hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
61,728 miles

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2002 BMW M3 engine problems

engine problem

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2002 BMW M3 Owner Comments

problem #2

Oct 032011


  • miles


The exhaust cam hub tabs break off on the 2000-2008 BMW M3 models. If caught when only one tab breaks it can be replaced. If both tabs break completely off the engine will seize. There are hundreds of people with the same issue. BMW na will not address this issue.

- Thousand Oaks, CA, USA

problem #1

Oct 132011

M3 6-cyl

  • 123,456 miles
I have a BMW M3 which has an smg transmission. I was driving and all of a sudden my car loses power to change the gears and my car started to jerk while on the road nearly crashing into another car. It turns out that the smg pumps for BMW M3 have always a high failure design flaw. The cost to fix that is also unbearable which nears the $5,000 mark. There has been forums going around that this is indeed a design flaw for BMW. I almost nearly got into a car accident, but thankfully I was ok. Please look into this matter as I feel as well as everyone else in the BMW comunittee that it should be a recall. Thank you for your time.

- El Monte, CA, USA

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