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10.0

really awful
Crashes / Fires:
3 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
2 / 0
Average Mileage:
36,635 miles

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2003 BMW M3 seat belts / air bags problems

seat belts / air bags problem

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2003 BMW M3 Owner Comments

problem #11

Nov 152016

M3

  • 0 miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

Takata recall - this is a 2003 car I used to lease. BMW still has me as the lessee of this vehicle which was turned in to BMW in 2006. Someone driving this vehicle will not get this recall because of poor record keeping. This is not the only incidence. I have other leased BMW's that still had me as the lessee. Please investigate. Thank you.

- Bingham Farms, MI, USA

problem #10

Sep 192016

M3

  • 153,340 miles
Driving vehicle at highway speed ran over small/minor pothole resulting in passenger side curtain/head airbag to deploy. No passenger was in the vehicle at the time. No weighted object was in the passenger front seat from vehicle start to time of incident. Moved vehicle to side of road to inspect. No tire damage. No body damage. No evidence of ride height change (to suggest suspension compromise). I was ironically on the way to the dealership for recall work and they did a cursory inspection while the vehicle was on the rack. No obvious damage was identified. Car was mechanically sound after incident on the way to dealership and home ~30 miles driven. No rattles. No drifting. No change in handling. Concerned that this may be a phantom deployment or maladjusted sensor / SRS software issue. This is similar to other incidents reported on various online discussions for this body style (E46). BMW na has been contacted for further investigation. I am awaiting a reply from them (estimated in a few days per their representative).

- Davis, CA, USA

problem #9

May 282016

M3

  • miles
Takata recall. The contact owns a 2003 BMW M3. The contact received notification of NHTSA campaign number: 15V318000 (air bags); however, the part to do the repair was unavailable. The contact stated that the manufacturer exceeded a reasonable amount of time for the recall repair. The manufacturer was made aware of the issue. The contact had not experienced a failure. Parts distribution disconnect.

- Post Falls, ID, USA

problem #8

Aug 122016

M3

  • miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

Takata recall. The contact owns a 2003 BMW M3. The contact received notification of NHTSA campaign number: 15V318000 (air bags) in July of 2015. The part to do the repair was unavailable. The contact stated that the manufacturer exceeded a reasonable amount of time for the recall repair. The manufacturer was aware of the issue. The manufacturer informed the contact that another notification would be sent when the parts became available. The manufacturer stated that based on the location, the high humidity locations were their priority. The contact had not experienced a failure.

- Ashburn, VA, USA

problem #7

Sep 142015

M3 6-cyl

  • miles
Takata recall. The contact owns a 2003 BMW M3. The contact received notification of NHTSA campaign number: 15V318000 (air bags); however, the part needed to perform the repair was unavailable. The contact stated that the manufacturer exceeded a reasonable amount of time for the recall repair. The manufacturer was notified of the issue. The contact had not experienced a failure. VIN tool confirms parts not available......updated 08/11/16 the consumer stated the issue was resolved. Updated 08/17/16.

- Portland, OR, USA

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problem #6

Jul 012015

M3

  • 90,000 miles
Takata recall I received a letter from BMW notifying me of the recall in July 2015. It is May 2, 2016 and my dealer (BMW of silver spring, md) and BMW of North America llc still do not have the part(s) to implement the recall. This is unacceptable if NHTSA is allowing BMW to continue to manufacture and sell cars in North America with inflators that should be installed in cars already in service. It seems that money is the issue rather than parts supply for cars in service.

- Silver Spring, MD, USA

problem #5

Jul 012015

M3

  • miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

Takata recall. The contact owns a 2003 BMW M3. The contact received notification of NHTSA campaign number: 15V318000 (air bags) however, the parts to do the repair was not available. The contact stated that the manufacturer exceeded a reasonable amount of time for recall repair. The manufacturer was not notified of the issue. The contact had not experienced a failure. Parts distribution disconnect.

- North Bellmore, NY, USA

problem #4

May 222015

M3

  • miles
Takata recall. The contact owns a 2003 BMW M3. The contact received notification of NHTSA campaign number: 15V318000 (air bags); however, the part to do the repair was unavailable. The contact stated that the manufacturer exceeded a reasonable amount of time for the recall repair. The manufacturer was made aware of the issue. The contact had not experienced a failure. VIN tool confirms parts not available.

- Huron, OH, USA

problem #3

Dec 042011

M3

  • 55,000 miles
I was in a serious automobile accident involving a 2003 BMW M3. I sustained serious facial trauma that resulted in the loss of vision in my left eye. I had facial stitches as well after the accident. I believe that debris was discharged from the passenger side airbag. 2 surgeries were required after the accident to repair damages with no vision restored in my left eye. It was a frontal impact with a solid object.

- Irvine, CA, USA

problem #2

Jul 302012

M3

  • 99,647 miles
My car was in a collision where the driver of car 1 was making a turn into the main street, she turned too wide and could not complete the turn and decided to back up..she slammed into my car, damage was left front bumper, broken parking light, damage left front fender, xenon headlight module, (causes the left head light to turn of sometimes) and the air bag light came on, diagnosis found drivers seat belt tensioner fault, since there was the impact on the drivers side. The driver of car 1 was cited for he incident and also for driving on a learners permit alone. State farm only covered the body repair and declined the repair of the air bag and the head light. I am concerned about the safety of any one inside this car if there was any reason for the deployment of the air bag and it did not deploy at the time. My car was in perfect condition before this accident. I would like to have my car repaired and feel safe driving.

- Miami Lakes, FL, USA

problem #1

Apr 152003

M3 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 5,000 miles
My car was hit on the driver side resulting in the driver's door being indented 11" from it's normal position. The inside of the door was about 2 inches from the steering wheel. The side air bag did not deploy. BMW investigated the car and said that the angle on impact was from back to front which did not trigger the air bag. The body shop, the insurance adjuster and the accident investigator all said the air bag should have deployed.

- Kenwood, CA, USA

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