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1.7

hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
95,185 miles

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2008 BMW 535 body / paint problems

body / paint problem

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2008 BMW 535 Owner Comments

problem #3

Aug 072015

535

  • 100,000 miles

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

The contact owns a 2008 BMW 535xi. The contact stated that after exiting the vehicle and touching the handle to lock the doors via the keyless entry feature, the contact failed to realize that the passenger had not exited the vehicle. The passenger was unable to unlock the doors and remained trapped in the vehicle with the windows up for approximately 15 minutes until the driver came back to unlock the vehicle. The vehicle was taken to the dealer, where it was explained that what the contact perceived as a failure was a security feature of the vehicle and was not considered a defect. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 100,000.

- Ambler, PA, USA

problem #2

Apr 142015

535

  • 121,054 miles
While driving at 55mph not close to the vehicle in front of me and with no oncoming traffic, and with the sunroof closed, there was a sudden "explosion" above my head. It was a very loud noise and my first thought was that the sunroof had been shot. Before I had time to pull over, the shattered glass of the sunroof blew off the roof onto the road behind me. I did not see anything come off the vehicle in front of me, there was no oncoming traffic, and I was not going under a bridge of any kind. It was as if the sunroof spontaneously exploded. Had the sunroof curtain not been closed, all that glass would have come into the car and caused significant injury.

- Matthews, NC, USA

problem #1

May 232012

535

  • 64,500 miles
Left side of the center dash trim continues to pop off. Occurs every 4 months at $40 a repair. Repaired 3 times; once under warranty and twice out of warranty. The trim pops out on its own, however the BMW dealership continues to state that excessive force is causing the problem. That is not the case. This is not a characteristic to expect on this class of vehicle. An owner should not expect to maintain the dash trim.

- District Heights, MD, USA

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