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Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
22,524 miles

About These NHTSA Complaints:

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2012 BMW 535 electrical problems

electrical problem

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2012 BMW 535 Owner Comments

problem #3

Feb 012016


  • 30,000 miles


Several times when starting from a stopped position with the auto start/stop engaged, the car will stop and automatically go into neutral. I have had this happen several times when pulling into an intersection. It happened once while making a left turn with oncoming traffic and the car stalled after I started the turn. I had to get the car back into drive quickly to complete the turn and avoid being hit by the oncoming traffic. This does not happen frequently, has occurred a total of 5 or 6 times in the 4 years I have owned the car.

- Charlottesville, VA, USA

problem #2

May 092012

535 6-cyl

  • 4,000 miles
I have a 2012 535I and have been experiencing stalls when auto start/stop engages, when the vehicle tries to restart the engine it switches to N while at a traffic light or a stop sign. This is a safety issue and is very dangerous and could lead to an accident in certain driving situations.

- Imperial , CA, USA

problem #1

Oct 072013

535 6-cyl

  • 33,573 miles
The car has been in and out of the shop for various problems from the moment we bought it. The car started making whistling sounds and engine lights would come on and has been seen by BMW rts already 4 times. But most recently my husband was waiting at the light to make a left turn when his steering wheel all of a sudden locked and he could not drive it. So we took it in to get it serviced and was told to immediately contact BMW of North America. 3 weeks later I finally received my car and cause of this steering error reads: Eps control unit is faulty. The replaced the eps control unit, basically the steering rack, and the eps control unit failed again! they disconnected the battery to reset the control modules reprogrammed the eps control unit, adjusted the steering angels, initialized all windows and sunroof, performed active 4 wheel alignment. Basically the cars a dud and BMW refuses a buy back.

- Northridge, CA, USA

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