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BMW 530I - 2003 BMW 530I Problems & Complaints

 
Auto Recalls For Consumers
by BMW of North America, LLC

There are 30 complaints filed for the 2003 BMW 530I

Below is a list of complaints & problems filed against the 2003 BMW 530I. These problems includes information received by NHTSA from consumers either directly or as recorded by the Vehicle Safety Hotline. This information may be used by NHTSA during the investigation process. If you like to file an official complaint for the 2003 BMW 530I, you can do so by calling the NHTSA Mon-Fri 8am to 8pm at 888-327-4236, TTY: 800-424-9153. You can also file your complaint online by clicking here. Your complaint will be added to the NHTSA complaints database after a thorough review. If a trend is discovered, an investigation will be opened by the ODI.

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Air Bags (3) Engine And Engine Cooling (2) Seat Belts (1) Steering (2) Suspension (2)
Electrical System (7) Interior Lighting (1) Seats (5) Structure (1) Vehicle Speed Control (6)
Engine (2) Power Train (6) Service Brakes Hydraulic (3)

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ELECTRICAL SYSTEM

11/19/2014 - DECATUR, GA
I WAS DRIVING MY 2003 BMW 530I, WHILE I WAS DRIVING I USED THE VOLUME CONTROL ON THE STEERING WHEEL TO TURN THE RADIO DOWN, AFTER DEPRESSING THE BUTTON IMMEDIATELY I SMELLED AND RECOGNIZED THERE WAS SMOKE COMING FROM THE STEERING WHEEL. I PULLED OVER, AND TURNED THE CAR OFF. AFTER SEVERAL MINUTES I TURNED THE IGNITION AND PROCEEDED TO INSPECT THE CAR. THE VOLUME CONTROLS DID NOT WORK ANY MORE ALONG WITH THE HORN DOES NOT BLOW ANYMORE. ACTUALLY WHEN I DEPRESS THE HORN IT MAKES THE STEERING WHEEL RISE UP AND DOWN. THE AIRBAG LIGHT FLICKERS OFF AND ON. MY RADIO WORKS SPORADICALLY. I CALLED BMW OF NORTH AMERICA AND ASKED ABOUT ANY RECALLS ON THIS VEHICLE AFTER SEEING A POSTING ONLINE ABOUT AIRBAG MALFUNCTIONING. THIS SEEMED TO FIT MY SITUATION HOWEVER THE GENTLEMEN WHO TOOK MY CALLED SAID THERE WAS NO RECALLS ON THIS MODEL..... THIS WAS DISAPPOINTING AND MY PROBLEMS ARISES MORE AND MORE AFTER THIS. I GET A TRANSMISSION FAILSAFE WARNING ALMOST ALL OF THE TIME BECAUSE THE CAR SEEMS LIKE IT WANTS TO CUT OFF WHILE DRIVING AT TIMES. MY BRAKE LIGHTS FLICKER OFF AND ON AT TIMES AND THEN STAYS ON WHILE DRIVING. I GOT A WARNING TICKET FROM AN POLICE OFFICER. HE SAID IT IS A SAFETY HAZARD. MY HEADLIGHTS FLICKER OFF AND ON AT TIMES WHILE IN OPERATION. I GET A ENGINE FAILSAFE WARNING AT TIMES AND THE CAR GOES INTO LIMP MODE.......

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ENGINE

11/19/2014 - DECATUR, GA
I WAS DRIVING MY 2003 BMW 530I, WHILE I WAS DRIVING I USED THE VOLUME CONTROL ON THE STEERING WHEEL TO TURN THE RADIO DOWN, AFTER DEPRESSING THE BUTTON IMMEDIATELY I SMELLED AND RECOGNIZED THERE WAS SMOKE COMING FROM THE STEERING WHEEL. I PULLED OVER, AND TURNED THE CAR OFF. AFTER SEVERAL MINUTES I TURNED THE IGNITION AND PROCEEDED TO INSPECT THE CAR. THE VOLUME CONTROLS DID NOT WORK ANY MORE ALONG WITH THE HORN DOES NOT BLOW ANYMORE. ACTUALLY WHEN I DEPRESS THE HORN IT MAKES THE STEERING WHEEL RISE UP AND DOWN. THE AIRBAG LIGHT FLICKERS OFF AND ON. MY RADIO WORKS SPORADICALLY. I CALLED BMW OF NORTH AMERICA AND ASKED ABOUT ANY RECALLS ON THIS VEHICLE AFTER SEEING A POSTING ONLINE ABOUT AIRBAG MALFUNCTIONING. THIS SEEMED TO FIT MY SITUATION HOWEVER THE GENTLEMEN WHO TOOK MY CALLED SAID THERE WAS NO RECALLS ON THIS MODEL..... THIS WAS DISAPPOINTING AND MY PROBLEMS ARISES MORE AND MORE AFTER THIS. I GET A TRANSMISSION FAILSAFE WARNING ALMOST ALL OF THE TIME BECAUSE THE CAR SEEMS LIKE IT WANTS TO CUT OFF WHILE DRIVING AT TIMES. MY BRAKE LIGHTS FLICKER OFF AND ON AT TIMES AND THEN STAYS ON WHILE DRIVING. I GOT A WARNING TICKET FROM AN POLICE OFFICER. HE SAID IT IS A SAFETY HAZARD. MY HEADLIGHTS FLICKER OFF AND ON AT TIMES WHILE IN OPERATION. I GET A ENGINE FAILSAFE WARNING AT TIMES AND THE CAR GOES INTO LIMP MODE.......

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AIR BAGS

11/19/2014 - DECATUR, GA
I WAS DRIVING MY 2003 BMW 530I, WHILE I WAS DRIVING I USED THE VOLUME CONTROL ON THE STEERING WHEEL TO TURN THE RADIO DOWN, AFTER DEPRESSING THE BUTTON IMMEDIATELY I SMELLED AND RECOGNIZED THERE WAS SMOKE COMING FROM THE STEERING WHEEL. I PULLED OVER, AND TURNED THE CAR OFF. AFTER SEVERAL MINUTES I TURNED THE IGNITION AND PROCEEDED TO INSPECT THE CAR. THE VOLUME CONTROLS DID NOT WORK ANY MORE ALONG WITH THE HORN DOES NOT BLOW ANYMORE. ACTUALLY WHEN I DEPRESS THE HORN IT MAKES THE STEERING WHEEL RISE UP AND DOWN. THE AIRBAG LIGHT FLICKERS OFF AND ON. MY RADIO WORKS SPORADICALLY. I CALLED BMW OF NORTH AMERICA AND ASKED ABOUT ANY RECALLS ON THIS VEHICLE AFTER SEEING A POSTING ONLINE ABOUT AIRBAG MALFUNCTIONING. THIS SEEMED TO FIT MY SITUATION HOWEVER THE GENTLEMEN WHO TOOK MY CALLED SAID THERE WAS NO RECALLS ON THIS MODEL..... THIS WAS DISAPPOINTING AND MY PROBLEMS ARISES MORE AND MORE AFTER THIS. I GET A TRANSMISSION FAILSAFE WARNING ALMOST ALL OF THE TIME BECAUSE THE CAR SEEMS LIKE IT WANTS TO CUT OFF WHILE DRIVING AT TIMES. MY BRAKE LIGHTS FLICKER OFF AND ON AT TIMES AND THEN STAYS ON WHILE DRIVING. I GOT A WARNING TICKET FROM AN POLICE OFFICER. HE SAID IT IS A SAFETY HAZARD. MY HEADLIGHTS FLICKER OFF AND ON AT TIMES WHILE IN OPERATION. I GET A ENGINE FAILSAFE WARNING AT TIMES AND THE CAR GOES INTO LIMP MODE.......

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ENGINE

8/28/2014 - IRVINE, CA
YESTERDAY WEDNESDAY AUGUST 27TH 2014 MY SON CAME HOME AFTER SCHOOL (5 MIN DRIVE) THERE WAS NO SIGNS OF ANYTHING DIFFERENT DURING DRIVING. HE WENT INSIDE OUR HOUSE LESS THEN 1 MINUTE AFTER TURNING OFF CAR AND PARKING CAR AND WAS IN THE HOUSE HIS CAR ALARM WENT OFF. HE WENT OUTSIDE TO SEE WHAT WAS WRONG WITH HIS CAR AND NOTICED SMOKE COMING FROM UNDER HOOD OF CAR. THEN FIRE ENGULFED THE ENGINE DEPARTMENT. CALLED 911 AND FIRE DEPARTMENT CAME OUT TO STOP THE FIRE. THEY BROKE WIND SHIELD TO GET TO ENGINE AND CUT UP HOOD TO OPEN HOOD. FIRE INSPECTOR CAME OUT AND IS FILING REPORT.

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POWER TRAIN

5/7/2014 - FREDERICKSBURG, VA
WITHOUT ANY PREVIOUS PROBLEMS, THE "SERVICE ENGINE SOON" LIGHT CAME ON. THE CAR IS A 2003 BMW 530I WITH 68,000 MILES AT THE TIME. COMPUTER DIAGNOSIS RETURNED "FAULT 30", "TORQUE CONVERTER SLIPPING". RECOMMENDATION WAS REPLACEMENT OF TORQUE CONVERTER AT COST OF $2600. ONLINE RESEARCH OF THIS PROBLEM FOUND MANY COMPLAINTS OF THE EXACT SAME NATURE. DUE TO CONFLICTING ADVICE, THE CAR WAS NOT REPAIRED, AND HAS BEEN DRIVEN FOR 3 MONTHS AND OVER 3,000 MILES WITHOUT ANY PROBLEMS OR DIMINISHED MILEAGE OR PERFORMANCE. THE "SERVICE ENGINE SOON" LIGHT THAT SWITCHES ON IN RESPONSE TO "FAULT 30" MAY INDICATE A NON-EXISTENT PROBLEM THAT CAN LEAD TO A COSTLY REPAIR. MEANWHILE, THE DRIVER IS LEFT WITH A VEHICLE WITH A CONSTANTLY LIT "SERVICE ENGINE SOON" LIGHT. THIS CAN OBVIOUSLY CREATE PROBLEMS IN SELLING THE CAR OR HAVING IT PASS A SMOG CHECK.

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SEATS

1/6/2013 - DREXEL HILL, PA
I WAS DRIVING TO WORK ON A VERY COLD DAY AT APPROXIMATELY 6AM. I TURNED THE DRIVER SEAT HEATER ON. AFTER 5-10 MINUTES, I STARTED TO NOTICE A STRONG BURNING SMELL. I ALSO FELT A STINGING ON THE BACK OF MY LEFT LEG. I PULLED OVER AND GOT OUT TO EXAMINE THE CAR, AND NOTICED A SMALL HOLE HAD BEEN BURNT THROUGH THE LEATHER SEAT. THERE WAS SMOKE RISING UP AND OUT FROM THE HOLE ITSELF. THE EXTREMELY HOT COIL FOR THE SEAT HEATER WAS VISIBLE DIRECTLY IN THE MIDDLE OF THE HOLE. MY PANTS ALSO HAVE A HOLE BURNT IN THEM FROM THE SEAT. THERE SHOULD DEFINITELY BE A RECALL PLACED REGARDING THIS BLATANT MATERIAL FAILURE, AS MANY OTHER PEOPLE HAVE BEEN SIMILARLY AFFECTED AND COULD BE BURNED.

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ENGINE AND ENGINE COOLING

12/30/2012 - STAFFORD, VA
REGULAR DAY GOING TO WORK, NOTICE SMOKE COMING FROM OUTSIDE OF PASSENGER SIDE OF CAR, PULLED OVER CHECK UNDER HOOD, DIDN'T SEE ANY SMOKE, GOT BACK IN CAR AND SMOKE START COMING FROM GLOVE DEPARTMENT AREA, WITHIN A MINUTE CAR START GETTING FILLED WITH SMOKE, I GOT OUT TO CALL 911 AND GOT ABOUT 100 FEET FROM CAR AND I HEARD A POP AND THE CAR WENT INTO FLAMES AND CONTINUE UNTIL IT BURNED ALL UP INSIDE AND OUT.

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ELECTRICAL SYSTEM

4/2/2012 - PATCHOGUE, NY
THE CONTACT OWNS A 2003 BMW 530I. THE CONTACT STATED THAT THE BATTERY FAILED SEVERAL TIMES. THE VEHICLE WAS TAKEN TO THE DEALER ON NUMEROUS OCCASIONS WHO ADVISED THE CONTACT THAT THERE WAS NOTHING THEY COULD DO TO REMEDY THE FAILURE. THE BATTERY WAS REPLACED AT THAT TIME BUT THE FAILURE PERSISTED. THE VEHICLE WAS TAKEN TO A LOCAL MECHANIC WHO INSPECTED AND DISCOVERED THAT THE BATTERY CABLES WERE FAULTY. THE BATTERY AND BATTERY CABLES WERE REPLACED. THE MANUFACTURER WAS NOTIFIED WHO STATED THERE WERE NO RECALLS FOR THE VEHICLE AND OFFERED NO FURTHER ASSISTANCE. THE FAILURE MILEAGE WAS 1,500 AND THE CURRENT MILEAGE WAS 86,000.

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ELECTRICAL SYSTEM

4/2/2012 - PATCHOGUE, NY
THE CONTACT OWNS A 2003 BMW 530I. THE CONTACT STATED THAT THE BATTERY FAILED ON SEVERAL OCCASIONS. THE VEHICLE WAS TAKEN TO THE DEALER SEVERAL TIMES WHO ADVISED THE CONTACT THAT THERE WAS NOTHING THEY COULD DO TO REMEDY THE FAILURE. THE BATTERY WAS REPLACED YET THE FAILURE PERSISTED. THE VEHICLE WAS TAKEN TO A MECHANIC WHO INSPECTED THE AND FOUND THAT A CABLE AND WAS THE CAUSE OF THE FAILURE. THE CABLE AND BATTERY WAS REPLACED. THE MANUFACTURER WAS NOTIFIED OF THE FAILURE WHO STATED THERE WERE NO RECALLS AND OFFERED NO FURTHER ASSISTANCE. THE FAILURE MILEAGE WAS 1,500 AND THE CURRENT MILEAGE WAS 86,000.

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SUSPENSION

3/8/2012 - MURRIETA, CA
INCIDENTAL FINDING OF HUGE CRACK ON LEFT REAR LOWER CONTROL ARM DISCOVERED BY MECHANIC WHO WAS SERVICING THE VEHICLE. I HAVE PHOTOS AND THE PART IN QUESTION.

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