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hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
109,833 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.

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2004 BMW 325 accessories - exterior problems

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2004 BMW 325 Owner Comments

problem #6

Jul 092015


  • 112,000 miles


Headlight reflectors on hid being burnt therefore not giving enough light when driving at night. This is a common problem with owners of this model that has the zkw brand.

- Las Vegas, NV, USA

problem #5

Aug 012012

325 6-cyl

  • 45,000 miles
As reported by other owners, the bi-xenon headlights no longer light up the road. It is a safety hazard and is a known issue with headlights manufactured by zkw on 2003-2005 BMW 330 models. The reflector bowls on these units burn out over time and reduce the headlights ability to reflect light. Driving at night is literally no better with the headlights on or off. I have to rely on my fog lights just to see anything. Please look into this safety issue as it is wide-spread. Replacement of headlights is expensive at $1300 ea, this has to be resolved by BMW immediately.

- San Diego, CA, USA

problem #4

Jan 022013

325 6-cyl

  • 109,000 miles
The driver side mirror will not maintain it's set position. On my car the mirror would change position every minute. This continued all day and night for three days. This made lane changes, entering a lane, or turning. Very dangerous and difficult. I immediately accounted for my mirror not being usable and plotted my lanes changes and driving lanes ahead of time. This is a problem that can happen immediately without warning. I could endanger a driver needing to change lanes, when they look over and have no mirror, or is faced with a mirror that will not hold position. This is a serious safety issue. ===================examples BMW bulletin ==link provided upon request===== si B51 36 08 body equipment April 2009 technical service this service information bulletin supersedes si B51 36 08 dated February 2009. Designates changes to this revision subject outside mirror moves when unlocking the vehicle model E90, E91 (3 series sedan and sports wagon) produced up to 9/2008 and equipped with power front seats, option code SA459 S to a random position. Pressing the seat memory button typically will return the mirror to the stored position. Cause when the unlock signal is sent to the car, a mirror position self-check is performed. One of the factors in determining the mirror's present position is an expected resistance value in the circuit. Due to a higher than expected resistance, the footwell module (frm) calculates the mirror position incorrectly. The mirror is then moved to what is believed to be the correct position. The unexpected resistance value is caused by one of the following: * corrosion on the lin-bus connection at the mirror, switch block, or frm * poor connection at the mirror, switch block, or frm * damaged mirror electronics.

- Tracy, CA, USA

problem #3

Aug 092012


  • 94,000 miles


Module that controls central locking, wipers, and several other parts (the GM5) started to develop a fault. We had problems unlocking doors, locking doors, using windows, and worst of all - the wipers were hit or miss. BMW wanted $750 for the part replacement.

- Charlotte, NC, USA

problem #2

Jun 042012


  • 109,000 miles
The vehicle came equipped from the factory with bi-xenon auto leveling headlights manufactured by zkw. The light output of the headlights is below any vehicle that I have encountered on the road. Cars that are over 20 years old have brighter headlights. I have replaced the bulbs and it hasn't helped. Looking at it further, brown scorch marks are visible in the projector when the headlight is on. The rear of the projector is completely brown and burnt. At night, it is becoming very difficult to see. At this point I don't feel safe driving the vehicle. This problem is getting progressively worse.

- Clackamas, OR, USA

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problem #1

May 012012


  • 190,000 miles
Bonjour, les Réflecteurs zkw de mes feux Xénon sont bruléS. mes feux Néclairent plus.

- Saint Ouen L'aumone, WA, USA

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