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fairly significant
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
10,500 miles

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2002 BMW 525 seat belts / air bags problems

seat belts / air bags problem

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2002 BMW 525 Owner Comments

problem #2

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

problem #1

May 052003


  • miles
Took my 2002 BMW 525I to have its driver side rails replaced to BMW of peoria in Illinois about 2 weeks ago. About 1 week later (around May 5) at a stop light a large allen type bolt fell and rolled to my feet. This bolt was to my lap seat belt which I was now holding in my hand! the bolt was never tightened properly and I had been driving like this for around 1 week assuming my seat belt would work when needed. BMW of peoria was informed of this the same day, it was fixed by the next day. I wrote to BMW-usa about this issue and the response was very low key. Mostly that they apologize for the inconvenience and to talk with my service manager to get this issue fixed. I don't think they even read the letter which mentioned reminding BMW service of proper work. Just writing in hopes that no one else runs into this life threatening situation.

- Dunlap, IL, USA

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