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hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 1
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
77,500 miles

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2007 BMW 525 body / paint problems

body / paint problem

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2007 BMW 525 Owner Comments

problem #2

Jul 222014


  • 105,000 miles


We would like the NHTSA to be aware that myself and a few colleagues own BMW and have experienced this issue. BMW has purposely built these vehicles to fail after the warranty period when a few months after the 100,000 mile warranty we began having problems specifically with the seals around all all windows including windshield and rear window as well as the seals around the trunk, however at the bottom of the trunk BMW keeps a main component board underneath the spare tire, once the seals begin to fail it causes water and moisture to gain access to this compartment and cause the board to ignite and catch fire and cause car to go crazy with acceleration and deceleration, why place a main component in this location with 10 feet of extra wire and no drain, I would also like to point out all BMW's of the same year experience M melting of the plastic interior parts and the paint to completely break down underneath the clear coat no matter how much ax is applied these are major flaws and BMW is well aware of them, there vehicles and service is terrible they should not be allowed on the road

- Fort Myers, FL, USA

problem #1

Sep 122011


  • 50,000 miles
Trunk locking failure. Unable to open trunk with remote control or switch inside the car. I was only able to open the trunk with the key over-ride from the trunk. BMW usa customer service did not provide any assistance to open the trunk. I had to read the manual to be able to over-ride the electrical systems. Once I opened the trunk the trunk would not close. After extensive internet research and electrical trouble-shooting, I found broken brown electrical wire in the trunk harness boot above the battery compartment. I found several cases posted in the internet. This is a common problem with BMW. BMW usa customer relations was contacted to report this safety issue and a design flow but she did not offer any interest to resolve the issue. I offered the opportunity to BMW technicians / engineers to inspect the design flow and perhaps they can provide a solution to this defect but she wanted me to go to the dealer and pay the dealer to diagnose the problem ($150 per hour fee). I was clear that I already found the problem and can simply splice the wires back but I was calling because I am concern about the safety of other BMW drivers. Electrical shortage next to the battery can be a safety concern! BMW customer service manager did not offer any help either.

- Miami, FL, USA

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