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hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
73,594 miles

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2005 BMW 530 body / paint problems

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2005 BMW 530 Owner Comments

problem #1

Dec 302010

530 6-cyl

  • 73,594 miles


My 2005 BMW 530I has a microprocessor unit located in the spare tire sump in the trunk. Water got into the trunk and shorted out this unit. This is a poor place to locate such a vital part, as this particular microprocessor controls the vehicle's idrive system (BMW's integrated system which includes the radio, heat/air settings, diagnostics, etc). BMW will only fix this item as part of a new car warranty. Repairs caused by the poor placement of this unit can costs into the thousands if conducted by a BMW dealership. If the microprocessor shorts out while in operation it could catch fire.

- New Albany, IN, USA

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