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3.2

definitely annoying
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
43,357 miles

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2003 BMW 325 steering problems

steering problem

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2003 BMW 325 Owner Comments

problem #10

Jul 122016

325

  • 10,075 miles

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

Takata recall my car as I was drving was hard to turn making anoise

- Irvington, NJ, USA

problem #9

Jan 082016

325

  • 98 miles
Driving the car the front driver wheel axial system fell off where the ball bearing held the wheel on 3/4" ball bearings fell off the car, and the other side was ready to fall apart as well I was driving and as I turned into the auto shop driveway the wheel fell apart good thing my teenage daughter was not driving it on the highway or expressway.

- San Jose, CA, USA

problem #8

Jun 092015

325

  • miles
Power steering pump breaking, looked up online and its a common problem with this type car, very dangerous if driving down road when it breaks, especially if its a know problem

- Odenville, AL, USA

problem #7

Oct 042011

325 6-cyl

  • 50,000 miles

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

My 2003 BMW 325it stalls unexpectedly while driving. The engine shuts down, I loose power steering, the check engine light goes on and have to pull off the road. I then put it in park and start the engine again. This started to happen in 2011 and now occurs with increasing frequency. It happened three times in 2014, including today October 11, 2014, while I was driving on a two lane road at about 40 mph. I am very worried about my personal safety and hope to have an early response from you about this critical matter. I have also written to BMW corporation. I am the original owner of the car, bought on October 22, 2002 from vob auto sales 1396 rockville pike, rockville, md 20852 usa.

- Bethesda, MD, USA

problem #6

Mar 222009

325

  • 60,000 miles
High pressure steering pump line burst leading to loss of steering power assistance

- Washington, DC, USA

problem #5

Aug 022010

325

  • 90,000 miles
While driving my 2003 BMW 325ci the engine will shut off. This causes: 1. power steering stops functioining 2. I am unable to accelerate 3. braking takes excessively long with engine off 4. dashboard lights up.

- Topsfield, MA, USA

problem #4

Oct 102009

325

  • 2,000 miles

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

I have encountered the following problems many times since purchasing the car. The problems started at mileage of about 2000. The steering lost function at low speed when making turn (can't make turn). The engine also died at very low speed. We have to restart the engine every time such problems happens. I reported to local dealers and they were unable to identify the underlying problems.

- Birmingham, AL, USA

problem #3

Nov 042008

325

  • 86,000 miles
My cousin was on his way to get on interstate.....all of sudden his 2003 BMW 325I steering wheel locked as he tried to leave from a parking lot...he had to brake hard and glad there was nothing on his way...I M just glad that this didn't happen while he was in interstate.....this all happen around 6pm-7pm...so he called BMW and had towed to local dealer...they called us back on 3rd day and told us our power steering pump went bad and we will have to replace it....and they want me pay for this and price tag is about $1200....please check on this issue and see if this can be major recall....I M sure this must have happen in past or may happen to cars that are on our interstate which may carry little children's or young kids like my cousin....

- Cleveland, TN, USA

problem #2

Jul 072008

325

  • 40,400 miles
The contact owns a 2003 BMW 325I. While driving approximately 50 mph on normal road conditions, the contact had to use greater force to turn the steering wheel. The failure occurred without warning. The vehicle was taken to an authorized dealer and they stated that the failure was related to the power steering pump. Currently, the vehicle is inoperable and has not been repaired. The contact was concerned of the safety risk involved. The failure and current mileages were 40,400.

- Monticello , AR, USA

problem #1

Jul 142008

325

  • 95,000 miles
2003 BMW 325I. While driving our BMW, the power steering failed without warning. There were not visible leaks, vibrations, or unusual noises from the system. When the pump was removed and disassembled, there appeared to be a catastrophic failure of the impeller blade/blades inside the pump. Shards of metal from the impeller blade(s) also went into the power steering rack. Had this happened in a different situation it could have resulted in loss of vehicle control and perhaps a major accident. We still have the old pump.

- Burlington, NC, USA

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