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Crashes / Fires:
1 / 1
Injuries / Deaths:
1 / 0
Average Mileage:
83,236 miles

About These NHTSA Complaints:

This data is from the NHTSA — the US gov't agency tasked with vehicle safety. Complaints are spread across multiple & redundant categories, & are not organized by problem.

So how do you find out what problems are occurring? For this NHTSA complaint data, the only way is to read through the comments below. Any duplicates or errors? It's not us.

2008 BMW 528 engine problems

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2008 BMW 528 Owner Comments

problem #13

Nov 292015


  • 102,000 miles


Car hit another vehicle at 80mph, airbags failed to deploy and car immediately went up in flames in the engine department.

- Reynoldsburg, OH, USA

problem #12

Sep 222015


  • 78,102 miles
Car gas haven't been as usual took car for oil chang rotation of tires. Discovered gas leakage. Looking at possible fuel line or pump.

- Baton Rouge, LA, USA

problem #11

Jul 142015


  • 142,000 miles
While driving to work, through city streets, the engine stalled. I was nearly in an accident. I was able to restart the engine, but it stalled again in less than 3 miles.

- Marietta, GA, USA

problem #10

Feb 232015

528 6-cyl

  • 82,000 miles


I live in the state of Virginia. I have been experiencing the same issues with my 2008 BMW for about a month now. My coworker has the same year make and model, and is also experiencing or has experienced the same issues. We both have had our cars in the shop at the same time and the vehicles are now repaired. The issue with the vehicle is it begins to stall as driving which is dangerous in our area for traffic. The car will not pick up speed while driving and you can not go over 10 miles per hour. The car also jerks. The problems with both our vehicles were the same ; oil leak, a transmission leak, and a problem with the cylinders not working as connected to the spark plugs. As I previously stated this is an extremely dangerous driving conditions. And times when you need to accelerate the car stalls which almost causes the car behind you to run into you.the maintenance for my car was 3200 dollars at the dealership. My coworker took her car to an import repair shop and over the course of 2 times, she ended up spending about 1200 plus dollars. Please look into this matter as I don't think people are reporting it to the right authority.

- Portsmouth, VA, USA

problem #9

Sep 012014


  • 65,600 miles
My car is liking oil by the engine cover gasket and is doing it on top of the exhaust, this give the car a smell like burning rubber. I was looking online and BMW says that this is normal for a car. I was doing a research and I came across Hyundai recalled veracruz 07-12 for the same issue. Looks like BMW don't care about their products... I want this to be fix, free of charge in one of their dealers...

- Odessa, FL, USA

problem #8

Mar 012015

528 6-cyl

  • 100,000 miles
I have 2 different issues. The 1st one is when I try to accelerate quickly my check engine light comes on and my care starts to shake. Today while my car was parked my car had shook and then my engine sign popped up and it gave me a message that said "engine malfunction engine has lost power.

- Lilburn, GA, USA

problem #7

Feb 042014

528 6-cyl

  • 68,000 miles


Oil dripping from valve cover on to exaust manifold. Potential fire hazard. Valve cover bolts broken, oil leaking.

- Stuart, FL, USA

problem #6

May 132014


  • 113,000 miles
The contact owns a 2008 BMW 528I. The contact stated that while driving approximately 75 mph, the vehicle suddenly lost power and stalled. The vehicle was restarted and resumed as normal. The vehicle was taken to the dealer, who diagnosed that the eccentric shaft sensor failed. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The failure mileage was 113,000.

- Fayetteville, NC, USA

problem #5

Apr 012014

528 6-cyl

  • 77,021 miles
I took my car to the dealership for regular maintenance (oil change etc). They found right side engine mount bolt broken which can cause additional damage to the car. This was reported as a safety concern. I am the sole driver and have never had any issues or unusual road conditions. I searched on internet and I found a lot of complaints with 2008 bmws (5 series as well as 3 series). Definitely should be a safety recall !!!

- Milwaukee, WI, USA

problem #4

Aug 132013

528 4-cyl

  • 30,342 miles
The contact owns a 2012 BMW 528I. The contact stated that while driving approximately 45 mph, the check engine light illuminated. The vehicle was taken to the dealer for inspection where they stated that the tank vent valve needed to be replaced. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The failure was 30,342.

- Ellenwood, GA, USA

problem #3

Dec 152013

528 6-cyl

  • 45,000 miles


Water pump failure with less than 50K miles, repair cost $1200, ridiculous! see NHTSA id number: 10472497, this gentleman had the same complaint and just like him, my car was out of warranty by 1.5 months.

- Madison, WI, USA

problem #2

Sep 012012


  • 120,000 miles
The contact owns a 2008 BMW 528 xi. The contact stated that while at a traffic stop, the vehicle stalled as the check engine warning light illuminated. The vehicle was taken to an independent mechanic where they advised that the cam sensors failed and needed to be replaced. The vehicle was repaired for the cam sensors. Approximately three moths after the repair the failure recurred. The vehicle was not inspected or further repaired. The manufacturer was contacted and offered no assistance. The failure mileage was approximately 120,000. The current mileage was approximately 129,000. The VIN was unavailable.

- Ramsey, NJ, USA

problem #1

May 122012


  • 59,000 miles
We bought a certified pre-owned 2008 535xi in November 2010. It had 36,000 miles. At 59,000 miles while driving approximately 75 mph on a majory highway in long island after sitting in traffic for an hour and a half on a 70 degree day, the car just shut down. It would barely steer and would not accelerate. We were lucky that the brakes worked and were able to glide over to the shoulder. Computer said engine overheated and it was the red indicator which is the worst. We got towed to a dealership and are told its the water pump. We did have the car serviced at a different dealership 4 days before this happened and told them about a clicking noise from the engine but they didn't hear it so nothing was done. The incident was very scary and makes me not want to drive the car anymore.

- Jersey City, NJ, USA

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