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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 1 of 3)

problem #51

Aug 312016

325

  • 55,000 miles

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

The contact owns a 2002 BMW 325I. When the brake pedal was engaged at any speed, the exterior lighting failed. The failure recurred numerous times. The contact mentioned that the message board displayed "exterior lighting for the rear right side". the dealer and manufacturer were notified of the failure. The VIN was not included in NHTSA campaign number: 11V438000 (exterior lighting). The vehicle was not diagnosed nor repaired. The vehicle was not repaired. The approximate failure mileage was 55,000.

- Boiling Brook, IL, USA

problem #50

Jan 282016

325

  • 70,000 miles
Passenger side headlight bulb on zkw labeled headlight assembly melted reflector badly. Removed headlight bulb due to chance of catching fire. Headlight reflector damaged beyond repair and unable to mount headlight bulb. Issue noticed while driving on interstate where passenger headlight started loosing brightness and shining towards right side of vehicle. Pulled over and smelled burning plastic. Housing is black from burning.

- La Crosse, WI, USA

problem #49

Oct 012015

325

  • 82,000 miles
The contact owns a 2002 BMW 325I. While operating the vehicle, the rear lights would not operate. After replacing the light bulbs, the failure continued. While changing the light bulbs, it was discovered that the light assembly was burned and charred. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The vehicle was not included in NHTSA campaign number: 11V438000 (exterior lighting). The contact stated that the vehicle experienced the same failure listed in the recall. The failure mileage was 82,000.

- Sugarland, TX, USA

problem #48

May 212015

325

  • miles

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

I was made aware of a two open safety recalls for my car. I am told that the affected parts need to be replaced for the ensured safety of my vehicle. However, I was told that these repairs could only be done at an authorized BMW center. I currently live in missoula, mt and the nearest BMW center is 3 hours away in spokane, wa. Obviously, I cannot drive 3 hours each way and wait however many hours or days the repairs take to have them done at the BMW center I am told has to do them. The BMW customer relations department is not willing to offer any help in fixing this situation and getting these recall repairs done.

- Missoula, MT, USA

problem #47

Jun 112014

325

  • miles
The contact owns a 2002 BMW 325I. The contact stated that the turn signals and brake lights became inoperable. The contact mentioned that the failure was directly related to recall NHTSA campaign number: 11V438000 (exterior lighting). The vehicle was taken to a dealer. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure who refused to honor the recall. The failure and current mileage was unavailable.

- Manalpan, NJ, USA

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problem #46

Nov 022011

325

  • 80,100 miles
I bought my 2002 BMW 325I from san francisco BMW in 2003, so far I have received only one notice about the recall of the rear light. I was under warranty for a year, during that period they discovered a faulty idle air valve and they did not replace it trying to save money under warranty. I complained many times to them about the stalling of my car on the streets, it is very dangerous. I E-mailed to the manager who ignored my complaint. Fearful for my life and safety I dare not drive on the freeway. I called about the recall of the airbags, they said it did not apply to my car, I asked them to send me E-mail to confirm, they never did. They put my life at risk. Their business license should be suspended.

- San Francisco, CA, USA

problem #45

Apr 062005

325 6-cyl

  • 25,650 miles

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

Noticed that left front turn signal is out at times. Dealership technician found that left front turn signal bulb and socket are burnt. Fault 36 (turn indicator, front left, faulty) is set in fault memory. Checked left front turn signal bulb and socket are burnt. Replaced front turn signal bulb and socket.

- Scarsdale, NY, USA

problem #44

Oct 242012

325

  • 154,000 miles
The contact owns a 2002 BMW 325I. The contact stated that the rear driver's side brake light had become very dim. In addition, the brake light warning light illuminated on the instrument panel. The contact looked at the light and noticed that there were wires that had become melted. The vehicle was taken to the manufacturer where they advised the contact that the vehicle was not included in NHTSA campaign id number: 11V438000 (exterior lighting:turn signal). The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was notified. The failure mileage was 154,000.

- Arwin, NC, USA

problem #43

Oct 302012

325

  • miles
The report is in response to not being included in a recall of the rear taillight assembly. Some vehicles seem to be excluded for no reason from the recall and replacement of faulty wiring. NHTSA campaign id # 11V438000.

- Tucson, AZ, USA

problem #42

Sep 042012

325 6-cyl

  • 93,704 miles
Right rear turn-signal lights operate intermittently--sometimes it works and sometimes it doesn't. I almost got hit by another car from behind when I was changing lanes on the freeway.

- Murrieta, CA, USA

problem #41

Dec 012011

325

  • 129,000 miles

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

The contact owns a 2002 BMW 325ci. The contact stated that the brake warning light illuminated. The rear passenger side turn signal also remained illuminated. The rear driver's side brake light responded and functioned intermittently. The vehicle was not taken to the dealer or repair shop for inspection or repair. The manufacturer was made aware of failure, however they did not provide further assistance. The current mileage was 130,000. The approximate failure mileage was 129,000.

- Carmichael, CA, USA

problem #40

May 082012

325

  • 109,000 miles
The contact owns a 2002 BMW 325I. The contact stated that the vehicle was included in the recall associated with NHTSA campaign id number 11V438000 (exterior lighting:brake lights). The vehicle was taken to an authorized dealer and the contact was informed that the recall repairs would be performed, but it was up to the consumer to replace the brake light housing assembly that was burned as a result of the failure. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure and also stated that it was up to the consumer to replace the housing assembly. The failure mileage was 109,000.

- Decula, GA, USA

problem #39

Jan 042010

325 6-cyl

  • 70,000 miles
NHTSA campaign id number 11V438000 did name include us specification bmws made outside the us. Over time, resistance in the electrical contacts may cause all rear lamp functions (tail light, brake light, and turn-signal), within the vehicle's body panel to stop working. Intermittent light operation reduces the ability to warn other motorists of the driver's intentions. This could cause a vehicle crash without warning.

- Burke, VA, USA

problem #38

Nov 232009

325

  • miles
The contact owns a 2002 BMW 325I. The contact stated that the entire assembly for the tail lights failed intermittently including the hazard lights, brake lights and the turn signals. The contact referenced NHTSA recall numbers: 11V438000 ( exterior lighting:brake lights), 11V438000 ( exterior lighting:tail lights), and 11V438000 ( exterior lighting:turn signal). The dealer informed the contact that the ground wire was insufficient and that he should add an additional ground wire to the assembly. In addition, the ground wires melted the connector housing and the connectors also needed to be replaced. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure but did not offer any assistance. The vehicle was not repaired. The current mileage was 115,000 and the failure mileage was unknown.

- Chicago, IL, USA

problem #37

Jul 092011

325

  • 130,000 miles
The contact owns a 2002 BMW 325I. The contact was driving 30 mph when he smelled a burning odor. The contact was advised by another driver that the exterior tail lights had failed.the contact then disconnected the wires for the tail lights. The vehicle was taken to the dealer who stated they have to replace the complete wiring harness at the owners expense of $1,300. The vehicle was then taken to a local mechanic who repaired the tail lights. The manufacturer was not notified. The failure mileage was 130,000.

- Landing , NJ, USA

problem #36

Dec 062006

325

  • 40,000 miles
The contact owns a 2002 BMW 325I. The contact stated that when driving at speeds above 5 mph, he noticed a warning light would inform him that the tail lights were inoperable. The vehicle was not inspected by a dealer. The vehicle was repaired by the owner for the wiring in the tail lights.the failure recurred three times within a five year time span. The manufacturer was contacted and they advised him that the vehicle was not included in the recall associated with NHTSA campaign id number: 11V438000 (exterior lighting:tail lights). The failure mileage was approximately 40,000.

- Philadelphia, PA, USA

problem #35

Dec 042011

325 6-cyl

  • 143,800 miles
Recall summary BMW is recalling certain model year 2002-2005 325I, 325xi, 330I, and 330xi vehicles manufactured from September 1, 2001, through March 1, 2005. Over time, resistance in the electrical contacts may cause one or more rear lamp functions (tail light, brake light, and/or turn-signal), within the vehicle's body panel, to stop working. Consequence intermittent light operation reduces the ability to warn other motorists of the driver's intentions. This could cause a vehicle crash without warning. Remedy BMW will notify owners, and dealers will repair the vehicles free of charge. The safety recall is expected to begin during October 2011. Owners may contact BMW customer relations and services at 1-800-525-7417. Notes BMW of North America, llc read more: www.internetautoguide.com/10-12-2002-12-107/2002-BMW-3-series-recalls.html#ixzz1fhegyufc.

- Norwalk, CA, USA

problem #34

Dec 042011

325

  • 143,000 miles
The contact owns a 2002 BMW 325I. The contact state that after starting the vehicle, the passenger side tail light failed to illuminate. The vehicle was not taken to the dealer and the manufacturer was not contacted. The vehicle was not repaired. The failure and the current mileage was 143,000.

- Norwalk, CA, USA

problem #33

Jan 012010

325

  • 70,000 miles
The contact owns a 2002 BMW 325xi. The contact stated that none of the rear lights functioned. The vehicle was taken to an authorized dealer and the contact was informed that the wiring harness was burned. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure and informed the contact that the vehicle was not included in the recall associated with NHTSA campaign id number 11V438000 (exterior lighting:brake lights). The failure mileage was 70,000.

- Arlington, VA, USA

problem #32

Aug 112011

325

  • 101,000 miles
The contact owns 2002 BMW 325. The contact stated that the tail lights malfunctioned and failed intermediately. The contact referenced NHTSA campaign I.D. number: 11V438000 (exterior lighting:tail lights) and called the manufacturer but was advised that his vehicle was not included in the recall. The vehicle was not repaired. The failure mileage was 101,000.

- Long Beach, CA, USA

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