2001 BMW 325 Engine And Engine Cooling Cooling System Fan problems & defects.

BMW 325 Engine And Engine Cooling Cooling System Fan problems : 11.

Electric Cooling System Fans On bmw 325 Series Are Failing With Regularity. Replacement Fan Alleged To Be Upgraded Version. Recently All Such Vehicles Entering U.s. Are Having This Size Fan Replaced With Old Style, Larger, High Volume Fans. Have No Confidence My Present Replacement/upgraded Fan Will Not Fail Again, Particularly In Light bmw Are Replacing Such Size Fans With Much Larger Ones Prior To Delivery As These Vehicles Enter The U.s. Check Www.bimmer.org In The E46 Series Bulletin Board For The Last Three Months Comments On “aux Fans”. It ‘appears’ bmw Have Been Aware Of This Problem For Some Reasonable Length Of Time And Continued To Install And Deliver Defective Fans In These Automobiles. There Are Presently Fans From This Original Defective Batch Still On The Motorways. I Know Of One Instance Where An ‘upgraded’ Fan Stopped Working Leaving The Motorist Stranded, Though Later Was Said To Be Operable. The Safety Implication Surrounds Automobiles Breaking Down, Particularly In Slow/congested Traffic Situations, Leaving Motorists And Vehicle At Risk Of Collision On Congested Motorways. Suggest Recall And Removal Of These Size Fans And Fitment Of The Larger High Volume Fans That Are Capable Of The Duty Cycle Demanded Under All Anticipated Conditions For These Vehicles. There Is One Instance Where Failure Of The Fan ‘may’ Have Failed Thus Causing engine Overheat And engine Compartment Accessory Meltdown And/or Fire In The engine Compartment Of A U.s. Specification Vehicle Being Operated In Paris, France Prior To Shipment By The U.s. Owner/operator To America. This Is A Safety Problem For The Motoring Public. Thank You. *ak

0 person(s) were injured. 0 person(s) died. BMW 325 2001 problem was reported in WEST CHESTER, PA. Original Owner. Vehicle was purchased on 20010401. Vehicle was using ANTI-LOCK BRAKES. Vehicle was using Cruise Control.BMW 325 2001 drive type:4WD. FUEL TYPE: GAS. VEHICLE SPEED: 0 mph.

Apr 26, 2001

After Driving 15 Miles And Parking Vehicle In Garage, She Smelled An Electrical/burning Smell. Consumer Restarted Vehicle And Backed It Out Of Garage. When Vehicle Was Outside Of Garage Consumer Noticed Smoke Coming From Hood, And Could See Fire In engine Compartment When She Looked Through Grill. Fire Company And Insurance Adjuster Determined That engine Fan Was Component Responsible For Fire. Please Provide Any Additional Information/attachments.*ak

Vehicle was on fire. 0 person(s) were injured. 0 person(s) died. Vehicle Identification Number (VIN):WBABN33451J. BMW 325 2001 problem was reported in SAN ANTONIO, TX. Original Owner. Vehicle was using ANTI-LOCK BRAKES. Vehicle was using Cruise Control.

June 04, 2001

Auxiliary Cooling Fan Problem Caused engine Overheating. Overheating Broke engine Thermostat & Thermostat Housing. *ak

0 person(s) were injured. 0 person(s) died. Vehicle Identification Number (VIN):WBABN33491J. BMW 325 2001 problem was reported in SAN DIEGO, CA. Original Owner. Vehicle was purchased on 20010401. Vehicle was using ANTI-LOCK BRAKES. Vehicle was using Cruise Control.BMW 325 2001 drive type:RWD. FUEL SYSTEM:N/A. FUEL TYPE: GAS. VEHICLE SPEED: 5 mph.

May 25, 2001

Auxiliary Fan Stopped And engine Overheated During Regular Driving.*ak

0 person(s) were injured. 0 person(s) died. Vehicle Identification Number (VIN):WBABN33411J. BMW 325 2001 problem was reported in LA PALMA, CA. Original Owner. Vehicle was purchased on 20010401. Vehicle was using ANTI-LOCK BRAKES. Vehicle was using Cruise Control.BMW 325 2001 drive type:RWD. FUEL SYSTEM:N/A. FUEL TYPE: GAS. VEHICLE SPEED: 15 mph.

May 12, 2001

The Car Has Overheated Twice. It Was Not Driveable And Was Towed To Dealer Where I Purchased It. They Claim It Was A Malfunctioning Fan, And The Part Was Replaced Twice.

0 person(s) were injured. 0 person(s) died. Vehicle Identification Number (VIN):WBAAV33481E. BMW 325 2001 problem was reported in THORNWOOD, NY. Original Owner. Vehicle was purchased on 20010401. Vehicle was using ANTI-LOCK BRAKES. Vehicle was using Cruise Control.BMW 325 2001 drive type:4WD. FUEL SYSTEM:N/A. FUEL TYPE: GAS. VEHICLE SPEED: 0 mph.

May 19, 2001

Defective Coolant Fan Caused Overheating At Less Than 1000 Miles And While Sitting In A Parking Lot. Dealer Said bmw Was Aware That There Were Defective Fans And Replaced The Fan With The Same Type Of Defective Fan. On 7/29/01 While Sitting In Traffic The Car Overheated Again And The engine Coolant Light Came On. As Traffic Moved, Car Cooled But engine Coolant Light Stayed On. Car Towed To Dealer For Replacement Fan. *ak

Vehicle Identification Number (VIN):WBABS33451J. BMW 325 2001 problem was reported in SAUGUS, MA. Original Owner. Vehicle was purchased on 20010501. Vehicle was using ANTI-LOCK BRAKES. Vehicle was using Cruise Control.BMW 325 2001 drive type:FWD. FUEL SYSTEM:N/A. FUEL TYPE: GAS. VEHICLE SPEED: 0 mph.

July 29, 2001

Overheated In Its First Encounter With Light Stop & Go Traffic. No Recall Notice From bmw, Supposedly Because Of A Shortage Of Replacement Fan Units.

0 person(s) were injured. 0 person(s) died. Vehicle Identification Number (VIN):WBAAV33441E. BMW 325 2001 problem was reported in FLANDERS, NJ. Original Owner. Vehicle was purchased on 20010501. Vehicle was using ANTI-LOCK BRAKES. Vehicle was using Cruise Control.BMW 325 2001 drive type:4WD. FUEL SYSTEM:N/A. FUEL TYPE: GAS. VEHICLE SPEED: 0 mph.

Aug 05, 2001

This Is The Third Cooling Fan To Fail In This Car. When The Fan Fails The Car Becomes Inoperable And Boils Over Quickly.the Last Fan Was The “second Generation” Fan And Was A Replacement Design For The Original Fan Design. Now I Am Told There Is A “third Generation” Fan Being Built. The Car Now Qualifies As A “lemon” Under Washington State Law. There Still Is No Recall Notice To Consumers Driving These Cars. Last Breakdown Was Late At Night In An Unsafe Area. This Is My Second Complaint To Nhsta.*ak

Vehicle Identification Number (VIN):WBABN33491J. BMW 325 2001 problem was reported in GIG HARBOR, WA. Original Owner. Vehicle was purchased on 20010601. Vehicle was using ANTI-LOCK BRAKES. Vehicle was using Cruise Control.BMW 325 2001 drive type:FWD. FUEL SYSTEM:N/A. FUEL TYPE: GAS. VEHICLE SPEED: 0 mph.

Sept 04, 2001

Day After Purchasing Vehicle engine Cooling Fan Failed, Allowing engine To Overheat. This Resulted In A Fire, 8″ Flame In engine Compartment. Dealership Replaced engine Cooling Fan. However, Fan Failed Again, And engine Coolant Was Found To Be All Over The engine Compartment , Unknown If A Fire Occurred In The Second Incident. Please Provide Any Additional Information / Attachments.*ak

Vehicle was on fire. 0 person(s) were injured. 0 person(s) died. Vehicle Identification Number (VIN):WBABS33401J. BMW 325 2001 problem was reported in WESTBURY, NY. Original Owner. Vehicle was using ANTI-LOCK BRAKES. Vehicle was using Cruise Control.

June 05, 2001

I Had Been Driving My Car For About 2 Hours On The Interstate With The Coolant Temperature Gauge “dead Center” As It Always Is. I Stopped The Car At A Store And Left The Car Running For About 5 Minutes. As I Proceeded Back Toward The Interstate Through Some Stop And Go Traffic For About 5 Minutes, I Noticed The Temperature Gauge In The “red Zone” And The Red Indicator Was Illuminated. I Pulled To The Side Of The Entrance Ramp, Kept The Car Idling And Cranked The Heat Up. The Gauge Went Down A Little Bit. I Stopped The Car For About 1 Minute, Started It, And Then Accelerated Toward Another Exit In Order To Be In A Safer Place. The Gauge Went Directly Back To “dead Center” So I Continued Driving And The Gauge Stayed There For The Next 2 Hours. The Outside Temperature Was In The Mid-60s And The Air Conditioning Was On Before And After This Incident. The Same Thing Happened The Following Day In Stop-and-go Traffic, But I Noticed The Gauge Rising This Time. I Shut Off The Air Conditioning And engine For A Few Seconds, Turned Them Back On And At The Same Time Accelerated To A Cruising Speed. The Gauge Returned To “dead Center” And Stayed There For The Next 20 Minutes Of Highway Driving. When I Returned Home From My Trip, I Took The Car To The bmw Dealer, And They Replaced The Auxiliary Cooling Fan. I Understand That There Is A Recall On This Part, And bmw Has Sent Very Few Or No Letters To Customers Because A Truly Countermeasured Part Is Not Available Yet. I Fear That The New Fan Installed In My Car Could Very Well Be A Suspect Part And May Result In An Underhood Fire, As Reported By Other Customers At Nhtsa.gov As Well As Other Web Sites. I’m Not Sure If This Is Related, But A Few Months Ago, I Had The Thermostat Replaced For A “sticking” Condition That Was Causing The “service engine Soon” Light To Illuminate. At The Same Time, They Replaced The Fan For The First Time For The Recall. 2001 bmw 325i Manual Transmission.*ak

0 person(s) were injured. 0 person(s) died. Vehicle Identification Number (VIN):WBAAN37431N. BMW 325 2001 problem was reported in HILLIARD, OH. Original Owner. Vehicle was purchased on 20010601. Vehicle was using ANTI-LOCK BRAKES. Vehicle was using Cruise Control.BMW 325 2001 drive type:RWD. FUEL SYSTEM:N/A. FUEL TYPE: GAS. VEHICLE SPEED: 5 mph.

Nov 02, 2001

Recall Date: 09-28-2001 Units Potentially Affected: 1,550 Nhtsa Campaign Number: 02v138000 Defective Part Or Component: engine And engine Cooling:cooling System:fan Description: On Certain Passenger Vehicles, The engine Auxiliary/cooling Fan Operation, Including Variable Speed, Is Electronically Controlled. Failure Of The Fan Motor Can Cause The Electrical Circuitry Of The Fan Control Unit To Overload And Fail, Causing The Fan To Stop Operating. If This Were To Occur, engine Overheating And Subsequent engine Damage Could Result. In Addition, It Is Possible For The Failure Of The Electrical Circuitry To Cause A Fire In The Fan Control Unit Located In The Front Of The engine Compartment. Dealers Will Replace The Fan. Owner Notification Began September 28, 2001. This Is A Supplement To A Recall That Began During September 2001 (see Recall Campaign 01v20 ). This Vehicle Was Sold To Me 03-2004 With The Above Problems Documented By Several Service Repair Shops. I Begin Having Problems With The Car The Next Month After Purchase. The Problems Have Been Overheating Because Of The Fan Motor Not Functioning Properly. I Was Not Advised By The Dealership That Sold Me The Car Of Nhtsa Recalls For Safety Issues And That The Vehicle Was Unsafe To Drive. Last Year The Car Overheated And bmw In Duluth, Ga Advised On My Service Order Vehicle Unsafe To Drive. I Have Had Multiple Repairs Only To Know Have A Completely Damaged engine And Filed Transmission As Of 6-11-09. After Researching The Matter I Am Contacting Your Agency For Assistance The Car Is Not Running And Now Is Completely Damaged engine And Transmission, Along With Thermostat, Air Injections, Spark Plugs And Oxygen Sensor Needing To Be Replaced. It Has Been Noted. *tr

Vehicle was on fire. Mileage was 145000 miles. Vehicle Identification Number (VIN):WBAAV33491F. BMW 325 2001 problem was reported in OAKLAND, CA. Vehicle was not using ANTI-LOCK BRAKES. Vehicle was not using Cruise Control. VEHICLE SPEED: 15 mph.

June 11, 2009

2001 BMW 325 problems and complaints, and up-to-date recall information. If you are researching a used BMW 325, driving a 2001 BMW 325, or if you are planning to purchase one, review owner-reported Engine And Engine Cooling Cooling System Fan problems and defects.

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