2003 BMW M3

These recalls apply to the make, model, and year of your car – and should be fixed as soon as possible.

5 Recalls for 2003 BMW M3

Recall Date Component Summary
January 15, 2020 AIR BAGS:FRONTAL:PASSENGER SIDE:INFLATOR MODULE

BMW of North America, LLC (BMW) is recalling certain 2000-2005 323iT, 325iT, 325xiT, 320i, 323i, 325i, 325xi, 328i, 330i and 330xi and 2000-2006 323Ci, 325Ci, 328Ci, 330Ci, M3 Coupe, 323Cic, 325Cic, 330Cic, and M3 Convertible vehicles equipped with non-desiccated frontal Takata PSAN inflators and PSPI passenger frontal air bag inflators containing phase stabilized ammonium nitrate (PSAN) propellant that were used as interim remedy parts for previous Takata recalls. These inflators may explode due to propellant degradation occurring after long-term exposure to high absolute humidity, high temperatures, and high temperature cycling.

Remedy:

BMW will notify owners, and dealers will replace the passenger’s front air bag, free of charge. The recall began February 13, 2020. Owners may contact BMW customer service at 1-800-525-7417.

May 28, 2015 AIR BAGS:FRONTAL:DRIVER SIDE:INFLATOR MODULE

BMW of North America, LLC (BMW) is recalling certain model year 2002-2005 325i, 325xi, 330i, and 330xi Sedans, and 325xi and 325i Sportswagons, 2002-2006 330Ci, 325Ci, and M3 Convertibles and 325i, 330i, and M3 Coupes, 2002-2003 M5, 540i, 525i Sedan, and 530i Sedans, and 540i and 525i Sportswagons, and 2003 X5 3.0i and 4.4i Sports Activity Vehicles. Please note that the 5-series and X5 vehicles are only included if they are equipped with the optional sports steering wheel. The affected vehicles are equipped with a dual-stage driver frontal air bag that may be susceptible to moisture intrusion which, over time, could cause the inflator to rupture.

Remedy:

BMW will notify owners, and dealers will replace the front driver air bag module, free of charge. The recall began Aug 2016. Owners may contact BMW customer service at 1-800-525-7417. Note: This recall supersedes recall 14V-348 in its entirety. Additionally, vehicles that have had their driver side frontal air bag replaced previously as part of a recall remedy need to have their air bag replaced under this recall as well. Note: On December 17, 2015 BMW removed the model year 2004 X5 3.0i and 4.4i Sports Activity vehicle from this recall. Those vehicles were mistakenly identified as including the air bags that are subject to this recall.

July 16, 2014 AIR BAGS

BMW of North America, LLC (BMW) is recalling certain model year 2000 323i sedans, coupes, convertibles, and Sports Wagons; 2000 328i sedans and coupes; 2001-2005 325i sedans, coupes, convertibles, and Sport Wagons; 2001-2005 325xi sedans and Sports Wagons; 2006 325i coupes and convertibles; 2001-2006 330i sedans, coupes, and convertibles; 2001-2005 330xi sedans; and 2001-2006 M3 coupes and convertibles to address a safety defect in the passenger side frontal air bag which may produce excessive internal pressure that could cause the air bag inflator to rupture upon deployment of the air bag.

Remedy:

BMW will notify owners, and dealers will replace the passenger side frontal air bag, free of charge. An interim notice was mailed to owners in September 2014. A second notice was mailed when an adequate supply of parts became available, on December 1, 2014. Owners may contact BMW customer service at 1-800-525-7417 or email BMW at [email protected]

May 3, 2013 AIR BAGS

BMW is recalling certain model year 2002-2003 325i, 325xi, 330i, 330xi sedans; 325Ci and 330Ci coupes and convertibles; 325iT and 325xiT Sports Wagons; and M3 coupes and convertibles to address a safety defect in the passenger side frontal air bag which may produce excessive internal pressure causing the inflator to rupture upon deployment of the air bag.

Remedy:

BMW intends to issue initial notifications to owners informing them of the safety defect in June 2013. Once replacement parts are available, estimated for July, BMW will notify owners again to contact their dealers and schedule a replacement of the passenger air bag, free of charge. Owners may contact BMW customer service at 1-800-525-7417 or email BMW at [email protected]

April 29, 2003 VISIBILITY:POWER WINDOW DEVICES AND CONTROLS

ON CERTAIN PASSENGER VEHICLES, THE WINDOW LIFTING ANTI-PINCHING DEVICE MIGHT NOT FUNCTION PROPERLY.

Remedy:

DEALERS WILL INSPECT, AND IF NECESSARY, REPLACE THE ELECTRONIC CONTROL UNIT FOR THE WINDOW LIFTING ANTI-PINCHING DEVICE. OWNER NOTIFICATION BEGAN MAY 27, 2003. OWNERS WHO TAKE THEIR VEHICLES TO AN AUTHORIZED DEALER ON AN AGREED UPON SERVICE DATE AND DO NOT RECEIVE THE FREE REMEDY WITHIN A REASONABLE TIME SHOULD CONTACT BMW AT 1-800-831-1117.

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53 Complaints submitted to NHTSA for 2003 BMW M3

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Date Component  
EXTERIOR LIGHTING | FUEL SYSTEM, GASOLINE:FUEL INJECTION SYSTEM:INJECTORS
ODI Number: 10220628
AIR BAGS
ODI Number: 10908057
AIR BAGS
ODI Number: 10899136
AIR BAGS
ODI Number: 10895257
AIR BAGS
ODI Number: 10926411
ELECTRICAL SYSTEM | ENGINE
ODI Number: 11246068
AIR BAGS
ODI Number: 11268883
POWER TRAIN
ODI Number: 11204872
POWER TRAIN
ODI Number: 11210163
STRUCTURE:BODY | SUSPENSION
ODI Number: 11143340
POWER TRAIN | SUSPENSION | UNKNOWN OR OTHER
ODI Number: 11032048
AIR BAGS
ODI Number: 11018813
AIR BAGS
ODI Number: 10883393
AIR BAGS
ODI Number: 10861637
AIR BAGS
ODI Number: 10862469
AIR BAGS
ODI Number: 10850732
ELECTRICAL SYSTEM | STRUCTURE:BODY | UNKNOWN OR OTHER
ODI Number: 10745533
AIR BAGS
ODI Number: 10649507
POWER TRAIN
ODI Number: 10604983
ENGINE
ODI Number: 10604982
EXTERIOR LIGHTING | EXTERIOR LIGHTING
ODI Number: 10515262
AIR BAGS | EXTERIOR LIGHTING | SEAT BELTS
ODI Number: 10475478
ENGINE | POWER TRAIN | VEHICLE SPEED CONTROL
ODI Number: 10471564
STRUCTURE:FRAME AND MEMBERS:UNDERBODY SHIELDS | SUSPENSION
ODI Number: 10453234
STRUCTURE:BODY | VISIBILITY:REARVIEW MIRRORS/DEVICES
ODI Number: 10446084
SUSPENSION:REAR
ODI Number: 10420988
POWER TRAIN:MANUAL TRANSMISSION
ODI Number: 10408587
UNKNOWN OR OTHER | UNKNOWN OR OTHER | UNKNOWN OR OTHER
ODI Number: 10409716
POWER TRAIN:AUTOMATIC TRANSMISSION
ODI Number: 10407049
POWER TRAIN:AUTOMATIC TRANSMISSION
ODI Number: 10403886
POWER TRAIN:AUTOMATIC TRANSMISSION
ODI Number: 10404438
SUSPENSION
ODI Number: 10394529
WHEELS
ODI Number: 10378213
LATCHES/LOCKS/LINKAGES:DOORS:LATCH
ODI Number: 10313885
VISIBILITY:REARVIEW MIRRORS/DEVICES
ODI Number: 10274172
VISIBILITY
ODI Number: 10272365
VISIBILITY:REARVIEW MIRRORS/DEVICES:INTERIOR
ODI Number: 10273265
AIR BAGS:FRONTAL
ODI Number: 10266257
EXTERIOR LIGHTING | FUEL SYSTEM, GASOLINE:FUEL INJECTION SYSTEM:INJECTORS
ODI Number: 10220628
TIRES | TIRES:PRESSURE MONITORING AND REGULATING SYSTEMS
ODI Number: 10147653
POWER TRAIN:MANUAL TRANSMISSION
ODI Number: 10142026
POWER TRAIN:MANUAL TRANSMISSION
ODI Number: 10136186
POWER TRAIN:MANUAL TRANSMISSION
ODI Number: 10105574
ELECTRICAL SYSTEM
ODI Number: 10098713
ENGINE AND ENGINE COOLING
ODI Number: 10095288
ENGINE AND ENGINE COOLING:ENGINE
ODI Number: 10087533
ELECTRICAL SYSTEM:WIRING: REAR COMPARTMENT/TRUNK | LATCHES/LOCKS/LINKAGES:TRUNK LID:LOCK
ODI Number: 10086688
STEERING:COLUMN LOCKING:ANTI-THEFT DEVICE
ODI Number: 10081574
FUEL SYSTEM, OTHER:STORAGE:FUEL GAUGE SYSTEM
ODI Number: 10058376
STRUCTURE:FRAME AND MEMBERS:UNDERBODY SHIELDS
ODI Number: 10030443
POWER TRAIN:CLUTCH ASSEMBLY
ODI Number: 10028346
AIR BAGS
ODI Number: 10021313
POWER TRAIN:MANUAL TRANSMISSION
ODI Number: 8024148
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9 Investigations for 2003 BMW M3

Date Opened Date Closed Component  
EXTERIOR LIGHTING:TURN SIGNAL
EXTERIOR LIGHTING:BRAKE LIGHTS
EXTERIOR LIGHTING:TAIL LIGHTS
EXTERIOR LIGHTING
EXTERIOR LIGHTING:TURN SIGNAL
EXTERIOR LIGHTING:BRAKE LIGHTS
EXTERIOR LIGHTING:BACK UP LIGHTS
EXTERIOR LIGHTING
EXTERIOR LIGHTING:TAIL LIGHTS
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25 Service Alerts for 2003 BMW M3

Date Description
April 1, 2021 011000 STEERING: STEERING WHEEL/HANDLE BAR

Diagnosis of Compound Brake System Complaints in M Vehicles: 1. Visible cracks are caused by high thermal stresses during rapid heating and cooling of the brake discs. Braking from high speed with cold brake components (less than 212 degree

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April 1, 2021 045000 SERVICE BRAKES, AIR:DISC

Diagnosis of Compound Brake System Complaints in M Vehicles: 1. Visible cracks are caused by high thermal stresses during rapid heating and cooling of the brake discs. Braking from high speed with cold brake components (less than 212 degree

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November 1, 2020 141000 AIR BAGS:FRONTAL

SERVICE ACTION – HEAD AIR BAG HOLDER RETROFIT: A rattle noise may develop from the head air bag (ITS) gas generator contacting adjacent component. This noise can be heard while driving on an uneven roadway.

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November 1, 2020 350000 EQUIPMENT

SERVICE ACTION – HEAD AIR BAG HOLDER RETROFIT: A rattle noise may develop from the head air bag (ITS) gas generator contacting adjacent component. This noise can be heard while driving on an uneven roadway.

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November 1, 2020 356000 EQUIPMENT ADAPTIVE/MOBILITY

SERVICE ACTION – HEAD AIR BAG HOLDER RETROFIT: A rattle noise may develop from the head air bag (ITS) gas generator contacting adjacent component. This noise can be heard while driving on an uneven roadway.

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April 1, 2019 140000 AIR BAGS

TAKATA AIR BAG RECALL-RELATED SHORT-TERM ALTERNATE TRANSPORTATION AND CONSEQUENTIAL REPAIRS This Service Information bulletin supersedes SI B01 31 18 dated October 2018.

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April 1, 2019 140000 AIR BAGS

TAKATA AIR BAG RECALL-RELATED SHORT-TERM ALTERNATE TRANSPORTATION AND CONSEQUENTIAL REPAIRS This Service Information bulletin supersedes SI B01 31 18 dated October 2018.

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February 1, 2018 140000 AIR BAGS

In an effort to improve the completion rate on Takata air bag recall affected vehicles; BMW NA has expanded the BMW Ultimate Rewards platform to include a new Recall Support page. This page will allow IRFs to check their customers VINs for

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January 1, 2019 140000 AIR BAGS

TAKATA CLASS ACTION SETTLEMENT. CUSTOMER SUPPORT PROGRAM. FRONT DRIVER SIDE AIRBAG MODULES.

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January 1, 2019 140100 AIR BAGS: AIR BAG/RESTRAINT CONTROL MODULE

TAKATA CLASS ACTION SETTLEMENT. CUSTOMER SUPPORT PROGRAM. FRONT DRIVER SIDE AIRBAG MODULES.

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June 1, 2014 140000 AIR BAGS

Special Technical Campaign. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has urged vehicle manufacturers to conduct an investigation into air bags which may not deploy correctly. BMW is cooperating with this request. Takata is

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December 1, 2014 030000 SERVICE BRAKES, HYDRAULIC

Diagnosis of Compound Brake System Complaints in M Vehicles. INFORMATION 1. Visible cracks are caused by high thermal stresses during rapid heating and cooling of the brake discs. Braking from high speed with cold brake components (less tha

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September 1, 2015 030000 SERVICE BRAKES, HYDRAULIC

Diagnosis of Compound Brake System Complaints in M Vehicles This Service Information bulletin supersedes SI 34 04 14 dated December 2014. Designates changes to the bulletin. INFORMATION 1.Visible cracks are caused by high thermal stresses d

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September 1, 2015 034500 SERVICE BRAKES, HYDRAULIC:FOUNDATION COMPONENTS:DISC

Diagnosis of Compound Brake System Complaints in M Vehicles This Service Information bulletin supersedes SI 34 04 14 dated December 2014. Designates changes to the bulletin. INFORMATION 1.Visible cracks are caused by high thermal stresses d

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July 1, 2018 030000 BRAKES (PWS)

Diagnosis of Compound Brake System Complaints in M Vehicles:

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July 1, 2011 022520 SUSPENSION:REAR:AXLE:NON-POWERED AXLE ASSEMBLY

BMW: A GRINDING NOISE IS COMING FROM THE DIFFERENTIAL DURING SLOW CORNERING. WHEN TURNING A SLIP/STICK EFFECT IS CREATED ON THE LINING AND STEEL DISCS INCORPORATED IN THE DIFFERENTIAL CLUTCH CAUSES A GRINDING NOISE. *RM

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February 1, 2006 110000 ELECTRICAL SYSTEM

BREMI IGNITION COIL REPLACEMENT ON S54 ENGINE. THIS SERVICE BULLETIN SUPERSEDES SI120803 DATED MAY 2004. *EH *SC

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June 1, 2003 110000 ELECTRICAL SYSTEM

SERVICE ACTION TO INSTALL PARKING AID WIRE WHEN THE PASSENGER’S EXTERIOR MIRROR WILL NOT TILT DOWN WHEN REVERSE GEAR IS SELECTED. *TT

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August 1, 2009 060000 ENGINE AND ENGINE COOLING

BMW: THERMOSTAT HOUSING INSPECTION. THE RETAINING SPRINGS OF THE THERMOSTAT HOUSING QUICK RELEASE COUPLINGS FOR THE COOLANT HOSES MAY NOT BE LOCKED CORRECTLY. THIS SITUATION MAY RESULT IN A COOLANT LEAK. MODELS AFFECTED ARE M3 SEDAN (E

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August 1, 2009 062300 ENGINE AND ENGINE COOLING:COOLING SYSTEM:HOSES/LINES/PIPING/FITTINGS

BMW: THERMOSTAT HOUSING INSPECTION. THE RETAINING SPRINGS OF THE THERMOSTAT HOUSING QUICK RELEASE COUPLINGS FOR THE COOLANT HOSES MAY NOT BE LOCKED CORRECTLY. THIS SITUATION MAY RESULT IN A COOLANT LEAK. MODELS AFFECTED ARE M3 SEDAN (E

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August 1, 2010 120000 EXTERIOR LIGHTING

BMW: PROCEDURE FOR DETERMINING AND REPLACING INCANDESCENT AND HALOGEN LIGHT BULBS UNDER WARRANTY. *RM

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December 1, 2009 072100 FUEL SYSTEM, GASOLINE:DELIVERY:FUEL PUMP

BMW VEHICLES: FUEL LEVEL SENSOR REPAIRS. WHERE IT IS NECESSARY TO REPLACE THE RIGHT OR THE LEFT SIDE FUEL LEVEL SENSOR DUE TO A FAILURE, THE ENTIRE PUMP AND HOUSING OR DELIVERY UNIT (SUCTION JET ASSEMBLY) DO NOT NEED TO BE REPLACED AS WEL

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April 1, 2009 063100 ENGINE AND ENGINE COOLING:EXHAUST SYSTEM:EMISSION CONTROL

BMW: AS ORIGINALLY INSTALLED, THE DME PROGRAMMING MAY CAUSE THE OBD DIAGNOSTIC TO ERRONEOUSLY EVALUATE THE EFFICIENCY OF THE CATALYTIC CONVERTERS. MODEL E46 (M3) COUPE AND CONVERTIBLES. *PE

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April 1, 2009 063140 ENGINE AND ENGINE COOLING:EXHAUST SYSTEM:EMISSION CONTROL:CATALYTIC CONVERTOR

BMW: AS ORIGINALLY INSTALLED, THE DME PROGRAMMING MAY CAUSE THE OBD DIAGNOSTIC TO ERRONEOUSLY EVALUATE THE EFFICIENCY OF THE CATALYTIC CONVERTERS. MODEL E46 (M3) COUPE AND CONVERTIBLES. *PE

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December 1, 2014 030000 BRAKES (PWS)

BMW: RUNNING NOISES HEARD WHEN BRAKES ARE APPLIED, WITH HIGH BRAKE LOADS; THROUGH WHEEL OPENING, VISIBLE CRACKS CAN BE SEEN IN BRAKE DISCS AND STEERING WHEEL TORSIONAL VIBRATES WHEN APPLYING BRAKES. *PE

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