definitely annoying
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
43,650 miles

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2008 BMW 335 body / paint problems

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2008 BMW 335 Owner Comments

problem #4

Nov 182016


  • 65,000 miles


On November 18, 2016, at approximately 7:45 am, I was driving on seward highway towards West international airport road in anchorage, Alaska and all of a sudden my sunroof exploded and glass shards fell above my head and all over the interior of my car. I called BMW corporate for a resolution but they initially denied my claim saying it must have been hit with a rock and I should be calling my car insurance instead. I contacted BMW corporate for the second time. They were able to escalate my issue and offered me a "goodwill" offer to replace all parts involved free of charge on my issue, but not labor. Labor charge is approximately $900 and they require it to be done at the dealership. It is absurd! I'm not paying for a damage which I'm not responsible. It seems like they are not considering this as a big problem and rather denying defects on their sunroofs. I was furious and exclaimed that it is a safety issue and I could have been injured, could have been killed, or worse, could have killed someone else. With their "goodwill" offer and the absurd labor charge, I don't think I could get this issue resolved without the help of NHTSA to press BMW to do further investigation. This issue has to be fixed asap before someone gets killed.

- Anchorage, AK, USA

problem #3

Jun 252014

335 6-cyl

  • 42,000 miles
Black mold formed on rear seats, dashboard intermittently worked (1/2 of dashboard active, 1 fuse powers the dash), 6" of water pooled in rear back passenger footwell (location of main electrical unit); water was dripping on my foot when resting on petal of my 42000 mile, $50,000, 2008 BMW 328xi coupe. I contacted BMW of na who advised me not to use the car because it was dangerous. After several attempts to work with BMW of na & BMW dealership (place of purchase) a vapor barrier leak was found but more was believed to be at cause. The dash needed to be removed, for $1800. I refused to pay; requested BMW of na to pay. Request denied. The dealer said BMW of na would only pay vapor barrier repair costs. I asked for no repairs; towed the car home. Finally reaching linda vitale, exec. Customer services of BMW na, NJ, she told me the dealer did do the repairs. This was against my expressed wishes. I wanted the car investigated elsewhere too. In a later conversation, [xxx] claimed the reason for the water was from a leak from a 3rd party windshield instillation. Note: Mold, water, and electrical problems existed previous to 3rd party windshield installment. [xxx], proven wrong, due to dates, stated, in a subsequent recorded conversation, per the dealer, the water entered the car because the doors were dismantled and incorrectly put back. Note:[xxx] has proof that the doors were never removed. [xxx] totaled the car due to black mold contamination, health risks; risk of injury to me and others due to mold, the electrical compromised, and possible power cut to engine while in motion. A paid loan but having no car, BMW of na wished only to compensate me with $1000 towards a new BMW. I found many forums, on the internet, regarding 2002-2015 BMW's w/the same problems & owners sustaining same loss of property with no ethical or sustainable compensation from BMW of na. Information redacted pursuant to the Freedom Of Information Act (FOIA), 5 U.S.C. 552(B)(6).

- Waterbury, CT, USA

problem #2

Sep 032012


  • 52,000 miles
One of the electric door lock actuators failed and caused a fuse to blow. When this occurred the driver door could only be unlocked with the metal key and not by the electronic lock remote. What was so dangerous is that none of the other 3 passenger doors could be opened either from outside or even from the inside with the door handle. Essentially all the passengers were trapped in the car and had to climb out through the driver door which could be opened from the inside with the door handle. Had there been an accident or fire or other emergency it could have taken too long to exit the vehicle. The 3 passenger doors did not begin working until the fuse and door lock actuator was replaced at a cost of nearly $700. BMW is aware of this problem. Si B51 19 07 factory service bulletin.

- San Diego, CA, USA

problem #1

Feb 202010


  • 15,600 miles
I have a 2008 BMW 335I (E90) that lost both headlight washer covers while traveling on the highway. These parts struck the windshield with great force and likely hit the vehicles traveling behind my car. These parts likely littered the roadway with debris that could cause other vehicles to swerve to avoid running over them. This is a common problem/defect with newer BMW vehicle (see bmwland and E90post websites for customer complaints).

- Poland, OH, USA

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