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hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
70,273 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.

2001 BMW 530 engine problems

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2001 BMW 530 Owner Comments

problem #3

Dec 192007

530 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 55,319 miles


The contact owns a 2001 BMW 530I. The contact has experienced continuous failures with the radiator since the vehicle was purchased. While driving 25 mph, the top housing of the radiator detached and caused the engine to fail. The contact noticed smoke under the hood. Upon opening the hood, water began spraying from the radiator. The vehicle was towed to the dealer and they determined that the system overheated. The vehicle was not designed with a pressure release cap, which caused the radiator to explode. The vehicle was repaired at the cost of $1,500. Two years later, while driving 20 mph, the radiator failed and exploded. The vehicle overheated and was towed to the dealer. The contact was informed that the plastic on the overflow tank detached and caused the vehicle to overheat. The vehicle was repaired at the cost of $400. The manufacturer stated that the radiator was designed correctly; therefore, no compensation would be provided. The failure mileage was 55,319 and current mileage was 64,699. Updated 020209 the consumer stated the vehicle did not equipped with a pressure relief system for the radiator. Updated 02/03/09.

- Sugar Land , TX, USA

problem #2

Apr 102008


  • 5,500 miles
2001 BMW 530I - electric fan come on and makes a very loud noise, it has been previously replaced because it was drawing current even when off that resulted in battery replacement twice.

- Gallatin, TN, USA

problem #1

Jan 032008

530 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 150,000 miles
The contact owns a 2001 BMW 530I. The contact stated the she heard an explosion coming from the engine compartment after the she cranked the vehicle. As a result, the vehicle sustained major damage. As of January 7, 2008, the dealer had not inspected he vehicle. The current and failure mileages were 150,000.

- Lakeway, TX, USA

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