hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
74,609 miles

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2006 BMW 325 Owner Comments

problem #14

Feb 092019


  • 146,000 miles


I was receiving a imagine on the on board computer saying that my headlights were not working. Upon inspection inside the headlight's casing, I saw that all of the wiring's protection had completely fell off (probably due to the humid southern climate of North Texas) leaving almost all of the wiring on both sides of my headlights (driver and passenger side) completely exposed. The copper wiring inside is almost all exposed. Obviously this is causing the headlights to short and leaving me with no visibility while driving at night. This is a model without angel eyes, so my drl do not work what so ever. These headlights are completely stock, so this is a factory fault. Very unhappy with this. Thanks BMW for the "fantastic" engineering! should be covered under a recall.

- Sanger, TX, USA

problem #13

Nov 182018


  • 83,000 miles
BMW 325ci 2006 front left adaptive headlight wiring deteriorates over time. This cause the wiring to crack and fail. The front left headlight failed while driving, creating a dangerous situation for the driver and others on the road. When the wiring fails the driver cannot display turn signals, use high beams or any headlight functions. BMW does not provide a solution or help to fix the issue. The vehicle was in motion at night when the headlight failed. The part is the front headlight igniter wiring harness. The failure happened inside a sealed compartment and is not exposed to any outside elements. This is a common issue, a google search will bring up multiple other cases of failure in other cars with pictures. BMW 335ci 2006 rear tail lights short out frequently while driving and do not display turn signals. A fault is shown on the dashboard. This happened at night while the vehicle was in motion and does not go away. The warning light is only displayed after the turn signal is turned on. BMW 325ci a front airbag warning light was displayed while driving and does not shut off. This happened when the vehicle was in motion and does not shut off. Bmw325ci a front seatbelt warning light is displayed on the dash periodically and does not shut off. The warning suggests there is a failure with the seatbelt. This happened when the vehicle was in motion.

- Stony Brook, NY, USA

problem #12

Dec 012016


  • miles
Left blinker repeatedly keeps not working, have had it repaired numerous times and it keeps not working?

- Swansea, MA, USA

problem #11

May 012016


  • 110,000 miles


Headlight wiring insulation is deteriorating and falling apart. Right side headlight wiring is completely damaged and headlight does not work.

- Granite Falls, WA, USA

problem #10

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

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problem #9

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 #8

May 152013


  • miles


Seems to be a common issue. In order to change the headlamp, the bumper must be removed. This is a very costly project. My son has a 2009 7 series with this problem. Cars should have been recalled.

- Rockledge, FL, USA

problem #7

Nov 072014

325 6-cyl

  • 64,000 miles
Wiring inside of the headlamp assembly is failing due to insulation that is disintegrating. This is resulting in electrical short circuits that prevent the headlight bulbs from working properly.

- Deerfield Beach, FL, USA

problem #6

Aug 132014

325 6-cyl

  • 79,527 miles
We bought a BMW with adaptive headlight error code. After researching it, we found out the fix is extremely expensive ($1200+) and most people report if you even hit a pot hole in road, it will cause it to malfunction again. The lights remain fixed in a incorrect position therefore causing a safety hazard because the road is improperly lit.

- Broken Arrow, OK, USA

problem #5

Aug 182014

325 6-cyl

  • miles
I took my car in for a standard oil change and front driver side light turning signal not working and I also advised the airbag light would come on when I turned on the car for the past few months. I was advised that the air bag for the passenger side had to be replaced which would cost me more than 800 dollars. I questioned if it was part of the most recent recall but was advised no. Seeing all the complaints on this site of the same vehicle and issue and not being included, this does not make sense. Please advise how cars are picked as it seems the cars that were not notified are the ones that are having the exact or similar issue of what the recall is for. I recently moved as well so I'm wondering what happens if the letter if there was one was sent to the incorrect place.

- Middletown, NY, USA

problem #4

Jun 132013

325 6-cyl

  • 87,000 miles


My car was having an oil leak when I sent my car to get check they found out the bolts are broken which I did my research and I found out is a manufactures defect, because this bolts are place no to be taken off. This leakage has my car going crazzzy when I wash my car and I turn my fog lights on all the lights on my dash go on my engine goes off and smells like is about to burn this is a serious problem.

- Lynn, MA, USA

problem #3

Jan 092013


  • 135,000 miles
The contact owns a 2006 BMW 325I. The contact stated that while the reverse lights would not illuminate while reversing. The contact referenced NHTSA campaign id number: 11V438000 (exterior lighting:turn signal) and took the vehicle to the dealer. The dealer advised the contact that his vehicle year was not included in the recall campaign. In addition, the dealer advised that the frm module needed to be replaced due to a wiring malfunctioning. The failure mileage was 135,000.

- San Jose, CA, USA

problem #2

Nov 252010


  • 84,000 miles
I have a 2006 BMW 325I. It has always had a problem with the headlights burning out very quickly. Now the lighting on the left side (headlights and tail lights) sometimes do not come on, and sometimes remain on after being turned off. This is a real safety concern as this gives no warning beforehand. It is my daughters car and she is currently living away at college.

- Springville, AL, USA

problem #1

Jun 072010


  • 38,000 miles
Purchased used 2006 BMW 325I Nov 2009. Condensation left front headlight. June - July 2010 took car in to replace left front turn signal which received notice on. Sept 2010 turn signal out again 2 months later. Advised the headlight assembly needed to be replaced. Have read other posting online for the same problem. Dealer refuses to fix ask for out of pocket of $ 500+ to correct problem.

- Miami, FL, USA

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