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1.9

hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 1
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
83,978 miles

About These NHTSA Complaints:

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2005 BMW 525 accessories - interior problems

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2005 BMW 525 Owner Comments

problem #5

Jan 042005

525 6-cyl

  • 16 miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

The first day I got my brand new 2005 BMW 525I was in December of 2004 and I was driving it and a emergency warning light came on telling me that something was wrong with the transmission, to pull over and have it towed to the nearest BMW dealership. I had to get my brand new car towed back to the dealership where they replaced the transmission. This was only the beginning of a cycle of events that never happened with my Honda Accord, Mercedes, Acura, Blazer or Saturn. My screen lights up like a christmas tree all the time with all kinds of strange warnings that unless you are an engineer might as well be in swahili. I have had a problem with the passenger restraint system failure light staying on and no one can figure that one out. I have had a flat tire light come on (it's on right now) when there is no flat tire. The wood paneling on the passenger's side above the glove compartment has 3 huge cracks that go all the way through it. My glove compartment won't open because the handle broke off. My sunroof cover flies back into the back of the top of the car and gets lost back there and there is no way to reach it. The lighter (which I need for a charger for my phone) malfunctions and the wooden panel cover disappeared into the interior component of the car as I watched helpless leaving a big ugly gaping hole. I am so careful with my car and can't believe this is what I got for $50,000. These are problems that a 1972 Volvo might deal with but my 2005 BMW? the repairs and service are outlandishly expensive and to have these problems is simply unacceptable. The front driver floor mat gets stuck under the pedals almost making me wreck! I'm embarrassed with how my brand new BMW has turned into a "ghetto" ride.

- Birmingham, AL, USA

problem #4

May 022014

525 6-cyl

  • 72,025 miles
2005 BMW 525I. Passenger seat air bag malfunction light illuminated. Took vehicle to independent mechanic for diagnosis. Conclusion from mechanic was that passenger air bag seat mat was broken per NHTSA action number EA08001. Took vehicle to irvine BMW for repair under extended seat mat warranty. Irvine BMW said that passenger seat mat did not cause malfunction. Repairs would cost $1,075. Repairs were declined because independent mechanic would charge $400. Irvine BMW charged a $170 diagnosis fee.

- Laguna Hills, CA, USA

problem #3

Feb 222014

525 6-cyl

  • 90,000 miles
A passenger entered my car and sat in the front passenger seat. Approximately 30 seconds later, a warning came up on my dashboard about a passenger restraint malfunction. The seatbelt signal and airbag signal remained illuminated on my dashboard thereafter...each time I drive my vehicle. I read an online notice from 2008 saying that BMW issued a recall for this issue, however, upon entering my VIN number on their website, they said there are no known recalls for my vehicle.

- Laurel, MD, USA

problem #2

Nov 012012

525

  • 157,000 miles
The contact owns a 2005 BMW 525I. The contact stated that the driver seat heating system failed. The contact smelled smoke while the heating system was activated. The vehicle was taken to the dealer. The failure was located at the back rest heating system. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer advised that the vehicle was not included in NHTSA campaign id number: 04V575000 (seats: Front assembly: Seat heater/cooler). The approximate failure mileage was 157,000 and the current mileage was 158,000.

- Litonia , MI, USA

problem #1

Apr 172010

525

  • 100,850 miles
The contact owns a 2005 BMW 525I. While in the idle position, the contact noticed that the electric seat was not functioning properly. He called the dealer and was advised that he would be responsible for repair expenses. The vehicle had not been repaired at the time of the complaint. The VIN was unavailable at the time of the complaint. The current mileage was approximately 101,000. The failure mileage was approximately 100,850.

- Washington, DC, USA

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