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.Google+
Car Problem Reports
BMW 325xi Front Outer CV Boots May Tear and Leak at 60,000 Miles
BMW 325xi Problem
Drive Trains Affected: Automatic Transmission, Manual Transmission
Average Mileage: 96,648 mi (60,000 mi - 207,000 mi)
Visitor, 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.
Visitor, 2004 BMW 325xi, Automatic Transmission, 150,000 mi
replaced both drive axle shaft assemblies
Visitor, 2004 BMW 325xi, Automatic Transmission, 84,000 mi
front boots were ripped open and leaking grease.
Visitor, 2005 BMW 325xi, Manual Transmission, 80,000 mi
I have broken rubber seals leading to cv joint vibration.
Visitor, 2005 BMW 325xi, Automatic Transmission, 60,000 mi
LT SHAFT BOOT TEAR, REPLACE WITH SHAFT, EASIER...
Visitor, 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
Visitor, 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.
Visitor, 2003 BMW 325xi, Automatic Transmission, 63,000 mi
both front outer boots have torn...
Visitor, 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.
Visitor, 2002 BMW 325xi, 61,000 mi
I had the same problem with bolth sides, replaced bolth and it has been fine ever since.