definitely annoying
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
42,880 miles

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2008 BMW 335 brakes problems

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2008 BMW 335 Owner Comments

problem #10

Nov 012015


  • 53,000 miles


Car pulls violently to the right under *initial wet braking*, at all speeds. Subsequent braking tracks straight ahead, until brakes get wet again. No standing water, no tire tread or inflation issues, no alignment issues. This problem is apparently well-known in the internet forums, and has been for several years, yet BMW has neither acknowledged the problem, or made a fix available. This is a potentially deadly problem, resulting in unpredictable behavior at the worst-possible moment. *contact me for more information!* problem has been observed sign day one with this car -- but only in wet weather (so, it surfaced again last night, during the first rainstorm of the season).

- San Francisco, CA, USA

problem #9

Mar 302015

335 6-cyl

  • 20,000 miles
ABS system failure light came on after 20000 miles. Dealership told me that it would cost $4800 to fix but that BMW was aware of the problems that people were having and typically offered a break on the cost of the parts as a "goodwill" gesture. This so called "goodwill" was not offered to us and were advised that the car could be driven without the repairs as long as we realized that we "were driving a car from the '70S". how can you garage keep a $52000 car and have such a system/safety breakdown after 20,000 miles. In addition, how can a manufacturer recognize this failure in the form of "goodwill" gestures until they tire of doing so? I would ask the NHTSA to please encourage the manufacturer of this vehicle (BMW) to fix this fault in their production/design at their cost. Thank you

- Smithville, NJ, USA

problem #8

Jul 032014

335 6-cyl

  • 54,000 miles
My brakes failed. I was at a stoplight on a side street. With 3 other cars in front of me, the light turned green and I proceeded to step on the gas pedal. As I picked up speed, the cars in front of me started to brake as there were pedestrians and other traffic. I went to apply my brakes and the car did not slow down or stop. I vered to the right to avoid rear-ending the car in front of me and started to pump my brake pedal. It still was not slowing the car. I noticed the brake pedal felt hard as I tried to press it down. I applied the emergency brake as I moved off the road and onto the shoulder. I had the car towed to the dealership where I was told the vacuum pump failed. They did check the brake line, brake fluids and noted there were no leaks. The vacuum pump just failed with no warning. No indicator or warning light came on to warn me of any emergency or safety issue. This is in a 2008 BMW 328I with only 54000 miles.

- Novato , CA, USA

problem #7

Jan 102013

335 6-cyl

  • 42,000 miles


ABS unit failed, all warning lights on. Per mech. Common prob, BMW even sells repair kit so common. Very expensive fix, I am sure people driving without ABS/traction control. Very unsafe BMW from 2006-2009.

- Orlando, FL, USA

problem #6

Sep 092013

335 6-cyl

  • 29,000 miles
Complete failure of ABS pump and stability control with only 29000 miles. Cost to repair this basic safety system over $2900.

- Powder Springs, GA, USA

problem #5

Oct 012013


  • 49,000 miles
## VIN passed ## BMW 335 2008 ## purchased car w/ 18000 miles and my 2nd fuel pump is on its way out (scheduling appt next week), brakes make noise when braking (pads are fine), and low pressure fuel sensor is now throwing fuel pressure code 29F3.

- Washington, DC, USA

problem #4

Dec 272012

335 6-cyl

  • 48,000 miles


My name is ? and I'm having a serious problem getting my car fixed by the BMW dealership specifically the one located at Edison, NJ. I've also experienced the brakes not working (2) when the car has been driven in bad weather, I.e. snow and rain. Back in April (4/11/2013) BMW corporation a letter stating that if the above problem and other problems mentioned in there letter was evident, I needed to stop driving immediately and have the car serviced, which I did. Well the problem subsided for about a month then started up again (the problem is my car's dash board while driving will go completely or as you'll see in the attachment partially blank on me while I'm driving. When it goes completely blank the car shutters as if it wants to turn off). I wasn't able to make it back to the dealership until around 6/10/2013 to complain that the issue was still happening. On or around the 6/10/2013 date this same tech ran a diagnostic on my car (which I have the copy of). To make a very long story short I returned to the Edison location today 7/17/2013 and text the same attachment to [xxx] members of the BMW management/service team, to my amazement I was told they couldn't find a problem, even though management agreed that via the picture their was a problem. At this point what will it take to find the problem listed in the above attachment? death!!!!!!!...... there is a brake and electrical problem with my car. Just in case anyone wants to make the assumption that in some way I'm trying to get over, please review my payment history, I pay for my car in advance. This is ridiculous!!!! I'm fearful to drive in bad weather, and I'm fearful that in the mist of getting driving direction from my car's gps it's going to black out on me, leaving me in the middle of now-where. Thank god the times it has blanked out, I've been able to figure out where to go. Information redacted pursuant to the Freedom Of Information Act (FOIA), 5 U.S.C. 552(B)(6).

- Perth Amboy, NJ, USA

problem #3

Jan 172011

335 6-cyl

  • 42,500 miles
ABS hydraulic unit failure. Many BMW vehicles over the past 10 years have had various issues with their BMW ABS systems. This is a serious safety issue. Per BMW member sites and the fact that BMW put out a repair kit for the problems should confirm that a lot of BMW autos have this ABS problem. The repair/ replacement is $4000 on average and I fear people can't afford that and are driving with no ABS and most times traction control, I myself still haven't fixed mine due to the expense. Local BMW says out of warranty, too bad ; but no way a $50K car has this big a defect under 50,000 miles. Please look into this.

- Orlando, FL, USA

problem #2

Jan 212013

335 6-cyl

  • 45,500 miles
This is the 1st incident. Driving like usual, up a hill at approximately 45 miles per hour then let go of gas and brake to let the car go down the hill itself. Suddenly, the car sounded like it has shifted and at the same time speed up by itself. Thought I switched to manual drive, so try to switch back, but no switches was mad. Try to step on the brake, the car would not stop. So, try to switch from auto to manual drive, car still has no reaction. Step on the brake forcefully to have the car stop. Thank goodness this was late at night so no car was behind or in front of me.

- Tustin, CA, USA

problem #1

Feb 062013

335 6-cyl

  • 45,800 miles
While driving on the freeway at approximately 75 miles/hr, the engine suddenly dropped down speed drastically (felt like someone down shifted the car) and started to shake and rumble. Try to step on the gas, but the car won't respond in speeding car; try to step on the break, the car won't stop either. Completely lost control of the car for about 5 seconds. Then, the car suddenly shifted back it it's normal gear and was able to drive normally. Read the temperature of the engine oil, the temperature was on "0". this is the 2nd incident.

- Tustin , CA, USA

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