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Resources for the Repair and Maintenance of your 2004 BMW 325i

2004 BMW 325i

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2004 BMW 325i Problems

Engine -- Verified

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.

Suspension & Steering -- Verified

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.

Engine -- Verified

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.

Suspension & Steering -- Verified

A fluid leak may develop from one or more power steering hose. When a leak is being repaired, it is not uncommon for multiple hoses to be replaced.

Engine -- Verified

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.

2004 BMW 325i Recalls (Recent)

Electrical & Lights, August 25, 2011

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High resistance in the electrical contacts may cause one or more of the rear lights to stop working. Intermittent light operation reduces the ability to warn other motorists of the driver's intentions, increasing the risk of a crash. Dealers will repair the affected vehicles as necessary to correct this concern.

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2004 BMW 325i Questions and Answers

BUZZED_ON_SUDS, 2004 BMW 325i, Hillsboro, TN

I have a 1994 325i bought 2 days with this problem.....when u take off at a normal speed or @ any speed, once the car shifts it will over rev 1000 to 1200rpm into every gear but it seems to keep pu...

Montydog, 2004 BMW 325i, Swampscott, MA

My 2004 BMW 325 xi has a 15,000 mile interval between oil changes. I still have 5000 miles left to go, but the yellow oil light came on, and the oil level is low on the dipstick. Should I change ...

Montydog, 2004 BMW 325i, Swampscott, MA

In 2006, I bought a certified 2004 BMW 325xi. After about a year, the cooloant light came on, and the BMW service manager said this is common on this vehicle. Hew said just top it off which I did...

bilcheek, 2004 BMW 325i, Ashburn, VA

what size fuse belongs in slot #47?

smokeyy, 2004 BMW 325i, Danville, VA

how to replace ftont brake pads, routers and senor, and do you need one sensor or two?

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2004 BMW 325i Reviews

what do you do if you changed the pvc valve hoses and the car was running but won't stop now what s the problem Anthony of Houston texas

Contrary to other reviews this car has been extremely reliable. It has only needed oil, fluids and bushings. The power from the 184hp engine is amazing and transmission is as smooth as silk. The AC is surprisingly very cold and all electronics work great. The steering is tight and the car handles like a dream. The styling is timeless. All in all an excellent car.

The window regulators had to be replaced on 3 of 4 windows. Car has 120K. Bought parts at Autozone/Ebay and installed myself. Care taken when removing door panel.Dealer wanted about $325. Got parts for around $90. Used existing window motors.

i love my 2004 325i. i just cant seem to find this stupid oil leak. at first it started a little sputter, oil light, and a puff of smoke. then the smoke stopped and the sputter continued. i've cleaned the whole under carriage of the car and still cant fine it. any suggestions?

All I can say is BMW why can't you admit to a faulty VANO's system,did every thing to try to figure out stalling problem on cold starts, this is my last option hope it works rebuilding it now with new "improved o-rings"

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