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hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
79,920 miles

About These NHTSA Complaints:

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2002 BMW 330 drivetrain problems

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2002 BMW 330 Owner Comments

problem #5

Jan 162012


  • 92,000 miles


I bought my BMW 330I E46 2002 5 years ago and noticed the check engine light come on after the first drive. After taking it in to the mechanic I was told the code that threw the light on was (P0741). I have done my research and have determined that this is a widespread problem for these cars. The results have been horrible gas milage, hard shifting at times and most likely shortened transmission life. This problem as has cause my car to not be able to pass smog!

- Paradise, CA, USA

problem #4

Jul 012011

330 6-cyl

  • 88,000 miles
Code P0741 was read from vehicle. Torque converter. From forums and discussions online there is a known problem with a faulty seal on the E46 BMW. My vehicle cannot pass a emissions test with the light on and it is a safety hazard to me.

- Shelton, CT, USA

problem #3

Mar 012013


  • 200,000 miles
This is not as much a complaint as a request for help. Since March of 2013 I have replaced 5 throttle bodies and 3 gas pedal sensors, all oem parts. The problem that happened again today: Driving at normal highway speed [55/60] the eml, traction control and brake warning lights all went on. Pulled over and turned off. Restarted, now "service engine, eml, traction control and brake lights" were on. Turned off, restarted, same lighting situation, very rough idle and car would not drive, as it was struggling for fuel. Unplugged the "mass air flow sensor": car started, displayed no warning lights, drove fine about 8 miles to repair shop. Code read shows, "throttle position sensor", replaced..same problem within minutes of driving. A little internet research on E46 finds this an all to common problem with no solution. Thanks in advance.

- Mt. Airy, MD, USA

problem #2

Aug 152003


  • Automatic transmission
  • 10,000 miles
BMW 325 ci: I have experienced so many problems with my 325ci BMW, I bought the car in November, the car is not even 1 year old and I have taken to service four times already. My car is a 2002 and at this moment it has 10,660 miles. The car has a major computer problem. My ABS seems to be malfunctioning as well as my emergency brake, and to make matters worse the transmission has been reprogramed and pieces are coming off in the inside. I have taken the car to service the past three weeks for the the computer and the body. Lucky BMW does have great service and I havent had to pay for a single repair. But I would really like to file a lemon law on the car because I know the problems with the car will never stop.

- Miami, FL, USA

problem #1

May 152003


  • Automatic transmission
  • 9,600 miles
I purchased this vehicle 2 weeks ago. One night while driving on the beltway about 70 mph the car started losing power. Almost all the sensors were illuminated on the dash board. I barely made it over to the emergency lane. To make matters worst BMW roadside assistance stated they are not allowed to assist anyone on route 495. BMW would not allow me to return the vehicle, but it is in the repair shop.

- Waldorf, MD, USA

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