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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08. 07. 2022

The micro gas generator inside the seat belt retractor may not have been manufactured to specifications. This may lead to an … .

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09. 10. 2021

The vehicles affected may have been fitted with Takata non-azide driver inflator (NADI) gas generators in which inadequate sealing on the … .

BMW-3-Series-2021-seatbelt
10. 07. 2021

The abdominal strap (safety-belt buckle) may not have been correctly screwed. This could affect the restraining capacity of the safety-belt and … .

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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