really awful
Crashes / Fires:
1 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
90,895 miles

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2006 BMW 550 brakes problems

brakes problem

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2006 BMW 550 Owner Comments

problem #4

Apr 162016


  • 146,000 miles


Altough my 2006 BMW 550I V8 is hard to stop and falls under BMW brake vacuum pump recall released November 2010, for some reason my VIN doesnt bring up the recall. BMW refused to fix.a wasted 1 hour trip and day.

- Las Cruces, NM, USA

problem #3

Oct 182014

550 6-cyl

  • miles
A leak developed in the power braking system, causing a vacuum loss and consequent reduction of power braking assistance. Mechanical braking is still available to slow and stop the vehicle.

- Oakland, CA, USA

problem #2

Feb 022014


  • 122,000 miles
The contact owns a 2006 BMW 528xi. The contact the contact stated that the brakes failed to respond to deceleration attempts. The vehicle was being repaired and diagnosed by a private mechanic. The manufacturer was contacted about the failure. The failure mileage was 122,000.

- Danvers, MA, USA

problem #1

Oct 172012

550 8-cyl

  • 95,580 miles
While driving near home on a rainy day on 10/18/2012 when I applied my brakes at a road curve, the brakes did not respond and I hit a sidewalk, damaging the rear bumper on its right hand side (passenger's side). I searched the internet for brake failures on my 2006 BMW 550I and found a recall id #87954, related to a "complete loss of power assist braking, or unexpected reduction or loss in power braking assist...". when I called BMW number showing in the recall notice, they told me my car VIN was not included in the factory recall. A total of potential units affected in the recall was 198,352, but my VIN was not included ! I'm requesting NHTSA to review this case and extend this recall to additional VIN numbers, including mine to get power assist braking system repaired on my vehicle free of charge. Also, this should prevent crash accidents on this model car.

- Hormigueros, PR, USA

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