hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
74,291 miles

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problem #9

Aug 092011

323 6-cyl

  • 140,000 miles
Rear subframe beginning to tear. Common problem that has been noted here before.

- Sun Valley, CA, USA

problem #8

Sep 012009


  • 65,000 miles
2000 BMW 323 4 door sedan inside fabric separating from windshield column frame, front and back windshields. Glue is defective and BMW will not cover the repair. If fabric continues to lift off will obstruct view when driving causing a hazardous situation.

- Cary, NC, USA

problem #7

Oct 282010


  • 125,000 miles
I have a 2000 BMW 323 ci convertible and have problems with the remote trunk release. Neither the key fob nor the release button function; the only way to get into the trunk is with the key in the lock. I did some online research learned two things. 1. this is a very common problem. (type ¿BMW trunk release problem¿ into a search engine to see the extent.) while the problems I have are merely annoying, it is not hard to imagine them being far worse. 2. the problem is in the harness where the wiring goes from the body to the trunk lid. This link is contains several pictures of exactly what I found when I pulled my harness back: www.M3forum.net/M3forum/showthread.php?T=248956. In my case, there are three completely broken wires, one that is hanging on by a few strands, and about 4 more where the insulation is at least partially cracked. Yes, the car is 10 years old, but this seems like a major design flaw to me.

- St. Louis, MO, USA

problem #6

Aug 142008


  • 75,620 miles
While jacking up the car on the front-drivers-side the jack point on the vehicle failed. The metal where the jack goes bent inwards into the vehicle due to rust. This part of the car may have rusted due to a water leak possibly from the sunroof.

- Bridgewater, 00, USA

problem #5

Jun 302007


  • miles
Drivers side rear subframe is tearing away from body. This has been noted several times on this website already.

- Hatfield, PA, USA

problem #4

Oct 012006

323 6-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • 106,000 miles
At about 106K miles I noticed a creaking noise coming from the rear suspension. Upon inspection, the drivers side rear differential mount has multiple stress fractures and separations at the point where the mount is welded to the unibody. This vehicle has had all required maint. At normal intervals. This car is driven on the highway 90% of the time and the rest in residential streets. It is a family car and has had no modifications period. This situation is very dangerous and requires immediate attention. The suspension should never seperate from the body because of torsional forces from the trans/diff. It is clear that this is a design flaw. I implore the NHTSA to address this issue immediately before someone dies !!

- Tipp City, OH, USA

problem #3

Apr 202006

323 6-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • 85,000 miles
The rear differential is completely torn away from the sub-frame caused either by weak sheet metal used or poor design. As a result countless other BMW E46 owners have experienced the same. Should this actually tear completely off the vehicle, it has the potential to cause a major accident and a possible fatality. Please see the picture of my vehicle at jayhowell.servebeer.com/images/BMW/subframe/subframedamage.jpg.

- Toms River, NJ, USA

problem #2

Feb 282006

323 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 72,000 miles
Vehicle started making strange noises from the rear suspension while driving. Took it to a mechanic who confirmed this was the subframe of the car tearing away from the unibody. He also stated that this is a frequent occurrence in the E46 and E36 BMW model vehicles and has seen it before. Went online to several resources and confirmed there are many owners who experienced the same problem with their subframe tearing, cracking, or complete torn away.

- Richmond, VA, USA

problem #1

Nov 132005


  • miles
2000 323I BMW body failure at left rear subframe mount point. The following is a few other ppl who had same problem: forum.E46fanatics.com/showthread.php?T=195602&page=23&pp=20.

- San Francisco , CA, USA