really awful
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 2
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
112,633 miles

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2002 BMW 325 cooling system problems

cooling system problem

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2002 BMW 325 Owner Comments

problem #3

Apr 072010


  • 104,900 miles


Car was driven approximately 50 miles and parked in a restaurant parking lot. Weather was wet and rainy, the defroster was running on the car for most of the trip. After sitting 25-30 minutes a resident near the restaurant called to notify that the car was on fire. Employees of the restaurant attempted to put out the fire with hand held extinguisher but was unable to completely do so. Emergency personnel showed up on the scene a short time later to unpower the car and put out the flame. Police and fire teams were on the scene. The fire seems to have originated from the auxiliary A/C fan in front of the condenser as that is where the heaviest damage is.

- Superior Township, MI, USA

problem #2

Jun 252009


  • 98,000 miles
I was driving my car when I saw smoke from under the hood. The car was not overheating and I pulled over, opened the hood and the wires connecting to the cooling fan had caused the plastic to start on fire. Luckily I was paying attention and had access to a fire extinguisher and was able to put out the flames.

- Minneapolis, MN, USA

problem #1

Apr 282009


  • 135,000 miles
2002 BMW 325 xi having new water pump and fan clutch replaced and oil change (4/27/09). After 15 minutes drive on I-90 (4/28/09) the car suddenly stop on the middle of I-90 near exit 11A. Near collision with a big truck that cause traffic stop. Manage to get into the maspike toll plaza, the engine damage and overheated. Car towed back to dealer, they have the old pump, new pump, fan clutches (old and new). The car nearly got hit by a truck that may cause fatal. The engine that have the parts replace to prevent the engine overheat overheated. No repair was performed. The engine failure.

- Worcester, MA, USA

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