fairly significant
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
12,250 miles

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2011 BMW 535 Owner Comments

problem #6

Jul 142014

535 6-cyl

  • 69,000 miles


I was driving about 40 mph and my car just died on the street and chassis stabilization light came on.. had to restart car 7-8 times to be able to move inside parking lot.

- Fountain Valley, CA, USA

problem #5

Jul 222011

535 6-cyl Diesel

  • 1,000 miles
This vehicle is equiped with active cruise control to maintain a safe distance from the vehicle in front of it. When passing to the left of a large truck (this has not occurred when passing smaller vehicles) and when there is nothing in the lane in front of the BMW, it erroneously senses something very close in front and momentarily applies the brakes causing the vehicle to slow 2 - 4 mph. It quickly senses that indeed there is nothing in front of it and resumes the set speed. This has only been noted during day time driving on dry roads. Is very spoadic but has occurred perhaps two dozen times in 7,000 miles. The service department at BMW has witnessed the problem but is baffled as to the cause.

- Chehalis, WA, USA

problem #4

Aug 012011

535 6-cyl

  • miles
There is a very noticeable delay when accelerating from a stop before power is delivered to the wheels. This has potentially dangerous implications in situations where the need for power delivery is immediate.

- Bayside, NY, USA

problem #3

Dec 012010


  • 3,000 miles


The contact owns a 2011 BMW 5 series. While driving approximately 10 mph, the contact approached a stop sign and depressed the brake pedal when the vehicle suddenly accelerated abnormally. The vehicle was taken to the dealer for diagnostic testing where the technician advised that the failure occurred due to driver error. The failure recurred three times. The vehicle was taken back to the dealer and the manufacturer was made aware of the failure. An engineer was sent to inspect the vehicle and performed software updates. The vehicle was repaired. The approximate failure mileage was 3,000.

- Eagan, MN, USA

problem #2

Aug 102011

535 6-cyl

  • 1 miles
There are two major problems with my 2011 528I august10 build. The first is the pulling to the right that the car has had since day one. I took it to the service department and they were completely oblivious to the problem. After some persistence they decided to check the car out. The struts were rotated and software updated and now "drives straight". the car drives straight for maybe 25 feet before the car starts tugging hard right everytime. I took the car back to the shop and they said that there was nothing more they can do and it is all "within tolerance". this is a potentially very dangerous issue that needs to be seriously addressed. The second issue is the initial lag in acceleration when pressing the gas pedal. When at a dead stop or cruising at highway speeds, you have to floor the car to finally get it to decide which gear to start in. This acceleration lag can be a couple of seconds and when pulling out in traffic a couple of seconds can mean alot. I hope BMW addresses these issues or I will be forced to sell my car and never look back.

- Macon, GA, USA

problem #1

Sep 042010


  • 500 miles
The contact owns a 2011 BMW 528I. The contact stated that while driving at various speeds, the vehicle would hesitate whenever he attempted to slow down or immediately after the accelerator pedal was engaged. The dealer was informed about the failure and stated that it was normal; however, shifting into sport mode would prevent the failure from occurring. The failure occurred every time the vehicle was driven. The vehicle was not repaired. The failure mileage was 500 and the current mileage was 1575.

- Camerillo , CA, USA

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