hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
62,817 miles

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2003 BMW 318 suspension problems

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2003 BMW 318 Owner Comments

problem #4

Jan 192012


  • 177,000 miles


Originar request car gone for repair: Main issue; leak of anti-free, pump issue. Hose replacement. 2012 - package results no included in our original requests. Suspension problem: Tech found both rear coil springs broken. Note by car's owner: We when ahead and replaced both, although around 90% of my drive is in highways and my frequent passenger is only a 3 year old boy. Repair cost: Us$400 --------------------------------------- 2015- car brought over the dealership for "computer programming" as service was not available anywhere. Recommended services by the dealership: - "replace rear coil springs with lower pads. (both rear coil springs are broken) note: - although, we 'd like to make this repair we did not agreed to do so. - the tag price scaled to US766.28 without tax and we've been in a tight budget. - you may try searching online for "BMW rear coil springs complain, issue or problems." There are literally hundreds of complains on BMW's rear spring fail but still not recall, ( although by BMW own admission this should be consider a serious safety issue.

- Bradford, MA, USA

problem #3

Aug 272003

318 6-cyl

  • 0 miles
BMW did not properly design the rear floor of the car body where it supports the rear subframe. As a result under normal driving, many of the BMW E46 3-series cars (325, 323, 330, in the I, ci, or cic trims, example 325ci or 330I) suffer from torn sheet metal where the rear subframe attaches to the body. This eventually causes a major safety hazard as the rear subframe and associated suspension can separately entirely from the vehicle resulting in a loss of control and severe crash. This can affect any E46 3-series car but is most common in models built from 1999-2001 and more common in manual transmission cars. The repair costs anywhere from $800 (pre-emptive strengthening of sheet metal if it has not torn already) to $5,000 (replacement of rear body subfloor). BMW settled a class-action lawsuit in 2009 allowing 3-series owners to have their cars inspected and in some cases repaired by BMW but this did not cover all affected cars and expired in December 2010 so not all owners were able to have their cars inspected or repaired by that date. In addition many cars have experienced subframe mounting failures after Dec 2010. BMW should be required to inspect, repair, and reinforce all E46 (1999-2005) 3-series bodies where the rear subframe mounts.

- Los Gatos, CA, USA

problem #2

Sep 102009

318 4-cyl

  • 74,268 miles
Rear springs were reported and replaced with BMW parts. At 112,172 miles (04/23/2013) they were reported broken again, but not replaced yet. Reported to BMW of North America, llc on 05/14/2013 who filed the report and denied any assistance.

- Duxbury, MA, USA

problem #1

Jan 312012

318 6-cyl

  • miles
Both rear springs of my BMW 2003 325I were cracked & replaced Feb. 23, 2009. They now both are broken again. Any type warranty on the parts ? ridiculous !!!!

- Canton, OH, USA

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