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Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
1 / 0
Average Mileage:
14,167 miles

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2011 BMW 528 fuel system problems

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2011 BMW 528 Owner Comments

problem #6

Jun 182014

528 6-cyl

  • 31,000 miles


This vehicle has a hesitation of throttle acceleration from idle and shifting between gears.presents a real safety issue from idle position to acceleration. A 1-2 second delay consistently happens. The BMW dealer reported to me that they are aware of this situation but do not have a solution yet. If enough reports of this incident were handed in then it may necessitate a cure from BMW. Apparently not enough squeaky wheels per say for BMW to act.hopefully this along with hundreds of these complaints already on your web site about this very same issue is enough to get BMW to act on this safety issue.

- Harrison Twp., MI, USA

problem #5

Dec 272012


  • miles
Purchased a brand new 528I BMW and within months I had a coolant signal indicating low coolant. Subsequently, the coolant signal came on every six weeks, despite having it topped off at dealership. Car had inadequate power and felt like it dragged. BMW service center repeatedly failed to identify a problem. Eventually, the signal came on and an intolerable fuel odor emerged upon turning on the car. Fuel and chemical odors remain. I have read of other similar complaints online and believe there is a manufacturing defect that makes the car unsafe. The exposure to carcinogenic coolant fumes and the gas fumes are dangerous. Coolant may be leaking into the engine. Other mechanical issues may be causing the drag and continued loss of power. In one instance I left the vehicle at the BMW service center with a full tank and when it was returned to me, the fuel level had dropped significantly despite having been driven a very small amount of miles by the service people. I am very concerned that these problems pose a safety hazard to not only myself, but the general public and other BMW owners who may be unaware of these issues. I feel the car is compromised by the manufacturing defects and that efforts to repair the problems continue to exist. I feel the car is unsafe and poses a safety and health hazard and that BMW is unwilling to investigate how pervasive the problem may be. I want an investigation and feel the vehicle is unsafe to drive. This is not "the ultimate driving machine." Please investigate these problems and help prevent others from being unnecessarily subjected to toxic fumes and chemicals which may compromise the public's health and the safety of people on the road.

- Inglewood, CA, USA

problem #4

Jun 172013

528 6-cyl

  • 39,000 miles
As my car was stopped at a red light, I felt a quick jerk forward and thought I was rear-ended. I looked back and there wasn't a car. As I pulled into my parking space, I was switching from reverse to drive, the car jerked again, like I was being rear ended. It felt like the car was skipping a gear (I drive an automatic). Then as I was leaving the parking lot, I pushed the gas down and for almost 2 seconds the car did nothing, then jerked hard forward and started to drive.

- San Antonio, TX, USA

problem #3

May 292013

528 6-cyl

  • 11,380 miles


Vehicle did not accelerate as I was pulling out of a gas station. This is normal for this car (throttle delay). I usually plan for the poor performance, however, because of heavy traffic I pulled out in what should have been ample time to merge in. No accident occurred but if I did not know how to react it very easily could have. I do not let other family members drive this vehicle due to this issue very unsafe!! thanks for your time.

- Amherst, OH, USA

problem #2

Mar 292011


  • 2,300 miles
Was parking 2011 BMW 550 suddenly took off and hit very hard on stone wall.all airbags deployed including lower passenger electric system failed.lots of damage to car. Also taken car to dealer before due to pullingof car on right while drivig and on applying brakes.

- Duluth, GA, USA

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problem #1

Sep 022010


  • 1,320 miles
The first time it happened, my wife drove our 2011 BMW 535I to work and the fuel gauge was reading half tank. It's only approx. 20 miles to work round trip to our house but when she came back home the fuel gauge was almost empty and flashing warning light fuel refill is showing. I drove the car for the past few days and I noticed that the fuel gauge indicator seemed to be staying all the time at half tank reading. I drove it this morning to our family physician and to the mall and I still noticed the fuel gauge indicator is not moving and was reading half tank. When I went to the local grocery store to buy bottled water, I decided to leave the car idle and the engine on. When I drove it again, that's when I noticed the fuel gauge needle moved slowly but steadily from half tank reading to almost 1/4 tank. Then my wife drove the same vehicle again to work with the fuel gauge reading 1/4 tank. 10 minutes later she called back by phone because flashing warning lights was showing that the car needs to refueled and she said the fuel gauge is reading almost empty.

- Fresno, CA, USA

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