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BMW 530I - 2003 BMW 530I Problems & Complaints

 
Auto Recalls For Consumers
by BMW of North America, LLC

There are 28 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 (2) Interior Lighting (1) Seats (5) Steering (2) Suspension (2)
Electrical System (6) Power Train (6) Service Brakes Hydraulic (3) Structure (1) Vehicle Speed Control (6)
Engine And Engine Cooling (2) Seat Belts (1)

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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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STEERING

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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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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POWER TRAIN

12/14/2011 - ALPHARETTA, GA
IN JANUARY OF 2009, THE "SERVICE ENGINE SOON" (SES) LIGHT CAME ON. IT WAS DIAGNOSED AS A FAULTY TORQUE CONVERTER WITH A REPLACEMENT COST OF ROUGHLY $2000. SINCE THE CAR WAS SHOWING NO SIGN OF ENGINE TROUBLE, WE HAVE CONTINUED TO DRIVE THE CAR FOR ALMOST 3 YEARS AND 50,000 WITH NO PROBLEMS BUT THE SES LIGHT CONTINUES TO SHINE AND THE CAR WILL NOT PASS EMISSION INSPECTION. NOW FACED WITH SPENDING $2000 FOR A PROBLEM THAT WE ARE NOT SURE EXISTS OR NOT PASSING INSPECTION.

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SEATS: FRONT ASSEMBLY: SEAT HEATER/COOLER

11/28/2011 - NORFOLK, VA
DRIVER'S SIDE HEATED SEAT BURNED HOLE ON LEFT SIDE OF SEAT WHEN ACTIVATED AND SINGED WIFE'S JACKET WHILE DRIVING. SMALL HOLE BURNED INTO SEAT. BMW REFUSES TO ACCEPT ANY RESPONSIBILITY TO REPAIR DAMAGE AND CORRECT DEFECT DESPITE NUMEROUS INCIDENTS OVER A NUMBER OF YEARS WHICH THEY ARE WELL AWARE OF. THIS IS POTENTIALLY A DANGEROUS SITUATION FOR CABIN FIRE AND OCCUPANT BURNS.

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SEATS

11/28/2011 - NORFOLK, VA
DRIVER'S SIDE HEATED SEAT BURNED HOLE ON LEFT SIDE OF SEAT WHEN ACTIVATED AND SINGED WIFE'S JACKET WHILE DRIVING. SMALL HOLE BURNED INTO SEAT. BMW REFUSES TO ACCEPT ANY RESPONSIBILITY TO REPAIR DAMAGE AND CORRECT DEFECT DESPITE NUMEROUS INCIDENTS OVER A NUMBER OF YEARS WHICH THEY ARE WELL AWARE OF. THIS IS POTENTIALLY A DANGEROUS SITUATION FOR CABIN FIRE AND OCCUPANT BURNS.

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