hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
147,255 miles

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problem #9

Jan 142018


  • 170,903 miles
The spark plugs and coils that where installed in my BMW at the BMW service center did not work proplerly or where installed properly they didn┐T even give me a warranty time frame it only ran 4,000 more miles since they did a service on it my car just stoped working it wouldn┐T turn on anymore I don┐T want this happening to anyone else they put my life at risk and anyone in the car with me or around it could have just stoped in the middle of the street but thankfully I was at a parking lot I just would like the BMW service center to be more cautious about what they do and to repair my car the right way they used parts that stoped working.

- Immokalee, FL, USA

problem #8

Oct 082015


  • 166,181 miles
Support strap for gas tank broke off on passenger side and was dragging on ground. Vehicle was in residential area and made loud metal dragging noise. The welds broke away from the frame leaving the gas tank unsupported on passenger side. Definite fuel fire hazard car is now in driveway until repair. This is my commuter car and dealer should fix. How is a gas tank supported by welds that simply break? design flaw..

- Tracy, CA, USA

problem #7

Sep 262013

330 6-cyl

  • 135,000 miles
While driving on the freeway I suddenly heard a thump or pop followed by a grinding noise. I pulled over at the next exit and discovered that the bracket holding the strap that holds the fuel tank on the passenger side had torn off the body and the fuel talk was left hanging a few inches above the ground. The shop where I normally take my car for service couldn't fix it and recommended a body shop where the bracket could be welded back on to the body.

- Phoenix, AZ, USA

problem #6

Dec 082014


  • 168,000 miles
I was driving on the highway at 70mph when I heard a pop sound followed by a grinding of some sort. I pulled off the next exit and could hear the continuous scraping noise. I parked my car and could see that the gasoline tank strap had separated from the frame and it was just hanging from the back. The gas tank was 4 inches from the concrete. I had it towed home, and needless to say I am glad the tank did not hit the ground and explode. I see this is an ongoing problem with all E46 bmws. Please look into this issue before someone gets killed.

- Los Angeles, CA, USA

problem #5

Oct 142014

330 6-cyl

  • 141,889 miles
The bracket holding the strap that supports the gas tank on the passenger side broke off at the welds, leaving the gas tank hanging and the strap dragging on the ground.

- Hoboken, NJ, USA

problem #4

Mar 292013

330 6-cyl

  • 130,000 miles
The welds on the front (passenger side) fuel tank support strap fitting (welded to the under side of the body) broke away allowing the support strap to fall, contact, bend backward and scrape along the road surface causing sparks. The tank was full of fuel, and the weight of the tank caused it to sag downward toward the road surface. Fortunately it did not break or contact the road surface before I was able to pull over and seek assistance. This is a dangerous design/manufacturing flaw that could cause serious injury if not corrected. I am reporting it because after this event I learned that there have been numerous reports of this failure in this model BMW.

- Redmond, WA, USA

problem #3

Jan 022012


  • 120,000 miles
1) car would not start, fuse blown on fuel pump. (no. 1 original) towed to mechanic. 2) mechanic replaces fuel pump. (no.2) 3) return car to driveway where it sits over night. Car won't start. Towed it to mechanic. Replaced fuel pump, and he allows it to sit in his garage over night. (no.3) 4) car won't start. He thoroughly checks the car for problems, replaces the fuel pump, emptying fuel tank, replacing with new gasoline. (no.4) mechanic cut opened the original fuel pump and found that the impeller had swollen. This suggested to him that the high ethanol content fuel was swelling the impeller. He tried using both BMW parts and after market parts. This isn't not an issue with the age of the car. He saved the fuel pump and a gasoline sample.

- Germantown, NY, USA

problem #2

Oct 162012

330 6-cyl

  • 150,000 miles
I went over a small speed bump while driving on a parking lot. Immediately after I started hearing this metallic rubbing noise as if I was dragging something behind a car. I stopped and inspected the underside & found a metal strip hanging & dragging on the pavement right next to the rear passenger side wheel. The metal brace was apparently there to restrain the fuel tank in place. The fully loaded fuel tank was hanging under the car just inches above the pavement. The car was undriveable so I had to get it towed to a shop. This seemed very dangerous defect as this could have easily happened at high speed on a highway where I may not even have heard the noise. At worst this loaded fuel tank could have leaked or fallen off the car starting a fire. The car is in shop at the moment & the repair estimate is in excess of $600. This seems to be a known issue with this make and model. I would like this issues addressed by the manufacturer & be reimbursed for the repair bill. Thank you

- San Francisco, CA, USA

problem #1

Jun 092012

330 6-cyl

  • 143,323 miles
While exiting the freeway at near freeway speeds, I heard a sudden thump, then the sound of something dragging on the ground beneath the car. I pulled over into a parking lot. Further inspection revealed that the 4 tiny spot welds and epoxy that fixes the passenger side fuel tank strap to the car had broken free, allowing the tank strap to drag on the ground and the fuel tank to come dangerously close to the road surface. I had just filled the tank.

- Glendale, CA, USA