really awful
Crashes / Fires:
2 / 5
Injuries / Deaths:
5 / 0
Average Mileage:
77,635 miles

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2006 BMW 325 electrical problems

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2006 BMW 325 Owner Comments (Page 4 of 4)

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problem #16

Apr 232011


  • 42,534 miles


I drive a 2006 BMW 325I. Parked my car and got out just fine however my 3 passengers were unable to open there doors. The central unlocking button on the car's dash wouldn't unlock the doors and the keyless entry button wouldn't unlock the door either. All the passengers had to climb out the windows. After doing some quick research this appears to be a common problem in the 3 series however it's a problem that BMW refuses to fix unless the car is still under warranty. Having passengers become unexpectedly trapped inside their car due to a common defect is major safety issue and it's a problem BMW should be forced to fix regardless of whether the car is still under warranty.

- Bothell, WA, USA

problem #15

Apr 022011

325 6-cyl

  • 44,650 miles
Central door locking system failed preventing any of the 4 doors and fuel door from opening. Passengers couldn't open their doors and had to crawl up front to exit through the drivers door. There was no other way for them to exit the car, the doors were completely inoperable. Replaced 15A fuse with 20A fuse as recommended by BMW dealer which worked for a couple of weeks. Problem resurfaced so I inspected the fuse previously replaced to discover it was blown again. Now all power door locks work except front passenger. This issue really needs to be investigated soon. When there is a door unlocking failure, which according to many pages of complaints online is a very common occurrence with these cars, there is absolutely no way for passengers to exit - especially if they needed to exit quickly. It's very dangerous.

- Tigard, OR, USA

problem #14

Mar 112011


  • 71,239 miles
Doors lock, but only driver door unlocks. Used key only unlocked drivers door, used button on dash only unlocked drivers door, fob only unlocked drivers door. Other three doors not unlocking.

- Norwalk, IA, USA

problem #13

Jun 192010


  • 82,000 miles


The contact owns a 2006 BMW 325xi. The contact stated that there was an electrical issue concerning the vehicle. The dealer replaced the battery but the failure continued. The dealer inspected the vehicle again and stated that the independent battery system core had failed. The vehicle was repaired. The contact was locked in the vehicle until roadside assistance came out to charge the battery. The VIN was unavailable. The failure mileage was 82,000 and the current mileage was 94,000.

- Princeton, NJ, USA

problem #12

Aug 032010


  • 33,000 miles
BMW doors will not open when locked if electrical power is lost. In case of accident, BMW has an explosive device that separates the battery from the electrical system. Once power is lost, the door handles will not operate to open locked doors and the electrical windows will not work trapping passengers inside. I discovered this when a fuse, #52 on a 2006 325I, blew and the door would not open. Luckily one door was unlocked in the back and my daughter had to climb into the back seat to get out. Advise from dealership was to carry a device in the car the break out the window in case of accident.

- The Woodlands, TX, USA

problem #11

Jun 112010


  • 24,323 miles
2006 BMW 330 xi when pressing on the brake the car accelerated with a loud noise, could not steer the car; crashed in trees. 24,323 miles still under new car warranty.

- Somerville, NJ, USA

problem #10

Jun 112010


  • 24,323 miles


2006 BMW 330xi brake failure, acceleration, no steering. Occurred twice; BMW repaired by dealer new brakes, computer; second occurrence car did not stop until hit trees.

- Somerville, NJ, USA

problem #9

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 #8

May 282010


  • 65,000 miles
Mi nombre ES ettienne torres. Soy de puerto rico Y poseeo un BMW 325I 2006. El mismo el dia de ayer repentinamente comenzo a salir un humo entre el dash Y toda la parte interior del vehiculo. En menos de 2 minutos SE encendi en llamas, activamos al 911, cuando llegaron los bomberos en carro SE habia quemado en su totalidad. Entre otras cosas que hizo mientras SE estaba quemando. Necesito que me orienten al respecto de lo que debo hacer. Mi email ES lemrspr@hotmail.com

- Castaner, PR, USA

problem #7

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 #6

Oct 312008


  • 30,000 miles


I was driving about 10 mph in traffic on Friday, Oct. 31, 2008, at 5 P.M., in houston, when my 2006 BMW 325I began smoking in the passenger compartment and burst into flames by the time I got it parked. I first noticed the air conditioner was not functioning properly and then smoke immediately began filling the car. The car was totaled by the time the hfd arrived. The car was in good condition and had no recent service or problems. It had no previous electrical problems. The ac just began blowing warm air, and smoke started pouring into the compartment from above and below the dashboard - not from the ac. The car was running fine until it burst into flames. It had to be a mechanical defect or an electrical short of some kind.

- Houston, TX, USA

problem #5

Aug 022008


  • 20,000 miles
BMW 325xi does not provide a manual door locking override for their cars. This lack of design makes their car a trap for all passengers when electronic system fails. One year after purchasing a car ( new ) BMW 325xi, the doors and window system failed in very dangerous way. With my baby and my wife on the back sit, when I try to exit the car the door system start shutting down, the doors and window system just would not open. The only one that open was the driver side one. After this incident it happened three more time. Once all four doors locked and I had to lean out the window and open the door with the manual key. The latest one was with my 7 month pregnant wife climbing out of the car through the front of the car. Once I pulled up the door knob with a plier, but the door still locked.my complaint is not that I need to fix the car, but the fact that this car does not provide a manual override to open the door in case the electric system fails. Basically all passenger can be trapped in the car and almost impossible to escape in the case of an accident.

- Clifton, NJ, USA

problem #4

Apr 292007

325 4WD 6-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • 11,070 miles
Twice in 6 weeks I have lost throttle response of the car at 70+ mph on highways. This is a manual transmission car and I had to shift into neutral to coast to the side of the road both times avoiding catastrophic accidents. The car behaves as if it has run out of gas but there was at least 1/4 of a tank of gas. BMW replace the fuel pump the first time in late March. It is currently in the BMW shop now. This is an extremely dangerous situation that should be investigated.

- Durham, NC, USA

problem #3

Jan 092007

325 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 8,000 miles
The contact owns a 2006 BMW 325I. The contact stated that the interior door handles were replaced due to the paint peeling. He stated that the driver side door handle needed to be replaced again due to the same failure. Also, the console was replaced because of the peeling paint. In March 2007 the steering wheel sensor failed and was replaced twice. In addition, the sun roof failed to activate and the vehicle failed to start because the steering wheel was locked. The mechanic stated that the steering wheel and sun roof were both caused by electrical failure. The vehicle speed and the weather conditions were not factors. The current mileage is 15,000, and failure mileage was 8,000.

- Guaynabo, PR, USA

problem #2

Nov 102006

325 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 1,716 miles
Service engine soon light continues to come on after reset and upon initial cold start.

- Lompoc, CA, USA

problem #1

Nov 232006

325 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 850 miles
Climate control system, car interior, delivers 110 deg F air to floor vents when in automatic mode. The requested temperature is 70F and the actual temperature is 79F. This is a constant defect, not a one time occurrence. BMW advises the system works as designed. 2006 BMW 325xi, car mileage - 850 mi.

- Cary, IL, USA

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