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hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
129,735 miles

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2002 BMW M3 suspension problems

suspension problem

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2002 BMW M3 Owner Comments

problem #3

Aug 012018


  • 190,000 miles


Upon inspection, vehicle's rear subframe mounting points show cracking and other signs of structural fatigue consistent with other similar vehicles that have undergone complete rear subframe failure. Vehicle's subframe needs to be reinforced and BMW settled in a class action suit regarding the issue, however, the issue was not escalated to a recall, possibly leaving thousands of unsafe vehicles on the road.

- Lewisville, TX, USA

problem #2

Dec 302011

M3 6-cyl

  • 115,000 miles
I took my car into the BMW dealer for a inspection, they found the subframe/trunk floor was cracking and would not be able to put my car on a vehicle lift for further inspection and advised me it may not be safe to drive. Looking into this online this seems to be a common saftey problem with these cars.

- Anchorage, AK, USA

problem #1

Sep 202010


  • 84,204 miles
Inspection at dealer, BMW of peabody, 221 andover street, peabody MA 01960, found both rear springs broken. I was told that this is quite normal for BMW 3 series. I believe that broken rear springs could contribute to loss of control and possible injury to persons.

- Wenham, MA, USA

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