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Recall: 241,000 BMW 3 series sedans for faulty light

3-Series | September 2nd, 2011 by 14
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BMW issues a recall on 241,000 3 Series sedan vehicles from 2002-2005 to replace potentially faulty rear lights. The models affected by the issue are …

BMW issues a recall on 241,000 3 Series sedan vehicles from 2002-2005 to replace potentially faulty rear lights. The models affected by the issue are the 325i, 325xi, 330i and 330xi built between 2001 and 2005.

BMW says the issue with the rear lights is caused by resistance in the electrical contacts. This may cause one or more rear lamp functions (tail light, brake light, and or turn-signal)” to stop working. The problem is in the rear lamp unit in the vehicle’s body panel.

The recall came after more than 3,000 warranty claims were filled. No injuries or accidents resulted because of the issues.

BMW told the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration that about 40,000 vehicles have already been repaired, with the total number of faulty vehicles being around 20 percent.

NHTSA has been investigating the issue since April 2009 and upgraded the investigation in December 2009, when it said it had reports of 935 complaints or warranty claims of faulty lights.

BMW issued a technical service bulletin in February 2007 to address the issue by adding ground wiring to the tail lamp assembly.

BMW will notify owners by October and BMW dealerships will rework the electrical connections to the rear lamps.

[Source: DetNews ]

  • Michael D

    The image shows an E92/93 tail light, but by the dates the issue must actually affect E46.

    • ///M-Technics

      Correct ! :)

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/La-Ma/1681833435 La Ma

    it has been a known problem for years. So BMW waited almost a decade to fix them ? a friends 2002 E46 330i had this issue and spent several hunded dollars to fix it. Will he get his money back ?
    so simple yet complicated fix after 9 years.  shame on you BMW

  • tasty donuts

    gee, took only 6 years for them to finally address this. the taillight warning indicator on my ’04 325i has been going on and off erratically for the last couple years… glad i held out by jiggling the assembly, now i can finally get it fixed for free. :)

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/La-Ma/1681833435 La Ma

       9 years. the 1st cars with issues were the 2002 models… not the 1965 2002  but model year 2002 :-)

      • tasty donuts

        i was giving them the entire production run as a grace period. :)

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  • Mattdomingo

    only sedans, right? doesn’t call out 3**Ci

  • LexusLVR

    No wonder people keep crashing into BMWs. With faulty taillights it’s no wonder that the brake lights don’t signal the following drivers.

  • john

    I replaced my headlight assembly on both sides. It only cost $60 for each which i found rather cheap. My friend who is a mechanic said they had this problem for years and they are probably selling it cheaply because it is a known problem. Well it fixed it for only three months. Now the light on my instrument panel is on again. I hope BMW doesn’t just change the assembly like i did!!

  • Mark N

    I’ve got a 2001 330ci doing the exact same thing for the past 3 months.  No hope for my model year??

  • Mark N

    …AND it causes my headlights to blink. 

    • roger

      Not only is this happening on the late model 3 series, but also the 5-series.
      I guess BWM is dragging their heels on the 5 series since that recall has yet to be seen.
      2003 Bmw 525i for example. One of the slender pins (#3) that connects the tail light assembly to socket basically vaporizes. Inside the car, you think your directionals are working, you see and hear the indicator, but instead the brake, directional, and backup lights are dead.

  • Ali taqi

    I have the same problem with my 2011 X6. faulty taillights. Kuwait.

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