hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 1
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
56,700 miles

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2005 BMW 330 lights problems

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2005 BMW 330 Owner Comments

problem #4

Jun 012013


  • 85,000 miles


The contact owns a 2005 BMW 330I. While driving at any speed, the headlights dimmed without warning. The vehicle was taken to a local dealer where it was diagnosed that the headlights needed to be replaced. The contact received notification of NHTSA campaign numbers: 11V438000 (exterior lighting), 14V428000 (air bags), and 15V318000 (air bags). The manufacturer was not made aware of the failure. The failure was not remedied. The VIN was invalid. The failure mileage was 85,000.

- Ramona, CA, USA

problem #3

Sep 012009


  • 90,000 miles
The contact owns a 2005 BMW 330I. While driving at night, the headlights illuminated extremely dimly. The vehicle was taken to the dealer who diagnosed that the reflector inside the headlight housing melted and caused the light to illuminate dimly. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The failure mileage was 90,000...updated 01/21/15

- Atlanta, GA, USA

problem #2

Oct 102010

330 6-cyl

  • 51,800 miles
Zkw brand xenon headlights - the back of the projector bowl is made of plastic (vs. Metal in the al/Bosch brand, also used by BMW), which over time burns from the heat put out by the headlights. The burn turns the plastic from white to brown/orange, which severely reduces light output, making night driving dangerous. I don't feel comfortable driving at night unless my hi-beams are on, which is hard to pull off unless I'm the only car on the road. This issue is most prevalent in 2002-2005 3 series sedans, and the issue is well documented in the BMW community.

- Kenmore, WA, USA

problem #1

Jul 052011


  • miles
In 2002-2005 BMW 330I sedans with the xenon headlight feature, BMW opted to use zkw brand headlight assemblies instead of al/Bosch brand assemblies. The zkw brand assemblies have plastic projector reflector bowls whereas the al/Bosch assembies have metal projector reflector bowls. As a result of constant heat and concentration of the xenon bulb on the plastic projector bowl, the reflective surface begins to deteriorate. Soon enough (after a few years of use) the bowls receive brown/blackish burn marks from the concentration of light. The burn marks no longer reflect the xenon light and cause the output from the xenon zkw headlight assembly to be fainter than original state. Numerous individuals on the BMW car forums have experienced similar problems and have made note that this is the cause of their failure. Note: Some 2002-2005 330I sedans did come with al/Bosch brand headlight assemblies.

- San Francisco, CA, USA

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