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BMW 535I - 2008 BMW 535I Problems & Complaints

 
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by BMW of North America, LLC

There are 31 complaints filed for the 2008 BMW 535I

Below is a list of complaints & problems filed against the 2008 BMW 535I. 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 2008 BMW 535I, 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) Exterior Lighting (6) Seat Belts (2) Steering (3) Vehicle Speed Control (2)
Electrical System (8) Fuel Propulsion System (4) Service Brakes (2) Unknown Or Other (1) Visibility Wiper (1)
Engine (11) Fuel System Gasoline (2)

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SEAT BELTS

7/31/2014 - CLINTON , NC
THE CONTACT OWNS A 2008 BMW 535I. THE CONTACT STATED THAT THE NAVIGATIONAL SYSTEM ADVISED THAT THE FRONT PASSENGER RESTRAINT AND AIR BAG WAS MALFUNCTIONING. THE DEALERSHIP ADVISED THAT THE VIN WAS NOT INCLUDED IN THE MANUFACTURER'S AIR BAG IMPROVEMENT CAMPAIGN. THE VEHICLE WAS NOT TAKEN TO THE DEALER TO HAVE A DIAGNOSTIC PERFORMED. THE VEHICLE WAS NOT REPAIRED. THE VIN WAS NOT AVAILABLE. THE FAILURE MILEAGE WAS MANUFACTURER 88, 8000.

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AIR BAGS

7/31/2014 - CLINTON , NC
THE CONTACT OWNS A 2008 BMW 535I. THE CONTACT STATED THAT THE NAVIGATIONAL SYSTEM ADVISED THAT THE FRONT PASSENGER RESTRAINT AND AIR BAG WAS MALFUNCTIONING. THE DEALERSHIP ADVISED THAT THE VIN WAS NOT INCLUDED IN THE MANUFACTURER'S AIR BAG IMPROVEMENT CAMPAIGN. THE VEHICLE WAS NOT TAKEN TO THE DEALER TO HAVE A DIAGNOSTIC PERFORMED. THE VEHICLE WAS NOT REPAIRED. THE VIN WAS NOT AVAILABLE. THE FAILURE MILEAGE WAS MANUFACTURER 88, 8000.

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ELECTRICAL SYSTEM

7/11/2014 - PHOENIX, AZ
NEW BATTERY INSTALL CAUSED POWER SURGE DAMAGING ELECTRICAL SYSTEM.

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ENGINE

6/28/2014 - REX, GA
DURING HIGHWAY TRAVELING UPON ACCELERATION TO CHANGE LANES THE CAR BEGAN TO LOSE POWER AND STALL. A ENGINE MALFUNCTION LIGHT CAME/REDUCED POWER. I HAD TO DRIVE THE CAR ABOUT 45 MPH BECAUSE IT BEGAN TO SHAKE AS IF IT WAS GOING TO CUT OFF. DEALERSHIP ADVISED THAT IS WAS NOT THE HPFP (HIGH PRESSURE FUEL PUMP). I WAS TOLD THAT ALL SIX FUEL INJECTORS NEEDED TO BE REPLACED. THIS CAR CAN BE VERY DANGEROUS TO DRIVE ON THE HIGHWAY BECAUSE OF ITS UNRELIABILITY!

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ENGINE

6/28/2014 - APTOS, CA
DRIVING A 2008 BMW 535I AT HIGHWAY SPEED, APPROXIMATELY 50 MPH, WHEN, WITH NO WARNING, LARGE RED WARNING LIGHT APPEARS, "ENGINE OVERHEATED - TURN OFF ENGINE." LIGHT CAME ON SUDDENLY AND ENGINE DIED TO 5 MPH AND THEN STOPPED RUNNING. BARELY ABLE TO GET TO THE SIDE OF THE ROAD AND IN GREAT DANGER FROM TRUCKS BEARING DOWN ON A MOUNTAINOUS CURVING CALIFORNIA HIGHWAY. DISCOVERED THE PROBLEM WAS AN IMMEDIATE FAILURE OF THE ELECTRIC WATER PUMP WHICH CAUSES SUDDEN ENGINE LOSS PLACING THE DRIVER IN GRAVE DANGER. THIS PROBLEM HAS BEEN REPORTED BY MANY DRIVERS TO BMW (SEE ONLINE FORUMS) AND THEY KNOW THIS IS A SERIOUS PROBLEM BUT HAVE NOT ISSUED RECALL NOTICES ON THE ELECTRIC WATER PUMPS ON THEIR VEHICLES. THEY PREVIOUSLY ISSUED RECALLS ON THE HIGH PRESSURE FUEL PUMPS BUT THIS ALSO REQUIRES A RECALL AS THE CAR ABRUPTLY DIES AT HIGHWAY SPEED.

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ELECTRICAL SYSTEM

6/28/2014 - APTOS, CA
DRIVING A 2008 BMW 535I AT HIGHWAY SPEED, APPROXIMATELY 50 MPH, WHEN, WITH NO WARNING, LARGE RED WARNING LIGHT APPEARS, "ENGINE OVERHEATED - TURN OFF ENGINE." LIGHT CAME ON SUDDENLY AND ENGINE DIED TO 5 MPH AND THEN STOPPED RUNNING. BARELY ABLE TO GET TO THE SIDE OF THE ROAD AND IN GREAT DANGER FROM TRUCKS BEARING DOWN ON A MOUNTAINOUS CURVING CALIFORNIA HIGHWAY. DISCOVERED THE PROBLEM WAS AN IMMEDIATE FAILURE OF THE ELECTRIC WATER PUMP WHICH CAUSES SUDDEN ENGINE LOSS PLACING THE DRIVER IN GRAVE DANGER. THIS PROBLEM HAS BEEN REPORTED BY MANY DRIVERS TO BMW (SEE ONLINE FORUMS) AND THEY KNOW THIS IS A SERIOUS PROBLEM BUT HAVE NOT ISSUED RECALL NOTICES ON THE ELECTRIC WATER PUMPS ON THEIR VEHICLES. THEY PREVIOUSLY ISSUED RECALLS ON THE HIGH PRESSURE FUEL PUMPS BUT THIS ALSO REQUIRES A RECALL AS THE CAR ABRUPTLY DIES AT HIGHWAY SPEED.

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ENGINE

5/27/2014 - SAN FRANCISCO, CA
WE WERE STOPPED AND WAITING AT A RED LIGHT THEN PRESSED ACCELERATOR WHEN THE LIGHT TURNED GREEN. THE CAR STARTS MOVING THEN SUDDENLY LOSES ALL POWER WITHIN SECONDS WHILE ENTERING A VERY BUSY FREEWAY ONRAMP. AFTER LOSING POWER AND CAR IS DEAD, A WARNING MESSAGE APPEARS. WARNING SAYS CAR IS "OVERHEATED AND TO STOP, DANGER OF BURNS WITH HOT WATER PUMP." CAR HAD NOT BEEN DRIVEN FOR 2 HOURS PRIOR TO INCIDENT. THERE WAS ABSOLUTELY NO WARNING BEFORE LOSING ALL POWER AND CONTROL OF THE CAR. HAD TO HAVE CAR TOWED TO DEALER. DEALER REPLACED THE WATER PUMP AND DID NOT EXPLAIN THE SUDDEN LOSS OF POWER OR LACK OF WARNING. THE CAR HAS HAD MULTIPLE PROBLEMS WITH THE HIGH PRESSURE FUEL PUMP. THE CAR ALSO HAS HAD SEVERAL WARNINGS OF SUDDEN POWER LOSS THAT THE DEALER IS UNABLE TO DIAGNOSE. THE SUDDEN STOP ON THE FREEWAY CAUSED US TO BE NEARLY REAR-ENDED A FEW TIMES BEFORE THE POLICE CAME.

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UNKNOWN OR OTHER

5/27/2014 - SAN FRANCISCO, CA
WE WERE STOPPED AND WAITING AT A RED LIGHT THEN PRESSED ACCELERATOR WHEN THE LIGHT TURNED GREEN. THE CAR STARTS MOVING THEN SUDDENLY LOSES ALL POWER WITHIN SECONDS WHILE ENTERING A VERY BUSY FREEWAY ONRAMP. AFTER LOSING POWER AND CAR IS DEAD, A WARNING MESSAGE APPEARS. WARNING SAYS CAR IS "OVERHEATED AND TO STOP, DANGER OF BURNS WITH HOT WATER PUMP." CAR HAD NOT BEEN DRIVEN FOR 2 HOURS PRIOR TO INCIDENT. THERE WAS ABSOLUTELY NO WARNING BEFORE LOSING ALL POWER AND CONTROL OF THE CAR. HAD TO HAVE CAR TOWED TO DEALER. DEALER REPLACED THE WATER PUMP AND DID NOT EXPLAIN THE SUDDEN LOSS OF POWER OR LACK OF WARNING. THE CAR HAS HAD MULTIPLE PROBLEMS WITH THE HIGH PRESSURE FUEL PUMP. THE CAR ALSO HAS HAD SEVERAL WARNINGS OF SUDDEN POWER LOSS THAT THE DEALER IS UNABLE TO DIAGNOSE. THE SUDDEN STOP ON THE FREEWAY CAUSED US TO BE NEARLY REAR-ENDED A FEW TIMES BEFORE THE POLICE CAME.

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ENGINE

5/23/2014 - SAN JOSE, CA
ENGINE LOSSES POWER WHILE DRIVING ON HIGHWAY, ENGINE MALFUNCTION LIGHT COMES ON WITH WARNINGS OF ENGINE REDUCED POWER.TOOK IT TO BMW FREMONT, THEY FOUND THE VANOS SOLENOID VALVES EXHAUST FAULTY, REPLACED BOTH SOLENOIDS AND PERFORMED AN OIL SERVICE WITH FUEL INJECTION/INDUCTION SERVICE. THIS TIME BMW NA PAID 85% OF THE BILL AS A ONE TIME GOODWILL!

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ENGINE

5/23/2014 - SAN JOSE, CA
DRIVING AT 30MPH,ENGINES POWER SUDDENLY REDUCED,ENGINE MALFUNCTION LIGHT COMES ON . TOOK THE CAR TO BMW FREMONT, THEY FOUND THE INTAKE CAMSHAFT POSITION SENSORS FAULTY.THEY REPLACED CAMSHAFT SENSORS,PULSE GENERATOR,O-RING AND TORX SCREW.AS ADVISED BY THE SERVICE AGENT HAD TO DO AN OIL, OILFILTER CHANGE AND FUEL INJECTION SERVICE TO PREVENT DEFAULT ON THE WARRANTY OF PARTS PUT IN. AS THE CAR WAS OUT OF THE WARRANTY PERIOD(EVEN THOUGH IT HAS A VERY LOW MILEAGE OF 18760) SO HAD TO PAY $1235 OUT OF POCKET. AT 19350MILES THE SIMILAR ISSUE CAME UP, TOOK IT BACK TO BMW FREMONT, THEY FOUND FAULTS STORED IN DME,2A7C VARIABLE CAMSHAFT TIMING CONTROL INTAKE COLD START 1 TIME NOT CURRENTLY PRESENT,CLEARED FAULTS AND CUSTOMER TO MONITOR.

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