Huge win for car owners! All TSBs to be made public. The Center for Auto Safety just made the NHTSA (US Government) make public the full text of all TSBs from now on. They are the same organization that has petitioned the NHTSA & filed lawsuits to protect car owners over exploding gas tanks & other major safety issues. Whenever you drive in your car, you are safer thanks in part to a lot of work over the years by this small but very effective consumer advocacy group.

Please take a moment & say thank you by donating $5 or whatever you can to the Center for Auto Safety.


really awful
Typical Repair Cost:
No data
Average Mileage:
45,223 miles
Total Complaints:
1 complaints

Most Common Solutions:

  1. not sure (1 reports)
2003 BMW 525 engine problems

engine problem

Find something helpful? Spread the word.
Get notified about new defects, investigations, recalls & lawsuits for the 2003 BMW 525:

Unsubscribe any time. We don't sell/share your email.

2003 BMW 525 Owner Comments

problem #1

Mar 052011

525 iT 2.5L Dohc 24 valve 6 Cyli

  • Automatic transmission
  • 45,223 miles


I have 525i 2003 BMW(45223 miles) purchased new from IRVINE BMW 2003 . It has started leaking engine oil so I took it to Shelly BMW to check. Shelly BMW said 1) FILTER HOUSING GASKET 2) OIL PAN GASKET 3)VALVE COVER GASKET ARE leaking and it'll cost $2296.30+Labor and Tax. I paid $136.00 for diagnosis fee.. I asked the technician who checked my car, How is it possible 3 different gaskets go bad at the same time? He said it is not normal but it happened on some BMW model as well. It clearly indicated that this car has Manufacturing defect after all. So I called BMW NORTH AMERICA report my problem to Miss Kelly. She said she needed time to check my case with SHELLY BMW.TO FIND. After more than a week later she called me and said there is nothing she can do for my car. I asked her if you think this is normal problem for a car like BMW 525I? She said she doesn't know.I asked her if you have any Technical people or Department I can talk to? She said NO. I was really disappointed to North America BMW the way they treat the Customer.I really don't know how to solve this problem. I need your help!!

- , Buena Park, CA, USA

Not what you are looking for?