hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
60,664 miles

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2006 BMW 330 Owner Comments (Page 2 of 2)

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problem #19

May 312011

330 6-cyl

  • 47,800 miles


2006 BMW 330I started intermittently have door lock issues. One door would not unlock but others would. Today (05/31/11) I was at lunch with my kids and we went to get in the car and none of the doors would unlock with the remote except the right rear. I leaned in and tried to unlock the others with the handle but they would not. I climbed through to the drivers seat and drove home. I got to my house and was locked in the car. The door would not unlock with the button on the dash, the key, or by pulling on the handle. I had to climb out the window and I had to pull my kids out of their windows to get them out. Now the car is awaiting a service appointment but the car is too unsafe to drive in the meantime. I am scared something will happen and we will get trapped in the car.

- Ohio, OH, USA

problem #18

Apr 162011


  • 55,804 miles
Door locks on 2006 BMW 330xi suddenly stopped functioning properly midway through the day and were unable to be unlocked. I was able to open the door with the embedded physical key in the fob but when I got in the car and tried operating the doors they again locked but were unable to be unlocked neither by the unlock button on the console, the fob or the door handle. The only way I was able to exit the car was to roll down the drivers side window, and use the emergency mechanical key to unlock it by extending my hand out the window. Since the driver's side door is the only door with a physical keylock, it was the only door that was able to open. For the remainder of the day, all 3 passengers had to climb out of their windows to exit.

- Mt Arlington, NJ, USA

problem #17

Feb 052011

330 6-cyl

  • 47,230 miles
BMW central locking module failure will result locking up passengers inside. All 4 doors will not unlock with door nob or unlock/lock button. Even fuse blown will make this central locking module fail resulting passenger lock up in the car. There is no manual override to unlock doors from inside.

- Puyallup, WA, USA

problem #16

Jan 172011


  • 52,000 miles


Doors failed and continue to fail to unlock. Passengers were stuck in vehicle. Driver's door was unlocked by opening window. Front passenger had to climb over console.

- Daytona Beach Shores, FL, USA

problem #15

Nov 282010

330 6-cyl

  • 12,696 miles
Failure of steering column lock, causing inability to restart automobile intermittently. I have read this is a common problem with early 2006 330I models, but a recall was never issued. My car has very low miles, so it was clearly a design flaw. BMW offered to supply the parts for free, however I feel this is a safety-related issue and should have been 100% covered by BMW as a recall and handled proactively by the company.

- Raleigh, NC, USA

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problem #14

Nov 252010


  • 67,000 miles
Went to unlock doors in 2006 BMW 330I and there was a rapid clicking sound in the front passenger door. The power locks failed to respond afterwards and all doors remained locked. The fob, nor the internal unlock button would allow the doors to be unlocked and attempting to open the doors from the inside did not work either. Only the driver's door can be manually unlocked by physical key or by pulling the handle from the inside. An initial attempt has been made to fix the problem by replacing the fuse #57 with a 20A fuse over the original blown 15A fuse.

- Brandon, FL, USA

problem #13

Nov 152010


  • miles


I have a BMW 320D. A few days ago my wife was out somewhere and she locked the car it weren't locking so she opened the door and then press lock, it locked. When she came back she was trying to unlock it but it weren't unlocking. She had to use the take the key out of the fob and open it manually, then the alarm started going off so she had to turn the car on so it would stop. Now only the drivers side opens but you have to open it manually with the key, he rest won't open or close. I have been to the BMW garage and they said it will cost around 600 to replace the latches. I've only had the car for 3 years and you don't expect that to happen to a 27,000 car after only having it for 3 years. Also if their ever was an accident and the door latches stopped working no one would be able to get out, they would all have to rush out through the driver side door.

- Manchester, 00, USA

problem #12

Oct 172010


  • 61,000 miles
The contact owns a 2006 BMW 330I. When the doors are locked either by alarm or by the inside buttons the vehicle was unable to be reopened unless a key was used and it could only be reopened with a key on the drivers side door. The vehicle was not taken to the dealer or repaired. The manufacturer was notified and informed him that they were aware of the issue but did not offer any assistance. The current mileage was approximately 63,000. The failure mileage was approximately 61,000.

- Warner Robins, GA, USA

problem #11

Nov 092010

330 6-cyl

  • 85,500 miles
The door locks on my car failed resulting in not being able to unlock any of the doors with the key fob. I can unlock the driver side door with the valet key. None of the other doors can be unlocked and can not even be opened from the inside. If someone got locked inside the car, they could be in serious trouble. Not to mention the fact that if in an accident any passengers in my car would have been unable to get out because the door locks malfunctioned.

- San Marcos, CA, USA

problem #10

Sep 262010


  • 55,000 miles
The door locks on my car failed resulting in not being able to unlock any of the doors with the key fob. I can unlock the driver side door with the valet key. None of the other doors can be unlocked and can not even be opened from the inside. This is a safety issue with the heat in southern California recently someone getting locked inside their car could be in serious trouble. Not to mention the fact that if in an accident any passengers in my car would have been unable to get out because the door locks malfunctioned.

- Burbank, CA, USA

problem #9

Sep 212010


  • 99,500 miles


Driver side door lock not unlocking with either the remote or manual handle inside, will only open with the key manually on the outside of the car.

- Salt Lake City, UT, USA

problem #8

Sep 032010


  • 27,333 miles
The contact owns a 2006 BMW 330I. The contact stated that the driver side door would not unlock neither from the inside nor the outside of the vehicle. The vehicle was taken to the dealer where they stated that they would diagnose the vehicle and attempt to determine a remedy. The vehicle was not yet repaired. The failure mileage was 27,333 and the current mileage was 27,443.

- Chula Vista, CA, USA

problem #7

Sep 062010


  • 84,000 miles
Doors will not unlock from the inside. Occupants are locked in vehicle. Blown fuse (no 57) caused by amperage spike in one of the door lock actuators. Spike is due to contamination with silicone. BMW has issued a sib on this problem.

- Raeford, NC, USA

problem #6

Aug 272010


  • 71,000 miles
Door locks will not open when inside the car using the remote or the lock/unlock button or the handle.

- Jacksonville, FL, USA

problem #5

Jun 252010


  • 83,000 miles
BMW door locks randomly and automatically engaged. This is one week after a service performed at the dealer for an electrical issue. Locks would not disengage except manually with emergency key (from outside). Driver's door is the only door that will open - others are inoperable. Fuel filler cap will also not open. Have researched and found this is a common problem. This should be researched by BMW and remedied at no cost to the consumer - this is definitely an inconvenience and could be dangerous or potentially fatal.

- Chapel Hill, NC, USA

problem #4

Jun 162010


  • 69,000 miles
Failure of door lock actuators in 2006 BMW 330I. Inside lock/unlock button would not function, remote keyless entry would not unlock any doors, key would unlock driver front door, gas door could not open, no way to unlock/open passenger front/rear or driver rear doors even using inside handles. Children were in the car and had to exit either through the driver front door or through an open window. Serious safety issue preventing or delaying egress of passengers.

- Ocala, FL, USA

problem #3

Aug 242009


  • 56,000 miles
The driver door lock does not open using the remote. BMW is asking to pay them for diagnosis and eventual repair. I do believe this is a safety issue and the cost should be on BMW.

- Euless, TX, USA

problem #2

Jun 202009


  • 65,000 miles
Can't recall the exact sequence of button pushing that resulted in my being locked inside the vehicle. Not even the double handle pull that usually releases the lock from the inside worked. Had to roll down the window and use manual key from the outside to unlock. Diagnosed as a blown fuse. Fuse was replaced. Now locks are intermittent again after 2 months of working ok. The car has had the actuator replaced before, now it appears to be broken again. Will not electrically lock or unlock now. This seams like a huge safety concern in the event of an accident.

- West Palm Beach, FL, USA

problem #1

Aug 022008


  • 20,000 miles
BMW 325xi does not provide a manual door locking override for their cars. This lack of design makes their car a trap for all passengers when electronic system fails. One year after purchasing a car ( new ) BMW 325xi, the doors and window system failed in very dangerous way. With my baby and my wife on the back sit, when I try to exit the car the door system start shutting down, the doors and window system just would not open. The only one that open was the driver side one. After this incident it happened three more time. Once all four doors locked and I had to lean out the window and open the door with the manual key. The latest one was with my 7 month pregnant wife climbing out of the car through the front of the car. Once I pulled up the door knob with a plier, but the door still locked.my complaint is not that I need to fix the car, but the fact that this car does not provide a manual override to open the door in case the electric system fails. Basically all passenger can be trapped in the car and almost impossible to escape in the case of an accident.

- Clifton, NJ, USA

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