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definitely annoying
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
41,333 miles

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2001 BMW 330 suspension problems

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2001 BMW 330 Owner Comments

problem #3

Jun 192006

330 6-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • 39,000 miles


After only 39,000 miles of very gentle driving, the front lower control arm bushings are scrap on my 2001 BMW 330ci. Symptom show up as a jerk on the steering wheel when brakes are quickly applied. Front wheels can also be observed from outside of the vehicle by an onlooker moving within the wheel well when vehicle gets rolling and brakes are applied and then released. Apparently this is a well known high wear area. Intend to claim from BMW even though vehicle is outside of warranty period.

- Chandler, AZ, USA

problem #2

Nov 192004

330 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 85,000 miles
Passenger front window came off track. Back window does not go up or down. It is obvious that other two windows will do the same very soon. This has happened throughout the life of the car... too many times, too much and too often. My car is a 2001 BMW 330I, I've had a problem with my radiator resorvior, the water pump and cooling fan, the emmisions system, and my car has shut down on me while driving, usually when I am on a turn (which is very dangerous because I was at a one way stop making a right turn and almost got into an accident because the car shut down). I have almost 85K miles now and the problems continue to arise. Just got a new transmission, new lower control arm for the driver side, and the windows continue to break down every 6 months. Very disappointed in this "BMW experience"!

- Miami, FL, USA

problem #1

Dec 162003

330 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Right front control arm came loose on my 2001 BMW 330ci. Had complained for the last three years to dealer (vob BMW - rockville, md) concerning abnormal jerk of car when coming to stop. Dealer insisted that car was functioning as designed. Finally took car to independent BMW garage (BMW excluservice - rockville, md), and informed that right front control arm was loose, and was told that there was possibility right front tire could come off. Took car to dealer where they replaced control arms with redesigned 2004 model year control arm. BMW refused for the last three years to acknowledge this problem, which could have led to a fatal car accident. I had to take the car to an independent garage to have the problem properly diagnosed. I would imagine this problem is happening to other cars if they had to redesign the control arms. I would think there should be a government mandated recall for this. (I.e. possibility of wheels coming off).

- College Park, MD, USA

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