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hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
77,000 miles

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2001 BMW 325 body / paint problems

body / paint problem

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2001 BMW 325 Owner Comments

problem #2

May 302011


  • 100,000 miles


BMW E46 model 3-series have a known subframe weakness causing the rear axle to separate from the vehicle. A class action lawsuit supposedly resolved this, but the terms of the suit ended in 2010 leaving anyone that experiences the problem after the term of the suite to fix the BMW admitted engineering failure themselves. This leaves thousands of 1999-2006 BMW 3 series as potential hazards on the road.

- Madison, WI, USA

problem #1

Feb 242011

325 6-cyl

  • 54,000 miles
2001 BMW 325 ci was being driven by my wife when the gas tank strap on passenger side broke off from the rear section. There was no accident, bumps or other issues that caused this incident. The gas tank hung down a few inches from the road. We got the car to the mechanic and learned that we needed both a gas tank strap and a bracket for the underbody. Regarding the bracket, BMW has no such part listed in their specs. The only option appears to be rigging the strap and welding it to another part of the underbody. I have researched the issue and found that a large number of people have had the same experience. This could be a catastrophic danger if the tank were to loosen, drag on the ground and ultimately catch fire. Fortunately for my wife, she was less than a mile from our home when it occurred. I'm shocked there has not been a recall given the common reporting of the exact failure. I would be scared to drive the car with a less than exact repair. Thank you.

- New Orleans, LA, USA

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