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10.0

really awful
Crashes / Fires:
3 / 5
Injuries / Deaths:
2 / 0
Average Mileage:
63,624 miles

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2007 BMW 328 electrical problems

electrical problem

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2007 BMW 328 Owner Comments (Page 1 of 6)

problem #116

Sep 292011

328

  • miles

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

The contact owns a 2007 BMW 328I. While the vehicle was stopped at a red light, the engine stalled without warning. The vehicle was towed to a dealer where it was diagnosed that the water pump failed and needed to be replaced. The vehicle was repaired. Also, while starting the vehicle, the battery became inoperable. The vehicle was taken to the dealer where it was diagnosed that the battery failed and needed to be replaced. The vehicle was repaired, but the failure recurred. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The failure mileage was unknown.

- Newark, CA, USA

problem #115

Aug 192016

328

  • miles
The rear doors won't lock and the front doors won't unlock and the gas lid won't open! this just happened out of nowhere. Read online by lots of folks that's it's an door actuator and wrong fuse. Dealer is very aware of the defect and lots of folks having the same defect - it really should be taken care of by the dealer!

- Trabuco Canyon, CA, USA

problem #114

Jul 292016

328

  • 52,600 miles
My 2007 BMW 328I is having red steering wheel warning displayed on dash. I have read around the internet and this seems to be a common problem with BMW. Requires the entire steering column be replaced. This is a major safety issue if a person needs to start the car and is unable to start it because of a faulty latch and lever. A simple google search of "BMW steering wheel lock" brings up hundreds of pages and videos of people having issues with their vehicles. The light on my car is a steering wheel lock red. I checked my battery and it works perfectly fine. The problem is a faulty steering lock. The certified BMW dealer that sold the vehicle said this is normal of bmws. Normal meaning they know it will eventually go bad and the steering column has to be replace to correct it. What, the steering column has to be replaced. At some point the vehicle will go into a no start mode per BMW to prevent a steering wheel lock from engaging while operating. This is unethical and cost the consumer around 1500 us dollars to correct.

- Albany, GA, USA

problem #113

Jul 242016

328

  • 71,875 miles

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

Back windows(2) rolled down will not come up. Motor buzzes and nothing happens.

- Delano, CA, USA

problem #112

Jul 242016

328

  • 107,000 miles
The car wont start. It was working just fine in the morning and a couple of hours later it didn't start. All power turns on dash lights and even head lights turn on and my battery booster indicates that the battery is fine. I try to start it but it wont turn over.

- Perry, IA, USA

problem #111

Jun 252016

328

  • 120,000 miles
My 2007 BMW 328I is having steering wheel lock issues. I have read around the internet and this seems to be a common problem with BMW. Sometimes when I start the car it will work, other times it will not turn on unless I try pulling the key fob out and putting it back in and clicking the push to start several times. This is all because of a lever that pushes a latch the unhooks the steering column so the car can start. BMW does not sell the faulty latch and lever alone but requires the entire steering column be replaced. This is a major safety issue if a person needs to start the car and is unable to start it because if a faulty latch and lever. A simple google search of "BMW steering wheel lock" brings up hundreds of pages and videos of people having issues with their vehicles. The light on my car is yellow and not red. I checked my battery and it works perfectly fine. The problem is a faulty steering lock. Ever since I purchased the vehicle it made this locking and unlocking noise and the certified BMW dealer that sold the vehicle said this is normal of bmws. Normal meaning they know it will eventually go bad and has to be replaced. This is unethical and a scam by BMW.

- El Cajon, CA, USA

problem #110

Jul 162016

328

  • 0 miles

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

Vehicle is loosing power between 45-55 miles and steering wheels becomes hard to turn on 7/1/16 jackson, ms on northview drive, same problem 7/10/17 mobile, al and 7/16/16 beach blvd. Jacksonville, fl and once breaking at a stop (redlight or stop sign) it shuts down in traffic. Car must be put in park and cranked to restart. Issue unknown and the vehicle is unsafe and will not stay on in big conjestions of traffic, I am scared of a crash. There are already recalls on this issue from the national data base.

- Jacksonville, FL, USA

problem #109

Mar 312015

328

  • 100,000 miles
The contact owns a 2007 BMW 328I. While driving various speeds, the sensor for the passenger side seat activated while the seat was unoccupied. The vehicle was taken to a dealer where it was diagnosed that the passenger detection mat needed to be replaced. The vehicle was not repaired. The VIN was not included in NHTSA campaign number: 13V564000 (air bags). The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The VIN was unknown. The approximate failure mileage was 100,000.

- Baltimore, MD, USA

problem #108

Apr 302016

328

  • 99,500 miles
Vehicle stalls twice (2 times) all of a sudden while it is in motion. Vehicle lost power completely without warning. Both incidents happened when vehicle is traveling at 20-25 mph. Almost caused an accident on latest incident. First stall happened at 99500 miles and 2nd stall happened at 100340 miles. There was no light indicator warning or signs or distress on engine before power was completely lost. Car stalled immediately and had to be restarted.

- Lawrenceville, GA, USA

problem #107

Feb 022016

328

  • 140,000 miles
Takata recall. The contact owns a 2007 BMW 328I. The contact received a recall notification for the air bags. The parts were not available in a reasonable time frame to schedule a repair with the dealer. The manufacturer was notified. The contact stated that the vehicle hesitated severely and randomly stalled. The VIN was not included in NHTSA campaign number: 13V044000 (electrical system). Also, the fuel pump failed and the vehicle was unable to be driven. The manufacturer was notified of the failures. The contact was waiting to determine when the recall repairs would be completed. The NHTSA campaign number for the air bags was unknown. The approximate failure mileage was 140,000. VIN tool confirms parts not available.

- Santa Anna, CA, USA

problem #106

May 102015

328

  • 70,000 miles

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

I purchased the car from an independent dealer with somewhere around 60K or 65K miles it now has around 80K miles and since the car has been purchased it has had one problem after the next. The electrical for the windows, mirrors, door locks, gps system, head lights were not working properly. I received a fault warning that the outside running lights or headlights were not operating properly. I have noticed the check engine light on and took it to have it looked at which I was told obd code reads misfire #2 ignition coil. I had the parts replaced and codes cleared and still the light came back on reading the same fault code had it checked again and was told it is a new part and it has been replaced and he cannot figure why it would come back the same thing. The only explanation he had for me is there is an electrical problem or there is something wrong with the obd computer. Since then the car has had trouble cranking, stutters on take off, stalls at stop lights, I have had a loss of power immediately while on getting on the free way and the car said reduced engine power shut down and would not let me get over speeds of 20. I have smelt fuel when the ac was turned on. Has been numerous things one after the other. I was looking at numerous recalls for the electrical, the fuel pump, the lights, and now the air bags.and seat belt tensioners. I would like to find out if the car was ever brought in to be fixed from the recalls, or if the recalls expire. Cause I have not owned vehicle very long

- Gulfport, MS, USA

problem #105

Mar 182016

328

  • 143,000 miles
The contact owns a 2007 BMW 328I. While parked, the vehicle was not able to start and the key fob remained in the ignition. The contact mentioned shifting a red B.plus cable in order to start the vehicle. The failure recurred intermittently. The vehicle was taken to the dealer where it was diagnosed, but the cause of the failure was not found. The vehicle was not repaired. The VIN was not included in NHTSA campaign number: 13V044000 (electrical system). The manufacturer was made aware of failure. The failure mileage was 143,000.

- Roy, WA, USA

problem #104

Jan 302016

328

  • 0 miles
Red electric steering wheel lock icon on screen and car will not start or turn over. Radio works and everything else but car will not start. When battery died, and I charged it full, then went to start the car and this red electric steering wheel lock came on. Had to get car serviced

- Export, PA, USA

problem #103

Jan 062016

328

  • 142,700 miles
This is an addition to our previous recall problems as all electrical shut off as well. Here are the additional documents to be added to public record that indeed 6 recalls were recorded to our registered VIN and yet was told BMW had no obligation to adhere to these documents?! its also crazy that we have tons of documents and yet we are allowed to show a mbyte at a time. How convenient.

- Romeoville, IL, USA

problem #102

Jan 022016

328

  • 120,000 miles
No star no light no power only light for steering lock

- La Puente, CA, USA

problem #101

Dec 042015

328

  • 120,000 miles
I was driving and my car completely shut off as I coasted down the road with absolutely no brakes at all. I was terrified. There was no electrical power to my car at all for all of 10 mins. I almost hit the car in front of me, swerving onto a side street to let my car coast until it stopped. My car has absolutely no cold crank. This is the 3rd time this has happened and no one can fix it.

- Baton Rouge, LA, USA

problem #100

Dec 012013

328

  • 70,000 miles
A car with 118K miles that has had numerous oil leaks around the valve cover and oil filter housing. It has been leaking oil for the last 50K miles. I've already replaced the "plastic" valve cover and filter housing each. Now the plastic valve cover is cracked. I'm waiting for it to catch on fire. Every BMW blog has numerous examples this issue. I've owned 10 cars over the past 30 years and all of them added together haven't leaked oil as much as this poorly designed engineered vehicle. It is baffling to me that the plastic valve cover ($500 plus $700 labor) hasn't been recalled. Additionally, the side view mirrors move all by themselves. They are electrically possesed. I've disconnected the wires because it is crazy to have the mirrors move while driving (can't be put back without stopping/pulling over and manually putting the mirror back. Again, every blog on this model is filled with this issue. How is there not a recall on these issues. I would rather have an air bag that doesn't work than a moving oil dispenser with possessed side view mirrors.

- Painesville, OH, USA

problem #99

Nov 122015

328

  • 80,000 miles
Headlamp wiring insulation is flaking off. All insulation of all wires in both headlamps has totally deteriorated within eight years of manufacture leaving exposed wires creating potential short circuit and fire hazard. BMW's solution is to buy another headlamp at $1,500 each which, presumably, will also deteriorate within the next seven to eight years!

- Honolulu, HI, USA

problem #98

Oct 312015

328

  • 46,000 miles
This is the second time I am reporting this issue. A few years ago I was not able to open my doors caused by an obvious electrical issue. The dealership determined it was faulty actuators and they had to be replaced. It was a very expensive repair. This is a serious safety concerned to not be able to get in or out of your car to both the driver and passengers. After some research, it was determined this a known issue by BMW yet they refuse to do a recall. The issue has now happened again to me, and I am not able to open the drivers side door, not even with the key. I was in a parking lot and was almost left stranded until fortunately I was able to crawl in to get to drivers seat. I am very angry they are not taking serious safety concerns into consideration and doing a recall. This is not a cheap fix not to mention a threat to my safety and passengers. BMW needs to step up and take responsibility. I will not be purchasing another BMW (this is my second). My first car had constant issue with check engine light that would not go away although no issue found which was unsettling to drive with. And now this car is having second experience with door failure. I will be purchasing a car that is safer next time!

- Fort Worth, TX, USA

problem #97

Sep 212015

328

  • 163,500 miles
After, I parked my car in the garage. (nothing out of the ordinary, daily routine, normal conditions). My car wouldn't start. It displayed a "power steering wheel locked" icon warning when I tried to start the ignition. The ignition spark wasnt there. The lights also dimmed as I tried to get started.

- Guttenberg, NJ, USA

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