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hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
65,152 miles

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2007 BMW 525 drivetrain problems

drivetrain problem

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2007 BMW 525 Owner Comments

problem #3

Oct 012013

525 6-cyl

  • 84,000 miles


Transmission jerks and the car gives a kick when the car automatically downshifts from 2 to 1. this typically happens when slowing down to a stop. Seen many references of transmission jerk / kick issues online on bimmerfest. Reports to BMW usa as well. BMW usa refuses to assist with this issue.

- San Jose, CA, USA

problem #2

Apr 082011


  • 40,000 miles
Reported engine leaking transmission fluids (less than 40,000 miles at the time reported) and was advised by BMW dealership that this is a common problem, repairs exceed $1000. BMW of North America, llc's advice that if transmission goes unrepaired, risk transmission locking up and no longer drivable. BMW is aware of latent defect and potential damage, should make repairs free of charge. BMW should also be concerned with environmental impact. Transmission fluid releases toxins that when leached into groundwater, realseases contaminates into soil and water, and potentially harmful to ecosystem.

- Union City, CA, USA

problem #1

Apr 102012

525 6-cyl

  • 71,457 miles
The car beeps every few miles and a warning light shows it need an oil change, I had just gotten a change, so they changed it again, the next day the bells started ringing again. Also the gear shifter went out. It is still ringing.

- Enterprise, AL, USA

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