BMW 3-series enthusiasts share a love of the vehicle’s classic looks and fine German engineering. However, no vehicle is completely perfect. 3-Series owners should keep an eye out for breakdowns related to known problematic systems.
Department of Transportation safety regulations required a specialty model BMW 3-Series model (the 320i) to feature a larger bumper and modified headlights. This US-only model is prone to leaks that result in a blown head gasket. Symptoms of this malfunction include noticeable compression issues and overheating engines. Likewise, the fuel lines of this vehicle are prone to leaks from drying and cracking. Common performance problems revolved around worn bushings, control arms, or wheel bearings. This disrepair results in an alarming front end shake at speeds above 50 miles per hour.
BMW E30 and E35
The E30 model (marketed in the US between 1984 and 1991) demonstrates a fairly limited set of repair vulnerabilities. The vehicle’s most troubling breakdowns are simply a result of part wear. Replacing cam belts and bushings regularly will prevent the most serious potential problems. Contrarily, the E36 (marketed between 1992 and 1999) features a cornucopia of complications. E36 owners can expect a myriad of problems related to dash electronics, valve timing systems, and gearboxes.
Owners of these early-to-mid 2000s models will be happy to know that most reported issues were addressed by the end of the E46 production history. However, earlier versions are still plagued by unreliable water pumps, radiators, and outer ball joints. Overhauling your cooling system every 50,000 miles can help keep your E46 on the road. Owners may also encounter problem-prone radio and sunroof functions.
Las Vegas residents can count on Meyers Auto Parts to stock the specialty BMW 3-series parts they’ll need for all of their repairs. Contact our knowledgeable staff for more repair tips for your import cars at (702) 431-8000.