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hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
95,000 miles

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2002 BMW 525 electrical problems

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2002 BMW 525 Owner Comments

problem #4

Sep 282011

525 6-cyl

  • 187,000 miles


I and numerous others have had problems with the instrument cluster pixel on the BMW 525I vehicles, which makes it extremely difficult to read whether you have a engine concerns or worse if the engine is overheating, etc. This could be potentially hazardous and the manufacturer is well aware of the problem, and they have even repaired a few bmws at no charge. However, when I notified the company of my complaint, they advised me that they would cover 25% of the parts and labor, and leave me to pay the remaining $452. As I mentioned earlier, this is a huge problem and the vehicles should be recalled. To see additional complaints from other BMW owners, please go to

- Cedar Hill, TX, USA

problem #3

Dec 302010

525 6-cyl

  • 124,000 miles
The battery warning light fails to illuminate when the car's alternator fails. At idle a voltmeter read 11.5V. With the car off the reading was 12.2V. Even if my meter is inaccurate a running car should produce a higher reading than a battery in a non-running car if the alternator is working. I removed the battery from the car and attached it to a "smart" charger. The charger started out reading "lo." My charger reads "lo" when the charge is less than 50% or so, and above that reports estimated charge in increments of 10%.

- St. Louis, MO, USA

problem #2

Jul 162007


  • 48,000 miles
The contact owns a 2002 BMW 525I. The driver's seat controls make a squeaking noise when moving the seat. The vehicle was taken to the dealer, but the failure was not repaired. The dealer stated that there was something in the seat track, which caused the noise. When the contact locks the vehicle, the alarm sounds, but the horn would not. The failure caused the battery to fail when this occurred overnight. The vehicle was taken to the dealer and they replaced the sensor; however, the failure persisted. In addition, the keys do not lock or unlock the driver's side door. The contact was informed that he needed a new module, which has not yet arrived. The failure mileage was 48,000.

- Columbia, SC, USA

problem #1

Jun 192003


  • 21,000 miles
While driving and without warning the consumer had to drive a certain speed in order for the ajar indicator light or the alarm sound to come on, to let the consumer know the door or trunk was open. There was also no warning chime to let the driver know that occupants in the vehicle released the seat belts. After the vehicle was placed in drive, it would take about two vehicle lengths before the gong sounds, the fuel sending unit was inoperative and caused the vehicle to stall, at the time the vehicle showed a half a tank, there was a loud popping that had come from the center of the vehicle, the vehicle jumped between gear(1st to 2nd gear and would jerk), the remote key wouldn't work, the left rear seat belt would not extend, the vehicle would crank but wouldn't start, the vehicle alarm was too sensitive, and the right rear door's full shade did not retract. The fuse in the glove box was loose.

- Huntington Beach, CA, USA

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