really awful
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 1
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
33,493 miles

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2012 BMW 328 electrical problems

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2012 BMW 328 Owner Comments

problem #11

Feb 022022


  • miles


My BMW 2012 E92 model vehicle currently has a malfunctioning Front Seat Occupancy AirBag sensor mat is very similar to the recall for E60 to E91 models. BMW refuses to fix it under the other recall and I'm wondering what can be done to add it to the recall? I also read of an extended warranty for this part but I do not qualify since my model is e92.( SI B01 01 18). Please advise.

- San Ramon, CA, USA

problem #10

Mar 012020


  • 110,000 miles
The contact owns a 2012 BMW 328I. The contact stated that while driving 40 mph, the vehicle stalled without warning. The contact stated after 30 minutes the vehicle restarted and he drove to his destination. The contact stated 2 weeks later, he was unable to start the vehicle. The vehicle was taken to an independent mechanic however, the mechanic was unable to duplicate the failure. A dealer was not contacted. Upon investigation, the contact associated the failure with NHTSA campaign number: 13V044000 (electrical system), however the VIN was not included. The vehicle was not diagnosed nor repaired. The manufacturer was informed of failure. The failure mileage was 110,000.

- Huntersville, NC, USA

problem #9

Sep 022019


  • miles
Passenger restraint malfunction error code comes off and on while in motion

- Bethesda, MD, USA

problem #8

Jul 162018

328 4-cyl

  • 80,000 miles


My car was parked I started it ran back in house to get phone got in car smelt plastic but it wasn't coming from vent got out car to smell around car and when I got to trunk the smell was louder opened trunk and a small fire came up like a barbecue fire on the passenger side a man rode by in a truck and help put it out the wasn't drove since 12:00 P.M the day before I ran in my front door grabbed phone and that fast but the guy said it looks like the wires were burning previously because I had a burn stain on my exterior white paint.

- Norcross, GA, USA

problem #7

Aug 312017


  • 60,000 miles
Recently my girlfriend and I had purchased and financed a 2012 BMW 328I. The mileage when we bought the car was at 48,000. Withen the first 2 weeks of having the car I had to bring it back due to the parking lamp being out. I didn't get no warning from the car that the light was out either. I brought it in they corrected the problem for the time being and I went on my way. The same exact parking lamp went out another few weeks later. We have only had the car 3 months and it is having problems with the engine and saying that I have driven a lot more miles than I actually have. The odometer is now reading 60,000 miles. Basically saying I had driven over 13,000 miles in close to 3 months time. There is no way I could of driven 13,000 miles in that short of time when I only use the car to go to work which is 20 miles away. The car broke down on me and the odometer is definently faulty. I know electrical problems when I see them. The car is unsafe to drive prior to breaking down. Engine shaked violently and made hissing sounds after releasing the gas.

- Palm Coast, FL, USA

problem #6

Mar 032016


  • 31,040 miles
The BMW 2012 328 xit (xi wagon) had had stumbling issues for months and the dealer wasn't able to diagnose. While driving, the oem Bosch #5 cylinder coil pack finally went causing the car to have to limp home. The car was "repaired" no questions asked by the dealer and the Bosch coils were replaced with delphi coils as an upgrade. Others have complained about coils going bad on a newer car.

- Wyoming, OH, USA

problem #5

Feb 042016


  • miles


The contact owns a 2012 BMW 328I. The contact received notification of NHTSA campaign number: 16V071000 (air bags). The part to do the repair was not available. The contact stated that the manufacturer exceeded a reasonable amount of time for the recall repair. The manufacturer was made aware of the issue. The contact had not experienced a failure. VIN tool confirms parts not available.

- Spring, TX, USA

problem #4

Jan 282016


  • 52,400 miles
I bought my car at around 50K miles, after manufacturer' warranty had expired. It was fine for about a month after my purchase. One day, after driving from the store, my car indicated I needed to fasten my seatbelt. I was fastened in. So I stopped and restarted the car, thinking it was some weird electrical problem. I restarted the car and the same thing happened. I got home and the next time I got into my car to drive it, the display now shows" driver restraint system malfunction: Continue wearing safety belt. Consult nearest service center." I took the car to the dealership. The warranty I purchased does not cover seatbelts or airbag sensors. The dealer gave me a cost of replacement: $820.52! I have read that others have had this issue. Yet, there is no recall. Why would it be okay for seatbelts and airbag sensors to stop working just after 50K miles?

- Portland, OR, USA

problem #3

Jun 282013


  • 8,682 miles
Went to start car and got a drive train malfunction message. Had it towed to a BMW dealer to diagnose the problem. They will replace the intake vanos solenoid sensor.

- Lemoore , CA, USA

problem #2

Jun 222013

328 4-cyl

  • 12,300 miles
The I drive completely failed leaving the screen black at this time I had no audio, no hands free telephone no way to change any settings on the vehicle. Went to BMW dealership and was told it was an overtemp code and that BMW was aware that there were problems and engineers were working on it but at the time there is nothing they can do to correct the problem this car only has 12,300 miles on it and still under warranty. There were 3 other cars there with the same problem. All cars had low mileage. I feel this is a very dangerous situation that BMW is aware of but chooses to do nothing about it. I am also concerned that this could be a fire hazard.

- Phoenix, AZ, USA

problem #1

Apr 012013

328 4-cyl

  • 14,000 miles
April 2013, a warning signal on my vehicle notified me there was a need for coolant. I scheduled maintenance for 4/18/13. I informed them of the coolant warning and also inquired about recall notices. On 4/19/13, I called weber BMW myself to check the status, louie informed me there were 3 recall notices on my car that were apparent and needed to be repaired, and that they would need to hold my car until Monday 4/22/13.I picked up my car on 4/23/13 and louie informed me all the recalls were fixed and my car was good to take home. On 4/24/13, the coolant warning signaled again. That evening, my car began to exert even more issues than before! first the coolant warning, then warning telling me to drive moderately, then pull over immediately engine overheating. I pulled the car over, stopped the engine allowing it to cool down, and starting it back up, the car would not go over 17 mph. I contacted weber BMW for another service scheduled for 4/30/13. A representative from weber BMW contacted me on 4/29/13 and informed me louie advised I casually stop by to top off my coolant, ' and that should resolve my problems. I found this resolution skeptical, lazy, and knew it would not be adequate to resolve the issues with my car. I stopped by weber on 4/29/13 and the service adviser attempted to 'top off my coolant, when we both noticed the coolant spilling out of the other side of the engine (I emphasize spilling and not leaking). I was advised not to drive the vehicle. Louie called me on 4/30/13 to reported a hole in the part that was replaced per the recall causing the coolant to spill out. He let me know that the car would be ready next day 5/1/13 for pick up. I do not feel safe driving this vehicle any longer. I purchased this car 4/10/12, and it began showing issues of poor manufacturing just shy of a year, I only have 14,000miles on the vehicle.

- Fresno, CA, USA

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