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hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 1
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
77,350 miles

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2007 BMW 530 lights problems

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2007 BMW 530 Owner Comments

problem #13

Sep 212016

530

  • 110,000 miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

The left front parking bulb was no working, took the vehicle to BMW dealership in columbia, S.C. to have bulb replaced. Upon picking up the vehicle, the warning indicator for the same bulb and the left front high beam warning both lights were not functioning correctly appeared. I returned to the service department to inquire why the warning was on, which they stated it was probably left loose. The service adviser returned to bring me into the shop to show me the wiring for the light assembly was cracking and falling off, exposing bare wire causing the short and blowing the bulbs. The service department at BMW stated a new assembly would be required which would be about $1500 each for the parts. After replacement of the bulb while in the service department, there was another electrical short causing the bulbs to blow immediately. I have read the wiring was coated with a soy based product, which is why the wiring coating is prematurely cracking and exposing bare copper wire, creating an electrical and fire hazard. Due to the inadequate material utilized by the manufacturer, it should be rectified by the manufacturer prior to serious injury or death.

- Blythewood, SC, USA

problem #12

Mar 142016

530

  • miles
Replacing the daytime running light bulb that failed, I removed the headlight assembly from the vehicle to have easier access to the bulb recessed deep inside the headlight housing. Upon opening the access panel, I discovered the wiring insulation of most of the inner wiring harness of headlight brittle and flaking off, exposing the bare wires. The short circuit probability is high with the exposed wires in close proximity.

- Missouri City, TX, USA

problem #11

Nov 102015

530

  • 84,089 miles
LH and rh adaptive headlights wiring insulation is crumbling possibly resulting in a electrical headlight fire from the exposed bare wires.

- Fife, WA, USA

problem #10

Jul 312015

530

  • 95,000 miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

The contact owns a 2007 BMW 530I. The contact stated that the head lights malfunctioned. The contact attempted to replaced the lights and noticed that the wires had frayed, prompting the contact to tape the wires in order to avoid wire contacts which caused sparks. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The failure mileage was 95,000.

- Davenport, FL, USA

problem #9

Apr 202015

530

  • 139,901 miles
My headlight was emitting smoke, upon closer investigation I can see the wires were red hot and the plastic coating was on fire, no apparent reason is know for the cause of this incident.

- Garden City, MI, USA

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problem #8

Jan 092015

530 6-cyl

  • 78,000 miles
My headlight assemblies, manufactured by hella for BMW, have crumbling and decaying insulation on the internal wires. Many of the wires are bare, and can cause short circuits and failures. All of the dozens of internal headlight wires are rotten and failing. There is the potential for sudden lighting failure at night, as well as the possibility of short circuit, combustion and fire. This is a major safety problem across many BMW's, and has been reported by many owners to safercar.

- Fort Lauderdale, FL, USA

problem #7

Dec 312014

530 6-cyl

  • 55,062 miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

I am contacting you in an attempt to obtain assistance / remedy in the repair of a burned outer tail lamp socket in my 2007 530xit. I am the original owner of this vehicle. On 12/31/2014 I received a right tail lamp malfunction warning via I-drive and when I arrived home I inspected the right tail lamp assy and found the outer tail lamp bulb socket contacts to be melted and no longer making contact with the bulb holder. The stock and original bulb tested faulty. Unfortunately, due to the damaged and melted contact on the socket assy, the BMW replacement bulb will not function either. I have a photo of the socket assy should it be needed for investigation. As is the case with the 2008-2010 E60 & E61 models, there have been substantial failures in the rear lighting system resulting in a recall. I feel that this failure reduces the vehicles ability to warn other motorists of the driver's intentions, increasing the risk of a crash and should be investigated for a potential recall on pre lci E61 models.

- Oldsmar, FL, USA

problem #6

Dec 232014

530 6-cyl

  • 146,000 miles
All active xenon headlight wiring protective coating is/has flaked off exposing wires, making it vulnerable to electrical short, lose of driving lights and potential fire hazard.

- Dequincy , LA, USA

problem #5

Jul 072014

530 6-cyl

  • 96,500 miles
The sheathing on my headlight's wiring is flaking off which could lead to potential fires. I was quoted $1500 per headlight to replace them with the same crappy headlight housings that are made with the same material that will eventually do the same thing. All I need is to have the car parked in my garage and it causing a fire that could burn down our home or worst injure my family.

- New Caney, TX, USA

problem #4

Dec 202012

530 6-cyl

  • 50,000 miles
The vehicle headlight internal wiring insulation is falling apart, thus leaving bare wires exposed.this is a faulty design that could possibly lead to a fire or accident due to loss of lights at night. This should not be happening under normal conditions.

- Naples , FL, USA

problem #3

May 152013

530

  • 75,000 miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

I discovered failures of multiple wires in the tailgate/rear window wiring harnesses. Through research online I have found this is a common problem with this vehicle over several model years - search for BMW E61 tailgate wiring problems. The failures are caused by a poor design where the wires entering the hinge guides (4) for the glass and tailgate are repeatedly flexed at a sharp angle until the insulation, then the copper wire breaks. Safety issues - possible electrical short circuit leading to fires (highest load is for rear defroster); lighting failures (rear high brake light, license plate lamps and others); reduced visibility due to loss of wiper/washer/defroster; rear glass latch opening while underway, possibly resulting in loss of cargo or ingress of exhaust fumes. This is not an easily repaired problem. It would be beyond the capabilities of all but a skilled mechanic with proper tools. I discovered it when the remote lock/unlock using the key fobs failed. As I investigated I found the broken wire, along with several others with broken insulation, some with broken copper strands.

- Kirkland, WA, USA

problem #2

Nov 152013

530 6-cyl

  • miles
I was recently made aware that there is a recall regarding the rear tail lights on 2008+ 5 series vehicles. I recently expereinced the same symptoms as the recall notice on my rear tail lights; however my car is a 2007 model. The I-drive would intermittenly alert that a bulb is out. I have replaced it but it would go out again. I inspected the bulb carrier and bulb socket and noticed severly burned contact area's where one of the bulb sockets plug in. The recall clearly is for sedans 2008+ but I seem to have the exact issue and there are others who have the same issues (see 5series.net forum website).

- Norwalk, CT, USA

problem #1

Jul 162013

530 6-cyl

  • 76,000 miles
The headlights, driving lights are all shorted out. This was a dangerous situation as it happened at night. When taken to my mechanic, he told me that it is a common fault on BMW's. that the wiring for all the lights is made from recycled plastic and with the heat from outside and the engine the insulation completely deteriorates. He showed my bare wires everywhere and if you touch the insulation it just crumbles away. How could a $55,000 car have such poor wiring that is can create a dangerous and possibly fatal accident. To me there should be a complete recall of affected vehicles.

- Boca Raton, FL, USA

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