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definitely annoying
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
31,500 miles

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2014 BMW 535 fuel system problems

fuel system problem

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2014 BMW 535 Owner Comments

problem #2

Nov 042015


  • 58,500 miles


I hit a piece of truck tire debris on I-495N in marlboro MA at night and I was unable to stop and inspect for damage due to heavy traffic. All seemed ok. 15 minutes later in chelmsford MA, the car gave "drivetrain malfunction, reduced power, drive gently" message and continued to lose power and slow down. I pulled over safely to the breakdown lane and then the engine stopped and could not be restarted again. Tire debris from earlier ruptured part of the fuel system and caused the car to dump diesel fuel on the highway and the engine eventually stopped due to running out of fuel. Given that the car has all-wheel drive (AWD), a flatbed truck is required for towing. No other tow method is allowed. This requires being able to put the transmission in neutral (N) while the car is disabled and release the parking brake in order to move the vehicle. The parking brake (electric control) was able to be released but there is no easy way and no documentation readily available to override the electronic shift interlock for the transmission. The car is unable to be pushed, towed, or rolled without being able to get the car into neutral while the car is disabled. Placing the transmission into neutral normally requires starting the engine first which was not possible due to no fuel and there is no manual override or documented procedure available to override the interlock so that the car can be moved while disabled. The flatbed truck operator had to get creative and skid the car onto the flatbed in order to pick it up. The disturbing thing about this incident is that the electronic shift control for the transmission has no override for the interlock for moving the vehicle when disabled. Older cars had a mechanical link between the shift lever and transmission so a manual override was easy to do. New cars now have all electronic controls instead of a mechanical linkage.

- Nashua, NH, USA

problem #1

Sep 062014


  • 4,500 miles
Saturday Sept. 6, 2014 @ 09:30hrs NY queens : started the vehicle a few times and every time within seconds the engine died out. BMW road assistance arranged to move the vehicle to the BMW of manhattan service center for repairs (at this time approximate mileage was 4000-4500 miles). Monday Sept. 8, 2014 @ 11:00hrs: Vehicle delivered to the dealership. Tuesday Sept. 9, 2014 : was informed that the fuel pump was being tested. Wednesday Sept. 10, 2014 : advised that fuel pump was ordered, was coming from 'out-of-state' - may not arrive until Monday. Thursday Sept. 11, 2014 : updated that fuel pump had not yet arrived. Tuesday Sept. 16, 2014 : I followed up on the status of the pending part and when the vehicle would be fixed. Friday Sept. 19, 2014 : BMW responded: "the part is still on back order..............backorder part means the part is not readily available and has to be released from germany......". the message further stated that some parts had arrived (no details provided) and the pending part(s) were expected coming Monday/Tuesday. Friday Sept. 19, 2014 : I requested a copy of the detailed diagnostic report to have a clear idea of the problem and what part(s) needed to be replaced - I am yet to receive this report. Wednesday Sept. 24, 2014 : was informed that techs were waiting for the additional part to arrive from germany. Thursday Sept. 25, 2014 : was informed that the part from germany had still not arrived. Wednesday Oct. 01, 2014 : again informed that the part had not yet arrived from germany. I am very concerned that I am not being given a complete diagnostic of what the problem is, given that it is a new vehicle purchased June 1, 2014. I find this an unacceptable situation. Thusday Oct. 02, 2014 : today I have been informed that the part on back order is a fuel injector.

- Rockville, MD, USA

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