definitely annoying
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
36,133 miles

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2006 BMW 325 Owner Comments

problem #6

Apr 142014

325 6-cyl

  • miles


The doors on my car are locked and will not open. I called BMW and was advised that this is a common issue but not considered a safety issue. Once the doors are locked they cannot be unlocked regardless if you are in or out of the car - there is no manual way to open them. So essentially because of the issue if you were in the car you would be stuck. I was also told that this has happened to 1000S of BMW's and its a known issue but BMW wont recall. How can being stuck in a vehicle with no way to exit not be considered a safety concern?

- Lake In The Hills, IL, USA

problem #5

May 042012

325 6-cyl

  • 50,700 miles
The contact owns a 2006 BMW 3 series. While parked, the contact attempted to open the driver"S side door using the electronic key fob but the door would not open. The contact eventually opened the front driver"S side door with the handle and was able to enter the vehicle. The same failure occurred on all other doors. The vehicle was taken to the dealer for a diagnostic test. The technicians stated that the door actuators on all doors needed to be replaced. The vehicle was repaired. The approximate failure mileage was 50,700. Updated 05/31/12 the doors would not open from the outside or the inside due to the failure of the actuators. A mechanical override failed and the door handles would not work. The key only worked in the driver's door.

- St Louis, MO, USA

problem #4

Sep 272011


  • 50,100 miles
While my wife was driving, suddenly the front and back doors were locked and not able to open both with manually as well as remotely. Just one driver's passenger door was opened to get out. Access to just one door. My wife who is pregnant had a horrible time in getting out of the car due to this issue and she had to go to emergency as she had difficulty in getting out of the car due to this issue. This is really a safety issue.

- Sammamish, WA, USA

problem #3

Sep 132011

325 6-cyl

  • 60,000 miles


My passengers and I were trying to get back into my parked car, but when I used my key fob to unlock the doors only the passenger doors unlocked while the driver's door didn't. I tried to unlock the driver's door by using the lock/ unlock button located in the car. This did not work, and it locked the passenger doors again. I then tried to unlock the doors simultaneously by trying the key fob and the manual lock/ unlock button inside of the car a few more times, but none of the doors unlocked this time. We all heard the car attempting to lock and unlock, but the locks were not moving. I wasn't able to unlock any of the doors with the key fob or with the door lock/ unlock button inside the car, (the passengers were already in the car) so I used the emergency cut-out key located inside of the key fob to manually open the driver's door to get in. When I stopped to get gas on the same night, I found out that the gas cap was also locked, so we left. When we arrived back at my residence, everyone climbed out of the driver's seat. Finally, this morning after I manually unlocked the car with the emergency key, I noticed that the seat memory was also unresponsive. With less than 1/8 of a tank left, I will have to tow the car to the dealership because it will not make it on the gas left in the tank. This is a serious issue because if we were to have gotten in any type of accident or were in some unforeseen trouble while in the car with only seconds to react and get out of the car, it would have most likely ended up in multiple fatalities because of the inability to get out of the vehicle in a hasty manner. Please investigate and recall this issue before something like this does happen during and/ or after a car accident and people die because they are trapped in a car due to the electrical/ lock malfunction. Thank you.

- Sherman Oaks, CA, USA

problem #2

Jul 202009


  • 56,000 miles
The contact owns a 2006 BMW 3 series. The contact stated that the door locking system failed, which caused all four doors to lock him inside the vehicle. He had to roll down the window and use the valet key to manually unlock the doors from the outside. The vehicle was taken to the dealer and they stated that the two front door actuators needed to be replaced at the cost of $1,200. There were no recalls for the door latches. The failure mileage was 56,000.

- Houston, TX, USA

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problem #1

Feb 032007


  • miles
Regarding his defective 2006 BMW 325I customer is seeking full reimbursement, replacement of the car or upgrade* the sunroof and door locks malfunctioned, the brake pads were faulty. While driving, the consumer noticed the hood was vibrating. The consumer managed to pull over and discovered the hood wasn't leveled. The driver side didn't seem to fully adhere to the body of the car.

- Chicago, IL, USA

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