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Crashes / Fires:
1 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
82,111 miles

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2007 BMW 335 Owner Comments

problem #8

Jun 012016


  • 100,000 miles


BMW 335I 2007 has (X3)three times now, the vehicle was traveling during the daylight hours at highways speeds of 65-70mph in the number 1 far left lane of (ca 101 fwy) in may of 2016 when the vehicle displayed ¿engine temperature was high, and that the car needed to be driven at a moderate speed¿. immediately took my foot off the accelerator and began to coast in idle state to the shoulder (ca 101 fwy) 5 lanes over. Before I was able to move to the 3rd lane the vehicle stated ¿engine to hot¿, turned off, lost power (much like if you run out of gas), and I frightfully merged creeping along to the shoulder narrowly missed being hit by several other trucks and vehicles. I went to lift the hood, expecting to be overwhelmed by heat and conditions that would cause a BMW to disable suddenly and lose power. I observed no conditions of heat or unusual to cause a shut down. I was able to turn car on again in 10 minutes with no problems the temperature was no different or warmer than I have ever felt before, conditions were 72/, traffic was moving along at a good flow, with light cool bay area breeze. This has occurred 3times now, I have filled the coolant, I have had the starter and battery replaced and yet the same occurrence comes up. ¿department of Consumer Affairs, ¿better business bureau, ¿us department of transportation, ¿national transportation and safety administration, ¿abc nightline reported: ( ), ¿dateline nbc reported: ( ) ¿NY daily news filed a story : ( ), ¿national highway tsa with

- Sunnyvale, CA, USA

problem #7

Apr 092015


  • 62,000 miles
While driving on the hov lane of the freeway during rush hour about 5:15 pm my car suddenly started to rattle when pushing the gas peddle. I took my foot from the gas peddle while still driving with about 60 mph. I tried the gas peddle some seconds later again and experienced still rattling and no acceleration of the car. I took my foot again from the gas peddle. In the meantime I was down to 40mph. About 20-30 sec later from the first rattle the engine light came on and 1 sec later the engine stalled on the highway. At that time when the engine stalled I was still driving about 35 mph. Luckily the freeway had a left shoulder and I turned over to the left with the last remaining speed and slowly stopped the car. I'm so glad that the left shoulder was available. The freeway was very busy and I assume I would have been involved in an accident, if the left shoulder wouldn't have been available. The loss of power was too sudden and entirely unexpected. The stalled engine created a very dangerous moment while driving on a freeway. The BMW shop came back to me today and explained that the high pressure fuel pump failed. A know issue with the car make, model and year.

- Phoenix, AZ, USA

problem #6

Aug 092014


  • 117,000 miles
Going approx. 55-60 mph, sudden no throttle response, once on the side of the road shut down then restart and drive for about 200ft then went into limp mode, stayed in limp mode until I got it to the dealership 2 days later. Tried restarting twice the following day which resulted in 3-6 sec crank time then once started it would have low throttle response with heavy vibration, after about 10 secs it would go in limp mode again with heavier chugging and vibration and eventually shutdown with 7 secs with a "choking" sound. Lack of fuel.

- Virginia Beach, VA, USA

problem #5

May 152014


  • 78,000 miles


The car just stalls out. Sometimes, when I stop at a traffic light and then start to go, the car hesitate to go. It stalls in traffic. I have taken it to the dealer, but they can not duplicate the problem with their diagnostic test equipment. I am afraid that I will be hit by other cars because of it. Since the dealer can't seem to figure it out, I have been researching it on-line and lots of other people have the same problem.

- Yorktown, VA, USA

problem #4

Mar 152014

335 6-cyl

  • 97,000 miles
Was traveling on I290, at about 70mph, when I needed more acceleration to pass a truck... the car started to shake, the engine service soon light came on, and it was flashing. The car was slowing down very quickly, I was unable to gain more speed, nor even maintain speed, I had to rush to the breakdown lane, all the way from the left lane. There was a barrier on the left lane, so parking on the left would have been too dangerous. I stopped by autozone, they scanned my car... the scan reported: Cylinder 4,5,6 misfire. The car drove fine after I turned it off, and back on... but, every time I accelerate fast, the engine misfires very very bad. I would loose to a Honda civic on a race.

- Hudson, MA, USA

problem #3

Jul 022012

335 6-cyl

  • 75,000 miles
Car continues to have intermittent ABS brake failure after more than a year. BMW won't repair unless I pay for it. I have already had 1 electrical related safety recall due to battery cable. Several people on the BMW forum have had this issue as well, here is just 1 example: see below tsb #sib270212 for the ABS brake failure: ___________________________ vehicle: 2007 BMW 3 series ________________________________________ nature of defect: Power train:automatic transmission bulletin number: Sib270212 bulletin date: Dec 2012 ________________________________________ summary: BMW: Dsc warning light is on. The warning lamps for dsc, ABS and brake warning illuminated. There may also be a warning in the control display for chassis control system failure. ( NHTSA item number - 10051459 ),

- Richmond, TX, USA

problem #2

May 152013

335 6-cyl

  • 88,000 miles
My vehicle did not have a recall on the following items: Hpfp, fuel injectors, wastegate. Failure- long crank, engine malfunction light, engine service soon light, clicking(rattling) coming from bottom of car(waste gate), car lose power on freeway, when rev clicking in the fuel injectors. Please help I have read many people had the same problem and many people were issue a recall. I haven't got one and am 100% positive these three items needs repair. My car is a 2007 BMW 335I and has not been issued the recall for those 3 failures. 89450 mileage please issue one. Thank you I just bought the car as of 5/15/2013 from private owner and noticed the problem till 6/12/2013 and still experiencing these problems daily.

- Redding, CA, USA

problem #1

Jan 302012

335 6-cyl

  • 39,890 miles
I bought my brand new BMW X3 in 2007. There were small issues in the past but withing my manufacturer warrenty period. I had my rear brake pads replaced on Jan 23, 2012. On Jan 30, 2012, when I drove my X3 out my subdivison to go to work, the brake light, ABS light, and 4/4 light all on, plus load clunk type noise from rear, it was difficault to make a U-turn, managed back to home, called BMW unitedbmw dealer and towed my vehicle to dealer. They first told me that is software failure, they would try reprogram to fix, then called to tell the re-program did not work, it was mechanical transfer case actuator broken, a new one must be installed. The total charge for repair (part + labor - discount) is $2354.97. It was in the dealer for one week. The dealer insisted that it was my bad luck, not car's own issue even though the milage is less than 40K. I did some research online, found that there are plenty of similar cases and class-action lawsuits. Looks like BMW (2007 and 2008) models have lubricant problem, later BMW switched with different lubricant. Internet estimation says that ~30% of the vehichles (2007 & 2008) demonstrated this issue. As a consumer, I am trying to urge any car maker to be responsible for their products. But I never get any notice or recall from BMW dealers or maker in the past and when the problem surfaced.

- Duluth, GA, USA

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