hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
70,569 miles

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2005 BMW 525 seat belts / air bags problems

seat belts / air bags problem

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2005 BMW 525 Owner Comments

problem #6

Jun 012015


  • 120,000 miles


When the battery was changed in the car, the passenger restraint system failure light came on. The vehicle was not in motion, nor has it been in any kind of wreck. An airbag light and passenger restraint light is now on. BMW says it is not under recall.

- Leander, TX, USA

problem #5

Feb 042015


  • 86,000 miles
The contact owns a 2005 BMW 525I. While driving at an unknown speed, the passenger side air bag and passenger side seat belt warning lights illuminated. The vehicle was taken to an independent mechanic, who diagnosed that the passenger side occupancy seat sensor needed to be replaced. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The failure mileage was 86,000.

- Fairfax, VA, USA

problem #4

Mar 182015

525 6-cyl

  • 29,500 miles
On the morning of 3/18/2015 at 8 am. I started the car and received a passenger restraint system warning on the display. The car was parked in the garage.

- Princeton, NJ, USA

problem #3

Jan 042005

525 6-cyl

  • 16 miles


The first day I got my brand new 2005 BMW 525I was in December of 2004 and I was driving it and a emergency warning light came on telling me that something was wrong with the transmission, to pull over and have it towed to the nearest BMW dealership. I had to get my brand new car towed back to the dealership where they replaced the transmission. This was only the beginning of a cycle of events that never happened with my Honda Accord, Mercedes, Acura, Blazer or Saturn. My screen lights up like a christmas tree all the time with all kinds of strange warnings that unless you are an engineer might as well be in swahili. I have had a problem with the passenger restraint system failure light staying on and no one can figure that one out. I have had a flat tire light come on (it's on right now) when there is no flat tire. The wood paneling on the passenger's side above the glove compartment has 3 huge cracks that go all the way through it. My glove compartment won't open because the handle broke off. My sunroof cover flies back into the back of the top of the car and gets lost back there and there is no way to reach it. The lighter (which I need for a charger for my phone) malfunctions and the wooden panel cover disappeared into the interior component of the car as I watched helpless leaving a big ugly gaping hole. I am so careful with my car and can't believe this is what I got for $50,000. These are problems that a 1972 Volvo might deal with but my 2005 BMW? the repairs and service are outlandishly expensive and to have these problems is simply unacceptable. The front driver floor mat gets stuck under the pedals almost making me wreck! I'm embarrassed with how my brand new BMW has turned into a "ghetto" ride.

- Birmingham, AL, USA

problem #2

Feb 172014

525 6-cyl

  • 123,900 miles
The airbag light and seatbelt light came on and remain on. Auto shop referred me to BMW to have recall on passenger mat sensor error. BMW dealership tells me the recall had been performed on 7/3/2009, so it is not covered and I need to pay repair prices. From my understanding, passenger airbag will not work now.

- Mahtomedi, MN, USA

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problem #1

Jun 112012


  • 64,000 miles
I was leaving the bowing alley and noticed the restraint system malfunction light was on and it will not go off. I called the company in reference to a recall about the same problem, however, they claim that my VIN # isn't covered under the recall id # 73379 or NHTSA campaign number 08V384000. It is very disheartening to save up and buy your dream car to only have it to malfunction in a months time. I don' T have any faith or trust in the BMW company and will not recommend them to anyone. They are not loyal to their customers and fail to stand by their product. I will go back to Ford.

- Grovetown, GA, USA

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