Valve cover gasket leaks are common after 60,000 miles. Symptoms will include oil drips under the vehicle and burning oil smell from the engine compartment.
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A fluid leak may develop from one or more power steering hose. When a leak is being repaired, it is not uncommon for multiple hoses to be replaced.
The blower final stage fan resistor is known to fail. Symptoms are the heater fan speed varies regardless of the setting, the fan will not turn off when the car is switched off, or the fan will not switch on at all.
One vehicles equipped with power folding mirrors, the mirror may fold out past the standard position. Our technicians tell us that if this occurs a special procedure must be followed to relearn the correct mirror home position.
A droning type noise may be noted when the air conditioning system is operating. Additionally, a vibration may be felt in the steering wheel. If these issues are no longer present when the AC system is turned off, the problem may be low refrigerant charge in the system. Our technicians remind us that if the refrigerant charge is found to be low, proper leak diagnoses should be performed in addition to recharging the AC system.
BMW 328i Recalls (Recent)
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An incorrect crimp connector may have been installed on the side air bag and belt tensioner wiring. There may be insufficient contact in the wiring, creating high resistance. This condition may cause the side air bag and/or safety belt tensioner not to deploy if needed in a crash, which increases the risk of injury. Dealers will repair the vehicles free of charge. The recall began September 16, 2009.
Summary: ON CERTAIN 4-DOOR PASSENGER VEHICLES, THE SIDE AIR BAG SYSTEM COULD DEPLOY IN CERTAIN NON-CRASH IMPACTS, SUCH AS WHEN CONTACTING LARGE POTHOLES OR CURBS AT SUBSTANTIAL SPEEDS.Learn more »
Summary: VEHICLE DESCRIPTION: PASSENGER VEHICLES. THESE VEHICLES ARE BUILT WITH A SIDE AIR BAG SYSTEM CONSISTING OF DOOR-MOUNTED THORAX AIR BAGS (REAR DOOR AIR BAGS ARE OPTIONAL), A HEAD PROTECTION SYSTEM (HPS) FOR FRONT OCCUPANTS, A CENTRAL ELECTRONIC SENSOR AND DIAGNOSTIC SYSTEM, LEFT AND RIGHT SATELLITE IMPACT SENSORS, AND ASSOCIATED WIRING. THIS SYSTEM IS UNDULY SENSITIVE TO CERTAIN NON-CRASH IMPACTS, SUCH AS CONTACTING LARGE POTHOLES OR CURBS AT SUBSTANTIAL SPEED.Learn more »
Summary: VEHICLE DESCRIPTION: PASSENGER VEHICLES. IT IS POSSIBLE THAT THE RETAINING CLIP THAT SECURES THE BRAKE BOOSTER PUSHROD TO THE BRAKE PEDAL ARM WAS NOT PROPERLY INSTALLED DURING PRODUCTION. IT IS POSSIBLE FOR THE CLIP TO DETACH FROM THE PIN ON THE BRAKE PEDAL ARM ALLOWING THE PUSHROD TO DISCONNECT FROM THE ARM.Learn more »
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The brake light switch may fail and stick in the "brake lamps on" or "brake lamps off" position. Inaccurate illumination of brake lights could lead to an accident. Dealers will inspect and replace the brake lamp switch with a new improved part.
BMW 328i Questions and Answers
I am thinking of buying a 1996 328IS what is the life of the timing belt and how much would it cost to have it replaced, same with the clutch.
had the drive shaft support bearing replaced and if it was out of alignment what would happen ?
on the dash a circle with a trangle in the middle and explantion mark came on what does this mean
I JUST CAME ACROSS A PROBLEM WITH MY BRAKE LIGHTS,I CHANGE MY FUSE WITH ANOTHER 15AMP FUSE,I CHECK TO SEE IF IT WAS A BULB BUT THE BRAKE LIGHTS COME ON AND OFF WHEN THEY WANT TOO,SOMETIME THEY WORK...
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I purchased a new 2012 328i 4\6\2012. The engine light came on 12/4/2012 and again on 12/7/2012 twice in 3 days and i was told that it's not the engine but a sensor. Tom Bush BMW in Jacksonville Florida on Atlantic Blvd, changed out the expansion tank twice. The first time they put the same size expansion tank in the car, three days later the engine light came back on and this time they said they put a larger expansion tank in my car...... I have also had several problems with the computer system shuting down and blinking out. Four times within a year. I was told that the computer system was overheating....they changed out the radio (they said) and re-programed the system three times within a 9 month period. The computer system blink out again after the radio was changed out and this time i was told they re-booted the computer system????? Wow. June of this year I'm still having the same problems with this 2012 328i BMW and it has been the WORST experience ever. This car has been to the shop more times in a year than any car I have and own in 10years. It's been one problem after another. Tom Bush BMW (Jacksonville,Fl) has the WORST customer service and service department in the WORLD from the head to the bottom. They do not take care of the cars or treat there customers properly. I filed a lemon law against BMW of North America and I am currently in arbitration. I will keep you guys posted.....Cherie
Purchased in 2009. September 2012 Profile gaskets replaced and ignition coil replaced $1678.48. February 2013 Junction Box and power cable replaced, in addition to that, the belt tensioner had to be replaced $2474.00. Had a Nissan Altima for 10 years and didn't spend this kind of cash to keep it maint. Not worth it.
I purchased the car with 70K miles I have since driven 36K miles..keep in mind it is a 5 speed manual tranmission..excellent gas mileage, handles fantastic..have only changed oil..uses no oil between changes ,replaced rear tailight bulb , front headlight bulb( the dash indicates which light is out-very easy to change bulbs) I just replaced all 4 tires, and put in a new battery..everyone that rides with me comments on how quiet and comfortable car acts..needless to say I am extremely happy with vehicle..
Bought floor model (2008) in Sept. 2009 (300 mi) Within a week noticed rear differential fluid leak at right rear tire. Then the fan in the ventiliation system broke, then the navigation started etching out. Since then I've bought a new disc, had the navigation computer hauled over, had a new nav screen installed, then started with a valve gasket cover leak. Had to get 4 new tires at 50K miles, just another $1500 for that. Most of these problems happened before my 55K mech.warranty ran out.. but geez... when I consider that I've owned Nissan's in the past up to and over 100K miles and never had a problem I'm wondering what the heck. Just to drive a BMR... I'm reconsidering big time.
MY HEAD LIGHTS ON THE DRIVER'S SIDE STOPPED WORKING. I TOOK MY CAR TO THE BMW DEALER AND WAS TOLD BY MECHANIC THAT MY HEADLIGHT ASSEMBLY NEEDED REPLACING. DID THAT AND ABOUT A MONTH LATER MY HEADLIGHTS ARE OUT AGAIN, ON THE DRIVER'S SIDE!!!