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 1 of 4)

problem #63

Dec 012014


  • miles


2008 BMW 335xi failure of fuel injectors the consumer was informed, it would cost 2,000 to replace the defective fuel injector, even if all of them were not malfunctioning, because the newest generation of fuel injectors developed for the 2007 and later models were not compatible with earlier versions of the injectors.. the consumer experienced multiple limp mode events and engine malfunction messages on numerous occasions, while driving at highway speed; particularly when accelerating. The vehicle would suddenly lose engine power. Each time, he had to pull over, turn the vehicle off, wait several minutes and then restart the vehicle.

- New York, NY, USA

problem #62

Jul 092014

335 6-cyl

  • 61,000 miles
I was driving my car getting on the freeway and the electrical system came on stating " engine temperature, engine temperature is high. Drive moderately to cool the engine. If temperature increases again. Have the system checked by your BMW dealer ship." I recently purchased this car on 6/9/2014 on the 30th day the car had this issue with me. The car turned off 4 times with me as I tried to drive back home. My 2008 BMW 335I series was purchased with only 60,000 miles on it. I need to know if this is recall so I can take it in..been doing some research and seen that alot of BMW customers are having the same issues but years ago.... I need help cause when I called the dealership they look up the VIN # and say there is no recall on this car.... help I don't know what to do"????" I been back and forth with Chrysler in clovis ca where I purchased the car and they want to charge me $1500....

- Fresno, CA, USA

problem #61

Mar 082012

335 6-cyl

  • 65,000 miles
My model car has a recall on the fuel injectors. My vehicle's fuel injectors have misfired and have cause the check engine light to remain on in my car. I have contacted BMW several times about this issue. They have told me multiple stories as to why they will not honor my car under this recall. One reason they give is my VIN #, even though my car is the same make and model as the recall with the same issue. Then they say my car is out of warranty. I thought the purpose of a recall is that it repairs your car even if it's out of warranty. I have spent over hundreds of dollars trying to correct this problem, and the problem still exists. BMW will not reimburse me or fix the car under the recall that I know my car falls under. The recall is even listed on my failed dmv inspection report, and they are still not cooperating. Is there something you can do? my car will not pass inspection, and it's the only car I have.

- Newark, NJ, USA

problem #60

Feb 012011

335 6-cyl

  • 35,000 miles


Fuel injectors constantly need replacement every 15,000 miles or so. All 6 were initially replaced on recall at 35,000 miles and then 3 more needed replacement 49,000 miles. Now the car has about 61,000 miles and needs another 3 replaced. This is obviously a problem with the design of the fuel injection system and needs to be recalled again or warrantied for an extended period of time. Safety issues are that when you try to accelerate the vehicle hesitates putting the occupants in an unsafe situation. Merging into traffic or turning onto a busy street can be really scary.

- Kent, WA, USA

problem #59

Aug 032013

335 6-cyl

  • 67,000 miles
I was driving vehicle on 295 near hamilton NJ and while accelerating the car lost power. The car was not responses and when I would try to press accelerator the car and steering wheel shook violently. The service engine light came on. The speed rapidly decreased and put me in very dangerous situation. I was very lucky that I was able to put hazard lights on and pull to shoulder. I turned car off and restarted and the car, the service engine light turned off and I immediately dropped car off at dealer.

- Princeton, NJ, USA

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problem #58

Jan 102012


  • 37,000 miles
BMW 335I 2008. Vehicle malfunction during highway cruising. Loss of engine power due to fuel pump failure. Possible cause for accident if not taken quickly in consideration. Driven the rest of the way under the speed limit at 60mph the or less.

- Knoxville , TN, USA

problem #57

Aug 212009


  • miles


My 335I 2008 has had three recalls all related to the fuel system. With 24,000 miles it now has issues with starting.I recently have taken it back to my dealer, left it for four days, picked it up with "cannot duplicate customer complaint". in less than a week the start up has gone from three to five un, un, un, un, uns to crank. The car is about to go out of warranty and I believe that BMW knows there are serious problems and is refusing to repair until they are able to get repairs income. I guess I should have cancelled my special order when two weeks before delivery they called and said my car had arrived in us but would not be released due to "engine compression problems". all other issues I have asked to be repaired are not with dealer noting "cannot duplicate customer complaint". an accident waiting to happen. I have called and emailed BMW and dealer no one responded. And let's not even get to the tires!

- Houston, TX, USA

problem #56

Feb 182011

335 6-cyl

  • 35,700 miles
I own a 2008 BMW 335xi. The fuel system seems to have problem. I was driving on freeway, and the engine looses power suddenly on the freeway, the RPM drops, and I have to press the gas pedal hard to get to a comfortable speed of 60mph, the car still doesn't drive at full regular power. I first complained 4 months ago, they said it's nothing. I complained again a month afterwards. The dealer said there's a high pressure fuel pump recall and kept the car with them for 1 week. 3 months afterwards, this week, I experienced the same power loss again on a smaller scale. I didn't pay much attention, I took the car to dealer for regular service, the dealer said it has a recall again for the same fuel system issue - high pressure fuel pump loss of pressure. My car is still with the dealer, I don't know if and when they could fix it. I don't see a second recall on this issue yet. And BMW did not send me a recall letter yet. I think all of bmws twin turbo powered card should be immediately pulled off roads and checked and fixed before there's any loss of lives or property. At this point clearly, BMW doesn't seem to have a fix for this. A NHTSA investigation in to this issue would be appreciated and alert the public about the issue. Until this is fixed, BMW's twin turbo powered cars should be put on "do not recommend" list as far as safety.

- Fremont, CA, USA

problem #55

Feb 112011


  • 28,000 miles
BMW na has issued their "voluntary emissions recall campaign 10E-A02" there are three parts to the recall: ECU reprogram, hpfp (high pressure fuel pump) replacement, and injector replacement. Which parts are performed is specific to vehicles VIN. I had brought my car into the dealership last month and inquired about the recall. I was told according to my VIN that my car with the original hpfp and injectors only needed to be reprogrammed. This was confirmed when I called bmwna and was told that their engineers determined my hpfp was not faulty. So I only had my ECU reprogrammed. I have not had any significantly long cranks. Today I was driving with my daughters. As I pulled out onto a major road, the engine started to stumble and lost a significant amount of power. This had put me and my family's life in a very dangerous situation. As I hardly had enough power to pull up the small incline of my driveway. Fortunately I had not pulled out in front of a speeding car or cut someone off and was not T-boned or rear ended. My car is now at the dealer getting a hpfp replacement and being run through a "pre-program".

- South Huntington, NY, USA

problem #54

Oct 072010

335 6-cyl

  • 30,000 miles
Long crank, stuttering, engine dying at idle (or in traffic), check engine light/limp mode. BMW dealers don't know exactly how to fix it once and for all. They just keep replacing the high pressure fuel pump.

- Renton, WA, USA

problem #53

Oct 092010

335 6-cyl

  • 35,000 miles


Was driving on public roads in traffic and the engine simply stalled out. I tried to start the car again. Difficult to start, but finally did. No power to engine and car simply bumped and sputtered along until the engine stalled again. I was still in traffic. Turns out it was caused by fuel pump failure. Fuel pump has been replaced.

- Raleigh, NC, USA

problem #52

Sep 072010


  • 27,000 miles
2008 BMW 335xi: Under moderate acceleration, car loses power and eventually stalls. Can sometimes be restarted, though it has completely failed as well. Can cause loss of control while driving vehicle. High-pressure fuel pump has been replaced twice and failure still occurs.

- Chesterfield, MO, USA

problem #51

Aug 302010


  • 17,804 miles
I have now experienced four failures of the high pressure fuel pump on my 2008 BMW 335I coupe in the past year. Three of these failures resulted in situations where power was lost while the vehicle was in heavy traffic that could have resulted in collisions from the rear. I all cases the car was behaving normally at speeds up to 70mph and then the engine would stop or go into limp mode allowing travel at less than 20mph. The fourth case resulted in the car not starting. In all four instances the BMW dealer stated the problem was the high pressure fuel pump. The pump has now been replaced twice and the engine software has been updated three times. The most recent instance occurred in late August and required that the vehicle be towed. That is the occurrence reported in the balance of the form. Previous failures were in June of 2010, August of 2009 and July of 2009. This is clearly a problem that could result in a very serious accident if it were to occur in close charters at high speed.

- Bellevue, WA, USA

problem #50

Sep 172010


  • 30,609 miles
The car started but it started extremely "rough" with the engine rpms racing then dropping down to 500 rpms, feeling like it was going to stall. Eventually it evened out. Unfortunately starting issues are a frequent occurrence since I purchased this car and it has been to the dealer several times for similar starting issues. They replaced: The high pressure fuel pump which BMW knows it has issues with, made "software" updates, and replaced the dma. This time, however, when I began to drive it and turn on to a busy street, I essentially lost most of the power in the car. It was extremely disconcerting to step on the gas, expect the car to respond and it didn't. this could have been a disaster if it had happened while attempting to get on a busy freeway. Thankfully, it wasn't but I am worried it will happen again if I attempt to drive it to the dealer. After researching to see if others have had similar issues, indeed they have. All issues seem to be related to BMW's high pressure fuel pump issue, which they clearly have not solved given many have been replaced several times with the same unfortunate outcome of going bad again. I have had mine replaced by the dealer but am now having issues again. Detailed accounts are all over the internet (some serious safety issues as it has happened on the freeway) and I am surprised the NHTSA hasn't done any serious investigation, nor forced BMW to recall either the vehicle or replace all parts that are affected and needed to correctly fix the issue (fuel pump, low pressure sensor, fuel injectors, etc.). I am considering contacting reporters because this is a Toyota type safety issue waiting to happen. While it may only happen in a certain % of vehicles, does someone have to die to have this issue taken seriously and properly corrected? people have been "lucky" thus far, but this really is a safety issue and someone must force BMW to address it.

- Grosse Pointe Park, MI, USA

problem #49

Aug 242010


  • 13,064 miles
I bought a new 2008 BMW 335I convertible. At approximately 13,000 miles, 12 months after purchase, the high pressure fuel pump failed "engine malfunction-reduced power". the car began shaking when trying to start it. It took progressively longer to start the car. A brand new fuel pump was installed by BMW of dallas. 12 months later, the same problem recurred with similar symptoms. Roseville BMW kept the car for 1 week and updated the software claiming BMW authorized the safe release of the vehicle per their standards. The service personnel instructed me that there is really no fix for the car and numerous customers have come in for this issue, some with extremely unsafe presentations, such as the car suddenly losing power on the freeway while going 80 miles/hour in front of a big rig. He said that my problems are related to this safety compromise. I took the car home after roseville BMW deemed it safe. The next morning, I turned the car on and the car started shaking violently and the rpms would go to 3,000 back to 1,000 and back to 3,000 on its own. Then it began shaking excessively and the "engine malfunction reduced power" light came one. I called into roseville BMW, and the same service advisor called it unsafe to drive and had it towed in (within 16 hours of releasing it to me in "safe condition"). they are attempting to replace the fuel pump again but admit that this is not a fix because there is really no fix for this problem.

- Roseville, CA, USA

problem #48

Aug 182010


  • 16,250 miles
High pressure fuel pump failure.

- Mableton, GA, USA

problem #47

Jun 202010


  • 25,000 miles
BMW N54 engine 1. symptoms begin with increasing long-cranks on start-up. Eventually the engine performs at reduced power, and ultimately total loss of power. 2. I am on my 3rd high pressure fuel pump (hpfp) with approximately 25,000 miles on the car in 2 years and 2 months of ownership. Apparently the replacement of the hpfp frequently leads to a problem with the spark plugs, and coils which cause severe mis-firing and violent shaking. My coils were replaced as was a catalytic converter and an O2 sensor in between hpfp #1 and #2. at times the engine has cut power while at highway speeds causing a hazardous driving condition. 3. BMW made available a hpfp from a new manufacturer (my #2 hpfp) and subsequently discontinued that part (part # ending in 943) and replaced it with part # ending in 933, which is a re-manufactured hpfp (the pump currently in my car). Each of the three pumps appears to be nearly identical, each has a high failure rate and none seem to address the root of the problem.

- Gwynedd, PA, USA

problem #46

Aug 262010


  • 25,727 miles
BMW 335I 6-sp manual began shaking roughly on start-up, rpms jumped up and down wildly between 500 and 2000 and check engine light came on. Turned off car, restarted, idling settled down, car ran fine, check engine light did not come back on. Same problem on next startup, but check engine light did not come on and I did not turn off car. After about one minute of idling, car began idling normally, drove fine. Same problem on next start up--called dealer for service. Started car, it seemed fine, so I drove away. On the way to the dealer, the check engine light came on and the car began shaking roughly while driving and had severely diminished acceleration power. Downshifting did not help. Could barely get up to highway speed, especially climbing a hill. Took it to the dealer. Hpfp was replaced within 2 days. Seems okay, but occasional lurching, perceived lag in acceleration at low speeds, and knowledge that this is a known problem with BMW X35S makes me question the car's reliability.

- San Diego, CA, USA

problem #45

Aug 152010


  • 32,000 miles
1. 2008 BMW 335I sedan high fuel pump pressure problem. I almost had an accident. 2. it happened 3 times within a year. 3. the fuel pump was replaced.

- San Diego, CA, USA

problem #44

Jun 032010


  • 27,055 miles
Multiple fuel system failures on vehicle starting at 27,055 miles, second at 28,711 miles, third at 40,872 miles. Also excessive transmission leak at 35,784 miles.(repaired) several attempts of reprogramming software failed to fix the fuel system problem. Still ongoing fuel system failure symptoms occurring after recent dealer service/inspection. The third breakdown was catastrophic and had to have vehicle towed off roadway.

- Redlands, CA, USA

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