really awful
Crashes / Fires:
3 / 2
Injuries / Deaths:
3 / 0
Average Mileage:
60,627 miles

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2004 BMW 325 engine problems

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2004 BMW 325 Owner Comments

problem #11

Nov 172016


  • 160,000 miles


Takata recall I have requested since May 2015-novemebr 2017 a repair to this recall. My car was on a mountain going uphill and it stalled out and made flickering. It was towed to BMW sealership who kept the car for almost three months and could not fix. I called BMW to no resolution. The car was in motion going up a hill.

- San Anselmo, CA, USA

problem #10

May 112017


  • 48,831 miles
Thur May 11, 2017 lower engine caught fire while driving on sunrise highway near exit 49. Vehicle began to shut down and got to the shoulder and got out and saw the smoke coming out of the engine. The fire flames were in the engine at bottom of car. A driver behind saw the fire beneath car and was trying to catch up with me to inform that flames at bottom of car. Fire was put out by the highway safety unit.

- Brooklyn, NY, USA

problem #9

Jun 242016


  • miles
BMW jointly owned vehicle, was not returned to customers on demand, nor swapped as is customary business practice (I.e. BMW repair/recalled for BMW loaner car), and held for unreasonable amount of time. BMW recalled the vehicle, in part, defective airbags, and was to send a consent form to the customers prior to ordering parts/repairs. The customers never received the consent form as assured and expressed concerns about the BMW who damaged the vehicle in their possession or disabled state. July 15, 2016 BMW flatbed delivered with unidentified chemicals/toxins that resulted in front end physical damages and/or toxins in BMW that resulted in "poison exposure", toxology tests pending. The toxins maybe airbag chemicals, sodium azide, hydrazoic acid, or others, and need BMW tested. Please inform on who specifically performs these tests or Agency that does quickly due to the toxic nature. BMW had a duty to disclose these facts to customers, insurance, government, and others. 49 usc Safety Act 30101. Dot states ¿loaner vehicle¿ is customary practice in airbag recall, an obligation oem dealership, thus request the process in securing the loaner vehicle or reinstatement. BMW by affiliates, unilaterally took BMW loaner without providing a repaired BMW, unfair exchange, and was returned in a disabled status. ¿but for¿ wrecked/recalled defective BMW, a loaner would not have been required, Safety Act, 49 usc 30101. Please respond in writing, the process to (1) secure chemical tests; (2) vehicle safety review or decontamination, and (3) loaner car approval process for insurance. NHTSA Safety Act, 49 usc §30101 delegated by secretary of transportation, 49 cfr §1.95, inspect/investigate §30166(B)(1); civil penalties §30165(B); ensure recalled §30118-119; adequacy of recalls 49 usc §30120(C)(1), accelerate remedy programs 30120(C)(3); and other 49 usc §30166(G): BMW loaner

- Greendale, IN, USA

problem #8

Jul 202016

325 6-cyl

  • 7,000 miles


The vehicle (1.6 turbo) has a hesitancy to engage in acceleration relative to pressing the accelerator pedal. Once engaged, it immediately jumps out to a quick, jolting and what feels like an uncontrollable start. This typically happens at stop/start intersections where the car comes to a full and complete stop. Yesterday, (07.20.16) the vehicle choked and sputtered and almost stalled on a small rise when traffic started moving through a just-turned green light at a very busy intersection during rush hour. The tachometer winds out in a manner disproportionate to the speedometer reading. This does not mimic the effects of a turbo lag. Rather, it feels like the vehicle isn't getting a timely delivery of gas to the engine firing mechanisms (we would liken it to a dirty fuel line or a clogged carburetor on older cars), or the dual clutch system is debating whether or not to get in gear when demanded, or whatever device that interprets driver commands (pedal pushing) to engine performance isn't responding efficiently. The car has had one shop visit for this issue and the dealer (werner Hyundai, tallahassee) stated they 'reset the software." I will be taking the car back to the dealer the week of July 25, 2016. Unfortunately, I anticipate this issue will lead to a wreck, most likely from 1) being hit from behind as the car tries to figure out whether or not to accelerate, or 2) being T-boned at an intersection because the car won't accelerate through a rush-hour yellow light, or 3) being T-boned because my car launched (literally) out into oncoming traffic (that initially was at a safe distance away) once it got past the choke/sputter/stall point....updated 08/01/16

- Tallahassee, FL, USA

problem #7

Jun 242016


  • miles
Vehicle defects reported or recalled, BMW, oem, or other, yet with known defects was requested to drive an unsafe vehicle that is 'imminent danger' that can cause serious injury or death: Airbags. BMW replaced driver side airbag in 9/ 2014 then passenger side. Yet in 2015 accident, the airbags failed to detonate, and injury to persons/property occurred. BMW recalled driver's side airbag (2nd repair/3rd airbag) in 2015 and parts are on back order. BMW has the 'defective vehicle' (I.e. other issues engine, seat belts, etc. Remain) and provided a BMW loaner car through their affiliated partner (Toyota's jv alliance) enterprise in good faith pending repair. In June 2016, a 'cease & desist' was placed on the BMW, in part, due to a federal investigation or injury (I.e. defective airbag- explosive device~shooting shrapnel) that leaves 'driver in harm's way'. one could infer 'attempted murder' if the driver is placed behind the wheel of a defective vehicle or airbag: Millions of recalls. I am a material witness and am reporting intimidation, threats, hostility, and bullying over the BMW or defective airbags. This has resulted in professional defamation, personal injury, financial distress, and sabotage in various instances (to be reported in separate package to be sent to investigator due to confidentiality). The most recent occurred around June 23, 2016 when BMW/enterprise rental car stating "grand theft" of the vehicle in their possession or awaiting a swap? simple fact that BMW stated that an 'interim fix' was approved by dots but needed signed consent forms-- was sending them to me. BMW did not follow procedures, 'unauthorized entry, removal, destruction' of airbag with a 'cease & desist¿. on 6/24/16 going to enterprise/alamo-orlando was no issue/no unpaid bill. This did not stop continuation of harassment or retaliation (e.g. asef) unconstitutional or uncivil conduct.

- Lawrencebury, IN, USA

problem #6

Feb 072015

325 6-cyl

  • 121,868 miles
Vehicle leaks large amounts oil from valve gasket cover and oil filter housing compartment. I believe the engine block must have loose bolts which is causing the oil to leak and further cause a hazard in a possible engine fire due to this assembly of the engine. I am assuming BMW is well aware of this issue and believe a recall should be available.

- Sacramento, CA, USA

problem #5

Mar 032014

325 6-cyl

  • 134,000 miles


While driving in normal rush hour traffic my wife heard a loud pop from the engine compartment. The car lost power, brakes. She started to coast to the side of the road when other commuters started to yell at here to get out of the vehicle, at that time the cabin started to fill up with smoke. She tried to lower the window but that had lost power also. She was able to drive the car into the snow at the side of the road to stop it and then exited the vehicle. The 325xi started to burn and shortly was a total loss. Thank god she got out ok but was traumatized by the incident. Since this happened we have found many similar fires documented on the web.

- Prior Lake, MN, USA

problem #4

Jun 182009


  • 46,198 miles
Total engine failure. Air bag lights illuminated. Air condition failure. Several electrical component failures. Incident occurred at idle speed at stoplight. Currently window system failure due to automobile accident. Window were slow to roll prior to the accident. Reported to BMW denied for warranty coverage. Rear side highway speed contact airbags failed to deploy resulting in medical injury on October 11th 2013. Window now inoperable BMW still fails to acknowledge any responsibility to design flaw.

- Honolulu, HI, USA

problem #3

Sep 152011


  • 50,000 miles
The contact owns a 2004 BMW 325I. The contact stated that while driving at 25 mph the engine stalled without warning. The vehicle was towed to the dealer performed a diagnostic that located the failure at the engine cooling electronic sensor system failed and caused the engine to crack. The contact also consulted an independent mechanic whom advised that the engine electronic cooling sensor was made with defected aluminum. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure and denied assistance with the repaired. The vehicle was not repaired. The failure and the current mileage was 50,000.

- Fort Worth , TX, USA

problem #2

Nov 222011


  • 50,000 miles
The contact owns a 2004 BMW 325I. The contact stated that while driving approximately 30 mph, the engine stalled without prior warning. The engine restarted and the vehicle resumed; however within five miles the failure recurred. The vehicle failed to restart and was towed to an authorized dealer. The technician stated that the engine exhibited a crack. The vehicle may possibly be repaired for the defect. In 2007, the engine was leaking a significant amount of oil and an unknown repair was performed by the dealer. In addition, the air condition compressor was replaced by the dealer three times. The manufacturer was notified of the problem. The approximate failure mileage was 50,000.

- Fort Worth, TX, USA

problem #1

Sep 152011

325 6-cyl

  • 49,000 miles
The contact owns a 2004 BMW 325I. The contact was driving 30 mph when the engine stalled. The vehicle was towed to the dealer who advised that there was a crack in the engine and water was entering the engine. The dealer needed to replace the engine at the owner's expense of $12,000. The manufacturer offered no further assistance. The failure mileage was 49,000 miles.

- Fort Worth, TX, USA

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