hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
52,443 miles

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2006 BMW 525 engine problems

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2006 BMW 525 Owner Comments

problem #5

Nov 122014


  • 40,000 miles


While I was driving on a street road my stirring wheel got stuck and I lost control of my car swerved into other lane and nearly caused an accident. I pushed the wheel back hard and bought my car on the side of the road. A mechanic found that nearly two inches of water had accumulated in the trunk of my car, the water damage caused electrical failure making the car to become inoperable. By shoddy construction. The modules, are installed in the spare tire well and insufficiently protected from moisture, making them especially prone to water damage that can be caused through the normal and ordinary use of the vehicle. My life was put in danger because of this shoddy construction by BMW. When I notified them, they denied and refused to pay or fix. They literally put my life as well as other drivers life in danger, because my car swerved uncontrollably.

- Los Angeles, CA, USA

problem #4

Nov 052013


  • 68,000 miles
I bought a used BMW from long island auto find. Before picking it up I told nick certain things needed to be done there was a drafty sound coming from the moon roof the center rims were corroded, bolts were missing from the valve cover. I was called three days in a row by nick who claimed everything was done and the car was ready to be picked up. When I got the re not only was the battery dead, nothing on my list was done! I have since had the car 5 month and I has been in the shop 5 weeks so far. Passenger side air bag malfunctioned and needed to be replaced. There was an oil leak that caused my eyes to water and leaves a funny taste in my mouth. This took three different attempts to fix. The car moves from side to side at 65 mph. The car just died while taking my wife to work. I brought it to the shop it did it on the mechanic but he could not determine the cause. He said it was safe to take to Florida which is the reason I bought it. It stalled in Florida while entering an intersection then again in Delaware at 3:30 in the morning and 13 degrees! and again on the bqe as three lanes of traffic merged into one.I have 2 friends with the same car they were charged $1300 to fix the "air bag malfunction"everyone should be reimbursed. I am told the gaskets become brittle and leak. All of these issue's should be part of a recall.

- Huntington, NY, USA

problem #3

Sep 102012

525 6-cyl

  • 96,217 miles
When I came to red light and went to push my brake a warning light appeared on dash with the message left brake lamp malfunction and my brake would not push down. This has happened several times since last week and I found an open recall that fits my car exactly but my car in not covered. Why"??"

- Buhl, AL, USA

problem #2

Jun 042011


  • 50,000 miles
The contact owns a 2006 BMW 525I. The contact stated that the vehicle accelerated abnormally after the brakes were depressed. The vehicle was taken to the dealer. The manufacturer was not contacted. The vehicle was not repaired and the VIN was unknown. The failure mileage was 50,000 and the current mileage was 70,000.

- Elmsford, NY, USA

problem #1

Jun 232006

525 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 8,000 miles
: the contact stated the engine hesitated when accelerating from a stop. The hesitation of the engine lasted between 5 to 10 seconds. The vehicle was taken to the service dealer and manufacturer, who did not find any problem with the engine. The vehicle was not involved in any accidents. When pulling out into traffic, the vehicle hesitated. The consuemer was told the vehicle is underpowered for its weight. Updated 12/18/06.

- Lebanon, IL, USA

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