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BMW 3 Series – Common problems

Common problems for 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

BMW-3-series-2020-recall-seatbelts-airbag
5 May 2020

The cable connecting the hall sensor with the seat buckle might be too short. Consequently, the sensor might detach from the … .

BMW-3-2009-recall-positive-battery-cable
23 January 2020

The connector of the positive battery cable on the front power distribution box may be damaged over the lifetime of the … .

BMW-3-2019-recall-counterbalance-shaft
10 January 2020

The press-in force of the counterbalance shaft’s bearing shells may not have met the specifications, which could cause the counterbalance shaft … .

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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