really awful
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
1 / 0
Average Mileage:
76,000 miles

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2004 BMW M3 Owner Comments

problem #4

Aug 152010


  • 95,000 miles


Rearview mirror leaked electrochromic fluid all over console and seats, badly damaging them. Will need to replace mirror and damaged parts.

- Round Lake, IL, USA

problem #3

Jul 202010


  • 60,000 miles
Hadn't driven the car in 2 weeks, was out of town. Drove it to work on Monday and Monday evening or Tuesday morning noticed what looked like a bubble at the top of my rear view mirror. By Tuesday noon, the bubble was in the center of the mirror and when I came out to the car at about 5:30 that afternoon, there was a liquid substance on my center console that leaked out from the mirror. It was in the mid-90S Monday & Tuesday. The liquid was caustic as it ate the paint and melted into the plastic console. I wiped it off with a napkin as best I could, but it was embedded in the plastic. On the drive home felt light headed and experienced stomach pain / diarrhea and a sore throat from wed night onwards. Still experiencing some of these symptoms today (sat), though I stopped driving the car Thursday evening after doing research on this and seeing others Acura & BMW owners had experienced same failure and similar symptoms. The local dealer indicated that they had seen this before (that was Thursday night). Mirror is still in car as I'm still waiting to hear back from the dealer if they are going to replace the mirror and damaged console.

- Raleigh, NC, USA

problem #2

Jun 102010


  • 94,000 miles
Liquid leaking from rear view mirror, possibly corrosive as center dome around shifter knob began to peel from contact with liquid. Rear view mirror no longer fully functional; blurry, distorted view.

- Wilmington, DE, USA

problem #1

Feb 222009


  • 55,000 miles
Rear view mirror leaks caustic fluid, and turns black, unable to be used. Dealerships will not replace the faulty unit. Documentation of common occurrence: www.M3forum.net/M3forum/showthread.php?T=167927&highlight=mirror+leak acid has been reported to cause skin injuries.

- Beverly Hills, CA, USA

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