Front Outer CV Boots May Tear on BMW 330xi

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: 80,186 (36,000–210,000)
Drive Trains affected: Automatic Transmission, Manual Transmission
6 model years affected: 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, more2005, 2006
35 people reported this problem
19 people shared problem details
2001 BMW 330xi- Automatic Transmission86,000
replaced left boot
2005 BMW 330xi- Automatic Transmission70,000
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!
2004 BMW 330xi- Manual Transmission36,000
Exactly the same issue
2003 BMW 330xi- Automatic Transmission84,000
CV boots torn and leaking at 80000 miles.
2002 BMW 330xi- Automatic Transmission85,000
2006 BMW 330xi- Automatic Transmission
My two front axle boot leaking the lower control arm the bushing and the two tierod outed
2002 BMW 330xi- Automatic Transmission60,000
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.
2004 BMW 330xi- Automatic Transmission78,000
Dealer said CV boots were cracked & leaking. Cost about $1400 P&L to replace two CV boots.
2003 BMW 330xi- Automatic Transmission45,000
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.
2005 BMW 330xi- Automatic Transmission50,000
I had to replace left and we are watching the right. Said it could also happen from something hitting it on the road.
2004 BMW 330xi71,000
Replaced inne-boots about a year ago. Now both outer boots are leaking. $1100 quote from dealer
2003 BMW 330xi- Automatic Transmission45,000
lost both front outer boots probably within 1 years time and expect it again when I get to double and triple the mileage because neoprene wasn't used. Not extremely difficult to change as the axle is splined but non the less not many issues like this happen to Japanese cars.
2005 BMW 330xi- Automatic Transmission48,775
Got an estimate of $980.00 from dealer
2003 BMW 330xi- Automatic Transmission40,000
Yeah both front CV boots were torn had to replace the axle and bushings. Very costly. You would think being built for German winters these cars could handle a New England winter but I guess not
2004 BMW 330xi- Manual Transmission71,000
Just bought the car expecting repairs. Same issue. Considering ordering CV replacements myself from eBay and having a shop install.
2005 BMW 330xi- Automatic Transmission45,000
Sewickley BMW idenitifed small leaks during annual inspection. He estimated $1,200 to repair. NOTE: This estimate DID NOT include new CV joints; only the CV boots. Dealer claims issue is NOT ccovered under warranty. PURE BS. Maybe they will cover the repair AFTER the CV joints are ruined!!!
2003 BMW 330xi- Automatic Transmission58,000
Replaced CV boot.
2003 BMW 330xi- Automatic Transmission60,000
replaced the cv boot
2004 BMW 330xi- Automatic Transmission89,000
CV boots and caliber guides need replacement. Haven't fixed it yet but have appointment to do such, in a few weeks.
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