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really awful
Crashes / Fires:
1 / 1
Injuries / Deaths:
2 / 0
Average Mileage:
76,485 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 seat belts / air bags problems

seat belts / air bags problem

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2004 BMW 525 Owner Comments (Page 3 of 3)

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problem #8

Jan 192009


  • 85,000 miles


Passenger restraint malfunction illuminated on the dash. It indicates that the seat belt lock and/or airbags may not work in an event of an accident. When I called BMW, they told me that my car is not covered under this recall and it will depend on my local dealership if I will have to pay for the repair.

- Staten Island, NY, USA

problem #7

Dec 022008

525 6-cyl

  • 55,000 miles
The contact owns a 2004 BMW 5 series. The contact stated that the front passenger's side air bag sensor was defective. The air bag warning indicator displayed "passenger air bag system failure." The dealer stated that the cost to repair the failure would exceed $1,400. The failure and current mileages were less than 55,000. Updated 01/07/09. Updated 01/08/09.

- Fairfield, IL, USA

problem #6

Oct 182004


  • 35,600 miles
Airbag and seat belt restraint icons remain on vehicle display when seat belts are engaged/fastened.

- Hesperia, CA, USA

problem #5

Nov 122008


  • 54,000 miles


The contact owns a 2004 BMW 5 series. The contact noticed a burning smell and felt something burning her leg. She sustained burns to her thigh and buttocks area due to the seat warmer. The manufacturer was unable to assist. The contact was able to locate NHTSA campaign id number 08V384000 (air bags:frontal) for the same year, make, and model vehicle. She also stated that the passenger side air bag was inoperable. The manufacturer advised her to expect a recall on the air bag; however, without a recall, they could not assist. The manufacturer stated that there were no open recalls based on her VIN, but NHTSA campaign id number 04V575000 (seats:front assembly:seat heater/cooler) was referenced. The failure and current mileages were less than 54,000.

- Dumfries, VA, USA

problem #4

Aug 252005

525 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 23,281 miles
2004 BMW 530 I. the consumer complained about several electrical problems, such as air bag warning light coming on/windows rolling down and then malfunctioning/trunk opening, and halo lights staying on. The onstar or sos systems was not working. Took the vehicle to the dealership. The manufacturer considered this vehicle a lemon. The dealership and manufacturer were not complying with the lemon law. This process was to buy back the vehicle. They were taking too long to resolve this matter.

- Ladera Ranch, CA, USA

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problem #3

Feb 012004


  • miles
BMW 5 2004: When the passenger seat is vacant a warning message (that the passenger airbag is off) is continuously displayed at eye level in the roof console. This is very distracting, especially when driving at night. The message should only come on when the passenger seat is occupied and the airbag is not functioning.

- Morristown, NJ, USA

problem #2

May 182004


  • miles
Faulty air bag system. The passenger restraint light illuminated on the dash. The consumer contacted the dealer who indicated that the first available appointment wa a month from that date.

- Fayetteville, NY, USA

problem #1

Mar 012004

525 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 6,000 miles
BMW 545I system failure 1. braking and dynamic-response 2. passenger restraint system.

- Wilmington, DE, USA

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