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really awful
Crashes / Fires:
2 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
1 / 0
Average Mileage:
5,754 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.

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2003 BMW 530 Owner Comments

problem #5

Dec 222003

530 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 8,850 miles


While slowly entering my garage from driveway, car accelerated and lunged forward. I applied brakes as hard as possible, but could not stop car. Crashed into refrigerator at back of garage. Subsequently, took vehicle to BMW dealer service department. The report from service department said, "could not reproduce fault. Car is operating property. No faults are stored in the system, and the system safeguards are functioning properly."

- Calabasas, CA, USA

problem #4

Dec 112003

530 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 8,720 miles
While driving in traffic on surface street, car in front slowed to a stop. I was unable to stop my car because when I applied the brakes the car accelerated until impact with the car in front.

- Calabasas , CA, USA

problem #3

Sep 032003


  • 11,200 miles
While backing out of the driveway, the vehicle unexpectedly accelerated. As the consumer backed out of the driveway with her foot on the brake, the vehicle lost control accelerated backwards into the street. The consumer pressed harder on the brake to stop the acceleration but it did not respond. The incident happened a second time. The dealer was unable to duplicate the problem.

- Newport Coast, CA, USA

problem #2

Sep 152003


  • miles
While applying brakes vehicle accelerates intermittently.

- Newport Beach, CA, USA

problem #1

Aug 022003


  • miles
When driving at any low speed vehicle begins to race, then jumps forward. Dealer can't duplicate the problem.

- Hudson, NY, USA

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