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really awful
Crashes / Fires:
1 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
59,000 miles

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2003 BMW 530 accessories - exterior problems

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2003 BMW 530 Owner Comments

problem #2

Feb 042010


  • 90,000 miles


BMW 530I 2003. Driver door will not unlock, either electronically or manually. Door lock actuator failure. No manual override. Forced to crawl over console and exit from another door.

- Appleton, WI, USA

problem #1

Nov 092004

530 8-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • 28,000 miles
My 2003 BMW 5 series car was stopped in traffic and rear-ended. The collision pushed the contents of the trunk into the back seat area by breaking the latches that hold the fold-down seats. Anyone in the back seat would have been pushed forward by the seat backs, and simultaneously held in place by the seatbelts.

- Thousand Oaks, CA, USA

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