BMW 3-SERIES Exterior Lighting problems : 5.
Formal Petition For Safety Defect Investigation, After Replacing The Tail Light Bulbs In On The Passenger And Driver’s Side They Continued To Burn Out, After Taking The Bulb Housing Cover Off, I Noticed A Burning Smell And The Brown Wire In The Unit Had Melted The Entire Connection. I Was Told By My Local bmw Dealership This Is A Known Flaw As The Ground Wire Is Not Adequate To Handle The Power Coming Through, This Issue Has Caused Me To Almost Be Rear-ended 4 Times When The Light Suddenly Will Stop Working bmw Usa Whom I Contacted Is Aware Of This Malfunction, And Has Done Nothing To Address This Issue. *tr Updated 04/27/09. *jb
BMW 3-SERIES 2003 problem was reported in BRIDGEPORT, CT. Vehicle was not using ANTI-LOCK BRAKES. Vehicle was not using Cruise Control.
Apr 14, 2009
bmw E46 3 Series – Zkw Headlights- Very Low Light Output The Zkw Headlights Have A Design Flaw In Which After 2-3 Years Of Use, They Dim To Around 20% Of The Original Light Output. This Is Very Dangerous When It Comes To Night Driving. Someone Driving With This Issue Is Nearly Completely Blind Driving Around At Night. This Is Due To The Projector Reflector Bowl Being Made Out Of Plastic, And Melting From The Heat. This Causes The Light To Bleed Out From The Backside Of The Light Into The Housing, Instead Of Forward Onto The Road. bmw Noted This Flaw By Replaced The Zkw Headlamps With Al Branded Headlamps In All The Newer bmws In 2005 And On. The Al Branded Headlights Replaced The Plastic Bowl With Metal Bowls. However, All E46 3 Series Sedans From 2003-2004 Still Have These Faulty Zkw Headlamps. There Is No Easy Fix To This Problem, As bmw Does Not Sell The Bowls Separately. The Only Solution Is To Completely Replace The Headlamps, Which Costs Around $2000. This Is A Very Serious Safety Concern. I Can Guarantee That Nearly Every 2003-2004 3 Series Sedan With Oem Xenon Headlamps Faces This Issue. Owners Do Not Fix The Issue Due To The Heavy Costs. *tr
Mileage was 40000 miles. Vehicle Identification Number (VIN):WBAEV53463K. BMW 3-SERIES 2003 problem was reported in ANAHEIM, CA. Vehicle was not using ANTI-LOCK BRAKES. Vehicle was not using Cruise Control.
Sept 03, 2010
Lens Cover For Head Lights On bmw 325 I With Only 65k In Southern California Are Severely Oxidized Limiting Vision At Night. Called bmw And Basically Stated Warranty Has Expired. *tr
Mileage was 55000 miles. Vehicle Identification Number (VIN):WBAAZ334X3K. BMW 3-SERIES 2003 problem was reported in ALTADENA, CA. Vehicle was not using ANTI-LOCK BRAKES. Vehicle was not using Cruise Control. Vehicle had 6 CYLINDERS.
Dec 12, 2010
The Low Beam Reflectors On 2003-2004 Zkw Branded High Intensity Discharge Xenon Oem Hid Headlights On The 3 Series bmw From That Model Year (sedan) Were Made Of Some Painted Material That Degraded When Subjected To The Heat Produced By The Oem Xenon Bulbs. This Results In A Significantly Decreased Light Output As The Reflector Became Scorched. If It’s Bad Enough, There Is No Light Being Projected On The Road And It Is Very Hard To See Anything With The Normal Headlights. Either The High Beams Have To Be Used Or The Foglights Have To Be Turned On. This Is A Safety Issue. I Would Imagine That bmw And Zkw Were And Are Aware Of The Defect As The Newer, Redesigned Headlights Do Not Suffer From This Problem. Replacement Oem Headlights Cost $1200 For Each Side. *tr
Mileage was 98000 miles. BMW 3-SERIES 2003 problem was reported in POUGHKEEPSIE, NY. Vehicle was not using ANTI-LOCK BRAKES. Vehicle was not using Cruise Control.
June 01, 2009
Headlights Fail Randomly. Headlights Flicker, Turn Off, Turn Back On. Independent Of Speed Or Weather Conditions. Bulb Testing After This Failure Indicate That The Bulbs Are Not Failing (they Are Not Burned Out). *tr
Mileage was 38000 miles. Vehicle Identification Number (VIN):EZ15426. BMW 3-SERIES 2003 problem was reported in BETHESDA, MD. Vehicle was not using ANTI-LOCK BRAKES. Vehicle was not using Cruise Control. VEHICLE SPEED: 60 mph.
Nov 08, 2011
2003 BMW 3-SERIES problems and complaints, and up-to-date recall information. If you are researching a used BMW 3-SERIES, driving a 2003 BMW 3-SERIES, or if you are planning to purchase one, review owner-reported Exterior Lighting problems and defects.