really awful
Crashes / Fires:
1 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
58,500 miles

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2002 BMW 525 drivetrain problems

drivetrain problem

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2002 BMW 525 Owner Comments

problem #2

Jun 122013

525 6-cyl

  • 96,000 miles


Driving at 50 mph I was being harassed by another motorist because I was driving the speed limit. I decided to let him pass but first I had to speed up to 58 mph inorder to completely overtake a passenger car to my right (passenger side) I gave the throttle some gas and the car went nowhere. The needle went all the way into the red zone on the tachometer. The driver behind me (another BMW 3 series),tailgated me. It scared me so bad, that I did not see a deep pot hole in the road surface. I hit it so hard, that I spun around and all of my wheels were damaged. I had all four wheels repaired and tires at a cost of $2000.the day before, I noticed the service engine soon light was on. Of course, I want this checked out.so I scanned the car. It was displaying 000030 BMW/ or for/ P code P0741 " torque converter clutch valve stuck off.so I went to a BMW dealer. Explained everything. They show me the codes pulled from the car. The code for the tc clutch valve not working was shown.(their equivalent to P0741) they tell me it is the disa valve."??? is BMW trying to cover this up?.disa has zero to do with the torque converter. I see how many have failed and BMW does nothing? I could have been killed. The car did not respond with my request in a manner that affected my well being. If this problem is involved with many, many claims because of a part that is proven to be deficient as it sounds, I am sure if investigated you will find some injuries and/or damages and deaths have occurred and when the dealer sees a bad one, they try to bill it out as something else. I can not be the only one. And why did the BMW dealer try to rip me off? I like my car but the letters BMW put a bad taste in my mouth. Right down to the jerk who tried to run me off of the road. BMW= ? anyone else? anyone who was told something else was bad when it is a bad seal inside the torque converter"

- West Babylon, NY, USA

problem #1

Jun 192003


  • 21,000 miles
While driving and without warning the consumer had to drive a certain speed in order for the ajar indicator light or the alarm sound to come on, to let the consumer know the door or trunk was open. There was also no warning chime to let the driver know that occupants in the vehicle released the seat belts. After the vehicle was placed in drive, it would take about two vehicle lengths before the gong sounds, the fuel sending unit was inoperative and caused the vehicle to stall, at the time the vehicle showed a half a tank, there was a loud popping that had come from the center of the vehicle, the vehicle jumped between gear(1st to 2nd gear and would jerk), the remote key wouldn't work, the left rear seat belt would not extend, the vehicle would crank but wouldn't start, the vehicle alarm was too sensitive, and the right rear door's full shade did not retract. The fuse in the glove box was loose.

- Huntington Beach, CA, USA

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