really awful
Crashes / Fires:
1 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
74,641 miles

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2002 BMW 325 steering problems

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2002 BMW 325 Owner Comments

problem #13

Apr 152018


  • 150,000 miles


The steering wheel resists turning back to the left after a right turn. The problem is getting worse. It is my daily driver and every week the resistance is harder to overcome. It is getting very concerning about the safety aspects of this problem.

- Bothell, WA, USA

problem #12

Sep 132017


  • 172,400 miles
Ignition selaniod isn't working. When I turn the key to start the car, the ignition thinks the car has started, but the engine doesn't turn over. It takes multiple tries to get the car to start.

- Coventry, CT, USA

problem #11

Feb 192014

325 6-cyl

  • 160,000 miles
02/19/2014 on a dry day, while driving in the center lane on I-4 around lakeland-fl, with 70mph a fedex vehicle's right rear tire blew off in front of me. I hit the brakes to avoid collision. ABS did not work and my brakes locked, my car has started spinning (3-4 times). My car went from the middle lane to the left lane then to the most right lane and off the road. Luckily I did not hit any other vehicles or the metal/concrete barriers while spinning out of the road.after the incident, while driving I have noticed a limping at slow speed and high vibration at higher speeds. All 4 tires were damaged. 3 warning lights appeared on the dashboard: Dsc + ABS + brake(red color). On 02/22 I took my vehicle to my mechanic.all 4 tires were found were because of the braking.the diagnostics tool read: 5df5 - control unit internal failure.I needed 4 new tires and my tires had 9/32 thread depth and were almost new. On Sunday - 02/23/2014 - I took in my vehicle for the tires. The tire shop declined to replace the tires under warranty because they were damaged by braking.they were nice enough to give me a discount and replaced the tires for $350. Teves dsc MK60 has been a problem not only in bmws but other brands such as VW and Audi. Just google it.if you are lucky the issue surfaces itself while the vehicle is under warrantyif not, the ABS pump unit is over $2300+labor and dsc module is over $1100+labor.I already spent $500 for the tires and brake flush. I have to pay one of the above prices to get my ABS fixed.I did not have any warning lights before my ABS (if dsc does not work ABS does not work) failed.the lights came on for a few days and now they are not on this is very dangerous and needs to be investigated by NHTSA and fixed by BMW usa with a recall. I could have killed myself or hurt/kill other innocent people on that highway.ABS/dsc are very important safety components.

- Tampa, FL, USA

problem #10

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 #9

Mar 132007

325 6-cyl

  • 44,758 miles
I noticed a cracking sound coming from the right front wheel when making a left turn. Dealership technician noticed noise on right/front side. Checked the front end and found right/front sway bar mount is loose. Retightened right/front sway bar assembly and checked left/front sway bar. Retightened.

- Scarsdale, NY, USA

problem #8

Mar 062007

325 6-cyl

  • 44,531 miles
Heard squeaking noise when driving over bumps and driving slow, also when making turns. Dealership technician checked the front end after road testing the vehicle. Found that both drive axles lost all lubricant; right/front inner and outer C/V joint was contaminated. Removed both front strut hub assembly and lower control arms from axles, removed and replaced both front complete axle assembly. Reinstalled front end components which were removed.

- Scarsdale, NY, USA

problem #7

Jan 112008

325 6-cyl

  • 52,770 miles


Found leak on floor. Technician at dealership found that power steering line from pump to rack leaking fluid. Replaced power steering line from pump to rack. Filled and bled system.

- Scarsdale, NY, USA

problem #6

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 #5

Nov 162011

325 6-cyl

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

- Scarsdale, NY, USA

problem #4

Oct 212011


  • 117,000 miles
The contact owns a 2002 BMW 325I. The contact stated that the ABS and brake warning lights illuminated. The vehicle was taken to a local mechanic who performed a diagnostic that located the failure at the steering stability control angle sensor. The mechanic replaced the rear brake light. The steering stability control angle sensor was not repaired. The manufacturer advised that the steering failure was under investigation. The VIN was not available. The failure and the current mileage was 117,000.

- Brea, CA, USA

problem #3

Oct 012011

325 6-cyl

  • miles


We purchased our BMW 325 new in 2002. This car has been garage kept and well cared for. The vehicle has only 70,000 miles on the car. This car is now on it's 3rd set of control arms on the vehicle. I have heard this is a common problem but BMW refuses to issue a recall or service notification. Obviously the parts that are being used to replace the previous parts are defective. We have been told that they are "official" BMW parts. If this defect was not discovered and failed at slower or at highway speeds it could cause life threatening injuries or worse. Additionally the fix is very expensive to repair. Can you look into this?

- Rochester, MI, USA

problem #2

Nov 212003


  • miles
Follow-up to November 20, 2003 correspondence to Mr. Sean haggard of BMW of North America regarding the steering wheel locking on three occasions. The vehicle was taken to the dealer on two occasion to rectify the problem. Each time the vehicle was inspected no problem was found therefore the vehicle was returned to the consumer. (nar)

- Los Angeles, CA, USA

problem #1

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

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