2006 BMW 3 Series Consumer Review: Fun To Drive But Very Poor Rel

2006 BMW 3 Series - Consumer Review

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325i Sedan (3.0L 6-cyl. 6-speed Manual)

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Fun To Drive But Very Poor Reliability - Automotive Engineer
By tomkat2kid2 on


2006 BMW 3 Series 325i 4dr Sedan (3.0L 6cyl 6M)


I am an Automotive / Commercial Vehicle Engineer.
I am also the original owner of a 2006 BMW 325i with 75K miles, and while I like the cars handling and styling, the quality and reliability of this vehicle has been extremely poor.
I have owned many different brands of vehicles, and this vehicle by far has had the most problems under warranty.
Luckily I purchased an extended warranty (which I had never done before) but it is due to expire in 5K miles.
See below for a list of issues with this vehicle over a 4 year period.
While the vehicle is fun to drive and has good styling, I would caution anyone considering this vehicle due to the risk of significant out of pocket repair costs.

Best Features

Handling, followed by styling.

Worst Features

Here are a list of vehicle problems over the past 48 months: 1) Key Fob Electronic Module Failure (steering wheel with a line through it.. could not start vehicle). Replaced Module. 2) Transmission pan leaking transmission fluid. Replaced transmission pan. 3) Engine Valve cover gasket leaking. Replaced valve cover gasket. 4) SOS System Failure (SOS symbol with a line through it). Replaced module 5) Service Engine Light. Cooling thermostat failure. Replaced thermostat 6) Service Engine Light. Camshaft sensor failure. Replaced sensor 7) Service Engine Light. Emission solenoid failure. Replaced solenoid 8) Armrest peeling (replaced), shifter peeling (replaced)
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By tomkat2kid2
on 01/20/11 05:49 AM (PST)

Update: Note the fuel economy is very good (4/5) not sure why it posted as poor. Issues with the car: 1. Key Fob ECU Failure - replaced module 2. Transmission pan leaking fluid - replaced pan 3. Valve cover gasket leaking - replaced valve cover gasket 4. SOS system failure (several occurrences) - replaced module 5. Service Engine Light - Thermostat failure, replaced 6. Service Engine Light - Camshaft sensor failure, replaced 7. Service Engine Light - Emission solenoid failure, replaced 8. Arm rest peeling / shifter peeling - both replaced.

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By rm332
on 05/03/13 18:25 PM (PDT)

When you have several gasket failures it should tell you something about the car because the work to do them is so uniform. I say your car received a jar. You think the transmission pan and engine both leaking are not some how connected?

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