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definitely annoying
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
34,903 miles

About These NHTSA Complaints:

This data is from the NHTSA — the US gov't agency tasked with vehicle safety. Complaints are spread across multiple & redundant categories, & are not organized by problem.

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2002 BMW 325 engine problems

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2002 BMW 325 Owner Comments

problem #7

May 062005

325 6-cyl

  • 26,323 miles


A/C system when engaged made a lot of noise. Dealership technician checked and found noise coming from A/C compressor. Replaced compressor.

- Scarsdale, NY, USA

problem #6

Sep 012011


  • 80,000 miles
Vehicle routinely stalls when engine is cold and car is placed in reverse. We back out of the garage and go over the slight bump at the threshold, and the car stalls and must be re-started. Seems as if engine is idling very high as well. Once re-started, the car seems to run ok.

- Reston, VA, USA

problem #5

May 012011


  • 103,000 miles
The contact owns a 2002 BMW 325I. While driving approximately 45 mph, the vehicle stalled without warning. The vehicle was towed to an independent mechanic where the mechanic advised that the vehicle had overheated due to a failure in the fan motor. The vehicle was not repaired. The contact referenced NHTSA campaign id number: 02V138000 (engine and engine cooling:cooling system:fan) and contacted the manufacturer who advised that the vehicle was not included in the recall and only included the 2001 BMW 325I not the 2002 model. The approximate failure mileage was 103,000.

- Belmont, CA, USA

problem #4

Jan 072005

325 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 18,000 miles


I have a 2002 BMW 325ci with automatic transmission with about 22000 miles. My car's engine suddenly stalled while it was moving. The service engine soon light and engine oil light came on at the same time. It didn't respond when I stepped on the gas. I had to turn off and restart the engine before it will run again. And then the service engine light and engine oil light went away. This has already happened to my car twice. The first time it was on a freeway at over 65 mph. I think that this is very dangerous. I have put my car in peter pan BMW at san mateo to correct this problem. I am not sure if they can fix it. I've seen other people reporting the same problem on I'm really disappointed by BMW's quality.

- Redwood City, CA, USA

problem #3

Jul 092004


  • miles
Periodically, my car will be running fine and then all of a sudden the check engine light comes on and it starts to shake and when you push the gas it feels like it is going to cut off. Usually it will "fix" itself by the time I get to the dealer. But even when it doesn't, they don't find anything wrong. It's been months since the BMW repair guys said nothing was wrong and "reset" the engine. However it's doing it again and I'm fearful that my car is going to shut down on me on a busy freeway and it's less than a year old and only has a little over 20,000 miles!

- Duncanville, TX, USA

problem #2

Jan 082004

325 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 17,000 miles
My service engine soon light began appearing in November 2003. I brought my car in the first time and global imports in atlanta ga informed me that there was nothing wrong. Again, in late December 2003, the light came on again. On 1/6/2004, I brought my vehicle into global imports. They informed me a valve was replaced and I was on my way. Two days later on 1/8/04, while driving down ga 40 at approximately 70 mph, my vehicle shut down on me. Literally, the wheels would not turn as I struggled to maintain control of my vehicle. I swerved in and out of lanes. It was fortunate myself or others on the highway were not injured. When my vehicle came to a stop in the middle of the highway, it would not move. After several attempts, the vehicle moved at only 2 mph with a loud, unpleasant noise. There were no warning signals at all to alert me of an upcoming malfunction. BMW roadside assistance responded with a tow truck to assist me a little over an hour later. I was towed into global imports. The car is still presently there as I await a new differential. This car was purchased as a new vehicle in February of 2003 from brian harris BMW in baton rouge, la. The car presently has 17,000 miles. Less than one year old!

- Atlanta, GA, USA

problem #1

Oct 152002


  • miles
Consumer states while driving the vehicle 50mph without warning the vehicle would increased speed 10mph the vehicle would shut off.

- Lake Villa, IL, USA

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