2008 BMW 3 Series Reviews, Ratings & Specs

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Color:  Space Gray Metallic
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Kelley Blue Book Value®
$8,098 - $22,425
Used Fair Purchase Price Range
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MPG (up to)
19 City / 28 HWY
Horsepower
230-414
Seats
4-5

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By Kelley Blue Book Editorial Staff

You'll Like The 2008 BMW 3 Series If...

Anyone who loves the idea of being able to enjoy spirited open-air motoring and steel-topped security will find either of the 3 Series convertibles ready to deliver on both counts.

BMW 3 Series Models & Trims

chevronDown icon 328i $8,098 - $9,681
Horsepower: 230 hp
Engine Type: Gas I6
Standard Seating: N/A
Standard Wheels: 16 x 7.0, 18 x 8.0 (in.) - Alloy
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chevronDown icon 328xi $8,395 - $10,002
Horsepower: 230 hp
Engine Type: Gas I6
Standard Seating: N/A
Standard Wheels: 16 x 7.0, 18 x 8.0 (in.) - Alloy
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chevronDown icon 335i $8,496 - $10,117
Horsepower: 300 hp
Engine Type: Gas I6
Standard Seating: N/A
Standard Wheels: 17 x 8.0, 19 (in.) - Alloy
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chevronDown icon 335xi $8,511 - $10,130
Horsepower: 300 hp
Engine Type: Gas I6
Standard Seating: N/A
Standard Wheels: 17 x 8.0, 18 x 8.0 (in.) - Alloy
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chevronDown icon M3 $19,610 - $22,425
Horsepower: 414 hp
Engine Type: Gas V8
Standard Seating: N/A
Standard Wheels: 18 x 8.5, 19 x 8.5 (in.) - Alloy
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Owner Reviews

4.37
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1 star
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Fun to drive car that is reasonably priced.

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Very reliable car, the BMW 328xi is all wheel drive, 3. 0 6 cylinder 230 hip plenty of power and it corners very well, I get about 17 mpg city 24 mpg hwy. It looks very good and fun to drive. Plenty of room in the front. Seats are very comfortable. The back seat is kind of cramped but plenty of room for children or small adults. Only issues I have with the car is finding parts. I have only had a few repairs that needed to be done and I did find the parts but it took me a little bit and some repairs need special tools.

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BMW hardtop convertible.

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I really enjoy my car. It is sporty. It is black and the interior is red- love the color combination! But my favorite part of my care is that it is a hard top convertible, no one knows it is a convertible but when it is summer I love being able to put my top down. I get so many compliments on my car and how nice it is! It is super low which I love. It has 13 built in speakers so the music sounds amazing and it is super loud. It has a lot of little hidden storage spots in the car as well. Very useful for road trips!

Amira B
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The BMW 3 series experience.

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I haven't came across any problems with my vehicle except for, there is not a spare tire place in the trunk. The tires that came with the car are suppose to last until you can replace them, even if you run over something. I do like my car because its small and rides very smoothly. It's great on gas and loves that it tells me when something is wrong with the car, for example, it tells me when my cooling is low and when my tires need air.

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Overview

Kelley Blue Book Value

Kelley Blue Book Value
$8,098 - $9,681
$8,395 - $10,002

Horsepower

Horsepower
230 (hp)
230 (hp)

Bluetooth

Bluetooth
Optional
Optional
Optional
Optional

BackUp Camera

Engine Type

Engine Type
3.0L DOHC 24
3.0L DOHC 24
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Convenience & Comfort

Sun Roof

Sun Roof
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Standard
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Standard

Alarm

BackUp Camera

HeadsUp Display

Keyless Entry

Keyless Entry
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Standard
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Standard

Universal Garage Door Opener

Universal Garage Door Opener
Optional
Optional
Optional
Optional

Rain Sensing Wipers

Rain Sensing Wipers
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Standard
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Standard

Heated Mirrors

Heated Mirrors
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Standard
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Standard

Heated Steering Wheel

Power Mirrors

Power Mirrors
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Standard
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Standard

Steering Wheel Controls

Steering Wheel Controls
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Standard
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Standard

Cruise Control

Cruise Control
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Standard
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Standard

Power Windows

Power Windows
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Standard
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Standard

Rear Defrost

Rear Defrost
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Standard
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Privacy Glass

Premium Sound System

Premium Sound System
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Standard
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Standard

Driver Restriction Features

Automatic Parking

Power Steering

Power Steering
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Standard
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Standard

Dimensions

Front Leg Room

Front Leg Room
41.1 - 41.8 (in.)
41.1 - 41.8 (in.)

Front Head Room

Front Head Room
37.1 - 38.5 (in.)
37.1 - 38.5 (in.)

Rear Leg Room

Rear Leg Room
31.9 - 34.6 (in.)
33.7 - 34.6 (in.)

Second Head Room

Second Head Room
36.1 - 38 (in.)
36.1 - 38 (in.)

Trunk Volume

Trunk Volume
9 - 12 (cu. ft.)
11.1 - 12 (cu. ft.)

Cargo Volume

Entertainment

Bluetooth

Bluetooth
Optional
Optional
Optional
Optional

MP3 Player

MP3 Player
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Standard
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Standard

Entertainment System

Satellite Radio

Satellite Radio
Optional
Optional
Optional
Optional

WiFi Hotspot

Smart Device Integration

AUX Input

AUX Input
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Standard
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CD Player

CD Player
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Standard
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Heating & Cooling

Climate Control

Climate Control
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AC

AC
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Standard
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Dual Zone

Dual Zone
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Standard
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Standard

Navigation & Communication

Navigation System

Navigation System
Optional
Optional
Optional
Optional

Cell PhoneHookup

Seats

Standard Seat

Standard Seat
Premium Synthetic
Premium Synthetic

Passengers

Passengers
4 - 5
4 - 5

Power Driver Seat

Power Driver Seat
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Standard
Optional
Optional

Power Passenger Seat

Power Passenger Seat
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Standard
Optional
Optional

Heated Front Seats

Heated Front Seats
Optional
Optional
Optional
Optional

Heated Rear Seats

Cooled Front Seats

Cooled Rear Seats

Seat Memory

Seat Memory
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Standard
Optional
Optional

3rd Row Seating

Pass Through Rear Seat

Pass Through Rear Seat
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Seat Massage

Driver Lumbar

Driver Lumbar
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Optional
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Optional
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Accessories

Standard Seat

Standard Seat
Aluminum
Aluminum

Power Liftgate

Hands Free Liftgate

Power Folding Mirror

Power Folding Mirror
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Optional
Optional
Optional

Bed Liner

Rear Spoiler

Running Boards

Dimensions

Tire Width

Tire Width
P225/40R18
P225/40R18

Wheelbase

Wheelbase
108.7 (in.)
108.7 (in.)

Turning Radius

Turning Radius
36.1 (ft.)
38.7 (ft.)

Length

Length
178.2 - 180.6 (in.)
178.2 - 180.6 (in.)

Width

Width
70.2 - 71.5 (in.)
70.2 - 71.5 (in.)
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Engine & Performance

Weight

Weight
3340 - 3858 (.lbs)
3582 - 3814 (.lbs)

Horsepower

Horsepower
230 (hp)
230 (hp)

Torque

Torque
200 (ft. lbs.)
200 (ft. lbs.)

Maximum Towing Capacity

Maximum Towing Weight

Maximum Towing Weight
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Trailer Hitch Receiver

Gas Electric Hybrid

FlexFuel Electric Hybrid

PlugIn Electric Gas

PlugIn Electric FlexFuel

Turbocharged

4wheel Disc Brakes

4wheel Disc Brakes
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Limited Slip Differential

Performance Tires

Performance Tires
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Engine Cylinders

Engine Cylinders
Straight 6 Cylinder
Straight 6 Cylinder

Drivetrain

Drivetrain
Rear Wheel Drive
All Wheel Drive

Fuel

Fuel Capacity

Fuel Capacity
15.9 (gal.)
15.9 (gal.)

Combined

Combined
24 (mpg)
24 (mpg)

City

City
19 (mpg)
19 (mpg)

Highway

Highway
29 (mpg)
28 (mpg)

Suspension

Active Suspension

Air Suspension

Stance Suspension

Transmission

Manual Mode

Manual Mode
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Optional
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Overdrive

CTV Transmission

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Features

Spare Tire

Spare Tire

Tow Hooks

ABS Brakes

ABS Brakes
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Automatic Headlights

Automatic Headlights
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Tire Pressure Monitor System

Tire Pressure Monitor System
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Child Safety Locks

Child Safety Locks
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Stability Control

Stability Control
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Traction Control

Traction Control
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HID Headlights

HID Headlights
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Auto Leveling Headlinghts

Auto Leveling Headlinghts
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Rear Parking Sensors

Rear Parking Sensors
Optional
Optional
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Optional

Adaptive Cruise Control

Adaptive Cruise Control
Optional
Optional
Optional
Optional

Night Vision

Assistance

Automated Emergency Braking

Automated Emergency Braking
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Blind Spot Monitor

Lane Keeping Assist

Lane Departure Warning

Cross Traffic Alert

Air Bags

Driver Airbag

Driver Airbag
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Passenger Airbag

Passenger Airbag
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Passenger Airbag OnOff Switch

Front Side Airbag

Front Side Airbag
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Rear Side Airbag

Front Head Airbag

Front Head Airbag
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Rear Head Airbag

Rear Head Airbag
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Passenger Airbag Sensor

Passenger Airbag Sensor
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Standard
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Knee Airbag

Knee Airbag
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Seatbelt Airbag

Crash Test Results: Front, Side & Rollover

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration provides consumers with information about crash protection and rollover safety.

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The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety is a non-profit group which conducts safety testing beyond federal regulations. "Good" is the highest rating.

Moderate Overlap Front
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Roof Strength
N/A
Driver-side Overlap Front
N/A
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Good
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Acceptable
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Marginal
P
Poor

Safety Features

  • 4-wheel anti-lock braking system (ABS) *
  • Dual front 2-stage airbags w/occupant sensor & indicator light
  • Front side-impact airbags
  • Front/rear side curtain head protection system *
  • Active knee protection airbags *
  • Automatic safety belt assistant (driver & front passenger can reach & fasten safety belts w/ease, regardless of seating position or backrest angle) *
  • All-position 3-point safety belts-inc: front pretensioners, front force limiters *
  • All-position 3-point safety belts-inc: front/rear outboard pretensioners, front force limiters *
  • All-passenger automatic locking retractor (ALR)
  • LATCH attachments for rear seats
  • Dynamic stability control (DSC)-inc: electronic brake proportioning, cornering & braking stability enhancement, dynamic brake control, brake fade compensation, brake standby, brake drying, start-off assist, dynamic traction control *
  • Rollover protection system *
  • Interlocking door anchoring system
  • Crushable pedals & footrest *
  • Daytime running lights *
  • Advanced crash safety management
  • Crash sensor-inc: doors unlock, hazard lights on, interior lighting on
  • Child safety rear door locks *
  • Emergency trunk release *
  • Battery safety terminal (BST)
  • Dynamic stability control (DSC)-inc: electronic brake proportioning, cornering & braking stability enhancement, dynamic brake control, brake fade compensation, brake standby, brake drying, start-off assist, hill descent control *
  • High-performance tuned anti-lock braking system w/Dynamic Brake Control *
  • Traction control w/Dynamic Stability Control/M Variable Differential Lock *

* Optional Safety Feature

Long-Term Reliability

Reliability results are currently not available.

Safety Recalls (5)

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Seat Belts > Front Jul 1, 2009
Report Receipt Date:
Jul 1, 2009
NHTSA Campaign:
09V257000
Summary:
BMW IS RECALLING MY 2008 1-SERIES AND 3- SERIES PASSENGER CARS. INCORRECT CRIMP CONNECTORS MAY HAVE BEEN USED ON THE SIDE AIR BAG AND BELT TENSIONER WIRING. AS A RESULT SUFFICIENT CONTACT BETWEEN THE CRIMP CONNECTORS AND THE CORRESPONDING PLUG MAY NOT OCCUR WHICH COULD LEAD TO AN INCREASE IN THE ELECTRICAL RESISTANCE OF THAT CONNECTION.
Consequence:
IF THAT HAPPENED, IT WOULD BE POSSIBLE FOR THE SIDE AIR BAG AND/OR THE SAFETY BELT TENSIONER NOT TO DEPLOY AND WILL NOT BE ABLE TO PROPERLY PROTECT AN OCCUPANT, INCREASING THE RISK OF INJURIES.
Remedy:
THE MANUFACTURER HAS NOT YET PROVIDED THE AGENCY WITH A REMEDY OR NOTIFICATION SCHEDULE. OWNERS MAY CONTACT BMW AT 1-800-831-1117.
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Engine And Engine Cooling Oct 30, 2017
Report Receipt Date:
Oct 30, 2017
NHTSA Campaign:
17V683000
Summary:
BMW of North America, LLC (BMW) is recalling certain 2008-2011 128i and 2007-2011 328i, 328xi, 328i xDrive, 525i, 525xi, 528i, 528xi, 530i, 530xi, X3 3.0si, X3 xDrive30i, X5 xDrive30i, Z4 3.0i, Z4 3.0si and Z4 sDrive30i vehicles. The heater for the positive crankcase ventilation (PCV) valve may short circuit.
Consequence:
An electrical short can cause the parts within the PCV valve to melt, increasing the risk of a fire, even when the vehicle is not in use.
Remedy:
BMW will notify owners, and dealers will replace the PCV valve heater, free of charge. The recall is expected to begin December 18, 2017. Owners may contact BMW customer service at 1-800-525-7417.
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Air Bags Feb 5, 2016
Report Receipt Date:
Feb 5, 2016
NHTSA Campaign:
16V071000
Summary:
BMW of North America, LLC (BMW) is recalling certain model year 2008-2013 128i and 135i coupes and convertibles and 1 Series M coupes, 2006-2011 325i, 325xi, 328i, 328xi, 328i xDrive, 330i, 330xi, 335i, 335xi, 335i xDrive Sedans, 2009-2011 335d sedans, 2006-2012 325xiT, 328i and 328xi sports wagons, 2007-2013 328i, 328xi, 328i xDrive, 335i, 335xi, 335i xDrive, 335is and M3 Coupes and Convertibles, 2013-2015 X1 sDrive28i, X1 xDrive28i and X1 xDrive35i SAVs, 2007-2010 X3 xDrive30i SAVs, 2007-2013 X5 xDrive30i, X5 xDrive35i, X5 xDrive48i, X5 xDrive50i and X5 M SAVs, 2009-2013 BMW X5 xDrive35d SAVs, 2008-2014 X6 xDrive35i, X6 xDrive50i, and X6 M SACs, 2010-2011 BMW X6 xDrive50i SACs and 2008-2011 M3 Sedan vehicles. Upon deployment of the driver's frontal air bag, excessive internal pressure may cause the inflator to rupture.
Consequence:
In the event of a crash necessitating deployment of the driver's frontal air bag, the inflator could rupture with metal fragments striking the driver or other occupants resulting in serious injury or death.
Remedy:
BMW will notify owners, and dealers will replace the driver's frontal air bag module or inflator depending on the vehicle model, free of charge. Parts are not currently available. Owners will be mailed an interim notification beginning March 31, 2016. A second notice will be mailed when remedy parts are available. Owners may contact BMW customer service at 1-800-525-7417.
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Electrical System Oct 25, 2017
Report Receipt Date:
Oct 25, 2017
NHTSA Campaign:
17V676000
Summary:
BMW of North America, LLC (BMW) is recalling certain 2006-2011 323i, 325i, 325xi, 328i, 328xi, 330i, 330xi, 335i, 335xi and M3, 2007-2011 328i xDrive, 335i xDrive and 335is and 2009-2011 335d vehicles. The wiring and electrical connectors for the system that controls air flow for the heating and air conditioning system may overheat.
Consequence:
Wiring that overheats could cause the electrical connectors to melt, and increase the risk of a fire, even when the vehicle is unattended.
Remedy:
BMW will notify owners, and dealers will replace the wiring and electrical connectors, free of charge. The recall is expected to begin December 18, 2017. Owners may contact BMW customer service at 1-800-525-7417.
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Electrical System Feb 7, 2013
Report Receipt Date:
Feb 7, 2013
NHTSA Campaign:
13V044000
Summary:
BMW is recalling certain model year 2008-2012 1-Series coupes and convertibles manufactured December 2007 through July 2011; and 2007-2011 3-Series coupes and convertibles manufactured March 2007 through July 2011; 2007-2011 3-Series sedans manufactured March 2007 through October 2011; 2007-2011 3-Series sports wagons manufactured March 2007 through June 2011; and 2009-2011 Z4 vehicles manufactured March 2009 through June 2011. The connector for the positive battery cable connector and the corresponding terminal on the fuse box may degrade over time. Over time, the high current flow and heat from electrical resistance may lead to a breakage of the connection, and a loss of electrical power to the vehicle.
Consequence:
If there is a loss of electrical power to the vehicle, the vehicle may unexpectedly stall, increasing the risk of a crash.
Remedy:
BMW will notify owners, and dealers will replace the positive battery cable connector and secure it with an improved method, free of charge. The recall began on March 13, 2013. Owners may call BMW at 1-800-525-7417 or email BMW at CustomerRelations@bmwusa.com.

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