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.
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2003 BMW 325Ci Problems
Failure of the front control arm bracket bushings—often referred to as thrust rod bushings—is moderately common. One symptom is a clunk or jolt felt in the steering when braking.
The low coolant light may illuminate and/or the engine may overheat as a result of a coolant leak from the water pump. The leaking pump will require replacement and the entire cooling system should be inspected for leaks as it is not uncommon to find multiple leaks on higher mileage vehicles.
Overheating can cause severe engine damage. If the engine begins to overheat it is recommended to stop at the first available location and hav...
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.
The thermostat may fail resulting in engine overheating and/or illumination of the Check Engine Light. Replacement of the thermostat along with a complete inspection of the cooling system will be necessary to correct this concern.
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.
2003 BMW 325Ci Recalls (Recent)
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Airbags use a chemical reaction contained in an inflator module to create the pressure necessary to inflate the bags when deployment is required. These vehicles are being recalled because the front passenger airbag inflator may produce excessive internal pressure when deployed. As a result, the inflator module could rupture, causing metal fragments to strike vehicle occupants. Dealers will inspect and replace any defective passenger front airbag inflator modules found.
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The anti-pinching feature for the power windows may not function properly. A person may be pinched by a window being closed. Dealers will inspect the electronic control unit for the window lifting anti-pinching device, and replace it if necessary. The recall began May 27, 2003.
2003 BMW 325Ci Questions and Answers
When I push on the brakes I get a pulsing feeling in the brake pedal.
I've had lots of problems with components of the convertible top system failing, beginning around 70,000 miles. Mostly electrical/computer problems, but also some seals. The repairs have bee...
i get a high pitch whisle
Engine temp slow to rise and a/c is charged but will not cool down cabin is there avalve or damper stuck and if so can it be replaced with minium tools?
Thank you in advance,
Owner's manual says it is the alternator. Is there something simple I can check b4 I take it into the mechanic? Thanks in advance for your wisdom. 97,500 miles
2003 BMW 325Ci Reviews
Like many people BMW was my dream car. With financing options/service deals I was able to finally purchase one. I wasn't looking for a convertible but I lucked up and found a great deal. I loved it the first year. It is the ultimate driving machine, but to own one, you need money. A very tempermental vehicle. The dealer will nickle-dime you for everything. Once out of warranty, find a good BMW mechanic you can trust. (Route 66) Maintenance is important. Stay on top of it and have a second vehicle. You can't beat the performance on long drives. Excellent mountain vehicle. Hugs the road. Don't use cheap tires. This car is high performance and yes BMW stands for "Bring your Wallet"