really awful
Crashes / Fires:
1 / 1
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
99,230 miles

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2003 BMW 525 accessories - interior problems

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2003 BMW 525 Owner Comments

problem #3

Aug 202012

525 6-cyl

  • 180,000 miles


Driver seat and passenger power motor of seat not working, and can I asking if I buy this car from dealer used car, this car have 5 recall, ,the dealer don't tell me about the car have recall, that illegal or legal, if illegal with customer, where and what the offices can I do complain report this dealer, ,thanks

- Garden Grove, CA, USA

problem #2

Oct 242009


  • 72,690 miles
Upon turning on the manufacturer installed drivers seat heater, the drivers seat heater shorted out causing extreme heat and smoke to rise from the left side of the seat. Although this did not cause a fire, it was extremely close to causing a fire. The heater was turned off, and the smoke and heat subsided. There was a significant electrical burning smell. Contacted a BMW mechanic who stated that this was a common occurrence and a known issue with BMW. He cited a case which caused a customers leather seat to burn and also burned his sports coat. The mechanic stated that this problem happens overtime do to the breakdown of the wiring which is caused by the driver getting into and out of the vehicle. Over time, the wires rub bare causing the deterioration of the wiring and the insulation. The wiring in turn builds resistance with the in ability of the electricity to pass through the damage wiring, which causes the excessive heat.

- Stillwater, MN, USA

problem #1

Feb 152009


  • 45,000 miles
I was driving on the freeway and turned the seat heater on. After about 5 minutes into my drive, I started to smell smoke and then saw smoke in the car. I pulled over and saw that the seat was catching on fire. I turned the seat heater off and doused the fire with water.

- Arcadia, CA, USA

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