really awful
Crashes / Fires:
5 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
4 / 0
Average Mileage:
76,437 miles

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problem #14

Apr 252022


  • miles
The vehicle accelerates to 5,000 RPM randomly, and unintentionally. This happens when shifting gears(manual transmission), or when in any gear. Braking barely slows the vehicle down. I've nearly crashed due to this issue, multiple times. The floormats are not in the way. This is a case of sudden unintended acceleration.

- Cleveland, OH, USA

problem #13

Oct 052020


  • 177,373 miles
The problems I am having with my car include: High rpms when accelerating, massive gas consumption which I can provide bank statements to prove, massive coolant consumption, numerous oil leaks, rough idling, engine rattling, foul smell of vapors in the car while running, and constant car shaking. My car will cut off completely if the A/C is turned on or if sitting at a red light, so in return I would have to put my car in park while sitting at red lights. All of this is due to the PCV valve. This recall was not made aware to me if though I took my car to get serviced at the BMW dealership after the recall was announced. This is why I asked for goodwill assistance from BMW. Once my car was taken in to fix the recall BMW told me they would not help financially with the repairs of my vehicle due to the fact of the year and mileage. Corporate told me this after I had to chase them down all day because the dealership told me they needed a answer by 12pm and needed the loaner vehicle back. Once I received the answer of no I asked cody campbell if the recall was fixed. He replied saying yes. I drove to the dealership to then be sent back home because they said they were sealing some of the leaks for safety purposes. I found this odd because if you looked online and still look now as of 10:09pm on 10/05/2019 the recall still has not been fixed.

- Charlotte, NC, USA

problem #12

Jul 192020


  • 154,000 miles
I was traveling to a local store. My car suddenly jerked, radio turned off while lights on dash flickered on and off. I lost power temporarily and I began smelling wires. I also notice a 'pop' as I attempted to pull over and notice no brake operations so I had to coast to a stop with my 2 year old in the backseat. I started my flashers and turn off car to search for smell. It seems like dash but I didn't see any smoke. I get back in car and attempt to start it and nothing! I still have power so I was confused, I check trunk ultimately and remove battery cover and this is what I found! this is a safety issue and very dangerous. I got the car towed home and won't drive until it is repaired obviously. I am upset but even happier me and my kid made it home safely, something keeps telling me today was a blessing we made it.

- Winston Salem, NC, USA

problem #11

Jun 192020

325 6-cyl

  • 163,300 miles
Have had the car less than two months and I have been experiencing non-safe situations. The car just one day suddenly doesn"T come out of park. It finally got out of park and when I try to drive and it reverses and make alot of noise and when I sometimes try to reverse. It drives. This is not safe. I"ve nearly gotten myself killed due to this faulty bad car. I tried to call for a trade or a refund and the company was rude to me. This car takes my girlfriend and I to work and this is the only care we have. It hasn't been a year and the car has so many issues down to car not reading gears, bad spark plugs, hole underneath, faulty airbags, windows not working, tire pressures unsafe and much more that no one would want to experience.

- Hampton, GA, USA

problem #10

Jan 162018


  • 155,350 miles
While in drive at an idle, vehicle will try to accelerate on its own. Rpms got high and with foot on the brake it was still pushing the vehicle forward. Put the car in to neutral and tapped on the gas pedal. Rpms dropped back down and car idled normally.

- Olympia, WA, USA

problem #9

May 122015


  • 178,000 miles
I was driving from school and push the gas and 15mph the car jerked in transmission light came on. The car went into safe mode. I could not drive over 40 mp. The dealer ship said the transmission mechatronic may have malfunction. Something inside of the transmission the manufacturer build it with a plastic valve cover it's common on BMW the transmission failure. There are over 67,000 complaints on line for the same issue. Where is the recall!. you pay for this expensive car to pay 7000 to fix. I am looking to start a law suit if they don't recall and fix this common expensive problem!

- Miami Gardens, FL, USA

problem #8

May 122014

325 6-cyl

  • 14,240 miles
On May 12, 2014, as I pulled into my driveway, I put the vehicle into park, so that I can open the garage door, to get inside of my garage. As I put my foot on the brake and proceeded to put the vehicle into drive, the vehicle surged forward unexpectedly, at a high rate of acceleration. I instinctively applied the brakes, however, this sudden unintended acceleration, safety defect, caused me to crash into the backside wall of my garage, thus causing extensive damage. It should be noted that the airbag failed to deploy, which may have something to do the November 2013, BMW recall relating to air bags. The mileage on the vehicle was 14,240, at the time that this sudden unintended acceleration defect, manifested itself. The vehicle was towed to my local BMW dealership, however, because this sudden unintended acceleration defect, is more than likely, embedded operating system related, the dealership's service technicians were unable to find a hardware related, mechanical cause, to this stated defect. On May 30, 2014, I picked up my vehicle from the dealership, with my husband accompanying me. As I arrived on my street and about to put the vehicle into park, the vehicle surged forward unexpectedly, once again, almost striking my postal carrier. My husband, as well as my postal carrier, were witnesses to this second incidence of sudden unintended acceleration. The mileage of the vehicle, at the time of this second occurrence, of the stated defect is 14,247. It should be noted that sudden unintended acceleration has plagued BMW vehicles, since at least the 1990's. BMW 325 1990, BMW 750il 1991, BMW 525 1992, BMW 318is 1993, BMW 528I 1997, BMW 328I 1998, BMW 318 1998, BMW 528I 1998, BMW 328I 1999, BMW 528I 1999, BMW R1100 1999, BMW 750li 2006, BMW 530I 2007, BMW 1 series, etc., have all been reported by BMW owners as having this sudden unintended acceleration, safety defect.

- Springfield, IL, USA

problem #7

Jun 072014

325 6-cyl

  • 70,989 miles
My son turned right from a complete stop at the stop sign. He accelerated to the appropriate speed prior to the upcoming turn (25mph) he then let off the gas going into the turn to coast before braking. The car continued to accelerate up to 40-45 mph due to floor mat entrapment because there is no floor mat retention system. He was losing control of the car as he tried to move the floor mat away from the gas pedal. He then slid off the road while continuing to brake, overcorrected and went off the other side as well. All the while he was trying to stop the car.

- Brownsburg, IN, USA

problem #6

Aug 112013

325 6-cyl

  • 54,000 miles
I was driving my vehicle on the highway in the left lane, trying to pass a car in the middle lane. After getting in front of the car in the middle lane, I tried to accelerate so I could re-enter the middle lane, but the car acted as if it slipped into neutral and would not accelerate. The engine growled as if it were in neutral. It kept driving, but would not accelerate, despite me stepping harder on the gas. This was potentially dangerous as there was a car immediately behind me, which could have rear ended me at over 60mph, and the car in the middle lane that I was trying to pass could have also hit me on the passenger side of my car. In researching this, many BMW owners have been complaining about this, and yet BMW has not issued an investigation or recall: www.consumeraffairs.com/automotive/bmw_trans.html there are 650 complaints regarding this problem at the above link. People should not be having transmission problems like this under 75K miles.

- New York, NY, USA

problem #5

Jun 112010


  • 24,323 miles
2006 BMW 330 xi when pressing on the brake the car accelerated with a loud noise, could not steer the car; crashed in trees. 24,323 miles still under new car warranty.

- Somerville, NJ, USA

problem #4

Jun 112010


  • 24,323 miles
2006 BMW 330xi brake failure, acceleration, no steering. Occurred twice; BMW repaired by dealer new brakes, computer; second occurrence car did not stop until hit trees.

- Somerville, NJ, USA

problem #3

Dec 142009


  • 26,000 miles
2006 BMW 328I repeatedly hesitates when the accelerator pedal is pressed. The car has been returned to the dealer on 5 different instances to address the problem. To date BMW claims in "cannot replicate customers problem". in one instance vehicle actually stalled when an attempt was made to pull into traffic. Appears to be a frequent problem with this model as it was addressed in a car and driver test drive article.

- Imperial, CA, USA

problem #2

Dec 252007

325 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 18,500 miles
The contact owns a 2006 BMW 325I. On two separate occasions (12/25/2007 and 02/22/2008), while decelerating to 10 mph, the vehicle accelerated on its own. There were no warning indicators prior to the failure. The contact did not report the first failure, but the vehicle was towed to the dealer the second time. The dealer was unable to duplicate the failure. The powertrain was unknown. The current mileage was 19,000 and failure mileage was 18,500.

- Liberal, KS, USA

problem #1

Sep 262007

325 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 9,720 miles
While driving on a small street, car lost acceleration, and would move only slowly even when gas pedal pushed all the way. The car failed to accelerate onto an inclined driveway because of lack of power, thus causing the car to roll back and hit a row of mailboxes. If this had happened on a freeway, there would have been more damage to people and property. BMW only offered explanation of "sensor" failure and would not explain more, for fear of complaints.

- Redlands, CA, USA