hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
86,440 miles

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problem #5

Jul 272009


  • 160,000 miles
My 2000 BMW 323I has sub frame fractures as defined in a class action lawsuit against BMW. In the settlement, BMW has agreed to inspect and repair all effected vehicles. The dealer told me my car was unrepairable and offered me a cash settlement well below avg trade-in value. I want my car fixed.

- Paxton, MA, USA

problem #4

Jan 152007

323 6-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • 100,000 miles
On my 2000 BMW 323I with about 100K miles I noticed a creaking noise coming from the rear suspension. Upon inspection, the drivers side rear differential mount has separated at the point where the mount is welded to the uni-body. This situation is very dangerous and requires immediate attention. The suspension should never separate from the body because of forces from the trans/diff. It is clear that this is a design flaw. I personally have a list of over 150 names with documented subframe cracking/failure of the E46 body years 1999-2000. The overwhelming majority of these have subframe damage at the same rear drivers side diff mount, in other words, out of four possible failure points, the rear drivers side is nearly always the failure point !! I urge the NHTSA to address this issue immediately somebody gets hurt or dies!

- Hermosa Beach , CA, USA

problem #3

Jun 182005

323 6-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • 84,200 miles
While driving on a smooth road, the rear wheels locked up - without any warning. Car came to a sudden unexpected halt - on it's own. This situation would certainly have resulted in injury/death, had it occured on a highway or other heavily traveled road. Dealer advises that the suspension ripped clear off the frame of the car. Vehicle is not driveable. Have filed a complaint with BMW, but they say it's not covered under warranty - despite this being a 'certified pre-owned BMW'. car is just sitting at hunterdon BMW in lebanon, NJ.

- Whitehouse Station, NJ, USA

problem #2

Jun 202005

323 6-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • 88,000 miles
1) normal street and highway driving 2) rear subframe failure 3)currently being repaired, replaced cross member

- Northridge, CA, USA

problem #1

Aug 012002


  • miles
Consumer states the rear suspension cradle is breaking away from the frame. Manufacturer has been advised and sent out 2 different investigators to check vehicle.

- La Hoya, CA, USA