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.

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hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
88,450 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.

So how do you find out what problems are occurring? For this NHTSA complaint data, the only way is to read through the comments below. Any duplicates or errors? It's not us.

2004 BMW 525 electrical problems

electrical problem

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2004 BMW 525 Owner Comments

problem #2

Nov 182011

525 6-cyl

  • 175,200 miles


Went to start car after a 5 minute drive. Steering wheel locked, no sound, ignition not working. Had to have car towed. BMW is saying it needs a new steering column, ignition switch, to the tune of $3300! the car is a 2004 BMW 525I. Sounds like this is a common problem.

- Indio, CA, USA

problem #1

Sep 172004

525 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 1,700 miles
Car had shut down on highway.

- Fullerton, CA, USA

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