Front Outer CV Boots May Tear on BMW 325xi

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.

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Average mileage: 100,073 (50,000–207,000)
Drive Trains affected: Automatic Transmission, Manual Transmission
6 model years affected: 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, more2005, 2006
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2003 BMW 325xi - Automatic Transmission 108,000 mi,
I had to replace the Driver Front CV Axle completely because of the boot tear and it leaking oil. I now have to replace the Passenger side now.
2005 BMW 325xi - Automatic Transmission 60,000 mi,
LT SHAFT BOOT TEAR, REPLACE WITH SHAFT, EASIER...
2004 BMW 325xi - Manual Transmission 60,000 mi,
noticed cv boots leaking on left and right half axle. replaced both half axles
2003 BMW 325xi - Automatic Transmission 125,000 mi,
BMW 325xi all wheel drive. Front outer CV boot was cut and causing grease in the wheel well. Clicking started to become noticeable during turning so I knew it was time to replace. Replaced with Cardone CV half shafts ($50 ea) with good results.
2004 BMW 325xi - Automatic Transmission 80,000 mi,
can not fix. have to replace the cv axle assmebly every 7000 miles.
2004 BMW 325xi - Automatic Transmission 150,000 mi,
replaced both drive axle shaft assemblies
2004 BMW 325xi - Automatic Transmission 84,000 mi,
front boots were ripped open and leaking grease.
2005 BMW 325xi - Manual Transmission 80,000 mi,
I have broken rubber seals leading to cv joint vibration.
2004 BMW 325xi - Automatic Transmission 110,000 mi,
The problem was discovered when going in because of a valve cover gasket that blew on my way to work, problem has not yet been resolved
2003 BMW 325xi - Manual Transmission 80,000 mi,
I had to have both of mine done. I also had to have the left one re-done. I live in the mountains off a dirt road. I thought it was that. Man they are expensive to replace. Luckily I caught it prior to having to do the whole thing.
2003 BMW 325xi - Automatic Transmission 63,000 mi,
both front outer boots have torn...
2005 BMW 325xi - Automatic Transmission 99,700 mi,
Second time I've had this issue since purchasing this vehicle. Based on price made more sense to replace axle, which came with CV boots, rather than replacing individual CV boot. Mechanic showed me the tear and oil all over the place.
2002 BMW 325xi 61,000 mi,
I had the same problem with bolth sides, replaced bolth and it has been fine ever since.
2003 BMW 325xi - Manual Transmission 123,000 mi,
front left outer boot went bad and had to replace the entire axle...what a stupid system
2004 BMW 325xi - Automatic Transmission 80,000 mi,
clicking on right side when turning left.
2003 BMW 325xi 130,000 mi,
have replaced both boots in the past 2 years, Dealer just told me that I have a crack in the new one already...I am more than cautious about turning too sharply, I just cant get past how much they charge to replace each-upwards of $600
2004 BMW 325xi - Automatic Transmission 70,000 mi,
Left side "split" right side "cracked" Dealer repair 985.85