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Crashes / Fires:
0 / 1
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
64,392 miles

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2003 BMW 325 lights problems

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2003 BMW 325 Owner Comments

problem #4

Dec 012008

325 6-cyl

  • 53,000 miles


The contact owns a 2003 BMW 325I. The contact stated that the rear passenger side tail light would fail intermittently. The vehicle was taken to the dealer where the contact was advised that the vehicle was functioning as designed. There was a small electrical fire from the tail lights. The manufacturer was contacted, but denied assistance with the repair because the VIN was not included in NHTSA campaign id number: 11V438000 (exterior lighting:tail lights. The failure mileage was 53,000 and the current mileage is 94,000. The consumer stated the intermittent issue with the tail lights was ignored for many years. Updated 02/23/12

- Seminole, FL, USA

problem #3

Oct 012008

325 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 120,000 miles
The contact owns a 2003 BMW 325xi. While the vehicle was parked the contact noticed the exterior warning light illuminated on the instrument panel indicating the tail lights were not functioning. The contact stated the tail lights and brake lights failed to function intermittently and the wires had melted. The vehicle was taken to the dealer for diagnostic testing where the technician replaced the bulb holder panel. The failure continued to occur after the vehicle was repaired. There was a recall under NHTSA campaign id number: 11V438000 (exterior lighting:tail lights) that may be related to the failure. The manufacturer stated the VIN was not included in the recall. The approximate failure mileage was 120,000. Updated 02/15/12 updated 02/17/12

- York, PA, USA

problem #2

Jul 092010

325 6-cyl

  • 46,578 miles
The contact owns a 2003 BMW 330. The contact stated that the brake light assembly had melted. The contact took the vehicle to the dealer to have the brake assembly replaced since both lights failed. Tsb action number 10025585 was related to the tail light failure. The contact called the manufacturer regarding a recall and was told that there was no further escalation process to follow regarding reimbursement. The contact was concerned that there was no recall related to the tail lights since a fire could potentially occur. The failure mileage was 46,578. Updated 10/20/10 updated 10/21/10 the consumer is seeking reimbursement due to recall 11V438000 being issued. Updated 05/17/12

- Ohmaha, NE, USA

problem #1

Mar 112008

325 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 37,990 miles
The tail light assembly keeps failing. And I loose the tail lights. The first time this happened was in 2005 on the right hand side and now it happened on the left hand side.

- Fort.Lauderdale, FL, USA

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