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

2004 BMW 325xi

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2004 BMW 325xi Problems

Drive Train -- Verified

After 60,000 miles, the front outer half-shaft boots tend to tear and leak grease. In most cases, only the boot will have to be replaced; however, if it is not repaired soon enough, the half-shaft may need to be replaced. The front outer boots are put under heavy stress because of their involvement with the suspension when making turns.

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.

Engine -- Verified

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...

Miscellaneous -- Verified

A creak or squeak can be heard from the top of the front or rear doors. This noise is most noticeable when the windows are fully up. The noise is caused by the decay of the flocking material on the door seals. New door seals, Teflon tape, special lube, or a combination of all of these may be needed to eliminate the noise.

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.

2004 BMW 325xi Recalls (Recent)

Electrical & Lights, August 25, 2011

RepairPal Expert Overview:

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 325xi Questions and Answers

bmw3peat, 2004 BMW 325xi, Pleasantville, NY

Would you harm a 2004 325xi if one tire is 205/55/16 and the other tire is 225/40R/18? Tire circumfrence is only a difference of .66 inches? I am worried about the x drive and I need to drive the...

bavenger, 2004 BMW 325xi, Newton, IA

Once my car has been driven for approximately 1 hour, it will shake when you hit the accelerator. It's as if the engine isn't getting a steady flow of gas. You would swear the car has s...

Montydog, 2004 BMW 325xi, Swampscott, MA

The mirrors on my vehicle change position without warning. Generally, while driving, the mirror motor kicks on changing the position. The moving mirror is the one on which the right/left switch i...

JJF, 2004 BMW 325xi, Canton, MA

Sunroof seems to be off of the track on drivers side. Motor makes clicking noise. Can move it a little with manual wrench, but affraid to break glass if too much pressure is applied. Is there an...

shotster56, 2004 BMW 325xi, Wyckoff, NJ

We paid for this expensive part to be replaced. Now my friend says the light went on because the gas cap wasn't closed securely! Is this true? (He said this happens on his Honda and Toyota)...

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2004 BMW 325xi Reviews

Bought this car used in 2010 with 90K miles-first mistake buying it; second was keeping it. Nothing but problems. Oil leak, coolant leak, air conditioning had to be replaced, power windows had to be replaced-both motor and glass-cause it exploded while driving. Now sunroof is off track. in 2 1/2 years I have owned this car it has been in the shop every 3 months for something. The only good thing about the car is the brakes. Will never buy another used or new BMW again and will not buy any vehicle from the BMW dealership I bought this one from-within 6 weeks of owning the car had to have a complete tune up. Cannot say anything nice about BMW 325xi.

Wipers Won't Park. For some reason winshield wiper will not Park when it is shut off. This started happening in late 2011. I have read some info that it could be the motor or the relay.

Love it and still no issues at 72,000

All in all a great car - what you would expect from BMW. The biggest problem we have had is with the electrical - the battery keeps dying (even after replacement) and we do not know why. I've been told by AAA that all the electrical gizmos on the car drain the battery but it should hold a charge for more the 24 hours. The other knit is that the heating a cooling is a little complicated to figure out, but after you get the hang of it it works well. With AWD and superb handling a great all-season car for New England.

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