definitely annoying
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
38,333 miles

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problem #3

Oct 172011

325 6-cyl

  • miles
Various times I have experienced intermittent issues with my tail lights. I get warnings on my instrument panel but when I check the bulbs they are not burned out. On October 17, 2011, los angeles police pulled me over notifying me that my tail lights were not working. We checked the bulbs and fuses but they were ok. We found that when you slightly touch the harness of the taillight socket that is inside the body panel, the lights go on and off. I did some online research and found that this is a common issue with this model car, BMW E46. On Saturday January 21 I went to santa monica BMW. They said it was not a common issue. Today I just learned about recent NHTSA campaign id number 11V438000. This recall addresses the issues I have been having. However, it is only for models manufactured after September 2001. My vehicle was built in July 2001 but uses the same harness and body panel assembly that has prompted the recall for models built in September 2001. Thus, I believe my vehicle should be recalled as well. Please advise. Thanks in advance.

- Santa Monica, CA, USA

problem #2

Oct 152004

325 4WD

  • Automatic transmission
  • 85,000 miles
I have a 2001 325I BMW. The rear tail light bulbs get so hot that they melt the bulb wires and ment the fixture that holds the bulbs. This results in no brake lights on my car.

- Park Hill, OK, USA

problem #1

May 012003


  • 30,000 miles
Right side brake light would keep blowing out. Dealer replaced the circuit board and the light socket. After a week, the problem recurred. Dealer was unable to locate the problem.

- Redondo Beach, CA, USA