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Resources for the Repair and Maintenance of your 2005 BMW 325i

2005 BMW 325i

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2005 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.

Electrical & Lights -- Verified

A side door window regulator may fail causing the window to stop working, in some eases falling into the door. Replacement of the failed regulator will be required to correct this concern.

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.

2005 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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2005 BMW 325i Questions and Answers

fred325, 2005 BMW 325i, Harker Heights, TX

after engine is shut off and car sits a short time. fuel leaks from little black canister at right rear behind wheel what could it be? 60000 miles .I just bought it The BMW dealer can't find t...

fred325, 2005 BMW 325i, Harker Heights, TX

after engine is shut off and car sits a short time. fuel leaks from little black canister at right rear behind wheel what could it be? 60000 miles .I just bought it The BMW dealer can't find t...

oscar g, 2005 BMW 325i, Glendale, CA

steering wheel is hard to turn when stop but, when driving on freeway is almost normal to drive.

webwatcher, 2005 BMW 325i, Franklin, TN

My radiator light inidicates my coolant is low and I check and refill it with antifreeze. Within a 2 or 3 weeks the coolant needs to be refilled again. The car does not leak anything while parked...

Visitor, 2005 BMW 325i, Dallas, TX

I purchased my 2005 BMW 325i new. 33,000 miles and 5 years later, the car needs $2,500+ worth of repairs: replace rear tail light bulb holder and rewire new plug connection due to turn signal out...

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2005 BMW 325i Reviews

The transmission wennt out 2000 miles after warranty. The car had a complete inspection at 99000 miles and the dealer saw nothing wrong. Dealer wanted 8000 to replace the transmission with only 2 year new warranty.

bought the car new and drove little first few years. they do burn through brakes but stop ona dime. they do wear out thrust bushings but handle like n rails. the plastic does fall off car; buy some good glue. the window regulators fail, no reason for that just poor design. The idler pulleys are going now... with 49k miles all these have needed repair. All I can say is BMW builds a great car to drive but you will pay a price for it. If you like to drive and what you drive these things are great. The purr of the inline 6 reminds me of my old 280zx. You can run the pants off these things and they wont wimper a bit. If you want mtnce free better look to the rising sun (japanese.) they engineer for reliability. Nissan is making great cars again. Will I do another Bimmer? sure. Not new though. the economy and wife's debilitating injury requires we watch the budget. You can buy them used cheap!

Buy the tools and the book.

We bought this car in Monroe, GA about 2 months ago. Had almost $52k miles on it.
Today the ac started smoking and went out. Took it to our local BMW dealership to get it checked out, not only was the a/c out but we were told it needed a crankcase vent valve, hoses, evaporator, dryer, a/c line, intake boot, oil filter housing, rear brakes and lower control arm bushings. The estimate was over $5,600!!!! I seriously doubt I'll ever buy another use BMW.

bad transmission.oil lick

I like the car, overal looks and performs well - now at 110,000 miles. Although I don't expect perfection at this age there are a number of little things that have failed, some because of poor design or inferior parts/materials; all of which add up very quickly; e.g., taillight bulb assembly board, HID headlight went out (few hundred $'s in repairs), inside trunk release, lower control arms, leaking valve cover gasket, and leaking door seals.
Despite these annoyances, this is my third BMW (3 series) and is unlikely to be my last.

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