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really awful
Crashes / Fires:
1 / 1
Injuries / Deaths:
1 / 0
Average Mileage:
85,019 miles

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2001 BMW 325 transmission problems

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2001 BMW 325 Owner Comments

problem #12

May 282001


  • 63,118 miles


2001 BMW 325cic fails to go into reverse gear. Consequence is the prospect of up to $5-6000 in repairs to replace.

- San Francisco, CA, USA

problem #11

Apr 082010

325 6-cyl

  • 100,000 miles
2001 325 I transmission problem - will not reverse, after looking into it is a well know problem with that model and year. I am on unemployment and now cannot look for work due to this problem. I know that there was a class action lawsuit filled against BMW in NJ, and was won ! I would like to have my BMW fix because this is a problem that BMW is well known about and did nothing to fix it ! please help!

- Queen Creek, AZ, USA

problem #10

Oct 252009


  • 219,000 miles
2001 BMW 325I with no warning lights or previous signs lost its reverse gear with no warning for my college age student at a dead end road.

- Winston-Salem, NC, USA

problem #9

Sep 252009


  • 102,000 miles


Automatic transmission failure: Drive will not operate in reverse. Can result in cars stalled in intersection, blocking traffic, without capability to avoid collision by backing up.

- Santa Fe, NM, USA

problem #8

Jun 112009


  • 145,000 miles
Recall date: 09-28-2001 units potentially affected: 1,550 NHTSA campaign number: 02V138000 defective part or component: Engine and engine cooling:cooling system:fan description: On certain passenger vehicles, the engine auxiliary/cooling fan operation, including variable speed, is electronically controlled. Failure of the fan motor can cause the electrical circuitry of the fan control unit to overload and fail, causing the fan to stop operating. If this were to occur, engine overheating and subsequent engine damage could result. In addition, it is possible for the failure of the electrical circuitry to cause a fire in the fan control unit located in the front of the engine compartment. Dealers will replace the fan. Owner notification began September 28, 2001. This is a supplement to a recall that began during September 2001 (see recall campaign 01V20 ). this vehicle was sold to me 03-2004 with the above problems documented by several service repair shops. I begin having problems with the car the next month after purchase. The problems have been overheating because of the fan motor not functioning properly. I was not advised by the dealership that sold me the car of NHTSA recalls for safety issues and that the vehicle was unsafe to drive. Last year the car overheated and BMW in duluth, ga advised on my service order vehicle unsafe to drive. I have had multiple repairs only to know have a completely damaged engine and filed transmission as of 6-11-09. After researching the matter I am contacting your Agency for assistance the car is not running and now is completely damaged engine and transmission, along with thermostat, air injections, spark plugs and oxygen sensor needing to be replaced. It has been noted.

- Oakland, CA, USA

problem #7

Apr 092009


  • 139,863 miles
2001 BMW 325ci automatic, will not work in reverse, but works forward. Apparently, this is so widespread a safety issue that entire websites are dedicated to it exclusively, and I can't imagine (other than greed) by BMW isn't recalling these transmissions to take care of them.

- Woodland, CA, USA

problem #6

Feb 162009


  • 133,249 miles


2001 325I BMW will not go into reverse gear.

- Merrimac, MA, USA

problem #5

Nov 262007


  • 64,000 miles
My 2001 BMW 325I lost reverse suddenly and unexpectedly this past November. The car had 64,000 miles on it and is in perfect condition. BMW northwest wanted to $5,200 originally to fix the problem but I was able to talk them down to 4,000. Either way this was a BMW problem not a consumer problem and BMW should have paid to have this fixed. Very frustrating experience and I would love to be compensated for my dumb investment of a BMW 325I.

- Anacortes, WA, USA

problem #4

Jul 122007


  • miles
My 2001 BMW 325 ci convertible stopped going in reverse today unexpectedly. It only as 59000 miles on it. This is rediculous. The car barely has any miles on it. The car is very well maintained.

- Daly City, CA, USA

problem #3

Apr 132006

325 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 54,000 miles
2001 BMW 325ci; transmission is leaking. Dealer says transmission must be replaced. Vehicle abruptly stopped on freeway. I note that 1999 BMW models had transmission leakage problem.

- Los Angeles, CA, USA

problem #2

Jun 222002


  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
The vehicle slipped into steptronic gear when being shifted into reverse, forcing the vehicle to accelerate suddenly.

- San Diego, CA, USA

problem #1

Sep 092001


  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
While driving 55 to 60 mph consumer smelt something burning in vehicle. Consumer pulled vehicle off the road and turned off engine engine light came on. Consumer looked at owner's manual, and manuel stated to pull vehicle off the road. There was a malfunction in transmission system at 172 miles. Contacted dealer, and dealer stated light came on showing transmission malfunctioned.

- St Louis Park, MN, USA

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