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hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 1
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
86,990 miles

About These NHTSA Complaints:

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2001 BMW 525 engine problems

engine problem

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2001 BMW 525 Owner Comments

problem #1

Apr 092013


  • 86,990 miles


The contact owns a 2001 BMW 525I. The contact stated that while driving approximately 25 mph, she smelled a burning odor emitting from the radiator. The temperature gauge began to read extremely hot with the illumination of the engine warning indicator. Also, light gray smoke emitted from the exhaust pipe. The vehicle was maneuvered to the side of the road and then towed to an authorized dealer. The contact referenced NHTSA campaign id number 02V138000 (engine and engine cooling) and 01V206000 (engine and engine cooling) but was advised that the VIN was not included in either recall. The repairs performed on the vehicle consisted of the replacement of the water pump, valve cover gasket and the coolant pipe. In addition, the auxiliary fan was replaced. The manufacturer was notified of the problem. The approximate failure mileage was 86,990.

- Fresno, CA, USA

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