2003 BMW 325i Repair and Maintenance

A guide to problems, costs, maintenance and repair for your 2003 BMW 325i

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2003 BMW 325i Problems

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...

Faulty hydraulic lifters cause Check Engine light to come on.

At 40,000 miles I took the car to my BMW dealereship because the Check Engine light came on. The dealer found 14 of the 24 hydraulic tappets to be the fault and they were replaced under warranty. At 98,000 miles (with just 2,000 miles left on my extended warranty contract) the same thing happened. This time, however, along with all of the hydraulic tappets being replaced, the BMW dealer also had to replace the cylinder head due to defective th...

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2003 BMW 325i Questions

Overheating issuse (1 answer)

I have a 2003 BMW 325i it started to over heat about 1 1/2 weeks ago after the belts to ripped to shredded. Had to have the belts replaced and the pullies and tensioners. I've since replaced both lower and upper radiator hoses and replaced the fan clutch,water pump, and the thermostat. Can so...

PCM software needs to be updated how to do (2 answers)

Catalytic converter bank 2 (1 answer)

How would I no if I need a cat r a O2 sensor o 2 sensor

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2003 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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2003 BMW 325i Reviews

Expensive to own and maintain. BMW can NOT build an interior that holds together to save its corporate life. Can't drive the car past the repair place without leaving it there for a couple of days and writing a check for $1,000+. Have owned three and this is the story on used BMWs. If you think you're smart about money don't get a used BMW. It will bleed you dry. The trick with BMWs is to buy N...
This car is an absolute nightmare of repairs. You constantly fear something is going to go wrong. Not worth the logo. Thousands of dollars in repairs from putting on under 15k.
I have a 2003 325I ,with 90,000 miles. My aunt bought it new and had all the scheduled work done by dealer.She gave me the car with 39,000 miles. I have spent about 5,000.00 dollars in repair ,since i am not mechanical inclined,no repair is ever less than 500.Currently only one power window works,dealer wants 2500. to repair. The engine overheats if driven more than 10 miles. The car is beautif...

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