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2.2

hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
70,646 miles

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2006 BMW 325 engine problems

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2006 BMW 325 Owner Comments (Page 1 of 2)

problem #34

Jan 012015

325

  • miles

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

My 2006 BMW 325I leaks oil. The manufacturer bolts are defective and there are others with similar issues. I'm concerned my car my catch on fire due to the oil leaks

- Newark, NJ, USA

problem #33

Jul 232016

325

  • 73,000 miles
Engine valve cover gasket leaking oil and oil filter housing leaking oil since last year.

- Romansville, PA, USA

problem #32

Jul 052016

325

  • 85,000 miles
There is a clear manufacturer defect concerning the aluminum bolts associated with the valve cover gasket and cylinder head on the BMW 2006 325I's. the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has received several complaints regarding this manufacturer defect. The aluminum bolts have been redesigned since discovering the manufacturer defect. Bmwna have had numerous service issues related to these defective aluminum bolts. They have all openly admitted that the bolts in question were defective in nature and production, and that the bolts have been redesigned to avoid future failures. Some of these complaints included, and resulted in, vehicles leaking oil in the engine area causing fires in the vehicle. The defective bolts pose a serious potential risk to the safety of the owners of these vehicles, as well as to other drivers who share the roadway with them. It is my strong belief that this type of public safety risk cannot go on any further without proper intervention from the governmental agencies we employ as taxpayers. I respectfully request that BMW North America issue a voluntary recall of the BMW 2006 325I's affected by this manufacturer defect. I am not privy to what constitutes a vehicle's defective components to reach a "recall status".I have diligently maintained my vehicle as prescribed by the service manuals, as well as the on board computer in the vehicle. My contention is extremely clear; the aluminum bolts are a manufacturer defect! please fix them all at no cost to the consumer.

- Atlanta, GA, USA

problem #31

Apr 072015

325

  • miles

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

I am yet another BMW owner reporting valve vmcover gasket issues. BMW is not being made to recall this part. Aluminum bolts that never should have been used and were later replaced going forward but have not been addressed. This is a serious concern financially for countless owners that have had to get these fixed, and is a safety concern as leaking oil could cause engine fires. Make this right NHTSA by holding BMW responsible for this defect that they have been well aware of for ten years.

- Nashville, TN, USA

problem #30

Jan 082007

325

  • 16,000 miles
The contact owns a 2006 BMW 325I. While driving at various speeds, the air bag warning light illuminated. The failure occurred constantly. In addition, the contact noticed oil leaking from an unknown source under the hood. The vehicle was taken to a dealer where it was diagnosed that the air bag sensor failed and needed to be replaced. The contact could not provide details of the oil leak failure. The vehicle was repaired, but the failure recurred. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure and assisted in repairs due to a warranty. The failure mileage was 16,000.

- Cookeville, TN, USA

problem #29

Dec 152015

325

  • miles
Find engine oil leaking on floor and smile oil burning. Then, find a bolt for engine valve cover is broken. It make catching fire!!!

- San Jose, CA, USA

problem #28

Nov 182015

325

  • 125,000 miles

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

Belt tensioner bolt broke off causing serpentine belt to slip off causing engine to fail. Car was being driven when car started to lose power and power steering stopped working. I have no documentation yet because car has just been diagnosed and is in repair shop now. I found online that this has happened to others as well.

- Savannah, GA, USA

problem #27

Oct 162015

325

  • 150,000 miles
Found out today, after may attempts to resolve a noise in the front end. The right front motor mounts bolts had broken, causing the engine to move very freely inside the engine. This was only found out after a complete right from drive axle failure due tot he position of the engine causing the cv boot to rub the sub frame. This caused a complete loss of cv grease, and subsequent failure of the cv joint. The cv joint then proceed to grenade while driving over some rail road tracks. The outer axle then drove itself into the ground causing the vehicle to rise, and loss of control for a brief moment. The car car traveling at approximately 25 mph. Upon further investigastion I found this is not an isolated incident witht he motor mount bolts sheering off flush to the engine.

- Lewistion, ME, USA

problem #26

Oct 112015

325

  • 128,871 miles
Noted vibration with vehicle running in gear when stopped, during inspection noted bolts on right side motor mount broken off flush with the engine block, found bolt head with about 1" of threads laying on top of lower engine cover.

- Pensacola, FL, USA

problem #25

May 092015

325

  • 77,000 miles
I have 77,000 miles on this car and the water pump has become defective as I began to seach online about this issue I see there are thousands of complaint about the same year and model of my car I beleive this part should be recalled

- Burien, WA, USA

problem #24

Jan 072013

325 6-cyl

  • 110,000 miles

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

Front two valve cover bolts sheered off causing oil to leak directly on the exhaust.

- Columbus, OH, USA

problem #23

Jan 222015

325

  • 58,559 miles
Please withdraw the recently filed complaint concerning this 2006 BMW from your records. The confirmation number (ODI number) is: 10678988. Further research has indicated that the information in the complaint was obtained from an inaccurate source. Therefore, the complaint is being withdrawn. Thank you for your consideration in this matter.

- Fredericksburg, VA, USA

problem #22

Jan 222015

325

  • 58,559 miles
There is a clear manufacturing defect concerning the aluminum screws associated with the valve cover gasket and the aluminum head bolts on 2006 BMW 325I's. the NHTSA has received many complaints regarding this defect. The aluminum screws/bolts have been redesigned since discovering this manufacturing defect. Bmwna have had numerous service issues related to these defective aluminum screws/bolts. They have openly admitted that the screws/bolts in question were defective in nature and production, and that the screws/bolts have been redesigned to avoid future failures. Some of these complaints included, and resulted in, vehicles leaking oil in the engine area, potentially causing fires in the vehicle. The defective screws/bolts pose a serious potential risk to the safety of the owners of these vehicles, as well as to other drivers who share the roadway with them. It is my strong belief that this public safety risk cannot go on any further without proper intervention from the governmental agencies we employ as taxpayers. I respectfully request that bmwna issue a voluntary recall of the BMW 2006 325I's affected by this manufacturing defect. If bmwna declines to issue a voluntary recall, I respectfully request that the NHTSA issue a mandatory recall for this defect. I have learned that BMW of North America is aware of the defective aluminum screws/bolts, and has issued an internal "technical service bulletin" (tsb) to forewarn dealerships of this manufacturing defect, and the steps to remedy the issue. I have diligently maintained my vehicle as prescribed by the service manuals, as well as the on board computer in the vehicle. My contention is extremely clear; the aluminum bolts are a manufacturing defect and should be fixed at no cost to the consumer!

- Fredericksburg, VA, USA

problem #21

Dec 202014

325

  • miles
I hit a bump in the road, complements of moonachie, New Jersey route 120, New Jersey has the worst roads in the country and one of the highest taxes too. I had an auto parts place that sold me 2-struts-2 shocks, which the roads ripped apart on my car tell me, he'd be out of business if it wasn't for New Jersey. After I hit the crater in the road I felt a loud rattle bumping sound when I slowed downed and accelerated, the engine never really idled right afterwards. I had a friend look at the car and he told me all four bolts connected to the motor mounts, all of the bolts separated and broke off in the engine, they snapped off completely and broke the motor mounts as well. I hear from reading on this site the bolts were a manufactures reject, faulty bolts. That being said, I wish I could litigate against BMW for using the bolts and the state of New Jersey for not properly caring for the roads and leaving hazardous conditions on the roads which I might add be fatal for some unfortunate person. Visit hoboken, New Jersey and check out their main street, Washington, the roads in newark, New Jersey are much better than there.could New Jersey's politicians be stealing this money set aside for road repair" nah, of course not, in New Jersey"

- North Bergen, NJ, USA

problem #20

Sep 162005

325 6-cyl

  • 15 miles
My wife own a 2006 BMW 325I, we bought it new, and since day one we complaint to our dealer that the engine knocks. We were told that they had similar complaints but can't fix the problem. Thus, they given us a pamphlet on how to start the car in the morning. Over, the years I have taken it back to the dealer but to no avail. We purchased our car at BMW of townson and do all of our services at russell BMW. Both dealers are in the state of Maryland. They do have all the records of our services and complaint pertain to engine knocks. Recently, there are lots of recalls which initially car makers would not voluntary do it until it is scrutinize by NHTSA. I wonder if you would look into this issue. Thank you very much for your time and attention. I can be reach at [xxx] or my cell [xxx]. [xxx] information redacted pursuant to the Freedom Of Information Act (FOIA), 5 U.S.C. 552(B)(6).

- Hanvoer, MD, USA

problem #19

Apr 142014

325 6-cyl

  • 94,000 miles
There is a clear manufacturer defect concerning the aluminum bolts associated with the valve cover gasket on the BMW 2006 325I's. with research that I have been doing from others, I noticed that this is a manufacture defect and BMW does know about the problem. This can be a safety concern if not corrected quick due to the possibility of oil falling on top of the exhaust pipe and may cause a fire.the defective bolts pose a serious potential risk to the safety of the owners of these vehicles, as well as to other drivers who share the roadway with them. I respectfully request that BMW North America issue a voluntary recall of the BMW 2006 325I's affected by this manufacturer defect. I am not privy to what constitutes a vehicle's defective components to reach a "recall status".

- Lompoc, CA, USA

problem #18

Jan 032014

325 6-cyl

  • 4,100 miles
I am the original owner of 2006 325I with 42,000 miles. On January, the car suddenly alarmed warning signs on ca highway #5 and started to make loud noise and shakings. At that time, I was pregnant and with my 2 year old baby on back seat. The situation was happening on the highway! I was so worried about driving safety. To solve the problem, the dealer shop asked me to replace head gasket aluminum volt and housing gasket. It did cost over $4000. During the repair, the technician said that the problem is common on this model. I researched about this problem and read many complaints about same issues from BMW 2006 325I owners. The owners agree that the head gasket aluminum volt and housing gasket issue result in manufacture defects. Later, BMW changed the volt materials and provided good will repairs for some owners. I strongly assume that this is one of manufacture defects cost customers to repair as well as threaten drivers" safety. So I called BMW customer relation. But they said that ?keep the receipt and you may get refund when ?there are enough people complain about it???you are more than welcome to report this problem to NHTSA?.? I asked about how many customers had same problems. But they said "do not know". based on their response, it seems that they knew and understood it is manufacture defects, but do not care until the issue is lousy or handled with powerful authority. It is threatening driving safety of not only the owners but all other drivers on highways because it does not give any signs before broken on highway. Therefore, I am reporting this issue while hoping that no other drivers or babies get hurts from this sudden defects and you could do investigate it in depth so that you could protect all other drivers" life.

- Irvine, CA, USA

problem #17

Dec 022013

325 6-cyl

  • 82,000 miles
Transmission oil leak.

- Raleigh, NC, USA

problem #16

Feb 202014

325 6-cyl

  • 90,000 miles
When starting from idle to running state at a stop light the whole car started shaking. Took the shop and they say it a faulty coil/spark plug. Costs me $600-$1000. Looks like this is a common problem in BMW 325I 2006. They should fix this.

- Union City, CA, USA

problem #15

Nov 072013

325

  • 30,000 miles
I am writing this department in hopes to resolve ongoing major manufacturing defects on the BMW 2006 325I's. the 325I motor is well known for aluminum bolts snapping on the motor resulting in significant oil leaks and oil pressure. The intake manifold gasket and bolts are well known for prematurely failing and the head of bolts snapping off under pressures. The valve cover gasket and oil pan is also known to prematurely fail due to poor engineers and the utilization of aluminum bolts. BMW fixed the issue in 2007 and replaced defective bolts with iron bolts. The irony is that BMW refuses to acknowledge the issues in the 2006 BMW 325I. Consumers are on the hook for thousands of dollars worth of repair bills because of faulty engine components. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has received several complaints regarding this manufacturer defect. The aluminum bolts have been redesigned since discovering the manufacturer defect. Bmwna have had numerous service issues related to these defective aluminum bolts. They have all openly admitted that the bolts in question were defective in nature and production, and that the bolts have been redesigned to avoid future failures. Some of these complaints included, and resulted in, vehicles leaking oil in the engine area causing fires in the vehicle. The defective bolts pose a serious potential risk to the safety of the owners of these vehicles, as well as to other drivers who share the roadway with them. It is my strong belief that this type of public safety risk cannot go on any further without proper intervention from the governmental agencies we employ as taxpayers.

- Hagerstown, MD, USA

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