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really awful
Crashes / Fires:
2 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
1 / 0
Average Mileage:
21,125 miles

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2001 BMW 325 engine problems

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2001 BMW 325 Owner Comments

problem #4

May 202005

325 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 25,000 miles


On May 20, 2005 at about 5 pm eastern time the contact reported the following problem with 2001 BMW 325, VIN [xxx]. vehicle had 25, 000 miles and was in excellent condition. While driving home vehicle stalled three times on a residential road in cambridge, MA., after stalling the check engine light came on, and after waiting about 10 minutes the vehicle started. Consumer was able to make its way home. An independent BMW mechanic used computer analyzer to diagnose problem and found that it was defective cam shaft sensors. Mechanic replaced intake and exhaust sensors. The cost for repair was $300. Mechanic stated that these cables fail often. Since repair was done. There has been no other problem with stalling. Vehicle was regularly serviced. It seemed strange and dangerous that a simple cable would cause the vehicle to stall and not start up right away. Information redacted pursuant to the Freedom Of Information Act (FOIA), 5 U.S.C. 552(B)(6).

- Belmont, MA, USA

problem #3

Nov 012004

325 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 54,500 miles
I have a 2001 BMW 2.5 automatic with about 55K miles. The service engine soon light came on around 12K and the dealer replace the coil. It came on again several time later over the course of 2 years for few days. Every time by the time I took the car to the dealer, the ses disappeared and dealer can't find any thing wrong. However, I notice that when the light is on, the engine run rough and acceleration is slow. My car is out of warranty now at 55K and the light is on for the last few days. Also, BMW is famous for problem with the windows regulator. Dealer replaces three of the four windows regulators on three doors during warranty but now the fourth one has failed. What this means is that now all the windows regulator on all the four doors has failed. Please have BMW recalled the issue with ignition coil and fix the windows regulator. Thank you very much

- Hayward, CA, USA

problem #2

Jun 012002

325 6-cyl

  • miles
The engine over heated and stalled, which caused consumer to lose control of the vehicle and hit a curb, the dealer stated the exhaust valves of the engine were bent, and the cam shaft had problems, which caused the vehicle to over heat, consumer believed the installation of the cam shaft, caused the exhaust valves to become bent.

- Costa Mesa, CA, USA

problem #1

Nov 132001


  • Automatic transmission
  • 5,000 miles
While my foot was firmly on the break, my 2001 BMW 325I seemed to speed up and caused me to crash into the building I was parking in front of. Severe damage across the bottom of my right foot( a bruise the shape of the brake pedal } along with other foot and ankle injuries indicate my foot was indeed on the brake and not on the accelerator as one might think. The damage to the car $ $5,000. No answer for what happened from dealer. Approx seven months later, while on an open road approaching stop light again with my foot on brake, car revved up to 4,000 rmp then back down and stalled. Car would not start after this. Towed to different BMW dealer who claimed faulty gas sensors were to blame. Sensors told engine car needed gas when indeed it did not.

- Tampa, FL, USA

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