2002 BMW 330Ci Repair and Maintenance

A guide to problems, costs, maintenance and repair for your 2002 BMW 330Ci

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2002 BMW 330Ci Problems

Speedometer stopped working

On the way home from a movie last night, I got a flat tire on the rear driver's side. After shutting the car off, applying the parking brake and changing the tire, upon restarting the car, the speedometer was no longer working. I don't have a clue what the problem is. Any ideas?

Coolant Loss Due to Leak from Expansion Tank

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.

Burning Smell or Oil Drips on the Ground Due to Engine Oil Leak

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.

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2002 BMW 330Ci Questions

how do I open the trunk when my battery dead (1 answer)

There was a EML problem with close and open the top. The closing light keep try to close all night. so the battery is dead now I try to change the battery I can't open the trunk no power

What are some troubleshooting tips for startup issues? (1 answer)

When you turn the ignition to start the engine it wont turn over it just clicks.

Wife's car- driver side window (1 answer)

Switch might be prob, not sure.
It doesn't roll up all the way, stays down about 2 inches from top.
Not sure if motor is going out or the switch is bad. Are there any trouble shooting methods to determine.
Dealership wants to much..
Please advise

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2002 BMW 330Ci 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.

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.

Injury Possible Due To Airbag Deployment

Airbags use a chemical reaction contained in an inflator module to create the pressure necessary to inflate the bags when deployment is required. These vehicles are being recalled because the front passenger airbag inflator may produce excessive internal pressure when deployed. As a result, the inflator module could rupture, causing metal fragments to strike vehicle occupants. Dealers will inspect and replace any defective passenger front airbag inflator modules found.

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2002 BMW 330Ci Reviews

Had a 1996 318 cabriolet 5 speed for 10 years and loved it. Then bought a 2002 330Ci to upgrade and ... I will never in a million years buy another "Big Money Waster" again. The new engines are black boxes with no diagnostic tools. They can't diagnose the problem. I have paid thousands trying to solve an engine RANDOMLY STALLING that started within 3 months of buying it used from BMW dealer. No...
330CI...Hair line crack in the expansion tank...Mechanic told me this was a common thing...I didn't think much of it UNTIL a couple of weeks later my daughters car 2003 Z4 developed the same leak.. Here we are a couple of week later and my wallet is not almost two thousand dollars lighter... While I do love driving my 330ci...Gotta tell ya, there are certain things about the fit and finish that...
I'm along in my years and have never had a car that is more fun to drive. (It's my wifes and I always come up with an excuse to take it). But, she is looking for a new car and I refuse to buy another BMW simply because of how complicated it is to operate the electronics in it. E.g., Navigation, Radio, etc. Talk about being over engineered!

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