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BMW 3 Series – Common problems

Common problems with the BMW 3 Series

Some problems will only occur after many years of operation, others are related to technical solutions and forced the manufacturer to issue a recall. In the following overview, you will find the most common problems for the BMW 3 Series, for which BMW has announced a recall through the EU Rapex system. For recalls and faults found in the UK scroll down.

If the problem is corrected in time, it may not affect the overall reliability of your BMW 3 Series. However, the fault can often remain unresolved because the previous owner didn´t know about the recall or ignored the manufacturer’s letter.

The good news is that automakers usually provide unlimited time to correct such defects for free. Check to see if all of the potential problems with your BMW 3 Series have been resolved in the past. How to do it, we give advice on a special page.



Latest 3 Series Issues in the EU

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12 October 2020

A short circuit in the high-voltage battery could occur during initial charging due to a particle in the form of a … .

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21 August 2020

A vibration fatigue failure of the track rod may occur due to an exceptional bending load. Such a failure would lead … .

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12 June 2020

The ammonium nitrate propellant used in the airbag inflator may experience a material alteration over time due to degradation occurring after … .

If you wish to know more about eventual problems of a specific car (e.g. real mileage, potential traffic accidents damages, odometer rollback, repairs, etc.), then we suggest going to HPI-Check.

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Latest 3 Series Issues in the UK



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