definitely annoying
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
35,717 miles

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2008 BMW 328 fuel system problems

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2008 BMW 328 Owner Comments

problem #6

Feb 182014

328 6-cyl

  • 66,300 miles


- February 18th, BMW 328xi, on/parked, began to shake/rock roughly/powered off. The lift/car icon came on. Car would crank, no start. After 10 minutes, no start. After 40 minutes, 328xi starts. - on March 2nd, drove about 30 min and came to a traffic light. 328xi began to shake/rock roughly/powered off. The lift/car icon came on. Car would crank, no start. After a number of attempts, 2 gentlemen stated they would push 328xi to side if I can get car in N. after several failed attempts, regained small power to switch to N and they moved me over to the side. After 10 minutes, 328xi turned over but BMW service center in nyc was closed. - March 3rd, took 328xi to european car specialist (ecs) and explained the above. 328xi was placed on the computer and reading stated: Exceed fuel amount, but further test were needed. - March 6th, 328xi did same to ecs. Conclusion, inoperable fuel pump. Ordered/installed/returned on March 11th. - March 16th, 328xi shook/rocked roughly/powered. After 30 minutes of failed attempts to start, called a tow truck. Towed to ecs. - March 17th, ecs witnessed 328xi would not start. Pushed into garage to diagnose. Denoted, defective fuel pump/need replacing. Car returned on March 24th. - March 26th 328xi began to shake/rock roughly/powered off. Ecs now suspects fuel gauge off and giving false reading though 1/4 (57miles) of gas was in car. Wants car filled up and driven. - March 27th while on I-80 (full tank) doing highway speeds, 328xi began to shake/rock/powered off while on the highway. Got 328xi over to the right shoulder. After 20 minutes of not starting, called tow truck and state police. 328xi started when released from tow truck at shop. Put on computer: Exceed fuel amount. More investigation determined defective fuel module and fuel tank. - April 11th, took care from ecs to BMW bloomfield. Diagnosis: Excessive fuel pressure.

- Belleville, NJ, USA

problem #5

Sep 122013

328 6-cyl

  • 78,000 miles
Car shutoff completely in the middle of traffic. Got it towed to the dealership and they stated that the fuel line came off which is located above the fuel tank. No way anybody can get to it without taking off the fuel tank. Fortunately I was not driving at a high speed and on the highway. The fuel line could have ignited or worse, if the car shutdown on the highway, it could have been my life.

- Lynn, MA, USA

problem #4

Feb 012011

328 6-cyl

  • 35,000 miles
Fuel injectors constantly need replacement every 15,000 miles or so. All 6 were initially replaced on recall at 35,000 miles and then 3 more needed replacement 49,000 miles. Now the car has about 61,000 miles and needs another 3 replaced. This is obviously a problem with the design of the fuel injection system and needs to be recalled again or warrantied for an extended period of time. Safety issues are that when you try to accelerate the vehicle hesitates putting the occupants in an unsafe situation. Merging into traffic or turning onto a busy street can be really scary.

- Kent, WA, USA

problem #3

Aug 212009


  • miles


My 335I 2008 has had three recalls all related to the fuel system. With 24,000 miles it now has issues with starting.I recently have taken it back to my dealer, left it for four days, picked it up with "cannot duplicate customer complaint". in less than a week the start up has gone from three to five un, un, un, un, uns to crank. The car is about to go out of warranty and I believe that BMW knows there are serious problems and is refusing to repair until they are able to get repairs income. I guess I should have cancelled my special order when two weeks before delivery they called and said my car had arrived in us but would not be released due to "engine compression problems". all other issues I have asked to be repaired are not with dealer noting "cannot duplicate customer complaint". an accident waiting to happen. I have called and emailed BMW and dealer no one responded. And let's not even get to the tires!

- Houston, TX, USA

problem #2

Mar 092010


  • 19,500 miles
BMW 328xi sportwagon car power lost sporadically while car is in use. 1st time, car stopped at stop sign, when attempting to pull off, car turned off. All power lost only available function - brakes. 2nd time, same day as 1st incident, car moving approx 50mph, hit a bump, all car power lost. Only available feature, brakes. Car would not restart for approx 2.5 hours. Occurred in construction zone, so car and driver sitting in traffic lane. Unsure what was fixed. Supposedly some part near gas pump hole that leaked - corrosion on computer - replaced. 3rd time - car cut off while traveling 10 mph making right hand turn. Brakes worked only. D/T loss of power steering, car stopped in oncoming traffic lane. Replaced "fuel/air intake" modulator? not sure of the name. Old part was at dealership. 4th time - car cut off while making left hand turn in busy intersection at approx 15 mph. Entire onboard computer replaced. 5th time - traveling approximately 25mph. While crossing railroad tracks, car cut off - restarted immediately. Has not yet been repaired. All repairs done under manufacturers warranty. Parts may still be available at dealership. Each incident between 2-4 weeks apart. Dealership kept car during last repair for 6 weeks. Still unable to repair. Regional rep called and serviced car as well. Numerous parts replaced at this point, without resolution. Very big safety issue for obvious reasons. Date of 1st incident 3/9/2010. Date of most recent incident 5/26/2010.

- Durham, NC, USA

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problem #1

Sep 102008


  • 15,500 miles
I took the vehicle for the following symptoms: 1.) long(er) crank 2.) engine malfunction, reduced power 3.) service engine soon 4.) heavy, erratic shaking and shuddering 5.) engine sounded like a union pacific train with loud pumping sound 6.) because of 4 + 5, decide to turn-off the engine or sometimes it just stalls before 7.) after reset, the car becomes drivable but symptoms will reoccur. 8.) able to recreate problem when I mash the gas after doing some research on an auto forum, I suspected that the caused of the problem was a failing high pressure fuel pump. The dealership kept the car for 3 days to run some tests and concluded that the fuel pump was the problem. Since they replace the part, the car has not broken down again. However, they introduce another problems. 1) the car's exhaust noise is much louder now 2) the car is less fuel efficient, lower miles per gallon 3) the car now has a turbo lag which was previously non-existent. This means BMW is falsely advertising the 335I twin-turbo has zero lag. This was true before they updated the car's software but is not longer true at this moment in time.

- Dublin, CA, USA

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