definitely annoying
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
31,961 miles

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2001 BMW 325 engine problems

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2001 BMW 325 Owner Comments

problem #5

Jan 102011


  • miles


Purchased the car used, in January 2011, with approximately 110,000 miles. Vehicle had several stored engine codes, PO0300,171,174,1345,1351,1353; mostly relating to oxygen sensors and the maf. All engine hoses, the maf, all 4 oxygen sensors and the ignition coil packs were replaced by a certified mechanic. Within 2 months of normal driving, all codes had returned. Mechanic is unable to determine the points of failure for these issues and BMW denies any existing problem the passenger side airbag light, turns on and off, randomly, whether someone is sitting there, or not. Failure of the sensor could cause the ab not to deploy during an accident, causing serious, if not fatal, injury. BMW is aware of the issue, does not replace/repair. Door lock/window/windshield wiper control module, known as GM5, fails randomly and often. It has failed several times, while I was in the car. Since it disables the door locks and windows, I was trapped in my car for several minutes. Thankfully, I had the window rolled down far enough to pass my keys to someone on the outside, so they could unlock the door. In an accident, passengers could be stuck, keeping emergency workers from giving them medical attention, in a timely fashion. BMW is fully aware of the problem, but denies it's existence. I also receive random exterior light out warnings, on the dash. Usually, it's both taillights, but more frequently, it is the driver side light sensor, that fails, though the light is actually working, just fine.

- Staten Island, NY, USA

problem #4

Sep 172008


  • 84,100 miles
The contact owns a 2001 BMW 325ci. The vehicle would not start. The vehicle was towed to the dealer on September 17, 2008 and has not yet been diagnosed. The VIN was unknown. The current and failure mileages were 84,100.

- Los Vegas, NV, USA

problem #3

Mar 142008

325 6-cyl

  • 53,207 miles
Car dies in intersections on "cold starts" occurs on all cold starts and when backing out garage.

- Kennewick, WA, USA

problem #2

Mar 152003


  • Manual transmission
  • 22,500 miles
The engine of my car shut off, and upon being towed to the dealer, they got back to me to say that the engine failed as a result of drivers error from a downshift from 4th to 2nd. The dealer said that this was identified by the car's computer system. However, after talking to many mechanics, I have been instructed that this problem could never have been identified by a car's computer, and this was just an out for the manufacturer and dealer. I am not satisfied with their answer, and am looking for a way to protest their decision. For right now, I was stuck paying for the total bill which exceeded $6000.

- Belle Vernon, PA, USA

problem #1

Dec 012001


  • miles
The service engine soon light had come on intermittent. The asc + T light and the park brake light had come on also. The mechanic stated that the problem was due to the damaged sensor.

- S.Pietro Clarenza, 00, USA

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