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really awful
Crashes / Fires:
3 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
3 / 0
Average Mileage:
58,250 miles

About These NHTSA Complaints:

This data is from the NHTSA — the US gov't agency tasked with vehicle safety. Complaints are spread across multiple & redundant categories, & are not organized by problem.

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2001 BMW 525 Owner Comments

problem #4

Jul 252013


  • 102,000 miles


The contact owns a 2001 BMW 525I. The contact stated that while entering a residential parking garage, the vehicle accelerated rapidly and abruptly as the accelerator pedal was lightly depressed. The contact crashed into a wall and the air bags deployed. The contact sustained a fractured jaw from the air bag striking her face. The vehicle was destroyed. A police report was not filed. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The failure mileage was 102,000. The VIN was unavailable.

- Kissimmee, FL, USA

problem #3

Oct 012003

525 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 40,000 miles
The contact owns a 2001 BMW 525I. The contact stated that the vehicle accelerated without warning when he shifted into drive. He had to shut off the vehicle in order for it to stop. The dealer was unable to diagnose the failure. As of October 31, 2007, the dealer had not repaired the vehicle. The failure mileage was 40,000 and current mileage was 70,000. Updated 11/15/07

- Grove City, PA, USA

problem #2

Apr 152007

525 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 50,000 miles
The contact owns a 2001 BMW 525. While driving, the contact heard a noise. The vehicle then suddenly lost control, veered to the right, and crashed into a channelizer barrel at highway speeds. Although, he struck the barrel head on the air bag failed to deploy. The current and failure mileages were 50,000.

- Glen Holland, VA, USA

problem #1

Apr 072004

525 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 41,000 miles
My BMW-525 ia year 2001.( VIN#wbadt 43481-gf-59688) on D/4/7/04 around 7.45 pm my wife pulled into the parking lot, all of a sudden the vehicle accelerated on its own at high speed & passed over the grass, shrubs and hit the cement wall. My wife & me were in the car. We both were injured, the car is damaged, both air bags deployed. I have complained to BMW about this also and would like NHTSA to see any such complaints made by any BMW car owners.

- Laplata, MD, USA

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