Huge win for car owners! All TSBs to be made public. The Center for Auto Safety just made the NHTSA (US Government) make public the full text of all TSBs from now on. They are the same organization that has petitioned the NHTSA & filed lawsuits to protect car owners over exploding gas tanks & other major safety issues. Whenever you drive in your car, you are safer thanks in part to a lot of work over the years by this small but very effective consumer advocacy group.

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really awful
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
1 / 0
Average Mileage:
27,000 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.

2005 BMW X5 accessories - interior problems

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2005 BMW X5 Owner Comments

problem #2

Jun 032011

X5 6-cyl

  • miles


Seat heater burned hole through driver side seat cushion & burned my leg.

- San Anselmo, CA, USA

problem #1

Jan 152010


  • 54,000 miles
2005 BMW X5 - passenger seat heater heated up excessively to the point of burning a hole through the back of seat. Noticed a burning smell of leather and then discovered hole burned through. Passenger also felt excessive heat on back by left shoulder. Reported this to BMW and they made no offer to fix. Cost to repair this is $1750. The concern I have is when I resell this car to someone else if not fixed could cause a fire in the future.

- Pittsford, NY, USA

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