really awful
Crashes / Fires:
1 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
1 / 0
Average Mileage:
20,680 miles

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2011 BMW 535 miscellaneous problems

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2011 BMW 535 Owner Comments

problem #3

Jan 012016


  • 36,000 miles


BMW has disabled the safety and security features of the model year 2013 and older. My vehicle no longer has an active sos button. Among other features, the collision notification system and stolen vehicle recovery system are no longer operational. BMW has changed software from 2G to 3G which makes my dashboard hardware incompatible and, therefore, inoperable. I paid for the safety and security features when I purchased the vehicle, and now they have been disabled. In the event of a serious accident or breakdown, the sos button cannot be used. As of January 1, 2016, BMW assist safety plan is nonoperational. I have communicated with various divisions of BMW, and this is their reply: "we do not have a retrofit option in order to upgrade earlier hardware to newer hardware." Rather than run old software and new software simultaneously so that our hardware is operation, BMW was disabled the safety ad security features. My dealer BMW of springfield NJ (formerly jmk) was unaware of this problem. I as an owner was also unaware that the safety and security features were disabled until I tried to use the sos button. I have only 36,000 miles on my car and cannot purchase a new vehicle at this time. BMW made an irresponsible decision to disable very important features and neglected to inform the owners.

- Summit, NJ, USA

problem #2

Dec 112013


  • 26,000 miles
The driver door does not shut intermittently the door release, door unlock/lock, door handle does not release the state. The car won't move because the door is not locked, it can take upwards of a few hours of tinkling to get this going again. The dealer has diligently changed so many parts and its not that they are not trying to remedy the situation. Is anyone else experiencing this out there. My 4 yr warranty will end in June and I am vvery concerned how I am going to resolve this issue.

- Morrisville, NC, USA

problem #1

Jul 092011


  • 40 miles
There are 3 major issues. 1. vehicle tends to veer to the right. Feeling is quite like a vehicle that hasn't been aligned for a while. 2. the most dangerous. Upon acceleration and/or at low speed, the vehicle randomly jerks forward without any notice- making it too late for the driver to slam the brakes. If your vehicle is standing three feet behind another vehicle in stop and go traffic, you can easily crash and rear end into the car in front of you. And of course, you will be sued for not keeping your distance. This can easily cause some serious injuries. 3. vehicle wobbles as if the tires were not balanced. There are clearly unknown defects that can not be located. Took it to the local BMW dealer, they keep ascribing it to "normal" characteristics and they keep informing me that bmws are built that way, they are now sportier. However, to any new owner, it is now deadlier. The local BMW dealer also state unless they vehicle doesn't inform them about the issue they can't do anything. Its more like, until someone doesn't sue them is when they will do something about it. BMW seriously needs to look into this issue immediately before a class action lawsuit begins against them.

- Saint Johns, FL, USA

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