really awful
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 1
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
143,255 miles

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2004 BMW 325 fuel system problems

fuel system problem

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2004 BMW 325 Owner Comments

problem #4

Jun 162017


  • 200,020 miles


The contact owns a 2004 BMW 325I. While attempting to start the vehicle, it failed to respond. The vehicle was towed to sterling BMW (3000 West coast hwy, newport beach, ca 92663) where it was diagnosed that the fuel tank and fuel pump needed to be replaced. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was not notified, but was contacted regarding recall inquiries. The approximate failure mileage was 200,020.

- Coto De Caza, CA, USA

problem #3

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 #2

Jul 012008

325 6-cyl

  • 79,000 miles
Every summer since 2008 when the gas tank is full or near full, fuel drips from the gas tank during hot weather. Replacing the solenoid as was recommended has not solved this problem. I have found the gas dripping on several occasions during hot weather only when the tank is full or near full. This occurs with the car being parked in the sun with the engine not running. Last month, September 2012 after returning to may car after work, I had started the car first, then went to get my things out of the trunk, I saw gasoline pouring like a fountain under the car for a few minutes, then slowed down to dripping. I have not driven the car since. We took it immediately to our mechanic. It was determined to be leaking from the top of the gas tank. BMW wants over $5000 to replace the gas tank! this car is not safe to drive with this problem! can't drive it, can't somg it, or re-register it without repairing the faulty gas tank!

- Hanford, CA, USA

problem #1

Sep 282012


  • 160,000 miles
The contact owns a 2004 325 BMW. The contact stated that while driving 55 mph, the vehicle began to decelerate independently to 35 mph. The contact attempted to accelerate but the vehicle stalled. The contact pulled over and attempted to restart the vehicle but it failed. The vehicle was towed to a mechanic for inspection where they stated that the fuel pump needed to be replaced. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was notified and stated that there were no recalls for the vehicle. The failure mileage was 160,000.

- Plumman, MI, USA

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