really awful
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 1
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
98,442 miles

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2006 BMW 530 suspension problems

suspension problem

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2006 BMW 530 Owner Comments

problem #4

Jun 292015


  • 115,000 miles


I bought 2006 BMW 530xi about a year ago from a used dealership, the car was running perfect a month later in a sudden a I got a trans malfunction, I took it to BMW dealership which charged me $299 to check the transmission then came and said nothing is wrong with it. Couple weeks later the same message kept coming back and the transmission would act up, for example when I am slowing down to stop at a red light, the transmission would kick back so hard that I would have to press the brake so hard to avoid hitting the person in front of me. Now I took the car again to another BMW dealership because the trans malfunction stayed and did not go away when I restart the car like it was doing and they told me, it requires transmission replacement a. BMW advertises that there cars are strong and last longer than other cars, I think they need to get sued for providing false information fir their bad cars quality. I have found hundreds of online threads wanting to sue BMW for the poor transmission on their cars. BMW need to have a recall for BMW failed transmission

- Glenmoore, PA, USA

problem #3

Mar 202013

530 6-cyl

  • 116,770 miles
Self leveling compressor stopped working in rear of car. Suspension stayed "on" and wasn't able to shut down the leveling system even when not driving the car. Melted/burnt through wire harness because suspension leveling system stayed on. This is a known problem with the E61 BMW series. Dangerous to drive and the air compressor unit for suspension, wire harness kit, etc. All had to be replaced in order for car to be safe again. Unluckily we were on vacation and the self leveling air compressor system for suspension is quite important for driving safety.

- Orinda, CA, USA

problem #2

Aug 302013

530 6-cyl

  • 85,000 miles
In August 2013, the station wagon appeared to lower itself in the rear little by little. As of this filing, the rear end has lowered itself to the point it causes unsafe driving and there is no shock absorption or suspension on the rear of the vehicle. The front appears to be fine. In June 2006, there was a recall campaign for rear shock absorbers under 06V-277 for 2006 BMW 5. 6 & 7 series for vehicles manufactured from January 5, 2006-April 26, 2006. My vehicle, per BMW, was manufactured in May 2005. I am alleging my vehicle handling and control is impaired due to the defect associated with the shock absorbers and the inclusive manufacturing dates should include all 2006 bmws. The dealer and BMW is neglecting to address the issue based on a technicality on the inclusive manufactured dates. Please investigate an expansion to the inclusion.

- Ft Lauderdale, FL, USA

problem #1

Mar 202012


  • 77,000 miles
The contact owns a 2006 BMW 530xi. The contact stated that while driving approximately 10 mph, the front driver side tire blew. The vehicle was towed to the dealer where the failure was located at the front driver side coil spring, which fractured and punctured the tire. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure. The vehicle was not repaired. The failure and the current mileage was 77,000.

- Warner Robins, GA, USA

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