really awful
Crashes / Fires:
2 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
4 / 0
Average Mileage:
72,829 miles

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2006 BMW 325 steering problems

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2006 BMW 325 Owner Comments (Page 2 of 4)

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problem #55

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 #54

Oct 062015


  • 114,000 miles
After work yesterday when I tried to start my car, the yellow locked steering light came on and the car would not start. After I jerked on the steering wheel, the light went off and the car started. While on my way home, on the highway, the steering locked again and the red light came on. I was going about 75 mph at this time. I hit the clutch and brakes and jerked the wheel again causing it to release. Luckily it was not rush hour. It has been parked ever since. It has 114K miles.

- Broken Arrow, OK, USA

problem #53

Apr 272015


  • 73,000 miles
I was unable to start vehicle because the steering wheel was locked, there was an amber steering wheel symbol being displayed. After searching for answers, I found that this is a common problem many drivers have had. This problem needs to be fixed as it is not easily detectable and can happen unexpectedly.

- Gaithersburg, MD, USA

problem #52

Feb 272015


  • 66,000 miles


My vehicle is in storage for the winter I start it once a week then recently it just stop working and a steering wheel lock appeared on the dashboard I research it and thousands of people who have a BMW 325I had the same issue. I feel BMW should repair this manufacturing defect.

- Buffalo, NY, USA

problem #51

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 #50

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 #49

Jul 072014

325 6-cyl

  • 150,000 miles


I just came back from a long family vacations, I was driving this vehicle all over the states! I was so lucky! this happen to me when I got home, my 2006 BMW 330I which had a steering column malfunction and failure. Malfunction of integral lock sensor in steering column necessitates replacement of entire steering column, it is a safety problem and should be covered by a BMW customer satisfaction campaign. But is not!!! the warning indicator in the instrument panel showed an icon of a steering wheel and a lock and the vehicle failed to start, I had to have the car towed to the dealership. I contacted BMW customer service, explained my problem and was told they couldn't do anything to cover this very common quality problem and would not be covered under a manufacturers customer satisfaction campaign. On the NHTSA website, there are many cases reported that there is a problem! and that's why! I am reporting this incident to NHTSA in hopes that BMW will do something for other owners as the repair bill was $1000 and should have been covered by BMW. All I think about is! if this problem happened to me while I was driving with all my family on my car! I think I got so lucky! look at; service bulletins. Youll see! service bulletin no.: sib-32-04-07 component(s): Steering BMW: A new technical process has been created for BMW to identify causes of steering complaints with a wide range of models. ((((so! they know! about this!!!)))) make this a recall! before! this gets lock wile some one is driving and gets hurt!!!!

- Centerville, OH, USA

problem #48

Feb 082012

325 6-cyl

  • 9,000 miles
I own a 2006 BMW 330xi. I'm having problems with the steering column lock which prevents the car from starting. The problem starts with a yellow warning light that indicates the steering column is locked. The starting problem is constant. We are concerned we may get stranded or as some have reported the steering may lock with little or no warning. From what I can find on the internet it appears BMW is aware of the problem. Comments are bad steering column. The problem started in Feb. Of 2012 when the car only had 9000 miles and my extended warranty had just expired. The car now has 11000 miles.the dealer has not been able to help and suggested on several occasions that I contact BMW direct. The problem appears to be common from the comments posted on line by BMW owners of 2006 on. I recently contacted BMW and they suggested I have the dealership perform a diagnostic test.the test result was defective steering column.the fee for this test was $145.91. The estimate they provided to replace the steering column is $1,467.86 plus diagnostic fee of $145.91. Total cost $1,613.77. Your investigation will show the defective steering column is a common problem. As the problem persist the safety concerns become greater. Is a recall coming as this is serious highway safety concern?

- Pleasant Valley, NY, USA

problem #47

Mar 132014


  • 109,000 miles
Just had car serviced and looked over on week later steering wheel lock came on when I used it day before. Had no warning, woke up in the morning to go to work and steering wheel lock symbol came up and car will not start.

- Fernley, NV, USA

problem #46

May 022013


  • 77,769 miles
I woke up one morning to start my vehicle and as I started my engine I received a warning sign. The warning sign indicated a circle with an exclamation point. I then noticed my car was not able to shift gears, leaving my car in park. I took it to the dealer to have my car diagnosed and they mentioned that my steering column needs to be replaced. After a week I went to get my car from the dealer I was not able to afford the repairs that needed to be done. I then took this issue up with my dealer and warranty where they was not able to assist me with this issue. I kept getting a run around and the general manager where I got my at from tried to help. His assistance with my car failed. He couldn't diagnose the problem that my car was given. He then returned my car and my car still has this issue. I had my car for only a month when this issue occurred.

- Richfield, MN, USA

problem #45

Sep 112013


  • 149,000 miles


Received yellow steering wheel and lock icon when trying to start the car. Attempted using different keys, but the car would not start and the steering wheel remained immobile. I exited the car and waited about 30 minutes to try again, but received yellow steering wheel with lock icon again when putting the key fob into the vehicle. When I called the dealership, I was quoted about $1200 as soon as I described the yellow steering wheel and lock, without them having seen the vehicle. The sa also mentioned that the newer models don't even have this feature at all. I was also advised that it is not a BMW responsibility or defect, and that I would be responsible for all shop repairs and time. Doing research about this issue, I found this is a very well documented and known issue. This seems to be due to poor design by the auto manufacturer, so much so that the "feature" isn't even included on newer models of the vehicle at all.

- Knoxville, TN, USA

problem #44

Jun 062013


  • 49,000 miles
Steering wheel lock indicator renders the vehicle not able to start. BMW says the only solution is a replacement of steering column. The steering column was replaced at 25000 miles. 2 years later at 49000 miles, the vehicle will need to do it again. This will be the 3rd set of steering column within the last 7 years. It is cleanly a design and defect. It should be recall.

- Fishkill, NY, USA

problem #43

Jun 302013


  • 93,000 miles
Steering wheel lock malfunctioned as evidenced by warning light. Vehicle was immobile and required towing. Cost for repair = $1100. Repair shop said there was a core charge for the replaced upper steering column. This means that BMW is buying back the malfunctioned units to either diagnose, or they're rebuilding them and making more money. Either way, it's an known problem and BMW isn't taking the proper action to ensure owners safety.

- Marietta, GA, USA

problem #42

May 242013

325 6-cyl

  • 66,000 miles
The contact owns a 2006 BMW 325I. The contact stated that while attempting to park, the steering wheel became stuck as the steering wheel lock warning lamp illuminated. The vehicle then stalled. The vehicle was towed to the dealer where the technician diagnosed that the steering wheel column needed to be replaced. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure. The vehicle was not repaired. The failure and current mileage was 66,000.

- Houston , TX, USA

problem #41

Jun 132007

325 6-cyl

  • 9,754 miles
I brought the vehicle in to BMW and stated that the steering wheel lock lights come on and the car will not start until a few tries. BMW could not find the problem, since then it has progressively gotten worst and reading forums, there seen to be a legitimate problem with this issue.

- Odessa, FL, USA

problem #40

Oct 112007

325 6-cyl

  • 25,489 miles
Steering wheel lock jam light came on in the car and I was able to reset it. Happened again on February 15 and this time it will not reset.

- Biloxi, MS, USA

problem #39

Jan 282013

325 6-cyl

  • 69,000 miles
I am getting a new message on my car indicating the wheel being locked. This problem is well documented and it seems there should be a recall. Please check out all the comments on this website. www.bimmerfest.com/forums/showthread.php"T=410153. My hope is that a recall happens. This 2006 BMW has been a maintenance nightmare. Have had way too many problems. What can I do"

- Las Vegas, NV, USA

problem #38

Jan 142013

325 6-cyl

  • 76,021 miles
This vehicle, along with hundreds, maybe thousands, of others are afflicted with a known defect BMW is well aware of (and has subsequently made engineering changes after 2006) involving the steering wheel lock in E90 and E91 chassis. An amber or red steering wheel lock indicator will light for no apparent reason nor warning rendering the vehicle non-drivable (nor towable) and non-startable. BMW says the only solution is a complete change of the steering column. A very expensive repair. The owners blog shows hundreds of other dissatisfied owners with similar problems. I think you should have a recall of these BMW's because of the obvious defect in its engineering. And, furthermore, since BMW changed the whole steering lock system in their later models, they too knew of its faults. Proving their guilt.

- Delray Beach, FL, USA

problem #37

Jan 032012

325 6-cyl

  • 60 miles
My steering wheel lock indicator was warning me that it was locked (amber light) ultimately the indicator turned red when trying to start the car and stranded me.

- Ferndale, MI, USA

problem #36

Dec 292012


  • 111,331 miles
Steering column. BMW problem, factory issue that needs to be taken care of. Steering lock light.

- Orange , CA, USA

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