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 1 of 4)

problem #76

Nov 182016


  • 125,000 miles


The fuses for the door locks blew for some reason which made the passenger front and rear doors inoperatible basically trapping passengers in the car. The doors would not unlock using the main door lock or pulling the door handle once to unlock and twice too open and exit the car.

- Baltimore, MD, USA

problem #75

Oct 132016


  • 171,000 miles
Was having a series of electrical problems and codes pop up and my vehicle. Including the airbag light aluminate. I popped the trunk to find the battery terminal melted. I took my car into the mechanic and they informed me that there was a recall on battery terminals. Although the recall if she from cars 2007 to 2011 my 2006 BMW exhibits the exact problems that I have read about.

- North Hollywood, CA, USA

problem #74

Aug 192016


  • 95,000 miles
The contact owns a 2006 BMW 325xi. When the air conditioner was activated, smoke filled the cabin of the vehicle. Flames appeared and the vehicle exploded. The fire department extinguished the fire and filed a report. The passenger sustained burns to the hand, which required medical attention. The vehicle was towed to an independent mechanic. The manufacturer was not made aware of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 95,000.

- Manassas, VA, USA

problem #73

May 092016


  • 1,000,000 miles


This vehicle has an electronic lock out on the steering wheel that prevent the steering from unlocking as the operator attempts to start the engine. The code read out to be A115 or A116. This is a known issue and BMW has not been asked by NHTSA to recall. Please works with BMW to remedy this faulty on their design. The following design was removed from steering column as BMW known this is a problem from start. This problem occurs while the vehicle is in park and refuses to release the steering column.

- Lockport, NY, USA

problem #72

May 222016


  • 99,932 miles
Electronic steering wheel lock malfunctions without notice and renders the car incapable of starting. A yellow steering wheel icon (or red in some instances) appears in the informational panel on the dashboard. The accompanying error code is cc-id 187. This condition when it occurs, will not energize (disables) the ignition system and prevents the car from being started. Drivers will become stranded wherever they happen to be once the car is turned off as the error notification appears only when the car is switched off or back on. There are literally hundreds of similar and identical cases on the internet when performing a google search on this issue.

- Mt Arlington, NJ, USA

problem #71

Mar 192016


  • 108,000 miles
Foot well module and junction box electrical short. Some lights stay on even if the car is off some signals dont work, one low beam headlight does not work, rear windows work sometimes and driver side rear windo does not work a all, ect

- Deltona, FL, USA

problem #70

Jan 012014


  • 110,000 miles


I own a 2006 BMW 325I. About a year or two ago, the reverse lights will not illuminate while reversing. I took the vehicle to the dealership, explained the problem, and mentioned multiple online accounts of this problem extending at least from 2003 through 2008. It could have been longer. I also referenced NHTSA campaign id number: 11V438000 (exterior lighting:turn signal) and NHTSA id number: 10443539 (tail light failure). The dealer advised me that this vehicle year was not included in any recall campaign for this problem. In addition, the dealer advised that the frm module needed to be replaced due to a wiring malfunction. From online reports and pictures, I confirmed my reverse light failure was also a wiring issue caused from a very poor wire routing design by BMW. The failure mileage was at approximately 110,000 and the cost to repair was outrageous! since that time even with multiple documented cases, BMW has been unwilling to admit this is their design failure and to share in any of the repair costs.

- San Jose, CA, USA

problem #69

Nov 042015


  • 86,000 miles
Pass. Restraint system fault message. Few days went by with this fault message coming on and off. Now its currently staying on. After searching on the web, I've found many other BMW owners with the same issue, but only a few models are covered under recall (08V384000). After search my (VIN) show no current recalls. Recall (08V384000) states 2006 year 3-series. How can this only be limited to some 2006, but not others with the same problems? vehicle has around 86K miles. Thanks

- Denham Springs, LA, USA

problem #68

Mar 252016


  • 84,000 miles
BMW 3 series, 2006, E90 body type. After inserting the key in the contact all power went off. I experienced twice such complete loss of power, for the entire vehicle: Engine, doors, lights and even the key cannot be removed from contact. Once I touched the battery with a voltmeter and measured the voltage (that was perfect) the power came back. Though after the power was restored while driving to dealership the car started to behave erratically, windshield wipers starting by themselves, radio turning on and off, noise in the back of the car ( either speakers or electric). Dealership diagnosis identified the connector on power cable between the battery and the engine as the cause of the total power loss. The cable connector appears to be almost entirely corroded. Incidentally this very cable was subject of BMW voluntary recall but only for vehicles manufactured after 2007 ( rcdnn-13V044-8968(1).pdf ). though in my case it appears to be the other end of the same cable that is outside of the car body, exposed to corrosion. The part number cable subject of the recall appears to have been installed also on 2005 and 2006 BMW 3xx models though they were not included in the recall.

- West Orange, NJ, USA

problem #67

Nov 022015


  • miles
Driver side door lock does not unlock from inside the car using door handle or lock/unlock button in dash or fob unlock button. Inability to open doors in the case of fire, accident, or emergency can cause injuries or death to driver. BMW discontinue the part numbers for driver and passenger side and suggest in the service manual in case of front doors locks failure (either one or both doors) to replace driver and passenger side door lock laches with new part numbers. Old part numbers 51217202143 and 51217202146; new part numbers 51217229458 and 51217229455.

- Friendswood, TX, USA

problem #66

Oct 012015


  • 175,000 miles


My BMW does not fall into the recall that BMW published. After several lights appeared in my dash (airbag, brake, seatbelt) I had the disnostic tool looked up and received a fault code 93C3 seat occupancy detector, passenger. Looking on the web this seems to be a common problem.

- Rockingham, NC, USA

problem #65

Aug 252015


  • 93,000 miles
Steering wheel lock prevents the starter from working. This prevents the engine from starting. I will have to replace the steering column which will cost over one thousands dollars. BMW has not issued a recall for this problem

- Jackson, MS, USA

problem #64

Mar 102015


  • miles
The contact owns a 2006 BMW 325I. The contact stated that there was a progressing failure with the air bag system in which the air bag warning light randomly flashed and then remained lit. The vehicle was taken to the dealer more than three times and they refused to remedy the repair without having to do an extensive diagnostic. The contact was informed that the vehicle was excluded in a manufacturer recall for the vehicle. As the failure progressed, the navigation system failed to work and an error message displayed for an air bag malfunction. The contact was not included in NHTSA campaign numbers: 14V428000 (air bags) and 13V564000 (air bags). The manufacturer was notified of the failure and provided no remedy. The vehicle was not repaired for months with the failure progressing. The approximate failure mileage was not available.

- Frederick, MD, USA

problem #63

Aug 132015


  • 40,000 miles
My wife was driving down a main street at rush hour. The car just stopped running and would not restart. To leave the vehicle my wife had to take her life in her hands to get across the busy street. It was fortunate that this did not happen on a busy freeway or she or someone else may have been seriously injured.

- Akron, OH, USA

problem #62

Jul 252014


  • 110,237 miles
All doors lock up but only the driver side has a manual override. Passengers cannot exit the vehicle in case of crash or fire.

- Chapel Hill, NC, USA

problem #61

Jan 262015


  • 137,000 miles
The contact owned a 2006 BMW 325I. While driving approximately 60 mph, burning fumes and black smoke started to emit from the dashboard. The contact mentioned that flames were coming from underneath the steering wheel. As a result, the doors locked, the windshield glass cracked, and the wiring was severely burned and caused all the warning indicators to illuminate. The fire department was notified. The vehicle was destroyed. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 137,000.

- Montgomery, TX, USA

problem #60

Nov 252014


  • 146,000 miles
Vehicle had a yellow steering wheel and lock display on the dash when I tried to start my car. After multiple attempt to start the car in every possibly way, it still did not start. Put key in, pulled it out multiple times; locked car, unlocked car; wiggled steering wheel while trying to start the car (push start). Noticed when key is pushed into key hole, it latches, but does not give any electrical power to the car, or release the steering wheel. Steering wheel was locked. Car has no power to other functions in car. Car can't be shifted into neutral to move car. The car is pretty much unusable.

- Lebanon, TN, USA

problem #59

Nov 122014

325 6-cyl

  • 67,560 miles
Car has automatic door locks, uses a fob. Parked the car, locked the doors with the fob. When I tried to unlock the doors with the fob, it only clicks - did not unlock. Used the key to unlock the drivers door, but found that once locked, no doors will unlock, not even manually from inside the car. The only door that will lock or unlock is the driver's door, and then only with the key from the outside. The post that pops up and down to indicate that the door is locked is impossible to pull up, and pulling the inside door handle does nothing. This is obviously very dangerous. At the very least, they should redesign the locks so that they can be opened from inside manually in case of an electrical failure!!!!

- Tallahassee, FL, USA

problem #58

Sep 092014

325 6-cyl

  • 65,512 miles
I only have 65K miles on my BMW 325I 2006 it and mostly driven on highways. A few days back my BMW wouldn't start without any rhyme or reason. It had a red steering wheel warning light on and the car wouldn't start at all. The book didn't have any instructions either but to take the car to dealerships. I called the dealership and they were also helpless and had no idea. I had to tow my car to the dealership. Ultimately dealership informed me that there was some manufacturing issue and the whole steering column need to be replaced. This sounded crazy as my car has never been with any accident. I don't understand why a car with only 65K miles needs a whole steering column replaced. It cost me ~$1500 to replace the steering column. On searching google it looks like a lot of customers have the same manufacturing issue where the steering wheel would jam and customers need to replace the whole steering column. I emailed and called the BMW service and they refused to take any action and told me to file a complaint with NHTSA if I wish to do so. This is definitely a manufacturing defect where the car would not even start until the whole steering column is replaced. Please tell BMW to own the manufacturing issue and stop cheating naive customers.

- Vienna, VI, USA

problem #57

Oct 092014

325 6-cyl

  • 60,082 miles
Took my BMW to the dealership because my battery had to be replaced (due to service light on instrument panel) and was told after I picked up my vehicle it also had two other service problems: 1. oil filter housing needed to be resealed a $400 job and 2. alternator tensioner needed to be replaced a $650 job. I did not do the repair. Came home, got on internet and did research. There are many customers who are complaining about these repairs, and they also stated that they were told of these same two items to be serviced after having a new battery installed in their BMW's. supposedly, BMW is aware of this problem but don't feel the need to recall. I feel that this should be investigated because it doesn't make since that all customers who have to replace their battery is being told to service the same items.

- Yorktown, VA, USA

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