really awful
Crashes / Fires:
1 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
2 / 0
Average Mileage:
97,069 miles

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2001 BMW 330 body / paint problems

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2001 BMW 330 Owner Comments

problem #6

Sep 192016


  • 95,000 miles


The contact owns a 2001 BMW 330I. The contact stated that while stationary, all of the doors locked from the inside and the contact and his family could not exit the vehicle. As a result, the contact and his family required to exit the vehicle from the driver's side door. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure. The failure mileage was approximately 95,000.

- Sardinia, OH, USA

problem #5

Oct 082015


  • 166,181 miles
Support strap for gas tank broke off on passenger side and was dragging on ground. Vehicle was in residential area and made loud metal dragging noise. The welds broke away from the frame leaving the gas tank unsupported on passenger side. Definite fuel fire hazard car is now in driveway until repair. This is my commuter car and dealer should fix. How is a gas tank supported by welds that simply break? design flaw..

- Tracy, CA, USA

problem #4

Mar 172015

330 6-cyl

  • 117,331 miles
When stopped after driving, I attempted to exit the vehicle from the driver side door. The door would not open. The door was unlocked. I crawled out the passenger side. I tried to open the door from the outside. Same result. The driver side door now does not open by any means. Diver side door will not open utilizing key fob, from the inside and from the outside of the vehicle. From reading online posts, it seems to be an issue with others in different combinations. It could be the door handle cable or door actuator. Regardless, this is a dangerous situation, due to the fact that if the driver needed to exit the car immediately, driver would not be able to do so.

- Whitehouse, TX, USA

problem #3

Jun 062013

330 6-cyl

  • 75,600 miles


Door relay system malfunction causes door to be inoperable, closed and locked. Potentially deadly if trapped in vehicle.

- Vandalia, OH, USA

problem #2

Aug 132012

330 6-cyl

  • 88,000 miles
Vehicle was hit by another driver running a red light. The other driver centered on the driver's side front wheel but damaged the driver's side door and windshield. The driver's door airbag deployed. The driver's side airbag partially deployed. We could see hit hanging from the rear pillar to the front pillar but it was still tubular shaped and did not prevent the driver from hitting her head on the side of the car. The car was totaled. The front panel was compressed all the way to the engine compartment.

- Boise, ID, USA

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problem #1

Apr 302010


  • 40,300 miles
Broken welds on fuel tank strap bracket on passenger side. Caused bracket to fall off and gas tank to hang low to an unsafe height from the ground. Dangerous to an unknowing driver who is not aware of the true danger of this failure. This is happening quite often on this '01 BMW 3 series from thread below. forum.E46fanatics.com/showthread.php?T=669079&highlight=gas+tank+bracket.

- Fresh Meadows, NY, USA

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