really awful
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 1
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
56,267 miles

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problem #3

May 312012

X5 6-cyl

  • 140,000 miles
The contact owns a 2001 BMW X5. The contact stated that while driving 30 mph, the front driver's seat caught on fire. The contact jumped up from the seat and hit his head on the ceiling, causing him to become dizzy. The contact was able to safely maneuver to the shoulder. The vehicle was then towed to a BMW dealership. The contact stated that the heater for the seat became very hot. The failure and current mileages were 140,000. 8/6/12

- Fort Lee, NJ, USA

problem #2

Jan 182003

X5 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 28,800 miles
Driver's seat heater malfunctioned. I first noticed a burning odor and ultimately found 2 scorch marks in the leather...1 on each side of the seat back near the base. The marks were dark brown and hard (from the dried leather).

- Provincetown, MA, USA

problem #1

Apr 302002

X5 4WD

  • miles
Quote from dealer's repair notes: "drivers heated seat became very hot, burning oder in vehicle, back of seat was very hot and leather was burned". wife was driving at time. Seat was very hot to touch, she had skin burn sensation. We were told that there have been other similar failures, and were fortunate that situation was not worse but feel very strongly that BMW should have addressed this proactively, not on the ad-hoc basis that seems to be its policy.

- Irvington, NY, USA