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really awful
Crashes / Fires:
2 / 1
Injuries / Deaths:
1 / 0
Average Mileage:
54,778 miles

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2006 BMW 325 seat belts / air bags problems

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2006 BMW 325 Owner Comments (Page 1 of 4)

problem #75

Dec 012013

325 6-cyl

  • 52,000 miles

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

The passenger side airbag light has come on notifying that the airbag is disabled. There are recalls on the same model/year BMW as mine but my particular VIN is not included. I spoke to a BMW rep who said the recall could be based on the particular seats and not necessarily the VIN. But she told me it only applies to the sport seats and not the standard seats which I have. According to my research online, the problem seems to be with a seat mat sensor which was faulty. Also, the NHTSA has a complaint already listed under 08V384000.

- Los Angeles, CA, USA

problem #74

Jul 252013

325 6-cyl

  • 96,000 miles
Frontal air bag on passenger side and seat belt light on. There were a recall for #08V384000. I have spoken to the North Carolina ag office about this issue.

- Fayetteville, NC, USA

problem #73

Apr 272013

325 6-cyl

  • 75,000 miles
Passenger sat in the front passenger seat. Warning light appeared on dashboard indicating the airbag has been turned off. This issue is similar to NHTSA campaign id number: 08V384000. However, although same model and year, my vehicle is not covered under this campaign.

- Cupertino, CA, USA

problem #72

Jan 122010

325 6-cyl

  • 29,000 miles

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

The contact owns a 2006 BMW 325 I. the contact stated that while driving at various speeds, the passenger side air bag warning light illuminated on and off. The passenger's seat was not occupied. The contact also stated that the passenger side air bag warning light illuminated sporadically when the seat was occupied as well. After several months, the passenger side air bag warning light illuminated permanently. The vehicle was taken to a dealer where a technician advised the contact that the failure could have been caused by the front passenger seat sensor mat but a diagnostic testing would have to be performed to determine the failure. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure and advised the contact that the vehicle was not included in NHTSA campaign id number: 08V384000 (air bags:frontal). The approximate failure mileage was 29,000 and the current failure mileage was 50,500. Updated 12/28/12 the consumer stated even though his VIN was out of range for the recall, the vehicle could still be fixed under the 10 year extended warranty provision. Updated 01/09/13

- Los Angeles, CA, USA

problem #71

Nov 012012

325 6-cyl

  • 45,000 miles
To whom it may concern, my passenger airbag sensor light and passenger seat belt light came on unexpectedly while driving. After doing a bit of research on the internet I found that there was a similar issue others were having with the same model car 2006 BMW 325I sedan E90 series and there is an ongoing recall 08V384000. So I decided to contact my local BMW dealership to see if my car was covered in the recall they said no and quoted me a price of well over 1400 dollars to fix. I have since found out that in the event of a collision that my passenger airbag will not deploy. After, further research I feel that my model is also an affected in this recall (08V384000). I hope that this submission will not fall on deaf ears. I am doing this for all the others like me affected by this issue and demand service to fix a known safety issue for us and for our passengers. Regards

- Saugus , CA, USA

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problem #70

Oct 102012

325 6-cyl

  • 86,000 miles
Sitting in parking lot, engine off, key in ign (listening to radio). Air-bag warning lamp lights and has been on steady ever since. Passenger air bag disabled indicator also on. Called dealer to make appointment. I inquired about the recall and service advisor says no active recalls on my car. Seems that this is the exact fault identified in NHTSA campaign id number: 08V384000. This car has the "sport seats" which are specifically identified in the recall.

- Seattle, WA, USA

problem #69

Sep 052012

325 6-cyl

  • miles

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

A warning indicator light came on telling me that the passenger restraint system was malfunctioning. At first it was occasional. Now the warning is on every time I get in the car with or without a passenger. I would like to have the car included in recall 08V384000.

- Phoenix, AZ, USA

problem #68

Jul 272012

325 6-cyl

  • 36,500 miles
My car started displaying a warning that there was a malfunction in the passenger restraint system. Took it to dealer who said that there was a low voltage issue with my battery and fixed it. 2 weeks later the warning reappeared. This time, when I took it to the dealer, I was informed that there was a defective sensor module in the seats and that the airbags would not deploy in the event of a crash. Even though the NHTSA issued a recall for this specific malfunction (NHTSA campaign id number: 08V384000), the dealer refused to fix the module under warranty. The cost of this repair was quoted to be $1400 and is out of my budget, and even though this is a noted safety defect that BMW is aware of, they refuse to honor the recall claiming that my car's VIN number is not among those covered by the recall.

- Houston, TX, USA

problem #67

May 012012

325 6-cyl

  • 70,800 miles
The passenger air bag light started going on and off when a passenger is and is not sitting in the passenger seat. The defect is clearly the seat weight sensor that many others have cited. This is a significant safety issue. I called the dealer, and like many others, I was told my vehicle was not covered under NHTSA campaign id number: 08V384000. The dealer wanted to charge $125 for the diagnosis and $1500-1700 (estimate) to replace the seat mat. All the cost is was going to be the owner's responsibility. Mileage is currently 71K. I'm hopeful this compliant helps push the NHTSA and BMW to extend the recall to all 2006 325I models so owners don't have to absorb the high cost of a serious safety and design defect that could lead to a serious injury or death.

- Hanna City, IL, USA

problem #66

Feb 102012

325 6-cyl

  • 75,500 miles
Air bag sign keeps going on/off. There was a recall 08V-384 but BMW is saying my vehicle was out of the build window. I have the same issue as NHTSA recall campaign number: 08V384000 (NHTSA action number: EA08001).

- Shelby Township, MI, USA

problem #65

Feb 092012

325 6-cyl

  • 94,632 miles

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

I'm the owner of a 2006 series 3 BMW.. this is a safety issued concerning NHTSA campaign id number: 08V384000 for the recall of the passenger seat mat defect. "in this situation the front passenger air bags will not deploy even if a sufficiently severe accident would occur and occupant protection provided by the system would not be possible". a passenger restraint malfunction is displayed on my vehicle dashboard. Today BMW and subsequently the dealer refused to replace this part at not cost. According to BMW only a selected number of vehicles were affected by this problem. After reading reviews, blogs and previous complaints it is clear that BMW is refusing to service my car or any other of a potential road hazard with fatal consequences. The cost of over $1,300 should be carried by the company and not by their customers. Especially when it is clear that the airbag malfunction problems was a problem affecting more than the selected number of vehicles. BMW should stop promoting vehicles with high safety ratings when is clear the quality of the products used for this matter do not meet the expected standards.

- Bethlehem, PA, USA

problem #64

Dec 252011

325 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 81,000 miles
The contact owns a 2006 BMW 325I. The contact stated that the front passenger side air bag light illuminated upon starting the vehicle. The vehicle was taken to an authorized dealer and the dealer stated that the VIN failed to qualify for the recall under NHTSA campaign id number: 08V384000 (air bags:frontal). The manufacturer was not notified. The vehicle was not repaired. The failure mileage was 81,000 and the current mileage was 84,000. Updated 4/3/12 the consumer stated the air bag would not deploy if an accident occurred, due to the occupancy detector mat having a broken circuit. Updated 04/16/12

- Los Angeles, CA, USA

problem #63

Nov 152011

325 6-cyl

  • 70,000 miles
Airbag light is constantly on showing passenger airbag is always off. Noticed multiple issues from other owners and recall # 08V384000. BMW refuses to acknowledge or do anything about the issue.

- Meridian, ID, USA

problem #62

Jan 032012

325 6-cyl

  • miles
The airbag warning lights and seatbelt warning lights are lit in red. After diagnosis from the dealer's service department, it was concluded that the sensor embedded in the passenger side is malfunctioning and must be replaced. There was a recall in 2008 for the same model year with a similar malfunction of the airbag sensor (NHTSA campaign id number: 08V384000) also, in that recall it states: " BMW is extending the warranty to 10 years from first registration without any mileage limit to the following vehicles: My 2006 6-series, 3-series (standard seat), my 2004-2005 Z4, my 2004-2006 7-series, my 2006 X5, and my 2004-2006 5-series (comfort seat). Under the extended warranty program, the occupant detection mat in a vehicle that experiences this specific issue will be replaced at no charge to the customer" however, the local BMW dealer says they cannot honor that warranty.

- Jacksonville, FL, USA

problem #61

Jan 022012

325

  • miles
2006 BMW 325I. Consumer sent correspondence in regards to BMW recall rework for frontal airbags not in compliance with guidelines the consumer stated he was rear ended and ever since the accident, the passenger air bag light has remained on, even though there was no front end collision and the passenger seat was empty. The consumer stated the recall was not being performed ethically and therefore, consumers and insurance companies are being mislead. The consumer stated the air bag light is being turned off, instead of actually being worked on to try and resolve the issue.

- Washington, DC, USA

problem #60

Oct 152011

325 6-cyl

  • 89,000 miles
The contact owns a 2006 BMW 325xit. The contact stated that the passenger side air bag warning light illuminated as soon as the vehicle was started. The vehicle was taken to the dealer where the dealer confirmed that the passenger side mat sensor needed to be replaced. The manufacturer also advised that the vehicle did not qualify for repairs under NHTSA campaign id number:08V384000 (air bags:frontal). The failure mileage was 89,000 and the current mileage was 91,000. Updated 02/22/12

- Danville, PA, USA

problem #59

Dec 032011

325 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 59,000 miles
The airbag warning light is consistently activated on the dash and in the warning computer display along with the passenger airbag "off light" on the ceiling which is illuminated even if a passenger is sitting in the seat. According to the BMW dealership, this problem was diagnosed as a faulty censor detection mat. This issue seems to match the BMW recall listed as: Updated 12/16/11 NHTSA campaign id number: 08V384000 NHTSA action number: EA08001 according to BMW, this vehicle does not fall under the VIN numbers that were under the recall but the problem does seem to match the same issues that warranted the initial recall on July 18, 2008.

- Bolingbrook, IL, USA

problem #58

Apr 132011

325 6-cyl

  • 65,000 miles
I own a 2006 BMW 3 series. While driving approximately 5 mph, I noticed that the air bag warning light was illuminated. The vehicle was taken to the dealer for diagnostics where the technician advised that the front passenger seat sensor mat would have to be replaced. I referenced NHTSA campaign id number: 08V384000 (air bags:frontal) that could have been related to the failure. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure and stated that the VIN was not included in the recall. The vehicle was not repaired. The approximate failure mileage was 65,000.

- Cupertino, CA, USA

problem #57

Sep 282011

325 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 32,400 miles
The contact owns a 2006 BMW 325xi. The contact stated that the vehicle was taken to an authorized dealer for an unrelated repair when it was discovered that the front passenger sensor mat was defective and could result to the air bag failing to deploy. There was a recall pertaining to only the 3 series sport model under NHTSA campaign id number 08V384000 (air bags: Frontal). The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was notified and stated that the owner was responsible for the repair expenses. The approximate failure mileage was 32,400. Updated 02/14/12 updated 02/22/12

- Scottsdale , AZ, USA

problem #56

Nov 072011

325 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 85,000 miles
The contact owns a 2006 BMW 325I. The contact stated that the air bag warning light was illuminated. The dealer diagnosed that the front passenger foot mat sensor would need to be replaced. The contact referenced NHTSA campaign id number: 08V384000 (air bags:frontal) but the VIN was not included in the recall. The vehicle was not repaired. The failure mileage was 85,000 and the current mileage was 88,689. The dealer recommended replacing the front seat mat sensor. Updated 01/26/12

- Las Angeles, CA, USA

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