hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
84,810 miles

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2002 BMW 325 drivetrain problems

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2002 BMW 325 Owner Comments

problem #8

May 212015


  • 160,000 miles


The contact owns a 2002 BMW 325xi. The contact stated that while shifting from reverse to drive, there was a three second delayed response. The vehicle accelerated independently and the rpms began to increase. The failure recurred on four separate occasions only after the vehicle was stationary for a short period of time. The vehicle was taken to the dealer. The technician diagnosed that the transmission control module needed to be reprogrammed. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 160,000.

- Omaha, NE, USA

problem #7

Mar 012013


  • 200,000 miles
This is not as much a complaint as a request for help. Since March of 2013 I have replaced 5 throttle bodies and 3 gas pedal sensors, all oem parts. The problem that happened again today: Driving at normal highway speed [55/60] the eml, traction control and brake warning lights all went on. Pulled over and turned off. Restarted, now "service engine, eml, traction control and brake lights" were on. Turned off, restarted, same lighting situation, very rough idle and car would not drive, as it was struggling for fuel. Unplugged the "mass air flow sensor": car started, displayed no warning lights, drove fine about 8 miles to repair shop. Code read shows, "throttle position sensor", replaced..same problem within minutes of driving. A little internet research on E46 finds this an all to common problem with no solution. Thanks in advance.

- Mt. Airy, MD, USA

problem #6

Apr 072006

325 6-cyl

  • 35,637 miles
Noticed that when driving on curvy roads it feels like riding on a rough road patch or feels like braking. Dealership technician found defective torque converter and filter. No fault in memory. Removed and exchanged torque converter. Removed transmission oil pan and replaced transmission oil filter and oil and flushed all transmission cooling lines.

- Scarsdale, NY, USA

problem #5

Sep 192011

325 6-cyl

  • 90,525 miles


The front left outer axle boot cracked and grease was spilling on the ground. Dealership replaced cv boot (axle boot).

- Scarsdale, NY, USA

problem #4

Nov 162011

325 6-cyl

  • 92,715 miles
Right/front cv boot (axle boot) is torn and leaking. Dealership replaced it.

- Scarsdale, NY, USA

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problem #3

Sep 012011


  • 80,000 miles
Vehicle routinely stalls when engine is cold and car is placed in reverse. We back out of the garage and go over the slight bump at the threshold, and the car stalls and must be re-started. Seems as if engine is idling very high as well. Once re-started, the car seems to run ok.

- Reston, VA, USA

problem #2

Aug 152003


  • Automatic transmission
  • 10,000 miles
BMW 325 ci: I have experienced so many problems with my 325ci BMW, I bought the car in November, the car is not even 1 year old and I have taken to service four times already. My car is a 2002 and at this moment it has 10,660 miles. The car has a major computer problem. My ABS seems to be malfunctioning as well as my emergency brake, and to make matters worse the transmission has been reprogramed and pieces are coming off in the inside. I have taken the car to service the past three weeks for the the computer and the body. Lucky BMW does have great service and I havent had to pay for a single repair. But I would really like to file a lemon law on the car because I know the problems with the car will never stop.

- Miami, FL, USA

problem #1

May 152003


  • Automatic transmission
  • 9,600 miles
I purchased this vehicle 2 weeks ago. One night while driving on the beltway about 70 mph the car started losing power. Almost all the sensors were illuminated on the dash board. I barely made it over to the emergency lane. To make matters worst BMW roadside assistance stated they are not allowed to assist anyone on route 495. BMW would not allow me to return the vehicle, but it is in the repair shop.

- Waldorf, MD, USA

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