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really awful
Crashes / Fires:
1 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
20,111 miles

About These NHTSA Complaints:

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2012 BMW X6 electrical problems

electrical problem

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2012 BMW X6 Owner Comments

problem #3

Jan 012012

X6 8-cyl

  • 7,000 miles


Increased battery discharge repeatedly since approximately six months after purchasing vehicle. BMW service says need to drive car more than 20-30 miles per day to keep battery charged and driving short, in city trips is not enough to keep electrical systems going. These vehicles should come with a disclaimer if you live and work in a city.

- Charleston, WV, USA

problem #2

Nov 262014

X6 8-cyl

  • 46,932 miles
Engine malfunction. Engine operating at reduced output. Engine has malfunctioned numerous times. Shuts down to reduced output, without warning and without allowance for traffic conditions, only allowing for 4-5 mph travel. Extreme danger! BMW has a "customer care package" that is a recall, although they are not calling it a recall. However, all parts of recall have been replaced on vehicle and now having to drive a vehicle that has not been fixed, that I am afraid to drive in traffic and do not trust to have enough power to merge onto interstate. BMW is simply throwing parts at a serious problem that has the potential to harm thousands of people.

- Charleston , WV, USA

problem #1

Jun 042012

X6 8-cyl

  • 6,400 miles
This vehicle does not have any audible or visual warning that any of the doors or hatch back is open prior to driving the vehicle. According to the dealership at princeton New Jersey BMW, the vehicle has to reach 5 mph before there is a warning. This is too late. I was parked in a parking garage when my BMW X6 key accidentally opened the hatchback. The key design is very poor as all buttons are flush with the hand. It will open doors or windows unexpectedly depending on how it goes in my pocket. As I drove off out of my parking spot unaware of the hatchback open, I drove over a speed bump which raised the vehicle and hatch back high enough to impact an overhead concrete column causing over $1800 in damage. This lack of warning system is unacceptable and BMW refuses to acknowledge the issue and repair the damage to my vehicle. This safety hazard also applies to any of the doors. If one of the doors swings open while accelerating the potential to hit a pedestrian would be unavoidable. I tried to return the vehicle back to BMW as I would not have accepted the vehicle without safety systems however they stated the vehicle has nothing wrong with which essentially they said if failed to warn me as it's designed to.

- Newburgh, IN, USA

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