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hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
70,762 miles

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2001 BMW 330 body / paint problems

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2001 BMW 330 Owner Comments

problem #4

Jun 082013


  • 112,342 miles


While entering the freeway I heard a pop from under my car and immediately began to hear a loud metallic scraping sound coming from under my car as if I were dragging something. I immediately pulled off the freeway and found the metal bracket that holds the gas tank on the passenger side had come loose from an area where it had been spot welded to the underside of the car. This effectively caused the gas tank to lower itself a few inches off the ground. I had to have it towed to my home as it was unsafe to drive.

- Moreno Valley, CA, USA

problem #3

Sep 082009


  • 113,207 miles
While driving down a local road, the fuel tank strap of my 2001 BMW 330ci suddenly broke off. It failed at the weld points. The fuel tank did remain in tact. I brought it to the local dealership and BMW repaired it. Please note that other similar incidents have been reported on BMW internet forums.

- Mountain View, CA, USA

problem #2

Sep 152004

330 6-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • 35,000 miles
Subframe failure in 2001 E46 330ci, rear subframe tearing near spare tire storage and mounts. Nothing was done to correct the problem and I was basiclly told to go screw myself by bmwna.

- Lawrenceville, NJ, USA

problem #1

Mar 152003


  • Manual transmission
  • 22,500 miles
The engine of my car shut off, and upon being towed to the dealer, they got back to me to say that the engine failed as a result of drivers error from a downshift from 4th to 2nd. The dealer said that this was identified by the car's computer system. However, after talking to many mechanics, I have been instructed that this problem could never have been identified by a car's computer, and this was just an out for the manufacturer and dealer. I am not satisfied with their answer, and am looking for a way to protest their decision. For right now, I was stuck paying for the total bill which exceeded $6000.

- Belle Vernon, PA, USA

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