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Crashes / Fires:
0 / 5
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
88,058 miles

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2006 BMW 325 engine problems

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2006 BMW 325 Owner Comments (Page 1 of 3)

problem #49

Sep 012018


  • 135,000 miles


When I push the brake for a complete stop, it will stop but miliseconds after that I will get jumpy. It is a safety concern for someone that is not used to the vehicle, it feels like the car is about to hit another vehicle in front of it. It happens when there is a traffic light or when I am going to park my vehicle.

- Irvine, CA, USA

problem #48

Nov 232017


  • 190,000 miles
I have replaced the clutch, transmission, fuel pump, spark plugs, battery, and alternator and my car still won't run. Its been parked for a year now with the exception of 15 days.

- West Columbia, SC, USA

problem #47

Oct 062018


  • 172,000 miles
Engine suddenly shot off complete stall - lost power steering on freeway while going 70 mph

- Suwanee, GA, USA

problem #46

Nov 012017


  • miles


The contact owns a 2006 BMW 325I. The contact stated that the recall notice for NHTSA campaign number: 17V676000 (engine) was received in November of 2017. After notifying the manufacturer, the contact was informed that the parts needed to remedy the defect were not available and no estimated time for receiving the parts could be given. The local dealer was not notified. The contact had not experienced a failure. VIN tool confirms parts not available.

- Gainesville, GA, USA

problem #45

Jul 012018


  • 109,000 miles
The contact owned a 2006 BMW 325I. While the vehicle was parked, it spontaneously caught fire. There were no warning indicators illuminated. The passenger side air bag deployed in the process. The fire department extinguished the fire. A police report was not filed and there were no injuries. The vehicle was towed by the insurance company and deemed a total loss. The contact called a local dealer (BMW of austin, 7011 mcneil dr., austin, tx 78729, (866) 363-7879) and was informed that they would not be able to assist. The vehicle was not diagnosed. The manufacturer was not notified. The failure mileage was 109,000. The VIN was mot available.

- Round Rock, TX, USA

problem #44

May 042018


  • 106,000 miles
I was trying to wait until a remember was available but IżM pregnant and now these issues have gotten worse and are more imperative my car is now smoking as I drive the power steering is now affected I just purchased a new battery and the battery light came on it stopped randomly in the middle of the street all issues which arent acceptable period but are worse given my current physical state

- Long Beach, CA, USA

problem #43

Mar 062018


  • 124,000 miles


The contact owns a 2006 BMW 325I. While driving unknown speeds, the contact heard an abnormal whining noise. The vehicle was taken to an independent mechanic. The contact called hansel BMW of santa rosa (2925 corby ave, santa rosa, ca), but the vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was not notified. The VIN was unknown. The failure mileage was 124,000.

- Ukiah, CA, USA

problem #42

Jan 212018


  • 125,000 miles
Oil keep leaking out of training. It was fixed twice so far. Back brake line keeps breaking when you drive in snow.

- Charlotte, NC, USA

problem #41

Dec 312013


  • 100,000 miles
Our vehicle is exactly the same as the 2007 model with the same inline six engine. The car caught fire while parked overnight in our garage due to electrical connections which remains active even though the car is not running. It had not been driven 12 hours prior to the fire. The car had less than 100,000 miles on it and had been seen by two BMW dealerships the week prior to this happening.

- Yuba City, CA, USA

problem #40

Nov 112017


  • 125,000 miles
Takata recall. I received a notice in the mail from tk holdings Inc. Informing me of a recall for the vehicle. I went to and found out that there is also a recall for the blower motor wiring. I called a BMW dealership in irvine and they said that they can't help me because it doesn't show up on their system.

- Irvine, CA, USA

problem #39

Nov 092016


  • 125,000 miles


Engine bolts - aluminum bolt heads were found by mechanic in engine compartment. Although mechanic has stated this does not pose safety risk, seems numerous customers with a BMW 3 series 2006 have experienced the aluminum bolt sheering off issue.

- Chicago, IL, USA

problem #38

Jun 182017


  • 271,900 miles
Car caught on fire in the garage 2 1/2 hours after parking. Total loss of car with damage to garage. Started in the very front engine area under the hood. Was burned so badly they could not say exactly how it started. Fire marshall suspected was due to possible cooling fan shortage. No one was around the car at the time the fire started. After reading of multiple BMW fires, I wanted to report ours also.

- Madison, NC, USA

problem #37

Jun 272017


  • 192,000 miles
The contact owns a 2006 BMW 325I. Approximately two hours after parking and shutting off the vehicle, it caught on fire. Flames and smoke were visible under the hood. The local fire department was called to the scene and extinguished the flames. A fire report was not filed. The cause of the failure was not determined. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The local dealer was not notified. The failure mileage was 192,000.

- Ball Ground, GA, USA

problem #36

May 042009


  • 51,000 miles
Passenger air bags and seat belt wont work and BMW wont fix. Electrical:radio, climate control, headlights and windshield washer pump. Window regulators. And the worst:learning from X_employees of BMW say that BMW purposefully miss-torques oil pan, valve cover and oil filter housing so the fail right after 50,000 mile warranty. Every E90 has these problems. And window regulators all except driver side. In motion.

- Metairie, LA, USA

problem #35

Oct 012016


  • 87,000 miles
Cylinder head gasket is leaking oil due to faulty broken alluminum bolt. Three bolts on the forward right side of the engine is broken maybe due to engine stress. Oil is leaking to the exhaust and I'm afraid it will cause fire. I read in the furom with the same problem. BMW should make a recall about this problem.

- West Palm Beach, FL, USA

problem #34

Jan 012015


  • miles
My 2006 BMW 325I leaks oil. The manufacturer bolts are defective and there are others with similar issues. I'm concerned my car my catch on fire due to the oil leaks

- Newark, NJ, USA

problem #33

Jul 232016


  • 73,000 miles
Engine valve cover gasket leaking oil and oil filter housing leaking oil since last year.

- Romansville, PA, USA

problem #32

Jul 052016


  • 85,000 miles
There is a clear manufacturer defect concerning the aluminum bolts associated with the valve cover gasket and cylinder head on the BMW 2006 325I's. the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has received several complaints regarding this manufacturer defect. The aluminum bolts have been redesigned since discovering the manufacturer defect. Bmwna have had numerous service issues related to these defective aluminum bolts. They have all openly admitted that the bolts in question were defective in nature and production, and that the bolts have been redesigned to avoid future failures. Some of these complaints included, and resulted in, vehicles leaking oil in the engine area causing fires in the vehicle. The defective bolts pose a serious potential risk to the safety of the owners of these vehicles, as well as to other drivers who share the roadway with them. It is my strong belief that this type of public safety risk cannot go on any further without proper intervention from the governmental agencies we employ as taxpayers. I respectfully request that BMW North America issue a voluntary recall of the BMW 2006 325I's affected by this manufacturer defect. I am not privy to what constitutes a vehicle's defective components to reach a "recall status".I have diligently maintained my vehicle as prescribed by the service manuals, as well as the on board computer in the vehicle. My contention is extremely clear; the aluminum bolts are a manufacturer defect! please fix them all at no cost to the consumer.

- Atlanta, GA, USA

problem #31

Apr 072015


  • miles
I am yet another BMW owner reporting valve vmcover gasket issues. BMW is not being made to recall this part. Aluminum bolts that never should have been used and were later replaced going forward but have not been addressed. This is a serious concern financially for countless owners that have had to get these fixed, and is a safety concern as leaking oil could cause engine fires. Make this right NHTSA by holding BMW responsible for this defect that they have been well aware of for ten years.

- Nashville, TN, USA

problem #30

Jan 082007


  • 16,000 miles
The contact owns a 2006 BMW 325I. While driving at various speeds, the air bag warning light illuminated. The failure occurred constantly. In addition, the contact noticed oil leaking from an unknown source under the hood. The vehicle was taken to a dealer where it was diagnosed that the air bag sensor failed and needed to be replaced. The contact could not provide details of the oil leak failure. The vehicle was repaired, but the failure recurred. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure and assisted in repairs due to a warranty. The failure mileage was 16,000.

- Cookeville, TN, USA

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