BMW Repair and Maintenance

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

BMW Problems

Front Thrust Rod Bushings May Fail

The front thrust rod bushingsalso referred to as tension strut bushingsare known to fail occasionally. The oil-filled rubber mounts weaken and crack over time, causing a mushy road feel and shuddering in the steering wheel when going over bumps.

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.

Window Fails to Open or Close

Door window fails to open or close. This is a very common problem with these BMWs.

You will need to replace the window regulator to fix this. Same problem and solution for all windows. 

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BMW Questions

I have a USAA "big brother" module positioned in the diagnostic port. (1 answer)

My 325i sporadically idles down and cuts of at stop lights. It starts immediately but then idles down and cuts off (very embarrassing at stop lights!). By starting and revving the engine, I can eventually keep the car running and limp the car home. BMW dealer cannot diagnostically locate the prob...

How do I reset my windshield washer fluid warning light? (1 answer)

I can't find it in my manual.

car turns over will not start check engine light is on told Secondary Air Pump (1 answer)

car began being hard to start, ran rough, now will turn over but will not start.

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BMW Recalls

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.

Driver's Frontal Air Bag Inflator Ruptures And Sprays Metal Fragments

The driver's frontal air bag inflator may deploy the air bag with excessive pressure, resulting in the inflator rupturing and causing metal debris to be sprayed onto vehicle occupants. Dealers will replace the driver's frontal air bag free of charge to resolve the concern.

Steering Gearbox Defective

The steering gearbox may have been manufactured with improper parts, and may malfunction as a result. Dealers will replace the steering gearbox 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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