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Resources for the Repair and Maintenance of your 2006 BMW 330i

2006 BMW 330i

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2006 BMW 330i 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.

Brakes -- paul cammisaro

BRAKING SEEMS VERY SENSITIVE AND ABRUPT , NOT VERY SMOOTH AND SEEMS TO BE MORE FRONT THAN BACK

2006 BMW 330i Recalls (Recent)

Body, Interior & Misc., November 12, 2013

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The front passenger seat contains a mat that determines the presence and size of a seat occupant. This input to the airbag controller helps to determine if and how forcefully the passenger airbag should deploy in the event of a crash. The detection mat can develop cracks and fail. If this were to occur, the airbag would not deploy as expected, increasing the risk of personal injury. Dealers will repair the occupant detection mat to eliminate the possibility it may crack. Additionally certain vehicles will receive and extended warranty on the front passenger seat occupant detection mat.

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Body, Interior & Misc.

Summary: BMW IS RECALLING 200,000 MY 2006 3 SERIES SPORT SEAT, MY 2004-2006 5 SERIES STANDARD AND SPORT SEAT, AND MY 2004-2006 X3 PASSENGER VEHICLES. DEPENDING ON THE MANNER AND FREQUENCY OF THE FRONT PASSENGER'S ENTRY AND EXIT, SMALL CRACKS HAVE DEVELOPED IN THE MAT. IF THIS OCCURS, THE FRONT PASSENGER AIR BAGS, WITH THE EXCEPTION OF THE HEAD PROTECTION SYSTEM, WILL BE DEACTIVATED AND THE AIR BAG WARNING LAMP AS WELL AS THE PASSENGER AIR BAG "ON-OFF" LAMP WILL BE ILLUMINATED.

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Suspension & Steering, November 21, 2006

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On 25 vehicles, the bolt securing the front control arm and swivel bearing were not tightened to specification and could loosen over time. If the nuts loosen, vehicle handling and control could be compromised, increasing the risk of a crash. Dealers will tighten the front control arm and swivel bearing connection to the correct specifications. The recall began November 21, 2006.

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2006 BMW 330i Questions and Answers

hudsont, 2006 BMW 330i, Fredericksburg, VA

I'm not able to use the manual shifter side of the transmission. When I move the shifter over to the left, nothing happens. But my automatic side is working properly. What could be causing t...

jonzee, 2006 BMW 330i, Womelsdorf, PA

found water leaking from the interior roof light after a hard rain. Where could this be coming from?

dogchat, 2006 BMW 330i, Pinole, CA

how do you get to the parking light bulb on the front to change a bad bulb? the front near the left headlamp

dogchat, 2006 BMW 330i, Pinole, CA

how do you get to the paking light bulb on the front left side.

DWeems, 2006 BMW 330i, Hope Mills, NC

Transmission sensors maybe causing gauges to report numerous errors,sluggish idling and acceleration. Able to drive,however at under 40MPH. Car stalled and jumped thus causing all the probable afor...

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2006 BMW 330i Reviews

The 2008 BMW 330i handles great with good acceleration. But the interior molding on this car is C$#@. It is the cheapest quality I have seen on any car ever. For example, the interior plastic molding on most cars is the same color throughout, but in the 330i it is a white plastic that is painted the desired color. Moving the seat will rub off the paint. Cleaning the car, even the softest cloth can cause the finish to rub off. Just pray that you don't have to actually scrub hard. (My son suggest just peelling it all off would be better than having white patches all over the place.) I suspect they save a few dollars doing it this way, but it was totally unsuspected in a car of this type. In fact, the quality of the interior is so bad that I doubt that I will ever buy another BMW again.

53,000 mi hearing sqeeling noise front brakes.
Local BMW service acknowledges noise but won't replace pads as they do not qualify for replacement as yet. I must live with the squeeling until the brakes qualify for replacement. That's another 16,000 miles. I hope I still have my sanity by then???? Anyone come across this problem? BMW Customer Service has received other calls regarding this. They give the same answer as the Repair Service. Seems to me someone's design is a little faulty but as they don't have to listen to it, I guess it doesn't matter.

I was able to spend 4 months using this as a daily driver. Overall great car, easy to see why the 3-series is so popular with the press and populace. Engine is strong and flexible - nice power range (but not quite enough power for me - need the twin turbo), automatic transmission shifts smoothly and delivers power as it's needed (including manual shifting). The non-sports package seats were a disappointment - not nearly enough support. I find the run-flat tires to be a big downer - they cup as they wear, so they give the driver a grinding feeling when braking hard. Lights and electrical system performed well, as did the interior controls. I'll write another review of the 335i once I get it.

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