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Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
43,837 miles

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2011 BMW 550 engine problems

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2011 BMW 550 Owner Comments

problem #8

Sep 042016


  • 73,000 miles


Drivetrain malfunction car lost power (no acceleration) on the highway shock violently, happened 3 times in less then a year car does have 70K miles but this shouldn't happen.

- Washington Dc, DC, USA

problem #7

Mar 312015


  • 40,000 miles
The contact owns a 2011 BMW 550I. The contact stated that the vehicle experienced excessive oil consumption. The contact stated that the engine oil warning indicator illuminated every two weeks. The vehicle was taken to a dealer where it was repaired. The technician diagnosis was not provided. After the vehicle was repaired, the failure still recurred. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The failure mileage was approximately 40,000.

- Northbrook, IL, USA

problem #6

May 222015


  • 53,000 miles
I am currently having problems with my vehicle and the local authorized dealer/service center, I believe they have been negligent with their actions to multiple problems that have occurred, including the repair and inspection pertaining to a recall of the N63 engine vehicles. The vehicle has had multiple issues in the past, including several "drivetrain malfunctions" for which I believe have the dates and service records they relate fuel injectors, battery, pumps, ect.. since January 2015 I have contacted the service center, autogermana BMW of puerto rico, to request an inspection and repair of the vehicle due to recurrent issues and concerns, the representative initially told me that the dealer had received no information about the "recall" or service bulletin "B001314". in March the vehicle was serviced again and the "recall" was included in the service order but they alleged that they did't have the parts available and that they would contact me as soon as they became available. The representative even recommended against extending the vehicle warranty for repairs until the vehicle was repaired and/or inspected as it related to the recall. The vehicle is now past the 50K mile warranty and the issues have not been resolved, and again it is at their service center because of a new "drivetrain malfunction". the service representative called me and told me that they would again inspect the vehicle to determine if the malfunction had any relation to the previous issues and /or the recall, if it has no relation they would have to be repaired without the warranty coverage. I believe this to be systematic negligence or quite possibly intentional irresponsibility. At this point legal action is the next logical step. I appeal to the NHTSA for responsible assistance with these service issues and a resolution of the problems.

- Caguas, PR, USA

problem #5

Sep 242014

550 8-cyl

  • 31,668 miles


Have to add oil every 500 miles, and I did notice there's a recall on the car but BMW does not want to call it a recall.I think it may effect car 5 years from now, timing chain is not always good news. I think BMW should offer extended warranty.

- Chino Hills, CA, USA

problem #4

Jun 212014


  • 55,000 miles
I bought the car on May 6, 2015 with about 53K miles on it. Drove it for only about 45 days and while driving the car the drivetrain malfunction and other lights came on and the car lost power and stopped immediately. At first, I thought it was the battery and had the car jumped but that didn't work. The care engine was totally dead, no sound no anything other than the engine light that popped on before it stopped. I had purchased an extended warranty from gwc at the purchase of the car so informed them. I had the car towed to a place (lmc auto in norcross Georgia) that gwc was willing to pay for repairs. Lmc said the engine was locked and needed to be replaced. Gwc refused to replace the engine because of the expense and instead had lmc auto repair the engine. Needless to say, lmc is still repairing the engine almost 5months later. I had called governor's office of consumer protection, [xxx], etc.. trying to get help with getting the car fixed. When I talked to BMW of North America they said they warranty is up at 50K miles so they cannot commit to do anything. I am at my wits end and the car still does not seem to be any closer to getting fixed. Information redacted pursuant to the Freedom Of Information Act (FOIA), 5 U.S.C. 552(B)(6).

- Lithonia, GA, USA

problem #3

Sep 162014


  • 39,300 miles
I was driving my car and all of a sudden the entire car started shaking. I get multiple engine malfunction lights and then get a "reduced power" alert on my dashboard. The car goes into "limp-mode", which means it's incapable of going past 40-45 mph and going anything above 25 results in violent shaking of the car. Also at red lights, the entire car vibrates. The fault was determined to be the fuel injectors in the engine, however I already knew that by simply looking up the symptoms. Thousands of BMW 5-series made between 2011-2012 have this issue, yet BMW is not recalling them, but rather fixing them on a one-by-one basis. If someone is out of warranty, like me, they are then charging nearly $6,000 for a fault that affects over 50% of 2011 BMW 550I's made! BMW forums everywhere talk about this problem and as cars made in 2011 start running out of their warranty in late 2014, early 2015, more and more of them will start showing symptoms and consumers will be forced to shell out thousands of dollars for a fix BMW should have addressed in a mandatory recall.

- Omaha, NE, USA

problem #2

Nov 162013


  • 29,500 miles
Add oil light came on approximately every 4000-5000 miles starting at 5000 miles. Oil leaked onto garage floor. BMW dealership repeatedly claimed there was nothing wrong. Around 25,000 they told me that the manufacturer had issued a data sheet saying they were changing the maximum oil fill capacity. The dealer reset the oil sensor and added more oil. At approximately 30,000 miles the turbos failed and were replaced by the dealership under warranty. At 32,000 miles the vacuum pump failed and was replaced by the dealership under warranty. When the vacuum pump failed, the car had a horrendous burning oil smell and the brakes were very spongy. The dealership advised not to drive the car and it had to be towed. These failures and repairs could have been avoided if BMW had taken my complaints seriously about the oil problem and, in my opinion, engine defects at 5,000 miles when I first complained. BMW refuses to issue an extended warranty on the engine despite the fact that it has had two serious problems that started at 5000 miles.

- Medina, OH, USA

problem #1

Oct 172013

550 8-cyl

  • 29,230 miles
I have prepared a pdf document that I would like to submit as well. I can supply it at any time. Here is the short version. 10/17/13: I have the family come with me for a ride and then the vehicle begins to malfunctions and the check engine light comes back on. The vehicle is struggling to even drive at this point and I am on the freeway trying to make it to an exit. The hesitation becomes worse and worse I start to fear that I may become stranded on a busy roadway. I make it off the exit and home. 10/18/13: (D/O vehicle mileage: 29,375) I take the vehicle to concord BMW for inspection; [xxx] is the service consultant at BMW of concord. 10/19/13: (P/U vehicle mileage: 29,379) [xxx] telephones me to inform me that it was a quick fix and the vehicle was ready to be picked up. I come to sign for the vehicle and release the rental. Not even 10 minutes after I am in possession of the vehicle it malfunctions identically again. I call back to tell them I am dropping it off, once again. Returned the vehicle with (D/O 29,392 miles) 10/20/13: Continued... 10/21/13: Continued... 10/22/13: Continued... 10/23/13: Continued... 10/24/13: Continued.... 10/25/13: Continued... 10/26/13: Continued... 10/27/13: Continued... 10/28/13: Continued... 10/29/13: Continued... 10/30/13: Continued... 10/31/13: Continued... information redacted pursuant to the Freedom Of Information Act (FOIA), 5 U.S.C. 552(B)(6).

- Clayton, CA, USA

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