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Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
84,129 miles

About These NHTSA Complaints:

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2006 BMW 525 Owner Comments

problem #8

Jul 262016


  • 69,000 miles


I own a 2006 525I BMW with 69K miles and my adaptive headlights wiring inside the light, the protective coating on all the wires are all deteriorating and giving me a fault for the apative headlight system and they are not working.

- Riverview, FL, USA

problem #7

Apr 122016


  • 78,000 miles
Wiring insulation on headlights is disintegrating and falling off wiring causing electrical shorts and loss of lighting

- Boise, ID, USA

problem #6

Apr 072016


  • 101,460 miles
Main headlight failure during night driving cause by electrical short circuit, due to headlight internal electrical wiring insulation failure. Internal electrical wiring insulation seems not to meet sae, nec, asme, etc. Codes and standard for the uses, like engine electrical wiring, subject to heat exposure from headlight bulb generation. Major safety issues can result from sudden headlight failure without previous notice, which can cause accident at dark roads. Headlight failure occurs while driving in a dark road at night.

- Guaynabo, PR, USA

problem #5

Feb 142015

525 6-cyl

  • 138,570 miles


A message on the vehicle display screen indicated that the right-side low beam headlight was malfunctioning. I removed the headlight assembly to replace the bulb and found the wiring insulation is crumbling to the touch, resulting in a short circuit. The headlight bulb is not actually burned out. There are many complaints about this on the BMW forums but BMW and the headlight manufacturer, hella, refuses to acknowledge the problem or do anything about it.

- Houston, TX, USA

problem #4

Jan 072014

525 6-cyl

  • 96,000 miles
The contact owns a 2006 BMW 525I. The contact received NHTSA recall campaign number 13V56400 (air bag); however, the part was unavailable. The air bag warning and rear light malfunction indicator were illuminated. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 96,000. Updated 8/19/14 the consumer stated the manufacturer repaired the intial recall. Updated 8/28/2014

- Lawerece Ville, GA, USA

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problem #3

Feb 202013

525 6-cyl

  • 34,000 miles
The message of "left back-up light malfunction" has been comes and goes since then. It is the exactly problem described as the recent BMW recall.

- Berwyn, PA, USA

problem #2

Jan 012009


  • 82,000 miles
The contact owns a 2006 BMW 535xi. The contact stated that the brake light assembly shorted out. The vehicle was taken to a dealer who decided to replace all three rear brake lights, rear driver side reverse light and both turn signals in the rear. In addition, the contact stated that the doors on the vehicle appear to close and latched and inadvertantly open. The contact was informed of recall NHTSA campaign id number: 12V504000 (latches/locks/linkages: Doors: Latch) but was informed it only affected the 2007 model. The vehicle had not been repaired. The failure and current mileage was 82,000.

- Emeryville, CA, USA

problem #1

Apr 152009


  • 74,000 miles
The panoramic sunroof on E60 BMW wagons has a faulty design of the drains which re-directs water into the rear of the car (spare tire area) causing multiple electrical components to fail while driving: Lights, windshield wipers, door locks, speedometer, etc. In my case, the failure occurred twice in a period of 18 months. The dealer and BMW North America repaired the car at owners' expense although an extended warranty was in force. There has been a technical service bulletin issued by BMW but the dealer does not acknowledge the flaw and refers to the failure being caused by 'environmental influences'.

- Sautee Nacoochee, GA, USA

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