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really awful
Crashes / Fires:
3 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
35,205 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.

2002 BMW 530 engine problems

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2002 BMW 530 Owner Comments

problem #5

Oct 242009


  • 93,000 miles


The contact owns a 2002 BMW 530I. The contact stated while reversing out of a parking space at 5 mph, the vehicle rapidly accelerated crashing into another vehicle causing damage to the rear and front of the vehicle. No one was injured during the crash. After the crash the contact returned the vehicle to the dealer. The failure mileage was 93,000.

- Rancho Cucamonga, CA, USA

problem #4

Dec 312004

530 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 20,827 miles
We were driving on dry tarmac on a main street in new rochelle. We were traveling at a reasonable/slow rate of speed, about 25-30 mph and approached a stop light. As we slowed to stop at the light the breaks pulsed violently. It felt as if we had run over something, but I looked and there was nothing there. We looked to see if any warning lights activated to indicate a failure - but we didn't see any. We proceed to next light, and stopped again. This time there was no problem and no pulsing. My fiance was driving, and we both were carefully monitoring the car. As we pulled away from the light to make a left turn the car accelerated dramatically. My fiancee pushed hard on the brakes but the car continued to accelerate and fish tail. Then, after a couple seconds it stop and she regained control of the car.

- Omaha, NE, USA

problem #3

Feb 162004

530 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 25,900 miles
I own a 2002 BMW 530I. Recently, the car accelerated to full throttle by itself. I reported incident to BMW. To summarize, they said there is nothing wrong with the car and it was probably the floor mat that caused the acceleration (that's right, the floor mat).

- Lenexa, KS, USA

problem #2

Aug 182003


  • Manual transmission
  • 36,300 miles
When the brakes were applied, the vehicle accelerated forward and collided into a wall. Dealer notified.

- Ballston Lake, NY, USA

problem #1

Sep 072002


  • miles
Two failures of fuel throttle on same vehicle: One new and one replacement: Danger to life!!!

- Laguna Niguel, CA, USA

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