definitely annoying
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
33,773 miles

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2003 BMW 325 suspension problems

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2003 BMW 325 Owner Comments

problem #10

Jan 082016


  • 98 miles


Driving the car the front driver wheel axial system fell off where the ball bearing held the wheel on 3/4" ball bearings fell off the car, and the other side was ready to fall apart as well I was driving and as I turned into the auto shop driveway the wheel fell apart good thing my teenage daughter was not driving it on the highway or expressway.

- San Jose, CA, USA

problem #9

Jan 192012


  • 177,000 miles
Originar request car gone for repair: Main issue; leak of anti-free, pump issue. Hose replacement. 2012 - package results no included in our original requests. Suspension problem: Tech found both rear coil springs broken. Note by car's owner: We when ahead and replaced both, although around 90% of my drive is in highways and my frequent passenger is only a 3 year old boy. Repair cost: Us$400 --------------------------------------- 2015- car brought over the dealership for "computer programming" as service was not available anywhere. Recommended services by the dealership: - "replace rear coil springs with lower pads. (both rear coil springs are broken) note: - although, we 'd like to make this repair we did not agreed to do so. - the tag price scaled to US766.28 without tax and we've been in a tight budget. - you may try searching online for "BMW rear coil springs complain, issue or problems." There are literally hundreds of complains on BMW's rear spring fail but still not recall, ( although by BMW own admission this should be consider a serious safety issue.

- Bradford, MA, USA

problem #8

May 152014

325 6-cyl

  • miles
Bilstein is a maker of aftermarket shocks. The rear bilstein shocks for the BMW 3-series from 1999-2006 are prone to premature failure. Bilstein has updated the part twice in an effort to fix the problem, but the shocks continually fail. There are thousands of premature failures of these shocks in the last five years. Rear shock failure creates dangerous handling problems, loss of braking performance, and damage to the vehicle. Stop bilstein from selling any more of these dangerous shocks! I have had nine rear shocks fail, and bilstein keeps sending out the same part as part of the lifetime warranty.

- Boston, MA, USA

problem #7

Aug 272003

325 6-cyl

  • 0 miles


BMW did not properly design the rear floor of the car body where it supports the rear subframe. As a result under normal driving, many of the BMW E46 3-series cars (325, 323, 330, in the I, ci, or cic trims, example 325ci or 330I) suffer from torn sheet metal where the rear subframe attaches to the body. This eventually causes a major safety hazard as the rear subframe and associated suspension can separately entirely from the vehicle resulting in a loss of control and severe crash. This can affect any E46 3-series car but is most common in models built from 1999-2001 and more common in manual transmission cars. The repair costs anywhere from $800 (pre-emptive strengthening of sheet metal if it has not torn already) to $5,000 (replacement of rear body subfloor). BMW settled a class-action lawsuit in 2009 allowing 3-series owners to have their cars inspected and in some cases repaired by BMW but this did not cover all affected cars and expired in December 2010 so not all owners were able to have their cars inspected or repaired by that date. In addition many cars have experienced subframe mounting failures after Dec 2010. BMW should be required to inspect, repair, and reinforce all E46 (1999-2005) 3-series bodies where the rear subframe mounts.

- Los Gatos, CA, USA

problem #6

Sep 102009

325 4-cyl

  • 74,268 miles
Rear springs were reported and replaced with BMW parts. At 112,172 miles (04/23/2013) they were reported broken again, but not replaced yet. Reported to BMW of North America, llc on 05/14/2013 who filed the report and denied any assistance.

- Duxbury, MA, USA

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problem #5

Jan 312012

325 6-cyl

  • miles
Both rear springs of my BMW 2003 325I were cracked & replaced Feb. 23, 2009. They now both are broken again. Any type warranty on the parts ? ridiculous !!!!

- Canton, OH, USA

problem #4

Aug 262010


  • 47,000 miles


Rear springs on 2003 BMW 325X1 both broken--yet shocks fully operational. Mechanic at local BMW dealership said this a defect in manufacturing(car has 47,000 miles) BMW refuses to acknowledge or repair defect.

- Shelby Twp., MI, USA

problem #3

Sep 102007

325 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 37,763 miles
Four times since I buy a 2003 BMW 325I, I have to get the auto to guarantee service for replacement of the struct front bushing, now, after replace them at 32,000 miles about four month ago, my car at 37,000 miles request a new bushings. They said me that BMW was no longer replace them by guarantee because of the road conditions in puerto rico. When I buy the car I paid for a guarantee and I think that is impossible that a car like this, the ultimate drive machine require every four month to replace that parts. They should install a good reinforced genuine parts and not a remanufactured. I always try to avoid the holes, but I ask when it's raining it start a red light that indicated " please avoid this hole". the dealer stated replaced lens and cover disc for both headlights, noises coming from both rear shock absorbers, replacing alternator drive belt tensioner, tensioner and pulleys, and removing and installing left or right rubber strip. Updated 10/24/07

- Mayaguez, PR, USA

problem #2

Dec 292004

325 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Sports suspension is causing the tires to pop when the vehicle tends to go over a bump. Taken vehicle to dealer for checkup, and repairs 3 times.

- Croton-On-Hudson, NY, USA

problem #1

Apr 042003

325 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 1,600 miles
1. transmission: After transmission repair, constant hard downshifting of automatic transmission when coming to a stop in D and S D modes. Vehicle jerks forward when decelerating between speeds of 42 to 35 mph (usually when driven before with speeds in excess of 50 miles an hour). Also, after transmission repair, constant loud thumping noise when coming to a stop 2. engine:intermittent loud engine revving and immediate torque loss occurring when taking off from a stop.intermittent delayed engine start of up to 3 seconds after turning key in ignition.intermittent prm idle fluctuation resulting in vehicle shuddering 3. brakes:loud break squeaking when coming to a stop 4. fuel tank / fuel pump:after defective fuel tank/pump replacement, recurrence of loud whining noise ( confirmed with BMW of North America) 5. cd player: Intermittent built-in business cd player skipping 6.steering wheel: Steering wheel creaking when turning.

- Walnut Creek, CA, USA

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