hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
59,098 miles

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2006 BMW 325 Owner Comments (Page 3 of 4)

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problem #32

Nov 092010

325 6-cyl

  • 85,500 miles


The door locks on my car failed resulting in not being able to unlock any of the doors with the key fob. I can unlock the driver side door with the valet key. None of the other doors can be unlocked and can not even be opened from the inside. If someone got locked inside the car, they could be in serious trouble. Not to mention the fact that if in an accident any passengers in my car would have been unable to get out because the door locks malfunctioned.

- San Marcos, CA, USA

problem #31

Oct 282010


  • 39,415 miles
I was in my car (BMW 325I - 2006) with two kids, a toddler and a newborn. I locked the door and window because my toddler wanted to open the door. Later I tried to roll down the rear window and heard a crack. The window was broken. This is a big safety issue especially you have kids in the car. I had to drive home with the window broken and down with my kids in there. The weather was cold and of course was very dangerous because my toddler knows how to open the seat belt and also possessed dangerous to other vehicles as she can throw toys out of the window. I will take my vehicle to BMW dealer tomorrow to see what they can do to fix the situation. I've never had expected that I can roll down the window while it is locked. How do I suppose to remember that the window has been locked or what if my spouse locked it while she drove. I've never had this issue with other vehicles.

- Centreville, VA, USA

problem #30

Oct 172010

325 6-cyl

  • 83,270 miles
The door locks have failed twice on my 2006 BMW 325I. The only possible way to open the car is by using the exterior key. The rear doors will not open and the ppassengers had to crawl across the seats to exit the car. They just failed without warning.

- Seminole, FL, USA

problem #29

Oct 032010


  • 49,634 miles


The driver's side locks would not unlock on the door. The passenger's side was unlocked and wouldn't lock back. I had to climb across the passenger's seat to get out. This is a terrifying experience especially when thinking about what happens if there's an emergency and this happens. Very frightening.

- Charlotte, NC, USA

problem #28

Aug 312010


  • 29,000 miles
I have a 2006 BMW 325I. The car has automatic locks that can be triggered with a remote key or inside the car with a lock/unlock button in the dashboard. The "unlock" feature has failed and I am unable to unlock the car with either the remote or the lock/unlock button in the dashboard. In addition, the only door that can be unlocked from either inside the car or outside the car is the driver's side front door. All the other passenger doors are locked and cannot be unlocked or opened. This obviously creates a major safety issue. The gas tank is also locked when this happens, however, this can be overcome through the manual gas tank release in the trunk. The lock failure must be remedied with some type of repair, either of a fuse or a repair of the actuators.

- San Francisco, CA, USA

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problem #27

Sep 262010


  • 55,000 miles
The door locks on my car failed resulting in not being able to unlock any of the doors with the key fob. I can unlock the driver side door with the valet key. None of the other doors can be unlocked and can not even be opened from the inside. This is a safety issue with the heat in southern California recently someone getting locked inside their car could be in serious trouble. Not to mention the fact that if in an accident any passengers in my car would have been unable to get out because the door locks malfunctioned.

- Burbank, CA, USA

problem #26

Sep 212010


  • 99,500 miles


Driver side door lock not unlocking with either the remote or manual handle inside, will only open with the key manually on the outside of the car.

- Salt Lake City, UT, USA

problem #25

Oct 112007


  • 18,885 miles
The contact owns a 2006 BMW 325I. The contact stated the doors will not open from the inside or the outside, causing someone to be trapped inside the vehicle. The dealer diagnosed the failure to be that the fuses are blowing out causing the electronic locks to malfunction.this had been the second time he contact had been trapped inside the vehicle. There had been no repairs. The failure mileage was 18885 and the current mileage was 60000.

- Murrells Inlet, SC, USA

problem #24

Sep 032010


  • 27,333 miles
The contact owns a 2006 BMW 330I. The contact stated that the driver side door would not unlock neither from the inside nor the outside of the vehicle. The vehicle was taken to the dealer where they stated that they would diagnose the vehicle and attempt to determine a remedy. The vehicle was not yet repaired. The failure mileage was 27,333 and the current mileage was 27,443.

- Chula Vista, CA, USA

problem #23

Sep 062010


  • 48,000 miles
3 doors on the car would not open from inside or outside of the car. Luckily the driver door still worked. In the event of an accident or fire this is a severe hazard.

- Pleasant Hill, CA, USA

problem #22

Sep 062010


  • 84,000 miles


Doors will not unlock from the inside. Occupants are locked in vehicle. Blown fuse (no 57) caused by amperage spike in one of the door lock actuators. Spike is due to contamination with silicone. BMW has issued a sib on this problem.

- Raeford, NC, USA

problem #21

Aug 272010


  • 71,000 miles
Door locks will not open when inside the car using the remote or the lock/unlock button or the handle.

- Jacksonville, FL, USA

problem #20

Jul 242010


  • 34,941 miles
I have a 2006 BMW 325 I with only 34K on it, all its doors except the driver door cant be open from inside or outside, only driver door open. It is a great danger in case of accident or fire people from passenger side or from rear seats can get stuck.

- Schaumburg, IL, USA

problem #19

Jul 192010


  • 101,600 miles
The door locks on my 2006 BMW 325xi all failed at once without any warning. The front passenger and both rear doors do not unlock at all, either electronically or manually. The driver side door will open with the key and is the only one, so far, that can be opened from inside the vehicle. Had passengers been in the car and the car was involved in an accident, it would have been extremely difficult to exit the vehicle.

- Hopkins, MN, USA

problem #18

Jul 152010


  • 31,050 miles
The door locks stopped working due to well known by BMW faulty door actuators. Left side got locked, while right side kept being unlocked. The worst part is that I could not close the locked passenger door, so we had to "belt it" to the back passenger door to eb able to make it home. Shame on BMW for very poor design w/O any mechanical way of locking/unlocking. Very unsafe it happens at collision.

- Walnut, CA, USA

problem #17

Jun 252010


  • 83,000 miles
BMW door locks randomly and automatically engaged. This is one week after a service performed at the dealer for an electrical issue. Locks would not disengage except manually with emergency key (from outside). Driver's door is the only door that will open - others are inoperable. Fuel filler cap will also not open. Have researched and found this is a common problem. This should be researched by BMW and remedied at no cost to the consumer - this is definitely an inconvenience and could be dangerous or potentially fatal.

- Chapel Hill, NC, USA

problem #16

Jun 162010


  • 69,000 miles
Failure of door lock actuators in 2006 BMW 330I. Inside lock/unlock button would not function, remote keyless entry would not unlock any doors, key would unlock driver front door, gas door could not open, no way to unlock/open passenger front/rear or driver rear doors even using inside handles. Children were in the car and had to exit either through the driver front door or through an open window. Serious safety issue preventing or delaying egress of passengers.

- Ocala, FL, USA

problem #15

Jun 032010


  • 69,200 miles
The contact owns a 2006 BMW 325I. While the vehicle was parked, the contact and occupants attempted to exit the locked doors. However, the front driver side automated door lock mechanism was the only functioning device in the vehicle that would allow the door to unlock. The vehicle occupants exited from the front driver side door. The vehicle was taken to an authorized dealer where the technician stated the failure was contributed to a defective door latch. The vehicle had not been repaired at the time of the complaint due to the excessive repair cost. There was a technical service bulletin related to the defect. The technical service bulletin number was unknown. The contact had significant concern of the safety hazard. The failure mileage was 69,200.

- Estero, FL, USA

problem #14

Aug 202009


  • 54,000 miles
2006 BMW 325I door lock system failure. The fuses relating the door lock system keep blowing out. They should recall for actuator change.

- Houston, TX, USA

problem #13

Dec 032009


  • 58,000 miles
Without warning or indication of a pending failure, the electric door locks failed to unlock all four doors. The lock/unlock switch on the dash would not unlock the doors nor would the unlock button on the key remote. The only door that can be unlocked is the driver"S door and only when using the integrated key directly with the exterior of the door or using the ?double jerk" mechanism (mechanical override) of the inside door handle. None of the passengers doors have the "double jerk" mechanism (mechanical override) and anybody riding as a passenger would be stuck in the car with a means of exit other than the driver?S door or the windows. In conjunction with this failure, the gas compartment and the electrical rearview mirrors stopped working. The dealer attributed the failure to damaged battery, battery cables and the door actuators, but refused to cover the costs for fixing the problem. My car has turned into a death trap. An ex-mechanic of the dealer has said that this is a common problem he has seen. This is a safety issue that needs to be addressed now before some gets seriously injured or even dies as a result of this design defect.

- Dorado, PR, USA

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