hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
72,638 miles

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2007 BMW 530 steering problems

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2007 BMW 530 Owner Comments

problem #14

Aug 132016


  • 140,000 miles


The steering wheel locked and the car will not start. Can not get it out of the steering wheel lock mode that shows in the instrument cluster. I have searched the internet and find that this has and is a problem for many people who own BMW automobiles, which I consider to be very dangerous. Not to mention inconvenient since you can not start or drive the car. It happened out of the blue for no known reason. I am pretty darn upset about this! luckily I had just put the car into the garage out of the driveway. I do not know what might of happened if I was on a public street or away from my home...perhaps in a parking lot. I would be stranded since the car can not start or be driven if the wheel is locked.

- Richmond Hill, GA, USA

problem #13

Sep 152015


  • 114,000 miles
I got a message on the dashboard saying steering wheel lock malfunction. But the car is still running, I got scared in case some thing happened I need your advice.

- Silver Spring, MD, USA

problem #12

Mar 012016


  • 56,000 miles
The steering wheel has a lock with an electronic system that creates a "fault" notice when not working. The fault notice can come on even when the steering wheel is operable. Apparently, the fault notice can lock the steering wheel after 10 +/- notices. The lock can cause the steering wheel to freeze, and/or the car to shut down. There are literally thousands of reports online about this issue. The repair costs $850. This dangerous situation should be a manufacturer's problem and a recall should be implemented.

- Manhattan Beach, CA, USA

problem #11

Aug 152015


  • 120,455 miles


Vehicle is displaying a steering wheel lock. A red warning light with a lock symbol (upper right hand corner) is on the panel display. This is very alarming and distracting while operating the vehicle, because you don't know if it will impact the actual steering. So far the vehicle does start up and runs normally, but the indicator is constantly on. I reviewed some of the online forums and some suggest that this fault could cause the vehicle to not start. My daughter is the one normally driving this vehicle. We are going to assist to get her another vehicle, since I don't know if this one is safe.

- Oviedo, FL, USA

problem #10

Aug 162013


  • 69,000 miles
We were up in the mountains in an isolated area when I tried to start the car. At first the car wouldn't start. Finally it started and the whole display lite up. The steering wheel would not go to the driving position, plus several malfunction lights started flashing. I put the car in gear and started to drive, the automatic transmission would not shift and I had to drive to the nearest town (10 miles) in third gear. We stopped at the first auto shop we could locate and have the mechanic look at it. He told us we would have to take it to the dealership in denver. We started the car again and this time we got two red lights indicating a passenger side airbag malfunction and the seatbelt malfunction. In addition the steering wheel failed to go down into the driving position. When I called the dealer to check, he told me there is a recall on that issue though my VIN was not included. They wanted $1300 to fix it. I called BMW usa and they told me the same thing. My car was manufactured a month after the recalled cars, presently I am driving with defective airbags that may not deploy. I think BMW should be held responsible as they are well aware of the life threatening malfunction and have issued recalls on a few cars.

- Lakewood, CO, USA

problem #9

Aug 292014

530 6-cyl

  • miles
Electronic steering lock message appeared while car was stationary. Car was brought to mechanic who said the steering wheel needs to be replaced and that the car was not safe to drive because the steering wheel could lock at any time including while driving at high speeds. Then brought car to BMW dealer who also confirmed that the steering wheel needed to be replaced and it was unsafe to drive. There should be a recall on this safety issue. This is even more dangerous than the current airbag recall. There is already a service bulletin regarding this which states "if defective, which was common, the steering column would have to be replaced". it also states that these lock mechanisms were only used in production year 2006. BMW stopped using these electronic mechanisms because they knew it was unsafe. I have read many other posts here and online where people are experiencing the same issue. This major safety issue needs to be investigated and a recall should be issued. I'm hoping you will take care of this matter soon before someone is seriously injured.

- West Chester, PA, USA

problem #8

May 112014


  • 82,000 miles


Have researched numerous forums regarding car issues. "passenger restraint malfunction" alarm appears on idrive with airbag light illuminated and seat belt light illuminated on dash board. Reads that parts of the passenger restraint system have failed or are faulty. Front passenger air bag may or may not deploy, along with other passive restraint devices. Have not received any notifications from BMW regarding recall issue, but discovered recently there is a recall for my car model/year. Am awaiting a service appointment to have it evaluated, will not pay to have it repaired if dealership says it is not part of the recall. "steering wheel lock malfunction" on idrive. Light illuminated recently and continues to stay on. Can currently start and run my car, along with turn steering wheel and hear the steering wheel unlock when key is inserted into ignition. Also researched on BMW forums, known to many 3/5/6 series in my year of production having similar issues in europe and usa. No recall from BMW on this also? will also not pay for this repair as it appears to be a defective part for the model year by BMW.

- Elizabethtown, PA, USA

problem #7

Mar 102014


  • 89,000 miles
Dsc and AWD lights come up intermittently. Dealer reported failure in steering angle sensor. Checked in forums to find that this is a common failure for all E60 BMW cars.

- New Milford, NJ, USA

problem #6

Mar 072013


  • 80,000 miles
The contact owns a 2007 BMW 530I. The contact stated that while parked, the steering wheel lock warning light illuminated on the instrument panel. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure. The vehicle was not taken for inspection or repairs. The VIN was not available. The approximate failure mileage was 80,000.

- Clermont, FL, USA

problem #5

Oct 162012

530 6-cyl

  • 42,000 miles
Steering angle sensor problem.

- Hillsborough, NJ, USA

problem #4

Jun 152012

530 6-cyl

  • 9,065 miles


AWD and dsc malfunction error message.AWD and dsc have malfunctioned. Limited driving stability. Drive moderately. Steering angle sensor.

- New City, NY, USA

problem #3

Jul 122012

530 6-cyl

  • 83,992 miles
The steering lock light came on when I started my car this afternoon. The warning stated that the vehicle may not start and to contact nearest BMW dealer/service.

- Tulare, CA, USA

problem #2

Jun 112012

530 6-cyl

  • 61,200 miles
The car battery died after sitting for 6 days, upon recharging the battery, the car started up and many warning lights came on including stability control issue, high discharge on battery, steering lock; and date/time reset. Once we restarted the car and began driving, all of the warning lights went away except for the steering wheel lock warning light. Warning light says "electric steering wheel malfunction. The wheel cannot be unlocked/locked. Please see the nearest BMW dealer for service". after reading reviews, I see a similar occurrence where the warning light occurs once a battery becomes discharged. Once brought to the dealership, they require a whole steering wheel column to be replaced. I feel that if the battery did not die due to it sitting, this should never have been an issue. Thank you

- Buffalo, NY, USA

problem #1

May 102012

530 6-cyl

  • 70,220 miles
Steering wheel lock warning appears necessitating expensive repair. This flaw appears since 2006 and across models: The 1 series 3 series and 5 series. The condition isn't brought on by any incidents.

- Marlboro, NJ, USA

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