definitely annoying
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
46,595 miles

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problem #11

Jun 032019


  • 50,300 miles
The vehicle's wiring harness within the headlight housing are exposed, it no longer has the rubber coating that surrounds the wires.I afraid this could cause a short circuit or fire!

- Deleon Springs, FL, USA

problem #10

Apr 022018


  • 100,000 miles
The wires on the inside of my headlights are cracked, and have a lot of bare copper showing. I noticed this when I went to change bulbs out. This is sealed from outside elements. Not sure if this is what caused the bulbs to go out. It did however create a short that needed to be cleared after I taped up the wires the best I could.

- Mentor, OH, USA

problem #9

Aug 072017


  • 72,000 miles
Intermittent side light, brake light problem

- West Des Moines, IA, USA

problem #8

Feb 172014


  • miles
The right tail lights' turn signal start flickering with the light error signal in the dash, I researched it to find out that they have been several service bulletins out about the rear turn signals getting corrosion. I called the dealer and they stated it was out of warranty and they would not pay to fix it. They stated they knew the service bulletins were out but it was not a recall. After further searching I found out the older models had a recall to fix this issue. If they know they have an issue then why don't they fix it.

- Studio City, CA, USA

problem #7

Jul 012015


  • 6,500 miles
Both my rear tail lights are malfunctioning and BMW is well aware that the contacts or worn out and need replacing. There is even a service bulletin about it yet my service advisor claimed I had to replace both taillight assemblies at $200 apiece. My bumper-to-bumper warranty through BMW does not cover taillights this is a big safety issue as my tail light intermittently work

- Pensacola, FL, USA

problem #6

Jun 252014

335 6-cyl

  • 18,246 miles
Intermittent failure of led's in the driver side rear tail light for the turn signal. First started about 7 months ago. Now nearly full time failure. Creates a serious safety concern when changing lanes and making turns in traffic. This is a very common complaint with numerous posts on the web.

- Haslett, MI, USA

problem #5

Nov 282014

335 6-cyl

  • 80,000 miles
Upon returning to seattle, wa, since I flew down to berkley, ca to purchase my vehicle, I noticed excessive headlamp shake when going over any bumps on the highway, especially expansion joints. Both left and right headlamps shake equally as bad, and I consider that a safety hazard while driving. It is very distracting and searching many online forums, people have been having many issues with the adaptive headlamp bracket arms being broken. Cpo warranty does not cover headlamps according to BMW, and they are not willing to pay for both replacements.

- Des Moines, WA, USA

problem #4

Sep 012014


  • 75,000 miles
The contact owns a 2009 BMW 335I. The contact stated that the rear driver's side tail light would only illuminate intermittently. The vehicle was taken to the dealer. The technician stated that the tail light electrical contact points may had damage the ground terminal and housing of the connector. The vehicle was repaired. The manufacturer was notified of the failure and informed the contact that the VIN was not included in recall NHTSA campaign number: 13V407000 (exterior lighting). The approximate failure mileage was 75,000.

- Hamlin, NY, USA

problem #3

May 122014

335 6-cyl

  • 50,102 miles
The brake lights, turn signal lights do not function properly. Several led are not functional. BMW is aware of the problem, but refuses to fix this safety issue. See sib 63-06-10. This is a very common problem on this series of cars. Search bimmer forums and you will see many people trying to figure out how to repair these lights because of the immense costs in replacing them. This needs to be fixed at the manufacturer level. BMW says that it is because of a poor connection within the light. They replace both of them if the vehicle is under warranty, but refuse to do anything for anyone out of warranty. I would like to request an investigation into this refusal of BMW to do anything about this obvious and dangerous safety issue. They did a recall on the 5 series car for the same problem. Don't you think they would also recall the 3 series. I guess they are trying to get out of fixing their manufacturing problems. There should be a warranty of merchanability regarding these lights. If they are not fit for their intended purpose, then the mfg should correct it. They say the new lights have a anti vibration gasket that helps. So, they are aware of how to fix it. They just need to do it.

- Bridgeton, MO, USA

problem #2

Nov 152013

335 6-cyl

  • 32,500 miles
2009 BMW 328I, the directional light at times blinks rapidly and a warning of light problem illuminates. The directional blinks fast and light is dull on exterior tail and front lamps. At times works normally and then begins to blink rapidly with a bell warning and electrical warning light sign displays. This problem has known to BMW as the service dealers received a bulletin. Will not cover if out of warranty but seems to be a common issue enumerated by many customers.

- Slingerlands, NY, USA

problem #1

Jun 072013

335 6-cyl

  • 27,900 miles
I think BMW needs to look into a recall for the tail lights on the 3 - series models from 09 and up. The circuit board for the led signal lights malfunctions and some of the led's stop working. When those few stop working, it affects the entire circuit and the rest are very dim/not visible. This also causes the warning indicator on the dash to come up advising that you have a burnt out bulb. I have already had my drivers side replaced a couple of months ago and now the passenger side is having issues. There are also several others reporting the same issue online. There are many units for sale on ebay and in the item description they indicate that a few of the led's aren't working. An led circuit board that is only a few years old should not have these issues and consumers shouldn't have to pay for it. This needs to be investigates since it affects safety since the signal lights/hazardous lights don't function properly. This coincides with the recall that BMW recently did for a similar issue in other models. It's the exact same problem!

- Cambridge, Ontario, Canada, AL, USA