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really awful
Crashes / Fires:
1 / 1
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
63,521 miles

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2007 BMW 328 steering problems

steering problem

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2007 BMW 328 Owner Comments (Page 4 of 4)

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problem #9

May 212011


  • 120,000 miles


Car died out of no where who not start would not jump start had to have it towed for big money on a flat bed with skates. I was hours away from home. Steering column and a new battery over $1600.

- Dunstable, MA, USA

problem #8

Mar 252010

328 6-cyl

  • 51,000 miles
I was driving the car and the electronic steering wheel lock icon illuminated on the dash panel. It kept giving the warning that the steering wheel will lock and if I turn the car off, I won't be able to crank it. I drove it for about two weeks. When I turned the car off, I could not crank it back up. I had to have the steering column replaced at my local BMW repair shop. I have known other BMW owner's who says this has happened to them more than once. I am wondering if this is a defect in the BMW 328I models because I have been told that the steering wheel could also lock if a person was driving, also.

- Florence, SC, USA

problem #7

Mar 312011


  • miles
BMW steering wheel lock cant start vehicle leaves you stranded. Had dealer replaced already once in past problem persists.

- Los Angeles, CA, USA

problem #6

Mar 012011


  • 55,000 miles


Red steering wheel lock warning light came on one day. I never had an issue with my car starting even with the warning light on. I had my car checked out and it was recommended to replace the whole steering wheel column. Not because it was bad, but because the sensor was bad and the only way to fix it was replacing the whole steering column. Total cost was over $700. My car was 3 months and 5,000 miles out of warranty. After researching on the internet I found that the steering column warning light sensor is a very common problem. Hopefully enough people complain and BMW recalls this part that is obviously defective.

- Elkhart, IN, USA

problem #5

Mar 052011

328 6-cyl

  • 46,630 miles
Steering wheel locks up unexpected and car will not start. Have been replaced once before. This is the second incident since 12/28/09. Car has to be towed from locations.

- Cerritos, CA, USA

problem #4

Feb 052011


  • 68,259 miles
Red steering wheel and padlock warning indicator light is on - steering wheel will not lock. The most common issue with this fault can cause a "no start" condition. The "no start" condition can arise and the steering wheel could lock while driving. This is the second failure within 4 years and common in BMW's (see thread:"T=316722 thread:"T=147586)

- Santa Clara, CA, USA

problem #3

Dec 182010


  • miles


The contact owns a 2007 BMW 328xi. While driving approximately 25 mph and attempting to make a right hand turn, the contact stated that the steering wheel became stuck, causing him to hit a wall. The vehicle was towed to the dealer who filed a report with the manufacturer. The manufacturer conducted an investigation which was inconclusive. They were unable to duplicate the failure. The current and failure mileages were unknown. A police report was available. The VIN was unavailable.

- State College, PA, USA

problem #2

Sep 242009


  • 72,000 miles
Dashboard indicates, "electric steering lock engaged". car is currently drivable, however the dealer has informed me that this has happened often in this year and model of BMW, and will continue to worsen until the car will no longer turn on. The malfunctioning feature (steering wheel lock) has been removed from subsequent models, indicating that the manufacturer recognizes the malfunction. Repair includes replacement of the entire steering column, cost to repair is approximately $1300.

- Bloomfield, NJ, USA

problem #1

Jun 232007

328 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 3,183 miles
The contact owns a 2007 BMW 328I. While driving approximately 25 mph and making a right turn, the steering wheel locked. The contact drove across several lanes of traffic without crashing. The brakes were slow to respond when depressed and the ABS light on the instrument panel illuminated. When the vehicle came to a stop, the service engine light illuminated and the steering wheel was still locked. The contact shut off the vehicle. When she restarted it, the vehicle began operating normally. The vehicle was towed to the dealer where it currently remains. The current and failure mileages were 3,183.

- Boca Raton, FL, USA

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