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pretty bad
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
5,400 miles

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2010 BMW 535 engine problems

engine problem

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2010 BMW 535 Owner Comments

problem #3

Dec 082010


  • 10,000 miles


This is the second time this particular problem happened. The first time the car lost power when revs went up above 3.5K RPM and recovered as soon as revs fell below this range. This almost resulted in an accident since the driver behind me was taken by surprise with the abrupt reduction in speed. I took the car to BMW for service and they reported it had been fixed. The second incident occurred while driving at 60mph on the leftmost lane of a three lane highway. The car completely lost power and a warning was displayed indicating: "engine malfunction, you may be able to continue at reduced power". there was no power at all. The engine was completely off, car switched to neutral. I turned the hazard lights on since there was a lot of commuting traffic and the quick reduction in speed could have again resulted in a serious accident. I managed to coast to the shoulder on the right and called roadside assistance. Car was towed and is being serviced by BMW. Searching the web I found numerous references to this exact problem reported as early as 2008. Some of the reports indicate that this issue happened a few times to the same car even after the issue was declared resolved. I am dumbfounded by the fact that a recall hasn't been issued. Does it take someone dying for anyone to pay attention and do the right thing?

- Bloomfield, NJ, USA

problem #2

Jun 122010

535 6-cyl

  • 3,900 miles
Brand new BMW 535I with less than 4000 miles. Engine malfunction without warning in middle of busy traffic. All power, steering, everything went dead without warning. I was lucky enough to barely get to middle lane to avoid accident. Updated 6/21/10 the dealer identified the problem as an acute failure of the high pressure fuel pump. Updated 06/24/10.

- Durham, NC, USA

problem #1

Oct 222009


  • 2,299 miles
The contact owns a 2010 BMW 535I. The contact stated that since purchasing the vehicle, it had to be taken to the dealership at least once a month. The vehicle lost power intermittently. The dealer rebooted the computer and reprogrammed faulty codes at least six times. The vehicle also would not start at times. The contact refused to drive the vehicle and it was parked at his home at the time of the complaint. The failure mileage was 2,299. The current mileage was approximately 14,000.

- Palm Springs , CA, USA

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