hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
64,580 miles

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2000 BMW 323 cooling system problems

cooling system problem

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2000 BMW 323 Owner Comments

problem #4

Jun 262007

323 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 82,000 miles


In late March,2007, my BMW 323I blew a head gasket after only 82,000 miles.this was after the car being babied with service etc.the dealer I took the car to, presstige imports in santa rosa, ca. Found that the cooling system was running at over 300 degrees and warped the block, ruining the engine. They were as confused about this as I was because they had performed all of the service and had just serviced the car 2 months before, with no indication of any problem. They asked BMW for some help in the repair cost since this was so unusual.they also gave me a loaner car at no charge, and have been unbelievably wonderful throughout this whole experience. BMW came back and announced that they don't care about the problem and won't intervene at all, causing me to have to pay about $6000 for a " used" engine to be put in. I have since gone onto google and found hundreds of posted pages about other owners having the same problem.this is obviously a problem that BMW refuses to acknowledge, and I would like to find out what can be done about it or them. Thank you for any assistance that you may be able to provide. Robert lackey

- Windsor, CA, USA

problem #3

Feb 062007

323 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 75,800 miles
During hwy operation of my vehicle, without warning the coolant expansion tank ruptured with a 7 inch long gap.

- Woodstock, GA, USA

problem #2

Dec 152006

323 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 81,518 miles
Since purchase of this vehicle (2000 BMW 323I, VIN [xxx]), we've had nothing but trouble with it and no one can fix it properly. It's left my wife and children stranded because of a known vanos timing problem. And now I've had to have the engine completely replaced at the cost of $7,300 because of another known problem...the cheap, plastic coolant expansion tank that cracked and caused the engine to overheat to complete failure. These are a few of the known problem that BMW is keenly aware of. When will someone hold them accountable for the production of vehicles made with inferior components and make them recall these suspected parts? I knew I should have bought a Toyota! updated 07/11/2012 information redacted pursuant to the Freedom Of Information Act (FOIA), 5 U.S.C. 552(B)(6)

- Apex, NC, USA

problem #1

Mar 142002


  • Automatic transmission
  • 19,000 miles
Subject: Intermittent ihka blower operation on BMW E46 produced prior to 06/2000. Situation: The ihka blower will intermittently cut out. The ihka lcd display will indicate that the blower is operating even though the blower is not functioning. Cause: Ihka final stage resistor (blower regulator).

- Odessa, TX, USA

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