definitely annoying
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
40,900 miles

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problem #2

Jun 242004

325 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Dealer recommends that tail light assemblies be replaced because electrical components have worn, leaving brake lights unreliable. How can a non-moving electrical part wear out?

- Bethesda, MD, USA

problem #1

Mar 052003

325 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 81,800 miles
I also get the brake light circuit problem over and over again. The short is actually in the brake light housing, and the metal clip gets eroded from a heat build up due to the short. This causes a small hole in the metal clip of the bulb, and therefore, each time you replace the bulbs, you get a new hole. I have had this problem for about 4 years, and I just keep replacing the bulbs and the parts, since my warranty is expired. ( I have a '95 325 I that I bought in '97.) I also have trouble with the lock mechanism - sometimes the drivers side lock will not unlock automatically with the front seats. It is just expected that bmws have electrical problems. Perhaps next time I will get a Honda.

- Alexandria, VA, USA