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hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
91,528 miles

About These NHTSA Complaints:

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2006 BMW 530 steering problems

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2006 BMW 530 Owner Comments

problem #10

Mar 102016


  • 160,000 miles


My steering wheel is locked and so the car will not start.

- Germantown, MD, USA

problem #9

Jan 142016


  • 135,500 miles
Steering wheel is lock and car will not start. Yellow lock and steering displayed.

- South Holland, IL, USA

problem #8

Feb 012015


  • 100,000 miles
Steering wheel malfunction locks preventing the vehicle to start steering wheel locks while driving

- Chattanooga, TN, USA

problem #7

May 072015


  • 82,190 miles


Steering lock (elv) warning (amber).

- Mills River, NC, USA

problem #6

Apr 062015


  • 100,000 miles
Elv fault and now car won't start. There are many reports of this happening on this make and year of call.. this should be a recal!!

- Cedar Park , TX, USA

problem #5

Jun 132014


  • 82,000 miles
The contact owns a 2006 BMW 530I. The contact stated that while driving 40 mph, the power steering malfunctioned causing the steering wheel to lock and no warning lamp illuminated. The contact mentioned that the driver had to turn off and restarted the vehicle in or for the vehicle to resumed normal function. The vehicle was not taken to the dealer. The manufacturer was not made aware of the failure. The vehicle was not repaired. The failure and current mileage was 82,000.

- Miami , FL, USA

problem #4

Aug 302013

530 6-cyl

  • 85,000 miles


In August 2013, the station wagon appeared to lower itself in the rear little by little. As of this filing, the rear end has lowered itself to the point it causes unsafe driving and there is no shock absorption or suspension on the rear of the vehicle. The front appears to be fine. In June 2006, there was a recall campaign for rear shock absorbers under 06V-277 for 2006 BMW 5. 6 & 7 series for vehicles manufactured from January 5, 2006-April 26, 2006. My vehicle, per BMW, was manufactured in May 2005. I am alleging my vehicle handling and control is impaired due to the defect associated with the shock absorbers and the inclusive manufacturing dates should include all 2006 bmws. The dealer and BMW is neglecting to address the issue based on a technicality on the inclusive manufactured dates. Please investigate an expansion to the inclusion.

- Ft Lauderdale, FL, USA

problem #3

Feb 142014

530 6-cyl

  • 110,000 miles
Car stalled in traffic but would not restart due to a faulty steering wheel lock sensor. (elv) wheel was turned and would not move due to this electronic locking control sensor. BMW refuses to fix as a recall or safety issue. $1000 for new part.

- Alpharetta, GA, USA

problem #2

May 302012

530 6-cyl

  • 53,586 miles
On Tuesday May 29th we had a rain storm, the next day I got into my vehicle with my husband and two children to go to a soccer game. Five minutes before entering the Massachusetts turnpike my vehicle went into total electrical failure and my steering locked. Luckily I was only traveling at 25mph and was able to pull my vehicle over. I had it towed to our local BMW dealer which found that the cassette on the panoramic sunroof to be defective....that caused a great deal of water to get into the vehicle and go under the spare tire in the rear where all the electrical is. I put a complaint into BMW of North America because a. the electrical should not be put under the spare tire where water could get in and B. I was about to get on the turnpike where the speed limit is 65 mph, I am extremely lucky because if I was on the mass pike there could have been a terrible accident. It was 2498 to fix the issue, BMW was willing to pay half and relocate all the electrical to a safer more dryer place. I am writing this letter because I feel there should be a recall on this issue, BMW needs to relocate the electrical components to a safer area than underneath the spare tire. BMW of North America was extremely rude when I told them about this issue, it was basically "nothing happened to you and your family, so we know it"S a problem, so we will pay for half of it". I hope something can be done about this issue to safeguard other BMW drivers who have similar vehicles.

- West Springfield , MA, USA

problem #1

Jun 012006


  • 7,000 miles
The contact owns a 2006 BMW 5 series. After starting the vehicle one morning, all of the instrument panel indicators illuminated. The dealer stated that the vehicle needed a new szl module, which controlled most of the computer functions in the vehicle. The dealer did not have the part available, but assured the contact that the vehicle was safe to drive. Three weeks after the incident, while driving 15 mph, the steering and brakes failed. The failure lasted less than a minute, but during this time he was unable to stop or steer the vehicle. He called the dealer and took the vehicle in for service. They kept the vehicle for over a month and replaced the szl module and clock spring, in addition to an electrical repair. Within a month, the failure recurred. The dealer was unable to duplicate the failure and returned the vehicle to the contact. The failure continued and the brakes began to squeal. The dealer replaced all of the brake pads and sensors. Even with all the repairs, the failure persists. The dealer is still unable to reproduce the failure and provide a remedy. Currently, the vehicle is experiencing unexpected acceleration. He believes that the issue is becoming progressively worse. Through research, he has found numerous complaints for the same failure. The failure mileage was 7,000 and current mileage was 31,000.

- Wilmington, DE, USA

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