2002 BMW 330xi Repair and Maintenance

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

2002 BMW 330xi Problems

Coolant Leak From Radiator

It is not uncommon for the radiator to develop a coolant leak. A leaking radiator will require replacement. When a leaking radiator is replaced the entire cooling system should be inspected and if any additional leaks are found they should be repaired also.

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.

Check Engine Light and/or Engine Overheating

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.

Water Pump May Develop Coolant Leak

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 have your vehicle towed to a repair shop.

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2002 BMW 330xi Questions

loss of power, maybe transmission? (1 answer)

i bought a 2002 330xi and had it for three days, i noticed it shifted hard into second gear but today i was driving uphill and i just lost power. it felt like the transmission was slipping, i was still able to accelerate but just about half as fast as normal. a light on the dash came on that was ...

How difficult is it to replace the control arm, and rear strutts? (1 answer)

I have replaced strutts before, just never on a BMW.. Not sure if there is a big difference or not.. Never replaced a control arm, im sure I can figure it out.. Just wanna know how much of a headache its going to be.

how do you change a front control arm (1 answer)

what do about the bushings being eccentric?

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2002 BMW 330xi 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.

Airbag Inflator Concern

Upon deployment the passenger airbag inflator could rupture, increasing the risk of personal injury. BMW dealers will replace the affected airbag inflator modules to correct this 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.

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