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hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 1
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
103,654 miles

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2006 BMW 530 accessories - interior problems

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2006 BMW 530 Owner Comments

problem #14

Sep 092016


  • 132,000 miles


When my front passenger seat is occupied, during startup the car chimes with an error "pass restraint system" "fault in passenger-restraint system affecting airbag, belt tensioner or belt force limiter" "continue to wear the safety belt" (vehicle was stationary) BMW has issued a recall for this problem but oddly my VIN is not part of the group included.

- Melville, NY, USA

problem #13

Jan 012016


  • 135,000 miles
We noticed a warning on our dashboard in January 2016. Being that we are seniors, it was mid- winter and the auto dealership we go to is many miles away, we did not immediately drive to see what the light was on. When we finally did, we were told that the. " recall had expired " and to fix the sensor mat in the passenger seat would cost well over $3,000"?? if there was a " recall", should we not have been notified? now we are told the "recall has expired" and we are left with a car that has a fault in the passenger air bag. Why were we not notified of a recall"

- Saratoga Springs, NY, USA

problem #12

Dec 312015


  • 212,000 miles
The heated seats have malfunctioned burning a hole and making a large brown area on the driver side seat. This seat will burn you if left on the high setting and has a burning electrical smell. I am afraid that using it again after it burned this hole will cause a full scale fire. Not very happy to have a luxury car that you can't use one of the luxuries of because of a serious danger. These were my first heated seats ever and may be my last, very scary!

- Caledonia, MI, USA

problem #11

Oct 162015


  • miles


I recently purchased my 2006 530I. The airbag indicator showed a default so I took it my local dealership. I was told that there was a default in the mat sensor and it needs to be replaced at a cost of $781.72. I researched and found that there was a recall for this exact issue for my make, model and year. I contacted my local dealership as well as BMW North America customer service. I was told by both that my VIN was not included in the recall so the repair is on me. I also see that many other owners have had this same issue. Clearly there is a problem that BMW needs to correct.

- Mobile, AL, USA

problem #10

Oct 202015

530 6-cyl

  • 199,260 miles
I have a 2006 BMW 530I (make: 03/05). Two days back, while I was driving home from work (highway), suddenly the message, "passenger restraint malfunction" came up and when I researched about this, I found that there is a recall for the 2006 BMW 530I's for this issue (recall subject : front seat occupant protection mat, NHTSA campaign number: 13V564000). But, when I emailed BMW regarding the issue, they said my VIN is not included in the recall list. I am not sure why all the cars are not included when they are made in same year and same model. I am attaching the screenshot of the email that BMW customer care has sent me and also of the error message in the car. This has become a safety issue for my car now. So, could you please look into this issue and resolve this for me. Thank you in advance......updated 12/03/15

- Hopkins, MN, USA

problem #9

Mar 012015


  • 145,000 miles
After traveling for several weeks, my 2006 BMW 530I was parked in my drive way. When I returned home, I opened by door to find mold growing all over the seats, interiors surfaces, and a bad odor. I opened the back door and found 4 inches of water standing in the floor board. I immediately used my wet/dry vac to suck all the standing water out. As I looked around mold had grown all over the leather seats, interior trim, and carpet. I started to do some research on bimmer forums to see what might the culprit. This appears to be a common problem with many BMW sunroofs of this vintage. I was able to remove the back seat and I found that the cloth between trunk and rear seat was also saturates with water, mold, moisture. I had read to pull back the carpet and I found at lease 2 inches of standing water in both rear floor board areas. I also noticed many electrical components were under water. My alarm was constantly going off. I would reset it from the key remote and it would starting sounding off like the alarm was set off. I had to disconnect the battery terminal to get this to stop. So it is clearly a short in the electrical system. I am just returning form a business trip and plan to get it towed to a dealership to get an estimate to replace the carpet, deal with the mold that I am not sure how will be treated. And address all the electrical issues since I do not have a way to drive it now. I have owned 6 other BMW and this one for 5 years. I have never seen any kind of flooding like this.

- Tampa, FL, USA

problem #8

Nov 162013

530 6-cyl

  • 69,000 miles


I bought the car it had an oil leak, radiator leak, developed an air bag malfunction, the engine stopped running, tar is accumulating on top of the sunroof every time I open it, the heater fan makes noise, the transmission makes noise after four attempts it is still leaking oil. All of my friends who own BMW's have also had air bag malfunctions. None were part of the recall, all paid $1,300 to have it fixed. BMW should have recalled all of them. The purpose of recalling some is to avoid a total recall. They are building their cars with inferior parts so that they do not last for more than 60,0000 before major problems occur. One of my friends has spent over $10,000 on repairs to his 2004 X3.

- Huntington Station, NY, USA

problem #7

Nov 262012

530 6-cyl

  • 82,000 miles
One day while driving, my car had an alert come on the I drive saying the passenger restraint system was malfunctioning. It stayed on a few months and then went away for a few months. Now the problem is occurring again.

- San Francisco, CA, USA

problem #6

Dec 062013


  • 89,000 miles
The contact owns a 2006 BMW 530I. The contact stated while driving various speeds the brake pedal extended all the way down to the floor and there was a delay when the brake pedal was engaged. The contact also stated that when he turned the heat on he smelled a burning odor in the seats. The air bag light sensor illuminated whenever the vehicle was turned on. The vehicle had been taken to the dealer and stated that there was no recall for his vehicle. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 89,000.

- Dallas, TX, USA

problem #5

Dec 142011

530 6-cyl

  • 100,000 miles
Ref NHTSA campaign number: 08V384000 while my vehicle is the same model year, model and specification listed in the recall, my vehicle's VIN is not "included" in the list of recalled vehicles. I have and am currently experiencing this exact seat sensor mat problem. BMW is unwilling to cover any warranty work as the specific VIN is apparently not affected despite the fact that clearly it is. I am concerned about the safety of the occupants of my vehicle based on the unreliability of this component and feel the recall should be expanded to include all vehicles that experience the same problem.

- Ogdensburg, NY, USA

problem #4

Jun 292013

530 6-cyl

  • 117,000 miles


While I was driving, I received an error message on my computer display. The error message read: "passenger seat restraint malfunction", then a picture of my passenger seat airbag deployed with a line through it. I called BMW( mckenna, norwalk, ca) on 07/02/2013 and they stated per my VIN number this is not a recall part, yet maybe for some vehicles it was.

- Compton, CA, USA

problem #3

Jun 102013

530 6-cyl

  • 75,901 miles
The airbag and seatbelt warning lights are illuminated for the passenger side front seat and non functional, was told there is no open issue/recall, dealer refuses to fix and I am not spending $1200 to fix a issue that is a major safety issue. I need you to contact me to get this resolved. [xxx]thank you information redacted pursuant to the Freedom Of Information Act (FOIA), 5 U.S.C. 552(B)(6).

- Chicago, IL, USA

problem #2

Apr 022013

530 6-cyl

  • miles
Hello NHTSA, recall regarding my issue has already been well documented / investigated with both NHTSA and BMW. To summarize the issue is about a "passenger restraint malfunction" specifically the OC3 seat sensor mat faulty unit, which controls the front passenger airbags. When faulty, the airbags are deactivated, which raises a safety concern. I had called BMW na and had my VIN pulled and unfortunately was not included within the recall cut off date up until 11/2005, my particular model was made 12/2005. I requested BMW na to open up an investigation for re-consideration to include my vehicle under therecall list, considering the time frame of cutoff date and my vehicle manufactured production date. I was told this would be handled internally which is fine, however sense consideration will not be extended and wanted to reach out to NHTSA. My question to BMW na was, "what were the enhancements made to my particular vehicle in improving safety, they were not able to provide any details regarding this. Would you have something documented explaining the specifics repairs/ improvements/ or component enhancements made for models following after 11/2005 cut off date?

- Bayside, NY, USA

problem #1

Jan 172013

530 6-cyl

  • 95,000 miles
BMW is recalling 200,000 my 2006 3 series sport seat, my 2004-2006 5 series standard and sport seat, and my 2004-2006 X3 passenger vehicles. Depending on the manner and frequency of the front passenger's entry and exit, small cracks have developed in the mat. If this occurs, the front passenger air bags, with the exception of the head protection system, will be deactivated and the air bag warning lamp as well as the passenger air bag "on-off" lamp will be illuminated. Consequences: In this situation the front passenger air bags will not deploy even if a sufficiently severe accident would occur and occupant protection provided by the system would not be possible. Remedy: Dealers will rework the front passenger seat sensor mat so that external force application to the seat does not cause a crack to the mat. The recall began on November 6, 2008. BMW will also extend the warranty on these vehicles to 10 years from first registration without any mileage limit. Owners may contact BMW at 1-800-525-7417. I have contacted BMW and they say my VIN is not part of this recall, however I am experiencing the same issue as the recalled vehicles. I am worried about passenger safety! please help!

- Hidden Springs, ID, USA

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