BMW 325 owners have reported 24 problems related to cooling fan (under the engine and engine cooling category). The most recently reported issues are listed below.
Car caught on fire in the garage 2 1/2 hours after parking. Total loss of car with damage to garage. Started in the very front engine area under the hood. Was burned so badly they could not say exactly how it started. Fire marshall suspected was due to possible cooling fan shortage. No one was around the car at the time the fire started. After reading of multiple BMW fires, I wanted to report ours also.
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Tl- the contact owns a 2001 BMW 325ci. The contact stated that she noticed a leak under the vehicle. The vehicle was taken to a mechanic for inspection and they stated that the cap and the thermostat needed to be replaced. The vehicle was repaired but the failure recurred. The vehicle was taken back and they stated that the fan clutch, the auxiliary cooling system, and the electrical fan censor needed to be replaced. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was notified. The failure mileage was 116,000. Mah.
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The contact owns a 2002 BMW 325i. While driving approximately 45 mph, the vehicle stalled without warning. The vehicle was towed to an independent mechanic where the mechanic advised that the vehicle had overheated due to a failure in the fan motor. The vehicle was not repaired. The contact referenced NHTSA campaign id number: 02v138000 (engine and engine cooling:cooling system:fan) and contacted the manufacturer who advised that the vehicle was not included in the recall and only included the 2001 BMW 325i not the 2002 model. The approximate failure mileage was 103,000.
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2001 BMW 325i. Attorney writes on behalf of clients regarding vehicle recall repairs when the vehicle reached 140,000 miles it began running unusually loud while driving 45 mph. In addition, the vehicle began making an intermittent beeping sound. According to an invoice, the previous owner had the vehicle inspected, but the repairs were declined. The consumer would like to exercise his right to have the recall remedied due to the vehicle potentially catching on fire. Recall numbers 01v206000 and 02v138000 were mentioned in the letter. Updated 05/12/11.
The contact owns a 2001 BMW 325i. While driving at 45 mph, the fans began running unusually loud. The contact stated that the engine was also extremely loud. The vehicle would also make a beeping sound intermittently. No repairs were made to the vehicle. The failure mileage was 140,000 and the current mileage was 160,000.
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.
The contact owns a 2001 BMW 330xi. The contact stated that the engine fan does not shut off and has drained the battery. The battery was replaced, but the fan still does not shut off when the vehicle is turned off and the key is removed. He turned the vehicle off and removed the key, but the engine fan was still running an hour later. The contact currently disconnects the fan when he parks and plugs it back up when he is ready to drive the vehicle. Nhtsa recall number 01v206000 (engine and engine cooling: cooling system fan) does not apply to his VIN. The current and failure mileages were 105,300. The consumer stated the vehicle caught on fire. He noticed smoje coming from the engine. Updated 09/26/07.
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.
Recall 01 v 206 002/auxiliary cooling fan : cooling fan had to be replaced on two occasions due to failure. Problem reoccurred ,and vehicle back in shop for third time, all of this within six months. Feel free to povide any further information.
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.
Overheated in its first encounter with light stop & go traffic. No recall notice from BMW, supposedly because of a shortage of replacement fan units.
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.
Recall 01v206000; vehicle was stopped in traffic at a light, and it overheated, heavy steam was coming off engine and temperature gauge was at the red. Tow truck driver stated he towed vehicle for weeks because of fan overheating. BMW dealer currenty has vehicle waitng for parts.
Recall 01 v 206 002/engine auxilary cooling fan: vehicle overheated on four occasions. Vehicle had been to dealer, but problem still occurring. Feel free to provide any further information.
Consumer parked vehicle in garage at work. 5 minutes later, consumer was called downstairs, and told engine vehicle on fire. Front part was totaled. Cooling fan and other electrical wires were possible cause of fire.
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.
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.
Auxiliary cooling fan problem caused engine overheating. Overheating broke engine thermostat & thermostat housing.
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.
Auxiliary fan stopped and engine overheated during regular driving.
Consumer states upon parking vehicle, he noticed smoke emitting from the bottom of the motor, vehicle caught on fire and was shortly put out by the fire department, the cause of the fire was determined to be that the electric cooling fan shorted out and its speed probably knocked out the sensor that transmits information to the dashboard warning lights. Jb.
Consumer states upon parking vehicle, he noticed smoke emitting from the bottom of the motor, the fire department was called and the fire was put out, the cause of the fire was determined to be that the electric cooling fan shorted out and its speed probably knocked out the sensor that transmits information to the dashboard warning lights.
While on the highway, consumer states vehicle overheated, vehicle was towed to dealership and consumer was told that manufacturer was aware of the problem with the fan in which caused the vehicle to overheat, consumer was also advised that part was on back order.
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. . Read more...
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|Engine Cooling System problems||
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|Engine Stall problems||
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