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definitely annoying
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
42,500 miles

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2009 BMW 528 lights problems

lights problem

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2009 BMW 528 Owner Comments

problem #2

Aug 152013


  • 32,000 miles


I received a message that the right brake light and signal light were malfunctioning. Dealer wants to charge inflated price of $550 to correct on a 4 year old car with only 32000, when I researched on the internet this seems to be a constant issue with 2008 and 2009 5 series bmws. 100S if not more of this problem are on internet and the complaints along with the cost BMW is charging to fix.

- Alexandria, VA, USA

problem #1

Aug 062013

528 6-cyl

  • 53,000 miles
The grounding wire in the connector to the tail light bulb holder melted and melted parts of the connector. This resulted in no signal, brake and running rear lights. A recall has been called for BMW E46 3 series for this exact problem (see below). The recall should be expanded to cover the 5 series as well.

- Manhattan Beach, CA, USA

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