BMW 2006 Problems With Steering Lock


Since its founding in 1916, the German manufacturer BMW has been a leader in producing luxury automobiles and motorcycles. Despite being a force in automotive industry for nearly a century, BMW is not exempt from problems. In particular, several 2006 BMW 3 Series models suffer from various steering lock issues.

Steering Lock

  • Although modern vehicles are equipped with electronic steering lock as an anti-theft device, a malfunction may have various consequences. Steering lock results in the inability to turn the wheel in either direction. The cause of steering lock is most likely a faulty steering column.

Warning Signs

  • Although steering lock may occur with little to no warning, Auto Recall For Consumers indicates that BMW drivers reported hearing a "grinding" noise leading up to the steering wheel locking. Additionally, other drivers reported that the ELV fault (wheel lock symbol) on the dash panel became illuminated preceding the incident.


  • Because your 2006 BMW is no longer covered under the original four-year warranty, you may incur repair costs unless your dealer deems otherwise. As of 2011, the costs to replace a 2006 BMW 325i steering column is estimated to be between $143 to $308 for parts, not including labor.

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