diagnosed as high pressure fuel pump going out. 'Fixed' w/software in previous visit. Fuel Pump Replaced this time. 

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2008 BMW 3-Series 2dr Coupe

260-horsepower 3.0L I6 5-speed manual AWD

59000 mi

US $50
Repeated clunking noise from the steering at low speeds. Drained power steering fluid and replaced with new fluid. BMW claims this is not required, but the old fluid was very dark, and the change fixed hte issue. 
61000 mi

US $10
Car repeatedly insisted that a brake light was out, even though all lights were working. Replaced all brake/tail bulbs and problem seems to have gone away. 
66300 mi

US $1200
Water pump failure, car overheated and had to be towed. Had thermostat replaced at same time as a preventative measure. 
75700 mi

US $50
Clutch pedal became very loose and mushy. Turned out to be a broken structure in the pedal assembly itself. Difficult to access area where pedals meet firewall. 
80000 mi Both side view mirrors cracked randomly. Did not seem to be related to temperature swings or any sort of impact. 

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2008 BMW 3-Series 2dr Coupe

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

75000 mi

US $42
A bad bulb housing was causing light bulb sensor to report a failed bulb. The housing was replaced and the light bulb sensor returned to normal. 
29000 mi Flange in rear differential replaced. Drive shaft adjustment. (Repaired per BMW issued SIB.) Hydraulic valve lifters replaced per BMW issue SIB (to subdue valve clatter at idle) Excessive headlight vibration corrected per BMW issued SIB. 
33000 mi HVAC system cleaned. Interior fans and ventilation vents cleaned. Peeling rubberized grips on doors and steering wheel replaced with non-rubberized plastic. 
36000 mi Steering wheel console cover wearing/tearing prematurely. Replaced. 
40700 mi automatic seatbelt dispensing arm repaired and parts replaced. 
50000 mi

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

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

US $1100
Driveshaft and fitting/joints on both ends replaced. Shaft was likely defective for quite some time.rnPrior more minor repairs did not resolve recurring issues. 
79000 mi

US $500
Fronst suspension components worn. 
83000 mi

US $800
valve cover gasket and oil filter housing gasket replacements 
102000 mi

US $750
Bushings. Front left Windshield washer fluid motor replaced 02 sensors replaced 

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2008 BMW 3-Series 2-door

8-cylinder manual 2WD

10000 mi Door mirrors randomly moving on un-locking the car. A known issue. Will require mirror motor replacement on each side 

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2007.5 BMW 3-Series

Engine not specified

92700 mi

£150
Rain sensor and control unit faulty 

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2007 BMW 3-Series

Engine not specified

76000 mi Window regulator 
44740 mi Cracked then broke Power Steering pulley and a broken belt. 
45260 mi BLOWER MOTOR FAILURE 

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2007 BMW 3-Series 4dr Wagon

turbocharged 240hp 2.3L I4 6-speed manual RWD

59520 mi

C $600
Operation (CHRISTINE @ 02/22/2013 11:52) COMPLAINT: REPLACE LEAKING VALVE COVER GASKET. CAUSE: VALVE COVER LEAKING OIL AND DURING REPAIR FOUND ECCENTRIC. SHAFT SENSOR CONNECTOR LEAKING OIL THRU CONNECTOR. CORRECTION: REPLACED VALVE COVER ASSEMBLY AND ECC 
67980 mi

C $2900
totally rebuilt transmission replaced non functioning one. 
84320 mi

C $1050
engine did not "turn over" on starting, battery seemed fine and was powering all the systems when the ignition was pressed. starter replaced. 
87420 mi "Left rear shock is leaking and suspension is bouncy and soft" 
72500 mi

US $700
Broken windscreen on sunroof 
77000 mi

US $440
Replaced battery 
17000 mi Sunroof seal cracked and needed replacing 
30000 mi

US $900
Bluetooth SOS module failed, part ordered and installed 
65000 mi

US $3400
valve actuator failed - in the process damaged other parts. 
69000 mi Door locks not working with key fob. Fob replaced but problem persisted. 

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2007 BMW 3-Series 4dr Wagon

turbocharged 240hp 2.3L I4 5-speed shiftable automatic RWD

31000 mi Windshield washer fluid line became clogged. Dealer replaced check valve and blew out line with air. Covered under warranty.  
34000 mi Central locking system failed, had to unlock driver's side door with key. Remote key fob would not unlock doors. Dealer replaced fuse and relay under warranty. 
39000 mi Driver's side lower window seal was making noise when window was rolled down. Dealer said seal was damaged, ordered seal and replaced at later visit. Have since used Gummi Pflege on all seals. BMW warranty is great.  
72000 mi

US $1700
Valve cover leaking oil, had indie shop replace valve cover gasket, and oil filter housing gasket. Coolant replaced since it was drained during work. 
80000 mi

US $500
Valve cover gasket was leaking oil, was not the gasket, as was the case earlier when replaced in Dec 13. Valve cover was warped, had to get new cover. Had shop replace spark plugs while engine was apart. 
80000 mi

US $440
Replaced drive belt and tensioner pulley. 
18000 mi low oil level warning came on. oil was not low. dealer manipulated engine to reset. dealer did not replace oil sensor. dealer said that it was a software issue and BMW had a fix almost ready to issue. 
31000 mi driver seat rail cover had been loose since delivery...dealer did not have part, otherwise it would have been replaced at 1 year maintenance rear left wind deflector (under side) broke off sometime last winter...dealer would have replaced at 1 year service but did not have part. It was replaced on same trip as seat rail cover. 
50000 mi Wind noise from sunroof...roof sealer/gasket needed replacing. was not sealing properly. 
54000 mi Rear window wiper intermittent since April 08. Finally stopped at a time I could get to dealer. Needs new shaft. This was 2nd week in October. They ordered it from Germany. By 20 November it had not yet arrived. 
60000 mi Rear window wiper had failed, outside of warranty. Dealer finally got part, replaced. All OK and there was no charge. 
74000 mi steering wheel lock warning came on unexpectedly. Tech said it was software, and reflashed. However, within a few days the bogus warning was back again. Oil change is due soon and I'll have them look at it again. 
95000 mi

US $100
Front L and R door lock actuators failed (proximate cause was blown fuse because of sticking and general malfunctioning. Replaced actuators and fuse. 
119000 mi

US $3200
Check engine warning. Four oxygen sensors replaced. Did some routine maintenance at the same time. 
136000 mi

US $400
thrust bearings (both sides). 
145000 mi

US $621
Cup holder $66 Halo bulb $118 Outer tie rod, passenger $327 
146500 mi

US $800
Water pump failure, $800. 
158000 mi

US $650
main a/c and heat fan failed completely. 
62000 mi

US $180
Starter failed, in order to replace starter the intake manifold has to be removed. Starter and bolts along with Intake manifold gaskets were replaced. 

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2007 BMW 3-Series 4dr Wagon

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

30000 mi The driver side speakers stop working intermittently. The dealer could not replicate the problem.  The windows were squeaking and rattling. The dealer lubed the window seals and the problem stopped. 
63000 mi

US $500
My right-rear wheel bearing needed to be replaced. 
64700 mi

US $130
Battery needed to be replaced. 
65700 mi

US $5
Blower fan was squeaking. Removed pollen filter and sprayed fan with WD-40. Easy fix. 
76000 mi

US $2800
The Mass Air Flow sensor needed to be replaced as well as the PCV Valve. I also replaced the brakes and got an oil change. I think they PCV Valve and MAF were close to 2,000. 
64000 mi

US $50
blower motor replaced under waranty 
65300 mi

US $50
bad coil pack, replaced under warranty 
74000 mi

US $240
Starter replaced under warranty with $50 deductible Battery depleted probably due to high draw from bad starter 
77000 mi

US $610
positive jump post shorted out and took new battery with it. 
13000 mi Drivers side lock actuator failed.  
56000 mi

US $125
Pulley bolt missing caused pulley to warp. Pulley and bolt replaced under extended warranty only $50 deductible on this problem. Rubberized coating of inside door grab was peeling off. Dealer agreed to pay half of material and installation of a new door panel @ $225 with me paying $225. Also offered to dye the rubber for $80. I chose not to rplc door panel but dye. 
70000 mi Both Front Door Lock actuator had to be replaced. 
122000 mi

US $900
Control arm and bushings drivers side 
125000 mi

US $750
Bad starter 

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2007 BMW 3-Series 4dr Wagon

230-horsepower 3.0L I6 5-speed manual RWD

13000 mi Sunroof wind deflector screen popped out of frame. 
17700 mi Knocking or loud valve lifters. All described here: http://www.e90post.com/forums/showthread.php?&t=13504 
19000 mi Still knocking occasionally however dealer could not replicate so cyclinder head not replaced. May have to wait for colder weather. 
25000 mi Replaced seal on windshield wash fluid tank. 
31000 mi Cup holder stuck. Both upgraded to later design. 
38500 mi

US $50
ABS sensor indicated problem with rear wheel; turns out bad bearing caused speed variation. Have extended warranty thus this repair cost only $50. 
39000 mi 2nd time replace leaking windshield washer pump and seals. Prior replacement pump installed <2 years ago so this was a warranty repair. 
43000 mi

US $78
Needed new battery. Interstate MTP-93 replaced under pro-rated warranty. 
51700 mi

US $50
Windshield washer pump replaced for the third time since 2008. I've last replaced it in July of 2012. Warranty covered it, but still needed to pay $50 "deductible." 
53700 mi

US $50
ABS Light on; 5df0 5df1 errors. Bad DSC hydraulic unit. Failure of ABS / DSC module + pump Dealer replaced just before end of BMW Gold Extended warranty 
67000 mi

US $226
Original Bosch ignition coils -- 1 failed and caused CEL (cal misfire). Replaced all 6 with new model upgraded Delphi coils 12138616153 
71000 mi

US $900
Interstate battery not holding good charge after 3 years. Replaced with AutoCraft Platinum AGMBattery, Group Size H8, 900 CCA Part No H8-AGM Original Bosch starter failed after close to 9 years manufacture date, 9 months after extended warranty expired :-(. High labor cost due to accessibility of starter. 

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2007 BMW 3-Series 4dr Sedan

turbocharged 240hp 2.3L I4 6-speed manual RWD

94000 mi

US $458
Right rear window - Power window regulator, window lifter and sound insulating 
95300 mi

US $285
Mechanical Belt tensioner Oil Filter housing - I didn't have them do this as I wanted to research it a little more. They quoted $990 and that seems a bit steep to me. 
123000 mi

US $800
Starter went bad, luckily I have a manual transmission and was able to bump start it to get it to my mechanic. 
41700 mi Central locking switch malfunctioned. Fuse blown, replaced by BMW dealer. Tested all lock sending units, could not re-replicate problem. Fuse replacement worked to solve problem. 
136000 mi A/C blower replaced - bad bearing - was chirping and squealing. 
93620 mi Steering shaft seized up requiring replacement. 
98540 mi

C $100
Replaced power door lock module on front passenger side 
51460 mi

C $300
Battery replacement 
62000 mi

C $600
Transfer case actuator motor was faulty and causing error codes related to transfer case, AWD, and traction control. Fix was to replace actuator motor with new one. 
65720 mi

C $2000
Gaskets - oil pan, valve cover, oil filter housing, rear main seal. 

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2007 BMW 3-Series 4dr Sedan

turbocharged 240hp 2.3L I4 5-speed shiftable automatic RWD

23000 mi

US $883
Central door locks completely non-functional. Doors could not be unlocked, either using the fob or the door lock button. Only the driver's door has a mechanical override, so none of the other doors could be used at all!! 
13000 mi *Oil change 
16000 mi Flash drive music does not play properly 
17000 mi Engine coolant leaking.  Windshield wiper fluid leaking. 
42500 mi Driver side Roof trim was fading  Driver side black roof trim began fading 
46000 mi trunck latch rubber cover was worn and peeling 
60000 mi

US $700
Head Gasket was leaking. gasket replaced Headlamp washer leaking. Washer unit replaced 
70300 mi

US $113675
DMTL Pump Fault and Cylinder 5 coil fault Oil FIlter Housing Gasket Leak 
74300 mi

US $272
Valve Cover Gasket Leak 
75700 mi

US $257
Not Cooling. Freon Low 
89700 mi Tie-rod bushings replaced. 
100000 mi

US $1800
Replace front and rear shocks and coil springs. 
117000 mi

US $900
Automatic transmission would not switch into forward or reverse gear. Gear Selector Rod was defective and replaced. 
118700 mi Car failed to start. Starter fault detected. Starter tests were good. Detected oil in Eccentric shaft sensor. The sensor was replaced under the 15 yrs emission warranty. 
123000 mi

US $400
Leaking lower radiator hose. Leaking lower radiator hose temperature sensor. 
125000 mi

US $805
Could not start car. Starter replaced 
132700 mi

US $297
Steer was not smooth 
134000 mi

US $100
Rear passenger window does not open or close. Window regulator cable snapped. 
136000 mi

US $100
Rear driver side window will not open or close. Window regulator cable broke 
32000 mi *27,000 miles maintenance, plus wiper blades replacement. 
32000 mi *Oil change 
35000 mi

US $448
Wanted dealer to rebalance both front wheels from a vibration discovered in the steering wheel after rotating the wheels from back to fronts for even wear pattern. Dealer replaced a 'bent' wheel which it wasn't bent in fact. 
47000 mi SES light from EAC code 2ADS. 
60000 mi

US $345
A/C wasn't blowing out cold air as expected, had system tested for leaks and none found. Freon installed back into car plus .1 oz topped off. Was told no problems with a/c system. 
77000 mi

US $2600
Engine overheat caution followed by overheat warning in 3 seconds. Service dept replaced electric cooling pump and t-stat, also replaced valve cover gasket when they saw oil seeping on side of engine during repair. 
77000 mi Radiator hose connecting the water pump to the radiator became disconnected and started leaking coolant. I was able to get it to the dealership by my home and they found poor workmanship by the previous dealer. 
88000 mi

US $900
Car was throwing P0050 OBDII code for 2 weeks. Bank 2, sensor 1 (oxygen sensor) won't pre-heat...set off SES light. *d sensor 
94000 mi 6 cyl started misfiring...became hard fault the more often it's driven, the earlier the problem appears. 
32500 mi

US $50
Water Pump Failed and initially left me stranded in middle of hill (BMW won't go over idle under overheat condition). Eventually able to nurse it off the rowed. Car towed, troubleshot and water pump replaced. 
40000 mi

US $75
top windshield molding (rubber strip) had deteriorated so bad that 1: it was ugly, 2: Flakes of rubber were blowing off. Typical age related issue for this vehicle. 
40000 mi

US $925
Steering lock sensor warning light indicator "RED" Dealer replaced steering column to replace faulty steering lock sensor. While recalibrating sensors following lock sensor replacement. Right rear passenger window failed to go back up. Problem was traced to broken wind regulator cable. Window regulator was replaced. 
44000 mi

US $1200
Diagnose source of suspension clunk noise on Drivers side front. Broken Spring and damaged strut was replaced using new hardware due to excessive rust on original parts. 
44000 mi

US $85
Headlight washer valve/orfice froze up and was leaking washer fluid 
59000 mi iDrive stopped working. No handsfree, radio, NAV, etc. 
51500 mi Front directional quit working - replacement bulb didn't help. Apparently corrosion frequently necessitates replacement of the socket on these cars - although none is visible that will be my next step. Still not resolved. 
52300 mi Disassembled directional assembly again, cleaned with contact cleaner and reassembled, directional now works fine - replaced $225 dealer repair estimate with $0 expense. 
82000 mi

US $540
New BMW brake sensor clip allowed sensor wire to rub on CV shield - cutting it through - leading to expensive failure. Indicator light said brakes needed replacement - actually shorted sensor wire called imminent CV failure to light. 
65000 mi Eccentric shaft sensor leaking. Replaced under warranty. 
74000 mi

US $800
Front struts 
77500 mi

US $439
Rear Right Passenger Wheel Bearing 
93000 mi

US $1512
Reseal oil pan, $1,200. Replace belt tensioner, $312. 
94000 mi

US $1362
Replaced water pump and thermostat after both failed 
102000 mi

US $420
Replace front driver side CV boot Replace right rear trailing arm 
108000 mi

US $1000
Excessive oil consumption (1 quart/ 3000 miles). Dealership unable to find cause, and is considered "normal" for a BMW. Both rear window regulators failed. Windows would roll down, but not up. 
115000 mi

US $800
Broken rear control arm Bad coil pack 
140000 mi Outline light went out. Cost to fix too expensive Mouse for the entertainment system stopped working. Can't see the navigation now 
143000 mi Door locks stopped working properly. Diagnosed blown fuse from one of the lock motors pulling too much current. Replaced fuse after diagnostic. 
144000 mi

US $1400
Read driver's damper was leaking, replaced both dampers on the rear axel. Driver's front indicator ceased working. Wiring found to be brittle and worn due to missing access plate allowing water/debris from wheelwell 
145700 mi

US $190
Battery was only putting out 11.9v when below freezing. 
153000 mi

US $430
underbody trim slapping body at 45mph and higher 
158000 mi

US $1688
Oil leak from cracked cam cover. Cam cover replaced. 12v interior plugs nonfunctional Oil change 

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2007 BMW 3-Series 4dr Sedan

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

28000 mi Nav system freezes. Door locks would not open remotely. Lock actuators replaced. 
39000 mi Fixed the cupholder. The spring came out of the notch, so I pushed it back in. Took about ten minutes. 
42000 mi AM reception was poor. It is still poor, but did not notify the dealer/mechanic. Will take it back after some time. 
49000 mi Hpfp replaced. Engine warning light twice. Oil change. Spark plugs replaced. 
28000 mi Sideview mirror motor failed 
14000 mi Steering wheel lock malfunction warning. Sensor pulled, reinstalled, and reprogrammed. 
20000 mi Steering lock malfunction. Lock replaced and software updated. Power brake vacuum valve leaked and was replaced. * duplicate Steering lock failed. Lock and sensor replaced and software updated. 
20000 mi Horn was inoperative. Reattached wire from horn. 
25000 mi Occasional rough idle and jerk from stop when taking off. 
30000 mi

US $391
Rear window regulator broke. Window would not close. Regulator replaced. 
38000 mi

US $1600
Check engine light. Replaced fuel emissions vent pump, VANOS solenoid. 
40920 mi

C $210
radiator was leaking and replaced under warrenty. However, the light was on within the week again. Going in next week again. 
42160 mi

C $100
window pinch protection warning came on radiator continued to leak after initial repair. fixed in return visit. 
43400 mi Sensor recalibration 
4000 mi iPod problem, would switch mode form iPod to FM radio after 10-20 min. 
5000 mi iDrive display went out. Problem diagnosed as faulty cable, which needed to be ordered from Germany. Cable replaced and problem solved. Took over 3 weeks to get new cable - not good. 
17000 mi Sunroof not opening properly - corrected by initializing the sunroof operation 
31000 mi High pressure fuel pump and low pressure sensor replaced - warranty Scope work performed - warranty brake fluid changed - warranty one wiper blade replaced - warranty 
33000 mi Vanos Solenoid Exhaust Jamming - Replaced exhaust Vanos Solenoid 
57500 mi

US $480
Right rear window lifter/ regulator 
40000 mi Update to iPod software. 
47000 mi transmission leak 
72000 mi

US $1200
waterpump, thermostat failed 
80000 mi

US $150
headlight worked intermittantly. wire casing lose or was disconnected and had to be replaced 
53000 mi Extreme turbo lag - takes seconds to begin to accelerate. SOS light came on. BMW of Columbia said they'd come get the car and give a loaner. They never did and have had no correspondence since. 
54000 mi Oil level sensor failed 
48500 mi Car started shaking and vibrating upon cold start with check engine light on. Dealer scanned code and found faulty injectors were causing misfires. Replaced all six injectors and coils.  
76000 mi

US $50
Door locks stopped working. Remote access no longer worked. Needed to use mechanical key to open driver's door. Passenger doors and fuel tank refused to open. Dealer replaced both front door actuators and put in new 20A fuse. Light bulb warning popped up on dash. Read out code: CC-ID 132. Dealer checked for shorts and replaced bulb assembly. No actual defects observed by owner. Water pump was failing and was replaced under extended warranty free of charge. This also caused a check engine soon light to go on.  Mechanic also noticed an oil leak under vehicle, and a repair was made to fix it. 
118300 mi

US $1524
Car started overheating on the freeway and went into limp home mode. Needed to replace radiator and water pump, as well as coolant hoses. 
119700 mi Angel eye light bulb needed replacing. 
31700 mi

US $420
Windshield washer pump failed and was replaced. 
25000 mi Squeaking noise from rear wheels. Diagnosed as brake wear indicator rubbing. 
28000 mi Recurrence of squeaking rear wheels. Problem not diagnosed, but different problem discovered (out-of-spec parking brake bracket: ordered). 
75000 mi

US $80
Windshield washer pump not working 
90000 mi

US $500
Exterior windshield window trim cracking (long-term degradation). Trim replaced at same time as schedule maintenance. Rear window regulator failed (window would not roll up/down). Immediately took car in to have regulator replaced. 
104000 mi

US $600
Water pump failed. Replaced. 
121700 mi

US $200
Oil leak at valve cover gasket and oil filter housing gasket. Replaced gaskets. Low engine power, intake valves fouled. Removed manifold and cleaned valves. 
123000 mi

US $20
Crankshaft position sensor failed. Sensor replaced. 
127000 mi

US $10
Front suspension, upper and lower control arms replaced due to bushing wear. Vacuum hose leak leading to loss of power. Leak found to be broken vacuum canister attachment. Vacuum lines replaced, canister repaired. 
139000 mi

US $32
Hood props worn, not holding hood open (gas-filled struts). Part replaced. 
142700 mi

US $200
Boost solenoids not holding vacuum. Both solenoids replaced. 
43000 mi Oil change sensor falsely indicated oil change due 
56700 mi My car broke down on a road trip and had to be serviced. Work was performed at BMW of Bloomfield NJ. They replaced three fuel injectors, under warranty. 
69000 mi

US $1240
BMW of Silver Spring. Steady check engine light and then a "reduced power mode" incident during hard acceleration. Diagnosed faults for Cyl#2 misfire, replaced coil and plug for cyl#2 - $381. Transmission leaking oil, replaced mechatronic sealing sleeve - $859 
75000 mi My rear window went down and would not go back up. I repaired it myself - stuck window regulator due to kinked cable. 
89000 mi

US $1300
Replaced one bad coil and four other coils as pre-emptive measure since this was second bad coil in less than six months. Bad halo lamp (halogen headlamp) 
98500 mi

US $175
Right Angel Eye bulb went out. Replaced both left and right units with LEDs. 
102000 mi

US $1200
bad water pump and thermostat Leaking oil filter housing gasket replaced 
108000 mi

US $35
Recall work - replaced battery cable and fuse box. Car had been stalling. Stuck front caliper 
117000 mi

US $250
Replaced caliper that had a broken bleeder valve. Replaced center console air vent - diverter tabs were broken. Repaired peeling paint on rear console. 
122000 mi Fog light became loose - required removing wheel well and replacing missing screw. 
125000 mi

US $450
Replace cracked valve cover - new valve cover gasket, PCV valve and crankcase vent pipe also. Rear passenger window stuck in down position. Removed door panel and forced window back up. 
16000 mi Driver side rear view mirror would not move when pressing driver side memory button. Apparently this is an issue noted by the manufacture according to the dealer. Part replaced, problem solved to date. 
26000 mi Transmission Hose leaking, very minor, repaired quickly without questions, with car pick up and delivery + equivilent loaner vehicle. 
25000 mi Door lock solenoid replaced 
32000 mi A continuing issue with the “Check Engine” light, which was probably caused by a faulty gas cap. Several visits to BMW dealers failed to fix this. 
80000 mi

US $2000
Oil filter housing gasket leak & engine oil pan gasket leak Window actuator replaced. Replaced control arm bushings 
92000 mi

US $430
I had the rear driver side window motor replaced, but it still was messing up. It was an error of the repair facility, so I had them redo it. Front passenger door lock actuator replaced Replaced front struts, strut mounts, and control arms 
100000 mi

US $287
Thermostat replaced Replaced rear shocks 
110000 mi

US $681
Front passenger caliper leaking, and replaced. 
120000 mi

US $470
Vacuum hoses connected to turbos were worn and severed. Those were replaced. Replaced DMTL valve, and relay on ECM. 
128700 mi

US $440
Hesitation and rough idle due to oil leaking into plugs. Replaced valve cover gasket. 
142000 mi

US $983
Water pump failed 
143000 mi

US $952
Cylinder misfire, and bad ECM 
145000 mi

US $1000
Turbos 
155000 mi

US $250
Replaced Crankshaft position sensor. Replaced Mechatronic sleeve. 
39000 mi Transmission leak: replaced seal around "mechatronic sensor" and trans pan gasket.  
40000 mi Car said brake pads were worn out. Actually was software calculation error--pads were still OK. New software flashed into car computer. 
43000 mi High pressure fuel pump finally failed after months of periodic "long crank time". Got check engine light and limp mode. Common problem on the 335i. Warranty on this part has been extended to 10yrs/120,000 mi. 
48000 mi Power door lock was squeaking on unlock. Dealer replaced both door lock actuators per TSB. Also had a sticking exterior door handle. Parts are on order.  Rear passenger side exterior door handle was sticking in "out" position. Dealer is ordering 4(!) new door handles. May have been a TSB on this problem.  
49000 mi Installed door handles ordered before.  
50300 mi Rear power window regulator replaced.  
52000 mi Fuel tank vent valve failed. Small leak in evaporative emissions control. Problem diagnosed on one visit, part installed a few days later. No drivability symptoms or fuel smell.  
55300 mi

US $50
Had to put in new battery to replace original. Car requires computer resetting of adaptive values and battery capacity. Must be done at shop or with special equipment and software I don't have. 
68000 mi

US $500
Front thrust bushings worn. Affecting handling and tire wear. Took 2 days because I also did tires and alignment. 
69000 mi

US $500
Car was not warming up. Engine fan was running at high speed. Diagnosed as water pump or thermostat. Replaced thermostat and housing and electric water pump. No warning lights were ever displayed, but some hidden codes were stored. 
29000 mi Something to do with the air silencer was replaced. Didn't know it had a problem. Repair mentioned something about an "SIS" but not sure what they were talking about. Tire pressure monitor was lying and saying I had a low/flat tire when I did not. They just reset or reflashed something to fix it. Cup holder is of a very poor design (cheap, flimsy, comes out of dash right where people's knees are when sitting in front passenger seat) and after a light accidental strike by my friend's knee, the cup holder would no longer go inside dash. Replaced. 
32000 mi Car told me I had a low tire when I definitely didn't. This is especially annoying with RFTs because you can't visually tell. I was on edge during my road trip hoping at no point I'd actually gotten a flat. Simply reset, no fix. This is a repeat issue. Aluminum trim piece on door was not successfully reinstalled when door was disassembled from past issue with water leaking past vapor seal. This dealer (Roadshow BMW Memphis) seems to be incapable of fixing things right the first try. 
39000 mi Dynamic stability control system malfunction Periodic rough idling. Passenger airbag malfunction 
76000 mi Within 2 days of purchase, Engine Service light popped. VANOS problem. Took back to dealer, back 4 times for repair!! Still at Dealer who took it back to Auction House in Odessa for arbitration, who forced seller (Passport BMW in MD) to fix. 
92000 mi

US $1500
Turbos started whistling and whining over about a one month period. Took the car to dealer and discovered both turbos needed replacement. BMW had released a recall, but car was too far past time and mileage. 
92000 mi

US $646
Blower Fan motor stopped working. All indicators worked. Might have been FSU or Blower motor. Turned out to be blower motor, but replaced FSU as well for safety. 
114000 mi Rough on start, bogging, no power. After warmup engine runs ok, then 15 mins later, engine reduced power warning, service engine light. Continues until key restart. Then 15 mins later, reduced power and service engine light. Repair FAIL. 
115000 mi

US $1500
Going to have to find someone to figure out problem. No can help including dealer. Professionals are ignorant about this. VERY EXTREMELY FRUSTRATING. Quite chagrined. 
24800 mi

$50
Front driver side door actuator 

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2007 BMW 3-Series 4dr Sedan

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

27000 mi The rear passenger side window would not go up using the driver control. The window motor was replaced at no charge. 
34000 mi BMW assist was never activated. When I tried to activate, it was defective and needed replacement. All under warranty. The gas fill cover pops open on its own. Dealer replaced mechanism under warranty. 
44000 mi passenger rear window would not close from driver controls, one of the two buttons was not working one of two horn buttons was not working. successful repair. 
95000 mi

US $2000
Replaced ignition coils and spark plugs Oil leak from oil filter housing gasket 
99000 mi

US $170
TPMS part failure and replacement. I suspect that it was damaged or not properly re-installed when I was having wheel straightening and new tires. 

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2007 BMW 3-Series 4dr Sedan

260-horsepower 3.0L I6 5-speed manual RWD

4000 mi Nav was sluggish; missing poi search; missing arrow display groaning noise from engine compartment when A/C is on. dealer said refrigerant was low. dealer could not properly diagnose due to cool temperatures. will bring back next summer. 
5000 mi A/C compressor went bad. Small oil leak. Head Gasket replaced. 
9000 mi DVD Drive failure. 
9000 mi New DVD drive installed. 
11000 mi High pressure fuel pump failure caused car to report an engine malfunction. 
23700 mi Long crank when cold starting 
30000 mi High pressure fuel pump replaced. Second occasion.  
38000 mi

US $50
door lock actuator replaced on 3 out of 4 doors. 
44700 mi Replaced waste gates noisey fan windows not closing 
46000 mi

US $50
diagnose engine malfunction indicator 
46000 mi Got engine malfunction light. Valve cover or some other cover was not bolted down tight enough when waste gates were replaced. 
52000 mi

US $50
DVD Player malfunction. 
55000 mi

US $50
DSC malfunction, DBS malfunction, 
2000 mi Sounds like exhaust shield rattle. dealer duplicated it on another 335i. entered puma case 
2000 mi same as previously noted... rattle from engine at 1500rpm and higher. 
3000 mi same as before... rattle from engine/transmission. no fix avail yet. 
6000 mi Computer shows 25,000 or 2 years for first oil change, wasnt fixed in the first trip, still isnt fixed. 
8000 mi Resolved by updating the software 
9000 mi HPFP failure. 
16000 mi 22k oil change indicator, squeaky brake sensor (front) 
74000 mi

US $300
Thermostat was stuck open causing the engine to heat up slowly. Gas mileage suffered. I also changed the pump at this time. 
103000 mi

US $30
Faulty brake sensor. 
9000 mi Defective oxygen sensor. 
14000 mi Bad speaker in drivers door. Speaker replaced 
18000 mi Interactive cruise control stopped working. Replaced sensor under warranty. Would have been ~ $400 if not under warranty. 
35700 mi

US $59
Rubber mud flap under the car needed repair. 
36300 mi

US $410
replaced oil filter seal o ring. Dealer quoted $ 645. change brake fluid. Dealer quoted $ 180. 
45000 mi

US $856
The car is equipped with key in the pocket locking, unlocking and starting. The unlocking function was failing intermittently. Replaced the ISB cable. Also alledgedly needed a new battery after only 2 years. 
50700 mi Surging under hard acceleration. One coil replaced. 
53000 mi

US $300
sponge rubber door gasket split and was leaking air 
44000 mi DMTL pump failed causing check engine light. Pump was replaced 
46000 mi Vehicle has keyless operation. One key fob not working. Dealer indicated that door handle was the problem. Replaced 
54300 mi Battery cable at fuse box loosened 
54700 mi Drivers door lock inoperable with remote or switch in car. 
56000 mi

US $131
Door locks became inoperable with remote or rocker switch. Only drivers door operated and only with key. Fuse on automatic door locks was changed and reset computer. 
66000 mi

US $1168
Electric coolant pump failed. 
62700 mi Both turbos replaced, trouble with vacuum leak after reinstallation of engine/trans 
69000 mi

US $120
Replace Xenon lamps DIY 
79000 mi

US $1850
Replace water pump, T-stat and a couple of hoses. 
80000 mi

US $1600
Gasket leak.  2 new coils and intakes needed blasting to clear carbon build-up. 
1000 mi Had "Service engine soon" light come on. Stopped by Schuck's to have it scanned, turned out to be a loose gas cap warning 
10000 mi Driver mirror was not holding memory positions. Mirror motor was replaced and it has worked perfectly ever since. 
22000 mi The water pump failed at 21,000 miles. The dash displayed a yellow engine warning light that shortly turned red. Limped the car 0.3 miles home and called the dealer. They had a tow truck come and get the car, diagnosed the problem and fixed it. 
15000 mi During body shop work the seat thigh bolster locking mechanism was broken. Parts were shipped overnight and repair was successful on day 2. Loaner was provided. 
20000 mi Experienced 3 "Engine Malfunction - Reduced Power" messages. Dealer read codes and needs car for several days to diagnose. Haven't returned for service yet, put a new tank of gas in, problem seems to be resolved on its own. Suspecting a bad tank of gas. 
21000 mi Known defect was determined in cam ledges and rings causing a groove allowing oil leakage leading to low oil pressure in Vanos system. Parts where ordered and replaced and car has been perfect ever since. This is the same November issue - not bad gas. 
23000 mi A/C was performing poorly, alternator was loud. Refrigerant was found to be low. Source of leak not identified. Refrigerant topped off. A/C cools and alternator is quiet. Driver-side cup-holder was jammed in dash. Replaced. 
34000 mi Turbo wastegate hose had become pinched by a clamp causing underboost conditions. 
37000 mi Loud crunch when going over speed bumps. Strut support was loose, retorqued. 
38000 mi Failed high pressure fuel pump. Replaced with latest version of component. 
59000 mi

US $900
Low coolant warning appeared multiple times over 6 months after top offs. A leak in the radiator hose was found after a pressure test. This was not covered by my extended warranty. Oil leak was discovered during inspection around the oil filter housing. This was 100 percent covered by my extended warranty. 
73000 mi Water pump failed. Symptom was radiator fan cutting on immediately and at high speeds. Wastegates on turbos were out of adjustment causing boost cutout in 5th and 6th gear at highway speeds. Oil leak around fuel filter housing. Second failure of same part. 
80000 mi Both differential seals leaking Oil pan leaking Check engine lights - VANOS solenoid needed replacing 
123000 mi

US $48
Valve cover leaking oil. Replaced gasket. 
123000 mi

US $203
Battery not holding charge when not driven for several days. 
136000 mi

US $37
Filler tube for windshield washer fluid tank cracked and leaked. 
16000 mi Rattle noise in dash 
136000 mi

US $1100
AC Fan short circuit 
170000 mi

US $1200
Car door lock actuator malfunction. No locking with electric option Transmission whining 
44640 mi Outside window trim was discoloring  
48360 mi Replaced twin turbos after complaining of irregular idling After driving since replacing turbos engine would go into safe mode after driving at high performance levels. Engine light came on indicating a temporary loss of power. Dealer tested and replaced fuel pump. 
63240 mi

C $200
Replaced water pump and thermostat (latter preventive) Replaced HID light and Halo light myself - quite the task since required removing wheel, inner fender to get at part 
90520 mi

C $1200
Removed garbon build up on fuel intake system, replace air cleaner filter and cabin filter replace spark plugs replace rear wheel bearings 
13000 mi Aluminum alloy window trim oxidized, replaced under warranty. Aluminum alloy window trim oxidized, replaced under warranty; repair faulty and new part ordered. Aluminum alloy window trim oxidized, replaced under warranty 
23000 mi Check engine light came on during track day and wanted it checked. 
30000 mi Car went in to fix the radio, a problem noted under warranty, but car was days out of warranty. Dealer replaced radio.  Also replaced high pressure fuel pump. 
46000 mi

US $900
Door lock fuse blew. Doors inoperative from inside the car. A well-known symptom of a failing actuator. First you replace the fuse, then after the 2nd or 3rd fuse, you replace the actuator. Replaced the fuse and traded the car. 
32000 mi iPod adapter will not recognize my iPod. Dealer wants to charge $300, since they claim it does not fall under warranty, therefore I didn't have them do the work at the time. 
34000 mi iPod adapter finally fixed under warranty by a cooperative dealer. 
34000 mi High Pressure Fuel Pump failed. Dealer replaced and software updated under warranty. 

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2007 BMW 3-Series 4dr Sedan

260-horsepower 3.0L I6 5-speed manual AWD

86700 mi

US $100
Replaced both rear window regulators under CPO warranty. $100 deductable 

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2007 BMW 3-Series 4dr Sedan

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

9000 mi Tyre pressure monitor would not reset. This is a known problem affecting a small number of cars and requires the whole ECU to be reprogrammed from scratch which takes a couple of hours. Car was returned washed and vacuumed. 
29000 mi

US $25
*Plastic flap on underside to deflect dirt and gravel from the petrol tank was damaged in heavy snow. Parts was replaced at regular service for $25 installed. 
8000 mi Low coolant light. Dealer topped off coolant and pressure tested the cooling system for leaks. None were found. Right rear window would not close when fully opened unless the window switch was rapidly used or after waiting for 30-60 seconds. Mechanical binding in the window regulator caused the motor to activate the anti-trap feature. Regulator replaced. 
15000 mi Central locking system failed and only the driver door and the fuel door could be opened (they are the only ones that can be manually unlocked). Front two lock actuators were replaced. A cable for the lock actuator in the passenger door was left unhooked when the car was returned. The door opened from the interior handle and locked/unlocked, but the exterior handle was not functional. Dealer connected it and it works now. 
24000 mi Passenger door would not completely latch shut. The door would close and lock, but there was wind noise when driving and a noticeable gap when viewed from outside. The door could also be pushed in from the outside, but wouldn't stay. 
25000 mi Bad seal on the (head?) gasket was causing oil to leak onto one of the sensors. Car would only start intermittently and different error lights would appear overtime the car would restart. 
36500 mi

US $50
When taking it in for an oil change, the tech noticed oil leaking onto the engine. Traced back to a leaky gasket (again). Car showed no symptoms yet other than visible oil in the engine bay. Previous repair of oil leaking from gasket was performed with a faulty part. Oil was leaking again causing a burining smell and smoke from engine bay. Repair was repeated and successfull this time. 
24000 mi Door lock actuators malfunction & related fuse blown requiring replacement of both. 
44000 mi

US $696
Cam cover gasket leak 
22000 mi voice command not working BMW assist button inoperative; telephone volume through bluetooth inaudible, could not be increased. Still in the shop after 3 days - second visit this month 
26000 mi Check engine light came on and they replaced a sensor under original warranty 
28000 mi Warning light on the dash appeared for ABS/DSC. BMW service tech got diagnostic code to replace DSC hydraulic unit, which he did. 
36000 mi Fan assembly needed replacing. During an oil change the mechanic noticed when idling, the car was overheating.  
42500 mi

US $842
Replace Electronic Steering Control Unit. 
44000 mi

US $812
Doors would not open from inside the vehicle, locking the driver inside the vehicle. Doors would only open with stick key inserted into the outside door locks. Two door locks with motor actuators were replaced. 
11000 mi Condition-based maintenance computer did not reflect miles driven in first year - started with 16,ooo miles until maintenance and did not change in 10,000 miles 
19000 mi DSC & Brake MIL - found faults in DSC module faults 94B5 & 5E43. Replaced STL steering column switch cluster, reset steering angle sensor, updated software 
67000 mi Moon roof pinch protection warning light came on. Reset of system solved problem. 
74000 mi Moon roof pinch warning light illuminated, system checked and warning light reset. 
88000 mi

US $50
Passenger's rear window motor failed, warning light lit. Dealer replaced window regulator, solved problem. 
120000 mi

US $370
Oil stand gasket replaced. 
122000 mi

US $2160
Updated software for engine and transmission. ABS hydro pump failed, replaced. 
124000 mi

US $2161
*d ABS brake pump replaced 
130000 mi

US $350
Steering wheel sensor failed, replaced. Serpentine belt tensioner beginning to fail, replaced. 
150000 mi

US $650
Valve cover gasket replaced 
156000 mi

US $350
Window regulator broke, replaced. 
178000 mi

US $875
Replaced valve cover gasket and changed spark plugs. Car now burns oil and has rough idle. 
179700 mi

US $450
Valve cover was warped, which was causing a bulge in the gasket allowing air in. Replaced valve cover. 
34000 mi replaced TPM sensors on two tires and regulator for TPM system. 
38000 mi finish peeling from steering wheel audio control area. installed new steering wheel panel. 
37000 mi New hydraulic lifters for tapping noise that was related to rpm 
48000 mi

US $70
Right headlight replaced. No charge for labor. That was weird but cool. 
25000 mi Electric door lock relays failed. Dealer replaced both under warranty. 
27000 mi Check engine light came on - was due to sticky gas cap switch.  Replaced a roof rail that was flaking off. Had them listen for a squeak coming from rear parcel shelf-could not replicate. 
29000 mi Service warning light came on - faulty brake sensor, changed the oil too. 
33000 mi VANOS exhaust solenoid needed replacement. Radiator needed replacement as it had an integrated sensor. Headlight burned out. 
26000 mi Driver door lock would not open except with key. 
33000 mi

US $1370
steering wheel lockup. seems to be common problem on BMW. Hope this isn't indication of long term reliability. 
35700 mi

US $425
Faulty air bag sensor in front right door replaced Side mirror doesn't adjust correctly. Would cost $800 to fix. 
40700 mi

US $980
motor in the side mirror was broken, 
46000 mi

US $2630
replace valve cover $1600, rear brake $1000 
60000 mi

US $148
Replaced window trim. The black rubber/plastic was deteriorating and cracked. It looked terrible. 
57000 mi

US $1100
leaky valve cover cracked power steering reservoir. replaced. 
45000 mi Grinding noise when releasing clutch pedal. Replace transmission and dual mass flywheel. No change in noise. 
47000 mi Seat moving during acceleration or braking. Fixed by replacing seat.  
58000 mi

US $50
Xenon headlight failed. Igniter / ballast replaced. 
94000 mi

US $900
Car started cranking slowly. Car still has original battery. Replace with new battery. Finally car stopped cranking. Starter motor failed. Replaced with remanufactured non-OEM starter motor. very complicated to replace starter motor. 
111500 mi

US $1300
Usual Electric water pump failed. Changed Water pump with new water pump along with thermostat (which also has issue as per computer). Dealer wanted $1700, indy shops wanted $1300. replaced parts myself. 
25000 mi A light bulb was out. The dealer replaced the bulb and changed engine oil, replaced air filter. 
45000 mi Right door actuator failed. Fuse blew for all doors. Could't open any door except driver's door could open with key and manual from inside. Used emergency opener for fuel filler door. Installed front door actuators and bigger(20 amp)fuse  
47000 mi Replaced valve lifters for engine ticking on cold starts after short trips 
75700 mi

US $50
Oil leak due to leaky valve cover gasket window lock out switch was stuck in on (down) position 
92000 mi

US $300
Oil leak from valve cover gasket Rear passenger window regulator replaced 
61000 mi

US $1975
DSC / ABS module needed repair. 
72000 mi

US $50
Trunk release latch sealing gasket broken. 
76000 mi

US $410
Xenon bulb was flickering and died out...needed to replace xenon bulb. 
100000 mi

US $1400
Crankshaft sensor needed replacement Valve cover leaking - needed replacement 
62700 mi

US $109
Original Battery failed. 
62300 mi

US $150
ABS Brake System had to be replaced. Total cost was about 1300 but I had an extended warranty that paid all but 150 
117000 mi

US $100
Valve cover gasket 
132000 mi

US $350
Car would not start. Tried to jump start but didn't work. Found mechanic that would replace starter for $200 labor. Fixed problem. 
140000 mi

US $880
Engine missing. Had 1 bad spark plug coil and 2 weak coils. Replaced all 6 coils 
38000 mi

US $150
Mass Air Flow meter died. Car had to be towed to the repair shop where mechanic hooked code reader to the ODB and saw what part was the problem. The part was replaced and everything is fine. Rear left window regulator died. Windows was stuck in down position. Part had to be replaced the same day. 
59000 mi

US $2900
Engine was misfiring and lacked performance. diagnosed to faulty coils. 
68000 mi

US $4000
Bluetooth failed for 3rd time,  injector, coil issues. 
40000 mi

US $50
Driver side mirror would not fold in properly, nor would mirror adjust to an angle allowing safe rearward vision. 
53000 mi

US $32
Replaced blown high beam light bulb 
37000 mi Engine clicking noise. Dealer replaced exhaust HVA elements (lifters), replaced valve cover gasket and cam bolt. Dealer did not replace cylinder head which may be needed if clicking noise comes back. 
37000 mi Engine clicking noise came back after a week. Replaced cylinder head. 
37000 mi Replaced telematic control unit. Replaced engine rubber mounts for stablizer mounting on front axle (due to complaint about strange noise). I am still having an issue about rattle and creaking noise when going over small bumps. I've been to the shop 4-5 times combined with other issues. They have lubricated the door seals, placed felt in areas of the center armrest console and wiped down the glass windows. Lessened but still there. 
44000 mi Steering wheel lock system froze. Required replacement of steering column and reflash of computer. 
48000 mi Gear shift handle had peeling chrome, replaced by dealer under warranty. Rear window to trunk rubber trim was replaced by dealer under warranty. Brake fluid flushed and replaced by dealer under warranty.  
50000 mi

US $800
Climate control module stopped working, went completely dead and blank, no lights, no functions, no heat-cooling or even fresh air circulation. Dealer ordered and replaced with new module and did required reprogramming of unit. 
60000 mi

US $550
Secondary air pump and sensor failure. Both replaced by dealer. 
73000 mi

US $800
Excess play in steering, replaced steering rack. Air conditioning condenser fan vibrating and noisy. Replaced fan. Belt tensioner loose and out of alignment, bad bearings. Replaced tensioner. 
87500 mi

US $90
Right rear window froze in down position Regulator was broken, plastic cable retainer snapped off. Replaced with after market regulator assembly, cheaper and better made than OEM BMW. 
88500 mi Drivers door lock actuator would not unlock door. Locks OK, doesn't unlock. Can unlock with key.Inside handle will unlock. Very expensive OEM parts and labor, over $450 to repair at dealer. Looking for other supplier of parts and labor. 
89000 mi

US $450
Power steering pump bad noises, replaced with new pump. Driver's door lock would lock but not open with remote. Could open with key and from inside handle. Replaced door lock actuator. Belt idler pulley making loud clanking noise. Pulley replaced. 
89500 mi

US $600
39 month Bosch replacement battery died. Had been installed by indie shop and supposedly registered to computer. Don't think it was done Original battery lasted six years. Went to dealer this time for new battery and registration. 
92000 mi Power steering pulley was loose causing clanking noise. Improperly replaced on previous repair. New pulley installed, no charge under dealer warranty of previous repair. 
94000 mi

US $450
Replaced control arms, upper and lower. Fluid filled bushings were cracked and loose. 
30660 mi Head gasket leaked small amount of oil, required replacement. 
58900 mi

C $30
Gasket leaking. Required replacement. 
80600 mi

C $500
Blown Starter 

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2007 BMW 3-Series 4dr Sedan

230-horsepower 3.0L I6 5-speed manual RWD

43000 mi

US $300
Replaced 8 year old battery, reset battery charging system with software I purchased. 
43400 mi Right front wheel bearing. 
80140 mi

C $1200
Right front wheel hub assembly Car had a bad sound like a brake pad dragging on a warped rotor. Was bearing problem in hub assembly. 
120900 mi failed pulley on belt system. replaced along with new battery. No other faults. Was a squeaking sound from belt that prompted the trip in. 
122100 mi

C $850
Replaced water pump. No other issues. 
147940 mi

C $550
Replaced both bushings in rear suspension (l&r) at lower end of shock/control arm. Was squeaking and bushings were failing quickly. Note there is a new part number for that system as failure rates w OEM were very high. 
162440 mi

C $1360
Front tie rods replaced New belt and tensioners and pulleys replaced 
173600 mi

C $430
Starter was replaced as it was failing. Original starter since delivery. 
18300 mi

US $25
Rear toe arm was at the limit of adjustment. Repair was to replace the toe arm. 
26300 mi Windshield washer jets plugged Electronics/software. Tire pressure warning light stuck on, can't reset. 
39000 mi Door lock actuator failed 
46000 mi hood latch failed to engage. 
72000 mi

US $500
Main belt tensioner needed replacement, also did main belt 
80000 mi

US $540
Oil filter stand was leaking, replacement required removal of intake manifold. Well, they don't make them easy to work on - 4 hours labor the majority of the cost. 
49000 mi

US $50
Hydraulic valve lifters replaced on exhaust side under warranty 
54700 mi One coil failed and was replaced 
75300 mi

US $350
Passenger front door lock actuator 
82000 mi

US $550
Battery warning, battery replaced 
91000 mi

US $2000
Had to replace bushings in front end. This was causing steering wheel shaking at around 40mph. 
49500 mi Peeling finish on steering wheel near buttons Rear tail light coming loose Broken cupholder 
53000 mi Muffler hangar bolt came loose, caused loud rattle/clank when driving over bumps or starting car. Diagnosed rattle location, then tightened bolt in own garage 
98000 mi

US $350
Replaced rear driver side window regulator 
17000 mi car stalled, check engine light came on and engine ran very rough until restarted, then engine ran normal 
20000 mi blown fuse 
23000 mi cigarette lighter did not work. Dealer aligned contacts to fix. Squeaks from driver's window. Dealer lubricated the seals around the window. 
25000 mi Door locks would not operate 
29000 mi driver-side mirror motor intermittently stopped working. Wear on finish of steering wheel cover Rattle coming from passenger side door speaker housing. Dealer reattached foam cover with glue. 
42000 mi

US $40
Replaced driver's door seal which had torn. ABS/Traction Control/Stability Control warning lights are on (intermittently). 
49500 mi

US $1400
Car had intermittent problem at first, then ABS/Traction Control/Stability Control stopped working. Dealer replaced the ABS control pump. 
53000 mi

US $23
Upper exterior windshield molding (gasket) disintegrated and needed to be replaced. Usual mechanic would not do work and suggested auto glass shop. Auto glass shop wanted to replace windshield at same time. Ordered part/installed myself. 
68000 mi

US $315
Engine ran rough and loss of power. #3 Ignition coil failed. Replaced that coil and all six plugs 
24000 mi On start up I saw a warning light saying to go in for service. Computer first said car needed brakes, then found to just be a computer error requiring a re-flash.  
27000 mi Warning light on the dash went off indicating an electrical fault. Went into dealer. It turned out to be right front headlight. Replaced under warranty in 45 min.  
28000 mi Interior trim is peeling on the steering wheel. Finish began coming off the left spoke of the wheel. Dealer has ordered part for replacement.  
77300 mi

US $75
Failed window regulators for driver front 

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2007 BMW 3-Series 4dr Sedan

-horsepower 5-speed manual RWD

44020 mi Light bulb burned out; dealer replaced it Rear passenger window would often not close; motor needed replacing Leatherette on driver's seat splitting; new seat ordered which is covered by warranty. 
50840 mi

C $600
There is a persistent squealing when the brake pedal is pressed. It is not a problem with the brakes as they were replaced previously. The noise was present prior to the brake replacement. 
63240 mi

C $465
Replaced squealing fan motor 

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2007 BMW 3-Series 4-door

6-cylinder automatic 2WD

50000 mi

US $600
Engine would not start. Jumper points in the engine compartment wouldn't work. Had to have tow operator jump from the battery. Same problem occurred in March 2012. Now in the shop 3 days and waiting. 

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2007 BMW 3-Series 4-door

4-cylinder automatic 2WD

17360 mi CLA not function due to blown fuse.  
17980 mi Front passenger seat squeaks (with passenger) over slight bumps or uneven surface.  
20460 mi Cylinder head cover gasket defect - oil leak.  
27280 mi 1) Front suspension (left) loud creaking sound .. leaking. 2) Change gasket for cylinder head, vaccum pump and oil pan ..due to oil leaking. 
61380 mi

$3300
Engine mount worn out .. vinration when idle, 2300 Radiator hose leaking, 500 Engine oil leak multiple locations, 500. 
66960 mi

$2500
Bearing in rear drive unit worn out. 
76280 mi

$800
Splash Stains observed in engine compartment. Leaking evident in joint. All hoses harden and signed of slipping out from the plastic connector. Front suspension emitted loud creaking noise when going over hump or bump. Noise was louder when it was wet .. ie rain. 
77500 mi

$600
Rattling noise from engine compartment when gear was engage. Worse when turning. Noise went away after warm up. Problem trace to tensioner belt and defective bearing. Radiator always at high speed. One thermostat defective. 
82820 mi

$500
Loud rattling noise from engine . Isolated to alternator bearing defect. First change after 132Km. 
94620 mi

$500
Radiator blocked.. causing fan to run at very high speed . Left front passenger power lock defective. 

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2007 BMW 3-Series 2dr Hardtop conv.

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

98000 mi

US $257
Bleeder screw on expansion tank failed, loss of coolest. 
25000 mi Started missing going slow, then warning light came on. HPFP replaced. Dealer, 250 miles away, sent truck to pick up car. Son picked up car, noticed problems. Returned to dealer, found problem with LPFP (low pressure fuel pump). Replaced then trucked back to me. 
27000 mi Valet lock triggered by accident, fixed without problem. Dumb err on my part, did not know about switch inside of glovebox! No other problems on this occasion, with exception of re-setting Service light. 
29000 mi Primarily in for Service (oil change/lube/wipers/ etc), but dealer cited Campaign, so injectors/ decoupling(?)/gasket etc. updated per BMW recall. Brake fluid & microfilter (activated) replaced.  
34000 mi

US $66
Low Pressure Fuel Pump replaced from check engine light.  Also Center Console lock replacement, plus minor wear/tear items - wipers, oil change etc. 
42000 mi

US $503
System Flush; Transmission flush; windshield water pump failure. 
44000 mi

US $65
Replaced H8 Halo Lights on both front headlamps. ~ 15 min each after obtaining correct bulbs which took several weeks. 
76000 mi

US $2200
oil leak from bottom of engine and oil gasket needed replacement. I got warning lights for abs brakes and power steering, car wasn't running properly. took to shop they couldn't figure it out, then to dealer. needed new battery, and alternator. all modules reset and battery registered. 
83000 mi

US $1000
Thermostat and water pump replaced 
84000 mi

US $150
Passenger side daylight light bulb went out. 
87000 mi

US $750
Car had an oil leak at the rear main seal. 
28000 mi Rear speaker not working and replaced Driver seatbelt buckle jammed at times. Replaced. Rear ashtray lid not working properly. Replaced Peeling paint on driver door handle and trim. Dealer ordered new door panel. Not an easy or inexpensive fix on a coupe as it is on sedan. Panel still on order. Took car back to have door panel replaced that they ordered earlier. 
22320 mi The glove compartment lock stopped functioning automatically and I had to manually lock and unlock. 
66000 mi

US $9000
Both Turbo chargers leaking oil, replaced. computer failed, replaced evaporator leaking, replaced 

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2007 BMW 3-Series 2dr Hardtop conv.

260-horsepower 3.0L I6 5-speed manual RWD

10700 mi Replaced driver side lumbar switch. Fixed squeaks and rattles with driver's window, front suspension, and brakes, the last for the second time. 

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2007 BMW 3-Series 2dr Hardtop conv.

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

34000 mi

US $300
Windshield washer pump stopped working. Replaced pump and screen. 
53000 mi

US $621
Replace front thrust rod / control arm bushing. (Found front thrust rod / control arm bushing leaking.) Perform alignment. 
55700 mi CUST STATES VEHICLE WOULD NOT START THIS A.M. SEEMED LIKE ELECTRICAL SYSTEM WAS INOP OR BATTERY WAS FAILED, CUST THEN CHECKED BATTERY SHOWED 13 VOLTS, WHEN REMOTE WAS OPERATED AGAIN AND THEN THE VEHICLE STARTED ADVISE SEE KEITH N. Replace front thrust rod / control arm bushing (Found front thrust rod / control arm bushing leaking) Perform alignment 
64700 mi

US $150
Cable between battery and fuse box had intermittent connection issues. Replaced cable and box. 
67300 mi

US $150
Actuator for glovebox failed. Car was in shop so long because I was having the hood repainted. 
80000 mi

US $250
Belt tensioner pulley failing. 
80000 mi

US $350
Navigation system failure at temps over 80 degrees. Replaced nav computer Tire Pressure Monitoring System. Intermittent failure. Replaced TPMS sensor Shifter assembly failure preventing use of sport mode *d Nav system failure at temps over 80 degrees. Replaced nav drive and computer *d Shifter unit failed. Would no longer engage sport mode. Replaced shifter unit 
29000 mi The rain sensor for the windshield wipers was not working. Sensor was replaced and rain sensor wipers work per spec. 
34000 mi Rattle at covertible top - loose strap (dealer?) was tightened and problem fixed. 
50220 mi

C $430
replaced the battery. weak starting when cold and did not want to be left stranded. the battery must be reprogrammed so don't try do it yourself unless you have the computer to reprogram. 
51460 mi Check engine light. looks like emmission issue. Not fixed yet. nothing wrong with the car at all except for light on. Will drop car off to properly troubleshoot at a later time. 
54540 mi check engine light. nothing wrong with car except annoying light. emission system issue. hard and expensive to fix so did not bother to fix it *d already described previously 

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2007 BMW 3-Series 2dr Coupe

turbocharged 240hp 2.3L I4 6-speed manual RWD

45900 mi Seatbelt assist. Went in 3 separate times until assist fixed and seatbelts replaced, original warranty up in june so did all of it before. 
80600 mi

C $1550
Eccentric shaft sensor...  Also a/c compressor is going, didn't fix 
47000 mi

US $846
Idler pulley replaced due to wear. 
49000 mi

US $17
Replace DRL bulb. Took about 15 minutes. 
67500 mi

US $750
Oil leak from oil filter bracket. Replaced gasket. 

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2007 BMW 3-Series 2dr Coupe

turbocharged 240hp 2.3L I4 5-speed shiftable automatic RWD

6000 mi Had the infamous 6fl USB/Ipod interface switching problem where iPod would randomly switch to FM radio. First visit in Dec. could not find TSB on issue but ordered new cable (backorder) when cable arrived in Feb. and checked again and found a BMW TSB ... 
88000 mi

US $1500
active headlight failure, light bulb failure, condensation on bulb housing. 
38000 mi solenoid failed causing engine stall 
42000 mi daytime running "halo" light on passenger side went out. 
67000 mi Passenger seat not moving properly. New rail needed but not in dealer stock. Covered under CPO warranty (6/100,000) Power rear sunshade stuck in open position. Not responsive at all (i.e. no sound or movement when button is pushed). Not covered under warranty. Cost to repair $1000. 
79000 mi

US $800
AC blower/fan and load resistor dead. ac would switch on but no air would come out. 

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2007 BMW 3-Series 2dr Coupe

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

3000 mi Driver's side hood latch not closing properly. Driver's seat latch catching when lifting seat forward to allow rear passenger to enter or exit. 
16000 mi Fuel pump failed 
20000 mi Replaced high pressure fuel pump 
28000 mi Check engine light appeared while accelerating onto highway. Subsequent check found a defective turbo. 
52000 mi

US $1200
Car would not start. Towed to dealer for repair. Dealer diagnosed a short circuit with the water pump causing battery to drain. 
39000 mi HPFP failure (fuel pump). Dealer replaced with new HPFP and will be under warranty for 100k miles 
41000 mi Substantial transmission fluid leak, seal failed. Car had to be towed. 
45000 mi Satnav DVD system replaced 
63000 mi

US $50
Dashboard died. Fluid leakage - seals bad 
97000 mi

US $350
Oil leak/burn. Oil cap replaced 
102000 mi

US $250
Unusual oil consumption 
9000 mi High Pressure Fuel Pump defective 
10000 mi Stuck Exhaust Vanos Solenoid. Second occurrence of this problem. 
10000 mi Camshaft drive; incorrect cam timing. 
12000 mi Active cruise control inoperative. Fix involved adjusting the sensor. 
10000 mi Car cold started rough. Check Engine Light came on. Service Engine Soon Light had also been on multiple times. Bad oxygen (O2) sensor was replaced. Also received software update. 
14000 mi Engine coolant low. Added coolant. 
33000 mi Metallic clicking sound from rear at low speed when accelerating or turning. 
45000 mi Replace windshield washer pump 
66700 mi

US $1200
oil filter housing gaskets replaced 
88000 mi

US $1500
Replace water pump 
116000 mi

US $1300
Replaced the valve cover gasket and the oil pan gasket. 
123300 mi

US $5400
Replaced radiator and hoses Replaced alternator Replaced battery 
87000 mi

US $900
Starter 
29000 mi Sunroof pinch protection sensor showed failure. Reset cured problem. 
36000 mi Evaporative emission control system prevented complete fuel tank fill. Subsequent "check engine" light came on. Dealer took 2 tries to resolve. Replaced vacuum-pressure pump, electrical, that controls internal vapor pressure in gas tank. 
40000 mi Seat belt handing arm on passenger side failed to retract properly. Temporary fix made, arm still works, but new parts ordered. 
43700 mi seat back release mechanism needed repair rattle in IP near radio speaker. Added insulation, noise gone 
50000 mi Engine miss and hesitation sporadically, no codes set. Software upgrade did not change problem, car will return to dealer after July 4. 
51300 mi Defective fuel injector replaced, and sparkplug, in #5 cylinder 
66000 mi Fuel refused to enter the tank. Venting system repeatedly inspected, parts replaced. Decision to order a new tank. Covered under extended warranty. Fuel tank replaced to fix problems refueling. Problem appears to be fixed. Some surging under light throttle and hesitation on light acceleration not unlike the symptoms that preceded the replacement of a bad injector a year ago. Recall for fuel injectors (2 replaced), fuel pump, and software. 
69000 mi

US $50
Severe engine surging when cold, then developed a hard miss. Check engine light set. Light off and engine ran normally when warmed up. Dealer did extensive diagnostic work, replaced low fuel pressure sensor. No symptoms for the week. 
90000 mi

US $250
Leak in automatic transmission. Leak fixed under extended warranty, but new fluid paid by customer 
99000 mi Carbon deposits in intake manifold and on backs of intake valves reduced performance. Dealer paid for repair as a good will gesture. I sent them a thank you letter afterward. 
102000 mi

US $750
Steering position sensor module had to be replaced, and car re-programmed. This module includes turn signal, wiper and cruise control levers & switches, as well sensors and a micro-processor module. Cuts across several systems. 
109000 mi

US $1000
Vanos solenoids replaced after half power episode.  Also replaced LR ABS sensor 
138000 mi

US $1080
replaced water pump. It was making anew noise, and diagnosed bad. Upon disassembly, parts were failing internally. 
165000 mi

US $1000
Walnut shell blasting to remove carbon in intake. Replacement of gasket for oil filter adapter to fix oil leak. 
176000 mi

US $720
Leaking struts, replaced both with Bilstein 
2000 mi BMW Assist could not pick up my location on the GPS. Software reflash needed to correct problem. 
5000 mi Bubbles appeared in the windshield. Bubbles determined to be in safety glass laminate (appear to be in between the panes of glass) and the windshield has to be replaced. Part on order. 
6000 mi Windshield replaced under warranty because bubbles formed in the laminate. 
10000 mi Brake light warning light came on with hard braking. The brake force bulb and bulb housing needed to be replaced, parts ordered. 
10000 mi Brake force bulb and housing replaced. 
20000 mi Transmission fluid leaking, replaced sealing sleeve for gearbox casing. Stiff brake pedal when putting into gear, replaced check valve for brake booster. Headlights vibrating when hitting bumps on highway, additional support brackets installed per SIB.  Rattle from mirror cover, cover replaced with new part. 
26000 mi Electric Steering wheel lock was not engaging correctly, and wouldn't allow me to turn on car sometimes. Yellow warning light present on dash when there would be a lock error. 
28700 mi Check engine light, reduced power. Code reads vanos issue, found that cam bearing ledges were grooved and had to be replaced. 
49000 mi

US $200
Replaced non-operational wheel speed sensor 
51000 mi

US $240
Replaced VANOS intake and exhaust solenoids. 
59300 mi

US $112
Left front wheel bearing started making a lot of noise. Replaced wheel hub assembly. 
19000 mi light bulb housing replaced 
23700 mi window seal replaced for rattle 
38700 mi

US $450
Had to replace spark plugs and reset computers. outside memory for mirror will not work properly. 

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2007 BMW 3-Series 2dr Coupe

260-horsepower 3.0L I6 5-speed manual RWD

67000 mi

US $2500
A/C evaporator core leak. No A/C. 
59000 mi DRL replacement. Second, did first myself in about 20 minutes. It helps to have small hands. 
117000 mi

US $2100
Waterpump went out at 115,500 mi on a cold -9F morning. Due to multiple other weather related vehicle failures replacement took several days due to busy schedule Leaking oil filter housing gasket - replaced 
163000 mi oil change oil leak - new valve cover gasket; new oil pan gasket a hose to the radiator was also replaced probably to facilitate access as no leak was present picked up car from repair #1 drove home, 1 block from home coolant light flickered. Found coolant sprayed on passenger side of engine, dripping onto driveway. Bleeder screw(plastic)cracked causing spray with thermal expansion. part replaced 
176500 mi

US $6500
New turbos - first time replaced New struts & shocks, new bushings 
186000 mi

US $1100
New control arms front New battery- first since 5/2010 
20000 mi TCU failed. Could not connect to BMW Assist. New TCU installed. Problem fixed. 
87000 mi

US $1300
Water pump failure 
90000 mi Drl went out 
91000 mi Rough idle caused by old coil packs 
50220 mi

C $1100
water pump failure 
55800 mi

C $200
the vanos selonoid sensors were cleaned and replaced 
65100 mi 8 YR OLD BATTERY; WAS GETTING OCCASIONAL YELLOW LOW BATTERY WARNING LIGHT ON DASH 
65500 mi

C $80
UPPER RAD HOSE BROKE 
68200 mi

C $40
replaced one coil took less than an hour 
69620 mi

C $56
oil filter housing gasket replacement. also intake cleaning. 
71300 mi

C $1000
valve cover gasket was leaking 
73980 mi oil consumption issues. replaced turbos, oil pan gasket. still oil consumption issues returned to shop. PVC valve changed. valve cover gasket replaced again because have to remove valve cover to change PCV. 
74400 mi

C $1100
electronic water pump failure 
75640 mi water leaked into the trunk and fried the amp, rear taillight gasket was tightened fixed the problem 
5000 mi Knock in the B-pillar 
10000 mi Seat belt extending arm had a broken plastic part. BMW replaced a whole unit. 
18000 mi Check engine light went off - no error codes were found.  
32000 mi Daytime running light. Right 
35000 mi Front corona light bulb, Low coolant, oil change B-pillar 
39000 mi Wastegate and turbos replaced. 
46000 mi

US $600
Passenger rear wheel bearing caused warning lights abs, dtc and brake. 
3720 mi TPMS warning light reset. Second time, first in November. From email. 
34100 mi small dent in rear pass. fender 
36580 mi car would not start - ignition lock problem 
40300 mi Bulb warning light went off. Reseated the brake light bulbs and it went away. 
43400 mi

C $100
squealing caused by low steering fluid 

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2007 BMW 3-Series 2dr Coupe

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

45300 mi

US $10
Driver side halo bulb failed 
50000 mi

US $5
Heater core leak 
51000 mi Elec water pump dead Driver side mirror adjuster failed, did not replace, traded car in on lexus dsc warning steering wheel position sensor dead * radiator hc sensor failed back at 12000 miles 
24000 mi Audio system quit. New radio ordered and installed. It was defective. Another radio ordered and installed.  
42700 mi

US $970
valve cover gasket replacement Right forward control arm replacement (control arm strut) 
45300 mi

US $60
replaced burned out headlamp 
53000 mi

US $300
Left window misaligned enabling wind noise. Chrome trim on right side detached surrounding rear window. OBD interface intermittent problems with readout. Delay when accelerating in D now drive in DS in city traffic, use D for HWY driving.  
69000 mi

US $50
Replaced left rear tailloght lenses assembly. LED 's not operational. Work completed under BMW CPO.  
75000 mi

US $50
Valve covers replaced, head cover cracked engine was leaking oil prior to repair. Sold the vehicle and purchased a vehicle from a different manufacturer. 
36000 mi Brake light. 
59000 mi right front light assembly error code error 
77300 mi

US $306
BMW dealer on visual inspection found and replaced “cracked and leaking from lower control arm bushings and mount hardware." 
12000 mi Gas Door actuator replaced. 
13300 mi

US $73
Replace bulb socket on right rear side. 
15000 mi

US $624
Leaking mechatronics sealing sleeve. 
20000 mi

US $1547
Check engine light came on. Replaced eccentric shaft sensor and gaskets. 
20000 mi

US $409
DSC Hydro unit replaced. 
24000 mi

US $79
Replaced left rear bulb carrier. 
26000 mi Side view mirror motors problem. 
32000 mi Automatic seat belt does not retract all the way. 
33000 mi Steering lock malfunction (dealer installed new steering column) First the ratchet sound then the steering lock malfunction, padlock symbol lights come on. Dealer replaced new steering column. 
11000 mi Rear light holders and connections replaced from indication of light out but bulbs still working 
11000 mi Alternator malfunction and replacement. 
25000 mi Radiator replaced following service engine light; no details given 

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2007 BMW 3-Series 2dr Coupe

230-horsepower 3.0L I6 5-speed manual RWD

5000 mi adaptive brake lightbulb needed to be changed because of voltage fluctuations triggering exterior light failure warning. 
16000 mi Check engine light on, computer reflashed. 
18000 mi Check engine light on, computer reflashed. Successful reflash. 
23300 mi CEL on, existing service bulletin for problem required software update 
44300 mi Driver's side rear tail light wasn't working. Brake and turn signal lights within same cluster functioned. Changed bulb, checked and cleaned contacts prior to taking to dealer. Entire cluster was replaced under warranty. 

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2006 BMW 3-Series 4dr Wagon

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

115700 mi

US $60
Rough start, car would die unless RPM was above 2000. Replaced all sparkplugs and coils which fixed the problem. Replaced left halogen (3rd party housing) headlight, and replaced right to match. 
50840 mi

C $150
Engine check light...dealer test indicated faulty thermostat, but intermittent (not faulty at time of test), so re-set but not replaced (for now) :-) 
64480 mi

C $250
Starter failed 
74400 mi

C $838
One Xenon headlight intermittent. Dealer replaced both bulbs at $400 each OUCH!!! Engine Check light on. Failed Thermostat was replaced. Ticking sound at idle. Replaced belt tensioner. 
79980 mi

C $1300
Oil filter housing gasket on top of engine failed. Oil shorted out electric cooling pump, car stopped at side of highway, had to be towed to dealer. 
43000 mi

US $50
Sunroof stuck closed 
51300 mi

US $30
Windshield reservoir motor faulty 
56000 mi

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

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2006 BMW 3-Series 4dr Sedan

turbocharged 286hp 2.0L I4 4-speed automatic FWD

87700 mi

US $200
Replaced battery. 
69620 mi

C $300
new battery 
76440 mi

C $1000
Driver side mirror faulty 
77340 mi Bottom of both front doors rusted on the inside 
20000 mi Blower motor failure. 
23000 mi Warning light indicating ignition lock problem. Dealer replaced steering column and flashed software. 
28000 mi Roundel on steering wheel was discoloring. This required replacement of the airbag. 
33000 mi Replacement of worn trunk struts. 
40000 mi

US $23
Headlight replacement. 
55500 mi

US $400
Right rear seatbelt tensioner failed. 
77000 mi Power door locks and fuel door stopped working. Took car to dealer, diagnosis was a blown 15 amp fuse (all door locks triggered at same time use 14.7 amps, dealer replaced fuse with a 20amp for free. 
84000 mi

US $600
Bad thermostat. 
3000 mi The driver-side wiper flew off the car when I switched on the wipers. The dealer replaced it at no charge to me. 
7000 mi Clunking noise from the rear differential when changing gear (manual transmission). Replaced driveshaft and rear differential. Must have been expensive! Seems to have been a known issue with the previous generation BMW 3-series. 
12000 mi Electric steering wheel lock fails to disengage. 
17000 mi Rattle in dash. It's real, but dealer couldn't replicate it. 
28000 mi Rattle in dash. Clunking noise from rear axle. 
30000 mi Clunking in rear axle. Delamination of both outside mirrors. 
45000 mi

US $200
Paint flaked off roof drip rails. Repainted. Rear left window stuck down. 
50000 mi Check engine light came on. Reset but came back on. 
51000 mi

US $25
Check engine light came on again. Bought new gas cap and reset light. Light came on again. 
53000 mi

US $420
Check engine light on. Replaced pump for pressurizing gas tank. Rear window regulator broke. Replaced. *dup Check engine light on. Replaced fuel tank pressurizing pump. *dup Stuck window. Replaced regulator. 
53000 mi

US $328
Replaced one failed coil, and six plugs. 
58000 mi Service engine soon light on. Reset. 
59500 mi

US $250
Dead battery, won't keep charge enough. 
84320 mi

C $650
Oil filter housing base gasket. 
89900 mi

C $500
Check Engine light while at the dealer (not before). Replaced coil. 
98580 mi

C $1200
2 rear door controller 
87000 mi

US $125
Bulb socket for angel eye headlight ring went out on the passenger side. This fix requires the removal of a wheel, the wheel well and the headlight housing. 
98000 mi

US $125
Check engine light came on. 
108000 mi

US $200
One bad coil pack 
155700 mi

US $400
New plugs and cylinder coil 
161000 mi

US $2300
Oil pan gasket PVC hose and oil separator 
175300 mi

US $775
Replaced drive shaft/U joint Replaced front directional socket 
81000 mi Right rear window stuck in down position; window motor replaced 
87000 mi

US $50
driver's side seatbelt kept getting jammed; replaced. 
88000 mi

US $50
Water pump failed causing car to overheat; this caused a head bolt to crack. All bolts and water pump replaced 
96000 mi passenger rearview mirror developed rust stains on edges of mirror; mirror had become delaminated. 
114000 mi

US $1100
factory original batt died, $200 for batt, $150 labor oil pan gasket leak 
146000 mi

US $800
shifter seal worn. replacement seal didn't fix problem. rebuilt transmission required after pressurizing transmission to factory specs caused car to pop out of R and 1st gear. 
148000 mi

US $1900
starter completely seized, replaced 
159700 mi

US $1100
crank position sensor failed 
176000 mi

US $750
belt tensioner pulley on alternator broke 
30000 mi Engine Knock on cold weather with cold engine. Replaced Head. 
66700 mi

US $3
Door Lock fuse blown. I had to do it couple of times until I found a service announcement from BMW suggesting that the fuse should be replaced with a higher rated one. 
86000 mi

US $800
Emission problem 
25000 mi Rattle fixed by adjusting hood stop 
58000 mi

US $50
Steering wheel clock warning light, repair was software update 
71300 mi

US $75
Ignition coil failure 
85000 mi

US $80
Failed Ignition Coil 
18000 mi Complete turn signal housing needed to be replaced due to corrosion. Installed new turn signal housing. 
38000 mi Clutch replaced. 
43000 mi Door handle ordered due to defective handle. 
48000 mi Driver and passenger door handles defective and needed to be replaced. Defective airbag sensor replaced in passenger seat. 
47000 mi Blower fan on heat/AC started making odd squealing noise. Fan was replaced by dealer under warranty at no cost to owner. Door handles replaced because they were sticking. Dealer told me this can be an issue on 06 models and they replace the sticking handles with re-designed ones. 
59000 mi Hydraulic valve lifters replaced for ticking issue in TSB. Following replacement of hydraulic valve lifters earlier in the month, ticking on cold start returned intermittently. Upon return to dealer, they agreed to replace the cylinder head to address the issue. 
62000 mi

US $1200
Multiple warning lights illuminated, radio stopped communicating with car computer. Radio was replaced - not covered under CPO warranty. Window regulator on the front passenger side replaced because it was squeaking loudly. Front sway bar bushings rotted and squeaking. Car exhibits more body roll than normal. Parts replaced and handling improved, but squeak is back within a few days. Rear end still exhibits poor handling. Will bring car back again. 
65000 mi

US $50
CEL on. Dealer replaced VANOS solenoids. Car still squeaks/creaks when going over speed bumps or coming to a stop when braking hard. Problem seems worse when its warmer outside. Dealer says can't reproduce. Front sway bar bushings were previously replaced - didn't help. 
90000 mi

US $1200
Valve cover gasket leaking oil. Replaced with new gasket. 
98000 mi Car is making a creaking sound with load changes/chassis flex when it is cold/wet outside. Inspection completed and could not find a reason for the sound, problem persists. Strut brace determined to be causing creaking noise. Strut brace re-torqued. 
100000 mi

US $2000
Car would turn over slow and act like it didn't want to start. Starter motor replaced. Oil pan gasket leaking. Gasket replaced. Manual transmission shift and output seal leaking. Both seals replaced. "Lifetime" fluid replaced.. Alternator belt worn. Belt replaced. 
36580 mi faulty inlet vanos solenoid (caused CEL to come on) driveshaft hanger bearing needed replacing 
66340 mi

C $50
Windshield wipers stopped. Relay switch broken. Originally claimed not under warranty, even tho windshield wiper system was. They then allowed the claim after I complained to the manager. 
73160 mi

C $50
Driver's side mirror would extend beyond normal, until reaching fully out, flush against the A-pillar. The motor was found to be at fault, and it was replaced. 
73780 mi

C $1200
Passenger seat bottom replaced, due to excessive heating, completely covered by BMW 
79980 mi

C $50
water pump failed, thermostat damaged 

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2006 BMW 3-Series 4dr Sedan

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

30000 mi Driver door handle periodically sticking. Lubricated - problem has not returned. 
32000 mi Door locks on all 4 doors were not operating correctly, 3 of 4 doors were locked shut and could not be opened. 
34000 mi Replaced peeling portion of interior driver door handle. 
98000 mi

US $500
driver's side rear window would not roll up 
100700 mi

US $400
Water pump failed 
15000 mi *Battery died, less than 2 years old 
15000 mi *dead battery with only 2 years in service 
53000 mi

US $580
Valve cover was leaking oil in the front of the vehicle due to two broken aluminum valve cover bolts. Gasket and bolts replaced. 
84000 mi

US $1100
A/C Compressor pulley broke while driving. Vehicle was towed to independent shop.  
109000 mi

US $107
A "Service Engine" light illuminated. It was taken to an independent shop who diagnosed it as a Camshaft Position Sensor that needed to be replaced. They reset the light. However the light never illuminated again, car fine, no part replaced. 
122000 mi

US $1400
Bent control arm. Two more control arms with leaking bushings found. All four were replaced. Right front tie-rod replaced due to being frozen and not adjustable. Needed an alignment so this had to be replaced also. 
134000 mi

US $55
Right side corona light went out. Replaced light bulb myself. 
140000 mi Possible refrigerant leak. System recharged. 
168000 mi

US $60
Oil filter housing gasket leaking. Replaced myself. 
116000 mi

US $75
Seat belt and airbag light came on with battery replacement... 
117000 mi

US $1000
Water pump failure... 
148000 mi

US $1495
leaking Transmission oil pan. Transmission Flushed, oil pan and filter replaced. 
38000 mi Dashboard instrument cluster squeaked over harsh pavement. Put pieces of business cards in between instrument cluster and dash - problem solved (per BIMMERFEST FORUM) 
46300 mi When car has been sitting in sub 40 degree temps, rattle comes from left defroster vent. There were a few other rattles from the blower motor, but they were more faint. Dealer replaced blower motor fixing this but could not repliate original rattle 
49000 mi Drivers seat leatherette was separating not on a seam, indicating a manufacturing defect. Gear shift knob peeling. Also, vinyl center console peeling by drivers seat. Dealer replaced center console, gear shift knob, and seat cover under warranty. 
69000 mi Front door locks and fuel filler door doorlock actuators failed. Replaced under CPO warranty.  Fuel pump was failing. Engine stumbled a couple of times. CHECK ENGINE light came on. Dealer replaced fuel pump under CPO warranty. 
79000 mi *d Bad fuel pump. Covered under warranty. Leaking valve cover gasket. 
83000 mi

US $672
Bad ignition coil. 
92000 mi Bad water pump. Engine overheated. Bad dash center speaker. Squeaky front suspension. Suspect sway bar bushings require replacement. 
48500 mi

US $1300
DMTL pump faulty. replaced and reset error codes. leaking mechatronic sealing sleeve in transmission. replaced 
54000 mi

US $220
Car would not start due to low battery. Replaced battery with oem part from dealer. Battery lasted 6 years which today is normal. 
96300 mi

US $35
Halo light needed replacing. 
130000 mi Fog light bulb replacement. Took about 15 minutes. 
134300 mi

US $170
Bad engine coil. 
66000 mi

US $190
Driver mirror turns on its own when opening vehicle, car feels like a tractor, it had a bad ignition coil #5, after replacing it, car ran smooth and mirror went back to normal 
68700 mi

US $277
The fan quit working, not hot air, no AC. The Blower speed control resistor went bad. 
89000 mi

US $965
I was leaking fluids on the driveway. The transmission pan was leaking, plastic warped.  The Brake light was on and brakes are OK was told the ABS Control Unit was defective. Light warning went away running light, angel eye was burnt Intake gasket was replaced. 
110000 mi

US $531
valve cover gasket and bolts set that snapped off 
111000 mi

US $695
had oil leaks from transmission and from filter gasket. Also the halo light went out on the other side now. 
113000 mi

US $694
replaced belt tensioner replaced transmission oil pan  replaced filter housing gasket replaced front running light 
115000 mi

US $780
Transmission seal leak 
118700 mi

US $232
front door actuator failed 
4340 mi Small piece of plastic flew off the windshield wiper on the highway. Replaced under warranty. 
11160 mi Persistent creaking noise from steering rack (vehicle equipped with Active Steering). 
16120 mi Intermittent check engine warning light; rough idling and car stalled once. 
27900 mi Driver's door lock mechanism stopped functioning, except when manually unlocking / locking with key blade (remote and proximity sensor functionality not working). 
Persistent noise from hvac system eventually diagnosed as leaking water pump. 
59000 mi

US $50
Valve cover gasket, oil sensor, head bolts all replaced 
68000 mi

US $50
Transmission issue, mechatronic sleeve, seal and fluid replaced. Came from factory with slight leak in seal that was replaced. Squeaky blower. Replaced. Brake sensor issue, software update remedied situation. 
74000 mi

US $50
Steptronic mode on transmission would not engage into "DS" setting or "manual" setting. Sensor replaced, functionality restored. 
88000 mi

US $50
Engine ticking. Replaced rockers and lifters 
44020 mi

C $570
Replace the radio due to dead pixels. 
63240 mi

C $375
Replace and register battery 
38000 mi Passenger seat airbag sensor was not working. 
76000 mi

US $900
wanter pump failed 
77000 mi

US $225
Window regulator failed with window down. 
80000 mi

US $200
Starter failed. Rear passenger window regulator failed. 
105000 mi

US $600
Replaced burned out stereo amplifier. Would have done it at the dealer but they wanted $2k to replace it with a new one. Put in a used one instead. 
73740 mi

C $700
control arm bushings on both sides headlight bulb 
40000 mi Door hinges work squeaky. Surprisingly they replaced the hinges. Maybe it is a warranty thing or a BMW thing. 
48000 mi Control arm bushings leaking, replaced. Oil leak. Valve gasket replaced. problem not solved. remote failed. Previous leak re-diagnosed as Transmission leak and fixed. Free under CPO warranty but had to mildly fight to get them to waive the deductible as a redo. 
72000 mi

US $420
Alternator tension bolt. 
77000 mi

US $550
Left rear window regulator. 
78000 mi

US $1600
HVAC Blower replacement Water pump and thermostat. 
23000 mi

US $500
Replace and Program new battery 
20000 mi Horn does not sound when pressing left side of horn pad (on steering wheel) 
24000 mi Replace horn/air-bag module. 
92700 mi

US $200
Severe engine miss, occurred after tune-up. On the way to the mechanic, engine ran smoothly. I had added a can of Sea Foam prior to the trip. Probably bad gas. Running fine now. Cylinder #5,coil replaced. 
83000 mi

US $350
replaced failed ignition coil on cylinder 3 
83700 mi

US $1300
Failed Window Wiper Motor and Junction Box Electrical Module 
72000 mi

US $500
rear passenger side window regulator 
73000 mi

US $115
replaced with oem, did not reset 
80000 mi

US $858
could smell burning fluid from cabin. oil leaking from valve cover to exhaust manifold. 
91000 mi

US $1200
High temp indicator on highway. In retrospect, heard fan staying on at high speeds on startup and after turning engine off. Needed coolant pump, preventive replacementof thermostat 
100000 mi

US $400
finally replaced amplifier after two years with no audio. bought used oem on ebay 
102000 mi diagnosed oil leak but uncertain if oil filter housing or oil pan. replaced oil filter housing gasket. coolant leak. hose clamp found not to be attached correctly after previous repair 
71600 mi The Driver side exterior mirror had to be replaced, as it was jammed. This was replaced for free due to an extended warranty. 
110000 mi

US $300
Trunk latch doesn't shut. Dealer can't fix 
62000 mi

US $150
Convenience Locking sporadically not working. Reset keys. Some minor routine maintenance was performed during the shop visit. 
27000 mi I started getting "Sliding Roof Anti-trap function" message in the console. Sun roof was not opening. Not sure what they did, but the problem stands fixed. 
59000 mi My '06 330i is under extended warranty. Along with scheduled maintenance, I told them to fix the power seat that was not adjusting automatically for myself and my wife. Later I found that while the seat now adjusts, the mirrors still don't. 
61000 mi Service soon indicator came on. When we took it to the shop, they said it is due to bad gasoline and asked us to go to Shell or Texaco and avoid the rest. 
66000 mi

US $3000
Due to faulty ignition coil one of the cylinders was not functioning 
87000 mi

US $550
Not entirely sure. Service soon light was on when I took it for service 
90700 mi

US $700
Ignition problem, not all spark plugs firing. Replaced some ignition circuit. 
105000 mi

US $1300
- control arm bushing - front brakes - oil gasket - other routine maintenance 
109000 mi

US $175
Programming issue. They recalibrate some sensors (perhaps the steer position sensor) 
110700 mi

US $380
One of the ignition coils was malfunctioning, causing engine to vibrate. 
114000 mi

US $1200
It needed a starter motor replacement 
114000 mi

US $180
Replacing a light bulb shouldn't be a complicated process involving 1 hour labor from a skilled professional. It is starting to feel like these German cars require you to bear with too much pain for slightly more driving pleasure. 

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2006 BMW 3-Series 4dr Sedan

255-horsepower 3.0L I6 6-speed manual RWD

50000 mi

US $50
None of the doors would unlock except the driver's door would unlock with the hard key or from the inside. The fuel door would not open except the emergency handle under a panel in the trunk. 
25000 mi Air-fuel sensor replaced. Fuel tank filter replaced. 
39000 mi Electrical system. Incorrect indication of fuel level 
66000 mi

US $142
The TCU Module Quit. Cost to replace $1064.23. Replace Fog Lamp, dealer had quoted 168.62 Replace Windshield Washer Pump, dealer had quoted 318.59 
49000 mi Replaced solenoids that control cam timing, which tripped a check engine light. Also replaced one speaker as it crackled at times. 
67000 mi

US $300
Replace blower motor 
75700 mi

US $250
Replace battery 
85000 mi

US $1100
Replace angel eyes on both headlights 
116000 mi

US $50
Door lock actuators on both front doors malfunctioned. Angel eyes halo light failed 
44000 mi I had them replace the rubber lining on the drivers side door because it was worn.  
50000 mi Trunk actuator. 
53000 mi Driver's side A pillar column cover became partially detached. 
60000 mi

US $50
Driver's side back door window motor went out, couldn't lift the window. 
36000 mi Headlight washer jets sprang a leak. This had happened on my 330xi 06 as well. If I had this car out of warranty, I might disconnect the headlight washers as they are not that necessary, running out of washer fluid in the middle of winter is unpleasant. 
38000 mi Brake and stability warning lights on. Diagnosed as bad steering angle sensor. Dealer replaced sensor/OBC/stalks in the steering wheel column under warranty. 
122000 mi

US $177
Blower motor failed, no A/C air in cabin. Part replaced, works fine now. 
129000 mi

US $15
Rear view mirror detached from windshield. Glass shop re-glued it. 
139500 mi

US $1150
Car went in for track inspection, found faulty thermostat. Replaced thermostat and water pump. 
143000 mi

US $565
Valve cover gasket and oil filter housing gasket were leaking. Replaced by indy shop. 
150500 mi

US $660
Oil pan gasket was leaking and was replaced by independent BMW shop. 
157000 mi

US $1100
Started up one day and idle was very rough, service engine soon light came on within minutes. Had car towed to BMW shop, diagnosed bad ignition coil. Replaced all 6 proactiviely 
158700 mi

US $1781
Struts were worn out and hard winter in New England did them in. One blew on a pothole and I had them all replaced. 
103000 mi

US $1100
replaced electric water pump and thermostat. both failed - car would overheat on highway at high rpm. 
103000 mi

US $1200
Starter Doors wouldn't open. Replaced some fuses and relay. Xenon headlamps 
95000 mi

US $558
Replaced battey, car had to be programmed for new battery and had load test performed on old battery Issue with VANOS, TSB exists from BMW. Car has CEL but runs normally. worn front control arm bushings, require replacement control arms and 4 wheel alignment. 
72700 mi

US $1825
AC Compressor seized, belt pulley broke on compressor, belt broke. 
28080 mi Driver's side door lever LED light bulb burnt out. Installed the driver's side door lever LED light bulb. 
35340 mi

C $270
2006 E90 3-series have an electronic steering lock (ELV) - this feature was removed in late 2006.  I had a yellow ELV failure warning light appear twice, which prevented the car from starting.  I had to remove and reinsert the key fob before the warning. 
47300 mi

C $150
Backup lights failed 
60140 mi

C $27
Wiper relay needed replacing. 
48000 mi

US $90
Driver's side door actuator stopped responding to unlock commands from the electrical system. Common problem. Door actuator replacement successfully repaired the problem. 
38000 mi Power rear shade intermittently inoperative. 
42000 mi

US $200
Rear windscreen power shade intermittently inoperative. Turning car in on lease so not going to repair. 
97500 mi

US $200
Oil filter housing gasket was replaced. 
105500 mi

US $300
Bushings for tension strut was leaking on left and right front. Replaced both tension struts. 
110000 mi

US $99
Diagnosis of trunk latch not working. Dealer was unable to fix and stated the Junction Box Module may be the culprit. This seems unlikely as the lock is mechanically activating but just not unlocking. (Sound) Dealer charged $99 to inspect 
122700 mi

US $200
xenon lights 
126000 mi

US $80
Replaced broken cupholder 
67000 mi Compressor was replaced along with idler pulley. Compressor was functioning prior to replacement, but was generating a high pitched whining noise. Dealer originally indicated that nothing was abnormal, but eventually agreed to replace. 
49500 mi

US $56
Rear passenger window regulator 
52000 mi

US $420
Fuel pump housing plastic dry rotted and cracked. This cause a fuel leak. 
58000 mi

US $966
Slipping clutch, replaced clutch assembly. 

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2006 BMW 3-Series 4dr Sedan

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

54000 mi

US $311
Regulator failed on driver's side rear window. Replaced. 
58000 mi

US $1100
Washer system losing fluid. Leaking headlamp nozzles. Battery failed, car would not start, jumped and driven to dealer repair shop. Door lock actuators failed. Reset would not fix problem. Car left overnight for diagnosis. TSB recommended replacing actuators. 
76000 mi

US $100
Rear wheel bearings were worn out and replaced. 
12000 mi Car would not start sometimes with 'key' inserted. Radio would not turn off sometimes with 'key' removed. Problem fixed by replacing defective'key' insert module with new one. No issues since. *The OEM Bridgstone EL42 runflat tires become extremely noisy after about 5000 miles of driving. The orginial tires were replaced with same brand at about 5000 miles. At 11000 miles the tires were replaced again this time with Continental brand. So far 
15000 mi *Replaced battery and checked electrical charge circuit. Repair was successful and was entirely covered by warranty. 
15000 mi *Car was becoming very slow in starting (low battery). Charging circuit checked okay. Dealer replaced the battery. All works perfectly now. 
15000 mi *Car was very slow to start. Took car to dealership for check. Found battery defective. Replaced battery under mfg warranty. All is well now. 
24000 mi Replaced starter.  Replaced accessory belt tensioner (leaking)and belt. Replaced high pressure A/C hose (leaking). Replaced interior drivers door arm rest (coming apart). 
25000 mi Rear brake wear sensors causing squealing noise. Replaced under service bulletin notice. Original brake pad sensors were not designed properly causing a squealing noise. New pads were installed with newly designed sensors. 
53000 mi

US $1300
Steering wheel electronic lock failed. Failure of this lock would prevent car from starting. The cost included replacement of a portion of the steering wheel column. Expensive!!! 
67000 mi

US $4500
Valve cover oil leak fix (broken valve cover bolts), replaced valve lift mechanism (failed). 6 new ignition coils (one failed), 6 new spark plugs, replaced drive belt idler (failing), oil change, new windshield wipers. 
76000 mi

US $1200
Steering angle sensor was failing. This is part of the computer system in the car and part of the driving safety...as I understand. If it fails completely, the car will not start. Very expensive fix. 
32000 mi Interior plastic trim items peeling in 3 locations. 
33000 mi Lifters were making "ticking" sound until engine warmed up. Common E90 330 engine problem. Murray BMW "solved" by running engine at 3,000 RPM's for 3 minutes. Odd repair, we'll see if it works. So far, so good. Sunroof rattle -- they could not duplicate but interestingly enough I hear it every day I drive the car. Next time ... 
41000 mi Rattle in sunroof finally fixed -- entire headliner was removed, new sunroof rails installed. Problem solved, complaint number 3 to the dealership. Keep after em! 
44000 mi A/C did not blow cold, only mildly cool air. A leak in the hose from the A/C condenser was found. System recharged. Also, moonroof bounce-back when closing problem also repaired by updating the car's computer system. 
45000 mi

US $150
Car was leaking antifreeze over Christmas, took it to a mechanic (now 4 months out of original warranty) and the leak was due to a faulty sensor. Can't recall which one. 
46700 mi

US $600
SOS telematics system failed, which also knocked out the Bluetooth system.  
73000 mi

US $600
Passenger seat sensor failed. Dealer replaced under CPO. 
11000 mi No high beam on left Bi-Xenon headlight. Reflash did not work. Dealer replaced headlight unit. 
49000 mi

US $50
Independent mechanic noticed leaking at rear of transmission at mechatronic interface. Dealer replaced sleeve. 
49000 mi Blown speaker. 
62000 mi

US $430
Wiring seal leaking, seal replaced along with fluid and pan. 
73000 mi

US $823
replaced leaking oil seal and housing 
75000 mi

US $277
Broken door actuator - could not unlock driver side door from outside vehicle. 
87000 mi

US $600
replacement of original battery 
92000 mi

US $1210
water pump failed. Water pump and hoses replaced. 
94000 mi

US $400
belt tensioner replacement oil pan gasket leak - deferred due to $1200 cost Solenoid faults - replacement recommended but deferred due to $800 cost 
109000 mi

US $350
HVAC fan motor replacement 
113000 mi

US $1400
Starter replacement oil seperator replacement due to leak 
116000 mi Defective starter replaced under warranty (second time in 6 months) 
37000 mi Transmission fluid leaked due to infrequent driving. The vehicle has not been started for over 6 months and the transmission fluid stayed idle and generated pressure to the gasket. The gasket and transmission fluid were both replaced. 
50000 mi

US $2645
Installed new shifter because auto-manual mode stopped working. Vehicle was drivable with "D" not "SD". Price includes power steering fluid, brake fluid, oil change, front tires and adjusted alignment. 
59000 mi

US $820
Excessive current draw from the front passenger door lock. Found and replaced blown fuse. 
69000 mi

US $700
Replace actuators, belts.  
85000 mi

US $100
Had to replace 2 low beam headlights. Turned pink. Pain in the ass because you have to remove the tire. 
86000 mi

US $150
*dupe Replaced Headlights 
93000 mi

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

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2006 BMW 3-Series 4dr Sedan

225-horsepower 3.0L I6 5-speed manual AWD

50300 mi Rear defrost stopped working. Was an undercharged battery. Replaced battery under makers warranty. 
21000 mi iDrive computer lost its mind: All computer controlled functions became unusable including wipers, lights, climate and turn signals. 
49000 mi Weatherstripping at base of rear window was coming off.  
57000 mi

US $446
Headlight washer motor/apparatus was leaking washer fluid. thia would empty the reservoir in a couple of hours and none of the washers would work. 
63000 mi

US $425
Windshield wipers stopped functioning due to bad relay. 
86000 mi

US $150
Controller (not bulb) for xenon headlight needed replaced. 
98000 mi

US $1363
Leaky headlight washer pumps Broken rear shock absorber 
100500 mi

US $40
IBS sensor was getting no voltage resulting in excessive battery wear. Found distribution panel fuse was blown, entire assembly needed replacement. 
103000 mi

US $120
Power steering fluid reservoir cap was leaking. Cap was replaced, fluid flushed. Front left shock was leaking fluid and making noise. Replaced all 4 corners including mounts and bearings. Oil filter housing gasket was leaking oil down the front of the engine block. Gasket replaced along with oil, oil filter, coolant, air filter. 
111500 mi Blower fan motor was squeaking. Pulled motor and oiled shaft. 
113000 mi Stumbles at full throttle at low RPM. No codes stored, attempted switch VANOS solenoids, didn't fix. Will replace VANOS check valves. 
114000 mi

US $30
Replaced VANOS check valves, they were not clogged but it seemed to help a little. 
117000 mi

US $150
Noted a cracked brake hose, replaced all 6. 
120000 mi

US $235
Front ball joints are both creaking. Misfire, cylinder 4. Replaced all plugs and coils. 
123000 mi

US $415
Right rear wheel bearing was making noise. Replaced. 
123000 mi Noise from front differential, metal came out. No repair available, would need new differential. Decided not to keep car. 
101000 mi

US $2800
audio amp in driver side trunk dead... Due to 'corrosion'. The price is huge from BMW for the part. This was for the high end 'Seven' system with 10 or 12 speakers. $2300. The special sensor box built into negative battery cable by the battery in trunk had failed. Car was running fine. Dealer said battery would not charge correctly unless assembly replaced. $500. 

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2006 BMW 3-Series 4dr Sedan

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

34000 mi ELECTRONIC STEERING WHEEL LOCK DEFECTIVE PER WARNING LIGHT AND EVENTUAL DIAGNOSTIC INTERROGATION COMPLETED REPAIR AFTER PARTS THAT WERE ORDERED CAME IN. 
41000 mi *microfilter for interior cabin air 
96000 mi

US $150
addressed check engine light (amber) perform cleaning of debris in housing per service bulletin. 
111000 mi

US $100
battery warning light came on. took car in for diagnotic work-up. service dept. said electrical system check out ok. no further repairs recommended. 
3100 mi check engine light on; as far as I know, the problem was related to the sensors and the programming of the CPU. 
5140 mi New problem of suspension bushings requiring replacement. Old problem as well -- check engine light on. Appointment booked for April to address both problems. Old problem as well -- check engine light on. 
6200 mi Replacement of rear supension bushings. In addition, all door handles were replaced because they frequently stuck open. There was also a routine oil change. 
7440 mi Check engine light on. One door handle continued to stick and was successfully repaired. Sunroof would frequently not close because safety sensor was being triggered inapproprately. No repairs were attempted because problem did not occur while in shop. However, it has not happpened again since the visit. 
11160 mi Work was done in January. All door handles replaced for a second time due to manufacturing defect which causes them to stick in pulled position. 
17360 mi *Tires very noisy. BMW has made arrangements with Bridgestone to replace them, the vehicle owner paying half the cost of the tires (for vehicles with 10-20,000 miles). This is the result of a manufacturing defect affecting Turanza EL 42 run flat tires.  
19220 mi Rear left door handle replaced for third time because it was sticking in open position. Car would not start in very cold weather and sound system would not operate properly. Charging system was checked but no problem identified. Sound system problem could not be replicated in shop.  Warning light incorrectly showed rear brake service required. Wiring connecting sensor to computer was replaced. 
26040 mi Shift lever replaced under warranty due to cosmetic flaws on handle (chromed plastic trim peeling). 
32240 mi rear brake sensor cable broken/brake warning light on dash 
32540 mi brake sensor replaced 
43400 mi

C $800
Starting motor failed. Battery control system failed. 
93000 mi

C $300
Electrical system failure. All speedometers gone wild, fan, radio, heating seats go ON/OFF on rainy/snowy days ! 
108500 mi

C $3500
Engine oil pan replaced Trans oil pan leaking and replaced Rear bearings and differential 
15000 mi Steering wheel lock problem. They replaced entire steering column . 
25000 mi Right rear window motor and regulator replaced. Replaced drivers side arm rest due to peeling of the grip. 
14000 mi Other than routine maintenance, they had to replace the automatic shift knob . 
36300 mi

US $544
Steering wheel lock failure light came on, dealer inspected & only needed new battery, no problems since . 
41000 mi

US $900
Coolant light came on, water pump needed. 
57000 mi

US $523
Slight shake,upon inspection, one of the Tierods had seized and needed replacement, including and alignment. 
93000 mi

US $130
Replaced gasket for Oil filter housing. Making a noise near the belt, replace main drive belt,belt tensioner pulley,deflection pulley. Noise is gone. Alternator died, battery would not hold a charge, Part was replaced and vehicle is working. 
95000 mi

US $311
Car started shaking, engine light came on, ignition coil #5 defective, replaced all coils & spark plugs. 
96000 mi

US $165
Car would not start alternator was new, battery was good. Starter was replaced & car started right up. Mechanic came to my home for repair, if not it would have been towed. Driver's side door lock would not open with remote, but it would close, replace door actuator and it now works. 
97000 mi

US $300
Oil leak from Crankcase Vent Valve (Pressure Regulating Valve) , replaced all crankcase vent hoses & oil pressure switch. Cruise control was not working, turned out to be a fuse was defective which was replaced and is working. 
76260 mi

C $180
One driving light was out - one hour repair 
97960 mi

C $308
rear shocks. rear shock mounts in subsequent trip. the garage realized that they should have done the repair when replacing the shocks and waived the labour charge. 
106400 mi

C $850
replaced sway bar links, lower rear position control arms, lower ball joints 
118420 mi

C $1100
replaced transmission pan, sleeve, valve body adapter when fixing a transmission seal leak There are two small oil leaks to be looked at the next time the car is being serviced. 

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2006 BMW 3-Series 4dr Sedan

215-horsepower 3.0L I6 6-speed manual AWD

81000 mi Windshield washer not working (washer pump failure).  
89500 mi Now washer fluid seems to be leaking into engine??? Returning for service 2/3/16. 
91000 mi

US $3000
Electric water pump failed during out of town trip. Replaced water pump + expansion tank (damaged by heat). Sensor does not provide warning as the pump was failing intermittently. Could have blown engine. Got lucky??? Coolant sensor flashed <1 sec. 
100000 mi

US $1100
Passenger door lock actuator replaced Both rear wheel bearings replaced 
25000 mi Driver side window actuator. 
52000 mi

US $164
windshield wiper relay failed 
56000 mi Headlight bulb. 
68000 mi

US $1030
It needed the key module (in the dash) replaced due to intermittent failure. It also had the right front headlight washer replaced (due to leak). 

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2006 BMW 3-Series 4dr Sedan

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

60140 mi Part was replaced 
61680 mi

C $538
Routine oil change, changed cabin filter & engine filter, replaced glass only on passenger side mirror after it fell off. Simple repair ordered mirror only, I snapped the black under mount off and the new unit snapped in with a healthy click. 
62000 mi Drivers door was replaced under rust warranty. 
63240 mi

C $418
replaced original battery. battery was 1/2 charging. 
65720 mi

C $140
Car was very loud. Replaced 3 exhaust flange bolts. One was bad the other 2 preventative. 
66960 mi

C $1052
Replace rear crank seal, replace oil pan gasket. Oil pan gasket was o'k I had it changed just as maintenance piece of mind. 
67580 mi

C $1312
Replaced water pump and thermostat, latter preventively. 

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2006 BMW 3-Series 4dr Sedan

-horsepower 5-speed manual FWD

23000 mi Sunroof error message. Software reset by dealer. **Windshield wiper fluid screen clogged. dealer cleaned it. 
41000 mi light bulb replaced  suspension: a bolt got loose and was manually tightened; interior driver's door handle peeling: replaced under warranty; steering wheel bmw emblem needed replaced due to peeling - dealer refused stating that owner caused problem 
57000 mi

US $4500
replaced front struts 
52000 mi Steering warning indicator lamp lit. Manufacturer installed software update, which fixed the problem. 
67500 mi

US $345
Replaced original battery 7 years after purchase of vehicle 
81000 mi

US $1900
Replace front struts that were leaking. Problem discovered after routine inspection. 
26000 mi Passenger seat airbag sensor malfunctioned. Replaced under warranty. 
20000 mi Replaced engine starter motor. 
60000 mi Moldy odor from AC vents. Removed and cleaned cabin filter and sprayed deodorant into intake vents 
36000 mi Tire sensor fault 
14000 mi Front headlight bulb replaced. 
25000 mi Paint peeling in door pull. 
86000 mi Rear driver side window would not raise Folding driverside outside mirror behaves erratically. folds all the way to point to front of vehicle wenever door is opened. cracking sound whenever it folds like that like something inside is broken. Mirror assembly was replaced ($650) 
99000 mi

US $1100
solenoid replacement 
104000 mi

US $450
Replace sensor (don't recall name) 
31000 mi

US $50
Issues with door/key "chime" sounds static like and the blinker "tick" noise is intermittent. The instrument cluster was replaced after failing a test as per a TSB. 
60000 mi

US $240
Radio LCD pixels out. 
69500 mi

US $100
Windshield washer pump failed and sprayed no water, washer pump, pump filter cleaning and rubber grommet to be replaced by owner himself, 1 hour labor and $25 part from Ebay. Rear window glass rubber molding seal is broken in pieces, replaced the parts by owner. $50 parts + 1 hr labor to remove, clean and install. Done by owner. 
72000 mi

US $30
Ignition coil #2 failure, replaced only #2 coil, working good. Parts:$30. labor $0. Did it myself. 
79000 mi

US $30
Left low-beam headlight went out, so I replaced both the left and right low-beam headlamps. 
87700 mi I noticed some small drops of oil below my car in my garage. Independent mechanic diagnosed a cracked oil pan gasket resulting in very slow leak of oil. Opted not to repair at the moment due to the high number of labor hours required. 
94300 mi

US $167
Front passenger-side seat belt buckle stopped reliably locking on the seat belt. Based on forum advice, I decided to replace the part, identified specifically as the seat belt buckle and pretensioner. 
100000 mi Cracked oil pan gasket never replaced. 
91000 mi

US $35
Replaced the "halo" bulbs. Passenger bulb stopped working and it made more sense to replace both at the same time. It took more than 10 minutes. BMW made sure to hide it well. 
107000 mi

US $25
One bad outer tie rod end so both replaced. 
68000 mi

US $1
rear window on the driver's side stopped working - stuck in lowered position. 
73000 mi

US $1200
All of the sudden the car wouldn't start. Had to tow it to the dealer. They had to replace starter. Cost was $1200 - since we had extended warranty we paid $200 out of pocket. 
92000 mi

US $600
Coolant pump failed. Had to be replaced. 
84000 mi Condenser and compressor broke. 
79000 mi

US $640
Right rear window motor and cable replace 
86000 mi

US $295
Replaced the left rear window mechanism. 
60000 mi

US $1200
replaced starter 
81000 mi

US $120
Low coolant level indicator on. Coolant stains in engine bay. Radiator and upper hose replaced. Oil filter housing gasket is leaking. Oil on belt and tensioner. Replace gasket, belt, and tensioner. 
85000 mi

US $400
Failed fuel sending unit, driver side, leaking fuel - $155 parts, $245 labor. 
88300 mi

US $100
Car warned me about low coolant. Plastic radiator vent hose, and the nipple where said hose is attached the the upper rad hose, got brittle and cracked. Slowish leak, masked by AC condensate on the driveway. Replaced the two hoses. 
89000 mi

US $140
Smelled gasoline coming from back seat. Fuel filter/pressure regulator that sits in top of gas tank had developed tiny cracks and was leaking fuel slowly. Replaced with new. 
89000 mi Passenger seat occupancy sensor failed, resulting in a airbag light on dash. Replaced by dealer free of charge under extended warranty (specific to this component/failure mode, "recall-lite"). 
89000 mi Fuel injector #2 failed throwing open circuit code and producing rough running. Resistance out of spec. Swapped #2 injector with #5 to confirm injector failure and not ECU or harness. Replaced injector with new OEM part. Dealer coded car after previous repair (passenger seat occupancy sensor) and failed to recalibrate sunroof as required, resulting in malfunction and minor damage to cassette. Assessed damage (inconsequential), recalibrated sunroof with INPA. 
92000 mi

US $500
Transmission went into failsafe mode. Retrieved slip codes via INPA, gambled that the issue might be in the valve body (common ZF 6HP19 fault), got a set of replacement solenoids and replaced along with fluid and various rubber bits. 
99000 mi

US $300
Got a low coolant warning. Diagnosed a hairline crack in plastic radiator neck. Replaced radiator and some hoses. 
103700 mi

US $2000
Oil Leaks (Valve Cover, oil pan) Window was stuck in down position. 
148000 mi

US $755
Belt tensioner replaced Rear window regulator failed 
66000 mi

US $1300
Water pump needed replacement and thermostat was also replaced as well. Repairs done at an indy but parts and coolant were ordered from the dealer. Parts about 700, labor was 350 and an extra 180 for diagnostics. 
77300 mi

US $435
Oil leak at valve cover gasket 
87000 mi

US $1500
Car died while idling shortly after starting on cold day. Codes related to Throttle position sensor, and TSB advising of ice in crankcase. Oil Separator Valve (PCV Valve) replaced. Belt tensioner replaced. Oil Filter housing gasket replaced. 
88300 mi

US $880
Symptoms were that the engine would turn over but not catch. About 50% or slightly more of the cost was labor. 
118000 mi

US $650
Needed new starter motor 
120000 mi

US $600
Replace both rear window regulators 
126000 mi The bane of BMW... Reset the never ending Airbag/Seatbelt system warning. Has been a problem for 2 years. Passenger seat sensor/padding replaced, (check). Redo steering wheel airbag sensor (check). Reset sensor light over and over, (check) 
131000 mi

US $800
Front Control arms Reset Airbag warning lights 
56000 mi Door handle didn't return to position after pulling out during opening. Bad spring. 
74000 mi

US $500
Oil gasket leak Radiator hose leak 
81000 mi

US $1950
Water pump replaced. Fluid leak 
99700 mi

US $800
Starter needed to be replaced. 
27900 mi

C $150
Automatic Climate Control motor flaps developed a fault. 
35960 mi

C $10
Power locks stopped working. Doors can only be unlocked by using mechanical key through outside and not through central lock. Searched through forums indicated potential issues with Door Lock Actuators but replaced fuse instead $5.00. 
37820 mi

C $240
Door lock module was replaced. Part was $80 and two hours of labor to install. 
39060 mi

C $500
Pads + rotors replaced. Calipers seized due to corrosion after 5yrs/62000kms. Seized calipers caused the brakes not to release after parking but still driveable. The replacement calipers formed the bulk of the cost and were hard to get. 
47120 mi Leak detected in automatic transmission. Identified as a transmission connector sleeve. Opted to go without the repair for now as coordinating timing. 
47120 mi

C $560
Automatic transmission connector sleeve leak 
41000 mi Fuel measurement devices inaccurate; overly optimistic readings showed extremely low fuel consumption levels. Instrument cluster replaced. 
58000 mi

US $50
Slow leak of ATF from improperly installed Transmission sleeve, noted in TSB. Covered under terms of Certified Warranty. 
77000 mi

US $50
Electric folding mirror detent broken, so driver side mirror would continuously try to fold beyond fully closed position. Exterior mirror housing replaced. Driver's door locking mechanism failed, would not unlock via central unlocking system (only mechanical unlock possible). Locking mechanism replaced. 
110500 mi

US $400
Oil filter housing gasket leaking; replaced. 
30000 mi Power Window failed - left window down. 
38000 mi

US $100
Oxygen Sensor failed and was replaced 
38000 mi Rear Door power locks actuator failed 
75000 mi Airbag light came on 
78000 mi Air bag light came back on, decided to replace some type of relay wire that was sending/misinterpreting the signal from the passenger seat pad sensor to the ECU 
80000 mi

US $50
Single ignition coil failed, was out of town but managed to drive the car in limp mode and took it in to have the coil replaced the next day. 
96000 mi

US $53
Rear window regulator failed Driver's door lock actuator failed. Water pump showed a deviation, was replaced. O-ring seal was leaking oil where the engine block meets the oil filter housing, saw spot on the ground. 
47000 mi Sunroof would not open completely. 
49000 mi Central locking mechanism went completely inop; could not lock or unlock car except with emergency key. No access to fuel door and passenger door would not open with or WITHOUT key. 
104000 mi

US $110
Upper windshield rubber was cracked and coming off. Shop replaced with new rubber. 
123700 mi

US $260
Passenger side, rear window regulator broke. Had it replaced. 
139000 mi

US $950
Water pump failed so had it replaced and the thermostat was replaced at the same time. 
141000 mi

US $579
Starter broke so I had it replaced with a new one. 
161000 mi

US $1046
Radiator leak. Was replaced. $460 parts & labor. 

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2006 BMW 3-Series 4-door

6-cylinder automatic 2WD

155500 mi

US $1400
ac issue 
42000 mi

US $57
Rear high brake light assembly faulty. 

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2006 BMW 3-Series 4-door

6-cylinder automated manual 2WD

36000 mi Squeaky sound from fan. Originally, dealer said not problem could not hear it. But subsequently they did hear it and it was worse when brakes were applied. Going back to shop today Driver side door panel is all peeling. Very bad. At first dealer would not replace but now they are going to replace it under warranty Push button for trunk lid broke. Ordered new part. 

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2006 BMW 3-Series 2dr Coupe

333-horsepower 3.2L I6 6-speed manual RWD

27900 mi Rearview mirror would not dim completely. Blotchy. Replaced and working fine now. 
8000 mi Minor oil leak from oil-temp/pressure sending unit (small oil spots on garage floor where car was routinely parked). 
15000 mi AC not getting cold enough, checked - found refrig very low. Leak tested, found leak but could not identify location. Replaced all AC lines (high & low pressure), core, recharged system. 
35000 mi Again due to climate control not working. All hoses to/from AC Compressor replaced (AGAIN), plus entire climate control panel on dash replaced. So far seems to be working again. 

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2006 BMW 3-Series 2dr Coupe

255-horsepower 3.0L I6 6-speed manual RWD

30000 mi *Routine checkup. 
38000 mi Oil change, door handles sticky.  Center dash above emergency flasher switch squeaky. Inner door handle peeling. Rain gutter clip broken. Lost drain plug cover for plastic cover on bottom of car. 
40000 mi Fixed center dash squeak again. Replaced inner door handle. 
48000 mi My center console has started peeling just like the door panels did. Dealer will not warranty. In contact with BMW NA now. My car is 06 but May/June 05 build. 
49000 mi Repaired Center Console Peeling. Car is flawless! 
63000 mi

US $500
Sloppy worn shifter. Installed BMW short throw shifter and flushed Radiator/Tranny/Rearend 
70700 mi replaced right rear window regulator.  
84000 mi

US $70
Automatic door lock actuators would not respond Key fob remote inputs 
88000 mi

US $70
#4 ignition coil failed. Replaced. 
98000 mi

US $825
Head bolts broken. Front four. 
105000 mi

US $175
Idler pulley and tensioner 
125000 mi

US $421
Water pump. Second one. Electric. First at 4000 

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2006 BMW 3-Series 2dr Coupe

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

75700 mi

US $70
Windshield washer pump started leaking. Replaced pump. 
79000 mi

US $430
Control arm bushings needed to be replaced. 
97000 mi

US $2100
Oil gaskets replaced and cleaned oil sludge inside the engine. Replaced front wheel bearings Replaced power steering pump 
110500 mi

US $1350
Gauge cluster failed and needed replacement. When the gauge cluster fails, the AC stops working as well. 

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2006 BMW 3-Series 2dr Coupe

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

41000 mi Air Bag electronics 

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2006 BMW 3-Series 2dr Coupe

225-horsepower 3.0L I6 5-speed manual RWD

56000 mi

US $50
Car would squeal while starting, technician noticed a cracked alternater belt & replaced it. 
59000 mi

US $50
Noticed noise similar to the cracked belt that was previously replaced. Dealer found starter stuck in engage position. $1200 part replaced for $50 under extended warranty. 
62000 mi

US $50
Bluetooth stopped working, then CEL, then had to be towed a couple of days later. Bluetooth issue and tow because of dead battery, diagnostic $125 and battery $350.  CEL was for bad thermostat, replaced under extended warranty. 
100300 mi

US $1250
Replaced radiator. Replaced sensor for oil level. 
104000 mi

US $261
After 8 years, car battery died during cold spell. Called AAA and they replaced battery for $261. Great deal compared with what dealers wanted. 

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2006 BMW 3-Series 2dr Convertible

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

21000 mi One key's remote function failed--need replacement--part ordered. 2nd key's lock function failed. They fixed it while I waited. 
22000 mi Leaky steering fluid line. 
26000 mi Replacement keys came in, so they just paired it to the car. 
52000 mi

US $1850
Replaced A/C Evaporator 
18000 mi

US $285
Battery needed to be replaced. 
19000 mi

US $449
Battery totally discharged. Tech checked total electrical system and found nothing wrong. Charged battery. leaking windshield washer pump and a couple of items that shop was "unable to duplicate" 
21000 mi

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

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2006 BMW 3-Series 2dr Convertible

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

42500 mi

US $52
The center console has bad emergency flasher/central door lock module (pretty typical of this model - susceptible to spillage from adjacent cup holder). Dealer wanted $130, part only (autohaus $52). 
43000 mi

US $330
Oil leak -- had to replace oil filter housing seal (this is top of engine location w filter in housing that leaked). 
46000 mi Replace DMS sensor; car had stalled while driving and would not restart. Towed to dealer which had to order part which took 3 days and then download software and recalibrate engine. Repair successful. 
46500 mi

US $53
Car has CPO and Extended Maint warranty. W/o warning,it failed to start. Key and steering column lock not in sync. Dealer said problem could return again w/o warning; unsure of cause - just a glitch! This is two complete failures w/in 60 day 
47700 mi BMW failed to start again, would turn over but not catch. Dealer diagnosed repair to misalignment w/in car's computer system. Dlr installed new software for entire car's electrical system rec'd from Germany, claiming "rare repair." 
60300 mi

US $180
replaced belts.  Also having problem with coolant light being on w/o coolant being low or having a problem with overheating. Interior heater does not work, however. 
70000 mi

US $750
Ignition coil on #3 cylinder Ignition switch and brake sensor 
74000 mi

US $1349
guibo - steering knuckle replaced. tie rods, replaced both sides - cost $660 total for this repair. 

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2006 BMW 3-Series 2dr Convertible

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

93000 mi

US $2000
New water pump and expansion reservoir Pulleys replaced 
110000 mi

US $50
Wire to headlight broke 
124000 mi

US $400
Leaking oil filter gasket 

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2006 BMW 3-Series 2dr Convertible

184-horsepower 2.5L I6 5-speed manual RWD

48000 mi Convertible seal rip. 
65000 mi

US $195
Car developed a vibration upon coasting after reaching 40 - 55 miles per hour. Parts were replaced. Valve cover gasket leaking. Oil indicator sensor was malfunctioning. 
71000 mi

US $1800
Thermostat stuck open. Replaced thermostat. Oil pan gasket leaking. Replaced. Radiator outlet temp sensor leaking. 
72000 mi

US $850
Rear differential seal was cracked and leaking. Replaced seal. Windshield washer pump went out. Glove compartment closure would not unlatch Roundel chipped 
75000 mi Mounting bracket came loose. Bolts tightened. 
84500 mi

US $1200
Thermostat housing was leaking. Coolant warning light indicated coolant leak. The radiator and coolant reservoir bottle were replaced. 
86000 mi

US $200
Battery went out. Car had to be towed to dealer for replacement. 

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2005 BMW 3-Series

Engine not specified

123000 mi

US $350
Fuel pump died. 
138700 mi

US $480
New ac hose and recharge 

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2005 BMW 3-Series 4dr Wagon

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

54000 mi

US $85
Right rear electric window inoperative - window regulator broken. Replaced broken regulator with OEM regulator ordered online. 
62000 mi

US $30
Replaced leaking windshield washer pump. 
62000 mi

US $1000
Replaced worn front lower control arm bushings Replaced leaking fan thermo switch Replaced leaking valve cover gasket Replaced broken crankcase ventilation hose Replaced leaking oil stand gasket 
67000 mi

US $100
Service engine soon light and rough idle. Engine code reader showed "Misfire cylinder 5". Replaced cylinder 5 ignition coil. Problem resolved. Service engine soon light. Code reader showed "Engine idle valve stuck closed." Removed, cleaned, and reinstalled engine idle valve. Problem resolved. 
70000 mi

US $70
Right front window regulator noisy and slow. Replaced window regulator. 
84000 mi

US $1276
Replacing faulty crankshaft sensor Replaced faulty brake light switch Replaced faulty thermostat 

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2005 BMW 3-Series 4dr Wagon

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

38000 mi Air conditioner did not cool when parked. Headlight washer hose leaked. Power steering hose leaked.  
60000 mi

US $400
rear hoghead (transaxle) was leaking. Dealer removed, replaced gasket and grease/oil left (driver) side low beam headlight replaced thermostat was sticking causing "check engine" light to illuminate and temp gauge to read cool. dealer replaced thermostat. 
61000 mi

US $10
replaced passenger side headlight 
66000 mi

US $780
front CV joints replaced on both sides (work completed in Stuttgart, Germany=excessive cost) 
73000 mi

US $300
Rear, driver side spring broken--required replacement. 
60000 mi had to replace the check valve on the Secondary Air Pump 
69000 mi Secondary Air Pump CEL; replaced check valve in the spring, but CEL has been intermittent since then. Update: later resolved itself. 
71000 mi

US $250
Driver's side CV boot was torn and leaking. Local indie shop replaced the boot. 
78000 mi

US $85
Replaced oil filter housing gasket. 
84000 mi

US $150
Exhaust flange gasket between the manifold outlet and first muffler failed. Shop replaced both gaskets; in order to do that they also removed and replaced the four corroded bolts. 
86000 mi

US $50
Replaced leaking valve cover gasket. Replaced passenger side power window regulator. 
98000 mi

US $198
Replaced the CCV system to address oil loss. 
99000 mi

US $200
Safety and emissions inspection revealed broken rear coil spring. Replaced both. 
111700 mi

US $300
Passenger-side inner axle failed, causing vibration when accelerating. 
133000 mi

US $300
Replaced blown rear shocks. 
141000 mi

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

US $225
Replaced leaking oil pan gasket.  Leaking axle seal after re-installing passenger side axle. Replace motor mounts. 
144300 mi

US $320
Replaced center support bearing. 
146300 mi

US $125
Vanos seals, leaking valve cover gasket, oil filter housing gasket. 
152000 mi

US $450
Fuel pump failure requiring a tow and replacement of the failed unit. 

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2005 BMW 3-Series 4dr Sedan

235-horsepower 3.0L I6 6-speed manual RWD

70000 mi

US $200
Replace sender for oil pressure sensor 
83000 mi

US $180
Not running on all cylinders consistently 
89000 mi

US $600
Replace window regulator and motor 
131000 mi

US $1205
Power steering pump failure. Replace pump and hose 
151000 mi

US $1072
AC Compressor seized. AC Compressor and accessory belt replaced. AC system recharged. 
152000 mi

US $100
Replace left front wheel bearing 
157000 mi

US $600
Replace differential bushings 
167000 mi

US $300
Replace broken underpanel. Not aware of hitting anything. At high speeds it just started flapping. 
168000 mi Hole in the side of the engine block 
40300 mi

US $331
Installed new coolant temp sensor in lower hose because old one leaking; filled system with fresh coolant, pressure tested to verify repair. Replaced drive belts due to wear and cracking. 
46000 mi

US $441
Replaced the front lower control arm bushings. Replacement cost included $82.00 for realignment. 
50000 mi Added freon to A/C system.  Passenger-side dash vents were blowing much warmer than driver-side, indicating a problem with the system. May be related to fan not running at higher rpm when warm. Will continue to monitor. 
56700 mi

US $202
Replaced main drive belt pulleys (idler pulley and adjusting pulley). $90 labor, $99 parts + tax and misc 
60000 mi

US $75
A/C not cooling properly, added 0.50 lb of freon, just like last summer. It appears there is a slight leak, which takes a year to become problematic (vehicle is in Phoenix, where summers are brutal). Will continue to monitor. 
110980 mi

C $4500
broken camshaft, engine replaced 
118420 mi

C $8
licence plate bulb sockets corroded. replaced with new LED units. 

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2005 BMW 3-Series 4dr Sedan

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

137000 mi

US $600
Needed new blower motor. 

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2005 BMW 3-Series 4dr Sedan

225-horsepower 3.0L I6 5-speed manual AWD

71000 mi Door brake bent out of alignment, causing door to "pop" loudly when the door is opened past a certain point. Part may be ordered and installed (DIY) within the next two weeks. Both Xenon headlights severely out of alignment, causing a dangerous lack of visible light during night driving. Manually adjusted lights by eye, visibility improved. Plan to adjust lights accurately within two weeks (DIY). Diagnosis of slight whine/whirr/whistle at WOT. Suspect either a minor vacuum leak or a worn-out water pump. Current water pump may be original, with 70,000 miles on it. May replace water pump with higher flow version within next two weeks. 
72000 mi

US $100
Passenger xenon had begun emitting very dim, pink tinged light. Bulb out indicator appeared on dashbord occasionally. Ordered 2 replacement Phillips D2S xenon bulbs. Installation was straightforward, however tight clearances made it a challenge. 
84400 mi

US $350
Parking brake button popped out and brake couldn't be engaged. Panicked, went straight to dealer. Entire parking brake assembly needed to be replaced. $375! Later found out that this can be DIYed, and OEM part costs $75... While working on parking brake, dealer repaired door brake at no cost, likely just tightening the bolts. Finally that headache is gone! 
92000 mi

US $560
Check engine light indicated that engine was misreporting temperature. Bad thermostat. Replaced, flushed coolant. Resolved. Discovered that lower intake boot and DISA valve had leaks, hold repair till next time. Intake boot and DISA valve had a leak. Couldn't DIY as there was insufficient access to the retaining ring screw holding on the boot. Took to shop. Repl. leaky boot and DISA. Also did oil change, installed new swaybar endlinks too. 
107000 mi

US $270
Rear driver side coil spring was noticed by BMW dealer at last trip to be broken, and passenger side cracked. Parts acquired through Tischer BMW online, replaced by me. Used OEM jack to spread the control arm down to remove old spring. 
108000 mi Intended to replace front control arms and inner ball joints. However, a rubber plate above the driver front strut had a hole punched in, so replaced.  Also replaced driver side CV joint as it was leaking. 4 wheel alignment done as well. Alignment was not correct the first time, car pulled to the side slightly. Took it back, they readjusted and it was better, however they were unable to fully adjust it due to a possible bend in the driver side front strut. 
120000 mi

US $900
Car ran out of fuel halfway between quarter and empty. OBC showed 40 miles remaining when car completely ran out of fuel. 
120000 mi Fuel pump was on its way out and was going to be replaced this month. Driver's side window regulator was going and was going to be replaced this month. 
86000 mi

US $600
Starter drive was sticking; installed new starter. 
102000 mi

US $100
coolant leak due to small valve failure 

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2005 BMW 3-Series 4dr Sedan

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

49700 mi

US $20
Replaced windscreen washer fluid pump. 
79300 mi

US $350
Cracked cooling expansion tank. Replaced tank & hoses. 
89000 mi

US $42
Oil filter had broken off inside housing. Needed to be removed. 
99300 mi

US $1400
Replaced lower control arm bushings. Replaced oil filter housing gasket. 
120000 mi

US $90
Re-glued fabric covering A-pillar. Time / sun had caused fabric to sag. 
120000 mi

US $20
Replaced windshield washer pump. 
36000 mi Routine oil change and rattling noise at idle in drive. 
40000 mi Passenger side power mirror inoperable. Replaced power mirror assembly. 
44000 mi Leaking coolant temperature sensor. 
75000 mi

US $453
Service Engine Soon light on. Codes showed lean condition on both banks. Smoke tested intake and found oil breather hose had a hole in it. Replaced hose, retested system and found no leaks. Cleared codes, test drove, no codes reappeared. Windshield washer inoperative. Windshield washer pump removed and replaced. 
69000 mi

US $440
Radiator hoses cracked and leaking coolant. Mechanic replaced all rubber hoses. 
70000 mi

US $300
Replaced MAF in response to Service Engine Soon light illuminating and displaying codes: P0171 and P0174 indicating both O2 sensors detecting a lean condition. After installing new MAF, light no longer illuminated. 
71000 mi

US $70
Windshield washer pump motor failed and was leaking. Replaced with new pump and gasket. 
38440 mi

A $400
Replace ignition coils. 
42160 mi

A $600
Power window regulator requiring replacement 
52080 mi

C $50
Window regulator failure. 
58280 mi

C $50
Front stabilizer link broken. Replaced successfully. 
65720 mi

C $50
Caliper seizure. 
83700 mi

C $50
Headlamp washer pump failed. Replaced 
89900 mi

C $400
Front end oil-filled bushing replaced. 
94240 mi

C $1700
Coolant expansion tank leak. Replacement of tank.  
51700 mi

US $36
worn lower control arm bushings  replace valve cover gasket 
55000 mi

US $490
Replace evaporator and dryer 
107000 mi

US $1054
parking brake shoe mount...rust caused the shoe to fall off (rusted bolts and mounting locations Replaced Control Arm Bushings in Front 
114000 mi

US $65
Replaced rear taillight wiring harness due to false taillight out dash indicator 
114000 mi

US $125
Leak in A/C system Alternator Failed, Also replaced 12V battery 
90280 mi

C $700
oil leak valve cover gasket 
91380 mi

C $1224
windshield washer pump oil leak at filter housing 
95480 mi

C $1500
AC Fan clutch AC Condensor AC fan with Module Radiator assembly; transmission cooler; Coolant reservoir; 
97180 mi

C $1000
new front struts 

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2005 BMW 3-Series 4dr Sedan

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

77000 mi

US $96
Leaky CV boot so dealer replaced both on the front. covered under certified used warrantee except for labor approx $96 
81000 mi

US $500
RF caliper heating and vibrating told my wife caliper needed replacement. I wonder if it was just the pins? blinker lights were acting and blinking erratically 
101300 mi

US $900
replaced both broken rear springs 
106300 mi

US $1300
Replaced oil separator 
114000 mi

US $300
new battery 
118000 mi

US $1000
water pump impeller broke causing overflow tank leak, replaced entire assembly with new pump, tank etc 

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2005 BMW 3-Series 4dr Sedan

184-horsepower 2.5L I6 5-speed manual RWD

96000 mi

US $150
creaking noise in front traced to the sensor arm used to level the xenon headlights. Part was about $18 and the time to fix under an hour. when fixing the headlight sensor, the mechanic also found that the exhaust bracket under the trans had rusted away. It was replaced - the time was included in the other repair and the part were about $20 
100000 mi

US $300
leaking valve cover gasket - mechanic also found signs of mouse damage in engine compartment, replaced chewed cabin air filter 
110300 mi

US $1200
rear calipers not working well, other parts worn. Replaced calipers, pads, rotors. Backing plates so rusty they had to be replaced. This last added a lot to the bill. 
132700 mi

US $300
airbag warning light came on, scan showed it was driver side door bag. Trim pulled, no problem found. We declined dealer's offer to look further. Light reset. Hasn't come back on after several weeks and hundreds of miles 
140000 mi

US $800
throttle sensor/activator began to go bad. Symptom was car sometimes would not accelerate when pedal was pushed 
37000 mi Speaker buzz. 
49000 mi Blown tweeter on passenger door. 
59000 mi Annoying buzz at normal listening levels in front passenger door. Tweeter replaced; did not fix problem. May be loose panels or covers rather than speakers. 
76000 mi

US $50
Drivers side window lift began operating erratically and slow. Shop replaced lift motor. 
83000 mi

US $95
Passenger front door window lift operating erratically; motor and regulator replaced under extended warrantee. 
96000 mi

US $150
Improper grounding in brake light circuit caused brake light to work intermittently and display on dash to show light out. Parts replaced and grounding issue fixed. 
98000 mi Starter motor on engine would not engage. Jumped the car to start it. Shop checked battery - showed good. Starter now works fine. Will monitor. 
123000 mi Never could fix speaker buzz at certain tones and volume. 

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2005 BMW 3-Series 4dr Sedan

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

72520 mi

$1900
AC Compressor not functioning properly 

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2005 BMW 3-Series 4-door

6-cylinder manual AWD

89700 mi

US $200
Windshield washer pump leaks 
91000 mi Replaced windshield washer pump. 

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2005 BMW 3-Series 2dr Coupe

333-horsepower 3.2L I6 6-speed manual RWD

50000 mi

US $400
Faulty drivers door actuator. 
60300 mi

US $150
Thermostat needed to be replaced. 
110000 mi

US $100
headlight ballast and bulb was replaced. 
112000 mi

US $100
Right ballast for headlight replaced 
114000 mi

US $140
Left and right control arm bushings, left was replaced as preventative maintenance, right side was messed up. 
115000 mi

US $273
Left control arm w/integrated ball joint was replaced 
58280 mi

$200
Battery died and was replaced. 
29140 mi

$200
Self dimming mirror failed and had to be replaced. 
33000 mi Unstable idle when cold. All M3's have this to some degree but mine was worse than average. Dealer did not fix. I cleaned the MAF sensor myself and it improved the idle noticeably to where it is now OK (although not perfect). 
35000 mi Failed alternator. Warning light on. Checked voltage w/ engine running: 11.5V. Was able to drive car to dealer after charging the battery. Dealer replaced alternator under warranty. Mechanic did very nice work. No grease smudges in engine comp, very clean BMW has an auto-dimming rear view mirror and a common problem with them is they leak the auto-dimming fluid inside. The fluid is highly toxic and caustic so if it drips on the interior it will damage it. Mine was starting to go bad, the left side no ... 
44000 mi

US $75
Worn out trailing arm bushings. Symptoms were unstable during acceleration and rapid tire wear. Replaced OEM w/ urethane after market. 
47000 mi Pass side Xenon headlight failed + auto-leveling. Condensation found. Sealed housing, dried, and light worked again. Leveling broken due to snapped clip, fixed clip.  
52000 mi Headliner came loose at rear window and was hanging down. I re-glued it.  
56000 mi

US $50
Service Engine Light on, P0128. Replaced thermostat.  
56000 mi

US $16
Hood emblem flew off while driving down the road. Replaced emblem. New emblem flew off same week. Glued emblem w/ weatherstrip adhesive which fixed it.  
39000 mi

US $300
Water pump, thermostat, and seals replaced due to bearing in water pump going bad. Replaced input and output seals for differential. 
39000 mi Daytime running lamps stopped working along with alarm and sunroof after dealer software re-flash. 
30000 mi Rear view mirror developed a bubble in lens / auto dim feature quit working in same mirror 
48000 mi

US $50
seepage from gasket right side of motor. replaced horn 
59000 mi

US $1000
Leak from differential due to failed pinion seal. 
64000 mi

US $200
Temp sensor failed causing coolant leak 

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2005 BMW 3-Series 2dr Coupe

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

41000 mi Door panel Subwoofer Driver's mirror 
47000 mi Headlight was going on and off. Replaced the ballist and ignitor. got the car back and the problem was still present. Made second appointment and bulb was replaced.  Car will "chatter" when taking off from dead stop. Problem is intermittent and the dealer could not reproduce it. Was told it was a service bulletin having to do with the frame of the vehicle.  
64500 mi

US $77
Inspection 2 (60,000 mile svc), the spark plugs are supposed to be replaced whch was not done during initial vsit. They also blamed chk eng light was bcause cold air intake was not connected when they got car which is not possible. 
74000 mi

US $80
Replaced belt tensioner and ac belt 
58000 mi

US $150
Couple LED lights burned out so BMW replaced whole rear light assembly. Front bushing. 

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2005 BMW 3-Series 2dr Coupe

235-horsepower 3.0L I6 6-speed manual RWD

61000 mi Front control arm mounts were worn out. Oil filter housing gasket is leaking. Side mirrors not operating. High resistance across drivers mirror indicating defective part. Rubber mounts for front control arms worn. Dealer replaced. Side mirror motors not operating. 
77000 mi

US $153
Replaced front lower control arms Replaced one rear control link. 
83000 mi

US $92
Thermostat replaced Left engine grill fell out. Owner purchased new part from dealer and installed it himself. 
63000 mi

US $119
AC recharge 
71000 mi

US $120
leaky oil filter housing gasket, replaced gasket 
71700 mi

US $110
AC recharge, second time in a year. Probably have a leak in the condenser. 
76000 mi

US $150
Expansion tank float broken. Replace expansion tank, preventive replacement of water pump 
79000 mi

US $120
Recharge AC. Has slow leak, gets recharge every April (3rd year straight) 
85000 mi

US $649
AC belts & idler pulleys, charge AC (required annually due to slow refrigerant leak) 
89000 mi

US $560
front control arm bushings worn, replaced with poly, aligned 

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2005 BMW 3-Series 2dr Coupe

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

55000 mi

US $50
Windshield wipers not working. Control module replaced. Windshield washer pump not working. Part replaced. 
26040 mi

C $50
Lower ball joint failed on right side. They are full of oil when working properly. Oil had drained out. Day in shop. BMW warranty paid, but paid a 50.00 user fee for warranty claim. Problem fixed. Steers a lot better. 
29140 mi Part broke off underneath passenger seat. Ordered in from BMW Germany. Passenger door mirror usually tilts down when car in put in reverse. Stopped working.  
29140 mi Transmission symbol illuminated on dash. Transmission went into safe mode which slows it down and makes it hard to drive. Car towed from my residence to dealership. Speed sensor on transmission replaced and computer reflashed. Problem was solved. Part for seat rail order in from Germany. Wrong part sent or ordered. Part reordered. Car scheduled for fixing on Oct 19, 2009. Passenger side mirror would tilt when put in reverse gear. Switch on drivers door was turned off. Switch turned back on. Problem solved. No charges to me. 
29760 mi

C $50
Driver seat part installed. 
35740 mi

C $245
Windshield washer pump leaking. Replaced windshield washer pump. 
36580 mi Leaking temperature sensor on radiator. Lower rad hole replaced at same time. New battery installed. 7 year old battery not keeping a charge. 
37820 mi

C $146
Front Lower Control Arms needed replacing. 
42160 mi Oil level sensor faulty 
55800 mi

C $130
Ripped intake boot 
82460 mi

C $200
Replaced thermostat and auxiliary drive belt 
84320 mi

C $185
Had to replace exterior ambient temperature sensor  as well as the drivers side wheel well cover 

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2005 BMW 3-Series 2dr Coupe

225-horsepower 3.0L I6 5-speed manual RWD

50000 mi When car running slowly or idling, smelled of antifreeze. Told dealer last summer, but no problem identified. Dealer seems to have located problem (replaced thermometer, I think). 
63000 mi AM radio reception very static-y. Long-standing problem, but not dealt with under warranty due to my error (forgot to tell them). Dealer comp'd me a new radio which arrived w/in week, will be installed next week.  
63300 mi They replaced the radio two days ago - comped me a loaner and gave me a new radio. 
115000 mi

US $1000
battery needed replacement 

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2005 BMW 3-Series 2dr Coupe

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

42000 mi Worn control arm bushings. 
45000 mi

US $75
Repaired a faulty level sensor discovered in a pre-purchase inspection. 

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2005 BMW 3-Series 2dr Coupe

184-horsepower 2.5L I6 5-speed manual RWD

81000 mi

US $400
Replaced windshield washer pump. Control arm bushings 
113000 mi

US $500
rotors and brakes replaced. Also a guibo. 
130000 mi

US $943
Blower Motor replacement 

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2005 BMW 3-Series 2dr Convertible

turbocharged 201hp 3.0L I6 Diesel 6-speed manual RWD

51000 mi

£110
Replaced worn out battery Checked bushes for wear 
57000 mi

£225
Starter motor failure. Known issue with Denso units. Replaced with Bosch unit 

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2005 BMW 3-Series 2dr Convertible

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

75500 mi

US $25
Diagnosed problem with car not starting or not able to select a gear if start possible, or jumping out of gear during driving. Pulled codes, indicated low hydraulic pressure. Reservoir was full, no leaks indicated. Suspect relay - changed. 
80300 mi

US $150
Throttle Position Sensor became erratic. Threw lots of codes. Car went into 'Limp' mode several times. Had to pull over stop and re-start engine. Replaced sensor. 
101800 mi

US $300
Had roaring noise making left hand turns at highway speed. Shop diagnosed right front wheel bearing failing. Replaced. 
165000 mi

US $30
A/C recharge 

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2005 BMW 3-Series 2dr Convertible

235-horsepower 3.0L I6 6-speed manual RWD

47000 mi A problem with the softtop in the convertible. 

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2005 BMW 3-Series 2dr Convertible

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

71000 mi

US $50
Windshield washer fluid pump replaced. 

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2004 BMW 3-Series

Engine not specified

187240 mi

C $65
Interior vent fan stopped working when final stage resistor failed. Final stage resistor replaced with a used replacement 

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2004 BMW 3-Series 4dr Wagon

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

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 
89900 mi

C $168
Brake calliper replaced on right front  
102460 mi

C $334
Replacement of idler arm & belt 
108500 mi

C $10
Power steering pump failed - replaced for third time - under warranty 
108500 mi

C $1300
seized caliper on one brake was causing problem Oil seal had to be replaced to repair oil leak 
124000 mi

C $300
Replace front shocks 
133300 mi

C $140
Replace gear shift vinyl cover and cracked mount 
139500 mi

C $125
Windshield washer fluid leaking 

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2004 BMW 3-Series 4dr Wagon

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

40920 mi

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

C $500
Failed thermostat. Known BMW design flaw for this part(fails after 4-5 years due to moisture intrusion). 
44640 mi

C $250
Reinstallation of rear mudflaps. The originals from the factory were not mounted properly. 
50840 mi

C $300
Replacement of rear taillight assembly and bulbs. 
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) 
85540 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. 
87720 mi

C $230
Replaced worn out front lower control arm bushings, both sides of car, this time with the correct OEM parts. 
89580 mi

C $60
Leaking gasket. Replaced valve cover gasket and valve cover bolt washers. 
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. 
91140 mi Real axel seals weeping fluid. Replaced rear axel seals on the differential. Replaced differential fluid and plugs. 
91740 mi

C $430
Radiator coolant expansion tank failed. Replaced coolant expansion tank, replaced coolant. 
94240 mi

C $224
Replaced car battery. 
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

73000 mi

US $85
Thermostat was stuck open; engine would not come up to full temperature. 
78000 mi

US $140
AC was low on pressure. Shop recharged. 
81300 mi

US $53
Window regulator on right rear passenger door died. Replaced with new unit. Oil leak from valve cover gasket. 
89300 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. 
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. 
96300 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

106000 mi

US $599
replace water pump & coolant hose flush coolant system 
110000 mi

US $773
replace AC compressor (OEM replacement purchased separately online), dryer, alt belt tensioner pulley 
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. 
108700 mi

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. 
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. 
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 
66300 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. 
67000 mi

US $70
Drivers side front window regulator broke - repaired by installing new window regulator. 
90300 mi

US $95
replaced faulty oil level sensor replaced worn front control arm bushings 
105000 mi

US $1300
Thermostat and water pump were replaced Alternator died and needed to be replaced. Sway bar links needed to be replaced. 
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. 
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. 
58900 mi

C $500
Engine Light was on for 2974; Oxygen sensor. 
66960 mi

C $250
Service Light ON. 
80600 mi

C $450
Left front window motor/regulator replaced. 
94860 mi

C $600
DISA Valve was broken. They had to install a new DISA valve.  
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. 
96000 mi

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

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2004 BMW 3-Series 4dr Sedan

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

121000 mi

US $750
Oil filter housing gasket Anti roll bar end links torn 
126000 mi

US $90
Water heater valve stuck open 
88000 mi

US $100
Replaced oil filter housing gasket (leaking). Also did an oil change. Replaced power steering reservoir (dirty filter) and clamps (leaking). 
89000 mi

US $900
Replaced struts, shocks and springs. Shocks and struts were completely shot. 
90000 mi

US $225
Replaced rear light wiring harness. 
93300 mi

US $200
Swaybar links and tierods. Alignment from local shop. 
97000 mi

US $150
Front wheel bearings were worn and needed to be replaced. 
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. 
139000 mi

US $65
Valve cover gasket leaking Replaced A/C belt and mechanical tensioner 
140000 mi A/C blower had intermittent squeak on low settings. 

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2004 BMW 3-Series 4dr Sedan

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

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 
74000 mi

US $977
replace valve cover plus oil & filters change and replace power steering hose 
87000 mi

US $500
replace fuel pump cam sensor code 
88000 mi Sub woofer amplifier failed, emitting a loud noise. unplugged it, waiting for replacement part to arrive. 
94000 mi

US $2000
transmission leak 
97000 mi

US $2000
repaired CV boots,  replaced thermostat, replaced nav screen, reprogrammed computer 
102300 mi

US $3000
oil pan leak,  thermostat, coolant tank, power steering hose, intake hose. 
20000 mi The amp went out. This is the second time they've replaced the amp. 
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. 
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. 
95000 mi A/C evaporator core developed leak 
103300 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. 
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. 
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. 
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. 
18600 mi

C $1300
Control system for driver's side headlamp needed to be replaced 
26240 mi

C $600
Replaced camshaft. 

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2004 BMW 3-Series 4dr Sedan

225-horsepower 3.0L I6 5-speed manual RWD

79000 mi

US $2
Driver's sun visor bracket. Bracket became loose over time and visor would unclip when rotating up and down. 
85000 mi

US $40
Driver's side tail light bulb carrier. Corroded and melted ground wire contact. 
101000 mi

US $200
driver's side and passenger's side window regulators are beginning to fail. 
103000 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. 
107000 mi Battery needed to be replaced. 
112500 mi

US $90
Replaced alternator/water pump tensioner and idler pulleys. Pulleys were squeaking at idle. 
126000 mi

US $20
Hood switch sensor faulty. Alarm would go off thinking the hood had been opened. 
133700 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. 
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. 
147000 mi

US $50
Replaced leaking VANOS oil line 
150000 mi

US $30
Headlight lens was faded and hazed due to age. Sanded and polished lens to restore clarity. 
154000 mi

US $75
Replaced thermostat due to failed electrical heating element. 
158000 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. 
159000 mi

US $75
OEM Wahler thermostat developed a slow coolant leak where the electrical connector enters the thermostat body. 
161300 mi

US $50
Front driver's turn signal corner light failed. Replaced with new turn signal assembly, including new bulb and bulb socket. 
166000 mi

US $40
Replaced driver's side hood grille. 

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2004 BMW 3-Series 4dr Sedan

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

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. 
90000 mi

US $400
Leaking coolant. Replaced thermostat and o-ring on temp sensor. Replaced power steering hose. 
99000 mi

US $86
Replaced purge control valve after car repeatedly threw codes. 
115000 mi

US $500
Fuel pump died. 
123500 mi

US $1385
Intake Manifold Adjuster and associated hoses replaced. Oil separator and attaching parts replaced. Also discovered failing water pump which was replaced. 
65000 mi

US $1000
Valve cover gasket repair Front control arm bushing repairs 
65300 mi Tail light defect repair 
87700 mi Cracked intake boots Cracked/chipped windshield cowl Pulleys were making terrible squealing noise, bearings were shot Spark plugs worn out 
167000 mi

US $350
Window regulators - replaced rear passenger side for second time in 12 months. replaced driver door regulator, replaced passenger door regulator 
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 
167000 mi

US $200
Coolant reservoir cracked and failed. Thermostat failed. Replaced both. 
167000 mi

US $3700
Blower motor failed. Replaced blower motor, etc. 
49000 mi CD Player not working, radio/cd console replaced 
93000 mi

US $80
CD player replaced in one hour 
102000 mi

US $2500
Left window regulator replaced  Radiator coolant level sensor replaced 
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. 
123000 mi

US $1900
Repair of three unreliable window regulators. Front passenger, left and right rear windows. 
149000 mi

US $647
Diagnosis of Check Engine Light. MAF sensor replaced. CE Light and trouble codes cleared. 
95000 mi

US $80
Thermostat was stuck open. Replaced it. 
106000 mi

US $110
Wheel bearing started to make some noise. 
118000 mi

US $500
Evap pump. 
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 
127000 mi

US $150
Replace three window regulators. Two rears with broken cable guide wheels, passenger front with cable broken. 
133000 mi

US $40
RF window regulator replaced. 
133700 mi

US $72
Fuel Evap diagnostic module set check engine light. No drivability issue. Replaced DM-TL. 
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.  
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. 
117000 mi

US $1200
Passenger-side front window regulator again! 
119000 mi

US $500
Check engine light on, engine starts fine but with a little hesitation. 
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!:-( 
74500 mi

US $190
Upper belt tensioner making noise - bearing going out. Both tensioners replaced as well as serpentine belt. 
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. 
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. 
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. 
87000 mi

US $274
Valve cover gasket leak. Oil Filter Housing gasket replacement. 
98000 mi

US $60
Check engine light came on. Determined a problem with cylinder 4. Replaced coil pack on #4 and all spark plugs. 
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. 
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. 
102000 mi

US $60
Driver's window regulator failed. Ordered part and replaced it.  
102300 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... 
102700 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. 
107000 mi

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

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2004 BMW 3-Series 4dr Sedan

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

56000 mi

US $300
both rear springs were broke and replaced 
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. 
72300 mi

US $100
front control arm bushing tail lights, faulty ground, BMW should recall the cars for this 
73000 mi

US $800
one inner and 2 outer tie rods 2 Stabilizer links front outer cv boots 
79000 mi

US $400
vanos variable valve system. Replaced the valve cover gasket and spark plugs also. 
83000 mi

US $125
caliper sticking, new caliper installed 
84000 mi

US $300
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. *d power drained until battery went dead 
90700 mi

US $60
Caliper on passenger side. (Driver side stuck last yr.) 
93000 mi

US $200
coolant recovery tank and tranmission sensor 
98000 mi new control arms and stabilizers last ones only lasted 2 yrs. 
98000 mi window regulator high beam light not working , wire was loose and corroded. 
81220 mi

C $701
A plastic cylinder cracked, leaking coolant. Both pieces had to be replaced. 
83720 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 
84940 mi trunk did not open with remote, 4 wires needed replacing.  driver's side windshield wiper fluid pump failed 
42780 mi

C $1300
Oil leak from power steering pump. 
53940 mi

C $5
Tail light assembly ground wire too weak. Wire burnt out at the connector to the harness 
68200 mi

C $300
AC was not cooling. They said it needed recharge 
23000 mi Steering wheel radio controls not working. 
24000 mi Repairs completed 
38000 mi

US $350
SEL code called out bad thermostat sensor. Had thermostat, housing and sensor replaced. 
43000 mi

US $1000
Rear springs cracked. 
50500 mi

US $1135
Front CV axle boots failed 
53300 mi

US $800
Lower control arm bushings 
57500 mi

US $1200
Replaced leaking valve cover gasket. Replaced right front sway bar link. Replaced transfer case support mount 
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. 
80000 mi Hissing noise when A/C running. Seals replaced and system recharged. 
124000 mi Slow AC leak, heater fan squeal. 
122000 mi

US $350
Was trying to open rear left window and was hearing a cracking noise. Motor was replaced. 

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2004 BMW 3-Series 4dr Sedan

184-horsepower 2.5L I6 5-speed manual RWD

74780 mi

C $150
Thermostat stuck open. Replaced thermostat 
76880 mi

C $150
Replaced driver door lock actuator 
79360 mi

C $125
Replaced leaking valve cover gasket 
82440 mi

C $350
Reprogrammed ECU to correct stuttering at 2500-3000 RPM 
89280 mi

C $900
Leaking selector shaft seal. Leaking OFHG.  Sway bar bushings, CABs 
89900 mi

C $600
Battery not charging. Alternator failed. 
95940 mi

C $500
No windshield defrost 
96720 mi

C $800
Replaced muffler and one tire 
32000 mi Left exterior mirror would not return to memory position Squeal when started- belt and tensioner replaced. 
77000 mi

US $60
HID Igniter 
84000 mi

US $82
HID ballast Battery replaced. 13 years old OEM. 

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2004 BMW 3-Series 4dr Sedan

184-horsepower 2.5L I6 5-speed manual AWD

130000 mi

US $80
The window would not go back up. The window regulator had to be changed 
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

123360 mi AC compressor 

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2004 BMW 3-Series 2dr Coupe

333-horsepower 3.2L I6 6-speed manual RWD

31000 mi

US $35
O-ring went back around temperature sensor, replaced sensor. 
58000 mi

US $479
Service port leak Clutch pedal bushing 
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. 
73000 mi

US $30
Relay for driver's window died. Relay replaced. 
76000 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. 
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. 
86000 mi

US $400
Water pump impeller failed. Replaced water pump. Replaced thermostat housing seals. Replaced water pump gasket. 
86000 mi

US $65
*d Water pump failed. Impeller sheared off inside the housing. Replaced water pump. 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. 
104000 mi

US $800
Rear Main Seal leaking. Remove and replace. 
125000 mi

US $1400
Rear differential leaking from all seals. Complete refurbishment from dealer. 
90000 mi

US $250
Door actuator crapped out and needed to be replaced. 
79000 mi

US $550
The alternator stopped re-charging the battery, replaced it. 
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. 
100700 mi

US $1100
Auto-dimming rear view mirror was leaking. Had it replaced. 

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2004 BMW 3-Series 2dr Coupe

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

39500 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. 
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. 
46300 mi

US $400
Needed a new tensioner pulley and belts as the A/C was acting weird. 
81000 mi

US $2000
Front right wheel hub assembly replaced.  Fuel sender unit replaced. Oil service. 

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2004 BMW 3-Series 2dr Coupe

235-horsepower 3.0L I6 6-speed manual RWD

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. 
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. 
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 
54000 mi Hesitation at 2700 rpm. completely gone after software update. 
60000 mi

US $200
Front lower control arm bushings failed and replaced. 
66300 mi

US $10
Broken bracket for volume control inside radio. Owner repair. 

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2004 BMW 3-Series 2dr Coupe

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

121000 mi

US $300
Temperature sensor needed replacing. 

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2004 BMW 3-Series 2dr Coupe

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

26000 mi Had some "loose trim" replaced - front grille, trunk handle trim, and door seals. 
33000 mi

US $125
Replaced rearview mirror, leaked auto-dimming material 
36000 mi

US $300
Replace valve cover gaskets. Very minor. 
37000 mi

US $75
Side mirror motors malfunctioning. Replaced drivers' side control unit (controls both sides). 
103000 mi

US $500
SRS Airbag control module failed. Had to have it replaced. 
124000 mi

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

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2004 BMW 3-Series 2dr Coupe

225-horsepower 3.0L I6 5-speed manual RWD

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. 
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. 
96000 mi

US $125
Both front brake calipers were sticking which caused rotors to warp. Rebuilt calipers with new seals and had rotors turned. 
108000 mi

US $2
Car misfired due to dirty air mass sensor. Removed and cleaned. Replaced. Ops check good. 
98000 mi

US $735
main light burned out 
102000 mi

US $1500
Control arms 

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2004 BMW 3-Series 2dr Coupe

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

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

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

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. 
79000 mi

US $1500
Brought my 325Ci into dealership for Inspection I. Mechanic found problem with hardy disc which had to be replaced. 
84000 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. 
177300 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 
178000 mi

US $150
Fuel pump quit super easy install and inexpensive parts on pelican parts.com 
178000 mi

US $250
I replace the lower control arms subframe bushings among other bushings 
180000 mi

US $150
Fuel filter, lower intake boot and cabin filter 

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2004 BMW 3-Series 2dr Convertible

333-horsepower 3.2L I6 6-speed manual RWD

53000 mi

US $500
New e-box fan. New bolt that attaches trunk to hinge. New glovebox latch. Tightened swaybar bolt. 
53000 mi

US $275
Glove box is jammed; cannot open. Dealer replaced latch but problem still not fixed. 
77300 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. 
81000 mi

US $825
Replaced BST cable 
81000 mi

US $1398
Shift Handle Support Rod Snapped Loose Window Convertible Seal Detached Pinion seal leaking 
82000 mi

US $277
Battery replace and check 
58000 mi

US $600
Alternator died. Replaced with OEM part at non-dealer mechanic. 

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2004 BMW 3-Series 2dr Convertible

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

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 5-speed shiftable automatic RWD

25000 mi Inside rear view mirror no longer dimmed at night. Emergency flasher switch, and central locking switch failed. 
29000 mi

US $950
Bad pressure switches in anti-lock brake system caused yellow brake warning lamp on instrument panel. 

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2004 BMW 3-Series 2dr Convertible

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

153000 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 

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2003.5 BMW 3-Series

Engine not specified

76700 mi

US $1500
Both starter and alternator were repaired. Pulleys and belt were replaced while they were in there. 

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2003.5 BMW 3-Series 4dr Sedan

235-horsepower 3.0L I6 6-speed manual RWD

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 
33300 mi Dealer found leak in low pressure hose in April and recharged system. 
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. 
39000 mi Leaking evaporator caused refrigerant leak. Present from previous owner. Suspicion of tampering by previous owner or other mechanic. 
47000 mi

US $40
Replaced leaking valve cover gasket. 
48000 mi

US $70
Thermostat malfunction, sticking open and not allowing engine to come up to or stay at operating temperature. 
51000 mi

US $15
Air intake tubing developed crack at elbow causing whistling sound under acceleration, decreased power at low-mid RPM. 
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. 
58000 mi

US $1
Window regulator malfunction. Repaired broken plastic clip by replacing with cable tie to reinforce clipped area. 
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. 
64000 mi

US $95
Previously "budget" window regulator fix on driver's side failed (zip tie fix trick). Replaced window regulator with new one. 
70000 mi

US $105
Left fuel sender malfunction causing inaccurate fuel gauge readings. 
77000 mi

US $50
Expansion tank leak causing coolant to leak. 
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. 
82000 mi

US $25
Windshield washer fluid leak through pump motor gasket. 
84000 mi

US $380
Starter motor failed 
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. 
110700 mi

US $10
Vacuum leak DISA valvle gasket seal as well as broken hose running from air intake to fuel filter. 
112700 mi

US $10
Leaking windshield washer fluid grommet 
127000 mi

US $450
Intermittent misfire. Changed all 4 oxygen sensors. 
133700 mi

US $115
Window regulator. 
142000 mi

US $30
Differential oil leak. Removed differential leaking gasket and revealed with RTV permatex gear oil gasket maker. 
142700 mi

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

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2003.5 BMW 3-Series 4dr Sedan

225-horsepower 3.0L I6 5-speed manual RWD

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. 
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. 
131700 mi

US $400
Starter failed 
138300 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. 
138700 mi

US $300
Control arms failed and needed replacement. 
142000 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 2dr Convertible

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

19000 mi

US $1000
Squeal on cold start up. Replaced tensioner pulley. Noise when raising passenger window. Replaced window regulator. 
20000 mi

US $900
Replaced driver door actuator. 

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2003 BMW 3-Series

Engine not specified

63000 mi

US $1000
A/C compressor replaced.  Tension pulley for alternator/water pump replaced. 

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2003 BMW 3-Series 4dr Wagon

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

107000 mi

US $200
false low oil sensor reading 

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2003 BMW 3-Series 4dr Wagon

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

106000 mi

US $70
front sway bar links 
115000 mi

US $340
New rear springs. 
124000 mi

US $250
Replace thermostat. 
128000 mi

US $300
Replaced fuel pump and fuel filter 
132000 mi

US $140
Install 2 pre-cat oxygen sensors. 
143000 mi

US $20
Replaced final stage resistor for blower. Replaced secondary air relay. 
147000 mi

US $20
New lower intake elbow. 
155000 mi

US $260
Replace DISA valve. Replace leaking valve cover gasket. 
163000 mi

US $130
replace 2 after-cat O2 sensors replaced oil filter housing gasket 

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2003 BMW 3-Series 4dr Wagon

225-horsepower 3.0L I6 5-speed manual AWD

125000 mi

US $1200
Replace water pump, replace starter 

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2003 BMW 3-Series 4dr Wagon

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

60000 mi

US $90
Window Requlator Front Driver Side 
84000 mi

US $300
Intermittent sticking of Thermostat Fault recorded in DME. Secondary Air Pump Control Valve Sticking Open - Fault Recorded in DME. 
112000 mi

US $853
Starter motor replaced due to failure. 
162300 mi

US $500
Thermostat housing was leaking and needed to be replaced. 
172000 mi

US $450
Emissions system error from faulty sensors. 
192000 mi

US $500
Ignition coils replaced 
73360 mi

C $32
Replaced the headlight washer pump. 
77500 mi

C $100
Replaced the headlights washer spray nozzles. 
84900 mi

C $150
Replaced valve cover gasket and VANOS pistons "O" rings. 
91140 mi

C $50
Replaced rear right side wheel bearing. 
93000 mi

C $50
Replaced front swaybar links. 
96100 mi

C $400
Replaced starter. 

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2003 BMW 3-Series 4dr Wagon

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

115000 mi

US $90
Alternator died on the way to a business meeting. Went to shop nearby for diagnosis, had my local tech do it for less. Rear sway bar end links and bushings. Seems like I have done suspension and bushing work 2x a year since I got it. 
118000 mi

US $98
replace starter 
120000 mi

US $180
Vibration while driving higher mph. Needed new tires to be remounted and balanced. Balancing solved half of the problem. Suggested to get control arm and joints checked out. 
123700 mi

US $100
Error code that basically means any of these: air pollution control valve is faulty, vacuum leak or your motor is falling apart. Air pollution control valve was replaced so vacuum leak exists though the car runs great. 
129000 mi Vacuum leak behind motor, close to pollution control pump 
137000 mi The BMW had an oil consumption problem. It still drove fairly well, but with a little blue smoke out the tailpipe upon heavy acceleration and, recently, a CEL for Bank 1. 
46000 mi Pullies, tensioner in accessory drive replaced in attempt to eliminate rattling noise. Some guy from BMW corp. looked at this and said it's normal for M54 engines. 
58000 mi

US $500
Starter broke 
60000 mi

US $230
Front suspension bushing (CAB) replaced due to uneven wear of the right tire. 

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2003 BMW 3-Series 4dr Wagon

184-horsepower 2.5L I6 5-speed manual RWD

77000 mi

US $580
Starter replaced. 
96000 mi Leaking valve cover gasket replaced. Plugs changed.  
110000 mi

US $150
Replaced fuel pump in tank. DIY repair took less than 1 hour. It was weak for several weeks (power down). Then failed to start. 
113300 mi

US $300
Replaced Disa valve in intake and all drive pullies due to squeaking. 
87000 mi

US $300
Oil level sensor failed for the 3rd time. Replaced. 
88000 mi Misfire under light throttle, intermittant. 
94000 mi

US $70
Overflow tank leaking, needed replacement. 
95000 mi

US $40
Replaced relays on remote locking controller circuit board. 
96000 mi

US $1
Repaired driver's window regulator. 
100300 mi

US $1200
Stalling and failure to start. Four trips to dealer, he replaced crank position sensor, EWS, fuel pump, and fuel filter. 

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2003 BMW 3-Series 4dr Sedan

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

107300 mi

US $200
Window motor failed. 
111700 mi

US $680
Calipers and rotors Need to check blower. It stopped working. 
104000 mi Broken belt pre-tensioner bearing. Wire harness for left rear tail light melted, burned out. Found out there is a recall. 
104160 mi radiator was leaking coolant. replaced the expansion tank. 
105400 mi

C $500
car went into "limp mode" -- transmission limited to 3rd gear. turns out it was an alternator issue and had to deal with dropping voltage. 
127000 mi

US $1700
radiator, pump, gasket changed, $1300 oil line, seal ring, filter housing gasket changed auxiliary belt replaced, left and right rear lower control arms bolts, bushings replaced 
135300 mi

US $1100
1) rear brake pads, rotors, calipers replaced.  2) real differential axle seal replaced. 3) engine oil changed. 4) hazard light switch replaced. 
46000 mi Seat Belt tensioner unit driver's side malfunctioned causing air bag light to illuminate. 
76000 mi

US $350
Oil filter housing gasket. $290 labor, $10 gasket! 

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2003 BMW 3-Series 4dr Sedan

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

121000 mi

US $650
Rear sub frame bushing change 
136000 mi

US $450
Alternator replaced Oil leak from filter housing gasket Fuel pump. 
149500 mi

US $243
Coolant reservoir leaking 
162000 mi Ignition coil failure, replaced all coils 
174000 mi

US $2200
Front differential shot 
182000 mi

US $226
brake line corrosion 
37000 mi The dynamic headlights were aiming too low at night. 
44000 mi

US $50
Coolant sensor needed to be replaced. 
48000 mi

US $600
Halogen lamp control unit(warranty) coolant hose, two engine belts 
61000 mi

US $620
The CV boots were cracked on both front sides. Rear springs had cracks. 
75000 mi

US $600
The alternator died a sudden death. Red battery light dashboard light came on, and the battery was the only source of electricity after that point. Just made it home. 
77000 mi

US $640
Fan motor died, thermostat replaced. reservoir cracked, was replaced. 
78300 mi

US $220
Battery died, not unexpected after 10 years of service... 
79700 mi

US $65
Driver side headlight balast died. Dealer wanted 1400$ got a generic unit on ebay for $55 
86500 mi

US $57
Driver side lock cylinder shaft broke. 
96300 mi

US $4700
Air mass sensor and a variety of other ignition related items replaced as the car would not start/run anymore. starter failed over the course of 2 days 
92000 mi

US $600
Belts noisy. Tech replaced belts, checked tensioners (no problems), replaced water pump preventatively, replaced fan clutch because it was no longer working. 
92000 mi

US $166
strong vibration at stop. Replaced plugs and wires; no change. 
107000 mi

US $300
Replaced expansion tank and oil cooler valve. 
112000 mi

US $200
Broken upper radiator hose neck. Upper radiator hose with integrated neck replaced 
117000 mi

US $500
Leaking oil from valve cover gasket and oil filter housing. 
118300 mi

US $360
Dash totally went out. After troubleshooting, replaced battery. 
122000 mi

US $650
Rough idle and ses light was on. Replaced air intake valve and other intake plastic parts 
126000 mi

US $320
replaced window regulator 

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2003 BMW 3-Series 4dr Sedan

225-horsepower 3.0L I6 5-speed manual RWD

106000 mi

US $400
CD player continuously trying eject disc. Unit replaced. 
128000 mi Fuel pump failed, pump and filter replaced Air pump replaced 
128300 mi

US $680
No starter engagement, entire starter unit had to be replaced 
139300 mi Window regulator was broken, performed the "zip tie fix" by removing regulator, applying zip-ties, and putting it back in. Works prefectly now. 
145000 mi

US $400
Rear Emblem Sticker fell off; Engine protector and front/right fenders need replacing 

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2003 BMW 3-Series 4dr Sedan

225-horsepower 3.0L I6 5-speed manual AWD

75000 mi

US $400
AC lost charge 
102000 mi

US $1700
New clutch and cv boot covers 
105000 mi

US $1000
MAF sensors, O2 sensors, MAf replacement wiring issue with chipmunk nest in air filter 
127000 mi

US $850
Bad sensor 
126000 mi

US $4100
Power steering pump ran dry and melted. Pump replaced, along with reservoir and hoses. AC compressor clutch damaged when power steering pump melted and locked up. New compressor and aux fan. Fan clutch worn and slipping. Replaced clutch. 
126000 mi

US $400
Airbag error code. Not covered by recall, although it is the same airbag unit as that being recalled. I paid to replace all wiring leading to the airbag, which did not fix the problem. 
110000 mi Both Rear Coil Springs Broken Leaking Rear Differential Seals 
112700 mi

US $200
Fuel pump failed, so I replaced the fuel pump and filter. 
115000 mi

US $600
Front control arms, inner and outer ball joints, and front control arm bushings replaced. 
116000 mi

US $250
Driveshaft was rumbling under acceleration load due to failed support bearing carrier. Rear driveshaft center support bearing and carrier replaced and transfer case/transmission mount replaced. Front brake pads were wearing unevenly due to seized calipers. Front calipers, pads, rotors replaced. Stainless steel brake lines install on all 4 corners. Brake fluid flushed. 
117000 mi

US $200
Valve cover gasket leaking and replaced. Spark plugs replaced. VANOS seals replaced. 
122700 mi

US $5
Center Support Bearing failed and required replacement. Oil filter housing gasket was leaking and required replacement. 
124700 mi

US $350
Water pump replaced because of bad bearing. Rear brake pipes leaking near reservoir, replaced both rear lines from reservoir to rear brake hoses. Starter failed and replaced. Needed a tow for either issue. 
127300 mi Crank position sensor failed. DISA valve rebuilt. Rubber air intake boot torn. 
128000 mi

US $50
Door lock cylinder broke (the remote would open the door but the key would not. Replaced cylinder. 
130000 mi

US $200
CCV/oil separator valve failing and hoses plugged up with oil sludge. (Oil consumption was over 1qt per 1000 miles (previously was 1qt per 3000 miles)) Replaced CCV valve and hoses. 
137000 mi

US $100
Replaced parking brake and parking brake hardware. 
144000 mi

US $150
Blower motor was squealing loudly (audible both inside and outside vehicle) in cold weather and/or with A/C on due to bad bearings - replaced blower motor. 

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2003 BMW 3-Series 4dr Sedan

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

46700 mi

US $341
Windshield washer replaced 
82000 mi

US $1400
Cooling system sensor (?) malfunction - was drawing more power from the alternator which eventually killed the alternator. New battery, sensor and alternator. 
64000 mi

US $200
The rear driver side window doesn't close. The motor had to be replaced. 
72000 mi

US $800
Rear spring broken. Had to be replaced. Passenger side window regulator started to fail. Giving rattling sound when closing indicating a failing motor. 
89700 mi

US $1500
Fixed Oil Leak.  Oil leak fix threw these errors: P0491: Second Air Injection System (Bank 1) and P0492: Second Air Injection System (Bank 2). Replacing vacuum hose fixed the above errors. 
90300 mi Started Check Engine Light. The temperature sensor looks like is going bad. 
92000 mi Fuel Gauge never goes below half tank because of a bad fuel sensor. Adding Fuel Injector fluid cleared the issue. Front Fender Liner worn and broke during car wash. This also took the temperature sensor from the wheel well. 
98000 mi

US $605
Two Window Regulators. Drivers side front and passenger side rear window regulators replaced. Battery has to be replaced as it discharged couple of times during winter season. $150 for battery. 
103000 mi P0128: Coolant Thermostat not working properly. Coolant leak. Parts worn out. 
27000 mi The read brake light, turn signals and right headlight would occasionally go out. The dealer reported that the sockets were corroded and replace them and the bulbs. When sifted into reverse, the side view mirror would tilt down for you to see, but when sifted back into drive, it would not go up. 
40000 mi Rear taillight bulb went out. 
79000 mi

US $1000
Steering components broke, loud grinding noise when turning. Replaced steering shaft and power steering pump with used parts. Engine oil filter housing leaking, replaced with a new housing. 
85000 mi

US $450
Starter failed, car would not start, replaced with a re manufactured starter. 
93700 mi

US $500
The thermostat was stuck open, so I decided to replace the whole cooling system for preventative maintenance. 
98000 mi The check engine light was signaled from a faulty secondary air pump, because this was a M56 engine(SULEV) it has a 15 year/150,000 mile warranty on emission related components (a lot of dealers don't know this) 
110000 mi

US $330
Control arm and bushings worn 
112000 mi

US $60
Steering guibo was worn, caused loose steering while cruising at high speeds and wiggly steering 
130000 mi SES light for secondary air pump, cylinder misfire. 
135700 mi fuel pump died 
157000 mi

US $120
The crankshaft position sensor was replaced Power steering hoses replaced, power steering resivoir/filter replaced 
104000 mi Fuel system was shot. Had to replace tank, pump, filler neck, and filter as they are all one piece. 
105300 mi

US $500
Control arm bushings, and control arm (including balljoints) were replaced. 
106700 mi Rear Shocks blew out. 
108700 mi

US $1310
Complete suspension overhaul. Shocks were completely done, both rear were blown. Front struts had no resistance. Steering guibo was worn and there was play in steering. End links clunking. Complete cooling system. The engine and transmission thermostats had soft failed open. Fan clutch was loose, and water pump would gave probably started to seep in next 5000 miles. Expansion tank was entirely preventative due to it being a common issue. 
115300 mi

US $250
Alternator's voltage regulator failed, so I ordered a new Bosch unit and I installed it myself. 
39000 mi Slipping transmission 
43000 mi Slipping transmission on cold start; a commonly reported flaw on web; reflash seems to solve it; first reflash did not hold Burned wiring to left rear taillight; wiring replaced 
54000 mi

US $400
Control arms and bushings 
72000 mi

US $80
Engine idle revs from 800 to 1200, repeatedly, dangerous surge almost caused accident, brakes barely able to control. Apparently an error in computer, or in throttle body, or in wiring between throttle body and computer. Just went away. 
84500 mi

US $200
Thermostat defective (prob for 2 years). Also replaced water pump, hoses, antifreeze as preventative (but they all looked good despite 84,000 miles). 
85000 mi Replaced leaking/ seeping high pressure power steering line, PS fluid 
91500 mi

US $400
Cooling system leak. Replaced radiator. 
95000 mi

US $50
Oil leak since 65K or so, smoking, leaking onto driveway. Replaced valve cover gasket. Seemed to do the trick. 
105700 mi Rotor frozen; repaired. 
106000 mi Leak, oil filter housing 
106700 mi

US $150
Sinking rear spring. Bad stabiliser bar end links. 
115500 mi Intermittent outage of fuel pump Leaks in the crankcase oil recirc system were throwing lean codes. Unable to get car inspection. 
16000 mi

US $300
Multiple leaks in radiator. In hoses and overflow tank. 
16000 mi

US $40
The alternator had to be replaced three times. The first two alternators were bought at O'Reily autoparts, and installed by DIY. Both gave out, and an auto shop finally replaced it themselves with a new alternator. Power steering gave out and had to be replaced. The belt to both rear windows gave out. 
41000 mi Refill AC , remap software Replace window regulators. Remap software. 
52000 mi

US $320
Flushed transmission fluid 
59000 mi

US $700
Thermostat replaced. Inspection II performed 
69000 mi

US $1000
Control arm bushing replaced Rear brake pad + rotor replaced Front brake pad replaced Water pump replaced 
76000 mi

US $500
1. Belts (pulley) 2. air intake valve 
81000 mi

US $500
AC sensor replaced, AC fan capacitor replaced, Tune up, Oil change  
88000 mi Oil leak Coolant leak *N/A, your software doesn't allow me to go back 
89000 mi

US $400
Coolant tank leak 
31620 mi delay from Reverse to Drive, took about 30 seconds for transmission to engage after selecting "D". SA said that there was a leak of some sort and the Compressor was replaced. 
39060 mi

C $35
Drive side seatbelt tensioner replaced threw srs light on dash. 
49900 mi

C $200
ebrake DSR came off the hangers. 
65720 mi

C $210
Scan done, misfire cylinder #5, replaced coil and plugs. All ok. 
87820 mi

C $600
Rear shocks, springs and brakes. 
57000 mi

US $270
control arm bushings replaced 
60000 mi

US $150
outside trim fell off 
69000 mi

US $50
Blower motor replaced. 
70000 mi

US $50
Window regulator replaced. Washer fluid pump replaced. 
74000 mi

US $50
Belt tensioner and pulley had to be replaced.  Replaced another window regulator too. 
92000 mi

US $350
thermostat 

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2003 BMW 3-Series 4dr Sedan

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

129000 mi

US $100
CV boot was torn, replaced axle and seal 
131000 mi

US $20
Replaced in warranty thermostat due to failed internal heater circuit 
132000 mi

US $10
Leaking power steering pressure line replaced. Replaced oil filter housing to engine block gasket and oil filter. 
132000 mi

US $233
Replaced alternator. No longer charging the battery consistently. I've changed the alternator on this car 4 times, mostly due to low quality store brand rebuilt units. Replaced pulleys. 
133000 mi

US $400
Replaced front and rear springs. 
140500 mi Replaced left front axle fie to excessive vibration. 
142000 mi Cooling system leak. Replaced expansion tank and transmission thermostat. 
146000 mi

US $52
Replaced front lower control arm outer ball joint 
143000 mi

US $168
Fixed coolant leak, replaced expansion tank, mount, water pipe and heater return hose. 
52000 mi Power steering hose was leaking and alternator belt was worn. Discoverd by BMW Dealer/Serviceduring pre-purchase inspection (purchased from local independent dealer). Repaired by selling dealer. 
61000 mi

US $240
Driver side CV boot was torn 
65000 mi

US $780
Rear coils were broken. 
73000 mi

US $220
Bad thermometer. Needed replacement. 
77000 mi

US $177
Catch in door lock broke 
81000 mi

US $200
Fuel pump failed. replaced fuel pump and relay  
95500 mi

US $900
replaced fuel vent valve cover gasket leak oil filter housing leak 
109300 mi

US $650
Starter died. 
117300 mi

US $450
CV boots replaced 
98000 mi

US $350
Valve cover gasket 
107700 mi

US $600
AC blowing warm 
74000 mi

US $275
Seat belt tensioner was causing an airbag light (has happened multiple times). Dealership replaced the wiring harness which was faulty. 
81000 mi

US $700
New rear springs 
89000 mi Control arm bushings 
105000 mi

US $900
Car needed new fuel pump and filter 
111700 mi

US $210
Faulty brake sensor light caused abs and traction control problems. No codes so only reset the light. 
115000 mi

US $250
Brake, ABS and traction control lights started coming on again two weeks after reset. Codes this time. Brake light sensor was replaced and problem disappeared. 
128000 mi

US $700
New Axle / CV Joint on Front Passenger Tire 
135300 mi

US $1000
Oil leak 
35000 mi

US $50
Replaced faulty window regulator. 
47000 mi

US $499
Replaced cracked RF inner CV boot. 
57000 mi

US $50
Replaced passenger side window regulator due to grinding noise. 
61000 mi

US $152
Replaced torn LF CV boot. 
72000 mi

US $235
Replaced both windshield washer and headlamp washer pumps 
75700 mi

US $400
Water was seeping inside the cabin on the driver side floor. Mechanic reglued water shedders inside both front and rear doors - leak fixed. - Oil change service. 
77300 mi

US $285
Replaced RR window regulator. 
79700 mi

US $2000
- CV boots torn on both sides. Replaced entire axle assemblies. - replaced worn lower control arm bushings - replaced leaky valve cover gasket 
81300 mi

US $584
Replaced faulty alternator due to car dying and not charging battery. Also replaced a couple of belts. Replaced faulty thermostat assembly, also installed new fan. 

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2003 BMW 3-Series 4dr Sedan

184-horsepower 2.5L I6 5-speed manual RWD

160000 mi

US $1600
Switch to side view mirror smoking and window regulator gone bad. sunroof switch replaced. Radiator hose replaced Coolant flushed  
63000 mi

US $300
Window regulator Rear trailing arm bushing. 
79000 mi

US $1200
Transmission seal failure. 
79000 mi

US $95
Drive belts tensioner failure. 

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2003 BMW 3-Series 2dr Coupe

333-horsepower 3.2L I6 6-speed manual RWD

86000 mi

US $1100
A/C compressor cracked and was replaced. 
89000 mi

US $40
Differential input leaking. Differential input seal replaced. 
71000 mi

US $120
drivers side xenon headlight began to not work and only come on on a hot start:car had been running more than 5 mins or outside temperature hot. Bulbs+ballasts swapped to diagnose problem.Ignitor replaced, very hard to disassemble headlight 
125000 mi Alternator 
58000 mi

US $184
Driver side LED tail light assembly was $184 from tischer bmw online. I installed myself (3 bolts). My indy quoted $250 for the job installed. 
61000 mi

US $250
Passenger side window actuator was making a loud clicking noise Rear trailing arm bushings needed replacement. 
25000 mi

US $360
right front window regulator replaced 
27000 mi

US $200
interior passenger door trip came loose and had to be re-glued. First re-gluing unsuccessful so car was returned to have the part re-glued. actuator for passenger door lock quit working. Door will not unlock with key fob (but will lock with it). Door must be manually unlocked from the inside. Not fixed due to lack of time and cost. Will repair at a later time. 
45000 mi

US $150
Headlight (HID) intermittently on/off on one headlight. 
55000 mi

US $85
Ballast on xenon headlamp needed replacement 
75000 mi

US $600
Passenger door not opening remotely Headlamp electrical not working 
76000 mi

US $350
Replaced right rear wheel bearing 
92300 mi

US $400
Battery gave out early, was replaced in February 2011. Car wouldn't start, needed to be jumpstarted, and took a day at the shop to repair. 
95000 mi

US $700
Entire body of electronics, from clock to ECU, reset themselves whenever the car was turned off. DISA valve was ticking and needed replacement. Guibo joint was disintegrating and made car nearly undrivable. 
44000 mi Electrochromatic rear view mirror failure. Will order after market parts to replace instead of using OEM. 
47000 mi

US $120
Coil pack failure on one cylinder 
58000 mi

US $10
passenger seat sensor was going out 
60000 mi Passenger airbag sensor keeps giving a fault. Had to clean the connectors under the seat 
110000 mi Reprogram car because it stalls under deceleration. Resulted from transmission swap from SMG to 6MT. Shop is still solving this issue. 
111000 mi Installed switch to turn off cruise control, which was causing the stalling issue. 

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2003 BMW 3-Series 2dr Coupe

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

60000 mi

US $3000
Poor cooling 
71000 mi

US $720
Clutch slave cylinder position sensor was intermittent, causing no starts and transmission light to come on.  
74000 mi

US $3500
Transmission SMG pump causing vehicle to go into neutral intermittently and had check transmission light. Replaced hydraulic pump.  
78500 mi

US $130
Drivers power door lock intermittent operation. Sometimes had a hard time getting door to open from inside. 
79300 mi

US $7
Oil leak at CPV valve. Replaced o-ring. 
79700 mi

US $150
VANOS solenoid valve causing intermittent check engine light. Replaced with remanufactured unit. 
80000 mi

US $90
Crack found in chassis at rear subframe mounting point. Removed differential, exhaust, gas tank and rear subframe. Welded in reinforcement plates at subframe mounting points, cutout access holes and reinforced from inside and reassemble. Tie rod adjustment frozen and would not allow a proper alignment to be performed. 
85000 mi

US $160
Power steering pump noisy and not providing must boost. Replaced pump, pulley, fluid. 

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2003 BMW 3-Series 2dr Coupe

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

64300 mi

US $180
Needed my torque converter replaced Ignition coil 
67000 mi

US $4500
Moonroof control mechanisms failed, requiring full replacement Steering wheel sensor, which replays to traction control system, was out, leading to intermittent traction control failure A/C would intermittently stop working: either cold air flow would cease, or the system would shut down entirely 
67000 mi

US $210
Ignition coil failed 
72000 mi

US $250
An ignition coil went out, for the third time in the past year; I had the mechanic replace the broken one as well as the other three that hadn't yet been replaced 
78000 mi

US $600
Starter died and needed replacement 
78700 mi

US $400
Bushing replacement *d Starter died 
88000 mi

US $400
External thermometer sensor was broken 
89000 mi A/C not functioning - unknown reason 

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2003 BMW 3-Series 2dr Coupe

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

68000 mi

US $4000
Thermostat 
71000 mi GM5 control unit died. Windows, locks don't work properly. 
75000 mi

US $600
Thermostat failed in open position. Replaced thermostat to fix problem. Also replaced other cooling system components as a preventative measure.  
86000 mi Sunroof was stuck in open position. Found that track mechanism has become tangled. Had to drop the headliner and perform extensive work to repair track mechanism. 
91000 mi

US $30
Low on refrigerant. Recharged. 
93000 mi

US $725
AC compressor went bad. Replaced compressor, condenser, expansion valve, and drier.  
96000 mi

US $100
Suspension a bit loose and car drifts at speed. Replaced Rear Trailing Arm Bushings. Symptoms better but not completely resolved. 
96000 mi Small vacuum line to emissions control device broke. Replaced with new line and problem was resolved. 
100000 mi

US $200
Water pump leaking coolant. 
102000 mi Passenger seat would not lock into position. Removed the seat and reinstalled and it now functions properly. 
105000 mi Battery Safety Terminal (BST) was setting an SRS code even though the BST had never deployed. I used scanner software to deactivate the BST, otherwise the parts for the repair would have costs $250+. 
108000 mi

US $75
Had to replace all crankcase ventilation lines due to leaks. Resolved leaks and poor cold-start performance issue. 

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2003 BMW 3-Series 2dr Convertible

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

77000 mi

US $75
Final Stage Unit (blower motor resistor) 
88000 mi

US $160
Coil pack Ecu cooling fan 
91700 mi

US $735
Fuel pump and relay 

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2003 BMW 3-Series 2dr Convertible

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

128500 mi

US $487
Replace Front Lower Control Arm Bushings Parts: Control Arm Bushing Set cost 177.18 (parts) Work 2.5 hours at 90/hr (Labor) Passenger door wouldn't unlock. Had replaced the fuses, but still didn't seem to work. Thought the door was double locked due to bad engineering. Shop replaced the fuses again and it worked. Cost $0.00 Change RF turn signal bulb and broke the housing upon reinserting due to weak plastic. Has shop replace entire turn signal lens. Part cost: 53.47 Labor:0.00 
134500 mi

US $651
Intake Manifold Adjuster Part $300. Crankshaft Breather Hose Part $19. Intake Boot Part $19. 2nd Intake Boot Part $19. Labor 255. Mileage 133K 
137000 mi

US $220
Put 4 new tires on car, ABS started acting up and then exclamation (orange) warning symbol next to drive mode lit up. Brake lights didn't work. Replaced brake module $80 part $40 labor(friend). Xenon headlight $100 part free labor 
152000 mi Alternator went out. Having it rebuilt by a private person who is a certified BMW mechanic. Car wanted to stall with air on. Wouldn't pass emissions. Engine code said it was running rich. Turned out to be clogged air filters with bugs. New filters. No more stalling, no more codes. 
156000 mi

US $450
Transmission fluid leaking. 

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2003 BMW 3-Series 2dr Convertible

225-horsepower 3.0L I6 5-speed manual RWD

97340 mi Glove box lock stuck, but could be opened with key. 
97960 mi Convertible roof jammed open and couldn't be operated. Used manual override to open roof, aligned broken part so roof could be temporarily operated. Re-aligned sensor so fault light would deactivate and trunk could be opened. 
98560 mi

C $600
Oil leak. New gasket Rear suspension, joints worn Front suspesion links worn Trunk release switches inside car and at trunk not working 
99200 mi

C $180
Electrical wire required repair to fix trunk valet lock function Convertible top liner trim part replaced 
100440 mi

C $100
Change driverside Xenon headlight bulb, requires removal of airbox 
101340 mi Convertible hardtop locator electical contact cracked and caused failure of rear defog and all interior lights. Discovered by a different shop than the one that caused it. Able to repair the connector. 
109120 mi

C $160
Convertible Flap Motor for Convertible Top Cover Flap gear worn 
114700 mi

C $1000
Control arm assembly and associated bushings Replace thermostat and water pump Replace pads 
115320 mi Cracked vent replaced. Likely from car detailing service, but not sure. 
117180 mi

C $25
Replaced upper intake hose. Intake boot had visible signs of wear and cracks, but no engine problems or warning lights had resulted yet. 
121500 mi

C $800
Seized rear caliper 
126480 mi

C $700
Middle muffler replaced due to crack at inlet pipe connection Rubber intake boot crack due to aging 
128320 mi

C $1000
Seized front caliper 
132060 mi

C $3000
Clutch slipping. Replace clutch and flywheel Low oil light on, level ok, replace oil level sensor 
134520 mi

C $300
Vacuum hose nipple to gas filter broken 
145700 mi

C $350
Expansion tank and hose replacement 
146320 mi

C $1800
Steering position sensor Gas peddle position sensor Front wheel bearing 

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2002.5 BMW 3-Series 4-door

turbocharged 4-cylinder diesel automatic 2WD

115940 mi

R 8000
Replaced faulty window regulator on driver window. Replaced control arm bushes on front suspension. 

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2002 BMW 3-Series

Engine not specified

155000 mi

US $1500
Drivers side window stopped working, car would not start,  headlight covers fogged, reverse light not working, break pedal squeaking. 

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2002 BMW 3-Series 4dr Wagon

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

40000 mi Noise from engine pulleys and idler. Replaced along with ribbed V belt. Chassis noise noticed. Front end aluminum flex plate was cracked and was replaced. Lower control arm bushings also replaced. Engine oil pressure switch leaking. Replaced. 
58000 mi

US $915
Battery light came on during road trip on back roads. Battery discharged and car died after approx. 45 minutes driving, stranding us along side of the road. Car was transported via flatbed to BMW of Asheville, who replaced alternator. 
60000 mi

US $1283
Defective window regulators both front windows (drivers and passengers) 
61000 mi

US $70
Ventilation blower stopped working. Replacement of Final Stage Resister (FSR) resolved problem. Ordered part online and completed DIY replacement. 
62000 mi

US $474
Right rear window regulator failure. 
65700 mi

US $441
Right side differential seal leak 
68000 mi

US $2350
Airbag light. Faulty sensor replaced Oil leak valve cover gasket Intermittent issue with door lock/unlocking 

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2002 BMW 3-Series 4dr Wagon

184-horsepower 2.5L I6 5-speed manual RWD

98700 mi

US $200
Transmission went into limp mode. Sensor in transmission replaced. 
100000 mi

US $500
Expansion tank and hoses needed to be replaced Blower motor replaced 
100000 mi

US $125
Replaced light control module. 
100300 mi

US $50
Replaced windshield/cowl seal. 
112000 mi

US $75
Replace driver window regulator Repair broken door lock 
115000 mi

US $122
Replaced rear shocks. One of the two had started to fail. 
116300 mi

US $14
Ground short in tail light assembly. 
124000 mi

US $60
Replaced LCM 
126000 mi

US $500
Replaced entire cooling system. 

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2002 BMW 3-Series 4dr Wagon

184-horsepower 2.5L I6 5-speed manual AWD

101000 mi

US $250
headlight bucket replaced after being melted by improperly seated bulb 
104300 mi

US $350
window regulator replaced 
110000 mi

US $200
valve cover replaced, vanos seals replaced fuel pump failed 
131000 mi seized calipers replaced secondary air check valve 
190100 mi

C $800
Relace front axle and boot wipers failed 
191200 mi

C $200
A rear hatch bracket supporting a gas-filled strut rusted thru and failed. Replaced brackets on both sides and re-installed struts. 
195700 mi

C $993
Alternator, Belt, battery replced 
196100 mi Torn CV Boot - repaired under warranty 
196540 mi

C $300
Parking brake failed and broke causing damage to pad 
197140 mi

C $170
Short under hood - slowly draining battery. 

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2002 BMW 3-Series 4dr Sedan

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

102300 mi

US $37
Left front blinker went out first time-fixed. Now same blinker doesnt work again... 
202000 mi

US $80
Replaced Blower Motor Final Stage (Resistor) 
51000 mi

US $508
Replaced alternator. 
82000 mi

US $1178
Left rear window stuck in down position. Also right front window making grinding noise. Both window regulators were replaced. 
88000 mi

US $593
Replaced front lower control arm. Removed and replaced the front thrust rod bushing. 
95000 mi

US $850
Control arm bushings worn, required replacing control arms. Stinky smell from A/C after compressor is turned off and the fan is still running. Conditioned A/C, helped a little. 
97000 mi

US $50
Torque converter failed and needed to be replaced. CAT O2 sensor threw check engine fault and needed to be replaced. 
99000 mi

US $50
Sunroof wouldn't close sometimes. Rattle from underneath the car. Started after previous torque converter fix by dealer. Turned out they forgot to tighten loose front splash panel during previous repair. 
106000 mi

US $75
Windshield fluid pump leaked -- replaced. 
119000 mi

US $150
Had intermittent indication that rear tail-light was burned out. Turned out to be an intermittent contact. Noise at acceleration thought to have come from engine, but turned out to be MPG gauge. 
127300 mi

US $506
replaced spring-type belt tensioner with hydraulic belt tensioner; replaced pulley adjuster and offset idler replaced fan clutch; 
134700 mi

US $730
fuel pump stopped working, required towing and replacement 
140000 mi

US $350
electrical burning smell in cabin caused by broken seal (forgot which) next to cabin air intake  

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2002 BMW 3-Series 4dr Sedan

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

71000 mi Thermostat failure, stuck open. Second thermostat with same problem. Replaced again. Fuel gauge erratic indication. Left rear view mirror not setting for key used. The error codes were cleared but I am still having a hard shift between 1st and 2nd gear. It sounds like I need the transmission and engine software updated (150 dollars) I cleaned off the terminals and pounded on the bottom of the fuel tank with my fist. I believe the float was stuck. 
72000 mi

US $650
Noticed steering wheel vibration when power applied to engine. Not related to brakes. 
47000 mi

US $941
Right front CV axle boot and inner boot clinging grease. Repair included replacement of both inner and out boot plus four wheel alignment Fan clutch wobbling. Replaced unit. 
50000 mi

US $497
Rear differential mount leaking. Installed shft seal and rubber mount. Parts 60.60; labor $436 
52000 mi

US $434
Persistent burning odor caused by oil leak requiring gasket set replacement. 
62000 mi

US $439
Several pulley and belt tensioners replaced to eliminate belt/bearing noise 
70000 mi

US $238
Worn intake hoses for emissions system 
73000 mi

US $400
Oxygen sensors replaced (first time!) 
83000 mi

US $450
Replace driver and passenger window motors and regulators Cracked intake manifold 
84000 mi

US $1085
Broken front hub and bearing which was replaced Replaced front axle driveshaft and universal joints 
100000 mi

US $2557
Replaced front control arm and bushings  Replaced front axle boots oil filter housing leak 
107000 mi

US $1000
Emission control component 
109000 mi

US $300
Drivers side power window motors replaced 
111000 mi

US $325
Broken water pump and can belt 
112000 mi Cracked radiator. Replaced along with hose 

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2002 BMW 3-Series 4dr Sedan

225-horsepower 3.0L I6 5-speed manual RWD

179000 mi

US $150
Interior cabin fan was running intermittently despite car being off. Replaced blower motor resistor. 
181000 mi Replaced shocks, struts and mounts due to blown suspension. 
65000 mi

US $50
Replace HID igniter control box 
70000 mi

US $85
Replaced window regulator in driver's door 
71000 mi

US $20
Replace timing chain tensioner. 
76000 mi

US $100
Replace passenger front window regulator 
77000 mi

US $30
CEL code indicated weak mixture - replaced cracked rubber intake boot. 
81000 mi

US $100
Replace right rear window regulator. 
87000 mi

US $100
Replace right rear window regulator again. 
93000 mi

US $70
Check engine light and code indicated thermostat jammed open. Replaced thermostat. 
97000 mi

US $60
Replace final stage resistor to cure intermittent fan speed control problem. 
105000 mi

US $110
Replace intake camshaft position sensor 
108700 mi

US $200
Replace VANOS piston seals and CCVV. 
110000 mi False low engine oil warning light - replaced oil level sensor. 
117000 mi

US $120
Door remote locking and unlocking was intermittent - fixed by repair to GM5 electronic control module. 
146300 mi Replace broken window regulator in left rear door. 
157000 mi

US $250
Replace crank case vent valve and various vacuum hoses 
162300 mi

US $150
Replaced both rear window regulators 
43700 mi Window regulator. 
96000 mi

US $80
Right rear tail light inop. Electrical connector damaged, I have been told this is common for this year 3 series. Brake light and turn signal would not word on driver side. One year ago I had the passenger side connector replaced. 
98000 mi

US $580
Replaced alternator as it was inop. 
103000 mi

US $600
Check engine light. Intake and exhaust sensors needed replacement. 
123300 mi

US $125
Valve cover gasket replaced No visiible leaks found, system working, . A/C recharged 
60000 mi

US $250
Leak in coolant system hosing. 
60000 mi

US $300
Repair window regulator on right (passenger) window. 

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2002 BMW 3-Series 4dr Sedan

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

45000 mi

US $70
Second window regulator replaced. 
60000 mi

US $544
"Found both rear coil springs broken during inspection.Replaced both.+33-53-575 16FRU." "C/S there is a right tail lamp message displayed at times but when checked the lamps are working.Bulletin 63-03-06 taillight grounds.Installed additional grounds to taillight.00 56 867 6FRU." 
64000 mi

US $61
"Customer states he has a clunk under the car when he stops and again when he starts.Almost like a ball rolling around (in the trunk)".Control arm bushing "Customer states there is a downshift clunk when you come to a stop and start letting off the bra 
73000 mi

US $134
"Clunk" in rear suspension described earlier revisited with independent tech who states: "Appears to be the beginning of the E46 subfame issue. Customer will monitor and await results of the class action law suit." 
74000 mi

US $690
failed alternator 
93000 mi

US $118
recharge A/C add compressor oil 
103500 mi

US $7
The computer showed a false code. Dealer changed the real brake/turn signal bulbs anyway. It seems to have worked. 
118000 mi

US $600
replace control arm bushings 
126300 mi

US $1604
replace windshield washer pump. intake runner, plugs, breather and oil separator hose thermostat assembly 
62000 mi

C $220
Oil level sensor malfunctioned. 
64480 mi

C $660
Leak coming from thermostat. Thermostat housing replaced. Head gasket leak. 
66340 mi

C $300
Steering ball joints. 
81060 mi

C $7
Taillight failure warning due to poor ground design in tail lights. Spliced a second ground wire an attached to tail light cluster as per bimmerforum diy. $7 in parts and 10 minutes per side. Problem fixed. 
82460 mi

C $150
check engine light activated by one malfunctioning oxygen sensor. both oxygen sensors replaced as a precaution. Repair successful. 
88440 mi

C $36
Replaced hose leading to the secondary air injection pump. The hose hadn't failed but was in poor shape where it connected to the pump. I wasn't getting any warning/check engine lights showing yet. 
93280 mi

C $1020
HVAN fan speed blowing erratically. Blower motor final stage resistor replaced Acc. Belt Tensioner / AC belt tensioner / Idler pulley replaced. 
98580 mi

C $500
Oil pan gasket and the seal btwn the dip stick and block were weeping oil. 
115320 mi

C $400
Valve cover gasket was seeping. Gasket was replaced. 

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2002 BMW 3-Series 4dr Sedan

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

95000 mi

US $1500
Alternator and starter 
97000 mi

US $450
Leaking water pump 
100000 mi

US $600
Window regulators. 
112000 mi

US $1500
Sensors that control engine idle. Compressor not functioning properly. 
148000 mi

US $245
Thermostat replaced. Service code p0128. 
160000 mi

US $600
Valve cover gasket replaced Replaced failing alternator Replaced broken rear spring 
75000 mi

US $800
Had to replace the thermometer because the AC didn't work. 

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2002 BMW 3-Series 4dr Sedan

184-horsepower 2.5L I6 5-speed manual RWD

91000 mi Rain rail separated and loose. 
96000 mi

US $125
Replaced exterior window trim due to corrosion. Replaced driver's side mirror glass due to corrosion. 
96000 mi

US $100
*duplicate? Replaced driver's side mirror glass due to corrosion and repaired door trim that had come unglued. 
96000 mi

US $600
Replace worn front control arms and bushings. 
97000 mi

US $25
Windshield wipers were not stopping in the full down position. Replaced the wiper relay. 
105000 mi

US $100
CEL illuminated. Scan revealed failed radiator output temp sensor. Replaced sensor. 
109000 mi Exterior door trim fell off and needed to be reattached. 
84780 mi

C $900
Suspension bushings worn 
89900 mi

C $700
Dead battery replaced, alternator replaced 
124000 mi

C $800
Valve cover gasket leak - replaced U joint was cracked - part replaced Rear bushings cracked, needed replacement 
126480 mi

C $300
Hood would not open - latch inoperable Cables replaced, latches replaced 
138840 mi

C $500
Rear shock leaking, replaced both 
146320 mi

C $220
Valve Cover gasket oil leak - replace gasket 
166540 mi

C $450
Intake manifold - valve not working causing engine to surge 
156000 mi

US $140
fuel pump failed 
188000 mi

US $50
window regulator failed 
77000 mi

US $300
Left rear window actuator replaced. Interior A and C pillar trim replaced. 
89700 mi

US $3800
Replaced AC system due to failing AC Compressor and Condenser Leak. Ventilation fan failing, replaced as well. 

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2002 BMW 3-Series 4dr Sedan

184-horsepower 2.5L I6 5-speed manual AWD

99000 mi

US $2700
Antilock brake module and Master cylinder leaking which caused passenger side brake caliper to sieze. 
109000 mi

US $165
Oil fluid level sensor failed. Required new part and oil change to replace. 
109000 mi

US $248
Driver's side window regulator failed for the second time. Had to be replaced. 
111000 mi

US $555
The power steering pump failed and was replaced 
114000 mi

US $80
Window regulator failed again. Rear facing clip broke off of cable. 
121000 mi The electric thermostat failed and had to be replaced. 

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2002 BMW 3-Series 4-door

6-cylinder manual 2WD

67000 mi

US $310
Rear left side power windows broke. 

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2002 BMW 3-Series 4-door

4-cylinder manual 2WD

116560 mi

R 8000
Clutch kit,including flywheelh Replaced engine mountings 
117180 mi

R 2000
Fuel gauge was inaccurate and car would run out of petrol when the range still showed 180ks.Replaced fuel pump and sender unit 

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2002 BMW 3-Series 2dr Coupe

333-horsepower 3.2L I6 6-speed manual RWD

42000 mi

US $500
Dying alternator killed battery as well. 
45000 mi

US $325
Rear end felt loose during hard cornering. Research pointed to worn out RTABs, a known failure point on these cars (too much slop between bushing and trailing arm flange). Replaced with Powerflex RTABs by my mechanic. Rear end feels a lot more planted. 
56000 mi Both window trims have delaminated. Very common problem on E46 coupes. Trim expands in heat and shears off adhesive. New trim material corrects issue. Dealer wants $1050 to replace old trim. Attempting to have BMWNA cover cost. 
57000 mi

US $300
AC stopped blowing cold air. Final Stage Unit (FSU) replaced. 
59000 mi

US $800
Replaced drooping interior door trim on both sides. Well known problem on early E46 coupes due to differing rates of thermal expansion between rubber portion (pinch sensor) of trim and fabric portion of trip, shearing the adhesive between . Replaced high pitch horn. And low pitch horn while we were at it. Replaced PS wiper arm due to poor wiper performance on that side despite trying new blades and bending old arm to make better contact with windshield. 
62000 mi

US $75
Replaced windshield washer pump that was leaking and causing a low fluid condition. 
64000 mi

US $130
Rear view mirror electroluminant element started to cloud (known issue with the round mirrors). Elected to have it repaired by Radar-Mirror.com rather than have it replaced by OEM (not sure if that's still an option). 
65000 mi Passenger side door fails to reliably unlock outside handle remotely. Interior handle still works. BMW Tech said that lock control module needs to be replaced. Apparently there's a module for everything in a BMW. 
133000 mi

US $325
Constant Pressure Valve needed to be replaced. $30 part, and needed $45 worth of tools to complete. Replaced fluid in Differential. Was making a grinding noise. Replaced with BMW Genuine fluid. 
135000 mi

US $30
Replaced wiring harness for front driver's seat belt tensioner. 
63000 mi

US $100
Front bumper support cracked, required replacement. Part was $15 
87000 mi

US $400
Valve adjustment. 
107000 mi

US $200
Passenger window fails to roll down; disassembled door to fix. 
114000 mi

US $100
Ignition coil replaced, spark plugs & fuel filter replaced. 
127500 mi

US $10
Broken left front anti-roll bar mount. 
136500 mi

US $3900
valve adjust, variable cam solenoid, oil leak repair,  power steering leak repair,  window washer repair, bumper repair. 
137700 mi

US $20
service light came on again; apparently cam position solenoid replacement part failed. mechanic is researching similar failures to determine best course. 
139000 mi

US $150
Ignition coil needed replacement 
143300 mi

US $1000
Exhaust cam timing 
145000 mi Vanos adjustment. Mechanic misadjusted vanos on reassembly during earlier repair. 
153000 mi

US $2400
replace alternator, battery frame cracking at swaybar mount passenger door lock actuator replaced 
166000 mi

US $600
replaced front wheel bearing broken upper a-arm, rear 
166000 mi sunroof shade stuck/broken. also, seats worn. 
53000 mi

US $14
The windshield washer pump was leaking. A service part and a short repair involving removing the passenger front wheelwell splash shield to access the part was all that was required. Not unheard of with 14yr old plastic seals. 
55000 mi

US $25
One headlight bulb went out. I swapped front bulbs to confirm the incident, and replaced both with aftermarket Phillips headlight bulbs. 
115300 mi

US $750
replace worn front springs and rear control arm 
116000 mi

US $200
Rear Trunk Handle Separated from Trunk 
116700 mi

US $500
Left front wheel bearing 
120000 mi

US $500
Leak from power steering hose  Brake caliper was sticking and needed to be rebuilt/replaced Torn front axle boots 
123000 mi Blown Rear Speaker Sagging interior liner 
94700 mi

US $350
Air conditioning was not blowing cold air. 
100000 mi

US $800
Differential seal on right side 
67000 mi

US $1500
Water Pump and Fan was replaced along with the radiator. 
68700 mi

US $100
Replace O2 sensor. 
69700 mi

US $90
Temp gauge was not working. 

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2002 BMW 3-Series 2dr Coupe

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

43240 mi

R 1000
RR shock lost damping. Decided to install aftermarket suspension to fix the problem. 
60140 mi

R 100
Central locking not actuating the unlock function. Door lock unit needed to be replaced. Windscreen washer nozzles had failed and needed replacing. 
63860 mi Boot lid handle mountings failed. Super glued mounts back in and re-attached handle. Interior trim around door seal on the inside of the car coming off. Pushed back into position but not glued. Input shaft seal on differential leaking. Seal replaced. 
83080 mi automatic level control xenon headlights- electrical stepper motor broken 
84940 mi

€900
Alternator broke down and empty battery *dupe Alternator went dead, battery completely drained; 

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2002 BMW 3-Series 2dr Coupe

225-horsepower 3.0L I6 5-speed manual RWD

129000 mi

US $1057
pulleys and accessory drive belts 
150000 mi

US $165
power steering reservoir and hoses replaced 
153000 mi

US $89
outside temp. sensor replaced 
157000 mi

US $654
alternator not functioning, replaced. 
160000 mi

US $465
fuel pump failed, replaced 
165300 mi

US $300
oil filter housing replaced 
181000 mi

US $287
replaced intake cam sensor and coolant temp switch 
189000 mi

US $2416
replaced rear shocks, front struts, front control arms & bushings replaced water pump, thermostat, tensioner pulley, main serpentine belt 
192700 mi

US $1225
Oxygen sensors, crankcase vent kit, DISA valve 
193300 mi

US $457
Secondary air pump and EGR valve replaced. 
194000 mi

US $110
expansion tank leak water pump leak 
214000 mi

US $560
Steering angle sensor failed. 
238000 mi

US $160
Fuel pump failure, replaced. radiator small leak, replaced. 
239700 mi

US $150
alternator failed 
254000 mi

US $500
left rear wheel bearing replacement 
254000 mi

US $150
Replaced dead 5.5 year old battery 
302000 mi

US $125
loose steering, replaced worn tie rods. replaced steering coupler. Sway bar bushing replaced. Front control arms replaced, lower control arm bushings replaced. Rear trailing arm bushings replaced. Rear sway bar bushings and rear sway bar links replaced. 
97500 mi

US $930
Alternator replaced 
98700 mi

US $325
Gap between driver's window and B-pillar causing wind noise. Body shop replaced regulator. Gap still present. 
103000 mi

US $300
HVAC blower periodically stopped working. Replaced blower motor resistor. 
130000 mi

US $200
The adjusting valve or "disa" valve was leaking air causing a check engine light. Replaced disa valve. 
136000 mi

US $1000
Front control arms + bushings, rear trailing arm bushings, water pump + belts, water pump pulley. passenger side kidney grill fell out due to plastic tabs breaking off. probably due to being ten years old. replaced grill with new from BMW dearer for $55. Very easy repair; just pushes into place. 
142000 mi

US $106
The shifter was getting sloppy so I bought a short shift kit to fix that. Also changed out the trans fluid - 1.3 quarts. This is a manual transmission. 
147000 mi

US $1056
Replaced worn out tires and rear trailing arm ball joints. Aligned car after new tires and repairs 
148000 mi

US $65
The climate control interior fans quit working. Replaced final stage fan resistor pack to repair. Common repair on these cars - this unit replaced the original one - it lasted more than ten years before it failed. 
88000 mi

US $66
Idler pulley broke while driving. Replaced pulley and belts 
88000 mi Two struts leaking when sold. TPMS system problem but was never diagnosed or fixed. 
79820 mi

C $865
Replace worn out front control arm bushings Replace faulty thermostat 
80600 mi

C $205
Replaced rubber intake boots, rebuilt DISA valve Replaced front stabiliser bar end links 
81200 mi

C $372
Electric cooling fan failed 
81800 mi

C $137
Faulty exhaust can position sensor 
87400 mi

C $1800
Oil separator failure. Replaced entire crankcase ventilation system, intake manifold gasket, valve cover gasket, oil filter housing gasket, VANOS oil line. Thermostat leaking; replaced under part warranty. 
88840 mi

C $189
Replaced faulty intake camshaft position sensor. 
99200 mi

C $750
Replaced broken windshield wiper linkage. Replace leaking windshield cowl trim (leaky gaskets caused wiper linkage to corrode and seize up) Replaced worn-out front control arms Replace rear trailing arm bushings. Intended as preventive (I installed polyurethane bushings instead of the stock rubber bushings), but the rubber in driver side bushing was in fact tearing apart. Other worn out parts had masked this. Replaced accessory belts 
101060 mi

C $260
Replaced broken driver's door lock actuator unit. 
114080 mi

C $353
Replace seized front brake calipers, preventively replaced front brake lines 
119040 mi

C $1125
Replace failed valve cover gasket after CCV clogged Replace leaking shift rod and output shaft seals 

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2002 BMW 3-Series 2dr Coupe

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

78000 mi

US $140
Outside Air Temp. sensor. Common breakage with the E46 as it is subject to impact from snow and ice. 
78000 mi

US $800
*Damage to rear wishbone connector due to impact with a pot hole. Alignment was completed as well. 
97000 mi

US $75
Power Window switch 

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2002 BMW 3-Series 2dr Convertible

333-horsepower 3.2L I6 6-speed manual RWD

53000 mi

US $200
One exhaust system mounting bracket replaced. Bluetooth pairing button broke. 

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2002 BMW 3-Series 2dr Convertible

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

72700 mi

US $600
Lock actuator needed to be replaced. 
111000 mi

US $30
Thermostat replacement 
112000 mi

US $100
Power Steering pump was tired, replaced with used unit from junk yard. Battery replaced. 

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2002 BMW 3-Series 2dr Convertible

225-horsepower 3.0L I6 5-speed manual RWD

45000 mi

US $350
Replace worn door mechanism on driver's side.  Check engine warning light, reset. 
47000 mi Drive side door not unlocking, fixed. 
68000 mi

US $600
Exhaust system. Brakes redone. New wheels and tires. Regular maintenance. Total of $6,000. 
85000 mi

US $500
Windscreen washer pump. Took three trips to get repaired 
92000 mi

US $600
Windscreen washer pump. Took 4 repairs to finally fix! 
77000 mi

US $536
right and left front suspension Lower Control Arm bushings 
91000 mi

US $695
Headlight control module replaced. Consists of three switches and computerized power supply. Expensive !!! 
109300 mi

US $600
Replace rubber air intake passages. Original equipment age cracked. Leaking headlight washer, draining entire windshield/headlight washer reservoir. 
116000 mi

US $1028
Final Stage Resistor (AC fan speed and temp control) replaced Replace window regulators, both doors. Window drop function not working, and window alignment out of spec. Two window lift assemblies replaced. 
119000 mi

US $346
Seat belt drooping, getting hung in power seat track and/or closed in door. Replace drivers side seat belt and retractor mechanism, so belt retracts properly. 
130000 mi

US $4982
Clear coat on hood fogged and flaking, rest of car dulling with age. Repainted in factory color with subtle "true flames" ghosted in pearl on nose, hood and front sides. Front seats reupholstered in matching leather. Very nicely done! 
138000 mi

US $800
Intermittent misfire, replaced three ignition coils. Drivers side seat would not adjust, replaced fore-aft power seat motor. 
86000 mi

US $450
Replaced engine thermostat following "Service Engine Soon" light. 
98000 mi

US $148
Replaced dead battery (AAA) 

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2002 BMW 3-Series 2dr Convertible

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

124500 mi

US $200
I had to replace the alternator which stopped charging the battery. 
126000 mi

US $50
I had to replace a leaky valve cover gasket. The blower motor for hvac system stopped working, and I replaced the motor resistor to fix the problem. 
135000 mi

US $150
The cooling system expansion tank ruptured and caused a massive loss of coolant. I removed and replaced the tank. For peace of mind, I also purchased a new coolant level sensor which mounts in the bottom of the tank. 
127000 mi

US $1100
fuel pump failed 
141000 mi

US $1200
oil leak transmission leak 
147300 mi

US $300
oil leak 
162300 mi

US $740
replaced radiator and fan 
163000 mi

US $180
window regulator replaced 
169000 mi

US $180
convertible top 
173000 mi

US $350
part replaced. 
177000 mi

US $180
replaced valve cover gasket 

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2002 BMW 3-Series 2-door

6-cylinder automatic 2WD

51000 mi

US $325
Final stage resistor needs to be replaced. AC went out one night, and mysteriously came back like nothing ever happened. Both service advisor at dealer and mechanic at a different shop said it was the blower resistor(something like that). although the 
54000 mi

US $700
dead alternator 

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2001 BMW 3-Series

Engine not specified

150000 mi

US $160
Headlight stopped working, bulb replaced and wiring fixed 
151000 mi

US $450
Engine mounts replaced 
155000 mi

US $30
Drivers front grill fell off Passenger front signal light started working intermittently, then stopped all together due to lose wiring 
166000 mi

US $700
Drive belt broke and was replaced. Radiator replaced 
166000 mi

US $650
Noise in front right wheel, replaced ball joint & noise is gone 
135000 mi

US $630
Replace alternator 
149000 mi

US $500
Alternator went at 148,000 miles. 
62000 mi

US $600
Alternator failure. 

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2001 BMW 3-Series 4dr Wagon

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

38000 mi

US $1600
Glass hatch on wagon shorted and would not open at the hatch. Would trigger by itself though (shorted). Rear coil spring broke. Rear pair replaced.  
39000 mi

US $60
Low refrigerant in AC. Added refridgerant and hissing noise during operation stopped. 
40000 mi

US $100
Auto transmission shifted abruptly downshifting from 2-1. Updated transmission and engine software from original versions to current (software was 4 revs old). 
56000 mi

US $900
A/C compressor and dryer were leaking R134A. Replaced both units with OEM grade (not factory) parts and recharged system. 
56000 mi

US $150
Replaced window regulator 
63700 mi

US $370
Cam position sensor failed. Engine hesitated near idle and had reduced power. Check engine light was illuminated. 
64000 mi

US $450
Replaced front control arm bushing Sticking front caliper 
82000 mi

US $700
Thermostat and lower coolant hose were leaking. 

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2001 BMW 3-Series 4dr Wagon

184-horsepower 2.5L I6 5-speed manual RWD

77000 mi Left front control arm. Two window regulators. 
88000 mi

US $1000
broken rear springs (2) replaced 
100000 mi

US $100
Idle problem 
170000 mi

US $100
Rear wiper repeatedly opened on its own while driving. The exterior switch was bad due to water leakage. 
180000 mi

US $425
Replaced rear shocks, rear springs, and upper shock mounts. 
214000 mi

US $25
Rusty exhaust let go between the cat and rear exhaust. Drilled out rusty fasteners and temporarily fixed with random hardware. 
100000 mi

US $240
Dead alternator 

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2001 BMW 3-Series 4dr Sedan

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

64000 mi I brought it in for increasingly loose steering. They determined it was due to the front control arms which need to be replaced. I had neither the time nor the money. They said it wasn't urgent since the wheels don't 'shimmy' on braking yet. 
65000 mi

US $1200
Replaced both front control arms, tightened steering, re-alignment. (Also transmission fluid change. Lubricated sticking sunroof. 
67000 mi

US $1200
New blower motor and oil change. 
74000 mi

US $200
Loose steering. Tightened control arms and steering linkages. Flushed power steering fluid. Marginal improvement, but not fully repaired. Keeping wheel in full up position also helps. 
74000 mi

US $600
Coolant tank rupture. Engine overheated. Coolant tank, pump, hoses, replaced. Oil leak detected in oil pan. Gasket replacement postponed. 
74300 mi

US $90
Oil indicator yellow warning. Believed faulty sensor or bad oil pump causing low oil pressure. Oil level not a factor, even with known slow oil leak. Waiting for next oil change to replace sensor, pump, and pan gasket. Engine misfired. But no problem after restart, and could not replicate. 
75000 mi

US $1400
Coolant leak again, hose ruptured after system was replaced previously. Took to dealer instead of local guy this time. They found errors in his installation. Found slow leak in power steering system, replaced tube/hose. 
76000 mi

US $900
*dupe Re-repair of cooling system that was fixed last November. Independent mechanic used incorrect parts which caused replaced coolant tank to break again. 
77000 mi

US $310
Driver's side window regulator. Second time replaced. First replaced around 2005. 
79300 mi

US $3995
Vacuum hose leaky causing improper fuel mixture. Steering column re-built with new bushings to take 'play' out of the steering. Defective oil pressure sensor had to be replaced. Oil light was continuously lit. All four interior pillar covers replaced (fabric falling off), roof alarm sensor bracket replaced (broken for a couple of years now). Driver side external mirror replaced after becoming discolored/oxidized, hard to see through. Front kidney grilles broke and fell out. Had to be replaced. 
80000 mi

US $437
Replaced the oil filter housing gasket after 'heavy leak' was found by mechanic when car was in shop for brake service. 
80000 mi Wanted new control arms...again! Terrible rattle. Finally done with the damn car. 80k miles and I've spent so much its cheaper to have a car payment. I will never own another bimmer out of warranty. I won't own another BMW for a while. *Already submitted on this for quarterly. 
184000 mi

US $1500
Power steering hose leaking. Reservoir and hose replaced. axle boot. Fan clutch, belts, tension pulleys 
196000 mi

US $719
The wheel bearings were replaced on the rear wheels.  He also re-attached the washer fluid hose,  banged some trim back into place,  replaced the oil cap, wiper blades, and changed the oil. 
200000 mi

US $590
Motor mount replacement. Evaporator core leak. Too expensive to fix, so just charged the AC. 
209000 mi

US $1450
Alternator light on. Could not hold a charge with new battery. Replaced alternator. Rear shocks replaced. Pulleys and belts replaced. 
219700 mi

US $1300
Oil pan gasket leaking. Replaced. Headlamp replaced. Oil changed. 
225000 mi

US $1500
Oil filter housing leaking.Vacuum leak. Power steering hoses leaking. 
247000 mi Oil leak. Temperature sensor. Vacuum leak. Coolant leak. Headlight electrical issue. 

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2001 BMW 3-Series 4dr Sedan

225-horsepower 3.0L I6 5-speed manual RWD

110000 mi

US $100
Window regulator 
115000 mi

US $100
Oil level sensor replacement 
116000 mi

US $1000
gasket replacement 
118700 mi

US $800
2 window regulators 
126000 mi

US $700
Replaced fuel pump.  
144000 mi

US $60
Fan resistor replaced 
144000 mi

US $1100
Cooling fan AND radiator 
82000 mi Valve cover gasket. Motor mounts. Turn signal short. 
77000 mi

US $60
Replaced a leaking valve cover gasket. 
85000 mi

US $30
Crack in air intake boot causing a check engine/service engine soon light. Replaced cracked intake boot and reset SES light.  
91000 mi Mass air flow sensor. 
92000 mi Mass air flow sensor and lower intake boot replaced. Problem was left over from prior month due to lag in placing parts order. 
100000 mi

US $5
Oil filter housing gasket failed and the car developed a slow oil leak. Replaced failed gasket, resolving issue. Power steering fluid reservoir hoses were leaking. Replaced both hoses and clamps, resolving problem. 
104000 mi

US $180
Driver side seatbelt pretensioner and wiring harness failed. Both were replaced. Second trip five days later. 
105000 mi Two more trips for SRS light, pretensioner and wiring harness. Update: came back on two weeks later. 
117000 mi Replaced worn bulb housings for running lights and turn signals. 
124000 mi

US $3000
Clutch, shift bushing, guibo, shift selector spring replacement. Transmission fluid service. Radiator, hoses, water pump, idler pulley, and belt tensioner replacement. Radiator had a stress crack in plastic edge, water pump bearings were bad and causing noise. 
139000 mi

US $1200
Replaced failed ignitor unit and xenon bulb. Yaw sensor failed. 
97000 mi

US $1300
Replaced worn: Front control arm bushing Rear trailing arm bushing Front sway bar bushing Replaced power steering supply/return hoses. 
103000 mi

US $680
Left front and left rear window regulators. 
104000 mi

US $15
Cracked rubber intake boot letting unmetered air into engine causing check engine light. Replaced lower intake boot, cleared code. 
128000 mi

US $60
Thermostat failed open. Replaced thermostat and flushed/filled coolant. 
135000 mi

US $80
Ignition switch failure prevented engine from starting. 
138000 mi

US $80
Replaced failed coolant expansion tank. 
156300 mi

US $600
Electric cooling fan failure. Fan replaced. Crack in radiator tank. Radiator replaced. 
173000 mi

US $1500
Suspension components worn out after 172,000 miles and causing noisy and sloppy ride. 
180000 mi

US $375
Failed joint in driveshaft. Replaced driveshaft. 
186000 mi

US $50
Water pipe to expansion tank hose leaking. Replaced hose, refilled and bled cooling system. 
194000 mi

US $80
Crank position sensor failed. Replaced sensor and cleared adaptations. 
200000 mi

US $60
Windshield washer pump failed - leaking. Replaced pump. 
206700 mi

US $60
Oil level sensor malfunction. Replaced sensor. 
210000 mi Factory installed clutch starting to show signs of being worn out at 210,000 miles. Replaced clutch. 
221700 mi

US $500
Power steering pump failure. Replaced power steering pump, all hoses, and reservoir. 
238000 mi

US $60
Thermostat failed open. Replaced thermostat and topped off/bled cooling system. Ignition coil for cylinder 3 failed. Replaced coil. 
239000 mi

US $350
Steering getting loose due to worn tie rods and steering guibo. Replaced tie rods, steering guibo, and also replaced steering rack to improve feel. Had alignment performed. 
83000 mi window regulator, used zip ties to hold metal piece in place due to plastic clips breaking. 
77000 mi

US $235
Coolant expansion tank cracked. Replaced tank and upper radiator hose. 
79000 mi Passenger window regulator failed. Repaired window slider with cable ties. 
81000 mi

US $20
Hood Roundel lost paint. Replaced with new one. 
89000 mi

US $25
Check Engine Light came on. Bought code reader and read codes. Replaced Gas Cap. 
99000 mi

US $800
Worn control arm bushings replaced 
101300 mi

US $65
Code thrown for Camshaft Position Sensor, Replaced Sensor. 
106300 mi

US $140
Worn Belt tensioner replaced 
111000 mi

US $25
Replaced Windshield Washer Motor 
119000 mi

US $350
Broken rear window regulator 
128000 mi Oil Filter Housing Gasket leaking. Gasket replaced. 

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2001 BMW 3-Series 4dr Sedan

225-horsepower 3.0L I6 5-speed manual AWD

83000 mi

US $650
replace rear springs (that had been replaced 4 years ago) driver's window won't go up and down - replace regulator 
153000 mi

US $185
Right front axle seal had a leak and needed to be repaired. Exhaust leak where the cat meets the front muffler. 
157000 mi

US $130
ABS speed sensor failed -> no speedo, DSC, ABS. OEM replacement cost $130, took 5 minutes. 
158000 mi

US $600
Stuck rear caliper; replaced both rears with rmfd and flushed/bled brakes. Two noisy wheel bearings (driver rear, passenger front) replaced. 
165000 mi

US $15
Turn signal socket burned out. Replaced with new. 

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2001 BMW 3-Series 4dr Sedan

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

63000 mi

US $250
Keyfob will not remember program to unlock doors. Keyfob needs to be replaced. 
65000 mi

US $500
Sunroof's interior shade rolled back into the interior portion of the headliner when the sunroof's exterior portion was retracted. 
69300 mi

US $290
Oil sender was replaced 
79000 mi

US $2000
steering felt wobbly and clunk sound when stopped. 
77000 mi

US $230
Replaced alternator bearing. 
119500 mi airbag light on CRANK SENSOR 
146300 mi

US $60
REPLACED THERMOSTAT 
59000 mi

US $480
Front passenger control arm worn out. Replaced. 
66000 mi

US $1027
Valve cover leaking - replaced Power Steering pump leaking Windshield washer motor non-operational 
68500 mi

US $1230
Leaking hoses, replaced coolant overflow, replaced coolant cap. 
102000 mi

US $756
Cyclone filter replaced (oil separator) 
102000 mi

US $800
Replace front lower control arms and bushings 
105000 mi

US $250
Thermostat replaced. Valve cover replaced. 
107000 mi

US $80
Replaced idler pulley. Replaced broken cooling fan. 
116000 mi

US $400
Replaced power steering pump. 
120000 mi

US $11
Tail light ground wire corroded. 
125000 mi water pump towing company damaged the tie rod during tow 

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2001 BMW 3-Series 4dr Sedan

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

68000 mi

US $560
The right outer CV joint boot ripped. 
78000 mi

US $236
Tail light carriers and connections needed to be replaced. Blinkers blinked too fast most of the time.  
89000 mi

US $200
Idle control/regulator valve. Erratic idle. 
93000 mi

US $180
The replacement water pump I installed about 2 years ago seized. Bearing frozen solid. 
107000 mi

US $70
Valve cover gasket replaced. Oil line for vanos replaced. Replaced the spark plugs for the first time in cars life. 
108700 mi

US $188
Valve cover gasket replaced. 
114000 mi

US $250
Replaced intake and exhaust cam sensors. 
117000 mi

US $1000
Driver's side outer CV joint boot replaced for the second time. 
118000 mi Replaced fuel pump. 
122000 mi

US $459
Passenger side outer CV joint boot replaced for the second time. 
125700 mi

US $300
Replaced adjuster unit (DISA) valve. 
131500 mi Replaced upper and lower radiator hoses, expansion tank, and radiator. 

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2001 BMW 3-Series 4dr Sedan

184-horsepower 2.5L I6 5-speed manual RWD

104000 mi Replaced secondary air pump. 
114000 mi seized left front brake caliper. replaced both front calipers, pads, surfaced rotors. 
125000 mi

US $850
replaced power steering pump and reservoir  had intermittent fast blinking of right rear blinker, coupled with occasional bulb-out warning lights. this was traced to a ground issue, which was repaired. 
130000 mi

US $210
replaced lower control arm bushings replaced failed expansion tank. 
130000 mi

US $485
Replaced alternator 
68000 mi

US $175
Crankshaft Position Sensor failure 
72000 mi

US $1100
Power steering pump failing. Windshield washer pump failure. 
76000 mi

US $760
Multiple issues - cooling system sensor indicated low coolant (coolant was normal). HVAC exterior sensor and wiring damaged. AC hoses worn - near failure. Resistor failure in HVAC control module. (brake system flush, Oil change service) 
76000 mi noise associated with cold starting. only occurred for 2-3 minutes after cold start. Advised it was associated with cold engine start in cold conditions (valve diverted exterior air flow until engine warmed?) Car is going to Arizona so not a prob. 
79000 mi

US $250
Passenger side window would not operate properly. window regulator motor replaced. *dupe Passenger side front window would not close. 
86000 mi

US $1500
Significant oil leaks from unknown points in the engine. Numerous seals and gackets were replaced. While the oil leaks have generally been fixed, there are still some minor drips. 
143000 mi

US $500
Coolant system leak. Replaced radiator, cap and expansion tank hose. 
147000 mi

US $300
Power steering hoses were cracked, power steering fluid leaking. Replaced two hoses and topped off fluid. 
162000 mi

US $1212
Replaced failed LF window regulator. Replaced failing crank vent valve and associated hoses. Oil filter housing leaking at gasket. 
164700 mi

US $450
Engine thermostat replaced 
175000 mi LF wheel bearing was noisy; replaced. Serpentine belt was cracking; replaced. Oil pan gasket leaking; topped off oil. 
180000 mi

US $600
control arm bushings, and one other thing I can't remember 
164340 mi

R 200
Car would not start and had to be towed to the repair shop. Fuel pump was replaced. 
167560 mi

R 100
Car was briefly started on Saturday, would not start on Monday. Was towed in, problem diagnosed as flooding due to some sort of injection system glitch - apparently it commonly happens with BMWs. Spark plugs replaced during diagnosis. 
173600 mi

R 100
Window regulator was replaced. Door handle cable turned out to be faulty as well. 
175700 mi

R 1200
Evaporator was replaced. It is a huge job that requires removal of the entire dashboard. 
178300 mi

R 25
Door handle cable was replaced with part sourced from breakers yard 
186000 mi car will not start, feeds too much fuel, floods and fouls spark plugs Plugs were replaced and car started after a lot of cranking Driver's seat not moving anymore. It happened after repeatedly attempting (and finally succeeding) to start car after replacing plugs. 
189100 mi Clutch replaced, it burnt and the car smelled very bad 
195300 mi

R 40
Battery was not charging and alternator warning light was on. Replace assembly with voltage regulator and bushes. Problem fixed. 
197780 mi Battery was replaced 
201500 mi

R 150
Oil leak - tappet cover gasket was replaced. 
118000 mi

US $800
Replaced window regulator, brake fluid flush, oil service, wiper inserts, fan belts replaced.  
121000 mi

US $325
there was a leak in the power steering hose. had to clean it up and i guess replace the hose 
121000 mi

US $400
the aircon/heater fan turned on and wouldn't shut off unless I disconnected the battery. $400 later, the "final stage resistor" had to be replaced to fix the problem.  
132000 mi

US $411
Front sway bar bushings 
156000 mi

US $607
Replacement of oil filter stand gasket Replacement of valve cover - cracked. Driver's window regulator replacement, $450 Driver's side drip molding (exterior). $256 
146000 mi Thermostat housing leaked coolant from weep hole. Replaced housing under warranty 
146000 mi

US $1600
Leaking shifter rod seal Rear differential leaking, pinion seal and both side deals replaced Front main seal leaking oil 
147000 mi

US $650
Leaking oil pan gasket 
156000 mi

US $583
Worn lower control arm bushings 
156700 mi

US $935
Alternator failed. Alternator replaced. 
141640 mi

C $1200
Replaced bushings, etc. 
145860 mi

C $800
Alternator replaced. 
151900 mi

C $200
Coolant expansion tank cracked, spilling all coolant in middle of traffic jam.... No fun. 
151900 mi The BMW's door locks were a bit finicky and inconsistent (though officially undiagnosed). Beyond that it was ready for a new owner and was still pretty solid. 
87000 mi

US $2000
Replaced electric window operators for drivers and rear passenger windows, sunroof sliders, AC drain,  general maintenence, oil leak. Oil lite comes on when oil is at level. 
87000 mi

US $3000
repaired oil leaks, valve cover gaskets, front seal gasket, oil service, oil sensor,  thermostat,  stablilizer bushings,  *dupe two window regulators, sunroof shield repair. 

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2001 BMW 3-Series 4dr Sedan

184-horsepower 2.5L I6 5-speed manual AWD

84000 mi

US $2300
Turn indicator flashes faster than usual at first. Power steering plumbing (fluid lines). U-joint boots on on driving axles (AWD) replaced. 
89000 mi

US $1700
Opted to fix power steering problem reported in May. Differential seal leaks 
89000 mi

US $1500
**Battery died. Fuel pump not reliable on steep uphill slope. Pump and Filter replaced. 
91000 mi

US $2000
Alternator failed. Power surge from failing alternator blew out all 4 headlight bulbs. 
93000 mi

US $850
Failure of regulators for electric windows. 
93000 mi

US $450
Thermostat sticking caused check-engine light. Valve cover gasket issue. 
100000 mi

US $2000
Speakers in each door either detached or attachment ring deteriorated. Window regulators broke again. 
107000 mi

US $2000
Rear shock fluid depletd Battery died 
107300 mi Stick wiggly and loose. 
108000 mi

US $2241
Bad Seals around doors. Had to go back to fix. 
108000 mi More leaks found and incomplete work from first trip. 
115000 mi

US $950
Alternator went 
128000 mi

US $60
Replaced leaking valve cover gasket 
150700 mi

US $600
Outer CV joing ripped, need new axle. Only lasted approximately 60,000 mi. Got a Thermostat stuck open code. Replacing thermostat Lasted aprox. 60,000 miles 
152000 mi

US $450
Driveshaft U joint was loose. Required driveshaft to be replaced 
155000 mi

US $99
Expansion tank cracked and developed a leak. Expansion tank and cap replaced. Coolant refilled and blead 
160700 mi

US $25
CV boot clamp was loose. Added grease to CV boot and applied new clamp 
164300 mi

US $65
Sway bar end links were worn causing clunking sound. Replaced end links and problem was fixed 

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2001 BMW 3-Series 4-door

6-cylinder manual 2WD

132000 mi

US $1100
In July, 2008: coolant leak: required radiator replacement. 
142000 mi

US $925
Car would not start: towed to shop; fuel pump and filter were replaced, also oil service while there.  
152000 mi

US $1100
HVAC fan  oil leak 

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2001 BMW 3-Series 4-door

6-cylinder automatic 2WD

52080 mi

$1172
Told the dealer, car was losing power. Dealer said both overhead cam sensors were damaged. Had to pay for both sensors. Rear electric sunshade broke. The part that attach the sunshade to the post broke, so the sunshade was loose and could not be used. Electric motor was ok, but the attaching part could not be glued or fixed. Had to install new sunshade. Driver front window regulator broke. Window did not move at all. Had to pay for the new regulator. 
54560 mi

$200
Passenger side front window regulator. 
69440 mi

$1100
Rear passenger window regulator broke. Window cannot be moved. Dealer replaced regulator. Water pump broke, causing a Windshield fluid leak. Dealer replaced pump. Oil leak in oil filter area. Pulley noise when car is cold. Dealer replaced pulley. Car vibrate at 40 mph. Dealer replaced front control arm bushings. 
71300 mi

$850
Motor oil leak. Tranny fluid leak. Faulty instrument cluster. 

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2001 BMW 3-Series 2dr Coupe

333-horsepower 3.2L I6 6-speed manual RWD

53000 mi

US $120
Bad final stage resistor for control of HVAC blower. 
55000 mi

US $1300
mass air flow meter went out of tolerance differential pinion shaft seal replaced due to small lubricant leak 
67000 mi

US $800
A differential seal developed a minor leak and all seals were replaced preventively. The car could probably have been driven for many months before a real problem developed 
34000 mi

US $1800
Car shook hard and ran badly, then CEL came. Complete VANOS failure (at a very low mileage). Both exhaust hub tabs broken. s54 specialist indie replaced with Dr.Vanos rebuilt and preventative Beisan solenoid. Labor was 600, parts were 1200. 
35000 mi

US $150
One of two horns quit, sounded wheezy/weak. Replaced both. 
37300 mi

US $550
I limped car home when it started badly (even worse than previous VANOS issue) and CEL. Turns out on 3 cyls coils were gone. Past recall, but previous owners did not put enough miles to get to the issue in time. Saved 200$ by ordering parts. 

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2001 BMW 3-Series 2dr Coupe

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

48300 mi

US $885
Cam sensors had to be replaced 
70000 mi

US $760
Radiator Overflow assembly,float, and window washer bottle and sensor 
80000 mi

US $50
*wrong car Very slow leak in Dual-Clutch Transmission. BMW NA instructed the BMW tech to replace the O Ring for Trans connector. Mechanic said will probably not solve problem. 
82000 mi

US $256
BMW Battery went dead after exactly 3 years almost to the day. 
89000 mi

US $5
Clip that holds up the brake light cables broke 
91000 mi

US $600
Radiator cracked Oil Filter Housing Leaking two weeks after radiator 
92000 mi

US $358
Power steering hoses leaking 

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2001 BMW 3-Series 2dr Coupe

225-horsepower 3.0L I6 5-speed manual RWD

145200 mi

US $200
cam position sensor A/C evap/refill 
158000 mi

US $300
Maf, ignition coil 
67000 mi

US $1200
alternator 
129000 mi

US $40
Upper intake boot was ripped. 
133000 mi

US $1018
Replaced clutch. I think the self-adjusting springs went. 
133000 mi Drivers side door must be unlocked with a key - the actuator failed around 105k and I never could stomach the $500 to fix it. Starting around 90k the heated seat elements had shorts in them that would overheat (burn you) even on the lowest setting. New seat covers about $2k and I could never stomach it. I'd randomly get a engine light - after reading codes the suspect was the thermostat even though it held temp fine. Reset the code and it would go away for months, weeks or days. Popped up around 110k. 
103000 mi

US $1100
Smog test turned into a nightmare. Vacuum leak led to inability to quickly get codes to reset in order to redo test. 
104000 mi

US $50
Replaced window wiper wash pump 
76000 mi

US $12
Front turn signal bulb socket had corroded terminals, replaced 
82000 mi

US $900
Alternator failure 
86300 mi Interior headliner trim around the window sagged again, very common for earlier e46 coupes. Fixed myself using epoxy. Will probably have to fix it again in four years. 
114000 mi

US $1300
Coolant expansion tank crack. Also replaced water pump, thermostat, hoses, belts. RattlIng through steering wheel. Front Bushings replace on both sides. 
120500 mi

US $200
Trunk lid handle broken off. Replaced and reprinted. This is the 2nd time in 10 years. 
129000 mi

US $200
A pillar trim pealing, replaced. Floor mats falling apart, replaced. Cover for wiper motors 
148000 mi

US $1300
Control arm Mass air sensor 
151000 mi

US $200
Bracket holding exhaust pipe loose, rusted Windshield washer fluid pump broken 
158000 mi

US $400
B and c pillar coverings replaced due to sagging cloth covering 

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2001 BMW 3-Series 2dr Coupe

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

172000 mi

US $40
Blown upper radiator hose, temporary repair then hose replacement. 
179000 mi

US $60
Detected leak in water pump area, replaced thermostat housing gasket then water pump, even though old water pump was still functioning save for O-ring seal. 
193300 mi

US $100
Passenger side window regulator. 
208300 mi

US $3000
Reverse gear failed while rocking the car out of snow. Complete rebuild needed. 
216000 mi

US $100
PCV hoses cracked leading to fault code. Difficult to diagnose, relatively easy to fix. 
231000 mi Torque converter failure, repaired under warranty. 
248000 mi

US $18
Leaky temperature sensor at lower radiator hose, replaced. 
265000 mi

US $80
Replaced secondary coolant hose. 
275000 mi

US $30
Replaced upper radiator hose (bleed valve cracked) 
275000 mi

US $60
Replaced all 6 ignition coils. 

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2001 BMW 3-Series 2dr Coupe

184-horsepower 2.5L I6 5-speed manual RWD

78000 mi Low coolant level due do air bleeder screw broken in half and spewing coolant. Dealer removed broken screw and installed a new one in less than 30 minutes at no charge to me. 
83000 mi

US $55
Final stage resistor was failing, causing the a/c blower to be erratic. Replaced it myself and it's working fine now. 
89000 mi

US $40
Speedometer stopped working after removing needles to change gauge face. Ended up replacing all cluster stepper motors with new motors purchased off eBay. 
89000 mi

US $30
Front driver side turn signal assembly removed itself from the car while travelling on the highway. Had to replace turn signal assembly. 
90000 mi

US $50
Replaced windshield cowl due to dryrot on seal against windshield. 
151000 mi

US $100
The xenon bulbs were getting more purple and shutting off intermittently. I replaced both bulbs and now functionality is restored and light color has returned to factory tint (white-light blue) 

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2001 BMW 3-Series 2dr Convertible

333-horsepower 3.2L I6 6-speed manual RWD

105000 mi

US $180
Convertible top failed to open. Replaced "flap" motor. Trunk did not register closed with car's electronics causing the convertible top to not operate. Repaired wiring harness at trunk to resolve problem. 
106300 mi

US $56
Passenger door window regulator failed. Replaced regulator and motor assembly. 
107700 mi

US $23
Replaced squealing idler pulley. 

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2001 BMW 3-Series 2dr Convertible

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

69000 mi Brief creak in left rear brake or suspension when coming to a stop or at low speed. 
69000 mi

US $500
Front control arm bushings replaced, rear upper shock mounts replaced. 
70000 mi

US $35
Replaced valve cover gasket to solve oil leak. 
72000 mi

US $130
Driver side door-brake spring broke. New part installed. 
72000 mi

US $65
Left front grille fell out. All the plastic clips had broken. Bought part and owner replaced. 
75300 mi

US $846
Left rear suspension spring replaced Thermostat housing leaking Electrical harness from trunk lid to car body spliced. 
76000 mi

US $130
Drivers side door brake replaced. 
76000 mi

US $240
Exhaust cam position sensor replaced. 
78000 mi

US $127
Overflow tank ruptured. Loss of coolant. Check engine light. Air leak at the oil filler cap. Resealed cap with no further problem. 
115000 mi

US $200
Grille fell out of hood requiring replacement. 
121000 mi

US $400
replace leaking valve cover gasket *duplicate leak in valve cover gasket 
127000 mi

US $200
the coolant expansion tank was leaking. 
128000 mi

US $560
belts and tensioners 
131000 mi

US $650
replaced control arms 
136000 mi

US $100
a/c was not cold 

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2001 BMW 3-Series 2dr Convertible

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

89000 mi

US $90
Heater blower running uncontrolled. Replaced blower resistor. 
91000 mi

US $20
Windshield washer pump leaking. Replaced washer pump. 
101000 mi

US $50
Replaced exhaust cam position sensor 
109000 mi

US $700
Cooling system failure. Radiator tank leaking,and thermostat stuck open. Replaced tank and associated parts,heated thermostat,water pump, all hoses and belts. 
113300 mi

US $40
replaced interior door lock/emergency flasher switch 
124700 mi

US $110
Rough running engine. Went into limp mode. Replaced #1 ignition coil. 

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2001 BMW 3-Series 2dr Convertible

184-horsepower 2.5L I6 5-speed manual RWD

86300 mi

US $45
Replaced broken window switch for DS front and back windows. 
92000 mi

US $20
Oil level sensor so bad and it was replaced during the last oil change. 
95000 mi

US $60
Thermostat was sticking open and not allowing the engine to warm up fully. 

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2001 BMW 3-Series 2-door

6-cylinder manual 2WD

48000 mi

US $80
part that controls fan speed. had to remove glove compartment to get to part. 
51000 mi

US $800
Latch for convertible top. Part in trunk came off and jammed latch. Dealer said it was a design fault, BMW USA said tuff luck. No new BMW for me - TUFF LUCK BMW USA. 

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2000 BMW 3-Series 4dr Wagon

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

113000 mi

US $44
Sunroof wouldn't open completely, and would stop while closing. Sunroof shade was off its tracks. Removed the sunroof glass, replaced the sunroof shade clips, lubed the tracks, and replaced the sunroof glass. 
131000 mi

US $495
They replaced the evaporative system valve (by the intake manifold), gas cap, and crankcase ventilation hose. The check engine light is off now. 
134000 mi

US $250
One ignition coil replaced. Six spark plugs replaced. Oil change. Brake Fluid Flush. Oil Change. 
139300 mi

US $535
Replaced lower control arm bushings. 
146000 mi

US $300
Replaced the Idler wheel. The bearing had failed. 
154000 mi

US $330
Replaced the driver's window regulator. 
158000 mi The radiator was leaking. 

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2000 BMW 3-Series 4dr Wagon

170-horsepower 2.5L I6 5-speed manual RWD

97700 mi

US $2000
Entire cooling system needed to be replaced. 
110000 mi

US $680
Replacement of Fuel Pump and very clogged fuel filter. Mechanic wouldn't say latter caused the former. Chicken and egg issue, he said. 
110500 mi

US $150
Battery died. No warning. Most recently checked in November, was told it was strong and should last a while 

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2000 BMW 3-Series 4dr Sedan

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

93000 mi

US $1000
Pulley imploded causing belt to fail causing fan clutch to fail. Result is overheating of engine and loss of waterpump and coolant. Luckily, no major engine damage--only needed to replace belt, pulleys, fan clutch, and coolant. 
105000 mi

US $250
replace bushings 
111000 mi

US $300
Seat belt tensioner sensor bad causing Airbag light to go on. 
120000 mi

US $400
Rear differential bushing replaced. 
129000 mi

US $160
cam sensors 
140000 mi

US $30
Cleaned carbon buildup off throttle plate. 
169000 mi

US $150
window regulator 
141300 mi

US $70
Window regulators needed to be replaced on both sides in the back. 
107000 mi

US $460
Battery died due to broken alternator. Car has to be towed. Replaced alternator. 
110000 mi

US $180
Car stalled due to failed fuel pump. Replaced fuel pump. 
192000 mi

US $2000
Auto tranny lost reverse. 

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2000 BMW 3-Series 4dr Sedan

193-horsepower 2.8L I6 5-speed manual RWD

112000.00 mi

US $225
Replaced broken wiper lever- lever made of cheap plastic- broke off in middle. 
118000 mi

US $546
Radiator fan failed, causing overheating and upper radiator hose to burst. Fan and hose replaced. 
120000 mi

US $550
Electric window regulators on two windows (front passenger door and rear driver's side door) broke. Parts replaced. 
125000 mi

US $550
*d Radiator fan failed, causing overheating and upper radiator hose to burst. Fan and hose replaced. Wiper switch broke and was replaced. 
132000 mi

US $1500
Brake indicator light came on- pads, rotors, calipers replaced on all four wheels- all four tires replaced due to cord showing- front alignment needed adjustment. 
137300 mi

US $467
Check engine light on, rough idle- dealer replaced pulse generator camshaft sensor and cracked tube elbow (intake air boot). CEL back day later. car still needs new radiator ($1,200) but we are trading in the car soon, so we shall leave it for next owner. 
150000 mi

US $450
Radiator fan broke- took to shop. 
150000 mi

US $600
The radiator was leaking, so it was replaced. 

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2000 BMW 3-Series 4dr Sedan

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

122000 mi

US $175
Windshield washer pum replaced. 
122000 mi

US $3500
Xenon headlight replaced. 
123000 mi

US $550
Replaced turn signal lamp. Could not be performed by owner.  
123000 mi

US $350
Rear window stuck 
131000 mi

US $180
Replaced windshield washer pump. 
132000 mi

US $500
Water leak repaired 
132000 mi

US $3800
*dup Broken valve spring required complete engine teardown. 
132000 mi

US $3800
Broken valve spring required tearing down and rebuilding engine 
141000 mi

US $15000
Steering hoses were replaced 
153000 mi

US $400
Water pump went bad. 
62000 mi

US $850
HVAC control unit goes to Celsius if the clock control button is pushed. Will not return to fahrenheit without reprograming OBC. Unit replaced twice with updated unit. Car built in S. Africa before 04/10. Dealer admits problem Cooling sytem leak in coolant reservoir tank. Decided to replace 11 year old hoses, tank and radiator since rad. had plastic components also. Also replaced water pump. 
72000 mi

US $100
Drivers side airbag sensor malfunction. Corrosion in wiring to dlc plug. The sensor connections were cleaned of corrosion and and the code was reset.  
74700 mi

US $400
A/C fan and resistor pack failed and were replaced.  Also replaced left front wheel bearing. Motor mounts are failing will be replaced soon. Causing vibration when car is not in motion as well as in motion. 
75000 mi

US $388
Smart Key was failing and would not start the car. Battery was suspected and replaced when it was discovered to be 9 years old. Tech finally asked if I had a different key. Car started then. New key cost $235.00. Engine were replaced als 
79500 mi

US $31
REAR MUFFLER RUBBER MOUNT REPLACED 
147000 mi

US $30
Car vibrated at idle speeds. Air Mass Meter Boot had a small hole. Air Mass Meter Boot was replaced. Vibrations gone. 
149000 mi

US $30
Check the infamously unreliable cooling system. Everything was ok except for coolant, which was dirty and was replaced. 
149000 mi

US $10
Code p1189 on. Car was shaking on idle. Replaced oil separator drain hose(connects oil separator with the oil dip stick). Problem solved. 
151000 mi

US $15
Rear windows malfunctioning. Replaced General Module relay. Problem solved 
151300 mi

US $25
Replaced coolant recovery hose. 
152000 mi

US $35
Replace left rear window regulator 
157000 mi

US $40
Oil Level Sensor Replaced 

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2000 BMW 3-Series 4dr Sedan

170-horsepower 2.5L I6 5-speed manual RWD

99000 mi

US $1000
Replaced power steering pump. 
106000 mi

US $250
Window regulator. Also did maintenance. 
114000 mi

US $300
level sensor replaced window regulator replacement 
124000 mi

US $400
Replaced front control arms, ball joints, and bushings. 
126000 mi

US $120
Wouldn't start on a cold morning. Tested battery - fail load test. Replaced Battery. 
89900 mi

C $300
replacing aging gaskets. 
90520 mi

C $170
window regulator fail. 
84000 mi

US $75
Left rear window regulator cables came off track and window was stuck half open. Right rear window regulator cables came off track and snapped the carrier. The window was able to be moved by hand. This was 10 days after the other side went. 
89000 mi

US $115
Speedometer and MPG gauges stopped responding, ABS & traction control turned off. Left rear wheel speed sensor was replaced and all systems returned to normal. 
149000 mi

US $70
No heat from heater. Replaced heater control valve. 
161000 mi

US $50
Lower control arm bushings (lollipops) worn - replaced. 
170700 mi

US $200
Classic cracked expansion tank. Replaced Thermostat and expansion tank cap while in there. Right turn signal would intermittently stay on 
176000 mi

US $850
Throttle body servo failed 
118000 mi

US $82
water pump and belts 
126000 mi check engine light pcv valve & O2 sensors 
127000 mi

US $250
Camshaft position sensor. 
142000 mi

US $400
Cooling system header tank. Front control arms and bushings. 
166500 mi

US $31
leaking ps hose 
168000 mi front shocks/struts rebuilt rear calipers 
172000 mi Window regulator 
175000 mi

US $43
valve cover gasket 
180000 mi

US $65
upper coolant hose PLASTIC bleeder broke 

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2000 BMW 3-Series 4-door

6-cylinder manual 2WD

184000 mi

US $1260
ABS-ATC system 3 lights on, reset does not stick. Other problem needs dealer computer to fix. 
187000 mi

US $2600
ABS-ATC system. Airbag dash light on bcse of faulty seatbelt sensor cost >300$ 
187000 mi

US $140
left hand driver seat belt pretensioner 
187000 mi front right strut leaking, sold car 

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2000 BMW 3-Series 2dr Coupe

170-horsepower 2.5L I6 5-speed manual RWD

126480 mi

C $1908
Repair: e46 rear subframe cracks repaired ($1,656) & rear subframe reinforcement kit installed ($252). Clutch; shift rod replaced. Shocks, tie rods (2), lower control arm bushings, trailing arm bushings replaced. Oil level sensor replaced. Antenna replaced. 
150660 mi

C $2400
radiator. water pump. belts. tensioner.expansion tank. first replacement of radiator in 11 years. first expansion tank. third water pump.2nd tensioner. 2nd belts. 
155620 mi

C $750
Door lock actuator driver side dead. No replace. Using key. 
172980 mi

C $2000
Door solenoids. Actuators. 2x. Door water membrane seal replaced 2 sides 
106000 mi

US $86
Exhaust side camshaft angle sensor replaced. 
111000 mi

US $50
Replace fuel breather evap valve Cabin fan speed variable and sporadic. Heat and Air blower final stage resistor failed. 
143000 mi

US $700
Headlight out; it was repaired. Rear subframe was tearing out of body. Second time it happened. BMW paid part of the cost, and the rest was paid for by the repair shop that BMW had paid to fix the same issue on my car back in 2006. 
160000 mi

US $2400
The DME went bad 
162700 mi

US $1300
Wheel bearings replaced in the rear tires Camshaft sensor, valve gasket replaced Replace cv joints Windshield washer pump replaced 
115000 mi

US $120
Electrical connector to hot water valve had open circuit, caused A/C to blow hot air Replaced electric radiator fan 
118000 mi

US $140
Replaced fuel pump 
127000 mi

US $650
Persistent driveability problems that may or may not be related to an aftermarket intake. 
132000 mi Persistent check engine lights 
131000 mi

US $350
Shock rusted through. Door locks work intermittently. Cause are two relays in GM unit. Shop wanted to replace entire unit. Investigating source in Torrance, CA that will just replace the relays. 
132000 mi

US $25
Cell phone antenna gasket failed 
135000 mi

US $1800
Shocks and struts failed and leaking. Replaced all including mounts. New tires. 
141000 mi

US $1400
Water pump failure drive shaft support bearing failure 
158000 mi

US $503
Expansion Tank Failure 
159000 mi

US $600
replaced LCAs Coolant Leak 
161000 mi

US $875
Original Clutch finally failed. Had it replaced and it still had a good deal of material left. Fork broke, pilot bearing OK, but replaced anyway. 
202000 mi Wheel bearings worn out, guido worn out, and control arm bushings deteriorated 

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1999 BMW 3-Series

Engine not specified

139000 mi Replaced dashboard light bulbs. Had driver seat recovered. Replaced both seat belt buckles. 
139700 mi

US $300
Replaced wheel bearing 
141700 mi

US $400
Cracked coolant overflow tank. 
132000 mi

US $250
Replaced Brake Light Sensor, needs replacement every 2 years.  Replaced Driver Side Lock Actuator. Replaced Gong, tells you if you left your key in the ignition when leaving the vehicle or if you left your lights on. 
115000 mi

US $3000
163000 mi

US $350
AC Blower motor failed 
120700 mi

US $1000
blower fan squeaking--replaced, and 120K mile service 
123700 mi

US $250
thermostat replacement/fuel filter replacement/spark plug replacement 
168700 mi

US $115
AC not working, system recharged and dye added to test for leaks. 
169300 mi

US $500
Back plate for RR brake rusted out and needed to be replaced. 
75000 mi

US $220
Water pump failure 
129300 mi

US $425
Clutch replacement 
139300 mi

US $300
Vanos problem 
152000 mi

US $500
Climate control computer 
168000 mi

US $328
replaced faulty lifters 
130300 mi

US $400
airbag light on. 
184000 mi Some center console buttons do not work such as the door lock button and hazard lights button. 

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1999 BMW 3-Series 4-door

6-cylinder manual 2WD

224000 mi

US $1317
Needed my fluids changed, transmission, differential, brakes bleed, coolant flushed and my expansion tank replaced. My radiator was cracked and additionally needed to be replaced along with my expansion tank. 
242000 mi

US $1008
After having my Guibo replaced the center drive-line bushing was damaged and needed to be repaired as well. 
244000 mi

US $250
Thermostat seal showed signs of wear, therefore I replaced the thermostat, water pump and serpentine belt while I was under the hood. The repairs were done during a BMWCCA DIY event and took 3.5 hours. 
249000 mi The Motor mount on the drivers side was leaking, therefore I decided to change both of them out while I was underneath the bimmer. I also changed the oil as well. 
277000 mi

US $200
Replaced Water Pump, thermostat, upper and lower radiator hoses and finally the temperature sensor. 
278000 mi Replaced the two pre-cat O2 Sensors. 
281000 mi

US $780
Differential seals exploded and I had to replace the entire differential with a differential from another 3 Series BMW. I purchased a 3.46 to replace my dead 3.07. 
285000 mi

US $200
I replaced the Double Vanos seals using the Beisan Vanos repair kit. The repair took 5.5 hours from start to finish including an oil, filter and valve cover gasket change. 
308000 mi

US $500
Replaced cooling pipes. Replaced oil separator. Replaced camshaft position sensor (intake side). 
311000 mi

US $295
Power steering reservoir hose sprang a leak and the fluid drained into my alternator and it shorted and caused my battery to die. I had the Indy shop repair the steering reservoir and I replaced the alternator. I still have an airbag light. 
312000 mi

US $547
Passenger seatbelt tensioner replaced. oil housing gasket and oil line replaced successfully at Indy shop. 
322000 mi

US $60
The rear passenger side window regulator needed to be replaced. This is the second replacement of that item. 
324000 mi

US $120
The pre-cat O2 sensors needed to be replaced so I purchased new ones and replaced the old ones. 
325000 mi

US $600
Crank Case Venitilation system hoses replaced. 
336000 mi

US $3000
Spun a bearing in the lower block, replaced the lower block. 
341000 mi

US $150
Replaced the expansion tank and bracket including a cooling system flush. 
343000 mi

US $215
Replaced lower radiator frame, heater control valve, fuel tank breather valve and thermostat to include a coolant flush. 
344500 mi

US $160
Replaced the heater control valve. Replaced the fuel breather valve. 
347000 mi

US $20
Cleared an airbag passenger light and replaced the gas cap because of an LDP CEL 
352500 mi

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

US $100
Replaced both the right and left rear wheel bearings. The shift ball socket disintegrated. 
355000 mi

US $100
Repaired the front passenger window regulator and both low beam light bulbs. 
357700 mi

US $100
Replaced driver's side window regulator clip. Clip broke during routine operation. 
363000 mi

US $305
Driver's side front window regulator finally bite the dust and needed to be replaced. 
365000 mi

US $1200
Wheel bearing on front passenger-side. Both front brake calipers replaced as well as front brake pads. 
370000 mi Vacuum leak discovered between the SAP and the motor. Repaired with a new segment of rubber vacuum line. CEL showed an O2 pre-cat sensor issue. Replaced both O2 pre-cat sensors. The earlier issue actually turned out to be the MAF sensor. Replaced it and problem is resolved. 
374000 mi

US $372
Repaired/replaced a broken shock mount on the passenger side rear shock, sleeve and bump-stop. 
118000 mi

US $200
Replaced window regulator. Regulator was malfunctioning for 2 years. Replaced only now. 
125000 mi

US $1189
AC compressor failed and was replaced. 
126000 mi

US $250
Engine was giving off burned oil smell. Replaced valve cover gasket. 
129000 mi

US $269
Expansion tank ruptured and was replaced. Car had to be towed to shop. 
130000 mi

US $4
Car overheated and was towed to mechanic. Bleed valve for cooling broke and was replaced. 
134500 mi

US $700
Radiator had a leak and was replaced along with 2 hoses and temp sensor. 
138000 mi

US $410
Oil level sensor replaced. 
154000 mi

US $2800
Replaced clutch for the first time. Also new front rotors and new pads all around. 
108000 mi

US $450
The reservoir cracked and spilled coolant. Towed car home replaced the reservoir, water pump, thermostat, hoses, and acc. belts. The car was due for the above mentioned service.  
116000 mi

US $1100
Changed the notorious differential mount. Replaced differential with a 330 differential off of a 2004 300 ci. Changed Transmission mount with an M3 mounts. Inspection II performed. 
121000 mi

US $900
Mass airflow replaced.  Drive belt tensioner replaced. 
134000 mi

US $62
sort of a grinding noise....found out that the dirt shield on the left wheel was bent...easy fix 
140000 mi

US $370
Left side rear bearing got replaced 
145000 mi

US $150
Replaced control arm bushing with bracket. 
151000 mi

US $110
Valve cover gasket was leaking. Valve cover replaced. The total amount of time taken with coil pack was less than 4 hours. Intermittent check engine light due to cylinder four coil pack intermittent failure. Coil pack replaced. 
154300 mi

US $280
The car kept on showing low coolant level repeatedly despite adding coolant every other day. Upon an inspection, there was a hair line crack letting fluid to escape. Ordered part and replaced radiator. 
156000 mi

US $107
The left rear window requlator failed. Ordered part from BMW and replaced. 
168000 mi

US $80
Both headlamp connectors failed. The connector contact point burned out. Part got ordered and replaced part. 
171000 mi

US $380
Differential seal leaked. Transmission fluid replaced. 
95000 mi

US $20
*Backup light switch. 
96000 mi

US $20
Replaced backup light switch. 
108000 mi

US $750
Noticed water pump bearing going, so replaced pump and hoses.  Three days after replacing water pump, the expansion tank exploded, requiring a tow truck home, and several weeks of back/forth with the online parts dealers (no one locally carries BMW). 
109000 mi

US $200
Power window regulator broke. Was able to secure the window closed with duct tape until got part. Took about 3 man-hours to replace. 
112000 mi

US $240
Rear brake caliper seized, brake overheated and wore pad down til warning light. Replaced both rear rotors and pads, faulty caliper. 
133000 mi

US $100
Leaky windshield washer pump. Replaced hoses, gaskets and wipers while I was at it. 
140000 mi

US $250
Vanos started making noise. Shop sez I'm not changing the oil often enough. And changed the oil. I'm still waiting to see if it actually fixed things. Update: not fixed. 
160000 mi

US $200
Replaced aux air pump 
117000 mi

US $350
Window accuator replaced. 
127000 mi

US $650
The radiator cooling fan stuck "on" and would not shut off even when engine was shut down. It just continued to run. This would of course run the battery down, and had to be repaired. It had failed and was replaced. 

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1999 BMW 3-Series 4-door

6-cylinder automatic 2WD

88040 mi

C $150
a/c compressor died - no warning. Ordered used parts to save on money. Parts arrived, will have them installed shortly. driver's side rear window regulator broke. Window stuck down, unable to drive for 2 weeks so far as the rear window won't lift. 
88660 mi

C $900
a/c compressor died.. inspected, ordered new parts, new parts were installed 1 month after 1st trip. 
91760 mi

C $1000
Central locking system broke. front struts needed to be replaced. valve gasket cover needed to be replaced; valve gasket cover seal needed to be replaced. 
160000 mi

US $879
Key Fob prgram and 6 month service. 
173000 mi

US $385
Rear brake caliper frozen.  
178000 mi

US $132
Front left inner tie rod gone bad,shop installed part owner purchased and brought in, shop removed old parts and replaced with new. Also 4 wheel alignment. Repair fixed part of vibration problem, still need CAB replaced, will do on own. 
61000 mi

US $50
The hazard light/door lock switch that sits on the center console stopped working. Removal of switch showed that it had cracked and was no longer making contact with the conductor. Required replacement of switch, p/n 61 31 8 36 89 920 for $50. 
65000 mi Rear passenger door allowed water to leak into floor area. Leak was due to a poorly sealed door moisture barrier that was replaced during a window regulator repair. I simply resealed the vapor barrier to prevent water from leaking in pass. comp. 
69300 mi

US $300
One front wheel bearing has gone bad and both lower control arm bushings have failed. Parts not replaced at the moment. 
71000 mi A/C compressor clutch bearing is bad. Haven't repaired yet but will repair this summer. Front wheel bearing has become very noisy. Bearing and hub will need to be replaced at first convenience. Both front lower control arm bushings have lost their fluid (oil filled dampers) and now allow movement of the front control arm and wheel. Both bushings will be replaced at earliest convenience. Short circuit in radio face plate causes intermittent failure of radio. I am hoping a simple removal and reassembly with dielectric lubricant will solve issue. This has existed for several years. 
72300 mi

US $100
Valve cover gasket leak resulting in burning oil smell emitting from exhaust header. Thermostat housing cracked at temperature sensor sending unit. Air conditioner compressor knock. 
76700 mi

US $1000
A/C compressor became inoperative. Replaced compressor, receiver/dryer, expansion valve along with new belt and tensioner. 
78000 mi

US $150
Lower control arm bushings had become sloppy and were finally knocking. I replaced both front lower control arm bushings. 

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1999 BMW 3-Series 4-door

4-cylinder manual 2WD

178800 mi

€300
Right back wheel made some noise. Bearing was replaced, didn't fix the issue. Airbag sensor of passenger seat reported problems. Needs replacement, but expensive at 4.5 hours plus parts. 
185960 mi

€1700
Two wheel bearings replaced front, shocks replaced at back, 1072. Replaced and aligned all four tyres due to replacement of shocks and bearings (all tyres where a bit out of alignment) Oil leakage from sump. Carter venting failed sometimes. O rings and gaskets where leaking due to wear. 
189100 mi Airbag sensor never fixed. 

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1999 BMW 3-Series 2-door

6-cylinder manual 2WD

68000 mi

US $850
Leaking power steering cables replaced. 
71000 mi

US $100
*Front end alignment performed 
76000 mi

US $300
Driver's side door speakers busted; replaced all speakers (had happened in passenger door speakers 2 years ago; figured it'd happen to all other speakers eventually) 
96000 mi

US $1300
leak in cooling system; part, tube and fluid replaced. 
45300 mi

US $250
Check engine light - code - pre-cat O2 sensor slow responding. Replaced both pre-cat O2 sensors (car has 4 sensors total). Problem solved. 
48000 mi

US $150
Replaced rear shock mounts, left and right. 
49000 mi

US $130
replaced gas springs in convertible deck lid. 
55000 mi

US $42
Hood microswitch for factory alarm inop. Replaced. 
59000 mi

US $250
power steering hose leak. 
34000 mi

US $2
Had to replace small 47uF transistor in climate control unit.  
97000 mi

US $5
Differential mounting bolt broke. Differential needed to be removed to extract broken bolt. 
99000 mi

US $7
Reverse lights are always on. Replaced the switch on the transmission and the problem is not fixed. 
105000 mi

US $90
Steering rack was leaking. Bought a rebuild kit and fixed it myself. Was a lot more work than I had anticipated.  
105000 mi

US $140
Front wheel bearing was clicking, I replaced it myself. Borrowed a bearing puller and torque wrench from Autozone, had to buy a 1 13/16" socket. 
105000 mi

US $40
Hood strut failed, replaced it with a new one. 
106000 mi

US $700
I removed the rear subframe & ctrl arms, welded reinforcements on the cracked swaybar mounts, replaced 15 rear bushings. Also stripped, e-coated/painted the diff, subframe, control arms. 
111000 mi

US $200
The rebuilt steering rack failed immediately after the its 1 year warranty expired. A seal tore and leaked out all the fluid. The car had to be towed. I replaced the rack with a rebuilt one. 
115000 mi

US $90
Blower motor transistor failed. It was not very difficult to change. 
124300 mi

US $90
Battery died 

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1998 BMW 3-Series

Engine not specified

141000 mi

US $20
BMW E36 M3 brake light switch replacement watched a You tube video & fixed myself after problem was supposedly repaired at shop. It was $20 part & took 10 mins to fix. However, I had paid $90 previously. The AAA towing person told me. 
146000 mi

US $50
The seats would not adjust. Ordered parts and installing today. Hope it works. Common problem with these cars  
165000 mi

US $200
The car is overheating not every trip but every other trip & will go to the red then come right back down to the normal range. Not all the time. Already replaced the radiator. 
62300 mi

US $900
Aux electric engine cooling fan controller failed in "On" position requiring replacement entire fan unit. $450 for part and replacement requires removing front bumper. 
66000 mi

US $1000
*d Aux electric engine cooling fan controller failed in the "on" position. Kills battery. Replacement part is $450 and requires removing front bumper to access. 
66000 mi

US $1200
Aux electric cooling fan controller failed - in the "on" position, draining battery while parked. Replacing controller requires removing grill and radiator. 
300000 mi

US $500
Cracked wires to right front & rear blinkers, dashlights out.  Blower motor resistor replaced. 
303000 mi

US $30
gas pedal hinge broke. 
160580 mi

€105
Central locking actuator for the passenger stopped working in the closed state. Had to remove the door card, take out side airbag, peel back vapor barrier, replace with new actuator and reassemble. 
212000 mi

US $35
Heater fan quit working, replaced hedgehog, still not working. 

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1998 BMW 3-Series 2-door

6-cylinder manual 2WD

148000 mi

US $700
Too much play in tie rods, replaced steering rack. Also, oil leaking from front right strut, so replaced both front struts. 
150000 mi

US $200
When we replaced the fan clutch, the water pump pulley shattered, being one of the lame plastic ones. I replaced it and the water pump, and the thermostat, and coolant and the belts. Tensioners may need to be done too, but haven't ordered them yet. 
150000 mi

US $550
master cylinder leaking, pedal soft at stoplights. also front calipers and pads ancient, rusted, unsafe. 
152000 mi

US $200
control arms, bearings, strut mount 
163300 mi Still gathering funds to buy radiator, fan, etc. Car overheated so I pulled over immediately and flatbedded it home to work on when I can afford the parts. Update: completed repair. Bought charge gauge and Enviro-Safe freon. Recharged AC using only one 6 oz. can. 
170000 mi Done diagnostic tests, on many systems, over last several months. It began with bad idle, progressed to stalling. Now it won't run, nor even start. At this point I'm fairly sure it needs new fuel pump. Need to save up $180 to buy one. 
171000 mi Finally had money to buy new fuel pump. Bought it, put it in. Car is fine now. 
172000 mi Stalling, running badly. Vacuum leak. Needed new hose in two spots. 
111000 mi

US $85
Drivers side Window Regulator broke. Replaced with used part. 
195000 mi

US $777
wheel joints replaced both sides front. window motor replaced drivers side. 
197000 mi rebuilt transmission, new clutch because it was "slipping." 
199000 mi Power top quit working in 2008 because one motor blew. No engine problems at all, just lots and lots of interior/cosmetic and electrical problems. 
118000 mi

US $600
Steering rack rebuilt due to excessive wear/leaking. Blower motor resistor failed- replaced. 
121000 mi

US $150
Window regulator and passenger door locks do not work. Replacing as a DIY task. 
136000 mi Sunroof headliner had fallen off when sold. Power windows did not always work when sold. 

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1997 BMW 3-Series

Engine not specified

137640 mi

C $450
Fan in dash failed 

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1997 BMW 3-Series 2-door

6-cylinder manual 2WD

155000 mi

US $300
A/C selector valve seized up and only heat was available. Replacement of valve resolved the problem and A/C is working again. 
155000 mi

US $750
Check engine light came on. Fault code indicated reduced catalytic converter efficiency. Tried replacing 02 sensors first but fault code returned. Replaced cayalytic converter and fault did not return. 
163000 mi

US $85
Wandering rear end on crowned roads and clicking noise when going around turns that progressed into a loud clunk when accelerating and turning. Right rear trailing arm bushing had failed. Left also failing. Replaced on both sides with Rogue Engg parts. 
164000 mi

US $25
Brake switch on brake pedal assembly failed. Replaced switch with new one and problem was resolved. 
167700 mi

US $250
Rear subframe that attaches differential and suspension to the car chassis has 4 large rubber bushings that failed due to age. Symptom was loose feeling in rear end and noticeable clicking sound going around low speed turns. 

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1996 BMW 3-Series 4-door

6-cylinder manual 2WD

160000 mi Ignition key spins and will not catch at the on or start positions. Just needed to be re-aligned, 30 min and no parts needed. 
178000 mi Passenger front window would no longer move up or down. A common issue due to a gear wearing out. 
163300 mi

US $150
Water pump went out 
166000 mi Replaced coolant level sensor. 
179000 mi

US $300
Needed new starter. 
223000 mi

US $338
Whining noise was heard from under the hood, determined cause to be noisy alternator bearing, replaced part myself. 
225500 mi

US $476
Coolant leak was noticed on ground, determined cause to be the radiator. Replaced part myself along with hoses, expansion tank, and fan clutch. 
236000 mi

US $16
Car developed severe steering wheel shake at highway speed, left front brake caliper was sticking, purchased seal kit and rebuilt 

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1996 BMW 3-Series 4-door

4-cylinder automatic 2WD

131000 mi

US $75
Multi switch for wipers on left side of column. 

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1996 BMW 3-Series 2-door

4-cylinder manual 2WD

162000 mi

US $170
Replaced starter (spark plugs, fuel & cabin filters.) Replaced valve cover gasket. 

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1995 BMW 3-Series

Engine not specified

111000 mi

US $1200
Engine running lean, MIL, & misfire 
111000 mi

US $1800
Starter failed and car was flat-bedded to repair shop.  The exhaust midpipe/catalytics were replaced at same time to solve lean condition. 
189000 mi A leaky hose that had been replaced previously, sprang a leak again. I noticed a burning-oil small and mentioned it when taking the car in for an oil change. They identified the failure and replaced it under warranty. 
190000 mi

US $250
Belts needed replacing. Inner tie rod ends are loose; declined to fix during this trip. 
193000 mi Window controllers failed within 30 days; windows would be non-op, or go up and down randomly. 

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1995 BMW 3-Series 2-door

6-cylinder manual 2WD

149000 mi

US $150
Alternator failed causing the battery to fully discharge. We were left stranded on the highway and had to be towed. 
152000 mi

US $200
Replaced front wheel bearings (entire hub on both sides). I had a noise that appeared on right hand turns and suspected the bearings. BMW offered a free, 1 hour inspection through a promotion, and they confirmed my diagnosis.  
153500 mi

US $200
Replaced both tie rods due to failure. Had the car aligned. Also replaced main steering shaft bushing to cure play in steering wheel.  Replaced O-rings in oil filter housing.  SRS light, replaced pass. side seat belt receptacle. 
155000 mi

US $285
Had SRS light. Replaced passenger seat occupancy sensor and computer control box with used parts. Reset SRS light with Peake tool. Main ECU failed. Idle control valve failed. Sourced used computer and new ICV. 
158000 mi Needed a steering rack when sold. 
154000 mi

US $60
main computer no longer responds when hooked up for diagnostics. however car drives fine. tried swapping temporarily with computer from another car, and everything worked. so if we paid for new computer, could fix ($1200). 
156000 mi

US $400
faulty computer finally replaced with inexpensive part from wreck, now everything works properly 
165000 mi

US $50
LCD of trip computer 
178000 mi Driver's door outside handle does not work. Inside works. 
96000 mi

US $325
Alternator, didn't fail, just noisy bearings, $125 Window regulator, also just noisy, $200 
131000 mi

US $4000
Head gasket & associated hoses & valve job 
141000 mi Rear shelf speakers blown, replaced with upgrade. 
146000 mi

US $100
Clutch pedal hard to push down, bushings worn. 
146000 mi Windows stall going up, lubricated regulators. Problem remains, probably window motors. 

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1995 BMW 3-Series 2-door

4-cylinder manual 2WD

148180 mi

C $200
Interior headliner replaced - old one was detaching from the headliner backing, including the A-pillar trim. 
150040 mi

C $110
Rear shock absorber mount rattling over bumps. 
155000 mi

C $320
Loose steering tie-rods replaced 
155620 mi

C $480
Starter would not crank engine, car had to be bump-started - Battery and starter motor replaced 

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1996 BMW 3-Series Electrical Problems

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