really awful
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 1
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
142,500 miles

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2002 BMW 525 engine problems

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2002 BMW 525 Owner Comments

problem #2

Jan 152019


  • 160,000 miles


I have a 2002 525I which I drove to work on January 15, 2019. After being in work for 15 minutes, I was notified that the entire front end of my car was engulfed in flames. The top of the hood, under the hood, and under the front end of my car was completely on fire. I have read about the pvc recall for 2007-2011, but I also read "BMW had looked into heat damage involving the heating and cooling system as early as 2007 but stepped up its analysis work in September." That was from a chronology report provided by BMW to NHTSA, and quoted from abcnews.go.com. What this tells me is BMW didn't look back any earlier than 2007. It was terrifying, and thank god no one was hurt. What is BMW doing about this" and what is my next course of action"

- Newark, DE, USA

problem #1

Jun 182016


  • 125,000 miles
The contact owns a 2002 BMW 525ia. While driving 25 mph, the air bag deployed without warning or impact. There were no injuries. The vehicle stalled and failed to restart. The vehicle was towed, but was not diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The failure mileage was approximately 125,000.

- Victorville, CA, USA

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