hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 1
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
57,575 miles

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2001 BMW 330 engine problems

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2001 BMW 330 Owner Comments

problem #4

Feb 082010


  • miles


The contact owns a 2001 BMW 330I. The contact stated that all four tires randomly lost tire pressure and that there was an internal failure associated with the rims and tires. The contact had a repair shop replace all four tires three times. When the air pressure was low, the TPMS warning light was not illuminated to indicate a failure. In addition, the fan failed to work properly and the vehicle was running hot to the point that it could overheat. The contact was not included in NHTSA campaign numbers: 02V138000 (engine and engine cooling), 01V206000 (engine and engine cooling), and 00V383000 (wheels). The manufacturer was contacted to determine if they may be able to provide a repair solution to prevent the failure. The failure mileage was not available.

- Niles, OH, USA

problem #3

Jan 122014

330 6-cyl

  • 135,000 miles
Car had not been driven all day until evening when I drove car 4-5 miles to one residence, continued with passenger for another few miles to another residence, parked and turned off the car. Remained in car briefly while finishing a conversation when noticed gray/white smoke coming from under hood on passenger side of car. Got out of vehicle, called for help from resident. When use of 2 personal extinguishers didn't help, called fire department who responded and put out the fire. Fire department report notes engine compartment was fully involved when they arrived and appears fire started in right front corner, but unable to make fire cause determination due to heavy fire involvement. Insurance company has declared it a total loss.

- Bainbridge Island, WA, USA

problem #2

Aug 012012


  • miles
The contact owns a 2001 BMW 330ci. The contact stated that the coolant fan malfunctioned and as a result, the vehicle overheated. The vehicle was taken to the dealer who replaced the coolant fan and other belts. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure who did not offer any assistance since the vehicle was not included in NHTSA campaign id number: 02V138000 (engine and engine cooling: Cooling system: Fan). The failure mileage was unknown.

- Missouri City, TX, USA

problem #1

May 132010


  • 95,300 miles
The contact owns a 2001 BMW 330I. The contact stated that the vehicle was overheating. In addition, the cooling fan would fail intermittently. The vehicle was taken to the dealer and the dealer stated that they needed to replace the cooling fan. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was contacted and stated that the VIN was not included in NHTSA campaign id number: 01V206000 (engine and engine cooling:cooling system:fan). The failure mileage was 95,300 and the current mileage was 112,000.

- Agoura Hills , CA, USA

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