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2.3

hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 11
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
68,542 miles

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2002 BMW 325 lights problems

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2002 BMW 325 Owner Comments (Page 2 of 3)

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problem #31

Jun 012011

325

  • miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

The contact owns a 2002 bww 325I. The contact stated that a warning light indicating that the brake lights were not functioning would illuminate on the instrument panel upon starting the vehicle. The failure recurred on an intermittent basis. The vehicle was taken to an authorized dealer and the contact was informed that the wiring for the brake light was burnt. The contact was also informed that the vehicle was not included in the recall associated with NHTSA campaign id number: 11V438000 (exterior lighting:brake lights). The manufacturer was not made aware of the failure. The failure mileage was unknown.

- Atlanta, GA, USA

problem #30

Jun 022010

325 6-cyl

  • miles
Campaign number 11V438000... confirmation number 10435174.... some if not all back up, brake, turn signals do not most of the time.... my VIN.# is not on the recall list. I have all the issues that they are doing the recall on. BMW of North America says my car is not listed in the recall... I am very upset...please help me.

- Fayetteville, AR, USA

problem #29

Aug 102010

325

  • miles
The contacts owns a 2002 BMW 325I. The contact stated that the brake lights continued to fail. The contact spoke with the manufacturer regarding the recall under NHTSA campaign id number: 11V438000 (exterior lighting: Brake lights) and was told that the vehicle was not included in the recall. The vehicle was not repaired. The current mileage was 183,000 and the failure mileage was unknown.

- Fayetteville, AR, USA

problem #28

Jan 132010

325 6-cyl

  • 130,000 miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

Tail light, brake light and turn signal on passenger side of the vehicle has repeatedly failed. Bulbs and wires have been changed repeatedly, however these changes have not solved the issue. Far too many experiences where collisions have almost occurred due to the failed rear exterior lamps.

- Modesto, CA, USA

problem #27

Oct 142011

325 6-cyl

  • 154,000 miles
Dashboard indicator reports right rear taillight not functioning though lights and turn signal functioning. Rear right taillight and turn signal have ceased to function twice since purchase on 10/10/11. Manufacturer claims this car not covered by current recall (11V438000).

- Detroit, MI, USA

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problem #26

Oct 032011

325 6-cyl

  • 125,000 miles
Left rear turn signal failure, found short in socket housing, no ground connected to left or right rear housing units.

- Roswell, GA, USA

problem #25

Sep 302011

325

  • 125,000 miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

The contact owns a 2002 BMW 325I. The contact stated that all of the exterior lights were inoperable. The vehicle was taken to the dealer who advised that all of the exterior lights would need replacing. The manufacturer was notified of the failure who advised that a recall would be issued by the end of October for the failure and offered no further assistance. The vehicle was not repaired. The VIN was unavailable. The failure mileage was 125,000.

- Tempe, AZ, USA

problem #24

Oct 202005

325

  • 40,000 miles
The contact owns a 2002 BMW 325I. The contact stated that the tail light, brake light and turn signals were inoperative. The contact replaced the bulbs numerous times but the failure recurred. The contact referenced NHTSA campaign id numbers: 11V438000 (exterior lighting:tail lights), 11V438000 (exterior lighting:brake lights) and 11V438000 (exterior lighting:turn signal) but the manufacturer advised that the VIN was not associated with any of the mentioned recalls. The dealer was not contacted and the vehicle was not repaired. The failure mileage was 40,000 and the current mileage was 169,000.

- Riverside, CA, USA

problem #23

Oct 142009

325

  • miles
The contact owns a 2002 BMW 325I. The contact stated that the bracket that held the brake and taillights failed because the wiring was melted. The contact had not taken the vehicle to the dealer but was advised by a personal friend that if he could ground the wires and keep them separated from the harness, the problem could possibly be resolved. The failure mileage was unknown, but the current mileage was 135,000.

- Bronx, NY, USA

problem #22

Jul 012010

325 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
The contact owns a 2002 BMW 325I. The contact stated that the brake and tail lights were did not work ar times. The vehicle was taken to an authorized dealer and the lights were repaired. Approximately one year later, the contact was informed by the manufacturer that the vehicle was not included in the recall associated with NHTSA campaign id number 11V438000 (exterior lighting:brake lights). Updated 10/18/11 the fuel pump was replaced. Updated 01/30/12

- Brooksville, FL, USA

problem #21

Sep 162011

325

  • miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

The contact owns a 2002 BMW 325I. The contact stated that the tail lights would fail intermittingly. The contact referenced NHTSA campaign id number: 11V438000 (exterior lighting tail lights), but was told by the manufacturer that the vehicle was not included in the recall. The VIN was not available. The current mileage was 70,000 and the failure mileage was unavailable.

- Morganville, NJ, USA

problem #20

Aug 312010

325 6-cyl

  • 55,000 miles
The problem I am experiencing is exactly the same as in this current recall. : www.bloomberg.com/news/2011-09-01/BMW-recalls-241-000-cars-in-U-S-for-rear-light-malfunction-2-.html I have called in to BMW, but they said my car was not covered under the recall, even though I have a 2002 325I, which was mentioned in the article. Apparently they are only covering specific VIN's even though my model year was mentioned. 1. car tail lights periodically do not turn on when the lights are on. So my car has the taillights off in the dark when my headlights are on. 2. the failure at first was intermittent, now is likely permanent. Cars behind me can not see me signal in turning situations and can not see me at night, which could lead to accidents and I have two young children in the car. Opening up the housing shows the connectors burned and parts of the plastic housing for the connector is burned. The issue had to due with the connector, which looks like it has too much current flowing through causing it to overheat and burn out the housing and the connector. 3. when the problem was first noticed, I just switched the light bulbs. Apparently this was not the real issue.

- New York, NY, USA

problem #19

Jul 192011

325 6-cyl

  • miles
Tail light warning appeared on dash, indicating rear tail light out but all lights were working as expected. I replaced all light bulbs and warning light on dash would appear intermittently. Finally my rear blinker stopped working; I removed the rear tail light assembly, and discovered a burnt socket which is connected to the brown wire, seems to have been a short perhaps connection wasn't properly grounded.

- Woodland, CA, USA

problem #18

Apr 222011

325 6-cyl

  • 59,000 miles
Rear tailight bulb outage appeared on dashboard although lights were ok. BMW master mechanic diagnosed tail light ground wiring issue: Inspection revealed that wires were melted inside rear tail light housing and could cause fire. Recommended replacing both tail light components by adding an additional ground, carrier replacements for bulbs. Replacement supplies on work order included sockets, insulation housing, connectors, shrinking hose. Because I was aware of multiple complaints about the same issue, negotiated a reduced price for work.

- Minneapolis, MN, USA

problem #17

Jan 152011

325 6-cyl

  • 50,000 miles
About 3 months ago noted my tail/turn signal light out indicator on dash, but all bulbs were good. Problem intermittent at first, but then became constant on left light indicator. Went on BMW internet forum and found this is a common problem to 3-series ascribed to ground not good enough, buring pin/port on connector. Indeed this is what happened on the left side of the tail light housing/connector. I spliced another ground wire to the original and connected to the housing as described in the online forum and seems to work for now, but I feel not having an operable turn signal on the rear of the car could be dangerous.

- Gunpowder, MD, USA

problem #16

Jul 152010

325

  • miles
2002 BMW 325I sedan, 48,000 miles when brown wire at plug on rear right turn signal assembly corroded out and formed black burned residue, after re attaching the wire, symptom resurfaced at 74,000 miles. I understand this is a recurring problem. Please investigate before someone gets hurt in a fire.

- Cambridge, OH, USA

problem #15

Jan 152011

325

  • 80,000 miles
The contact owns a 2002 BMW 325I. The contact stated that the driver side exterior turn signal was corroded and experienced an electrical short. The dealer was contacted who advised that the failure was a defect in design and that they would have to replace the entire housing fixture to correct the failure. The manufacturer was not contacted and the vehicle was not repaired. The failure mileage was 80,000 and the current mileage was 85,000.

- Petaluma, CA, USA

problem #14

Aug 272010

325

  • 128,000 miles
I have a 2003 BMW 325xi but there isn't a 2003 year to enter for some reason. Both tail lights and both headlights have gone out multiple times. Hazard light and main lock next to hazard light button have gone out completely, dash warning light have also gone out but have since been fixed with fuses.

- Gahanna, OH, USA

problem #13

Oct 172010

325

  • 190,000 miles
The driver side rear tail lamp warning light illuminated on the dash. This was accompanied by a fast driver side turn signal blinker and reduced illumination of the rear driver's side tail lamp. After several months, the rear driver's side turn signal lamp, and tail lamp failed to illuminate. This is problem is describe in the investigation action number: EA09019.

- Ambler, PA, USA

problem #12

Sep 192010

325

  • 150,000 miles
2002 BMW 325I rear tail light wiring could cause a fire in the vehicle. BMW America should have to recall these even though the vehicles are 8 years old. It is a very costly repair.

- Celina, TN, USA

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