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definitely annoying
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 1
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
45,000 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.

2003 BMW X5 accessories - interior problems

accessories - interior problem

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2003 BMW X5 Owner Comments

problem #2

Feb 062014


  • 90,000 miles


The contact owns a 2003 BMW X5. The contact stated that there was a abnormal burning odor. The contact then noticed that the driver's side seat heater had malfunctioned and burned a hole through the leather. The vehicle was not taken to a dealer for diagnostic testing. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure. The vehicle was not repaired. The approximate failure and current mileage was 90,000.

- Middletown , MD, USA

problem #1

Mar 112004

(reported on)


  • miles
While driving dashboard light/headlights flickered on and off. This happened 90% of the time when the heater for the seats was used.

- Lebanon, NJ, USA

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