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hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
55,831 miles

About These NHTSA Complaints:

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2001 BMW 330 steering problems

steering problem

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2001 BMW 330 Owner Comments

problem #3

Dec 012006


  • 50,000 miles


Engine stalls on a few occasions when vehicle was turning left at low speed, causing temporary loss of power steering. Was able to quickly re-start the engine every time but could have caused crash otherwise. This occurred more frequently after 2008 (and after 60K miles), both at low speed on local roads and at 45 ~ 55 mph on highways, summer or winter conditions, with or without ac turned on. Occurrences are infrequent and unpredictable. Reported to my BMW dealer several times but dealer was unable to replicate the problem and unable to diagnose the issue. Otherwise, the vehicle drives perfectly fine and I love it.

- Whitehouse Station, NJ, USA

problem #2

Nov 172009

330 6-cyl

  • 117,494 miles
2001 BMW 330ci power steering assist fails BMW has several that shaft breaks at any time any speed rendering the car inoperable impossible to steer especially people with arthritis(wife) ; reversing out of drive way 4 mpg.

- Simi Valley, CA, USA

problem #1

Apr 102002

(reported on)


  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
While driving, the steering shaft failed causing consumer to lose control of vehicle and crash into a parked car. Dealer found the vehicle was bottomed out which caused the steering shaft to break/shatter, letter is written by clarence ditlow from the center of auto safety, consumers name was not given.

- San Rafael, CA, USA

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