hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
99,778 miles

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2003 BMW Z4 seat belts / air bags problems

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2003 BMW Z4 Owner Comments

problem #17

Aug 192016


  • miles


My car is every low millage (13,000) and has always been stored in a garage and well cared for. When I turned the passenger side airbag off the airbag warning light came on. It would not go off when I turn the airbag back on. The BMW dealership said there is a processor in that needs to be replaced and it is a $1400 repair. I found a NHTSA recall # 04V247000 for the 2003 Z4 that seems to be the same issue. BMW does not show my VIN number under that recall. What should I do?

- Lawrenceville, GA, USA

problem #16

May 262015


  • miles
There was not an incident, the airbag light came on and stays on. I took it to the body shop to have the error reset and it said take it to the dealership. I did not and it is still on. Was there a recall on this.

- Albuquerque, NM, USA

problem #15

Dec 242014

Z4 6-cyl

  • 94,024 miles
Steering locks up.. if shut off and restarted several times it releases.. went to get gas.. shut off.. started.. same thing with addition of air bag light going on.. shut off several more times to get going but air bag light stayed on.

- Union City , CA, USA

problem #14

Dec 242014

Z4 6-cyl

  • 940,024 miles


Steering locks up.. if shut off and restarted several times it releases.. went to get gas.. shut off.. started.. same thing with addition of air bag light going on.. shut off several more times to get going but air bag light stayed on.

- Union City , CA, USA

problem #13

Nov 212012


  • 55,000 miles
Air bag warning light has been on for three years. Have had 3 tests incl lieth BMW test that verifies it is the passenger side occupancy sensor mat. This defect is a known problem in many BMW models. BMW refuses to fix it yet requires me to do these diagnosis (for a fee) over and over. Not only that - they have drastically raised the price to repair to >$1400. I seriously question the safety of the car and feel BMW uses the issue as an opportunity to make high profits off the safety concerns of its customers.

- Raleigh, NC, USA

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problem #12

May 122014

Z4 6-cyl

  • 68,573 miles
Vehicle was parked on the lot someone heard a loud pop noise and noticed smoke coming from interior of vehicle, found passenger side dash air bag had been deployed this vehicle was parked and locked with keys inside the building.

- Downingtown, PA, USA

problem #11

Mar 062014


  • 150,000 miles


Air bag light is on.

- Beaufort, MO, USA

problem #10

Sep 012011

Z4 6-cyl

  • 65,000 miles
The air bag light illuminated and has remained illuminated for over 1 year now. When I called BMW na to inquire whether this issue was covered under the 04V247000 recall, I was told my VIN was not one of the VIN numbers covered under this recall. However, in light of the numerous similar complaints filed by owners of this vehicle, it is evident that a problem exists with the air bag module of this vehicle. BMW na nevertheless has responded with the same answer "your VIN number is not included in the list of affected VIN numbers." In case an injury, which could have been prevented by a properly functioning airbag system, is sustained by myself or any other complaining owner, BMW na should be deemed to have been placed on actual notice of the defect and should be held liable for its intentional disregard of a known hazard.

- Belleville, NJ, USA

problem #9

Jun 202012


  • 100,000 miles
The contact owns a 2003 BMW Z4. The contact stated that upon starting the vehicle, the air bag light illuminated. The vehicle was taken to an authorized dealer and the contact was informed that the front passenger mat needed to be replaced. The manufacturer was then notified and stated that the VIN was not included in the recall associated with NHTSA campaign id number 04V247000 (air bags). The vehicle was not repaired. The failure mileage was 100,000.

- Chiefland, FL, USA

problem #8

Dec 142011


  • 50,000 miles
The contact owns a 2003 BMW Z4. The contact stated that the air bag warning lights illuminated as the vehicle was started. The vehicle was not taken to the dealer for inspection or repairs. The manufacturer was contacted and they advised the contact that the VIN did not qualify for repairs under NHTSA campaign id number: 04V247000 (air bags). The failure and the current mileages were 50,000.

- Willdomar, CA, USA

problem #7

Aug 022004

Z4 6-cyl

  • 43,730 miles


1.vehicle unsafe to drive; unable to maintain steering or keep vehicle on the road safely. 2.vibrations while driving vehicle 3.manual gear box; shifting through gears not smooth, not engaging smoothly 4.water leaking inside of vehicle trunk and rear seat areas. Vehicle trunk area was saturated with water after raining; filling water over the battery box and carpets, shorting out electronics. 5.outside of vehicle; plastic components early deterioration; front windshield wiper area black plastic cowl and antenna. Inside of vehicle black plastic cover for convertible top 6.rain sensor inop 7.door locks inop/intermittent 8.windows regulators plastic broken.

- Oviedo, FL, USA

problem #6

May 192010


  • 19,881 miles
The contact owns a 2003 BMW Z4. While the vehicle was being serviced by an authorized dealer for routine maintenance, the contact was advised that the air bag warning light would illuminate sporadically. The vehicle was not repaired for the failure nor was a diagnostic performed. The failure recurred sporadically for approximately one year. Later, while driving approximately 45 mph, the steering wheel became stuck and difficult to turn. The failure was intermittent and the vehicle was not taken to the dealer for the failure. The manufacturer was not contacted regarding the failure. The failure mileage was 19,881 and the approximate current mileage was 22,000.

- Roanoke, VA, USA

problem #5

Aug 142010

Z4 6-cyl

  • 18,000 miles
The contact owns a 2003 BMW Z4. While traveling 45 mph, the air bag warning light illuminated. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The current mileage was 19,000 and the failure mileage was 18,000. Updated 12/22/10 the consumer stated a recall was issued for his make, model and year. However, his vehicle identification number was not included in the recall. Updated 12/30/10 updated 07/12/12.

- Louisville, KY, USA

problem #4

Aug 162010


  • 39,000 miles
I have a 2003 BMW Z4 and I am having passenger side airbag issues, there was a recall on certain VIN numbers for such problems. My car does not fit in the VIN numbers but I am having same problem, there should be something I could do.

- Lenexa, KS, USA

problem #3

Feb 222010

Z4 6-cyl

  • 22,000 miles
The contact owns a 2003 BMW Z4 series. The air bag light came on February 22, 2010 when she started the vehicle and remained illuminated. She contacted BMW directly and they have not diagnosed the malfunction. The failure mileage was 22,000. Updated 03/26/10. Updated 05/11/10.

- Amityville, NY, USA

problem #2

Aug 012009


  • 31,000 miles
This complaint involves the steering of the 2003 BMW Z4(built 03/03). It seems in hot weather (high 80's and above) the steering becomes very stiff and difficult to make minor adjustments. It feels like it locks in place and when adjustments are attempted to correct the steering, you actually over adjust because it sticks and you have a difficult time remaining in your lane. This occurs when the temperature is 80's or above, and becomes stiffer the hotter the temperature becomes. We contacted BMW and they informed us that there was nothing they could do for us. We feel that this is definitely a safety problem that should be addressed by BMW, as well as repaired for free by them. Another problem that we have encountered is the airbag lights (both in the dash and on the console) were on. We found recalls for 2004-2005 BMW's for this problem, but they would not address our vehicle since it is a 2003, and not covered in the recall. It is the exact same problem that the recall was for which was the passenger sensor mat part #66-77-6-927-893 and the control unit airbag part #65-77-6-965-146. We had to pay out of pocket for the diagnostic, repairs and parts, totaling $1226.20. Again we felt that this was a safety issue since we purchased this car because it had side, front and knee airbags for safety. With the airbag lights on, we didn't know if they would or would not work in an accident. We requested the old parts be returned to us, but they were not. After doing much research on the internet, both of these items seem to be very common problems with these vehicles and we feel that BMW should address them both and make the vehicles safe to drive.

- Pollocksville, NC, USA

problem #1

Sep 102008


  • miles
The SRS airbag light stayed on, brought it to a repair shop and they determined it is because of the passenger seat airbag sensor that failed.

- Burnaby, 00, USA

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