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Defect Alert – Fuel Pump Failure in BMW 335i Model

October 22, 2009 By: LemonLaw Category: bmw, Car Lemon Law

It’s time for another defect alert–this time around, it’s the BMW 335i.  Many distressed drivers are calling into the 1-800 LEMON LAW hotline complaining about fuel pump failure. This is nothing new–the manufacturer is aware of the problem and has extended the warranty on the part, and the message boards have repeatedly covered the issue.  But when the part fails, it does put the driver in significant danger, with the car limping along, and possibly stalling.

If you sense that you are having problems with your fuel pump, get to an authorized BMW dealership as soon as possible.  Make sure that you receive a repair invoice when you pick up the car which clearly outlines the problem you complained about.  Even if they say the  problem is due to bad gas (which we all know is not true), they need to provide an invoice. MAKE SURE YOU KEEP TRACK OF THESE PAPERS.  You may need them down the road.

If you find that you are repeatedly back to the BMW dealer with fuel pump problems, drop us a line or give us a call and we will be happy to discuss your situation.  We have been actively resolving these claims.


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131 Responses to “Defect Alert – Fuel Pump Failure in BMW 335i Model”


  1. #1 Alan D'Augustine says:

    I bought a used 2009 335ix in November 2009.
    It was a CPO car, from the original selling dealer.
    I bought the car in Cincinnati, but I love in Detroit.
    I have had to have the HPFP changed once.
    After reading your site info, I requested the selling dealer
    to give me any data about prior HPFP problems with this car.
    It seems to me that the car was sold to me under false pretenses.
    The manufacturer has recognized the problem and it’s potentially recurrent nature! Extending the warranty on this part seems an insufficient remedy.
    Why is this not actionable. Is there no other course to follow?
    I would be open to suggestions.
    Thanks.
    AlanD

  2. #2 LemonLaw says:

    Keep track of the situation. If you have to address the matter with BMW three or more times, you could be looking at remedy under Federal Law. If that happens, please contact us at 800-LEMON-LAW.

  3. #3 Ernest says:

    I am about to take my 335i to the shop tomorrow with the same problem. I had it in the shop last week and they told me the gas was low thats why the check engine light came on. I grew up around cars and I can’t believe thats the excuse they gave me. Needless to say they did nothing about the problem, and my car still runs horrible. So I will find out tomorrow if they will take care of the problem.

  4. #4 Juan says:

    i have a 2008 bmw 335I and this is the second time that i have taken my car in for loss of power with the Engine Malfuction Symbol how many times does it have to be repaired for it becomes somewhat of an issue where i can talk to someone about ?

  5. #5 LemonLaw says:

    Check out our state lemon law summary page at http://www.lemonlaw.com/state-lemon-laws/. That will tell you how many times the vehicle needs to be addressed in your state.

  6. #6 Ernest says:

    After getting my 335i back from it recent trip to the shop, it still has the same problems. I have it documented three different times for the same problem and they are yet to fix the problem. I am tired of missing work to deal with this problem, I bought the car brand new and shouldn’t have to deal with this so soon. I think it might take me to be broken down on the highway before they do anything about it, even then they might tell me its the fuel level, or the gas, or the tires, or maybe even say nothing is wrong again. These problems are getting old.

  7. #7 kevin says:

    there is a class action lawsuit against bmw about these twin turbo motors. we all need to file a lawsuit. bmw has been deceiving all of us and they need to be punished! the dealership treated me like i stole the car and told me the same bs they told everyone else. bad gas, low gas made sensor go off and on and on. i have a 2008 335xi. before i parked it and took off the tags and cancelled insurance it was blowing heavy smoke out the tail pipes after many many repair attempts! call a lawyer now. if your in virginia call patty anderson. she is a lawyer that does lemon laws and class action and more. 804-282-7900.

  8. #8 kevin says:

    oh i forgot to mention that the cars have transmission problems, overheating problems and the reason these motors keep blowing seals and gaskets is because the vanos oiling system is bad causing so much pressure in the motor it is blowing out the seals and gaskets. the top of my motor did not get oil and they replaced my cam shaft, then later my head gaskets and i stopped takiing it in and called a lawyer. this is a huge cover up and we all need to expose bmw for what they have done and punish them severly! i cant count how many times my fuel pump went out. dont know how many times they replaced the fuel pump and im sure they will never tell us how many even if they do so we wont kow they tried 3 times and we can file a lemon law. read the article about the class action lawsuit. they are deceiving all of us. google this: bmw lawsuit in california and then click on the web site mwerks.com and it will also have a consumersaffair link and read it!!!! wow bmw is in trouble and im happy because they tried to take our money and then just waited for the warrenty to expire and make us pay for very very expensive repairs that they knew was going to happen because they built a bad car!!!! get a lawyer now!! thanks

  9. #9 Nicole says:

    I am having fuel pump #3 installed as we speak. It really is a terrifying felling when that shake starts on a freeway.

  10. #10 Sunny says:

    335i is a problem that bmw refuses to fix. i’ve got a 2009 335i that is finally being bought back. their terrible customer support is unprofessional and ultimately the customer loses for having faith in bmw.

  11. #11 LSUPeke says:

    My husband “had” a 335i coupe. He had the fuel pump replaced and two weeks later he was in an accident, minor impact and the car lit on fire. It melted the front half of the car. How can a minor impact of 13 mph cause a car to ignite on fire and melt the front wheels off, and char the 1/2 half of the car?

  12. #12 Heather says:

    Less than 1 year old and three fuel pumps…including the NEW monster fuel pump that was supposed to fix the ongoing issue and guess what–long crank started two days ago. I am disgusted. This is our family’s seventh BMW since 2004 so it’s not like I don’t know the manufacturer. I am tired of the song and dance from the dealership.

  13. #13 LemonLaw says:

    If you live in any of our states, PA, NJ, DE, NY, CT, NH, MA, OH-please contact us at 800-LEMON-LAW and we will be glad to discuss your situation.

  14. #14 Ronnie says:

    Have a 2008 335i that I just bought April 30th of this year. The car is awesome, but 30 days after purchase, it began to have long crank sessions before starting. The service advisor mentioned that there was a service bulletine, but they diagnosed it as needing software update. After getting it back, it seem to run fine, but HP felt weak, and fuel economy changed. This week, was taking off from a stop light, the car just lost power. I down shifted and it continued to run, but at the next light, the car was shaking as if I was running a high performance cam. They originally told me that the error codes indicated fuel pump, coil pack, and plug issues and they would be replacing both. BMW sent another software update and now they say they will be replacing the fuel pump. The car was purchased in louisville, kentucky and I live in southern indiana. Are they any cases or reports there?

  15. #15 John says:

    I bought a 2007 BMW 335i, and loved the car at first. Since, I have had nothing but recurrent manufacturer defects, especially regarding my HPFP. BMW has been giving me the professional run around since 2009 instead of just replacing the part. I created a website with the sole purpose of bringing to light a few of BMW’s defective products, and to STOP their unethical business practices with our fact based comments. If BMW stood behind their brand, my website wouldn’t exist. Please share your personal story of how BMW refused to take responsibility for your defective vehicle, or if they are giving you the professional run around instead of just replacing or fixing your automobile. I am not a lawyer nor do I “hate” the BMW brand, I just want to share our stories with the public.

  16. #16 Jerry says:

    I recently had a fuel pump “software fix” applied to my 2010 135i and it has solved the problem but I get about 10% reduced fuel economy; fairly significant. Has anyone else experienced this?

  17. #17 Sonia says:

    My brake pad froze while driving with my cruise control at 78…luckly I veered off to the left lane & put it in neutral & finally came to a slow stop…scary…

  18. #18 Swaroop says:

    I have a 2007 335i sedan. I recently had starting trouble as in it would crank atleast 2 or 3 times before starting. The dealer identified that as a software issue and said it would be gone once the software is updated. Looking at some of the posts here it seems quite obvious that BMW was never able to fix these fuel pump issues. I shall be picking up the car this evening, desperately hoping that they would have fixed it.

  19. #19 Stephen Kish says:

    How do I sign up for the class action lawsuit in PA?

  20. #20 Al says:

    Holy smokes!! I was just about to pull the trigger on this car tonight. Luckily my wifey calmed me down to really think about it and look at other cars (first car we looked at).

    After reading post after post about the HFP, I dunno. The one I was looking at has 1yr left on the warranty. Could I take it into the dealership while it’s still running and ask them to see if my FP is about hit the skids and have them fix it proactively?

  21. #21 LemonLaw says:

    Chances are very unlikely that they would address the issue until it needed addressing. If you have not purchased it yet, you could request the pump be replaced prior to purchase.

  22. #22 LemonLaw says:

    Please call us at 1800 LEMON LAW.

  23. #23 kevin says:

    BMW will treat you like crap and give you a huge headache runaround!!!! bmw is classless!!!!!!!! i will never own another bmw even if they gave me a new one every year for life!!!!!!!!!

  24. #24 Stephen Kish says:

    It’s very scary when your BMW service advisor tells you he wouldn’t own a 335 or 535 even if you gave one to him free. He gave me the number of 335s in the shop due to feul pump related issues that week. Well over 35. He told me my turbos will go in my car, and asked me what will I do when the feul injectors are clogged and need to be replaced at $1,200 each (& there are 6). He said the turbos aren’t single pieces like on my Subaru Legacy GT’s, rather one part large part to the exhaust, and the cost of each is very high as is the labor. Sorry I sold my Spec B. it was faster, no problems even highly tuned and modified, more torque, AWD, std nav., 6 CD player, Alcantara seats, etc. My BMW brakes suck too. Act weird.
    I’ve owned BMWs since my ’74 2002tii. Also an E36 cabrio & 2 E46 cabrios. This is my last BMW. I swore off Audi’s after problems galore & now BMWs. Next car will be reliable like my Subarus. Sick of visiting the shop every Monday with another headache. The coupes seat belt mechanism is a joke. Works a week, then not. Car sounds sick most of the time. Run flats really are terrrible. Pretty car in a coupe or cabrio, but beauty is skin deep. BMW should be sued and made to pay for mechanical failures due to their poor quality mechanicals. Software fixes aren’t the solution, reliable parts are. The turbos, wastewates, engine seals & gaskets & injectors need longer warranties same as the feul pump’s 100,000 mile warranty. If not customers won’t be back. People that can afford BMWs are stupid, drug dealers aside.
    Also incidental damages (to parts) caused by a feul pump failure aren’t covered after the intial warranty, only the feul pump itself. That’s outrageous. If the bad feul pump causes damage to other parts they should be covered as well. People THEY ARE NOT! It’s a sham.

  25. #25 Unclenuff says:

    I own a 330i sedan. Great car. I have flirting with the purchase of a 335i for the sheer power and athletic prowesss it exudes. After reading blog , I will not buy it. My 330i will have to do until BMW comes to grips with this problem. They do make superior cars. I never thought BMW was prepared for the turbo market. They had to keep up with the other manufacturers. They must’ve known about this problem before they put the 335i on he market. It was a big gamble , I just hope thT it doesn’t sink the company. The customers should be taken care of. All of these cars should be taken back, PERIOD! I still love the Bimmers though. Get it right BMW. No one elsecan produce that feeling a car can give u

  26. #26 LemonLaw says:

    Alan: Unfortunately, there is no recourse available to you until/if you experience this problem three or more times. Obviously, BMW is not going to disclose this issue to potential customers. That is why we are trying to bring it to the forefront.

  27. #27 Ann says:

    on Oct. 7th driving on freeway in AZ we were so lucky that traffic was at almost a stand-still…the car started to sputter and just stopped. i have a 2009 335i. After i had the car 1mo. it had a fuel pump issue which was ‘fixed’ (car jerked starting from stop)..Had to have car towed at night on the freeway. We are grateful that we are alive.

  28. #28 SixSigma says:

    I purchased my 335i sedan (MANUAL) brand new in 2009. I since then have had all 3 fuel pumps replaced in addition to their DME software upgrade. I have about another 15-20k miles left on my warranty and I looked FORWARD to selling it before it runs out. There’s no way I will be able to afford these type of re-occuring failures. All repairs/recalls have been performed by my local BMW dealership, however their customer service is far below par. (Service doesn’t answer the phones, shady explanations on repair work, NEVER any loaner cars when they had my car longer than a day…)

    I should have never left Lexus!!!

  29. #29 Stephen Kish says:

    I love BMW’s N54 recall! They are going to either reflash the recalled cars with software that hides the fuel pump problem, not fix them, or replace the fuel pump with another of the same manufacture that fail. What a hoax! The replacements fail too. Who r they kidding. That’s not a fix.
    Why they just don’t get one that works and THEN replace all the pumps I can’t understand. They are all potentially dangerous and faulty. Siemens makes the fuel pumps, so BMW should make them get a workable pump or get another manufacturer that can do the job right. We all deserve a settlement for the devaluation of our cars. Try and sell one after this was all over ther news. The cars are dangerous to drive & should be recalled until fixed. A failure at the wrong moment could cost u and your family their lives. Shame on BMW.
    I’m one of the lucky ones. Almost 45K on the car (’07 335 Coupe) with the original pump. I did get the updated software. Never went into limp mode, but i’m the second owner. I have all the service records.
    BMW did retrofit an oil cooler on my car for free after I raised a fuss buying a car not being told lacked an oil cooler. I was running hot on the highway in winter temps. They reflashed my DME for free and relaced my pitted mufflers with new ones. People tend to oil a squeeky wheel.

  30. #30 Diana Dees says:

    I own a 2008 335i which I bought at the dealership with 11,000 miles on it and was preowned by a BMW employee. I have had the fuel pump replaced twice due to loss of power and had to, “Limp,” home. Very scary for a woman, alone at night hours from home. This week, on Oct. 26th, the engine shut off completely on my way to work. I had to coast quite a ways to find a shoulder to pull over onto. Thank goodness I wasn’t on a crowded freeway, or worse yet, on a winding mountain road at night, or I could have been killed. I was traumatized by this and have contacted an attorney here in S. California and hope to successfully sue over this issue. The car has 25,000 miles on it, so this has happened 3 times now in approx 14,000 miles which is totally unacceptable! I will never drive the car again! I hope everyone who is having this kind of trouble speak up and sue the SOBs.

  31. #31 Stephen Kish says:

    Isn’t there a class action lawsuit in place? How do you join in on it?

  32. #32 LemonLaw says:

    We have been handling each case individually with clients receiving significant monetary compensation, repurchases or new cars. For information on filing, visit http://www.lemonlaw.com/rid.html.

  33. #33 Stephen Kish says:

    My car is preowned, so I’m not Lemon Law eligible. It’s only applicable to the original owner correct?

  34. #34 LemonLaw says:

    Actually, incorrect. You would have the right to significant monetary damages to reflect the diminished value of the car under the Federal Magnuson Moss Warranty Act. Like the lemon law, the legal help is free. To have us assess your situation, visit http://www.lemonlaw.com/rid.html.

  35. #35 Robert Meyer says:

    I’m glad I found this, and other sites, discussing problems with the 335i. I was leery of all turbo engines, even before I saw some comments on the 335i problems with them. And of course, the bulk of the comments on the fuel pressure problem are just obscene. You would think some state’s attorney general would have nailed them by now.
    I own an ’05 530i and a ’99 M Roadster. No real problems with either of them, and the engines seem bullet proof. But I”ve got to reconsider on the 335i., and I am now gun shy on any BMW products. I think they have taken their eye off the ball.
    Thanks

  36. #36 james says:

    has bmw made any compensation for this problem . . I had my car at bmw 5 times since I bought the car used my cars been in limp mode over 30 times . . .they replaced one turbo updated the software and could never figure out what the problem was the last explination they gave me was that I ran the car low on gas which is total bs

  37. #37 Joan says:

    Now I know why I do not see many 335i BMWs on the road. Unfortunately I own a 2010 with less than 7,000miles. I have already had one fuel pump replaced and am afraid to drive the car. I have limped home and the next day as my husband was driving it to the dealer(who of course said it would not stall) the car died on the highway and had to be towed to the dealer…after waiting over an hour for the tow truck. Also the software was relaced and the repair info stated that they had never seen a system like mine and they were in contact with New Jersey to figure out how to fix the software! And I was told that this may not fix the problem. Nice! It is unfortunate I was not aware of this problem when I ordered the car….I would have bought a Mercedes!

  38. #38 LemonLaw says:

    With legal counsel, many of our clients have received compensation, repurchases or new vehicles. Please call us at 1-800 LEMON LAW to see how we can help you.

  39. #39 Robert says:

    Bought my 335i new in 2008…since then have had 3 fuel pumps…I personally enjoy driving along the highway and having sudden engine loss failure and being rear ended as a result.

    This is my 5th and last BMW, just gave the car back and never been happier.

  40. #40 Stephen Kish says:

    My fuel pump in my ’07 never failed with 44K miles, but I just got a new one installed under the recall. They say the new one is the same as in the ’11 335ciS, and that those are impoved and don’t fail. We’ll see!
    The 335ciS is awesome, but so is the price. I put in the BMW power kit and my ’07 has the same increased power as the new 335ciS. 320 HP and 334 lb ft. of torque.
    I’ve had no problem save flats on my runflats (under a seperate warranty thank God). Guess I’ve been lucky. Soon as the warranty is up, it’s going on the block. I have 2 interested guys who know I’m selling it in 18 months. I’ll go back to a Subaru (WRX) for a daily driver.

  41. #41 LemonLaw says:

    I sense the sarcasm. Three pumps and the law says you are entitled to remedy. Call us at 1 800 LEMON LAW.

  42. #42 alex says:

    my 07 335i has been and still is in the shop sence the the first week of jan. It only has 350000 and this would be the 4th time sence the year begain it was in the shop for this fuel problem. keep in mind im still paying for my 335i and they cant even give me a bmw for a loaner! I picked my 335i up during lunch from work today and not even 1 mile down the road the problem happends again! very angry at bmw right now.

  43. #43 LemonLaw says:

    Alex: Please give us a call at 1800 LEMON LAW.

  44. #44 Stephen Kish says:

    You think that BMW’s are bad. Buy an Audi! I think Porsche is the only semi-reliable German carmaker, but even my Porsche cabrio had an engine oil leak with only 7K miles. Had to remove the tranny to get to it! It was covered under the warranty. Next one won’t be.
    I retire in a few years and I’ll only buy Japanese or American made Japanese cars. Not big on looks but big on reliability. Again even they have recalls.
    In todays world there is no more quality. The band links on my Rolex are loose. No fix. New band is over 3K. Replicas are a grand due to gold prices. Like a BMW, expensive junk. Maybe buy a Honda Accord V-6 coupe w/ a 6 speed manual when I sell my BMW. If it has any value in a trade! The 335 is a Lemon like the Audi A6 was.
    Why no class action suit????????????

  45. #45 George says:

    Have a 2010 335ix with all the bells and whistles. Paid 54K for car. It has failed twice, both times on PA turnpike. Car has been in shop for a total of 22 days. BMW is very aware of situation. Fuel pump and software have been replaced. Still runs like crap. Don’t even want to put my kids in it. At around 2200rpm’s it starts to hesitate and feels like it is going to die. BMW is offering to take the car back but only if I lease another BMW. I just leased this last year, put 5K down and put 20K in miles on it. They will let me out of it but only if I come up with another 3K down to get into another lease!!! Absurd. Other option is that they will give me 3 payments but I need to sign a release. (haha) I am trying to work this out but this is crazy. At this point, I Just wish they would take back the car and let me walk away.

  46. #46 LemonLaw says:

    How long did the Porsche repairs take Stephen? Give us a call at 1800 LEMON LAW.

  47. #47 Monica says:

    I just had 2 of my 6 fuel injectors changed…they removed all 6 but replaced only 2, which they found to be defective (on an ’09 335i I bought from the dealership with 9K miles on it.) They also ‘exchanged’ the fuel pressure pump..
    Until I picked it up today, it has been getting between 19.2 and 19.7 mpg….today it won’t go above 14 mpg….??? Not sure why. (Even stranger is that the total miles left in the 3/4 tank say it will go 334 miles when usually a FULL tank says that much…the numbers don’t make sense.)

  48. #48 Stephen Kish says:

    Defective injectors are another known defect on the 335s. BMW is very aware of this, and should give the same 100k mile warranty as on the fuel pumps.
    Guess that they need another 60 Min. story to get embarrased enough to do something about this issue. Why don’t you give that show a call to let them know that BMW is hiding yet another defect from owners and buyers?
    These injectors are VERY EXPENSIVE to replace. After warrantry it’s on the owner, even though BMW knows that they are defective and will fail. It only a matter of when. My dealership advisor told me that they fail left and right. Another BMW blemish. Now I see why Audi is gaining on BMW. My confidence in BMW is at a low. This is my last one. Going to sell it as soon as my CPO runs out. Too risky to own without protection. Direct injection is a problem w/all cars with US gas.
    I’d only use a BMW tier 1 gas like Shell. Not that thats a cure, but it’s a step in prevention. Your miles are sooo low it’s hard to understand this. Definitely defective injectors. No carbon buildup to blame with those low miles. Again shame on BMW!

  49. #49 George says:

    On mine they replaced all 6 injectors and the software. Performance was never the same. Nor was gas mileage.

    I drove them crazy. Dealer got sick of me and they and BMW finally agreed to settle. The shame of it was that I really liked the car (when it was running).

    Gas does make a difference but won’t cure the issue. I also found that the vehicle ran best on Shell. Of course, at almost $4/gallon, it certainly isn’t a cheap fix and you will still have issues.

    By the way, never, ever call BMW assist. Make sure you have the number of your dealer’s emergency guy on speed dial. He was about the only positive. Real good guy. After he towed me twice, he told me about how many 335’s they had towed and gave me the info to start the process. BMW has a national line. You should report the issue. If you can’t get satisfaction, hire these guys. They are the best. I am a lawyer and was still going to use them. Good luck!

  50. #50 Andrew Meyer says:

    Looks like I’m in for the ride! My 2009 CPO 335i has 22k miles on it and I just had my pump fail, started with the long cranks for about a week and escalated to full blown crap out. The dealer said they are just going to inspect the injectors and flash the ECU, guess we’ll see, I wouldn’t doubt if I keep having problems after reading all of the issues people are having. No loaner car really sucks as well. The Service advisor told me “These 335s have a lot of problems, unfortunately” Great!

  51. #51 Monica says:

    My 335 does not run the same as before they changed the fuel pump and 2 injectors…it doesn’t have the same responsiveness—it feels more like the 128 loaner I was driving while it was in the shop.
    The mpg fluctuates wildly but shows I’m getting 9mpg, then 12 and as much as 14…before this problem it was always about 19mpg
    Now I know why I got such a deal when I bought this car. I guess I should sell it as soon as the warranty is up…if it lasts that long…
    I’m very grateful to the people who make and use this website, which I find very informative and helpful. Thank you all.

  52. #52 Nick says:

    How long is the lemon law in effect for? I am looking at a 2007 CPO with an in service date of 5/07- if I purchase this (with the CPO warranty good for another 2 years), would I be covered under the lemon law if I have trouble with these issues? I will be registered in Arizona and working in Washington (may register it there).

  53. #53 Doug says:

    Thanks to everyone here who shared their story. I was about to buy one of these cars off-lease, and likely be part of the long list of unhappy customers. Maybe I’ll keep my 2003 zhp after all – the last great 3 series? Btw, the 2008 335 coup I test drove had just been to the dealer, but with 40k miles, smoked at stoplights, and check engine light came on after I drove it on the highway… Too bad, they are beautiful cars.

  54. #54 Marc says:

    BUY an AUDI if you want a TURBO. 30 years & no problem. BMW tried a 4 cyl turbo 15 to 20 years ago & scrapped it because it failed horribly. BMW is bset at straight six & eights. STAY AWAY.

  55. #55 LemonLaw says:

    You need to check your state to see if State or Federal laws apply. Please visit our lemon law attorney section at http://www.lemonlaw.com/lemon-law-firm.html.

  56. #56 Steve Kish says:

    Buy an Audi if you want a long term money sucker. I’ve owned two and wouldn’t take one if you gave it to me, except to immediately resell. I sold my last one to my roofer with my AAA extended warranty. He put through $9,000 in repairs till it ran out. Then he had to put in a whole new suspension on his own dime. Look at the latest Consumers Report. The ratings are as bad for Audi as BMW. All get black (worse repair rate than average).
    Even Honda Accord got only average. The Civic better than average.
    The only reliable turbo car iis SUBARU. They perfected them to an art. I’ve owned 4 Subaru turbos and never had an issue. Bullet proof if you want a turbo. My wife has an ’08 Outback XT. Not one repair except a bad strut and its well over 3 years old. RELIABILITY.
    Audi’s are expensive junk. Can’t judge a book by it’s cover. They look sweet.
    My 335 has been wonderfull to drive with only a leaking hose replaced so far. They did the recall work, but my fuel pump had never failed. My friend has owned a 335 cabrio in Miami heat for years. Never had a problem. It’s not every 335 that is a lemon. The fuel pumps are warrantied for 10 years/100K, so that expense isn’t a worry. There are other worries though like the direct injectors and turbos. BMW gave me an oil cooler at no cost as mine was produced without one. I put on the OEM power kit and the engine stays cooler now as they add an extra radiator, larger fan, and air scoop. On the highway it’s a monster. It will eat an S4, maybe an RS4 with my AFE CAI and cat back. My bitch is tholse run flats. Really suck. I want the new Mich. Super Sports that replace the PS2s.
    Again Audi’s are problem cars. All European cars are expensive to maintain after the warranty is over. I’d take the new Volvo S60 turbo with 5 years free maint. over an A3 or A4 Audi 2.0 turbo anyday. The A6s are and have been lemons from the start.
    Oh, my ’06 Boxster got a big red circle. Much better than average. The 911 got JD Powers best results of all cars for long term reliability. The 3 series got much worse than average in Consumers Report, turbo or not! Someone at work just poured $3K into repairs on his ’04 330ci. Driver door won’t respond to key. $800 repair. Many other minor problems. I showed him an independent shop that was a 1/3 the price on his estimate from a BMW dealership.
    I will sell my 335 after the CPO runs out. Too risky. Until them I’m lovin’ it. I keep it pristine.

  57. #57 andy says:

    George
    Based on your sequence of events and timing, I believe I bought your car yesterday, 3-29-11. White sedan, M Sport, oil change on 11/9/10, right?

    Oh boy!

  58. #58 George says:

    Andy, it sounds like it if you bought it in Doylestown. Good luck. Hopefully, you will not have any more issues. It was a sweet car.

  59. #59 Dave says:

    Thanks for sharing everyone! I was going to buy a 09 or 10 335i but after reading all of your horror stories I’m going to pass on this car. Currently been driving a Acura TSX and it’s the best car I’ve ever owned but always wanted a Beemer. My TSX is starting sound a lot better.

    Do you have anyone in Canada in you class action?

  60. #60 andy kuzma says:

    George
    thanks for the reply.
    This is your car for sure!
    Do you known where the wheel lock key went?
    Couldn’t find it in the car.
    You wouldn’t happen to have a set of snows on rims you would like to sell, would you?
    Andy

  61. #61 George says:

    Never touched a tire. Never even looked for a wheel lock. Didn’t know it existed. No snows but I would highly recommend. Vehicle was not good in snow.

  62. #62 andy says:

    George
    Thanks for the reply. I hope we both have better luck with our respective rides from here on out!
    Andy

  63. #63 LemonLaw says:

    Of course, if you don’t, remember 1-800 LEMON LAW.

  64. #64 Ron Moore says:

    I have an 07 335 that I bought used (Little Rock). I got engine warning lights and had repairs on 3 occasions, the last visit to BMW was 3 weeks. But, that was a year ago and it has run great since. I get 24 mpg in town, 30 on the expressway. I love it, it’s a little rocket that handles better than my Ferrari!
    My warranty runs out in Jan 11. Resale value will be zip, guess I’ll have to keep it and invest in a chip….

  65. #65 LemonLaw says:

    Ron: I would certainly reach out to a lemon law attorney in your state. Check out attorney Alex Simanovsky at 866-86-LEMON. I am forwarding him your e-mail.

  66. #66 Steve Kish says:

    Ron,
    I never had a mechanical problem with my ’07 335ci, but the proior owner had an engine leak. It did get hot, but BMW put in an oiler cooler at no cost, which the early models lacked.
    Never had a fuel pump issue nor did the prior owner. I have the same problem as you. The car has no resale value due to bad press and the recent Consumer Report rating as a used car to avoid. That’s the kiss of death. I do love the car but after my CPO is up I need to unload it at a big hit or get a Dinan flash. It’s about $2K for the flash, but it makes the car a monster. I heard the GIAC flash is more risky as gar as reliability.
    I did buy the BMW power package, but it’s not a good bank for the b uck. A littlle extra power for more than a Dinan flash. I only bought the package to help cooling issues and because it was the only software upgrade that doesn’t void the warranty, IF INSTALLED BY A BMW DEALER! With all the possible problems in this lemon car, I’d not dare void the warranty. Agree resale value will be a hurt. May as well enjoy it. I regret not getting a manual, but my wife may need to use the car in a rare emergency. I do have a manual Porsche. I enjoy driving the Boxster more than the 335 except a high speed. The 335 is a highway machine. Good luck!

  67. #67 Russ says:

    Just got my 07, 335i convertible back from the dealer. Went in for injector and hpfp recall. Tested all and replaced 4 of 6 injectors. I thought the car was fast before, but there was a little more turbo lag than I liked. Now the car is responsive throughout the rev range. I had one injector go about three years ago, but have had no real problems since. This recall is a plus in my opinion. BMW will not want to have a major publicity faux pas. Use it to your advantage with the dealer. They are very responsive in this economic downturn.
    Best of luck all. I am going for a drive.

  68. #68 Steve Kish says:

    Russ,
    Obviously you have a manual tranmission. The lag in my steptronic is annoying at best. Great on the highway, but not a low end unless i floor it.
    How did you know that you had an injector issue? Did you get a CEL?
    Just curious.
    Thanks,
    Steve

  69. #69 Marc says:

    Yeah… I just took my 2010 335i (sport) in… boy I love that car. HOWEVER, the car started acting up when I was going for a pass and completely shut down. I have owned a BMW since ‘O1 and have had moderate success with the brand (average I guess, but I just love the driving “feel” of the car!). However, the cars (four in all) have never pulled this… I was almost rear-ended and ended up on the median. After a “reboot” and immediately going into “safe mode” I was able to limp to the dealer. I am very friendly with the dealer and know they will fix the issue and upgrade with the recall… but, I am REALLY concerned about the fact BMW has known about this (seeing these posts) and still did little to truely “fix” the issue. Hm… to continue to BMW or not to continue to BMW.

  70. #70 shuck sharabi says:

    I have owned my 335i coupe since May 2007, the fuel pump has been replaced 3 times, the last time it was done in March 2011, i have noticed an improved avearge MPG to 24.5 from 22, I have no worries since the warranty on the HPFP has been extended to 100K. I have 64,500 miles and the car is great.

  71. #71 mr2t32 says:

    For those that have gotten the recall done, does the problem still exist? I had a 335i that BMW bought back and I ended up buying a G37S coupe with the money i got back from BMW. The G37S just doesn’t have the “feel”. Sold it and now looking to get another BMW. The “feel” is just so much more solid.

  72. #72 LemonLaw says:

    I would still look into your rights. You may be able to receive monetary compensation to reflect the diminished value of the ar as a result of the HPFP problem, plus keep the car. Call 1-800 LEMON LAW for more information.

  73. #73 Ron says:

    I bought my 07 used with 35,000 miles on it. I had problems within a few months. It took 3 visits, but now it’s great. I’ve had one engine fail flash in the last 8 months but it went out and there was no effect. I love my 335. I’ve owned Ferrari’s, Porsche, Vettes, this is the most fun you can have with 4 doors, and probably with two…

  74. #74 LemonLaw says:

    All well and good, but it should not have taken 3x to fix. You could be entitled to monetary compensation (thousands of dollars) and continued ownership fo the car. See http://www.lemonlaw.com/wordpress/get-cash-plus-keep-your-car/ for more information. You need to protect yourself once that BMW warranty expires.

  75. #75 1st Bimmer says:

    Hi, I just bought a ’09 335i with 31.8k miles 26 days ago. I was in love with this amazing car up until today. I still am in love but now very concerned after reading other owners with similar issues. I have just reached 33k miles today and this morning while backing out of the garage to go to work, I just felt the loss of power and pretty much all the way driving into work. It was a very peculiar experience since I didn’t drive really fast this morning so the mixture of casual driving and the power limpness was confusing to distinguish but the powerloss, especially from a stoplight, was significantly noticeable. I didn’t think much of it while at work since it was somewhat new to me but when I drove home from work I tested the accelleration and ‘jeezus’ it was so limp just as everyone had posted. During my drive I thought maybe the twin-turbo turned off somehow so when I got home and called Crevier BMW service (in S. Cal.) and told them the story. It’s still under the CPO warranty and I also got the extended 100k so I kinda felt insured and not too worried. Well the Service Advisor asked me if there were any computer warning lights? I didn’t recall seeing any so he told me there was nothing wrong. But I told him there is no way the car drives the same since the BMW sales test drive up until this morning but then he said he knows some new cars conforms to the way the owner drives their car and he’d also asked what gas I used. I mentioned I’ve always used 91oct as recommended, Shell V-Power preferred. Last time I refueled was about 4 days-170miles ago and I’m just under half tank now and my car ran like a champ up until this morning. …I’m still on the same fuel unless something magically changed inside that tank. Additionally, I told him the day after I bought my car I came back to get the windows tinted at the BMW dealer. While checking in, the Service Advisor then told me there was a fuel injector recall so they needed to inspect/replace them. I came back and was told nothing needed to be replaced but they did take it apart to inspect and all checked out good. I’d asked if I should take my car in and also asked if he’s heard anything about the issues I was having. He said I would be wasting my time driving in unless the computer warning lights came on and he’s never heard of this type of issue.

    So now, I’ve googled 335i loss power issues and found several sites explaining fuel pump failures, including this one. This sucks because I’ve read owners are getting the runaround and I believe I just got my first. I normally don’t post anything anywhere but I want to do my part by reporting this here.

    I’m now waiting for my warning light so I can take it in for service :(

  76. #76 Stephen kish says:

    Why are you waiting for a CEL? If it’s in limp mode the service manager can take it for a test drive and tell whether their is a problem. Either way as there is a recall onthe HFFP they should be changing it anyway. BMW pays that cost, so I don’t get their posture. Crappy dealer. Mine would never do that. They are very customer oriented and bend over backwards to solve any issue.
    I’d DEMAND action from you dealer or tell them to take the car back.
    In any case. I’d bring it back as many times as your State’s lemon law demands, and then sue under your State’s lemon law. It’s still under the original warranty, so there is no issue.
    I’d also call BMW of N. America to report the dealer and document the issue. Not that they know their arse from a hole in the ground.
    Is there another dealer nearby? I have one close to me that I rarely use for the same reason. Lack of concern. I drive pretty far to deal with an outstanding dealership in another State. They’ve been outstanding to say the least.
    As my service advisor told me: “I’d wouldn’t drive a 335 if they gave it to me free”. “Buy a 328.”
    I should have listened.

  77. #77 Gabriel says:

    Hi im going to buy and 2007 335i sedan this weekend 64k mles no waranty a call the bmw dealer to check if the car have the HPFP or recall they said no the owner told me he never got a problem with the car i was reading and is not al 335i that have that problem???? does all 335i have the extended warranty for the HPFP ?? the car is a fFlorida car

  78. #78 LemonLaw says:

    Excellent question. Contact BMW corporate to get your answer. These HPFP warranties may not be transferable. Due to the ongoing problems with the HPFP, I would be hesitant to purchase one from a non-BMW dealership.

  79. #79 06 GT Vs. 2010 BMW 335i - Page 3 says:

    […] I think the 335 is going to put a whooping on you. Good Luck Unless its fuel pump fails at WOT Lemon Law Alert – BMW 335i Fuel Pump Problems | Lemon Law Blog. Although, knowing BMW fans, it was at the dealership moments after the problem was announced. […]

  80. #80 CCD says:

    Have had my ’08 335xi for 6 months. 30K miles. Recall was serviced on HPFP during a regular oil change appt. Car has been great so far. Not a hitch, no issues.

  81. #81 Vanessa Veronica says:

    I bought an 08 335XI six months ago. I have been having loss of power as well as the engine malfunction light comes on everytime you go over 4k RPM. My 02 330i felt faster! So sad. When it is going good this is a fantastic and fun car. But I checked the service reports and this car has had its fuel pump replaced 4 times!!! When will it end??

  82. #82 LemonLaw says:

    Sadly, it does not matter what happened with the previous owner. Your claim is based on your repairs.

  83. #83 DROU says:

    Ok, 3rd pump and it died on a very curvy road with no safety lane and almost got hit twice before I could get to a safe part of the road.

    Got the last pump replace under the so called recall campaign a few months ago. So much for the fixed fuel pump and as for bad gas, my other cars seem to work fine with the same exact gas. So if you cant make your engine work with gas that meets CA standards etc… dont sell the car to that market.

    Where do I go from here…?

  84. #84 billyboy says:

    just bought a ’08 CPO 335xi, hope I don’t have any probs…..yikes!!

  85. #85 LemonLaw says:

    Drou: You not mention where you are from. Please visit http://www.lemonlaw.com/rid.html so I can get you to appropriate person to help.

  86. #86 DROU says:

    The problems with these cars are wide spread. Fuel pumps and sensors, injectors, coil packs, turbos, actuators, waste gates etc…the whole fuel/induction system.

    Although its pretty clear the engine is flawed, I have been told its the gas, however my other cars seem to run perfectly on the same gas, so obviously they are selling us cars in the USA that are not made to run on USA spec 91oct.

    Service advisers continue to play dumb, its pretty funny.

    Not sure how they keep winning awards for the engine.

    Good luck all.

  87. #87 Brandon Myers says:

    I have a 2008 535xi. I bought it from the St Louis MO dealer 13 months ago as they had been using it as a loaner vehicle. I have had the vehicle in for service now 8 times for different issues. About 3 months ago the fuel pump went out for the first time. Again 2 weeks ago, and a third time today. With each occurrence the car vibrates violently and is not able to pick up much speed. Also, the car begins smelling like it has a gasoline leak. The man that towed my car today told me that this is a serious issue and that the car should not be driven like this due to the fact it is highly likely the car can catch on fire.

    It seems very aparent that BMW is aware of a major problem with the fuel filter and refuses to take any corrective actions.

    Best of luck to everyone else who shares this similar problem

  88. #88 Paul Pasmanik says:

    I just bought a brand new 2011 328xi 10 days ago with 0 miles on it.
    Yesterday it completely shut off while driving. The car has only 400 miles on it now. After the car was towed to a dealer, they told me that all 6 Fuel Injection cylinders were cut off. They don’t know the reason yet and are all very surprised. Is anyone aware of any fuel injection issues with 2011 328xi? Is it serious? Does it qualify for the lemon law?

  89. #89 LemonLaw says:

    Paul– It will depend on the number of days the car is out of service and whether it is fixed during the first repair attempt.

  90. #90 TJ says:

    Ok….where should I begin? Bought a 2008 bmw 335 convertible with 23,000 miles in May of this year. The car has been to the shop at least (5) times already. The first was because I noticed noices from what I had assessed by another friend-mechanic as a bushing issue. Of course BMW was not happy about having to repair the bushings and mainatined that the noice was coming from the convertible top……huh? The car ahs the worst braking system which includes constant squeeking from either break dust or possibly from the fact that BMW uses a very inexpensive brake pad which can also cause squeeking..The car has had front brakes replaced in the last month.

    Was in Palm Springs for vacation and was blessed with the issue of loss of power. Took it in to the local dealer, who I must say was the most helpful. He informed me that it was only a sensor issue and should not be the fuel pump, as it should have been repaired prior to the car being placed on the pre-owned lot.

    Lastly, I experinced the episode with the stupid-run flats which BMW reports are BMW suggested. Did not know until I found myself stranded with a tire on the side of the freeway that the tire had clearly separated from the inner side-the car does not come with a spare. Car towed to BMW..was somewhat confident that the repair would be no cost since I purchased the rim and tire warranty. Not so, I was informed that the tire was beyond the tread wear required for me to take advantage of the warranty. That visit for a tire cost 777.00. for a tire and a four wheel allignment that they reported was NOT covered under my warranty, as it is a regular wear and tear. I argued that a tire wearing from the inner area is NOT NORMAL wear and tear. The staff quickly redirected me to the dealer the car was purchased from if I should find the need to dispute the tire issue. ….Brake pads are are a normal wear and tear, yet they are covered……no sense!!!

    Sadly enough, I am realizing that simple is best. The more bells and whisltes..the more potential for mechanical repairs that will be costly to the buyer in the end.

    BMW sprinkled yat a bit more salt in the wound by reporting that the addtional warranty for 2100.00 ONLY covers certain items as well.

    This site has been helpful as I am going to inquire about the injector issue as I have reported power loss to the staff in the past as well. Of course all checks out according to BMW.

    My real question is…….are they really changing out the parts and performimg the work they report is under warranty? Who governs the ethical issues? Hopefully it’s not one of their own. I mean whose to say that when we take these cars in for warranty covered items- the work is actually being done?

  91. #91 LemonLaw says:

    The work is being done under warranty, however there is a question as to if the repairs will work.

  92. #92 Fracuss says:

    Make a small identifying mark with a metal scribe on any suspected part before you take the car to the dealer. If they say they replaced something, check to see if you still have the original marked part installed.
    I once took my M Roadster in and they did indeed replace the VANOS solenoid. However, before I got home I had hot oil smoke boiling out from under the hood and fenders. I opened the hood, and the bolts had not been properly tightened on the VANOS housing and had loosened. The car was trucked back to the dealer, and I made a surprise (unauthorized) visit to the garage to find that the housing bolts had been tightened and they were busily replacing the oil breather. They claimed the bolts had not been loose, and it was just a coincidence that the breather had gone bad 20 minutes after I left the dealer the previous evening. As you can imagine, I went orbital. To top things off, I made an appointment with the owner of the dealership, and he stood me up.
    What a bunch of crooks and liars.

  93. #93 Darko says:

    2007 335i (Sedan). Had (2) Fuel Pumps replaced under warranty (Thank God). Love my car but now that my warranty expired in May 2011 guess what !!!

    Just took it in today for oil change and my service adviser says:

    – You have oil leak on head gasket = $ 1,100
    – You have oil leak by oil filter housing = $ 900
    – You have leak at transmission seal = $ 1000
    ————————————————–
    Total = $3,000

    So never had any issues before when I brought in for service under warranty and now all of a sudden I have leaks all over. Really not happy right now.

  94. #94 Nate says:

    24 nov 11 enroute to CO for the holiday it was 1800 on I25 north bound when my 335xi 09 started to shake in the front end and in the gas peddle. We were 4 hrs into a 13 hr trip and about 200 miles from a BMW dealership. The car continued to shake limiting my speed forcing me to down shift and slow down. We pulled off the highway and put the car in neutral and the car continued to shake. BMW can’t figure out the issue. They suspect a misfire in the fuel injectors and they claim the new fuel pump which was replaced 3 weeks ago is fine. The BMW dealer in New Mexico told me he couldn’t fix it and wasn’t able to work on the car any more (Saturday) due to limited staff and hours. Charged $162.00 for inconclusive testing and nothing repaired. Rolling the dice on the 13 hr drive home.

  95. #95 Michael says:

    Thanks for the info everybody, it frustrating to be having these problems but comforting to know that their is recourse and others dealing with the same thing. I purchased a 2008 cpo 335i Sedan in February of this year with 49k on it. I opted to pay for the extended warranty as well.

    I’ve had the car in 6 times and will have it in for #7 on thursday. When I first purchased the car I had to take it directly back for a active headlight malfunction. The next 4 times consisted of normal service, and also strange idle and constant low speed squeak coming from the wheel wells. They replaced the front brakes after some complaining but it came back in the rear and I’m not waiting for the rear brakes to get low enough to replace. The only way for me to stop the loud, embarrassing wagon noise it ride the brakes with one foot while getting on the gas…not safe but I’ve learned to get used to it.

    With that said I now how fuel delivery problems. The last time I took it in, it was because the power cut off on the freeway and the car went into limp mode. Felt like the car was having a stroke. Completely unresponsive. Smoke was billowing out of the back and I smelt unburnt fuel and also oil burning. I was able to get it to the shop and they replaced 3 fuel injectors last week. But ALSO they had to keep it for an extra 3 days because the tech noticed an oil leak that they were not able to isolate after putting dye in the system. Their solution was to come back in a couple weeks!

    One week has passed and now my car goes back into limp mode on the freeway. Same symptoms. I have an appointment to pick up another loaner and wait for them to fix it again.

    After looking at the previous owners records I noticed the car was in for 3 HFP replacements, braket steering problems, fuel pressure sensor permanent failure, parking lamp permanent failure, EKP control unit failure, and misfires.

    So I clearly have a problem car and now its causing me major headaches. Do I have a case here? The crazy thing is I’d be happy with a buyback and lease on new 335 instead. (yeah I love the driving experience that much – when its working).

  96. #96 Kevin says:

    Wow, had just test driven 2 of these 335i’s which I thought were just fantastic and was about to drop the $$ for a 2009. No way I’m doing it now.
    Thanks for all your info and hope you get a solution to this awful problem.

  97. #97 Nate says:

    The BMW ABQ dealer stated my 2009 335xi had a misfire indicator in cylinder three they swapped some fuel injectors around but as stated before they could not figure out the problem. On our 13 hr drive back home to AZ I noticed my 335xi starting to shake when driving up a incline. This wasn’t a significant slope but the car began to shake again and keeping speeds on the highway was impossible. I pulled off and let the car sit as it idled it continued to shake in park, so I turned it off for 30 mins and let it sit. We noticed the shaking stopped after the car had cooled down and I took it easy for the remaining 3 hr drive. I took my car into the BMW dealer the next week and they kept it from Fri thru Tuesday. On Tuesday they called stating the issue was pinpointed to a fuel injector and spark plug in the 3rd cylinder which they replaced. I picked up my 335xi today and on the way home (1.5 hr drive) I drove up a hill about 1 hr into the drive and instantly the car started to shake. For the rest of the drive the car struggled even on level ground. Misfiring and shaking at all speeds. I called BMW and the service center was closed. The rep offered me a loaner if I wanted to turn around and drive back. I opted to leave some strong voicemails for my service rep and his supervisor. Not impressed with BMW!

  98. #98 Sherry says:

    I researched a 328i and loved everything I read. My first trip to the dealer they tried to sell me a 535i, I guess they didn’t have any 328’s. I almost gave in but said no. Next trip to the dealer to get a 328i hardtop convertible, they tried to sell me the 335i. I bit like a starving fish after they told me it was a much better car and had all the bells and whistles. First week in the battery died, third week in TP light came on, one month and 3 days in coolant light came on. I called BMW they told me to just top it off. I never researched a 335i, I wish I had. I bought a BMW because i was tired of being in the shop every other week with my old car. Turns out the engine was overheating, the collant wasn’t low, but BMW tried to send me home saying they just topped it off and everything is fine. (Did I mention I am a woman!) I refuse to take their final answer as the sole solution. After eading your blog. I’m thankful. I have asked the dealer to redo the 7 point inspection, but I think I will get a second opinion.

  99. #99 Roger says:

    BMW seems to use this “bad gas” defense to cover up defective high pressure fuel pumps.

    We had the stalling/limp mode happen to us 3 times. The first was on an interstate in Pennsylvania. Engine gave a warning light and then died while driving at speed. Used the BMW emergency road side service to call for help. However, about 2 hours later and just before a tow truck arrived, the car re-started on its own. Since the car seemed to work fine afterwards, we chalked up the engine failure to a computer glitch.

    The second time the car again re-started after sitting awhile. We drove the car to BMW and explained what had happened and left the car with them for service. Two days later, BMW said they could not replicate the problem and sent us on our merry way without performing any repairs.

    The third and last time, the engine died again while driving at speed and would not start again. We then had the car towed to BMW. This time BMW was obviously able to replicate the problem.

    The shop technicians diagnosed the issue as a loss of engine compression. They were vague on details but told me that the compression problem was fixed. However, the next day they told me that there was a problem with the fuel injectors. The following day, BMW then told me that the fuel injectors were fixed but that there was now a problem with the starter. Later, BMW called me back and told me that they finally discovered the source of the problem. The service technician said that there was sugar in my engine!

    For the next 10 minutes, the service technician tried to convince me that “dirty gas” or “bad gas” from gas stations contaminated with sugar was the root cause. He assured me that sugar in gas from gas stations was a common occurrence and oftentimes caused engine failure. I asked him how he knew it was sugar in my gas tank. He told me that their garage has a machine that can measure the sugar content in gasoline. He then dropped the bombshell that because the problem was due to “dirty gas” that none of the repairs were under warranty. About 2 minutes later, he calls me back and told me that it was not sugar in the gas tank, but alcohol. Using the same reasoning, he told me that because there was alcohol in the gas tank, none of the repairs were covered under warranty.

    I filed a lemon law action last week. This is a 2011 X5.

  100. #100 Roger says:

    Since this is a safety issue, I encourage all of you to file a complaint with the National Highway Safety Board. Link below.

    You can also look up other complaints and be astonished by the number of the same type of complaints directed to BMW fuel pumps.

    http://www-odi.nhtsa.dot.gov/cars/problems/complain/complaintsearch.cfm

  101. #101 Nate says:

    3rd Post. BMW drove out a 335i loaner to my house and picked up my 335xi. They had my car for a couple of days and called us back stating a misfire had occurred in cylinder 2 (previously it was cylinder 3) and this was most likely due to bad gas. They blamed military gas stations on post and Costco, even if it is 91 premium and advised me to use Chevron or Shell in the future. They stated they put a fuel additive in my 335xi and everything was fine. I decided to do some driving this weekend to test the car before our planned road trip to TX for the holidays on Tuesday, this would allow me to empty the gas tank and refuel with an “approved” gas station’s fuel. Driving was fine on the fuel additive tank. Upon my return I refueled at a Shell station with their 91 premium Power V just as BMW advised. About 45 mins into my return trip home, I came upon some slight hills and sure enough my 335xi began to shake. So bad that the engine light came on and I was forced to slow down and coast back to my house. BMW was unable to assist as they were closed for the day but suggested I have it towed back to their location on Sunday and I would have to continue to speak with the service rep / manager on monday.

  102. #102 Mike Hernandez says:

    I purchased a 2008 BMW 335i. I’ve had it since December of 2008. My repair records folder looks like a phone book already! 2 HPFP’s and all the injectors have been replaced. Now the car is out of warranty and I just spent $2200.00 dollars on a water pump, thermostate, and reservoir. Now the injectors need to be replaced AGAIN !!! BMW is now telling me that the injectors a 3 mos. out of warranty !!!
    This is coming from a dealer who wrecked the car when it was there for service ! The list goes on and on. Can I do anything to get out from this money pit without coming out of pocket anyone ?

  103. #103 Daniel says:

    Nate. I had a very similar issue. Misfire on cylinder 3 and O2 sensor issues right in the middle of high speed freeway. Luckily, I pulled over to a somewhat wide shoulder area. Turned on/off ignition several times, cranked several times also, then the car stopped shaking. And that raw gas smell went away too. It was a quite nerve wrecking moment, but it have never happened since then. I just deleted the two codes and the car drives ok so far. But the issue is that my ’07 335i only has 20k miles on it. It never missed any routine services. Since my ride is out of that free services and warranty, I had to get those spark plugs just in case the problem comes back again. I’ve known for German cars’ poor to sometimes mediocre reliabilities, but this issue of mine was pretty disappointing. As long as this ride holds, I am pretty happy with 335’s ride. Even my 2yo son loves my car more than I. I don’t think my issue was related to that HPFP, but who knows?

  104. #104 LemonLaw says:

    Mike: If you are in one of our 14 states, I’d like to see your invoices to determine if there is something we can do. Please call us at 1-800 LEMON LAW.

  105. #105 Wow says:

    I just purchased a 07 335xi and it’s running great. After reading all these comments, I’m starting to doubt myself if this was a good buy or not. Does anybody have anything good too say about the 335xi? Or do they wait for something to go wrong before posting bad comments up…. Maybe everyone just drives the crap out of these cars and expect it to work like its brand new every time they get behind the wheel. Cars only run good, if the driver know what he/she is doing. Again, does anyone got something positive to say?

  106. #106 billyboy says:

    I absolutely LOVE my 2008 335xi, One of the best cars I have ever owned.

  107. #107 Steve Kish says:

    Cars only run as good as they are made. The 335 had many potential problems, and the cost of maintenance is absurd. Aside from the HFFP issue, these are other issues like the turbos failing (a fortune to replace), noisy wastegates, and the injectors going bad (EXPENSIVE). If you are out of warranty these can be terribly expensive to fix. Allso, some people say that after they are fixed, their car runs poorly. As far as maintenance, when the key goes, wait to u c the cost to get a new one. You ned a new key and it needs to be programed. The battery can’t just be replaced. Batterys last on avg. 5 years. You just can’t put in any old battery and think the car will run again. It needs to be the correct battery and costs about $270. But that’s the start, it has to be programed to work, another over $200. That means you need to use the dealer or a shop with the BMW computer. It can take 2 1/2 hours for the software to run. Who ever heard of spending $500 or more for a new battery!
    The runflats suck, and give a terrible ride. I sold mine and put on non-runflats. Drives like a BMW now. The E36s and E46s have their high maintenance costs as well, but nowhere near the electronics of the E90s.
    I love my car too, but I know the cost of upkeep and am keepng my 335ci with an extended warranty until I retire in 4 years when the warranty expires. These cars are problematic money pits. I’ve had oil leaks, leaking bushing in the suspension, two run flats replaced at almost $500 a pop installed, seatbelt retractor replaced, … The extended warranty was almost $4K. Expensive toys. I have a Porsche Boxster too, and nowhere the issues of a 335. Battery went, just replaced it. No dealerdship involved. BMW has you by the balls with the E90s. No getting around that. You may love the car now, but get back to us in a few years after you have some issues. My service advisor said he “wouldn’t own a 335 if you gave it to him. Stick with a 328.” He showed me all the 335s waiting to be fixed and laughed. BMW sould refund all 335 buyers a lump sum as goodwill for a car they sold knowing it sucked. It’s my last BMW, and I’ve driven them since my 1974 2002tii. Too complicated a car to own. Better to lease and walk away after 3 years.

  108. #108 Drew says:

    I bought a 335 i coupe 2008 in june 2011. About a month ago in January 2012 I turned at a light and shifted from first to second then to third then to fourth, once in fourth my car started shaking, and i lost power. I had no throttle response when putting my foot on the gas. I let off gas a little and dropped down to 40 mph and the shaking wasn’t so bad, when I went over 45 mph the shaking was violent and my check engine light came on. After about a minute of driving under 40 mph the shaking finally stopped, and the check engine light turned off. I called BMW and told them what happened, and they told me I had to clean my fuel injectors. That cost me 190 $. That is the extent of my serious problems with my 2008 335 I coupe

  109. #109 Albert says:

    I purchased a CPO bmw about 3 months ago and it has been in the shop about 6-7 times. The day after I drove it off the lot, the check engine light already came on. I talked to my sales person and I would be able to trade my car back if there were ongoing problems. Initially it was fine, but over the 3 months. There were about 6-7 different issues that came up and I needed to take it to the shop.

    I received in the mail that there was recall for the fuel pump issues, since my doors weren’t functioning properly, I decided to take it into the shop for both issues. They said the previous owner already had the fuel pump replaced, it is like new. 2 weeks later? Fuel pump light, what luck? Is there anything that I can do? It doesn’t lie under the lemon law but the car is basically a piece of crap and it’s still under BMWs warranty

  110. #110 Ram says:

    I had my 2008 335i last november, it has 30000 miles on it, ive been going to service several times since then, november 2011, thermostat fail, i had low pressure problem last january twice, and yesterday my water pump seems to fail again, it was sunday and last day of my warranty, what should i do? I only add 3000 miles on it since november

  111. #111 LemonLaw says:

    Give us a call at 1800 LEMON LAW and we will be glad to discuss the situation with you.

  112. #112 Amy says:

    I can say I certainly wouldnt have purchased my vehicle if only I had done some better research on the model.
    Last Monday I purchased a BMW 335XI from a dealership in VA with 42,000. Bought the extended warranty just in case(thank goodness)
    By Friday night the car was shaking, spuddering and the check engine light coming on.
    Dropped the car off at the dealer Friday night and was told it was fixed Saturday. Came back to find the vehicle behaving just as I left it.
    My vehicle has now been in the shop longer than I have owned it.
    Always wanted a BMW worked hard for it and this is what I got in return.
    I do not think VA has a lemon law for used vehicles so I guess I am stuck with years of fun! Lesson learned to do some further research on a vehicles issues before purchasing.

  113. #113 Wilson says:

    Wow I was looking to purchase a 2009 wit 50,000 miles. I was really exited about the car untill I read all these comments and issues that these cars have. I’m deff having second thoughts abt this car now. Not really sure if I would purchase it.

  114. #114 Steve Kish says:

    I’d look for one with lower mikes, but even 50K isn’t bad if the price is right. I have 50K on an ’07 335ci and it runs fine. I’ve had no mechancal issues not even with the fuel pump. As it seems to be the luck of the draw, be sure the car is bought from a dealer CERTIFIED so you now the car passed their inspection & u r good for 2 years warranty coverage at least on the major components. Also check the service history. If it’s had lots of issues, back off. Good luck!

  115. #115 Kamiel says:

    Hi there,

    Please could you urgently help me with advice on what to do!! I have a 2007 335i with 98 000kms on the clock. I recently traded the car in for the new 320d F30 and on the day of delivery BMW tells me that my car has a fault logged as 2A87 which is a VANOS fault. From research on the net it seems this is yet another common fault on the N54 engine. BMW wants to hold me responsible for this yet the day I drove the car in it was 100% fine. Apparently the key reveals that this fault came up prior to my trade in yet I serviced it one week before. They are quoting me R 35 000 to repair and have changed the entire deal on my new car despite signing the order and the deal.

    Is there a recall warranty covering the Vanos problem?

  116. #116 LemonLaw says:

    @Karmeil: Not that I know of. You will have to reach out to BMW corporate.

  117. #117 Luz says:

    I also have a 2007 335I. I had so many problems with the tires that I had to replace them. Also las year Novembe 2012 I had a problem with the fuel pump and the dealer replaced it do to a recall. In January of this year 2013 the car started smoking and last month, May the car died on me. I towed the car to the mechanic shop and besides that the battery needs to be replaced, also he said that the water pump needs to be replace and all that cost me $1,200. Two weeks ago the car started smoking again. I love my car, but I’m really getting sick and tired. Can anyone tell me what it could be happening? My car is only 52K miles

  118. #118 Rai says:

    Luz,
    I also have 2008 335I Conv that has had very similar problems. Water Pump($1200) 6 fuel injectors replaced ($3,000) and car only has 40,000 miles on it. Your recent problem sounds like the fuel injectors but I believe your car would have stopped running like mine did. I bought car 2 years ago while it only had 24K miles. Biggest car buying mistake ever made. It was under warranty for first 7 months I had car. I had no problems. When it went out of warranty, BAM! Can not wait to get rid of car!!!!

  119. #119 Mike says:

    8/23/13 Please contact me. I’ve had two HPFP replacements, two “software” upgrades and two separate injector repairs, one repairing three, another repairing a whole bank. Performance (turbo lag) has decreased, as well as fuel economy. All told, 5 or 6 six engine warnings of reduced performance, including one on a major interstate in the winter going 60 mph. I am located in NJ and want to discuss options.
    What a shame for such a great looking and what should be high performing car. Will never purchase another BMW as a result of their incessant denials of the true nature of the problem, and their unwillingness to make the owners of the vehicles whole.

  120. #120 LemonLaw says:

    @Mike–I sent you an email with a link to http://www.lemonlaw.com/rid.html. Please fill this out.

  121. #121 Ryan says:

    I have a 07 335xi with 77,500 miles on it. I had my engine light come on so I took it to a shop and put it on machine and it had the code for turbo problems. So I took into BMW dealer where I bought it and they are trying to tell me that I have a cracked block in engine and turbos could be messed up and it would cost $22,000 for new engine and repairs!!! I’ve never had the car overheat and engine light came on once so how can engine be ruined. They ask me to trade it in for another BMW. Do I have any rights to see if they will actually fix my car?? I’ve had turbos & fuel pump fixed while under warranty. I live in oregon thanks

  122. #122 caroline says:

    please help. i am lost with all the technical talk. my mechanic suspects it’s the high pressure fuel pump, under the recall. however after towing it to the dealer, they refuse to fix it, stating it’s the fuel injector. towed it back to my mechanic, they fixed it, however, my car is still having problems (check engine light on and other things). my mechanic thinks the dealer will only fix the high pressure pump until it breaks in their face. i though if there is a recall, they are obligated to fix it. i was thinking of contacting bmw national hotline and the better business bureau. thanks, caroline, san francisco, owner of 2008 335i

  123. #123 Carina says:

    I have 335XI 2010, 52k and I already changed all 3 pumps, Water pump, Oil Pump and fuel pump, and Im under if I have to change my fuel pump again becouse my car just started shaking alot. I got a few times Check engine soon light but is desapearing alot, reapears the next day for a few hours. I went to BMW Dealer to diagnost the check engine soon lite that was not on at the time, and the diagnosting said it was empty gas tank, I had a litle bit more then 1 quarter of a tank.
    Please advice me what I should do in this case.

  124. #124 LemonLaw says:

    @Carina: it’s time to look into your rights. You may have a claim under the Federal Magnuson Moss Warranty Act, which you can read about by clicking here.

  125. #125 Barry says:

    I just purchased a 2014 BMW m235i with 4000 miles on it and I’m already experiencing a fuel pump failure I’m wondering if this car is going to also be a problem

  126. #126 RENE says:

    A guy here is selling his 2007 335i, with Lemon title, :/ He buy the car just a few weeks ago to resell. So, he don’t know why the Lemon title, but I think is the same HPFP problem. I’m not sure, He wants 11k sounds good, but the big problem about HPFP seems like a BIG problem :/ car doesn’t have warranty.

  127. #127 S. Kish says:

    My ’07 335ci finally had developed some problems at 55K miles. Water pump failed and put me in limp mode. At dealer they found an oil leak in the engine. After repairs car ran okay. Same day I got it out of the shop, started the car up and it started shaking violently. Had it towed to shop. Turned out to be a bad injector. Unfortunately that injector is no longer available. Since they all need to match in flow rates, I needed all 6 replaced. Fortunately I have a great extended warranty. I only paid $200 as my deductible for the 2 visits to the BMW shop. Had to fight with the warranty company to replace all six injectors, but they were good about it at the end of the battle. I have 17 months left on the warranty and will sell or trade the car at that point. I’d never never buy another BMW. I’ve owned them since 1974 (2002tii). I still have a 2009 Z4 N54 with low miles. I have an extended warranty on that car too. Next car won’t be German . A car should be fun& reliable, not an ongoing nightmare.

  128. #128 Kaman Pow says:

    I have a 07 335xi replaced my HPFP in the past and replaced 3 injectors (from warranty in 2011 33,595 km), and just recently replaced cylinder 5 two times in the past, once was 2 weeks ago. Now engine light comes up again and BMW says:

    Performed FCS. Connected battery charger. Misfire cylinder 5. RE&RE splash shields and heater bulkhead. Removed intake ducting. Performed injector test. Vehicle must cool down. performed rapid cool down procedure as described in testplan. Installed cooling process. All injectors defective as per test. Inj 1-6 require replacement. Reccommend inspecting valves for coking possible carbon cleaning required.

    What can I do?

  129. #129 Carina says:

    I had the same issue # 128 Kaman Pow, in fact i have replaced all 3 PUMPS, oil, water and fuel PUMPs. Then when i diagnose my car at the BMW dealer in Monterey CA, they said is the 2nd injector is not working property, in fact the problem that i had was Head Gasket Cover war cracked (whited shit) i only have 54k in it, on 335XI 2010.

  130. #130 S. Kish says:

    If cylinder 5 misfired after replacement 2 weeks ago, that should & covered by you BMW dealer as it was a recent repair & should be guaranteed for 6 months. How all injectors went bad at the same time is unfathomable! Did the car drive? If the injectors were all bad the car wouldn’t run and would shake violently. Sounds like a tremendous coincidence or the dealer is lying & wants to rip u off. I just got a walnut shell treatment which is routine maintenance on my ’07 335ci. US gas has ethanol which cases carbon buildup, but u seem to be European so u use 100% gas, much better on the cylinders. Being an ’07 a walnut shell cleaning makes sense. I don’t get the injectors all going bad at the exact same time. I’d bring it to another dealer after this dealer fixes cylinder 5 and it should cost you nothing. I’d never own my ’07 335 w/o an extended warranty. I’ve already have repairs over double what I paid 4 the warranty. I had 1 bad injector and that was a 55,000 miles! My water pump went, so did my seat belt holder and I had an oil leak. All recent. Sorry 4 your bad luck!

  131. #131 S. Kish says:

    If it’s the head gasket & you are out of warranty it’s your problem unfortunately. Like I keep saying it’s costly to own a 335 out of warranty w/o a good extended warranty. I couldn’t sleep at night w/o one. Mine has paid 4 itself many time plus. My starter is acting up suddenly. Often car won’t start w/o several tries. If bad and needs replacement, it will cost me $100 deductable. I can live with that. When u say u only have 54K miles, that is after the 50K warranty, except if a CPO. If you have a CPO its on BMW less your deductible. The fuel pump should have been changed at no cost. They have a 10 year 120K warranty thanks to 60 Mins. exposed the problem to the world! You have 8 years 80K on the wastegates.Good luck!


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