really awful
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 2
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
132,392 miles

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2002 BMW 525 miscellaneous problems

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2002 BMW 525 Owner Comments

problem #4

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 #3

Jul 042016


  • 179,200 miles
Takata recall there's a airbag signals on display screen doesn't go out or clear anytime you start or drive the car

- Burlington, NJ, USA

problem #2

Sep 272017


  • 169,367 miles
It started to smell electrical when I was driving the car and when I stopped the car put it in park and tryed to turn the car off the ignition wouldnt turn off and my entire car caught fire..I saw it start on the passenger side under the hood I threw water on it it woundnt go out and I called the fire department. It happened in placerville when I was visiting family.

- Rancho Cordova, CA, 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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