hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
96,592 miles

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problem #6

Mar 262011

530 6-cyl

  • 74,000 miles
2001 BMW 530I with 74,000 miles- well maintained, but suddenly the car won't go in reverse. I'm told that the automatic transmission has failed, and needs to be replaced. I've found hundreds of similar complaints on the web- NHTSA should investigate and force BMW to issue a recall.

- Chicago, IL, USA

problem #5

Dec 142010


  • 105,000 miles
2001 BMW 5301 with 105K miles won't go into reverse. Car will move in reverse at idle on a flat surface but will not accelerate. I've noticed 100's of people have had similar issues and that GM (trans mfg) has recalled similar issues on GM vehicles but BMW will not issue a recall itself. We need the help of NHTSA to require BMW to recall this dangerous and fault transmission part.

- Roseville, CA, USA

problem #4

Oct 162010


  • 112,000 miles
I am filing this complaint on behalf of my daughter who is the owner of the car. BMW 530I 2001 the vehicle was parked in my driveway, went to back it out of the driveway but it would not engage. The engine starts everything is ok but the vehicle refuses to reverse. No problem with reverse before. Also there are no warning lights or anything indicating that something is wrong with the car.

- Mission, 00, USA

problem #3

Aug 152009


  • 112,300 miles
Car failed to operate in reverse when automatic transmission was placed in reverse.

- Wilmington, DE, USA

problem #2

Dec 282008


  • 98,750 miles
BMW 530I 2001. Failure of reverse gear almost caused a major accident evidently, this is the most common failure on 3 & 5 BMW series with steptronic transmission years 2001-2003.

- Studio City, CA, USA

problem #1

Aug 072006


  • 77,500 miles
2001 BMW 530I, with 77500 miles with transmission type zf 5hp19. Transmission went bad without warning while driving and changing lane, which cause to reduce my speed. I am was almost getting hit by car behind me. I contact the dealer and complained with out any responses. I did research online and found many issues with these types of transmission. BMW of North american should recall this type to avoid getting someone hurt, because of malfunction design.

- Moorpark, CA, USA