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definitely annoying
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
33,532 miles

About These NHTSA Complaints:

This data is from the NHTSA — the US gov't agency tasked with vehicle safety. Complaints are spread across multiple & redundant categories, & are not organized by problem.

So how do you find out what problems are occurring? For this NHTSA complaint data, the only way is to read through the comments below. Any duplicates or errors? It's not us.

2001 BMW 540 electrical problems

electrical problem

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2001 BMW 540 Owner Comments

problem #4

May 162010


  • 98,000 miles


3rd (high) tail light bulb and socket overheats and melts, rendering the light inoperable and possibly causing a fire hazard.

- Spring Branch, TX, USA

problem #3

Aug 012006


  • 36,000 miles
Failure of the information cluster, missing pixels)....mileage and other information can not be read.

- Fairfax, VA, USA

problem #2

Mar 102009


  • miles
Electrical short in faulty thermostat caused all wiring to melt and lead to a damage of main computer.

- Manchester, NH, USA

problem #1

Oct 242002

540 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 127 miles
BMW 540I electrical problems / damage to internal heating and electrical equipment. They pose a hazard due to extreme temperature change in the car interior. The hot / and cold sensation leaves the driver feeling sick / nauseous.

- Martinez, CA, USA

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