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definitely annoying
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
36,162 miles

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2004 BMW 325 lights problems

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2004 BMW 325 Owner Comments

problem #3

Nov 182009


  • miles


The rear turn signals repeatedly fail. The wiring is melted. While this issue is addressed in NHTSA campaign id number: 11V438000, my car is not included in the recall. The recall should be expanded to include more cars. I called BMW customer service. They are indifferent to this issue and completely unconcerned about the safety issues created by their negligent manufacturing. Thanks,

- Denver, CO, USA

problem #2

Jul 052011


  • 48,717 miles
2004 BMW 325I - safety defect. Rear tail light wiring, missing additional ground wire to avoid burning bulb carrier. BMW service information bulletin issued 2/2007 reveals BMW was aware of this issue and failed to notify consumers. Purchased car cpo in March 2007 and was not told. Replaced several taillight bulbs due to intermittent false indicator lights. Finally in 2011, 1 year after car came out of warranty...removed the wiring harness connector to the bulb carrier and found it to be melting. Contacted dealer and was told it could definitely start a fire if left too long. BMW dealer also stated this is a defect on cars produced from 2001 to 2005. After doing research found that BMW has used faulty wiring and there is a additional ground wire needed to fix. Needless to say, had to pay $300 to have peace of mind and repair.

- Corona, CA, USA

problem #1

Jul 012009

325 6-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • 59,770 miles
The contact owns a 2004 BMW 325xi. The wire that plugs into the driver side rear tail light harness burned which makes it impossible for the driver to alert others of his intentions regarding direction of travel and speed. Technical service bulletin # 10020856(exterior lighting:tail lights) summarizes the failure. The failure has not been remedied. The current and failure mileages were 59,770. Updated 12/09/09 the consumer stated the same failure happened on the passenger side. There was insufficient grounding which caused the burnout of the tail light wiring.

- Harrisburg, PA, USA

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