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really awful
Crashes / Fires:
3 / 1
Injuries / Deaths:
4 / 0
Average Mileage:
63,017 miles

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2006 BMW 330 electrical problems

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2006 BMW 330 Owner Comments (Page 3 of 3)

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problem #11

Feb 282012

330 6-cyl

  • 67,220 miles


The contact owns a 2006 BMW 330I. The contact stated that three of the doors could not be opened and only the front driver side door could be opened. The vehicle was taken to the dealer and the manufacturer was contacted. The vehicle was not repaired. The failure mileage was 67,220 and the current mileage was 67,225. The dealer installed two new latches and a higher amp fuse. To the front doors.

- Carmichael, CA, USA

problem #10

Feb 132012

330 6-cyl

  • miles
Door actuator has failed to work. Alarm also being effected. Known problem to manufacturer, BMW. Saftey concern if unable to exit vehicle in case of emergency.

- Tampa, FL, USA

problem #9

Oct 202011

330 6-cyl

  • miles
Steering lock lamp is amber and now red. Says car will not start because steering lock mechanism could engage. Could possibly lock while driving.

- Beaverton, OR, USA

problem #8

Sep 152011

330 6-cyl

  • 49,675 miles


All doors can not lock or unlock, except the driver door can unlock manually only.

- Fountain Valley, CA, USA

problem #7

Aug 312011

330 6-cyl

  • miles
The car began smoking near the port for the iphone charger on the dash (lighter.) the portal was cold to the touch. After about more 20 yards the cockpit filled with smoke. The car was still driving fine and was quickly pulled to an empty part of the parking lot and was turned off. After pulling the hood release I jumped from the car and shut the door -- I immediately tried re-opening it to let the smoke from the cockpit and the door would not open by touch or with the key fob. I lifted the hood and the engine looked clean. To the far right (my left) on passenger side, against the firewall smoke was coming out in a thin line and then I saw a small flash of fire so I ran 20 to thirty yards and the car burst into flames. I called 911 and within 3-5 minutes it was engulfed in flames. It had been serviced at the dealer in April 2011, four months earlier. It had no history of issues and was regularly serviced.

- Bethesda, MD, USA

problem #6

Jun 112010


  • 24,323 miles
2006 BMW 330 xi when pressing on the brake the car accelerated with a loud noise, could not steer the car; crashed in trees. 24,323 miles still under new car warranty.

- Somerville, NJ, USA

problem #5

Jun 112010


  • 24,323 miles


2006 BMW 330xi brake failure, acceleration, no steering. Occurred twice; BMW repaired by dealer new brakes, computer; second occurrence car did not stop until hit trees.

- Somerville, NJ, USA

problem #4

Jun 252010


  • 83,000 miles
BMW door locks randomly and automatically engaged. This is one week after a service performed at the dealer for an electrical issue. Locks would not disengage except manually with emergency key (from outside). Driver's door is the only door that will open - others are inoperable. Fuel filler cap will also not open. Have researched and found this is a common problem. This should be researched by BMW and remedied at no cost to the consumer - this is definitely an inconvenience and could be dangerous or potentially fatal.

- Chapel Hill, NC, USA

problem #3

Aug 022008


  • 20,000 miles
BMW 325xi does not provide a manual door locking override for their cars. This lack of design makes their car a trap for all passengers when electronic system fails. One year after purchasing a car ( new ) BMW 325xi, the doors and window system failed in very dangerous way. With my baby and my wife on the back sit, when I try to exit the car the door system start shutting down, the doors and window system just would not open. The only one that open was the driver side one. After this incident it happened three more time. Once all four doors locked and I had to lean out the window and open the door with the manual key. The latest one was with my 7 month pregnant wife climbing out of the car through the front of the car. Once I pulled up the door knob with a plier, but the door still complaint is not that I need to fix the car, but the fact that this car does not provide a manual override to open the door in case the electric system fails. Basically all passenger can be trapped in the car and almost impossible to escape in the case of an accident.

- Clifton, NJ, USA

problem #2

Apr 292007

330 4WD 6-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • 11,070 miles
Twice in 6 weeks I have lost throttle response of the car at 70+ mph on highways. This is a manual transmission car and I had to shift into neutral to coast to the side of the road both times avoiding catastrophic accidents. The car behaves as if it has run out of gas but there was at least 1/4 of a tank of gas. BMW replace the fuel pump the first time in late March. It is currently in the BMW shop now. This is an extremely dangerous situation that should be investigated.

- Durham, NC, USA

problem #1

Nov 102006

330 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 1,716 miles
Service engine soon light continues to come on after reset and upon initial cold start.

- Lompoc, CA, USA

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