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BMW 330xi Front Outer CV Boots May Tear and Leak at 60,000 Miles

BMW 330xi Problem
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Model Years Affected: 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006

Drive Trains Affected: Automatic Transmission, Manual Transmission

Average Mileage: 76,128 mi (36,000 mi - 210,000 mi)


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.

  • Visitor, , Automatic Transmission, 70,000 mi

    It's less expensive to replace the entire 1/2 shaft which includes a new CV boot. At 60,000 my front left went bad and now at 70,000 my right front is leaking. Total cost to repair one side is around $300.00 & the repair can be done at a Firestone complete auto care shop. I refuse to pay BMW labor costs..ridiculous!

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  • Visitor, , Manual Transmission, 36,000 mi

    Exactly the same issue

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  • Visitor, , Automatic Transmission, 86,000 mi

    replaced left boot

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  • Visitor, , Automatic Transmission, 85,000 mi


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  • Visitor, , Automatic Transmission

    My two front axle boot leaking
    the lower control arm the bushing
    and the two tierod outed

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  • Visitor, , Automatic Transmission, 60,000 mi

    Torn boot just before 60k. Replaced boot but apparently not soon enough because at 70k started getting the clicking and tires skipping at slow speed.

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  • Visitor, , Automatic Transmission, 78,000 mi

    Dealer said CV boots were cracked & leaking. Cost about $1400 P&L to replace two CV boots.

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  • Visitor, , Automatic Transmission, 45,000 mi

    Replaced both inner and outer on Driver and Passenger sides for $850
    Now I will be replacing the passenger side outer again at 67,000
    Inferior material or design this is not right.

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  • Visitor, , Automatic Transmission, 50,000 mi

    I had to replace left and we are watching the right.
    Said it could also happen from something hitting it on
    the road.

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  • Visitor, , 71,000 mi

    Replaced inne-boots about a year ago. Now both outer boots are leaking. $1100 quote from dealer

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