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2.3

hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 5
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
66,280 miles

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2004 BMW 325 Owner Comments (Page 2 of 5)

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problem #66

Aug 012013

325

  • 85,000 miles

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

The contact owns a 2004 BMW 325I. The contact stated that the passenger and driver's side brake light failed. The vehicle was repaired but the problem persisted. The contact stated the mechanic informed her of a recall under NHTSA campaign number: 11V438000 (exterior lighting) but the dealer informed her that the VIN was not included in the recall. The manufacturer was notified. The approximate failure mileage was 85,000.

- Baltimore , MD, USA

problem #65

Sep 242013

325

  • 151,000 miles
Recently purchased said vehicle and it came with zkw hid bi-xenon lighting system which appears the inner plastic bowls are burnt to a crisp with detriment light output making it almost impossible to clearly see unlit roads at night, this is a huge safety concern and needs to be reviewed and solved in a timely manner as it affects thousands of similar vehicles on the road. I'm afraid the reduced light output might appear to other drivers at night that my vehicle is further away that it is in reality giving the possibility of them crossing into my travel path incurring an accident. I know you have been reviewing this for quite some time but we need a resolution soon... thank you.

- Olive Branch, MS, USA

problem #64

Aug 012010

325 6-cyl

  • 80,500 miles
Headlight output began to dim. Replaced bulb and had clear lens cover cleaned. This did not help. Car is now unsafe to drive at night. Dealership discovered that the heat from the bulb has melted and discolored the reflector for the headlight. Online internet search indicates this is a chronic safety problem with this model of BMW.

- Edmond, OK, USA

problem #63

May 142013

325

  • miles

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

The contact owns a 2004 BMW 325I. The contact stated that the brakes lights failed. The contact spoke with the manufacturer regarding NHTSA campaign id number:11V438000(exterior lighting), but the manufacturer stated that the vehicle was not included in the recall campaign. The failure mileage was unknown, but the current mileage was 72,000.

- Boca Raton, FL, USA

problem #62

Feb 022013

325 6-cyl

  • 117,000 miles
The contact owns a 2004 BMW 325I. The contact stated that the ground wires were overheating, melting the plug and causing the tail lights to malfunction. The vehicle was not taken to the dealer. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure but did not offer any assistance since the vehicle was not included in any recalls. The vehicle was not repaired. The failure mileage was 117,000 and the current mileage was 120,000.

- Humble, TX, USA

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problem #61

Jun 012011

325 6-cyl

  • 57,000 miles
I own a 2004 BMW 3 series sedan with optional bi-xenon headlights. About 10,000 miles into my purchase (or 57,000) I began to notice my headlight output deteriorating significantly. My girlfriend owns a 2004 BMW 3 series coupe/convertible also with the optional bi-zenon and 60,000 miles. I compared our vehicles headlights side by side. My bi-xenon headlights in both low and high beam form were significantly dimmer and had a yellow tint when compared to her bi-xenon headlights. This is a common issue on BMW 3 series sedans with the optional bi-xenon headlamps. The problem is that the bi-xenon reflector housing bowl in BMW E46 3 series sedans is made from a different manufacturer than the coupes and convertibles. The headlights in my vehicle are made and classified under the title (zkw). The coupes and convertibles are made and classified under the name (al). The difference is that oem zkw headlights reflector housing bowls are made from a type of plastic. While the oem al headlights are made out of metal. The metal housing in al style headlights in coupes and convertibles are able to stand up to the heat of the xenon bulb, the plastic housings in my sedan are not. Due to this it literally gets too hot and burns the plastic reflective housing to a brown crisp, which is not a reflective surface and deteriorated my headlight output to an extremely unsafe level. The output level has dimmed so that when there is any oncoming traffic my lights get drowned out and I must put on my fog lamps to maintain any type of visibility. The output level is below any halogen lamp I have seen. This is extremely unsafe at any speed and is a known issue on all bi-xenon equipped BMW E46 3 series sedans. BMW is aware of this issue and has done nothing to address this design flaw, which compromises the safety of myself and others. Pictures of the issue are available upon request. Thank you.

- Las Vegas, NV, USA

problem #60

Feb 182013

325

  • miles

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

My bi-xenon headlights have been slowly fading resulting in extremely poor visibility during normal nightime driving. This degradation has been occurring without my knowledge until it became obvious after driving another vehicle. As it turns out, my mechanic has advised there is a common issue with certain BMW assemblies that the projector lenses literally burn due to heat resulting in the need to replace the entire assembly. This loss of headlight intensity resulting in poor visibility is a significant safety situation and request someone look into why no recall has occurred as this is obviously a safety concern. I have entered today's date as incident date as I am not sure when degradation of the projectors began.

- Davie, FL, USA

problem #59

Feb 042013

325 6-cyl

  • 124,250 miles
The vehicle came equipped from the factory with bi-xenon auto leveling headlights manufactured by zkw. The past couple months, the light output has steadily decreased. Brown scorch marks are visible in the projector when the headlight is on. On the driver's side, the xenon bulb burned off all the reflective material in the projector bowl. The light output from the projectors has been reduced to a thin beam of light. It is becoming very difficult to see while driving at night. This problem is getting progressively worse.

- Agoura Hills, CA, USA

problem #58

Aug 132008

325 6-cyl

  • 75,000 miles
The housing for the xenon light bulbs are defective and the lighting output is very bad. The xenon bulb itself is fine but the housing is burnt and it is getting worse.

- Bayside, WI, USA

problem #57

Dec 012011

325

  • 80,000 miles
The contact owns a 2004 BMW 325I. The contact stated that the headlights became abnormally dim, making it very difficult for the contact to see the road and other vehicles. The vehicle was taken to a dealer for diagnosis where they advised him that the headlight reflector needed to be replaced. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was contacted and offered no assistance. The failure mileage was approximately 80,000. The current mileage was approximately 100,000. The VIN was unavailable.

- Tuscalusa, AL, USA

problem #56

Oct 022012

325 6-cyl

  • 91,500 miles

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

Driver side brake lamp has gone out. In researching, found that this is a common problem with this model in the led tail light and can cause a crash due to other drivers not being able to tell that you are stopping. Found recall information on NHTSA site and contacted BMW. I was informed that my specific VIN was not included in this campaign, yet the problem is the same problem that affects 241,000 other cars. I would like to ask that my situation (and VIN) be evaluated and included in the recall since this is a known issue with this model. Thank you for your assistance!

- Phoenix, AZ, USA

problem #55

Oct 202011

325 6-cyl

  • 30,000 miles
For a little over a year now I've been noticing that at night I've been having a real hard time seeing at night while I am driving. For a while I thought it was my eyes going bad until multiple people started asking if my lights where on, ( I was like good it's not my eyes) it gets real bad especially when it rain or the roads or wet which is almost every night cause live in Hawaii and it rains all the time. But of course the problem is not getting better it's gotten so bad that I have to drive with my fog lights at night. I went to the dealer thinking it was the bulbs and they said that it was not and I would have to replace the whole headlight assembly right and left. I have never heard this before so I started to search the net and come to find out that I am not the only one with this problem. Please help!

- Honoluku, HI, USA

problem #54

Oct 202011

325 6-cyl

  • 30,000 miles
For a little over a year now I've been noticing that at night I've been having a real hard time seeing at night while I am driving. For a while I thought it was my eyes going bad until multiple people started asking if my lights where on, ( I was like good it's not my eyes) it gets real bad especially when it rain or the roads or wet which is almost every night cause live in Hawaii and it rains all the time. But of course the problem is not getting better it's gotten so bad that I have to drive with my fog lights at night. I went to the dealer thinking it was the bulbs and they said that it was not and I would have to replace the whole headlight assembly right and left. I have never heard this before so I started to search the net and come to find out that I am not the only one with this problem. Please help!

- Honoluku, HI, USA

problem #53

Jun 042012

325

  • 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

problem #52

May 012012

325

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

- Saint Ouen L'aumone, WA, USA

problem #51

May 012012

325

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

- Saint Ouen L'aumone, WA, USA

problem #50

Feb 012012

325 6-cyl

  • 98,000 miles
Front optional hid (xenon) headlamps were noticed a being extremely dim. The headlight has a replaceable plastic lens. Lens was first polished and then when no light improvement was observed, both lenses were replaced. Light output remain very poor. Bulb were ordered to replace original however when beginning to replace the bulbs it was noticed that the bowl had an observed scorch or burned spot on the projector bowl and I ceased changing the bowl. After reading forums it appears this is a common manufacturing defect involving a safety items that reduces viability and may possibly burn through on this model year with this option. A photo is available if necessary.

- Thonotosassa, FL, USA

problem #49

Apr 302010

325 6-cyl

  • miles
Xenon headlights are terrible. Very low visibility and impossible to see at night.

- Quincy, MA, USA

problem #48

Oct 282011

325 6-cyl

  • 78,000 miles
My car is subject to recall campaign no. 11V-438: Lamps in rear quarter panel. I had this repaired on 10/28/11 at murray motors in glendale Colorado. The invoice # is[xxx] and the service advisor is [xxx] (303-759-4646). I can provide a copy of the documentation. I had this repair done at an authorized BMW center, submitted the invoice detailing the cost and nature of the repair to BMW customer relations in westwood, NJ via us mail, and they refuse to pay it. I received only a phone call from "[xxx]" at BMW customer relations saying that they won't pay it. It is disappointing that BMW refuses to abide by the requirements of the national traffic and motor vehicle Safety Act. I would appreciate any help that you can provide in getting BMW to abide by federal law. Thanks! information redacted pursuant to the Freedom Of Information Act (FOIA), 5 U.S.C. 552(B)(6).

- Denver, CO, USA

problem #47

Mar 062012

325

  • 50,000 miles
My BMW 325I xenon headlight bowls had melted and dimmed toa dangerous point, they are all original and unaltered.

- Caselberry, FL, USA

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