really awful
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 1
Injuries / Deaths:
1 / 0
Average Mileage:
23,880 miles

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problem #6

Nov 122008


  • 54,000 miles
The contact owns a 2004 BMW 5 series. The contact noticed a burning smell and felt something burning her leg. She sustained burns to her thigh and buttocks area due to the seat warmer. The manufacturer was unable to assist. The contact was able to locate NHTSA campaign id number 08V384000 (air bags:frontal) for the same year, make, and model vehicle. She also stated that the passenger side air bag was inoperable. The manufacturer advised her to expect a recall on the air bag; however, without a recall, they could not assist. The manufacturer stated that there were no open recalls based on her VIN, but NHTSA campaign id number 04V575000 (seats:front assembly:seat heater/cooler) was referenced. The failure and current mileages were less than 54,000.

- Dumfries, VA, USA

problem #5

Jul 222008


  • 60,000 miles
The contact owns a 2004 BMW 530I. The contact stated that the air bag indicator system is deactivated and remains illuminated. Therefore, the air bags would not deploy. The sensor underneath the passenger seat has cracks in it and needs to be replaced. The repair would cost between $1,300-$1,600. The VIN was not included in NHTSA campaign id number 08V384000 (air bags:frontal). The failure mileage was 60,000.

- Houston, TX, USA

problem #4

Sep 142005

530 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 0 miles
My BMW 530 (2004) has back seat airbags. They informed me that in the event I have an infant in the back, the air bags must be deactivated while submitting this information to you Agency. At present I have a new born baby so I need your authorization so they can proceed with the deactivation asap. Please let me know what to do in order to proceed. Cordially, ivonne arroyo.

- Bayamon, PR, USA

problem #3

Aug 252005

530 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 23,281 miles
2004 BMW 530 I. the consumer complained about several electrical problems, such as air bag warning light coming on/windows rolling down and then malfunctioning/trunk opening, and halo lights staying on. The onstar or sos systems was not working. Took the vehicle to the dealership. The manufacturer considered this vehicle a lemon. The dealership and manufacturer were not complying with the lemon law. This process was to buy back the vehicle. They were taking too long to resolve this matter.

- Ladera Ranch, CA, USA

problem #2

Feb 012004


  • miles
BMW 5 2004: When the passenger seat is vacant a warning message (that the passenger airbag is off) is continuously displayed at eye level in the roof console. This is very distracting, especially when driving at night. The message should only come on when the passenger seat is occupied and the airbag is not functioning.

- Morristown, NJ, USA

problem #1

Mar 012004

530 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 6,000 miles
BMW 545I system failure 1. braking and dynamic-response 2. passenger restraint system.

- Wilmington, DE, USA