2003 BMW 3 SERIES Exterior Lighting problems & defects.

BMW 3 SERIES Exterior Lighting problems : 12.

Real Light Assembly (turn Signal, Parking Light Brake Light) Malfunctions Occasionally And None Of The Lights Work Thus, Posing A Dangerous Situation When Vehicle In Motion, Turning And Especially At Night. Problem Has Been Going On For At Least A Year. It Appears That The Wire Connector In The Assembly Is Burning Out Thus Causing A Short, I Have Temporarily Repaired The Problem Myself By Cleaning The Burned Parts Of The Wire And Reconnecting And Protecting With Electric Tape. *tr

Mileage was 70000 miles. BMW 3 SERIES 2003 problem was reported in SAN DIEGO, CA. Vehicle was not using ANTI-LOCK BRAKES. Vehicle was not using Cruise Control. VEHICLE SPEED: 60 mph.

Jan 02, 2009

The Contact Owns A 2003 bmw 330i. The Contact Stated That When The Brake Caution Light Illuminated, The Brake Light, Tail Light And Turn Signals Failed Suddenly. The Contact Replaced The Rear Bulb Several Time. The Vehicle Had Not Been Inspected Or Repaired. The Contact Planned To Speak With The Manufacturer. The Failure Mileage Was Approximately 50,000 And The Current Mileage Was Approximately 60,000.

Mileage was 50000 miles. Vehicle Identification Number (VIN):WBAEV53453K. BMW 3 SERIES 2003 problem was reported in MURRIETA, CA. Vehicle was not using ANTI-LOCK BRAKES. Vehicle was not using Cruise Control.

July 01, 2009

The Contact Owns A 2003 bmw 3series. The Contact Stated That The Rear Tail Light Warning Indicator Illuminated On The Instrumental Panel. After Checking The Rear Of The Vehicle, The Tail Light Appeared To Be Operating As Designed. The Warning Light Would Illuminate On An Intermittent Basis. The Vehicle Was Not Inspected By A Dealer Nor Repaired. The Manufacturer Was Contacted And They Advised Him That The Vehicle Was Not Included In The Recall Associated With Nhtsa Campaign Id Number 11v438000 (exterior Lighting:tail Lights). The Failure Mileage Was Approximately 80,000.

0 person(s) were injured. 0 person(s) died. Mileage was 80000 miles. Vehicle Identification Number (VIN):WBAEV33493K. BMW 3 SERIES 2003 problem was reported in WILDWOOD, GA. Vehicle was not using ANTI-LOCK BRAKES. Vehicle was not using Cruise Control. VEHICLE SPEED: 0 mph.

Nov 01, 2011

Zkw Bi Xenon Headlights Reflectors Burn Out Over Time. The Bowls Are Shot And They Were Black, Burned To A Crisp. They Were Made Out Of A Plastic Material With A Chrome Coating, Instead Of A Metal Reflector. This Should Be A Recall For bmw. They Got The Tail Light Which Works Fine In My Car, I Need My Headlights To See! *tr

Mileage was 111000 miles. BMW 3 SERIES 2003 problem was reported in RIDGEWOOD, NJ. Vehicle was not using ANTI-LOCK BRAKES. Vehicle was not using Cruise Control.

Dec 11, 2011

My bmw 2003 330i Is Equipped With Zkw Headlight Assemblies That Have Plastic Xenon Projector Bowls Installed Inside The Headlight Assemblies. After Several Years Of Usage These Projector Bowls Burn Out And As A Result, The Reflective Coating That Allows Light To Be Focused Through The Projectors Are Burned Off Reducing Effective Light Output From The Headlight Assembly. Upon Inspection, Both My Headlight Assemblies Suffered Approximately 50% Loss In Effective Light Output Due To Burned Out Xenon Projector Bowls And I Found That My Fog Lights Were Putting Out More Light Than Both My Zkw Headlights. This Problem Affects All 3-series Sedans Made From 2002 – 2005. There Have Been Many People Who Have, As A Result Of bmw Inaction To Do The Right Thing And Correct This Serious Safety Deficiency, Either Replaced Their Original Zkw Headlight Assemblies With Depot Aftermarket Headlight Assembles Or Have Replaced The Defected Zkw Projector Bowls With Al Projector Bowls Or Fx-r Projector Bowls. This Problem Needs To Be Addressed As It Is A Serious Road Safety Issue While Driving At Night. *tr

Mileage was 105952 miles. Vehicle Identification Number (VIN):WBAEV53413K. BMW 3 SERIES 2003 problem was reported in WEST GREENWICH, RI. Vehicle was not using ANTI-LOCK BRAKES. Vehicle was not using Cruise Control. Vehicle had 6 CYLINDERS. FUEL TYPE: GAS. VEHICLE SPEED: 0 mph.

May 25, 2011

The bmw E46 (3 Series bmw) That Was Made From 1999 To 2006. In Some Cases During These Years They Used A Lighting Manufacturer “zkw” For Their Xenon Headlights. Unfortunately These Lights Have A Common Failure Issue Commonly Referred To As A “burnt Reflector” On The Internet And On bmw Forums. This Is A Non-consumer Replaceable Part. When This Part Fails It Causes The Vehicle To Not Have Effective Headlights. I Personally Have Had Times Where My Field Of Vision Could Not See Items On The Road Due To The Dim Lights. The Only Remedy Appears To Be To Replace The Entire Headlight Assembly To The Tune Of Hundreds Of Dollars (well Over A Thousand If You Do Both Sides). In My Opinion bmw Should Correct This Issue For The Consumer. Headlights Are An Important Safety Item. To Have A Part Fail That Is Not Consumer Replaceable Is Unacceptable. Many People Have This Issue But Have No Way To Remedy It. Just Google It Or Check E46fanatics.com. You Will See That There Are Plenty Of People That Realize This Is An Issue. *tr

Mileage was 80000 miles. Vehicle Identification Number (VIN):WBAEV53443K. BMW 3 SERIES 2003 problem was reported in ORLANDO, FL. Vehicle was not using ANTI-LOCK BRAKES. Vehicle was not using Cruise Control. Vehicle had 6 CYLINDERS. FUEL TYPE: GAS.

Jan 01, 2010

The Contact Owns A 2003 bmw 323. The Contact Stated That The Headlights Would Flicker On And Off. The Turn Signal Light Would Also Flicker Abnormally. The Vehicle Was Taken To An Independent Mechanic Where They Advised Him That The Taillight Assembly Needed To Be Replaced. The Vehicle Had Not Been Repaired. The Manufacturer Was Contacted And They Advised The Contact That The Vehicle Was Not Included In Nhtsa Campaign Id Number: 11v438000 (exterior Lighting:tail Lights). The Failure Mileage Was Approximately 150,000.

Mileage was 150000 miles. Vehicle Identification Number (VIN):WBAAM3347YC. BMW 3 SERIES 2003 problem was reported in LEXINGTON, KY. Vehicle was not using ANTI-LOCK BRAKES. Vehicle was not using Cruise Control.

June 01, 2011

Zkw Xenon Headlight Reflector Bowl Is Burned Resulting In Very Dim Light Output. I Am Often Afraid Of Driving At Night Because I Feel It Is A Danger To My Safety.

Mileage was 50000 miles. Vehicle Identification Number (VIN):WBAEV33423K. BMW 3 SERIES 2003 problem was reported in NEWNAN, GA. Vehicle was not using ANTI-LOCK BRAKES. Vehicle was not using Cruise Control.

Jan 02, 2012

Due To The Plastic Bowels In The Headlight Projectors, Which Are Chrome Like Lined, And The High Heat Of The Hid Bulbs, This Chrome Like Coating Has Burned Off Making The Light Output Of My Hid Head Lights Very Dim. The Outside Of The Bowels Have Gone From A Chrome Like Coating To A Bronze/caramel Color/coating. This Problem Is Very Obvious. I Have Had Other Vehicles With Hid Headlights, And The Light Output Of Those Cars Is Easily Double Or More, To The Point Where Alot Of Times I Have To Drive With My Fog Lights On Just To Light The Road Up To Be Able To See Well Enough So That I Don’t Have A Accident. I Have Pictures I Took Of The Discolored Bowels Im Talking About On My Phone That I Would Be Able To Send. *tr

Vehicle Identification Number (VIN):WBAEV53463K. BMW 3 SERIES 2003 problem was reported in GLENN HEIGHTS, TX. Vehicle was not using ANTI-LOCK BRAKES. Vehicle was not using Cruise Control. Vehicle had 6 CYLINDERS. FUEL TYPE: GAS.

Mar 24, 2012

My Tail Lights And Turn Signals Work For A While Then Quite Working. The Exact Same Symptoms As Recall #11v438000 For The Same Type, Model And Year As My Car, But bmw Says My Vehicle Is Not Included. *tr

0 person(s) were injured. 0 person(s) died. Mileage was 115650 miles. Vehicle Identification Number (VIN):WBAEV334X3K. BMW 3 SERIES 2003 problem was reported in INDIANAPOLIS, IN. Vehicle was not using ANTI-LOCK BRAKES. Vehicle was not using Cruise Control. Vehicle had 6 CYLINDERS. FUEL TYPE: GAS. VEHICLE SPEED: 45 mph.

Nov 01, 2012

Oem Projector Headlights Burnt Behind Projector Causing Very Dim Lights. *tr

0 person(s) were injured. 0 person(s) died. Mileage was 70000 miles. Vehicle Identification Number (VIN):WBAEV53474K. BMW 3 SERIES 2003 problem was reported in SAN DIEGO, CA. Vehicle was not using ANTI-LOCK BRAKES. Vehicle was not using Cruise Control. Vehicle had 6 CYLINDERS. FUEL TYPE: GAS.

Jan 02, 2012

There Is Limited Light Output From The Xenon/hid Headlight Assemblies Due To “melted” Projector Bowls From bmw. This Is A Serious Safety Defect That Prevents End Users From Being Able To See The Road And Objects Ahead Of Them. *tr

0 person(s) were injured. 0 person(s) died. Mileage was 197300 miles. Vehicle Identification Number (VIN):WBAEW53493P. BMW 3 SERIES 2003 problem was reported in MISSION VIEJO, CA. Vehicle was not using ANTI-LOCK BRAKES. Vehicle was not using Cruise Control. VEHICLE SPEED: 0 mph.

May 20, 2014

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.

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