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9.5

really awful
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
1,072 miles

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2003 BMW 325 Owner Comments

problem #2

Jun 152003

325

  • Automatic transmission
  • 1,143 miles

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

The computer first failed on my 2003 BMW 325I on June 15, 2003, (three weeks after I picked it up from the dealership, BMW of manhattan), causing me to lose acceleration without warning. I was travelling at 60-65 miles per hour in the far left lane of the garden state parkway. I was barely able to manuever the car to the shoulder of the road and I was lucky that there happened to be a very small shoulder on the left side of the road, as I would have never been able to make it to the shoulder on the right hand side of the road and traffic was very heavy. This sudden loss of acceleration could have easily caused a fatal accident; particularly, because the cars behind me had no way to detect that my car was only coasting. The NJ state troopers had to shut down northbound traffic in all 4 lanes of the garden state parkway in order to remove my car from the parkway. The car was towed to the dealership. The dealership was unable to successfully reprogram the computer, so they sent it to montvale, NJ to be reprogrammed. The dealership returned the car to me on June 20, 2003. On June 25, 2003, the computer failed again, causing the car to lose acceleration without warning. This time, I was exiting a parking garage and another car nearly slammed into me on the exit ramp. When I restarted the car, I was able to reach the top of the ramp and pull to the side of the road, (not an easy task during rush hour in midtown manhattan!), but the car lurched repeatedly and was unable to go more than 5 mph. The car was towed to the dealership. BMW of manhattan has not offered me a satisfactory explanation or solution. The car clearly has a very serious defect, which could easily cause fatalities; yet, BMW of North America insists that I should continue to drive the vehicle, although the dealership has been unable to diagnose what is causing the computer to fail.

- New York, NY, USA

problem #1

Dec 152002

325

  • Automatic transmission
  • 1,000 miles
June 9, 2003 dear BMW, I bought a brand new 2003 BMW 325ci on November 8, 2002 from assael BMW dealer in monrovia, California. After a month of owning it, the car started experiencing problems. When I was at a stoplight or stop sign and had my foot on the brake pedal, the car/engine would sputter, and it"S an automatic transmission! this really frightened me because I had no idea what was causing this erratic behavior. A new car is not supposed to have problems like that. The same problem occurred when I was driving with passengers, and this time not only did the same sputtering problem occur when I braked at a stop, but the engine completely shut down and I had to turn off the engine and restart the ignition. The same incident has occurred a total of 4 times, with the engine shutting off by itself. The sputtering incident without the engine shutting off by itself has happened at least 10 times from December until the day I brought it to the dealer for service, which was May 14, 2003. I didn?T take the car to the dealer for servicing immediately because it didn"T seem like a very serious problem. But the problem got consistently worse, and after receiving the BMW recall campaign letter no. 03V-124: 3-series dme idle control letter in April, 2003 (see attached), I decided to take my car to the assael BMW dealer for servicing. The recall letter states that the repair related to the recall will consist of a "reprogramming of the digital engine management control unit and will require approximately 20 minutes. I took my car in on May 14, 2003. On June 13, one month will have passed since my car has been in service, and as of now my car is still not fixed! I am very upset and dissatisfied with assael BMW service. Every time I ask the them why my car is not fixed yet, they tell me that they had to order a new digital engine management control unit, and that it comes from germany, thus the long wait time. I don"T know if the dealer is telling me the truth or not.

- Arcadia, CA, USA

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