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fairly significant
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
13,500 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.

2004 BMW 530 steering problems

steering problem

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2004 BMW 530 Owner Comments

problem #2

Apr 162006

530 8-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • 21,000 miles


On April 16, 2006, while driving my 2004 BMW 645ci on a highway with only my 13-year-old son with me, the assisted steering, which works the rear wheels, failed without any warning or any event having occurred. I was able to bring it to a stop without a collision, fortunately, although the loss of control was terrifying and we came close twice to hitting other cars. The vehicle was ultimately flat-bedded to my dealers (greenwich BMW) service facility in port chester, NY. After two days of telling me that they had found no damage to the vehicle, the dealer advised that it would not honor the warranty because they found sign of impact to another, unrelated part on the underside of the car.

- Scarsdale, NY, USA

problem #1

Mar 012004

530 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 6,000 miles
BMW 545I system failure 1. braking and dynamic-response 2. passenger restraint system.

- Wilmington, DE, USA

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