hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
127,345 miles

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2012 BMW 528 electrical problems

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2012 BMW 528 Owner Comments

problem #10

Oct 012023


  • miles


Adaptive lights and turn signal failure. There seems to be a widespread issue with BMWs across all makes and models. The failure of the turn signal creates a safety hazard in that the car is unable to properly signal a change of lanes or turn at stop signs or stop lights. BMW is aware of this defect but has failed to act.

- Kansas City, MO, USA

problem #9

Nov 122019


  • 127,000 miles
The contact owns a 2012 BMW 528xi. The contact stated while driving 80 mph, the vehicle shut-off. The contact pulled over to the side of the roadway. The contact stated that message read "do not stop vehicle, maybe unable to restart; charging error" was displayed. The vehicle was towed to an independent mechanic where it was diagnosed with needing the serpentine belt to be replaced. The vehicle was repaired however, the failure persisted. The manufacturer was informed of the failure and informed the contact that they were unable to assist. The failure mileage was approximately 127,000.

- Toledo, OH, USA

problem #8

Jul 202020


  • 107,000 miles
I was driving on the road and I accelerated a lil bit faster to beat the traffic light and then my car loss power and stalled out and I got stuck in the middle of the bridge and I was causing traffic the power train malfunction and the fuel supply light cam on and the charge battery light came on I try starting it but it wouldn't start and the fuel supply light kept coming on and some wiring problem was going on when trying to start it my tv screen would turn orange and the speedometer where the mph/gas/temperature/and RPM would twitch like some electrical problem

- San Bernardino, CA, USA

problem #7

Jan 142018


  • 86,000 miles


While driving, the car started to hesitate, didn't accelerate, and shut down. While turning out of the gas station onto the major road, it stalled. I had to put the car in park and then tried to restart it. After the third try it restarted. Once after starting the vehicle, the car started to shake violently and a message came up about the powertrain.

- Sunrise, FL, USA

problem #6

Dec 012016


  • 30,000 miles
The driver door sometimes will not unlock and I have to puch the main button on the dash board to unlock the door. The door sometimes will not close because the lock mechanism does not unlock after I get out of the car. I have to push the main unlock mechanism on the dash. This happens when I park the car and get out of the car to close the door. Only the driver's side door does this. If I were in an accident and could not reach the button on the dash I would not be able to get out of the car. I wonder if this is covered under a warranty as a safety issue. This started happening last winter in December. It has continued ever since but not every day. Cold, hot and medium weather. I am taking the car in for service to see if it can be fixed.

- Mount Vernon, WA, USA

problem #5

Jul 132017


  • 800,000 miles
I was driving my car home from work and it just cut off, I put the car in park and restarted my car this was in May 2017 and on July 13 2017 I was sitting at a red light and stop sign turned green and I push on the gas but the car cut off again.

- Fortworth, TX, USA

problem #4

Nov 102014

528 4-cyl

  • 52,200 miles


Last month my car was approximately 52,200 miles (out of warranty) and leaking oil all over my driveway and under the hood. It cost me $1570 to fix by replacing the fiter casing. Luckily that the oil leak was in my driveway. What if I was on the freeway? this is totally unsafe car to drive. The local shop told me that the filter housing (2012 version) was made of plastic and the current BMW one 2014 is made of metal. The local shop told me to call BMW if there is any recall for this. So before fixing it local shop, I did call the crevier BMW in santa ana, ca and the service advisor told me that there is no recall for the filter housing and my car was out of warranty. I told the BMW advisor that I cannot believe that a 2012 BMW 528I with 52K miles on it and leaking oil all over the place. The BMW advisor told me that I drove too much. What kind of service is that? and BMW will not cover it. So BMW cannot be driven over 50K miles. I also did call BMW corporate and someone from BMW corporate called me back that and said nothing BMW can do about this. Now I found out because of the oil leak, the alternator is having problem. I want to report this incident so that BMW should be responsible to similar cases of their unsafe cars. [xxx] 'information redacted pursuant to the Freedom Of Information Act (FOIA), 5 U.S.C. 552(B)(6).

- Huntington Beach, CA, USA

problem #3

Apr 022014


  • 47,000 miles
I was driving at 30, and hit a pot-hole. All of sudden my rare passenger door popped opened. My dash board started lighting, and also the interior lights started lighting. Taken to the dealer immediately as we carry our baby often times in the rear seat (he was not in the car when incident happened), and they said nothing wrong, but suggested to put child lock. I see a similar complaint by another user.

- Okemos, MI, USA

problem #2

Jan 122014


  • 15,250 miles
While driving in metro detroit last night my 2012 BMW 528I xdrive suddenly flashed a "fuel system malfunction" message, lurched and came to a dead stop just past the intersection of novi road and 10 mile. I was two miles from the expressway and my wife and children were with me in the car. Had I made it to I-96 - just two miles up the road - and this happened, we very likely would have been involved in a major accident. Police were called because I was in the middle of the street. The car was electronically locked. I could not put the car in neutral to move it out of the roadway. BMW service finally managed to get the car towed 8 hours later because few tow trucks lacked the equipment needed to move the car without damage. There is no manual override to allow you to put the car in neutral, it can only be accessed by a service tech underneath the car. My service advisor was well aware of the problem. This is a major hazard and huge design flaw. There is no mechanical linkage to either the start/stop button or the shifter. It's all electronically controlled. I shudder to think what would have happened had the car stalled on the interstate. Now I'm stuck with a car I don't feel safe driving.

- Grand Rapids, MI, USA

problem #1

Dec 242012


  • 9,000 miles
I ran over a pot hole, about 4" deep, and both passenger side rims were bent so bad that they have to be replaced. The tires also had to be replaced along with the electronic power steering module. Total cost of repair was $8,229 I previously had a BMW 750il 2008. I also hit a pot hole at about 45 mph and the front rim cracked and back rim bent. Both the rims and tires had to be replaced and cost over $3000. The bmws are just to heavy for the aluminum rims they come with. In over 40 years of driving I have never had a problem with rims until I started driving bmws, and I have hit a number of pot holes before. Someone should make bmws come equipped with steel rims. Their cheap rims are going to get someone killed.

- Montebello, CA, USA

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