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really awful
Crashes / Fires:
3 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
2 / 0
Average Mileage:
63,333 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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2007 BMW 530 Owner Comments

problem #3

Dec 262013


  • 148,000 miles


The contact owns a 2007 BMW 530I. The contact stated that while driving approximately 10 mph and depressing the brakes, the vehicle suddenly accelerated forward without warning. The contact stated that the brakes failed to respond and as a result, the contact crashed into a building. The contact was taken to the hospital for treatment of injuries to the ribs and muscle tearing. A police report was filed. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The vehicle was destroyed. The approximate failure and current mileage was 148,000. The VIN was not available.

- Fulshear, TX, USA

problem #2

Oct 152011


  • miles
The contact owned a 2007 BMW 530I. The contact stated while driving 30 mph, the vehicle surged forward until it crashed into a rock. The vehicle was destroyed and towed to an authorized dealer. The failure was not diagnosed. The contact sustained serious injuries and was taken to the hospital. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure and offered no assistance. The failure and current mileage was unknown. The VIN was unavailable.

- Pembroke Pines, FL, USA

problem #1

Nov 102009


  • 42,000 miles
Information redacted pursuant to the Freedom Of Information Act (FOIA), 5 U.S.C. 552(B)(6) I ([xxx]) am filing a complaint on behalf of my mom ([xxx]) who owns the 2007 BMW 530I in question (VIN #: [xxx]). english is not her primary language. According to my mom's account, on 11/10/2009 she pulled her car into the driveway and waited for the garage door to open. But as she let go of the brake pedal, the car started to accelerate very quickly without her intention. She tried to apply the brakes, but the car's motor was just too powerful to prevent the car from continuing to accelerate into and almost through the garage wall. We reported to BMW of North America and asked them at the time weather unintentional acceleration and or some problem with the electronics governing the car's accelerator was responsible for the accident and they took the vehicle, tested it, and concluded that the vehicle's diagnosis returned no such error. I explained to them that with drive by wire technology and all the electronics governing the car, there could have been some soft of a short-circuiting or problems with it. They told us that there was nothing they could find wrong with the vehicle. We were told that it was my mom's fault and that she might have mistakenly pushed the wrong pedal, which my mom vividly remembers she did not because once the car accelerated she quickly try to push the brakes, which were overpowered by the car. Our insurance had to pick up the bill. I understand that BMW would not be willing to admit fault immediately and it is also possible that the diagnosis system cannot detect such problems. A professor at showed on abc news that the Toyota system cannot detect the problem (see video from this web link: but in light of the issues with Toyota, we wanted to report this accident and place a record that the 2007 BMW 530I might have an unintended acceleration problem.

- Chandler, AZ, USA

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