hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
100,833 miles

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2006 BMW 330 lights problems

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2006 BMW 330 Owner Comments

problem #8

Apr 022021


  • 160,640 miles


Going through my newly purchased, used 2006 330xi, I found several warnings for front headlight malfunctions. Further investigation showed adaptive functions were disabled and the left low beam was stuck pointing left. While the bulbs themselves were still functioning, the light was pointed directly at oncoming traffic and did not illuminate the road in front of me. Opening the access panel at the rear of the headlight assembly showed multiple bare wires inside of the sealed housing, the insulation had simply started to flake off of the wires rendering all centering and leveling functions of the light inoperable. Research has shown this is a widespread problem with BMW headlights, for additional documented data and cases please reference the following forum thread : https://www.bimmerfest.com/threads/

- Verdi, NV, USA

problem #7

Dec 152020


  • 25 miles
E90 BMW reverse light stop working do to car computer system fault, this poses a high risk when vehicle is in reverse other driver are not notified. This can cause a potential accident.

- Washington, DC, USA

problem #6

Feb 092019


  • 146,000 miles
I was receiving a imagine on the on board computer saying that my headlights were not working. Upon inspection inside the headlight's casing, I saw that all of the wiring's protection had completely fell off (probably due to the humid southern climate of North Texas) leaving almost all of the wiring on both sides of my headlights (driver and passenger side) completely exposed. The copper wiring inside is almost all exposed. Obviously this is causing the headlights to short and leaving me with no visibility while driving at night. This is a model without angel eyes, so my drl do not work what so ever. These headlights are completely stock, so this is a factory fault. Very unhappy with this. Thanks BMW for the "fantastic" engineering! should be covered under a recall.

- Sanger, TX, USA

problem #5

Jan 202018


  • 125,000 miles


Fire hazard: Adaptive headlight controller car in motion, heavy rain, 'road following headlight' stopped working (I.e., headlight still illuminating, but would not swivel to follow direction of turns anymore). Dashboard code cc-id 295. Upon later inspection, obd reported ista codes 0932C: Frm acl faulty; 009cbd; frm communication with step motor left disrupted; 009cbe: Frm communication with step motor rigth disrupted during replacement of faulty module (P/N 63127189312), evidence of past electrical fire found: Strong burnt electrical insulator smell, wire harness in the headlight housing molten, extensive fire damage to both the module pcb and the electrical connector between the module and the headlight housing.

- Knoxville, TN, USA

problem #4

Jan 022018


  • 123,000 miles
Headlights failing while driving. BMW used poor insulation inside headlight assemblies that degrade overtime and fail causing significant safety hazard.

- Hickory, NC, USA

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problem #3

Jan 012017


  • miles
Passenger-side rear taillight/brake light error, resulting in dash light and led taillight not operating as intended.

- Spring Valley, CA, USA

problem #2

Jan 012014


  • 110,000 miles
I own a 2006 BMW 325I. About a year or two ago, the reverse lights will not illuminate while reversing. I took the vehicle to the dealership, explained the problem, and mentioned multiple online accounts of this problem extending at least from 2003 through 2008. It could have been longer. I also referenced NHTSA campaign id number: 11V438000 (exterior lighting:turn signal) and NHTSA id number: 10443539 (tail light failure). The dealer advised me that this vehicle year was not included in any recall campaign for this problem. In addition, the dealer advised that the frm module needed to be replaced due to a wiring malfunction. From online reports and pictures, I confirmed my reverse light failure was also a wiring issue caused from a very poor wire routing design by BMW. The failure mileage was at approximately 110,000 and the cost to repair was outrageous! since that time even with multiple documented cases, BMW has been unwilling to admit this is their design failure and to share in any of the repair costs.

- San Jose, CA, USA

problem #1

May 162015


  • 142,000 miles
Rear exterior safety lighting does not work due to design flaw where trunk lid breaks ground wires. Recall already done on other model years. BMW skipped recall on 2006 E90S. Many consumers are still having the system short due to ground and crimp issues. Huge safety issue with potential fires and or crashes

- Bloomington, IL, USA

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