really awful
Crashes / Fires:
1 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
72,271 miles

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2006 BMW 325 drivetrain problems

drivetrain problem

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2006 BMW 325 Owner Comments

problem #7

Nov 142014

325 6-cyl

  • 84,000 miles


Vehicle rolled on flat surface while in park.

- Hutto, TX, USA

problem #6

Dec 022013

325 6-cyl

  • 82,000 miles
Transmission oil leak.

- Raleigh, NC, USA

problem #5

Aug 112013

325 6-cyl

  • 54,000 miles
I was driving my vehicle on the highway in the left lane, trying to pass a car in the middle lane. After getting in front of the car in the middle lane, I tried to accelerate so I could re-enter the middle lane, but the car acted as if it slipped into neutral and would not accelerate. The engine growled as if it were in neutral. It kept driving, but would not accelerate, despite me stepping harder on the gas. This was potentially dangerous as there was a car immediately behind me, which could have rear ended me at over 60mph, and the car in the middle lane that I was trying to pass could have also hit me on the passenger side of my car. In researching this, many BMW owners have been complaining about this, and yet BMW has not issued an investigation or recall: www.consumeraffairs.com/automotive/bmw_trans.html there are 650 complaints regarding this problem at the above link. People should not be having transmission problems like this under 75K miles.

- New York, NY, USA

problem #4

Mar 042013

325 6-cyl

  • 63,000 miles


Car only has 63,000 miles. The aluminum bolts for the valve cover and the head bolts sheared off while driving. Stopped at a red light and car starts to shake, check engine sign lights, oil sign lights, once I gave it gas. Oil is leaking from car. Car is towed and mechanic shows me damage. Broken aluminum bolts fell inside of engine. Bolt is wedged between timing chain and gear. The engine is destroyed. Known defect for 2006 models, but BMW North America will not cover damage. Have called BMW North America three times now. BMW switched bolt type in following years. Others reporting same problem. Safety hazard. What if I was on a busy highway when my car stopped? car will never be the same. BMW needs to admit to their mistake and cover the damages. A recall should be put in place for the bolts. Just ridiculous that a company known for quality will do this to their customers. I hope the dot takes it upon themselves to hold BMW accountable. Others with the same problem, please email me at [xxx]. looking for a potential resolution. Information redacted pursuant to the Freedom Of Information Act (FOIA), 5 U.S.C. 552(B)(6).

- Hickory Hills, IL, USA

problem #3

Nov 232011


  • 63,000 miles
The contact owns a 2006 BMW 325I. The contact stated that the vehicle was leaking oil through the head gasket. In addition, the sun roof cloth detached from the vehicle. The contact also stated that the steptronic transmission gears would not engage in ds or manual, only drive. The vehicle was taken to the dealer who advised the contact that there were no recalls for the failure. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was notified of the failure who offered no assistance. The failure mileage was 63,000.

- Guaynabo, PR, USA

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problem #2

Aug 102011

325 6-cyl

  • 66,000 miles
Heads of head bolts broke off. Normal slow, short commute driving. Exhaust smoking.

- Krotz Springs, LA, USA

problem #1

Sep 162011

325 6-cyl

  • 93,900 miles
Heads of head bolts broke off. Oil leaking & exhaust smoking. Normal driving with no auto modifications and regular maintenance.

- Krotz Springs, LA, USA

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