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really awful
Crashes / Fires:
2 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
44,500 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.

So how do you find out what problems are occurring? For this NHTSA complaint data, the only way is to read through the comments below. Any duplicates or errors? It's not us.

2002 BMW 325 engine problems

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2002 BMW 325 Owner Comments

problem #2

May 012006

325 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 89,000 miles


The contact owns a 2002 BMW E36. While idling at a traffic light, the vehicle accelerated while the brake pedal was depressed. The contact crashed into the rear end of another vehicle. The dealer did not inspect the vehicle. Approximately eight months later, while driving in reverse and with the brake pedal depressed, the engine RPM's increased to 750. The dealer was unable to diagnose the cause of failure. The current mileage is 89,950 and failure mileage was 89,000.

- Castro Valley, CA, USA

problem #1

Nov 162004

325 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
The consumer pulled out of a parking space, stopped at a stop sign, made a left turn, drove a few yards, stopped again, proceeded to make a right turn and without warning the vehicle accelerated forward at an estimate speed of 45 mph. The consumer immediately pumped the brake pedal to no avail. The consumer struggled to steer the vehicle from a two lane busy street. The vehicle crashed into a grassy embankment. All four tires blew out when this occurred. The vehicle was towed to the dealership. After a factory engineer inspected the vehicle, they found no cause for the sudden acceleration. The tires were replaced........

- Flint, MI, USA

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