2002 BMW 325i Repair and Maintenance

A guide to problems, costs, maintenance and repair for your 2002 BMW 325i

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2002 BMW 325i Problems

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.

Clunk or Jolt Felt in Steering Due to Worn Bushings in Front Suspension

Failure of the front control arm bracket bushingsoften referred to as thrust rod bushingsis moderately common. One symptom is a clunk or jolt felt in the steering when braking.

Failure of taillight bulb housing assembly

My turn signal began to operate too fast this usually indicated a bulb being burned out, this began around 90,000 miles. I checked the bulbs and they were fine. Around 97,000 my dashboard trouble indicator lite up, showing I had a problem with my driver side back taillight. A mechanic told me that my bulb assembly was going bad and this was a common problems on BMWs. I eventually had to buy a new one for around $90 from BMW and replaced it mys...

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2002 BMW 325i 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...

What does the cabin filter do? (1 answer)

I like to know what is the function of the cabin air filter ?

My bmw 325ci cuts off when tuned up the air conditioning when driving without (1 answer)

Air Conditioning the car would run good

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2002 BMW 325i Recalls

Driver's Front Air Bag Defective

In a crash that deploys the driver's front air bag, the inflator of the air bag can rupture, causing metal debris to strike vehicle occupants. Dealers will replace the front driver's air bag module free of charge to correct the concern.

Airbag Inflator Concern

Upon deployment the passenger airbag inflator could rupture, increasing the risk of personal injury. BMW dealers will replace the affected airbag inflator modules to correct this concern.

Front Airbag Inflator Module

This limited regional recall is for vehicles currently registered or first sold in Florida, Puerto Rico, Hawaii and the U.S. Virgin Islands, and equipped with Takata-brand air bag inflators. Upon deployment the driver and/or passenger airbag inflator could rupture, increasing the risk of personal injury. BMW dealers will replace the affected airbag inflator modules to correct this concern.

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2002 BMW 325i Reviews

Bought this as a used car. It has been a nightmare of repairs, even parts that have been changed out they break again. Save your money and do not buy a used 325i.
These are good cars...until they aren't. I bought mine in 2013. Drove great for a several months. Then the transmission blew. Apparently this is an incredibly common problem on the automatic transmission version. An auto transmission blowing at under 150,000 miles with a $5,000+ price tag for a rebuilt? There is no used luxury car worth this expense of trouble. I will never buy another used BMW...
We have a troublesome situation with our 2002 BMW 325i (E46). We recently discovered that each of the rear door stanchions has an orange sticker affixed to it stating "side airbag not operational" with an ID code of "7 008 026". We don't know who or where the stickers were put on the car but believe it was done at the factory in Munich. We had purchased the car in July 2002 while living over...

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