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4.7

definitely annoying
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
22,250 miles

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1997 BMW 318 exhaust system problems

exhaust system problem

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1997 BMW 318 Owner Comments

problem #4

Feb 212007

318 4WD 4-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

On 1/31/07 I took my car to have the nc inspection done. I was given at that time a recall for my vehicle on the catalytic converter. I was told to call the dealership and give them my VIN number to verify. I was told that there were no open campaigns on my VIN number on 2/2/0. on 2/16/07 my engine light came on and would not go off. I called my repair shop and dropped the car off on Monday. I was informed today that it was not the O2 sensor, but possibly the catalytic converter causing this problem. It sounds like this is going to cost alot of money. I love my car, but if this was a recall I don't feel that I should have to pay for it to be fixed.

- Fayetteville, NC, USA

problem #3

Aug 122004

318 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 89,002 miles
While driving 65 mph engine check light remained on, and exhaust fumes were coming into the vehicle while the windows were closed. Consumer stated there was a recall on website concerning the catalytic converter oxygen sensor. Not able to locate that information in our data base.

- Winston-Salem, NC, USA

problem #2

Jun 041999

318

  • miles
Converter failure at <20000 miles seems unusaul. In talking to two dealers, both service departments indicated that the "318's had a problem with the converters that year". seems to me that if they had a problem, they should fix rather than waiting for it to break, then my having to take time off from work, and rent a car while mine is in for repairs.

- San Diego, CA, USA

problem #1

Jun 041999

318

  • miles
Catalyic failure at <20000 miles seems unusaul. In talking to two dealers, both service departments indicated that the "318's had a problem with the converters that year". seems to me that if they had a problem, they should fix rather than waiting for it to break, then my having to take time off from work, and rent a car while mine is in for repairs.

- San Diego, CA, USA

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