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

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1997 BMW 328 electrical problems

electrical problem

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1997 BMW 328 Owner Comments

problem #1

May 202005

328 6-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • 50 miles


Sudden failure of ignition coil resulting in a shaking/vibrating vehicle. While accellerting in city traffic the car can lunge and jerk while accellerating, resulting in unpredictable accelleration. In city traffic this is very dangerous. I have investigated the ignition coils for BMW 3 series cars and it appears they fail a lot, yet there is no recall campaign! after investigating further it appears BMW has some recall campaigns for some of the newer cars. They suggest replacing all ignition coils with a new Bosch model. My car has bremi model coils (part no. F3000-86682) and there is no Bosch substitute according to the BMW dealer (plaza motors in St. Louis, mo). I found an epa recall number for the bremi coils for another model BMW at this web site: Reference: www.epa.gov/otaq/cert/recall/420B04018.pdf epa# 2061 it describes an internal failure as follows: "because of production process failures, the ignition coil of one supplier (bremi)may have an internal insulation break-down in the primary electric 2121 circuit, the secondaryelectric circuit and/or a disruptive discharge. Remedy: BMW has decided to implement a voluntary emission recall campaign to replace all ignition coils with a new improved version." The same exact thing is happening to BMW 3 series cars. A review of BMW forums on the internet explains that this problem is occurring more frequently by the day. I would like this to be investigated and a recall campaign initiated as soon as possible before somebody gets hurt!

- Chesterfield, MO, USA

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