BMW Repair and Maintenance

A guide to problems, costs, maintenance and repair for your BMW

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BMW Problems

Burning Smell or Oil Drips on the Ground Due to Engine Oil Leak

Valve cover gasket leaks are common after 60,000 miles. Symptoms will include oil drips under the vehicle and burning oil smell from the engine compartment.

Blower Final Stage Fan Resistor May Fail

The blower final stage fan resistor is known to fail. Symptoms are the heater fan speed varies regardless of the setting, the fan will not turn off when the car is switched off, or the fan will not switch on at all.

Coolant Loss Due to Leak from Expansion Tank

An engine coolant leak may develop from the expansion tank resulting in engine overheating. When a cooling system component fails the entire cooling system should be inspected. It is not uncommon to find additional component have failed or are leaking.

Overheating can cause severe engine damage. If the engine begins to overheat it is recommended to stop at the first available location and have your vehicle towed to a repair shop.

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BMW Questions

Glove box (1 answer)

Ran out of gas then put in one gallon then ran the car ten miles then put in three gallons now it start up drives ten feet dies out exhaust burns hot

ABS, Brake warning and DSC 4X4 warning Lts come on and stay on. (1 answer)

I have a BMW X3 2005, lately after driving on a bumpy road a warning sound and the ABS, Brake warning and DSC 4X4 warning Lts come on and stay on.
After switching off and restarting, the lights go off until I hit a bumpy road again.

How much to install a new alternator? (1 answer)

alternator is bad, the battery is good, it's reading 12.3 volts, the alternator reading 11.1 volts.

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BMW Recalls

Drive Shaft Fractures

The drive shaft to the rear wheels may fracture due to a faulty weld during manufacturing. Dealers will inspect and replace the drive shaft as necessary free of charge to resolve the concern.

Passenger Frontal Air Bag Inflator Ruptures On Deployment

The passenger frontal air bag inflator may rupture on deployment, causing metal fragments to come through the air bag and injure occupants. Dealers will replace the passenger frontal air bag inflator or air bag module free of charge to resolve the concern.

Child Restraint Lower Anchor Bars Become Damaged

The child restraint lower anchor bars used to secure child restraint seats may become damaged during use. Dealers will weld a reinforcing bracket to the lower anchor bars and vehicle body free of charge to resolve the concern.

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BMW Reviews

Hi all. Bought my first 2000 BMW 323i w/ the sports package back in November. Great car for a 3 series. After doing a ton of research on them, I found repairs can get costly. I bought a brand new cooling system over hull kit for under $500. Comes with everything you need. Upgraded brakes. Bought stainless steel braided brake line hoses and loaded calipers. Cost around $1000 Wheel bearing,...
the front seat heating system keeps, overheating other than that I haven't had any major nor minor problems with it. the only down fault is that the vin number doesn't seem to show up in the American system, since I bought it while on active duty in Germany . I'm now retired and it was very hard for me to get any warranty work on it. nice car, very comfortable and reliable. I may had ...
I absolutely loved my X5 at first. You couldn't tell me nothing. I thought I was the $HIT!!! I brought my X5 about 3 years ago. the first year I had it everything was awesome. Then here comes the problems. It started with the air suspensions. Got them fixed at the dealer. $3000. Next it needed a module...Whatever that is. Another $1200. It drove ok for awhile then I was getting a 6 cyc...

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