really awful
Crashes / Fires:
1 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
0 miles

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1996 BMW 328 miscellaneous problems

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1996 BMW 328 Owner Comments

problem #3

Jan 152003


  • Automatic transmission
  • 0 miles


Car sitting in drive at a fence enclosure and it surged ahead on its own, driving into the fence. No action possible to stop the car from going forward into the electronic fence. Sustained damage to the front grill and driver door panels. Second time the car had done this. Dealership stated the brakes had seized also, and would not have stopped the car anyways.

- St. Thomas, UN, USA

problem #2

Feb 012002


  • miles
Vehicle self diagnoistics provides engine check light warning. Diagnoistic code indicates "low emissions efficiency". dealer read code and reported the catalytic converter needs to be replaced. Factory warranty expired at 80,000 miles so it was not covered. Replacement costs estimated at $1330. This failure occured less than 100,000 miles on vehicle. I understand that a recall was performed on 1986 318I models for failed catalytic converter parts. The BMW parts source may be the same for the model 328I which would be why I experienced this failure. This mileage is very low for a cat to fail and is unexceptable for a quality manufactured vehicle.

- Chesapeake, VA, USA

problem #1

Aug 242000

(reported on)


  • miles
Engine check light continued to come on, even though vehicle has been serviced by the dealership for this prolbem 3 times in the last 18 months.

- Atlanta, GA, USA

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