hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 1
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
74,120 miles

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2001 BMW 325 fuel system problems

fuel system problem

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2001 BMW 325 Owner Comments

problem #2

Apr 302010


  • 148,241 miles


BMW 325I 2001 I was driving on the freeway when I started to hear the sound of metal dragging. I pulled over and noticed that the strap that holds the passenger side gas tank up had busted welds where the strap attaches to the front. The bracket that holds the strap was completely gone and you could see that the welds clearly broke. This seems very dangerous especially because the strap that dangles down drags on the ground and I'm sure causes sparks right under the gas tank that is unsupported due to the failure. Upon looking on a BMW forum this is not an isolated incident and it has happened to others in the exact same place. My email is [xxx] if you have any information you can give me to help make BMW take responsibility for this. Information redacted pursuant to the Freedom Of Information Act (FOIA), 5 U.S.C. 552(B)(6).

- Austin, TX, USA

problem #1

Aug 302001

325 4WD

  • miles
A bmwxi sports wagon with one month service developed a fuel overflow onto the cement floor of a garage attached to a single family home. The fuel gauge read zero with the warning light on.even though the tank had just been filled. The wires from the fuel tank (sender) to the gauge in the passanger compartment were severed above the tank by rodents who had left their nest on the top of the tank. The top of the fuel tank on the left side was open to the outside giving mice or rats access through the undercarriage. A fire danger existed in the garage as a driver had attemped to fill twice to extinguish the warning light on the fuel gauge. Resulting in the volital expansion and overflow of gas. Towing service refused to take the car to the dealer until the fire department came to inspect.and allow Transport. Thus there are two problems 1) the wiring harness for the entire car needs replacing (solder and tape are not adequate. 2) the portal of entry to the wiring that was cut must be closed to rodents. This is serious, soldered wires may develope cold non conducting joints in the temperature cycle, thus causing another spillage of gas when the car is parked at home and even destruction of a house.

- Bowie, MD, USA

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