really awful
Crashes / Fires:
4 / 3
Injuries / Deaths:
1 / 0
Average Mileage:
60,482 miles

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2007 BMW 328 Owner Comments (Page 1 of 3)

problem #58

Nov 102016


  • 130,000 miles


I have had a major fire on my car due to an oil leak coming from my valve cover. I have been reading on the internet that there has been alot of complaints with this issue involving valve cover leaking oil on the exhaust and creating a fire on the car. I was driving when my engine started to smoke and a fire happen. This happen while driving on the highway.

- El Paso, TX, USA

problem #57

Jan 072017


  • 130,000 miles
The contact owns a 2007 BMW 328I. While driving 65 mph, the check engine warning indicator illuminated. In addition, while the vehicle was parked in the contact's driveway, a loud abnormal sound was heard and the contact noticed flames around the engine compartment. The fire department extinguished the fire and filed a report. There were no injuries. The failure mileage was 130,000.

- Jacksonville, FL, USA

problem #56

Jan 032017


  • miles
This is still not resolve and I am looking coolant and there is not answer other than to replace. It costing me to much to keep reviewing this issue, I think it should be done for free

- Union City, NJ, USA

problem #55

Sep 292011


  • miles


The contact owns a 2007 BMW 328I. While the vehicle was stopped at a red light, the engine stalled without warning. The vehicle was towed to a dealer where it was diagnosed that the water pump failed and needed to be replaced. The vehicle was repaired. Also, while starting the vehicle, the battery became inoperable. The vehicle was taken to the dealer where it was diagnosed that the battery failed and needed to be replaced. The vehicle was repaired, but the failure recurred. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The failure mileage was unknown.

- Newark, CA, USA

problem #54

Jul 162016


  • 0 miles
7/1/16 I previously submitted a form & combined all complaints at once, the first issue I have had was rite after I purchased the vehicle from a dealer on 7/1/16 and 2 hours at 45mph on North view drive jackson, ms approaching the stop sign the car mad a loud noise as if it was a busted air conditioner, no ac on, the car stalled after the approach of the intersection and then check engine light came on the dash, the steering was hard and the car rocked a bit like it was the air conditioner. I had to put the car in park and restart in the middle of traffic but, it did restart. Called the dealer and issue was resolved I thought, the car had been driven 3 days prior to traveling Florida and it was running ok in 35mph zones with the air on and a few moments on the highway with no problems. 7/10 mobile, al I-59S same issue happened as I approached and stay at a light in a 45mph zone, the only difference was no lights on the dash and no laugh noise. 7/16/16 jacksonville, fl beach blvd. Same issue after consistinatly being in a 45 mph zone for 25 min and approaching the signal light, once at a complete stop vehicle again powered off, no issues on the dash and once car was put in park it restored but started with the same loud noise from the two previous times. This vehicle has had a recall on issues like this in the past and the vehicle is unsafe, I am scared of accidents due to this issue and the vehicle is undriveable and unsafe.

- Jacksonville, FL, USA

problem #53

Jul 162016


  • 0 miles
Vehicle is loosing power between 45-55 miles and steering wheels becomes hard to turn on 7/1/16 jackson, ms on northview drive, same problem 7/10/17 mobile, al and 7/16/16 beach blvd. Jacksonville, fl and once breaking at a stop (redlight or stop sign) it shuts down in traffic. Car must be put in park and cranked to restart. Issue unknown and the vehicle is unsafe and will not stay on in big conjestions of traffic, I am scared of a crash. There are already recalls on this issue from the national data base.

- Jacksonville, FL, USA

problem #52

Jun 182016


  • 90,000 miles


Vehicle intermittently and unexpected shuts down while driving. Cruising about 50 mph when check engine light came on and rpms drop to 0 requiring vehicle to be pulled over and restarted.

- Lewisville, TX, USA

problem #51

Dec 102013


  • 61,510 miles
I was informed by a BMW representative that dealerships were told that all the ignition coils would fail around the same time. So if one failed in one cylinder, expect the rest to need replacement or else they will all fail soon after. This is a catastrophic mechanical failure that if left unnoticed would mean the end of the car. There should be a recall fix this known mechanical failure.

- Washington, DC, USA

problem #50

May 102015


  • 70,000 miles
I purchased the car from an independent dealer with somewhere around 60K or 65K miles it now has around 80K miles and since the car has been purchased it has had one problem after the next. The electrical for the windows, mirrors, door locks, gps system, head lights were not working properly. I received a fault warning that the outside running lights or headlights were not operating properly. I have noticed the check engine light on and took it to have it looked at which I was told obd code reads misfire #2 ignition coil. I had the parts replaced and codes cleared and still the light came back on reading the same fault code had it checked again and was told it is a new part and it has been replaced and he cannot figure why it would come back the same thing. The only explanation he had for me is there is an electrical problem or there is something wrong with the obd computer. Since then the car has had trouble cranking, stutters on take off, stalls at stop lights, I have had a loss of power immediately while on getting on the free way and the car said reduced engine power shut down and would not let me get over speeds of 20. I have smelt fuel when the ac was turned on. Has been numerous things one after the other. I was looking at numerous recalls for the electrical, the fuel pump, the lights, and now the air bags.and seat belt tensioners. I would like to find out if the car was ever brought in to be fixed from the recalls, or if the recalls expire. Cause I have not owned vehicle very long

- Gulfport, MS, USA

problem #49

Feb 032015


  • 10 miles
For two years my seatbelt sensor pad in the passengers side has been broken. The cost is $1400. I took it to the dealer only for them to say they don't see a recall on my car. I looked it up here and the same result. I research recalls on the 3 series 328xi on the internet and I see a seat sensor pad recall on some cars. What I don't understand is if it's the same sensor pad and/or same malfunction. Why is it only a fraction of the models" also it's unfair for you guys to make mistake with this information. By the time you have corrected the issue I will have died or paid for every defect out of my own pockets. Remember BMW is a business I am not. The new issues is something that I have never had happen in 20 years of driving. I hit an average size pothole and my suspension locked-up then later something snapped. It was the rear wheel drivers side. Its still in the shop but someone needs to look into the safety of all the vehicles and issue free repair or refund, asap. Also an issue with the fan but I a M running out of characters. To me it seems like most of the issue that you try to isolate by model are actual issues across all models and we need a solution. Better fix the issue now or later have someone's wheel come off on the highway. Or what if the air bag just never release" its your fault and BMW. You people sit on this information for years. They should be forced to come to my house and fix this sh*t!!!! or write me a check!!!!

- Hyattsville, MD, USA

problem #48

Jan 302016


  • 0 miles


Red electric steering wheel lock icon on screen and car will not start or turn over. Radio works and everything else but car will not start. When battery died, and I charged it full, then went to start the car and this red electric steering wheel lock came on. Had to get car serviced

- Export, PA, USA

problem #47

Jan 062016


  • 142,700 miles
Left work at 4:30pm on 01/06/2016, as we turned out of parking lot my 2007 BMW 328I just died in mid traffic. This occurence happened twice before but stalled multiple time on way back home. On the 6th of Jan, the car began to overheat and burning of battery smell. Car was towed as id codes were checked and all signs have pointed to system failure. Upon further review, 6 open recalls was researched using multiple VIN report sites paid and free including bmwusa.com/safety recall. We were then told to contact the BMW consumer and we were told that if there is no warranty due to past milage, recalls were not obligated by BMW consumer. I have already contacted fabbrini law office here in Chicago regarding our federal rights in being in a safe car. How many links do we need to post in which stalling and electrical problems have been noted on bmws own company website. We simply ask that BMW consumer llc listen to this complaint like the many others who are being put in unsafe vehicles and we ask that you apply your three prong rule regarding safety hazards such as these that warrant a refund with deappreciation added, replacement of vehicle or simply repair the recalls that have been noted in the last decade affecting more than millions who are loyal to your product. We intially had a 2005 BMW 325I that had recalls and we were not helped then and traded vehicles for yet another BMW with the hopes of better luck.

- Romeoville, IL, USA

problem #46

Dec 122015


  • miles
The contact owns a 2007 BMW 328I. The contact stated that after the vehicle was in the park position, the steering lock system failed to activate. In addition, the contact stated that while driving approximately 15 mph, the vehicle began to smoke from under the hood of the vehicle. After the vehicle was parked, the contact discovered that the smoke was coming from the crank shaft. The contact also mentioned that the serpentine belt fractured causing the vehicle to stall. The vehicle was towed to the dealer where it was diagnosed that the steering lock failed and that the steering lock module needed to be replaced. The vehicle was partially repaired due to the dealer not being granted approval for the repairs to be performed. The manufacturer was not made aware of the failure. The failure mileage was unknown.

- Englewood, CO, USA

problem #45

Dec 012013


  • 70,000 miles
A car with 118K miles that has had numerous oil leaks around the valve cover and oil filter housing. It has been leaking oil for the last 50K miles. I've already replaced the "plastic" valve cover and filter housing each. Now the plastic valve cover is cracked. I'm waiting for it to catch on fire. Every BMW blog has numerous examples this issue. I've owned 10 cars over the past 30 years and all of them added together haven't leaked oil as much as this poorly designed engineered vehicle. It is baffling to me that the plastic valve cover ($500 plus $700 labor) hasn't been recalled. Additionally, the side view mirrors move all by themselves. They are electrically possesed. I've disconnected the wires because it is crazy to have the mirrors move while driving (can't be put back without stopping/pulling over and manually putting the mirror back. Again, every blog on this model is filled with this issue. How is there not a recall on these issues. I would rather have an air bag that doesn't work than a moving oil dispenser with possessed side view mirrors.

- Painesville, OH, USA

problem #44

Sep 212015


  • 110,000 miles
The contact owns a 2007 BMW 328xi. While driving 40 mph, the vehicle stalled and the check engine warning indicator illuminated soon after. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure. The failure mileage was 110,000.

- Hillsboro, OR, USA

problem #43

Sep 172015


  • 75,000 miles
Battery died. Jumpstarted, drove for a bit. Turned off, turned back on drove home. Parked the car. Tried to restart and the red electronic steering wheel lock indicator was on. Plenty of juice in the battery, car will not even attempt to turn over. Can not get into neutral to tow out. Car is dead where it sits because of the electronic steering lock. Thank goodness we weren't in the middle of nowhere.

- Carmel, CA, USA

problem #42

Jun 262015


  • 140,000 miles
The contact owns a 2007 BMW 328I. While driving 70 mph, the instrument panel warning indicators illuminated and the windshield wipers started to activate independently. The contact also stated that the ignition had difficulty switching into the on position. The contact also stated that the door locks would also work independently. The vehicle was taken to an independent mechanic but was not diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure. The failure mileage was 140,000.

- Fontana, CA, USA

problem #41

Jan 082015


  • 96,000 miles
The contact owns a 2007 BMW 328I. The contact stated that the vehicle stalled without warning. The battery and starter were replaced, but the contact was also informed that the fan for the motor needed to be replaced. The dealer informed the contact of NHTSA campaign number: 12E029000 (engine and engine cooling), but the vehicle was not included. The manufacturer was notified. The vehicle had not been repaired. The failure mileage was 96,000.

- Greensboro, NC, USA

problem #40

Feb 212015

328 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 50,000 miles
The contact owns a 2007 BMW 328xi. The contact received notification of NHTSA campaign number:13V044000 ( electrical system) however, the remedy was performed but shortly after the contact stated that while driving at 5 mph, the vehicle jerked forward and stalled. The check engine warning light illuminated. The failure recurred twice. The vehicle was able to restart and was driven to the dealer where it was not diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was not made aware of the failure. The failure mileage was unknown. Updated 4/6/15 the consumer stated the vehicle was repaired at a cost of $1400. The consumer stated the vehicle lurched forward and then stalled. The vehicle would not re-start. Updated 06/04/15

- Chatham, NJ, USA

problem #39

Feb 092015

328 6-cyl

  • 82,000 miles
Had the valve cover replaced and mechanic says it will need a engine the car only had 81000 miles bought it with 60000 miles on it only had it 2 years.

- Lithonia, GA, USA

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