really awful
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 1
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
137,280 miles

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2000 BMW 323 engine problems

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2000 BMW 323 Owner Comments

problem #5

May 272016


  • 148,000 miles


The brake lights and turn signals don't work... the transmission- reverse has gone out... and the radiator has a serious leak... makes the car run hot!

- Dallas, TX, USA

problem #4

Feb 012007


  • 67,000 miles
Bought my 2000 BMW 323I brand new, I'm the first and only owner. I have had it only dealer serviced with all records kept. At 67K miles the reverse went out. Dealer told me it was the transmission. Being that it would be in the thousands to fix I continued driving it with no reverse. Meaning I push it. I contacted BMW on several occasions and I was told it was regular wear and tear on the car that caused it. Yet there are thousands of people out there who have reported the same problem on online forums. Shame on BMW for not taking responsibility for this problem.

- Pasadena, CA, USA

problem #3

Mar 272013


  • 270,000 miles
The contact owns a 2000 BMW 323I. The contact stated that the vehicle was parked when he noticed that a fire had erupted from the passenger's side of the vehicle. The contact called the fire department to extinguish the fire. The fire department could not identify what caused the fire. There were no injuries. The vehicle was not destroyed. The contact did not call the manufacturer. The failure mileage was 270,000.

- Ledgewood, NJ, USA

problem #2

Dec 222012

323 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 47,000 miles
The contact owns a 2000 BMW 323I. The contact stated that the check engine light, eml, and dsc warning lamp illuminated. The contact also mentioned that the vehicle went into limp mode and failed to accelerate over 20 mph. The vehicle was taken to an independent mechanic. The technician diagnosed that the engine throttle body and engine dme needed to be replaced. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure. The vehicle was repaired. The failure mileage and the current mileage was 93,000. Updated 3/8/13 updated 04/12/2013

- Palm Desert, CA, USA

problem #1

Nov 022012


  • 154,400 miles
Was trying to reverse N it wouldn't it periodically won't reverse until car warms up. Window won't go up without manually pulling it up.

- Richmond, VA, USA

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