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hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
73,817 miles

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2005 BMW 525 seat belts / air bags problems

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2005 BMW 525 Owner Comments (Page 1 of 2)

problem #23

Sep 162016

525

  • 130,000 miles

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

The contact owns a 2005 BMW 525I. The contact stated that the vehicle decelerated independently while being operated at low speeds. The air bag warning indicator and service transmission warning indicator illuminated. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The failure mileage was approximately 130,000.

- Fort Worth, TX, USA

problem #22

Oct 112014

525

  • 115,712 miles
The contact owns a 2005 BMW 525I. The contact stated that while driving at an unknown speed, the fault in passenger restraint system displayed on the instrument panel. The vehicle was taken to the dealer where it was diagnosed that the front passenger side air bag sensor needed to be replaced. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was notified of the failure and stated that the VIN was not included in NHTSA campaign number: 08V384000 (air bags). The failure mileage was 115,712. Updated 04/22/16

- Summerfield, NC, USA

problem #21

Jun 012015

525

  • 120,000 miles
When the battery was changed in the car, the passenger restraint system failure light came on. The vehicle was not in motion, nor has it been in any kind of wreck. An airbag light and passenger restraint light is now on. BMW says it is not under recall.

- Leander, TX, USA

problem #20

Jan 042016

525

  • 94,400 miles

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

While driving with a passenger, the passenger warning sensor illuminated. An independent mechanic verified that the sensor is bad. I called BMW North America concerning the voluntary recall campaign #08V384000, but they said my specific VIN was not included in this recall that covered my model, manufacture date and this specific issue. The car has not been fixed. Failure mileage was at 94,400 miles.

- Long Beach, CA, USA

problem #19

Dec 082015

525

  • 140,000 miles
I own a 2005 BMW 525I. While driving at an unknown speed, the passenger side air bag and passenger side seat belt warning lights illuminated. The vehicle was taken to an independent mechanic, who diagnosed that the passenger side occupancy seat sensor needed to be replaced. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was notified of the failure which said it was not covered under a recall. The failure mileage was approximately 140,000.

- Grapevine, TX, USA

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problem #18

Feb 042015

525

  • 86,000 miles
The contact owns a 2005 BMW 525I. While driving at an unknown speed, the passenger side air bag and passenger side seat belt warning lights illuminated. The vehicle was taken to an independent mechanic, who diagnosed that the passenger side occupancy seat sensor needed to be replaced. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The failure mileage was 86,000.

- Fairfax, VA, USA

problem #17

Mar 182015

525 6-cyl

  • 29,500 miles

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

On the morning of 3/18/2015 at 8 am. I started the car and received a passenger restraint system warning on the display. The car was parked in the garage.

- Princeton, NJ, USA

problem #16

Mar 162015

525

  • 71,000 miles
The contact owns a 2005 BMW 5-series. The contact stated that the air bag and seat belt warning lights illuminated. The vehicle was taken to the dealer where it was determined that the front passenger seat sensor mat needed to be replaced. The vehicle was not included in NHTSA campaign number: 08V384000 (air bags). The vehicle was not repaired. The failure mileage was 71,000.

- Evans, GA, USA

problem #15

Jan 042005

525 6-cyl

  • 16 miles
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 #14

Nov 242006

525

  • 15,000 miles
The contact owns a 2005 BMW 525I. The contact stated that the air bag and seat belt warning lights remained illuminated. The dealer stated that the seat mat sensor needed to be replaced. The vehicle was repaired, but the failure recurred. The vehicle was returned to the dealer who stated that the seat mat sensor needed to be replaced again. The vehicle was not repaired and the manufacturer was notified. The VIN was unavailable. The approximate failure mileage was 15,000.

- Puyallup, WA, USA

problem #13

Mar 142014

525 6-cyl

  • 106,240 miles

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

Hello, I've got an airbag light on the dashboard about two months ago on my BMW E60 530I 2005. The board computer it says: "passenger restraint system" malfunction. I went to the dealer in vegas and he took the light off, after one week it came out again. I'm wondering about myself safety and my passengers as well. I'm asking you to help me to fix that problem as sooner as possible. Thank you

- Bryce Canyon City, UT, USA

problem #12

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 #11

Aug 212007

525 6-cyl

  • 51,796 miles
Warning light appeared on dashboard about a passenger restraint malfunction. The seatbelt signal and airbag signal remained illuminated on the dashboard. Records show that the passenger seat occupancy sensor was replaced Aug 21, 2007 at first owners expense. The light came back on after we purchased the vehicle and were told that there has been no recall for our VIN #. this vehicle was manufactured during the time span of the recall that BMW issued in 2008 (which happens to be after the occupancy sensor had been replaced at owners expense). Why is this vehicle not included in the recall" why is the replacement occupancy sensor failing for a 2nd time"

- Gulf Breeze, FL, USA

problem #10

Feb 172014

525 6-cyl

  • 123,900 miles
The airbag light and seatbelt light came on and remain on. Auto shop referred me to BMW to have recall on passenger mat sensor error. BMW dealership tells me the recall had been performed on 7/3/2009, so it is not covered and I need to pay repair prices. From my understanding, passenger airbag will not work now.

- Mahtomedi, MN, USA

problem #9

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 #8

Jul 012013

525 6-cyl

  • miles
Same issue as every other 2005 530I owner has had. My battery was low and needed replaced and after a new battery was purchased and installed the fault light came on the I-drive system for the airbag. BMW dealer refuses to do anything about it as my vehicle is not included in the recall.. I don't understand why when there are numerous complaints on a faulty system why this should not be repaired, obviously they know that the issue is there but do not want to spend the money to fix their issue. So much for the german engineered ultimate driving machine. With all of the technology comes all of the issues it would be nice to see a manufacturer stand behind their car for a change.......if I failed to make a payment they would have surely repossessed it......funny how we cannot get something from them when they fail.

- Clearwater, FL, USA

problem #7

Jun 102013

525 6-cyl

  • 82,000 miles
The contact owns a 2005 BMW 525I. The contact stated that the seat belt and air bag light illuminated on the instrument panel. The dealer confirmed the occupant restraint system failed. The manufacturer advised the contact that his VIN was not included in NHTSA recall campaign id number: 08V384000 (air bags). The failure and current mileage was 82,000.

- Fresno , TX, USA

problem #6

Aug 012012

525

  • 1,000 miles
The contact owns a 2005 BMW 525I. The contact stated that the passenger seat sensor was reset under NHTSA campaign number 08V384000 (air bags); however, the failure was not corrected. The front passenger air bag warning light illuminated. The vehicle was taken back to the dealer for further inspection and the air bag sensor was reset again. The air bag light remained illuminated and the vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 100,000 and the approximate current mileage 102,000.

- Accokeek , MD, USA

problem #5

Mar 022013

525 6-cyl

  • 106,200 miles
Passenger restraint system error came up two days after buying this serviced BMW at BMW of fairfax, va, pre owned dealer. This happened when the passenger sat in passenger seat for the first time and kept staying on since. In reference to this there is a recall for all 04-06 5 series for a faulty seat mat (NHTSA campaign number 08V384000) and I have also contacted NHTSA by phone, reference # 521-787. I went to the local dealer and I was told that for some reason my VIN is not included in the recall and that I should contact the manufacturer. When I contacted the manufacturer their response was the same, that my VIN is not included in the recall and that since my car is not under warranty anymore there's nothing they can do for me even after I mentioned the recall campaign associated with your investigation. When asked why my VIN was not included (since it is obvious that my car has the same faulty device) I was told that they have conducted an extensive investigation and they concluded that some cars should not be included. I don't know how they are allowed to do that since obviously there are cars with the same problem that they have excluded (I am also referring to the several other complaints filed with NHTSA for the same reason). The manufacturer should not rip off owners by charging them or forcing them to rely on expensive warranty for already heavily overpriced work that has to be done to replace faulty parts that they have put in. They shouldn't be allowed to have this loophole where they claim that not all the vins are included when it is obvious that they should be included. The manufacturer should be held responsible for faulty devices they put in the car especially when it comes to safety.

- Washington, DC, USA

problem #4

Dec 052011

525 6-cyl

  • 65,007 miles
On 12/5/2011 - when I started the car, I noticed the message on my dashboard indicating a fault on passenger restraint system. There was not any incident that I can recall that would result in the error message. After further research, I discovered that the error message was a common fault on these type of cars due to a faulty mat sensor located under the front passenger seat. I also found out that there was a recall for some BMW cars of the same model (dependent of VIN). My husband immediately called BMW of fremont (northern ca) to inquire about the recall and I was told by the service advisor that he was not aware of such recall. I use this car daily to drop off our kids to school. I honestly think the issue really poses a serious threat on my kids safety since there is a high possibility that the air bags will not deploy in case of an accident. Lastly, I also think that BMW na should fix this issue free of charge since it is becoming to be a common problem to BMW cars (especially the model series that I have). It would be greatly appreciated if you can assist me resolve the issue with BMW na.

- Union City, CA, USA

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