Familiar Follies of the BMW 328i
The famous BMW 3-series debuted more than 30 years ago and has been successful in capturing the hearts of people all over the world. Its impressive list of credentials is highlighted by being BMW's best-selling line up in the United States. It has spawned numerous models to date, including the BMW 328i. The BMW 328i was introduced in 1996. It became the successor of the 325, which was reintroduced as a 323. With a larger and more powerful 2.8 liter inline 6 engine, the 328i dishes out 190hp. Despite its popularity, there have been some unlikely and frequent missteps here and there. These are the things owners or potential owners should look out for in the 328i.
One of the most common problems encountered with the BMW 328i is the failure of its cooling system. Various parts have been verified to fail uncharacteristically at some point in time. One instance that got the most complaints is the lower fan resistor failure. There have been reports of the heater fan being unable to read its speed setting. Another problem like this stems from the fan not able to be turned on and off. The 328i's affected by these are the 1997, 1999 and 2000 models.
In much recent models, vibrations are prevalent due to low Air Conditioning refrigerant. Vibrations start when the AC is switched on and they stop once it is switched off. Technicians have concluded that leaks may have started to appear from AC system. The 2007-2010 models have reportedly had this concern.
In an improbable event, the BMW 328i had been recalled for issues pertaining to safety. The safety gaffe is found within the air bag deployment system and the safety belt tensioner. A connector was improperly installed on the side air bag and belt tension wiring, creating inadequate contact for it to deploy properly. In September 16, 2009, 2,350 recalls began to address the wiring in order to eliminate further risks. It has been one of the most recent high priority recalls in BMW history.
The plastics inside the BMW 328i may experience some morphing. There were some instances of bulging on the dashboard center air vents and the glove box slumps over time.