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hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
60,633 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.

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2006 BMW 530 transmission problems

transmission problem

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2006 BMW 530 Owner Comments

problem #6

Jul 012011


  • 123,000 miles


The contact owns a 2006 BMW 5 series 530xi. The contact stated that while attempting to park, the vehicle would not shift into park. Once the contact was able to shift into park, the message display informed her that the engine would not shut off because the vehicle was not locked into park. The vehicle was towed to the dealer where the contact was awaiting inspection of the failure. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure and did not offer any assistance since the vehicle was not included in NHTSA campaign id number: 05V504000 (power train:automatic transmission). The vehicle was not repaired. The failure and the current mileage was 123,000.

- Fall River , MA, USA

problem #5

May 182011

530 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 89,000 miles
I've had problems with the automatic transmission since purchasing in Dec 2008. The vehicle jerks violently as it shifts after stops. A few months ago, the transmission wouldn't shift up until I put it in neutral and shifting it back to D. currently, it jerks during up shifts thru all gears, most of the time. I have brought it in to the dealer multiple times over the years. They claim that they couldn't find anything wrong. I am very worried of the transmission failing suddently and causing a crash.

- Rancho Cordova, CA, USA

problem #4

Dec 152010

530 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 65,000 miles
The automatic transmission of my 2006 BMW 525I, with app 65,000 miles, failed and the dealer tell me that I have to pay for a replacement. I feel that a transmission should last more than 65,000 mile and thus should be replaced at BMW's expense. My research indicates that these are an anusually high rate of transmission failures in these cars, and the recall should be mandated.

- Longwood, FL, USA

problem #3

Oct 292010


  • 33,800 miles


BMW car can be a death trap! my 2006 530I smg gearbox with 34K miles lost power completely without warning on the road. Luckily, I was approaching a stop light and the car became undrivable and needed to be tolled away. I was 5 minutes from getting on a highway and if I was on highway, it would be a different story. The failure was due to a leak in the hydraulic component of the transmission. This is a sealed system with no user serviceable/inspection support and obviously the car has no monitor facility for this component since there was no warning. With the hydraulic failure, the transmission disengaged the gear back to neutral which results in complete power lost and I could not "re-engage" it back in gear. The transmission is under computer control (automatic).

- Austin, TX, USA

problem #2

Sep 072010


  • 45,000 miles
2006 BMW 530I - when stopping, car lurches forward forcefully. Almost hit car in front of me - felt like someone hit me.

- Leesburg, VA, USA

problem #1

Jun 232006

530 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 8,000 miles
: the contact stated the engine hesitated when accelerating from a stop. The hesitation of the engine lasted between 5 to 10 seconds. The vehicle was taken to the service dealer and manufacturer, who did not find any problem with the engine. The vehicle was not involved in any accidents. When pulling out into traffic, the vehicle hesitated. The consuemer was told the vehicle is underpowered for its weight. Updated 12/18/06.

- Lebanon, IL, USA

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