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definitely annoying
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
39,254 miles

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2004 BMW 530 body / paint problems

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2004 BMW 530 Owner Comments

problem #3

Jun 132013

530 6-cyl

  • 68,000 miles


Idrive is totally black, including all dashboard functions, no wipers or power to windows, only my engine runs. I was told by the dealer that water got into the sunroof and leaked to the truck near tire and cause two gaskets to burn out. I am told that the cost to repair is $1650 or $2950 depending on which option I choose. I am also told that the problem may return. This problem appears to be a manufacturer issued but the consumer has to pay out of pocket for the repair cost, even though through no fault of our own the problem exists.

- Hyattsville, MD, USA

problem #2

Jul 142007

530 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 49,761 miles
I purchased a certified car from BMW on 11-17-06 with 49,761 miles. In addition I purchased the extended warranty on the vehicle for an additional 2 years or 50,000 miles for a total warranty of 6 years or 100,000 miles. At the time of delivery it was noted to the salesman that the front & rear window mouldings were deteriorating. He stated that when it came back for the oil service that it would be taken care of. Well on both 3-17-07 as well as 7-14-07 when I brought the vehicle in for service I was denied because of out of warranty. The vehicle was built in 11-03, so it is not even 4 years old & experiencing deterioration issues on glass that could fall out and injure somebody. I feel that BMW should correct this issue & conduct an investigation on a failure of their parts.

- Placentia, CA, USA

problem #1

Jul 202005

530 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Both electric windows had to be replaced because the motors died within weeks of each other. I was unable to open the doors properly or put the windows down. Also I only have 10000 miles on my MINIand my tale pipe rattles like a '56 Chevy. The light on passenger visor does not work. The silver is peeling off the gear shift. I love my car hate the little stuff that keeps going wrong.

- Peachtree City, GA, USA

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