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2.5

hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
58,583 miles

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2008 BMW 550 seat belts / air bags problems

seat belts / air bags problem

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2008 BMW 550 Owner Comments

problem #6

Mar 012016

550

  • miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

Takata recall. BMW is not doing enough to rectify the situation. I received a notice in March & 5 months later BMW dealers still do not have the parts to repair the airbags. How is it that this is acceptable?

- Roslyn Heights, NY, USA

problem #5

May 012016

550

  • 60,000 miles
Consistently receiving 'passenger restraint system' warning indicating loss of airbag protection on onboard warning system. Dealership support notified several times while under manufacturer as well as purchased extended warrantees without any remedy. 'no fault' found by dealerships - reportedly their diagnostics indicated no current issue with passenger restraint system. Passenger restraint system continues to indicate shut-down while under normal driving conditions. Limited online research indicates that this is a persistent passenger safety control system issue specific to this manufacturer and model.

- Houston, TX, USA

problem #4

Feb 012015

550

  • 84,000 miles
Purchased used with 83,000 miles. Currently 100,000. The intermittently reports a failure in the passenger restraint system. When examined by a qualified mechanic, there is no indication of an issue with any of the passenger restraint systems. When this warning is present on the vehicle, I do not know what safety systems (if any) have been compromised. Dealership has stated there is a recall on similar vehicles during the same year, but not this vehicle even though it uses the same components.

- Hudson Oaks, TX, USA

problem #3

Oct 192015

550

  • 80,000 miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

Pass restraint system error. Please help! I get this warning every so often when I get in my car and regardless of a passenger present or not. Several times the beeping signal will begin to make noise, to button the seat belt, even when nothing is in the seat. This is creating a very annoying driving experience.

- Sterling Hts, MI, USA

problem #2

Jul 012014

550

  • 68,000 miles
The contact owns a 2008 BMW 550I. The contact stated that the air bag warning light illuminated. The vehicle was taken to the dealer who recommended that the passenger seat sensor needed to be replaced. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 68,000.

- White Plains, NY, USA

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problem #1

Sep 062013

550

  • 59,500 miles
I was driving and a warning light came on, the warning says (pass. Restraint system. Fault in passenger-restraint system affecting air bag, belt tensioner belt-force limiter. Continue wearing safety belt. Have system checked by the nearest BMW center. I was driving normally with no sudden stop or any out of the ordinary move.

- Hicksville, NY, USA

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