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really awful
Crashes / Fires:
1 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
48,800 miles

About These NHTSA Complaints:

This data is from the NHTSA — the US gov't agency tasked with vehicle safety. Complaints are spread across multiple & redundant categories, & are not organized by problem.

So how do you find out what problems are occurring? For this NHTSA complaint data, the only way is to read through the comments below. Any duplicates or errors? It's not us.

2004 BMW 330 windows / windshield problems

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2004 BMW 330 Owner Comments

problem #5

Jan 012011

330 6-cyl

  • 80,000 miles


Headlights of 2004 BMW 330I with xenons are made by manufacturing company "zkw" and bound to fail. Visibility and light output becomes extremely poor, that you must drive around with extra lights, or high beams on. When you open up the reflective case, you will see that both front headlights driver and passenger side have burnt bowls, which do not allow any light output at all. This is extremely dangerous, I have gotten into an accident due to not being able to see far distance at night. Please address and investigate this matter immediately.

- Ridgewood, NJ, USA

problem #4

Feb 112012


  • 124,000 miles
The contact owns a 2004 BMW 330I. The contact stated that the headlights failed. The headlights does not give enough light. The dealer was contact and they advised that the headlight reflective plastic holder melted and causes the light to be low. The vehicle was not repaired. The failure and the current mileage was 124,000.

- Chaumburg , IL, USA

problem #3

Jul 092011


  • miles
1. bought the car with zkw bowl reflective material deficient. 2004 BMW 330I zhp. 2. can't see safely at night to drive. 3. nothing has been replacement oem lights are $1000 each.

- Williamsburg, VA, USA

problem #2

Jun 012008


  • 40,000 miles
Side view mirrors begin to rust from the bottom up. This problem appears to be related to the heated mirrors but happens to most 3 series BMW's, despite the climate.

- Scarborough, ME, USA

problem #1

Sep 272009


  • miles
A liquid forms in the rear view mirror which hinders the ability to see which is extremely dangerous and unsafe. Then some of the liquid drains from the rear view mirror and all over the center console¿ ruining the leather. BMW refuses to replace.

- Playa Vista, CA, USA

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