definitely annoying
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 1
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
21,538 miles

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2008 BMW 335 fuel system problems

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2008 BMW 335 Owner Comments (Page 2 of 4)

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problem #43

Aug 112010


  • 21,530 miles


1. long cranks when starting the engine in the morning... 2. engine malfunction message, every few days.. loss power 3. BMW replace high pressure fuel pump.

- Peachtree City, GA, USA

problem #42

Jul 142010


  • 41,485 miles
High pressure fuel pump failed after replacement and now the car sometimes stalls at start.

- San Gabriel, CA, USA

problem #41

Nov 072009


  • 28,000 miles
Car showed signs of long crank, when starting and hesitation when driving the vehicle at all speeds. Eventually the check engine light would come on and off. Car eventually stalled out and engine light came on when driving on the freeway in heavy traffic, all power was lost in the vehicle including steering. Dealership replaced the high pressure pump, and two month later when it failed again reprogrammed the car. Two additional visits to the shop for the same circumstances-car stalled on the freeway losing all power and dealership replaced injectors, ignition coils, sparkplugs and the most recent claim that the car was low on fuel with 1/4 tank! when car dies all of a sudden on the freeway at a speed of 60+ miles per hour is extremely dangerous. Seeing all the others with the same problems made me realize that BMW is not going to address the problem until something tragic happens.

- Snohomish, WA, USA

problem #40

Jul 242010


  • 12,560 miles


On July 24, 2010, my 2008 BMW 335I sedan experienced an hpfp failure in heavy traffic at highway speed. My 335I (delivered July 2008) has had long start cranks for at least one year. My Washington, DC BMW dealership has said it cannot replace the hpfp until it fails or throws an electronic code. On July 24, I was driving approx 500 miles to a vacation. 350 miles into the trip, on I-87 at approx 65mph in very heavy traffic, a car cut into my (middle) lane. I moved to the left lane and quickly applied medium throttle to keep up with traffic. My engine stumbled severely as I changed lanes/accelerated and the half-power engine light came on. The car began running extremely roughly, would not accelerate and lost speed rapidly, in the left lane of very crowded highway. The car behind me nearly rear-ended me. I shut off any accessories (air conditioning, stereo, etc.), pushed the gas pedal to the floor and was able to maintain approx 50-55mph on a long downhill as I merged over to the right lane and was able to get out of traffic. As I pulled off, the car neared a stall, with the engine idle jumping wildly. I turned the car off. A minute or two after turning it back on, the half-power engine icon came on again, along with a service engine soon light, and the engine again had almost no power to accelerate and ran roughly. The hpfp and lower pressure fuel sensor were replaced by keeler BMW, latham, NY, on July 29, 2010. My car had received the software update during a past service. I've known about the hpfp problem for several years. Because of the long cranks, I have been waiting for mine to fail and hoped it would not be in a dangerous situation. I noted a recent article in which a BMW spokesperson said the failures are not occurring at highway speed. Given my experience, BMW needs to be honest about this problem. I was driving at highway speed, in very heavy traffic, and feel fortunate to have come out without getting in an accident or worse.

- Washington, DC, USA

problem #39

Jul 262010


  • 18,650 miles
Engine starts are preceded by long cranks, fluctuating rpms and shaking felt at the driver's seat. Car going 70mph, lost power upon acceleration on a busy highway driving back from work. "engine malfunction - reduced power" warning came on the dashboard, as well as the half engine light. Cars behind me frantically switched lanes to avoid collision. The warning message went away after I restarted car later, but kept showing up every time I drove. This happens without fail every time I drive. I've already made an appointment with the dealership to fix problem. This is, apparently, a well known failure. Bmwna has issued an extended warranty on the fuel pump system, but has not issued an official recall. This problem can potentially lead to serious injuries/collisions. Bmwna must issue an official recall soon.

- Lakewood, CA, USA

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problem #38

Apr 122010


  • 23,000 miles
My wife was on the freeway doing 65 mph and the car suddenly stalled, luckily she was able to move to shoulder. Turns out it was a problem with the fuel pump. I did not know there were other people who have the same problem until I read this article. There should be a recall.

- Simi Valley, CA, USA

problem #37

May 102010


  • 5,000 miles


Lost engine power due to malfunctioning fuel pump. The problem has occurred twice since the car was purchased in 1/2008 - in 4/2008 and 5/2010. Both times the dealer replaced the defective fuel pump at no cost.

- Houston, TX, USA

problem #36

Nov 102009


  • 9,000 miles
My 2008 BMW 335 just stopped without any warnings in the middle of the road while it was climbing up the hill at 35 mph. There was no car behind me. Luckily, I was not driving on a highway.

- Moraga, CA, USA

problem #35

Jul 222010

335 6-cyl

  • 10,200 miles
Another high pressure fuel pump failure in my 2008 BMW 335I. This time it happened without any warning, just after picking up my children at pre-school, I pulled out onto a busy street which is difficult to get a whole in traffic. Stepped on the gas to pull out and speed up quickly to the flow of traffic (45 mph), the car starts to accelerate for about 2 seconds, then acts like I took my foot off the accelerator, goes into a limp mode, RPM drop to 4-500rpm and the car shakes and runs rough and will barely accelerate no matter how hard I push the gas pedal. The flow of traffic has to brake extremely hard to avoid rear ending me since there is no real shoulder or any time to even pull over, thank god I was not hit and everyone else in traffic managed to slow down quickly without incident - it would have been easy for this to have ended in a 40mph speed differential rear end collision with 2 small children in my car. I would like to feel confident that I can return my car for repair, but since this is the apparently repaired part already installed and that even the new repair part that will be put in my car has already failed many times according to the dealer, I feel that BMW is just putting me back in potentially the same dangerous position to happen again. My first fuel pump failed at 2000 miles, this one failed at 10000 miles, at this rate I will need 20 fuel pump replacements before the 100000 mile warranty runs out and potentially be in up to 20 accidents when this happens - please reopen this case and investigate BMW further before someone is seriously injured or killed!

- Reading, MA, USA

problem #34

Dec 032009


  • 27,770 miles
Multiple failures of high pressure fuel pump on my 2008 BMW 335I sedan. The result is the sudden lost of power and unable to drive the car at more than 40mph.. multiple failures of the brake sensors and pads.. failure of central locking system - unable to lock and unlock the car...

- San Gabriel, CA, USA

problem #33

Apr 052010


  • 28,000 miles


My 2008 BMW 335I only had around 28,000 miles when I began noticing it took an inordinate amount of time to start the engine. It would crank for several seconds before the engine finally started, especially if it was a cold start. Once the engine was warmed up it seemed to run just fine. It has now been in the shop 4 times since Jan 2010 and I'm sick of it! am terrified about the car stopping on the interstate, amid traffic, like has been described in various other posts!

- Baton Rouge, LA, USA

problem #32

Feb 052010


  • 82,000 miles
Three fuel pump failures, BMW factory rep looked at car at BMW cleveland, in solon, Ohio. One week later car caught on fire while sitting in parking lot at work.

- Nova, OH, USA

problem #31

Jan 072010


  • 8,560 miles
My car has already failed twice with the same problem, I.e., failure of high pressure fuel pump (hpfp). The problem occurred twice within a year from the time of purchase. It appeared that BMW have no fix to the issue yet. Concerned that this problem is serious and lead to serious problems related to safety. Two hpfp's were replaced by the BMW dealer and there is no guarantee that latest part will fix the issue permanently.

- Fairfield, CA, USA

problem #30

Dec 082009


  • 9,105 miles
Engine suddenly shut off, lost power steering on freeway while going 65mph. Was able to safely roll to the next exit. Dealership found defective high pressure fuel pump.

- Fremont, CA, USA

problem #29

Jan 192010


  • 32,000 miles
Multiple high pressure fuel pump(hpfp) failures. While driving down a busy avenue the engine unexpectedly shuts down due to the hpfp failing. This was after the car had made 2 previous visits to the dealership to repair hpfp problems. Currently I am now on my 3rd hpfp in 2months. Unsafe car to drive, especially if this was to occur at high speeds on a highway. BMW has been having issues for this problem since model year 2007 up until 2010, with no product changes other than simple replacements. Hpfp shows signs of problems when starting the car, due to long cranks, unstable RPM's and engine shuttering.

- Elk Grove, CA, USA

problem #28

Nov 152009


  • 6,500 miles
My BMW 335I only had a few thousand miles when I began noticing it took an inordinate amount of time to start the engine. It would crank for several seconds before the engine finally started, especially if it was a cold start. Once the engine was warmed up it seemed to run just fine. Then after a few days the "service engine" light and exclamation point were light up on my dashboard. I took it to the dealer and they explained BMW was aware of the problem with the fuel pump and fuel injection system and they would take proper steps to ensure the problem was fixed. To my knowledge they changed the fuel pump and whatever other seals needed to be changed. Car seemed to work just fine for about 6 weeks, now the problem has returned. The vehicle now has to crank for an inordinate amount of time again in order to get the car to start. I am concerned this will not be properly fixed again. The car is not yet at 10K miles and I am having to bring it in to be fixed for a second time. This is very disconcerting. **please note, the system would not allow the 335I as an option for the 2009 year, only when I chose the year as 2008, please note however that this is a 2009 BMW not a 2008**

- Corona , CA, USA

problem #27

Dec 262009


  • 33,000 miles
My car's high pressure fuel pump failed while I was driving on the highway in southern California. I was accelerating to pass another car, the car stuttered, and the "check engine light" went on. After this occurred, the car could barely accelerate. It was the weekend, so I had to continue driving to my destination, as there were no BMW dealerships open to repair the problem. The loss of acceleration made it very difficult, and potentially dangerous, when getting onto the freeway. Also, had the car given out completely, it likely would have caused an accident. The problem was repaired the next work day (12/28/2009). According to the service invoice provided by the BMW dealership, the problem was a "faulty high pressure fuel pump." The faulty hpfp was replaced.

- San Francisco, CA, USA

problem #26

Dec 012008


  • 22,000 miles
Own a 2008 BMW 335I. Car "service engine soon" light went on while I was on highway. It went into safety mode, if I tried accelerating the car shuddered and shook violently. Brought the car in to nearest BMW dealer, diagnosed as faulty high pressure fuel pump. Pump replaced. Less than 1,000 miles later, the car started again with the same behavior. Dealer "could not replicate". car has long cranks when starting cold. Shudders and shakes. This car is a hazard. BMW has admitted the problem by extended the fuel pump warranty from 50,000 miles to 100,000 miles, but this is a safety issue. Multiple online reports of repeated fuel pump failure. But, BMW will not replace unless a fault code is captured. This car must be recalled.

- Santa Monica, CA, USA

problem #25

Dec 282009


  • 3,000 miles
Car stalls if running and is underpowered or fails to start. Happened three times during first 15 months of taking possession of the new vehicle. Each time was the result of the fuel pump needing replacing.

- Laguna Niguel, CA, USA

problem #24

Dec 092009


  • miles
I believe you have received many complaints about this. The high pressure fuel pump on the N54 engine in my 2008 335xi has gone bad twice in the past month. I am very tired of this problem and I have not seen any evidence of BMW doing anything to fix this hazard to the owners of these cars. There will be long cranks starting the car and after a few days/weeks the fuel pump will fail. It fails pretty often it seems. My first one failed around 27,500 miles and my second one failed today at just under 29,200 miles a month after I replaced the first pump. I have the old part in my garage and I'll have a second one as soon as I receive and install my next pump.

- Morgantown, WV, USA

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